Over the course of a year, thousands of amazing flower photos make their way into our inbox. After much heated debate, we've narrowed it down to our top five floral designs of 2011. Check 'em out after the jump.
Photo: Courtesy of Honey and Poppies
We've seen a lot of ombré this year—in wedding cakes, favors, bridesmaids dresses, and even wedding gowns. This striking centerpiece, by Honey and Poppies, features garden roses, poppies, lisianthuses, ranunculuses, and peonies arranged in a way that keeps with the trend.
Photo: The Decisive Moment
This floral display (click here for a bigger photo) proves that you don't need to fly in exotic blooms in order to make your wedding centerpiece more interesting. The team at Bold American Events placed bold red dahlias in a row of bud vases and then hung carnations (yes! carnations!) in glass tubes above the table. The result: an ultramodern arrangement that completely transformed the reception space.
Photo: Steven Torres
We're all about creating a wedding that reflects your interests and personality. This boutonniere, by Poppies & Posies was designed for a groom whose apartment was filled with heirlooms and curios that he's picked up at rummage sales or while traveling. A brass lighter (a flea market find) was paired with berries and greenery as a nod to his hobby.
Photo: Erin Kate Photography
Earlier this year, I asked florists to share their favorite fall wedding centerpieces. While we received tons of amazing submissions, this arrangement in particular blew me away. Sarah Winward, of Honey of a Thousand Flowers, used garden roses, crab apples, foliage, wild grass, eucalyptus, lamb's ear, coxcomb, and protea to create a centerpiece that perfectly captures the season. When I look at it, I swear I can almost smell pumpkin pie.
Photo: Jenna Walker Photographers
This couple's wedding was inspired by the cosmopolitan aesthetics of both New York and Paris. The bride's lush bouquet of roses, anemones, hellebores, silver brunia, dusty miller, and jasmine vine was wrapped in black and white striped ribbon—an element that appeared throughout the wedding. While the floral combination is not uncommon, the flawless execution, by the team at The Perfect Petal, was what caught our eye.
Think we missed the mark? Leave a comment and link us to the most amazing bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres or décor you've seen this year. —Allison Bean