Mary Kathryn Paynter, the stylist behind Loretta Flower in Austin, Texas, created this vivid bridesmaid posy for a bride getting married at Laguna Gloria, a historic home that sits on Lake Austin. "Her wedding was very formal, but the color palette was inspired by monarch butterflies, so it was still playful." This slightly wild but still sophisticated look (achieved here with peonies, cockscombs, ranunculus, amaranths, seeded eucalyptus, and spray roses) is representative of what brides are into now—bouquets that aren't too uniform, tight, or predictable. "It's a sign of the flood of creativity that has overtaken the wedding industry since the dawn of the blogosphere," explains Paynter.
Photo: Lindsey Thorne Photography