"Summer is the best time for flowers because your options are practically endless,â says floral designer Shawn Marie Cossette. âSo don't limit yourself -- go big, and go lush."
Here, clusters of garden roses, viburnum berries, and dahlias fit right in with an outdoor setting. But grass is not required: "By mixing in pieces made from natural materials, like the wooden table and stoneware salt and pepper shakers, you can bring a country feel to any venue, inside or out," says Cossette.
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Although cohesive style is key to a well-designed wedding, every arrangement doesn't have to be a carbon copy of the others. To make things visually interesting, create a unique focal point in one main area, like on your escort-card table or the bar shown here. To keep things consistent, incorporate at least one element that appears elsewhere, says Cossette.
To create this arrangement, she filled a wooden bucket with bright red garden roses, creamy hydrangeas, figs, pokeweed, and ornamental grasses.
Floral designer Shawn Marie Cossette, who grows many of the blooms for her rustic-chic creations herself, runs Beehive Events with her husband, David, from their sprawling farm in Scottsville, Virginia. If you love the notion of an idyllic setting but have no country retreat to call your own, consider renting their property along with all the accoutrements for rural revelry.
Fawn over the flowers these real brides chose for their bundles.See the Blooms