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Alternative Bridal Blooms

Hydrangeas, calla lilies and cymbidium orchids are popular bridal flowers, but some lesser-known blooms are far more stylish and distinctive. Ian Prosser of Botanica Design Studio, in Tampa, 800-771-0965, botanicaflorist.com, gave us some ideas for cool flowers he wishes more brides knew to ask for when ordering their bouquets. Prosser says pincushion protea (far left) have a wonderful texture and add an eye-catching element to the bouquet. Plus, it’s a great, almost tropical twist. Also try Muscari (near left), a great spring flower that also works well in boutonnieres. "The tiny ‘bells’ offer a lot of style for such a small blossom," says Prosser.

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