Flowers: Rare Beauty

The Volunteer Park Conservatory’s captivating collections provide a stunning scene for sculptural blooms arranged in uncommon, exotic bouquets



Delicate Balance

Artful Posy owner Marianne Graham (206-829-9752, mariannegrahamdesigns.com) is attracted to the unique shape and variegated color of the striking gloriosa lily, a native of Asia and Africa. You might be drawn in by the playful nature of bright Billy Balls or the quirky delicacy of air plants. Either way, the modern, cheerful mix of Graham’s design will win plenty of fans on the big day. Silk faille gown with box-pleated dome skirt by Luly Yang ($3,600 at Luly Yang Couture). Platinum micro pave rings with a radiant-cut center diamond and brilliant-cut trapezoid side diamonds ($13,850 at T. Anthony Jewelers). Unless noted, all other accessories shown throughout, stylist’s own. See Resource Guide for vendor information


Paradise Found

Grooms get world-class treatment with globally and locally sourced plant life. Clockwise from top: Artful Posy, Woodland Flowers, Melanie Benson Floral Design OPPOSITE: At Woodland Flowers (206-919-3581, woodlandflowers.com), mother and daughter design team Jodi Macko and Arianna Krueger looked to Hawaii for inspiration, where deceptively dainty plumeria imbues the wide-open landscape with its intoxicating essence. Corkscrew filbert branches, dark lipstick vine, and spiky grevillia blossoms add form and beauty to this elegantly engineered bouquet. Pearl and gold-fill earrings ($290 at Luly Yang Couture)





Sweet garden roses and fragrant jasmine vines are just a foil for what designer Melanie Benson (206-947-7187, melaniebenson
floral.com) calls the “dangerous beauty” of the carnivorous Sarracenia blooms featured in her dramatic bouquet. (Don’t worry; they don’t like our species.) The retro but on-trend cascading arrangement and the tubular, red-toned pitcher plants make this look a supernatural match for a stylishly adventurous bride. Luly Yang silk crepe dress with ruched bodice and removable skirt and diamond and gold-fill earrings ($3,900 and $342 at Luly Yang Couture)



Creating a palette of rich wine reds and fresh peach tones, Flora Nova’s (206-353-2904, floranovadesign.com) Christine Zweifler tamed unruly stems of small wildcat orchids and paired them with cinnamon roses, garden roses, and fanciful beehive plants. Succulents add to the structural vibe while the round form softens the arrangement. Platinum pavé engagement ring with round brilliant-cut center diamond and diamond-studded bands ($15,250 at T. Anthony Jewelers)