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Picking flowers for your New York wedding

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A vintage brooch bouquet designed by Jen Rose Diehl of Columbus, Ohio is perfect for a bride with cool, retro style.
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A purple pop of lavender is perfect for someone with a bright personality.
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Got a non-traditional style? Ditch daises in favor of a colorful, metallic bouquet of broaches.
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If you have an offbeat but feminine style, this bouquet utilizes buds and untraditional wedding flowers in an interesting way.
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If you’re crafty, create a truly signature bouquet by creating some felt lilies and then adding a few real flower adornments.
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Your love with never die, honor this by toting a beautiful flower bouquet that will last an eternity.
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Do you believe that “love is friendship caught on fire?” Represent it with this fiery bouquet of mango calla lilies.
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Do you add color to his life? Here’s the perfect bouquet.
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Royal blue irises are for the bold bride.
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This sweet, small bouquet is perfect for a laidback, low-key lady.
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A bushel of beautiful roses is perfect for the classic romantic.
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White flowers give an understated bride a clean and lovely look.
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It’s hard not to have a purple crush on this pretty bouquet.
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Are you a femme, traditional bride? Try a bouquet of pretty, girl colors.
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Are you a glam girl? Try an elaborate, cascading bouquet.
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A modern bouquet for the modern gal.
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Hand-painted paper flowers made out of coffee filters are perfect for the environmentally conscious bride.
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A simple, homegrown tulip bouquet is always beautiful — and if you grow them from bulbs yourself, it’s also personal

Your wedding flowers are firmly planted in the lush garden of tradition — but they also offer a great opportunity to represent your emotions and values on your big day.

What you clasp in your hands is a primordial rite that has remained largely unchanged for generations, though in the past, the nuptial tradition called for pungent herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits.

Your blooms will be scrutinized and remembered by your guests — trust us — so have them reflect your personality and complement your color scheme.

Don’t restrict your wedding palette to colorful pastels; experts say you can do anything you want, as long as the flower is fresh.

“The first thing I ask customers is what kind of flowers are they looking for,” says Margaret Yven, owner of Petite Fleur in Prospect Heights.

To assist them, Yven takes a trip to the wedding venue and then creates a custom bouquet, cascading with domestic and European buds, including dahlias, hydrangeas, peonies, and tulips — all favorites.

If you’re aching for an autumn wedding, but want to add a summery splash, you can still have your cake and eat it too by pairing soft hues with deeper shades of the same color.

Armando Cuatianquic, owner of East Village Florist in Manhattan, says he gets an instinctive vibe from his clients the minute they walk in the door.

“I can see their style, I know what they like,” he said.

A bride-to-be contacted him recently for a bouquet, but she wasn’t sure about what she wanted, except that it should be eye-catching, and a comely contrast to her wedding dress and her grandmother’s pendant, which she planned to wear.

Cuatianquic’s floral plan for the October nuptials? Clean lines and a heart-warming fusion of reds and oranges spun out of mango calla lilies, and roses sprinkled with wild berries and leaves.

“Simplicity is key because people can appreciate something that isn’t too busy, and get a connection with it,” he contends.

You can also think outside of the garden and create a stunning arrangement made out of vintage broaches or creatively incorporate “something borrowed” with a bouquet made out of family heirlooms. If you’re crafty, you can even construct a beautiful bouquet out of something as simple as paper or felt. The important part is that you find a bushel of blooms that will match your personal style.

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