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Purple and blue have the wonderful ability to be both restful and regal. White, cream, silver, and green combine well with both purple and blue, while yellow is a lovely accent color.
All things purple combine to create this bouquet with a fresh-from-the-garden appearance. It includes delphiniums, agapanthus, and hyacinth blossoms along with almost-black privet berries. --Photographer Brant R. Bender, Phoenix Photography; Floral designer Laura Tejedas
Deep purple anemones and lime green button mums make a striking combination for a summer wedding. Purple silk decorates the handle of this bouquet, while green velvet ribbon streamers flutter in the breeze.
Delicate lengths of wisteria, lilac, and cotton-candy-color rayon trim trailing from this bouquet hint at the sweet blossoms nestled together at the other end. The elegant combination displays lavender double tulips, 'Bluebird' roses, pink godetia, and lavender dendrobium orchids, with catmint and 'Kent Beauty' oregano for petite accents.
This crisp, clean bouquet works its magic on a brilliant summer day or a brisk winter eve. The blues of belladonna lilies and muscari bounce off 'White Iceberg' garden roses and 'Blushing Bride' protea for a cool, calming effect. More water hues in the silk ribbon complement the arrangement. Leaves of lambs' ears tucked throughout the bouquet add a soft finish.
Fit for a queen, this royal combination of rich purple freesia and snowy white ranunculus makes an elegant bouquet. Freesia's trumpet-shape flowers are prized for their sweet fragrance. --Photographer Mark Hopkins; Floral designer Amina Marechal
Rising from petite bulbs in early spring, blue-purple grape hyacinths have a sweet perfume and dainty appearance. A blue ribbon handle brings out the color of the blossoms. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer
Grape hyacinths add "something blue" to the white roses, tulips, bouvardia, and alstroemeria that make up this bouquet. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer
Breathtaking cattleya orchids framed by a pleated purple ribbon form a simple, delicate bouquet.
Begin this DIY-friendly bouquet by circling one blue hydrangea globe with lavender freesia (or sweet pea blooms) and a ring of gray dusty miller.
A mix of blue hydrangea, delphinium, and white lilies create an eye-catching bouquet for a bride who adores blue.
Magenta dahlias and a few sprigs of wax flowers create a strikingly simple bouquet. Dahlias are the peonies of summer. These substantial flowers last about two weeks after cutting and easily stand up to the tousling every wedding bouquet receives. Dahlias are available in shades of white, pink, red, yellow, orange, and purple. --Photographer Aquario Studio; Floral designer Laura Tejedas
A playful contrast between warm orange calla lilies and cool purple chrysanthemums holds this colorful combination together. Statice, trachelium, hydrangeas, and roses round out the bouquet. Notice the roses' two-tone petals -- one side is pink and the other side is creamy white. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer
The wiry stems of ageratum and pincushion flowers that rise above the roses, calla lilies, and hydrangeas in this pastel purple and blue bouquet add a touch of whimsy. Rich in both color and texture, this bouquet is perfect for pairing with a simple satin or sheath dress. --Photographer and floral designer Sandra Meyer
Look closely and you'll notice seashells tucked between the roses and stephanotis. Glued to thin-gauge floral wire, the seashells are treated simply as flowers in this arrangement. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe
This neat and tidy clutch of purple and white roses has a classic dome shape. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe
Sky blue and creamy white roses star in this bridal bouquet. Although blue roses don't exist in nature, floral suppliers dye blossoms in a range of blue hues -- from navy to pale blue. --Photographer and floral designer Xaviera M. Pepe