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The protea flower, sometimes known as a sugarbush, originated in South Africa where it traditionally represented hope and change, making it the perfect addition to your bridal bouquet as you start a new life with your partner. Proteas range in varieties (including the aptly named "blushing bride protea"), color, and size and can be used as your standout bloom, or a fill in for a lush bouquet. Here, our favorite protea bouquets from real weddings.
Jewel-Toned Protea Bouquet
This bridal bouquet by Fern Studio, was comprised of protea, delphiniums, astrantia, leucadendrons, and rose hips.
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Bright King Protea Bouquet
This bridal bouquet by Mimo Florist Mexico was made up of roses, ranunculus, ferns—and one showstopping king protea. "I loved my bouquet," the bride said. "I cried when I threw it in the ocean before we came home!"
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Bridesmaids at this wedding carried small clutches of succulents, chrysanthemums, pincushion flowers, lotus pods, rice flowers, protea, craspedia, anemones, and dusty miller leaves.
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Lush Protea Bouquet
Jaclyn Journey created this lush bouquet of protea, roses, olive branch, Japanese sweet pea, fringe tulip, seed eucalyptus, lisianthus, and tarantula amaryllis.
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Pastel King Protea Bouquet
This pretty arrangement from Shotgun Floral Studio included peach and yellow garden roses, dahlias, scabiosa, and king protea tied together with a sequined sash.
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Wild Blushing Bride Protea Bouquet
Floral designer Sullivan Owen designed a wild bouquet of blushing bride protea, scabiosa, astilbe, king protea, peonies, sarracenia pitcher plant, and assorted greenery.
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Orange Blushing Bride Protea Bouquet
The Wild Bunch designed this eclectic orange bouquet of blushing bride protea, roses, seeded eucalyptus, and ferns.
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Bridesmaids' Protea Bouquets
Tamara Menges Design created the bridesmaids' bouquets of spray roses, king protea, ranunculus, coral charm peonies, garden roses, ivy, and other trailing greenery.
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Pincushion Protea Arrangement
Pincushion protea practically burst from this simple Mason jar arrangement of ginger and white tuberose.
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Poppy and Protea Bouquet
While the poppies were front and center in two varieties—icelandic and the more unusual peony poppy, both locally sourced from a Texas farm—sunshiny ranunculus, fluffy peonies, showy protea, and delicately ruffled sweet peas from Bows and Arrows were also tucked in.
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Colorful Protea Arrangements
Shotgun Floral Studio arranged roses, tulips, protea, and greenery in ceramic vessels in the middle of tables.
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Pastel Protea Bouquet
Garden roses, ranunculus, and blushing bride proteas kept this McKenzie Powell creation a little bit unstructured and gave it a gorgeous pastel hue.
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Gold Ribboned Protea Bouquet
Arrangements Floral & Party Design created this bridal bouquet of coral charm peonies, king proteas, ranunculus, astilbe, and tulips. They finished it off with gold sequined ribbon and a skeleton leaf.