Pristine snowberries make natural, understated arrangements; variations in color and size distinguish the attendants' bouquets from that of the bride. The bridesmaids carry bunches of snowberries in pink, their woody stems adorned with wide, mauve taffeta ribbon secured with pearl-headed pins.
For a free-form effect, flowers and foliage are hand-wired together: 'Pink Prominence' lilies, amaryllis, green and speckled phalaenopsis orchids, pink dendrobium, dusty pink calla lilies, euphorbia, honeysuckle foliage, and string-of-beads...
Hand-Wired Bouquets: Roses and Hyacinths
A stylish nosegay achieves its perfect domed shape with wired pink roses and hyacinth blossoms with yellow floral pins at their centers. A coiled bouquet cuff is a lighthearted accent
Hand-Wired Bouquets: Cymbidium Petals
What appears to be a single luxurious bloom is formed from layer upon layer of cymbidium orchid petals.
To create blooms in a variety of textures, sizes, and shapes, use ribbons and rickrack in different widths and weaves. The folds of each flower are clustered around artificial stamens; stems are individually wrapped in floral tape before all are bundled together and bound in wide white grosgrain.
Some may consider seashells the flowers of the ocean. Use them with a welter of floral blossoms to create a remarkable terrestrial bouquet.
Tender Violet Nosegay
For a bride who has chosen a dress with a simple style, a petite bundle of blooms makes a lovely accessory. Here, velvety violets and pansies edged with cream nestle with green muscari to create the very picture of poise.
Yellow Roses Reinvented
Florist Michael George creates his signature bridal bouquet, the couture rose, by removing the petals from many roses -- here he used 'Message' (the light yellow) and 'Ilios' (darker yellow) -- then carefully wiring them into a single, exquisite blossom 6 to 7 inches across.
A cheerful profusion of the season's sweetest arrivals -- lily-of-the-valley, muscari, daffodils, Hymenocallis, ranunculus, and narcissus -- will glow nearly as brightly as the bride.
White Felt Bouquet Cuff
How do you make something so charming? With a hole punch and white wool felt. Then add yellow garden roses and sweet-smelling narcissi, and tie with a big white bow.
Herbs and Flowers
This bouquet has a variety of textures and colors, thanks to the mix of muscari (grape hyacinth), lamb's ear, lily-of-the-valley, andromeda, helleborus, thyme, rosemary, sage, and scented-geranium foliage.
Succulents that resemble flowers make charming mates for spotted phalaenopsis orchids. The assortment is wired and tucked amid columbine, white-and-pink ranunculus, and plum-colored tulips.
In this surprising mix, bell-like fritillaria and wide-mouthed Green Goddess' calla lily blooms masquerade as foliage among yellow-edged hosta, Solomon's seal, and spotted calla lily leaves.
The blue-gray of juniper boughs and deep green of arborvitae boldly replicate the cool colors of winter; the branches themselves determine the dramatic shape of the bouquet. Delicate, graceful snowdrops are tied onto the branches, tiny blossoms cascading as they would in nature.
Glossy, black-beaded flowers dance among puffs of white hydrangeas in a lush, rounded composition; the long, black-satin streamers are gathered at the ends in soft ruffles.
White carnations are transformed into an amazingly stylish bouquet thanks to ingenious details like handmade white ribbon flowers and a pleated stem wrap adorned with black silk blooms.
Your bouquet is a powerful symbol, a stylish accessory, and a work of art. Symbolizing life, love, and fertility, flowers have been an integral part of weddings for almost as long as the ceremonies have taken place.
Beautiful streamers can dangle from the center of your bouquet for a unique look.
A bouquet woven from phalaenopsis orchids is trimmed with stephanotis that flow to the ground.
Not since Diego Rivera painted them has the beauty of calla lilies been captured as completely as in this bouquet. Downward cast, their blooms appear poised to chime.
One Big Bloom
Dozens of Easter lilies, framed by hosta, become mere petals in this generous arrangement. The shape and textures complement the simplicity of the bride's lacy gown.
Motivated by her desire to create something long-lasting and unique, Alanna spent much of her engagement to Ben making her bouquet. She crafted the flowers from tiny glass beads, one sparkling petal at a time. "It was a very relaxing thing to do," says Alanna.
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