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Shades of Pink

Photography: James Baigrie

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 30 2004


Bold or demure, classic or unexpected, bouquets of pink flowers convey the romance that's in the air on a wedding day.

Think pink and you think of sweetness, a blushing bride, springtime. This color is symbolic of romance and femininity -- what better reason for a bride to carry a bouquet in rosy hues? Pink flowers are timeless, blooming year-round; consider hyacinth in spring, dahlias in fall, orchids or roses anytime. Their shades run the spectrum from soft bubblegum and shell pink to rich magenta and almost-red. Despite its sweet nature, pink can be chic, even masculine. A single tone makes a statement against a white dress or dark lapel. Various pinks work nicely together, bringing out the undertones in the blooms, flattering one another and the person who bears them.

Sweet Peas

Nostalgic sweet peas reveal their modern side in a pink cascade that fades from dark to pale to almost white. A narrow ribbon of gradient pinks balances the sinuous form of the flowers' natural vines.

Hyacinth and Jasmine

Hyacinth and jasmine lend their sweet perfume to an eclectic bouquet, which also includes cymbidium orchids and blueberry foliage. The silk ribbon picks up the colors of the flowers.

Dahlias and Astilbe

This oversize bouquet of sculpted dahlias and feathery astilbe will bend gracefully over the arm. Silk shantung covers the stems; vintage crystals dangle from a free-form bow.


Rosy coleus makes for surprising foliage in a bouquet. Along with papery abutilon flowers, it surrounds a handful of Dutch roses in dusty and burnt pink hues, and flutters as the bride walks. Velvet ribbon makes the bouquet more formal.


Casual and cheerful zinnias in a range of vivid pinks form a delightful posy. Gold-edged pink and orange ribbon is knotted around brown taffeta for a festive detail.

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