Flowers for Every Element of Your Wedding
A gathering of garden roses, dahlias, clematis, peonies, and eucharis lilies, mixed with porcelain berry, leafy greens, and oregano, looks -- andsmells -- fresh-picked. The long tendrils mimic those encircling the archway on the next slide. The Details: Vera Wang gown #111511. Cartier "Inde Mysterieuse" ring.
To inexpensively embellish an arch, go heavy on the foliage. Then slip in a few of the same flowersused in your bouquet to unify the vibe. Here, roses and clematis adorn grape ivy and passionflower vineswoven around a Tuscan Wedding iron arbor (hayneedle.com).
Flowers for the Bridal Party
Here, there's a floral idea to suite every member of your entourage. Your maid of honor's nosegay should be small -- like this clutch of sweet peas, lily of the valley, ranunculus, dusty miller, and brunia -- because during the vows, she'll hold yours, too. As for your groom, "make his boutonniere out of your bouquet's most unexpected element, like this black privet fruit," says Martha Stewart Weddings style director Kate Berry. When decking out Dad,simplicity is key: A dusty miller leaf anchors one freesia spray. Your flower girl deserves a crown as petite and delicate as she is. A wreath of arabicum flowers, lily of the valley, and branchy santolina, dolled up by tiny crabapples, is just the ticket. For the mother of the bride? Out with the old-fashioned corsage, and in with a youthful posy of stephanotis,'Henry Eilers' black-eyed susan, lily of the valley, and a garden rose.
Dramatic welcome arrangements catch guests' attention and invite them to sign in. To reach greatheights, pair tall vessels with long-stemmed flora. This burst of bayberry, foxtail lily, green pokeweed,and cosmos is filled out with ranunculus and lisianthus. For a displayable keepsake, let friends write well-wishes in gold-paint pen on a ceramic guest book. The Details: Astier de Villatte"Citrouille" vase and open book (astierdevillatte.com for stores).
Enlist low bunches like these for long tables, bars, and sideboards. "To encourage conversation, your flowers should follow the lines of the table -- circular arrays for rounds, and linear ones for rectangular shapes -- without blocking everyone's view," says Berry. And to make common blooms look new again, use them in atypical shades. Rather than pink and white, these lady-slipper, cymbidium, and oncidium orchids are brown and yellow. And they're set off by maroon smoke-bush flowers and leaves from sweet-potato vines. The Details: Ethan Allen small alabaster mini vase. She is wearing Crewcuts by J.Crew "Lida" dress.
Hanging Floral Centerpiece
Elevate your tablescape by hanging a floral arrangement overhead. We created ours by placing a fuchsia plant in a metal basket lined with moss and floral foam, and filling it out with garden roses, dahlias, gloriosa lilies, and camellia foliage. On the table below, we filled a low alabaster centerpiece from Ethan Allen with water, pillar candles, and loose buds. And we kept the place settings monochromatic with Juliska's "Fiorella" goblets, Kate Spade's "June Lane" plates, and the "1810" pattern of flatware from International Silver.
A Wedding Cake with Flowers
To make a classic white cake anything but garden variety, add fresh flowers. We gave a three-tier fondant-covered cake (ours was made by Mark Joseph Cakes) some height with a simple cake stand by Astier de Villate. Then, we draped small, colorful blooms around the cake in an asymmetrical fashion. We used fuchsias on the vine, mini orchids, and orange nerines, but you can sub in your own favorites. Check with your florist to be sure the flowers you want aren't toxic. And make sure your caterer removes them before serving.