Pristine snowberries make natural, understated arrangements; variations in color and size distinguish the attendants' bouquets from that of the bride. The bridesmaids carry bunches of snowberries in pink, their woody stems adorned with wide, mauve taffeta ribbon secured with pearl-headed pins.
For a free-form effect, flowers and foliage are hand-wired together: 'Pink Prominence' lilies, amaryllis, green and speckled phalaenopsis orchids, pink dendrobium, dusty pink calla lilies, euphorbia, honeysuckle foliage, and string-of-beads.
To create blooms in a variety of textures, sizes, and shapes, use ribbons and rickrack in different widths and weaves. The folds of each flower are clustered around artificial stamens; stems are individually wrapped in floral tape before all are bundled together and bound in wide white grosgrain.
For a bride who has chosen a dress with a simple style, a petite bundle of blooms makes a lovely accessory. Here, velvety violets and pansies edged with cream nestle with green muscari to create the very picture of poise.
Florist Michael George creates his signature bridal bouquet, the couture rose, by removing the petals from many roses -- here he used 'Message' (the light yellow) and 'Ilios' (darker yellow) -- then carefully wiring them into a single, exquisite blossom 6 to 7 inches across.
This bouquet has a variety of textures and colors, thanks to the mix of muscari (grape hyacinth), lamb's ear, lily-of-the-valley, andromeda, helleborus, thyme, rosemary, sage, and scented-geranium foliage.
The blue-gray of juniper boughs and deep green of arborvitae boldly replicate the cool colors of winter; the branches themselves determine the dramatic shape of the bouquet. Delicate, graceful snowdrops are tied onto the branches, tiny blossoms cascading as they would in nature.
Your bouquet is a powerful symbol, a stylish accessory, and a work of art. Symbolizing life, love, and fertility, flowers have been an integral part of weddings for almost as long as the ceremonies have taken place.
Motivated by her desire to create something long-lasting and unique, Alanna spent much of her engagement to Ben making her bouquet. She crafted the flowers from tiny glass beads, one sparkling petal at a time. "It was a very relaxing thing to do," says Alanna.