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Pastel Wedding Bouquets

Whether you choose a petal-packed spray of blooms or a simple posy, a pastel bouquet will add a glorious finishing touch to your ensemble.

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    • Romance with Pink and White

      Ribbons of airy white tulle add to the romantic atmosphere that surrounds this sweet pink-and-white bouquet. Bright white gerbera daisies are paired with pink-and-yellow alstroemeria blossoms, light pink chrysanthemums, and pink spikes of veronica. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

    • Dazzled by Delicacy

      Reminiscent of an arrangement gently gathered from Grandmother's garden, this bouquet earns its delicate ambience from 'Evelyn' and 'Abraham Darby' garden roses. Coral schizostylis adds body against the soft-shade roses, while sprigs of lily-of-the-valley and white snowberries add hints of foliage. Apricot satin ribbon pulls all the hues together.

    • Glittering Gems

      Subtle-colored faux pearls resemble the hues of a desert sky at sunset. The 6-inch pearl sticks are dotted throughout the bouquet.

    • Personalized Monograms

      An elegantly scripted monogram personalizes this bouquet. Mounted on 6-inch pins, each letter of the monogram sparkles with crystals and rhinestones.

    • Beautiful Butterflies

      A colorful butterfly made of Swarovski crystals nests in a bouquet of roses and orchids. The changing tones -- the crystal is darkest in the center and becomes increasingly lighter toward the edges -- glitter in the light.

    • Blooming Beauty

      Hand-tied bouquets offer a relaxed floral design. To make this bouquet, use three to five roses stripped of leaves and thorns, and place them in your left hand. Use your right hand to add white tulips, snapdragons, and lilies-of-the-valley. Create the center, then add hydrangeas around the perimeter. Trim the stems and use florist's wire, spiraled from top to bottom, to hold the stems together. Wrap the stems with ribbon and tie a beautiful bow.

    • Flowers for a Lady

      The bridal bouquet is a celebration in white. It features a lush cascade of calla lilies, roses, tulips, freesias, Dendrobium orchids, and lilies-of-the-valley.

    • White on White

      Sparkling white roses and orchids are classic choices for wedding bouquets. Here, the two favored flowers combine to form a fragrant, dome-shape bouquet. In the world of flowers, there are many shades of white. If you're wearing a white dress, give your floral designer a swatch of the material so he or she can select the most complementary shade for your bouquet. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

    • Gown Inspiration

      Look to your wedding dress and accessories for bouquet inspiration. Petite pearls, similar to those on the bride's dress, adorn the center of each rose in this bouquet. Embellishments -- ranging from baubles to feathers -- are popular with floral designers and brides. Fragrant white stock completes this arrangement. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

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      Textural Juxtaposition

      A ring of wide-open peonies encircles a cluster of barely open roses. The juxtaposition of the fluffy peonies with the sculptural roses creates a textural masterpiece. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe

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      Touch of Color

      Enliven a white bouquet with a hint of color. Pink-tinged roses, blush-pink freesia buds, soft yellow orchids, and bright peach roses combine well with the sparkling white blossoms in this bouquet. Create coordinating bridesmaids' bouquets by dotting primarily pastel arrangements with a few white blooms. --Photographer and floral designer Denise Benda

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      Cymbidium Orchids

      Combine orchids, lotus pods, green roses, cockscomb, zinnias, and a touch of sedum to form a beautiful hand-tied bouquet.

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      Cream Complement

      A perfect complement to a cream-color wedding dress, this bouquet of pink, peach, and buff roses is highlighted with russet calla lilies and dried poppy pods. --Photographer Robert Jacobs; Floral designers Breaca Lozier and Libby Becker

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      Something Blue

      Grape hyacinths add "something blue" to the white roses, tulips, bouvardia, and alstroemeria that make up this bouquet. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

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      Grass Accent

      Graceful loops of rich green grass encircle this creamy clutch of flowers. Pure-white roses are nestled alongside yellow-tint orchids and roses with pale green petals. Soothing green foliage and berries unite the bunch. --Photographer Mark Hopkins; Floral designer Amina Marechal

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      Touch of Red

      Punch up a green-and-white bouquet with a splash of red. Hypericum berries, ti leaves, and alstroemeria give this bouquet of white lisianthus a festive touch of color. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer

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      White Calla Lilies

      A bundle of four oversize trumpet calla lilies creates a sleek feminine silhouette that complements the bride's dress. Wide satin ribbon was wrapped tightly around the stems and fastened with pearl-topped corsage pins inserted at an angle down the length of the bouquet.

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      Backyard Rose Bouquet

      Make your wedding even more meaningful by creating some of the bouquets from backyard blooms. Mixed roses and greenery were bunched into a tight bouquet, yet the effect is casual due to its "gathered" look. Stems inserted into a paper-covered cardboard cone won't stain the bride's dress.

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      Dendrobium Orchids

      A cascade of white Thai dendrobium orchids gently swings from side to side as the bride makes her way down the aisle.

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      Purse-Style Bouquet

      This purse-inspired bouquet would set off a contemporary-style dress nicely. Pearl-head pins adhere white stephanotises to a fabric-wrapped trapezoid cut from plastic foam. A coordinating ribbon pinned to the top of the arrangement makes the handle.

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      Wildflowers

      A mixture of flowers can be just the right look for a country or outdoor afternoon wedding. The stems are quickly bound with florist's tape or a tight circle of raffia, then embellished with a multilooped bow.

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      White Roses

      Rose bouquets can be created in any size or shape. In this bouquet, white roses have been mixed with a handful of stems in a deeper hue to match the bridesmaids' dresses.

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      Mixed Bouquets

      Keeping blooms to a color theme is a good way to repeat colors of wedding decorations or dresses. These bouquets in pink and white (and purple and white), feature handfuls of mixed blooms and greenery -- a look that easily adapts to your needs.

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