Hand Candy

Six East Bay florists take on the ultimate bridal accessory.

Photography by Erika Pino / Styled by Adrea Cabrera

Soft and Romantic

Katherine Bergman Floral Designs

1. Shape

Pointy Veronica breaks up the bouquet so it’s not too round.

2. Swap

Old-fashioned David Austin Juliet roses are a good alternative to peonies, which brides love but can be hard to find.

Plants Used: David Austin Juliet rose / Dianthus / Geranium foliage / Hydrangea / Rice flower / Spray rose / Tweedia / Veronica

“This bouquet is for the traditional bride and would be elegant in a rustic wedding with a cottage or vintage feel. All of the materials go together like an English garden bouquet—like you’d picked them out of a garden. I was going for something timeless.” —Katherine Bergman

By appointment only, walnut creek, (925) 210-0487, floraldesigner.com


Naturally Textured

Megan Haney Designs

1. Color

Quicksand roses in soft colors look beautiful with ivory and blush bridal gowns.

2. Shape

Velvety Dusty miller leaves make the bouquet less structured.

3. Mood

Little pink grass flowers grown in Half Moon Bay add a natural feel.

Plants Used: Dusty miller / Orchid / Quicksand rose / Succulent / Wild grass

“I started with roses that were softer and girlier and added textural elements from there, including the succulents. If you notice, there’s a slight pink edge to the succulent tips, like they’re kissed. They’re from my garden: I like to buy the whole plant and use the flowers, then replant and reuse the plant again.” —Megan Haney

By appointment only, 1537 N. Main St., Ste. R, Walnut Creek, (925) 962-1119, meganhaneydesigns.com


Cheery and Bright

Bloomies On Main

1. Texture

Yellow cockscomb adds unexpected variation.

2. Color

Ranunculus is prolific and comes in a variety of colors.

Plants Used: Calla lily / Cockscomb / Poppy / Ranunculus / Rose / Tulip

“I wanted fun flowers that were different and had lots of texture—something you don’t always see. I would make this for a bride who is bright and cheerful, and really likes a lot of color.” —Sarah Velen

915 Main St., Ste. D, Pleasanton, (925) 931-1290, bloomiesonmainca.com



The Ombré Effect


1. Mood

Carnations—which have an old school, vintage feel—are making a comeback.

2. Highlight

Red peonies are a focal flower on which to build the bouquet.

Plants Used: Anemone / Carnation / Chocolate Cosmos / Garden rose / Peony / Scabiosa / Sweet pea

“I started with the dark red side and worked my way across to the light pink side for that ombré effect: The bouquet gets wispier as it goes. It’s more for a whimsical, outdoor wedding.” —Darwin Harrison

2345 Boulevard Cir., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-6877, Florali.com



Open and Airy

Sunshine Flowers Wedding and Event Design

1. Shape

Delicate orchids are supported by stronger, surrounding flowers.

2. Mood

Scabiosa gives an additional touch of feminine color.

3. Texture

Wax flowers create a loose, just-picked feel.

Plants Used: Butterfly Blue scabiosa / Hydrangea / Phalaenopsis orchid / Spray rose / Wax flower

“This bouquet could be used for both a very formal wedding—black tie—or an outdoor wedding for a bride that loves a formal flower such as the orchid. I think that the contrast of formal in the blossoms used and the more relaxed, just-picked structure is a unique combination.” —Constance Shrecengost

by appointment only, Martinez, (925) 228-6123, sunshineflowers.com


Deep and Dramatic


1. Shape

Calla lilies add volume.

2. Mood

Veronica gives the bouquet movement—like that of a wildflower field—and a little bit of surprise.

3. Texture

Privet berries are unusual and provide contrast.

Plants Used: Anemone / Captain Paris calla lily / Peony / Privet berry / Veronica

“I could definitely see this bouquet in a winter wedding. The richness of the jewel tones and the drama of the peonies and callas would be so beautiful on a chilly December night. Add some candlelight, and it would be so pretty.” —Emily Courtz

3581 mt. diablo blvd., ste. c, lafayette, (925) 310-4546, floretlafayette.com