When it comes to wedding flowers, there is something to be said for going overboard. The effect of a lavish bouquet, a wall of blossoms, or a carpet of blooms in rich jewel tones is one of refined opulence—think ornate floral tapestries and Dutch still-life paintings. Any would make an exquisite backdrop for your most beautiful day.
Walking over a blanket of blooms is a luxurious way to get to the altar. For the above display, use fully open, "on their last legs" roses—perfect for plucking from their stems and tossing on the ground, to gorgeous effect. The roses mingle with ranunculus, delphiniums, and anemones—but any sturdy blooms will do. Loose petals fill in bare spots.
This fantastical doorway arch looks as if it's sprung up on its own, perhaps after someone dropped a few magic seeds. The feature is equally lovely around a doorway or as a romantic ceremony marker. The base is anchored in floral foam (hidden by dark-green foliage); two hanging cages with foam support the structure higher up. The arch gets its shape from spirea, a flowering shrub with a natural cascading quality, and is made more lush with peonies, pansy orchids (Miltoniopsis), Easter lilies, and Japanese ranunculus.
This armful of blooms truly captures the exuberance of the day. The wild, stunning bouquet is set off by a luxurious fabric "sash," inspired by a Japanese obi—made by sewing a large strip of metallic brocade into a tube and ironing it flat. The flowers include spirea, ranunculus, Japanese ranunculus, roses, begonia leaves, fritillaria, and the broad, speckled blooms of antherium.