In her newest book, Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying (Clarkson Potter), Martha and her longtime friend and colleague Kevin Sharkey share arrangements of lush blooms that we can't help but imagine at weddings. "I want my gardens to be a constant source of inspiration to others," Martha writes. Take a peek at the ideas here: One may be perfect for your big-day décor.
An Elegant Mix
Combining the voluptuous blooms of the lilac with smaller flowers and shapely foliage—like white bleeding hearts, blue forget-me-nots, and Persian lilies—can produce a stunning arrangement. The vase is made of fused cylinders, giving each flower breathing room.
Because they have such short stems on the vine, clematis blossoms are tailor-made for floating arrangements. This simple grouping of clematis and purple-and-white passionflowers includes the former's own greenery and takes cues from its natural growing pattern. The foliage and stems decorate the area outside the vessels, creating an especially pretty centerpiece on a lavender linen runner.
An Abundance of Blossoms
This arrangement lets it all hang out: Single, double, fully double, and clustered-form roses, mixed with 'Ballerina' roses, spill over the edges of a pressed-glassfooted bowl. (A compote, sugar bowl, and pair of eggcups alongside complete the display.) The many shades of pink and the myriad textures create a sense of movement.
An unadorned apothecary jar holds a pale cluster of single, double, and full-form white and blush-pink roses, punctuated with buds. Kevin created a tape grid over the mouth of the jar to more easily position the roses and hold them in place.
Photographs reprinted from Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying, by Martha Stewart with Kevin Sharkey. Copyright © 2018 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.