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Best Bouquets and Best Cake Decorations

Best Bouquets

   “Gold and Diamonds” was the theme of this wedding, for which the fashion-designer bride presented florist Loann Burke, AIFD, PFCI, with an idea book of sketches and photos of what she wanted for her dream
wedding. The bride’s bouquet was a soft and romantic blend of ‘Osiana’, ‘Champagne’, ‘Vendela’ and ‘Akito’ roses; peonies; Hydrangeas; and silver-dollar Eucalyptus. Crystal and diamond accents among the flowers coordinated beautifully with the hand-sewn crystals on the gown that the bride made for herself as well as the custom gold-sequined gowns she designed for her six bridesmaids. Each bridesmaid carried a smaller version of the bridal bouquet.


   best bouquets  

Loann Burke, AIFD, PFCI
Furst Florist
Dayton, Ohio
May 3, 2008
Ceremony site: First Baptist Church of Greenhills Cincinnati, Ohio
Reception site: Ault Park; Cincinnati, Ohio
Number in wedding party: 15
Number of guests: 250
Approximate retail floral bill: $6,000
Photos by Steve Lyons Photography

Best Cake Decorations

This cake was the focal point of the reception room for florist Dawn Newkirk’s daughter’s early October wedding, which had an elegant autumn theme. Several varieties of peach and orange-hued roses, including ‘Milva’, ‘Peach Avalanche’ and ‘Orange Unique’ hybrid tea roses and ‘Mumbo Orange’ spray roses, along with miniature green Hydrangeas, created a stunning palette that beautifully complemented the cake’s filigree icing details. The flowers were arranged in mounded formation atop the cake and as a bountiful wreath around the pillars that separated the top and bottom tiers. Small groupings of the same flowers adorned the other cake tiers as well, and a wreath of roses and Hydrangeas encircled the grand silver footed cake stand.

    To create the floral wreath, Ms. Newkirk cut an 8-inch Oasis® Ring Holder in half and cut out the areas where the pillars would meet the ring before arranging the flowers into the floral foam ring halves. She met with the cake baker ahead of time to ensure a perfect fit.

   best cake decorations  

Dawn Newkirk
Dawn’s Floral & Gifts
Eatonville, Wash.
Oct. 4, 2008
Ceremony site: Main Post Chapel; Fort Lewis, Wash.
Reception site: Fort Lewis Golf Course; Lacey, Wash.
Number in wedding party: 14
Number of guests: 200
Approximate retail floral bill: $8,200
Photos by Gash Photography

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