A Peony Bouquet for an Informal Wedding
The princessy peony—a favorite flower of fairy-tale brides getting married in ballrooms—gets a wild-child makeover with this bouquet. Created by Juliet Totten of Poppies & Posies, it's a lot more carefree and casual than a classic round. "I created it for a wedding that took place in a boathouse. The bride wanted 'fun, relaxed, with pops of yellow.' I think it's perfect for a picnic-vibe event and great if your wedding colors are yellow, white, and dove gray," explains Totten. We love the unexpected mix of a pink-peony/yellow-tulip combo and the lively look of the veronicas, menthas, mimosas, and stachias.
Garden Rose Petals
Walking down the aisle as a beaming, just-married couple is a standout photo op in and of itself. Add a ceremonial toss (with confetti, rice, lavender, or, as seen here, fresh flower petals) and you've really got yourself a framer. For this couple, married on the Ford Plantation in Savannah, Georgia, last spring, Calder Clark of Calder Clark Designs put a twist on the old-school petal toss. "Once I decided to use pews for the outdoor ceremony, I knew we wouldn't have hang points for any kind of cone," says Clark. "Cue the scalloped-wood trays of bags filled with garden rose petals and sweet-scented lemon-verbena leaves. We worked with Elizabeth Porcher Jones for the gorgeous hand-stamped calligraphy."
A Sophisticated Succulent Bouquet
Succulents are the edgy bouquet element du jour for brides who want a cool, atypical aesthetic. This bouquet, by Nancy Liu Chin Designs, was created for a modern restaurant wedding that took place at El Dorado Kitchen, in Sonoma, California. "We used succulents, fiddlehead ferns, Boston ivy, white mini calla lilies, seeded eucalyptus, Pieris japonica, and textural foliage," Chin explains. "It has an earthy yet sculpted look. I can see it at a backyard-chic bash, in an urban loft, at an ecofriendly event, or even at a tropical destination wedding."
A Romantic White-and-Blush Wedding Bouquet
"This is perfect for a romantic wedding in a garden," says Juliet Totten of Poppies & Posies, who created this fresh, feminine bouquet for a wedding at a private residence, using different varieties of garden roses, andromedas, and tree peonies—all sourced from the bride's mother's garden, no less! The result was a gorgeous, loose composition of blooms in ballerina colors. The bouquet's organic shape makes it feel slightly informal and distinctly modern, though Totten maintains it would do beautifully at a traditional black-tie affair, too.
A Cotton-and-Craspedia Bridal Bouquet
Brides all over the country are turning to cotton for the white element in their bridal bouquets. "I love working with cotton for its soft texture," says Faye Zierer Krause, who uses it in many of her arrangements for her Etsy store. "Its large head size makes it a good value, and it won't wilt. Cotton is versatile; it works equally well for an outdoor spring wedding or a winter wedding taking place indoors." For this super-long-lasting, rustic-chic posy, she used dried yellow craspedias, cotton, tallow berries, phalaris grass, wheat, and sola-wood roses and finished it with a mesh collar and a cotton ribbon wrap.
A Single-Bloom Protea Bouquet
When you're looking for a clever way to cut flower costs, florists will always tell you that bridesmaids can carry single-bloom bouquets. What does that mean exactly, and, more important, what does that look like? Here's an example. Choose a large flower with graphic appeal—in this case, the heat-resistant protea—and tie a ribbon loosely around the stem. If one looks too spare, go with a couple tied together, like this bride did for her wedding. Proteas come in orange and gray, too, and are available year-round, and the flower head can grow to be almost 10 inches wide, making it ideal for this bouquet style.
A Garden Rose Bouquet that Says Casual Elegance
Florist Mindy Rice created this beautiful bouquet for a bride who wanted an organic, freshly picked look. "She didn't want anything contrived or too structured. The direction she gave me was 'romantic and textural,' and I used a photo of her gown to make sure I was complementing it, not competing with it," explains Rice. To match this bride's wedding palette of earthy hues and ombré peaches, Rice used a variety of peach garden roses, birch leaves, Pieris japonica, white hydrangeas, and tiny unripe grape clusters.
A Peony and Craspedia Bouquet
Peonies are elegant; craspedias are quirky—but that doesn't mean they can't look great together. For this bouquet, Holly Heider Chapple mixed pink peonies and lavender with pale yellow stock, yellow ranunculus, and yellow craspedia. The look's natural and romantic, and perfect if your color palette is buttercream yellow and blush, with pops of purple.
A Personalized Bouquet of Roses, Astilbe and Dusty Miller
"Textural," is what botanical stylist Lauryl Lane was going for when she created this rustic-romantic bouquet for a bride getting married outdoors at The Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. The best part about this arrangement? It's personalized. Placed among the roses, freesia, astilbe, scabiosa pods, and dusty miller are paper flowers. "The bride is a stationer, so we incorporated her love of paper goods into her bouquet," explains Lane.