Flowers: Light Fantastic

When it comes to wedding-day color trends, less can be more. Four floral designers show how pastel hues make dreamy arrangements.


Yours Truly
For this modern take on an ancient wreath crown by July’s Tess Kelbaugh (206-412-3938,, acacia and eucalyptus leaves replace the traditional laurel, and helios roses, with their ombre-like coloration, add lush, striking style. The bouquet that coordinates lets textural, uncommon elements such as gauzy leaf skeleton and tiny acacia balls balance the shape and substance of the greenery.

0113-flower-feature-sittingCombining whispery silk with graphic, pleated structure, this Nicole Miller full-length dress ($1,400 at Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite) is just right for urban celebrations long on laid-back, unruffled ease. Gemstone bracelets ($25-–$75) and rhinestone earrings ($42), the Finerie. See Resource Guide for vendor information


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Think Pink
Rustic driftwood takes a subtle but starring role in this mixed-pastel bouquet by Mum Floral Design’s Meghan Stoller (206-499-3529,; fragrant pink stock, lavender, white-and-black anemones, ranunculus, snowberries, and light, wispy Calycina and feathery nandina give the nonfloral element a soft, natural setting. The best boutonnieres are charming nods to the overall floral mood; Stoller’s are playful yet low-key.

Luly Yang silk bow tie ($135), Luly Yang Couture Opposite Smart, minimal dresses like this stylishly streamlined full-length one by Drew ($255 at the Finerie) are fair game for beach, backyard, and other less-than-formal affairs. Charlene K 14K rose gold vermeil necklace ($168), the Finerie



Best Buds
Rachel Groothuis of Blossom & Bloom (206-478-1397, took inspiration from the tone-on-tone trend when she created bride and maid-of-honor bouquets in sister shades of peach and pink. Garden and miniature roses, Queen Anne’s lace, white scabiosa buds, scented geranium leaves, and spiky-sweet astilbe color the chicly coordinated pair.  A peachy pink and silvery gray palette in the preppy-goes-glam spirit of Sarah Jessica Parker and Jackie Kennedy Onassis calls for rhinestones, polka dots, and beaded appliqués. On the bride: Luly Yang Couture hand-embellished full-length silk gown ($9,200) and locally made gemstone earrings by Abloom Design ($185), Luly Yang Couture. On the maid of honor: Eliza J knee-length satin dress ($148),  Nordstrom’s Wedding Suite. Cubic zirconia and crystal and bracelets ($185 and $400), Luly Yang Couture



White Light
Coax quiet drama with monochromatic, all-white arrangements like this bouquet and centerpiece assortment by Kendra Yaple of Loves Me Flowers (206-229-2446, Roses, hydrangea, dahlias, and football mums—a dahlia look-alike—lend soft, rich abundance, while orchids provide form and structure. And that baby’s breath! The wild-growing, inexpensive, and ultra-ethereal flowering botanical has been enjoying a return to popularity, much to the delight of designers, brides, and daydreamers alike.

Luly Yang Couture’s above-the-knee fringed frock ($8,400 at Luly Yang Couture) in silk and sheer netting with hand appliqué is a walking dream. Amethyst drop earrings ($64), the Finerie