From the dress and shoes to hairstyle and manicure, every detail of the bride’s ensemble is an expression of her unique style. Personal expression is the one thing that we regular folk have in common with princesses, A-list actresses, and influencers when it comes to saying ‘I Do.’ Personal expression cannot be bought for a high price tag – it is part of you and comes from within.
While we love talking about gowns and accessories, nothing gets us more excited than the topic of wedding bouquets. We could go on for hours about the fresh, sophisticated romance of Priyanka Chopra’s ribbon accented arrangement. Since many of our clients have celebrity wedding photos pinned to their vision boards, we thought it would be fun to highlight the famous brides whose bouquets captured our eyes, hearts, and imaginations over the last near seventy years.
Having said “I Do” eight times, no one left us with a wedding portfolio quite like Elizabeth Taylor. She was an incomparable woman who lived life on her own terms, a fact that without a doubt influenced her bridal style. Our two favorite looks worn by the screen legend and humanitarian exchange traditional white for color. For her wedding to Eddie Fischer in 1959, she wore an emerald silk dress complemented by a cascading yellow and white flower and greenery bouquet. When she married Richard Burton for the first time in 1964, she donned a daffodil yellow chiffon babydoll dress with matching bouquet and unforgettable bridal bouffant adorned with lily of the valley and hyacinth.
For her wedding to Mel Ferrer in 1954, Audrey Hepburn didn’t actually carry a bouquet. What has mesmerized us all these years is THAT white rosebud crown. With her floral adorned pixie cut and tea length dress by designer Pierre Balmain, Hepburn secured her place among iconic brides through out history.
The 1953 nuptials of Jackie and John Kennedy were as close to a royal wedding as America had ever seen up to that point in time. Stunning in an ivory silk portrait-neckline gown by designer Ann Lowe, the future first lady carried a voluminous white and greenery bouquet.
Let us take a moment to fully appreciate what Diana Ross wore when she married Arne Naess Jr. in 1986. We are obsessed with the diva goddess’s statement florals featuring a cascading white, pink, and greenery bouquet and hair blossoms
A show-stopping bouquet is an absolute must when you wear a gown with a 25-foot train and 153-yard tulle veil. Princess Diana proved this beautifully as the world watched her marry Charles, Prince of Wales in 1981. The young bride carried a breathtaking arrangement of white gardenias, orchids, freesias and lily of the valley measuring an epic 42-inches in length.
Admittedly, Kelly Clarkson’s 2013 wedding to Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farms in Tennessee had flown under our radar. But upon seeing the singer’s organic inspired bouquet featuring a sunflower complemented by vibrant yellow and purple florals, we immediately fell in love and had to include it on the list.
Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William in 2011 was a world-watched event. The future Duchess of Cambridge stepped into her royal role with a style and elegance that reminded us of another legendary bride – Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. She complemented her gown by Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, with a petite bouquet of white lily of the valley, sweet William, hyacinth, ivy, and myrtle.
Since making her relationship with Prince Harry known, Meghan Markle has been under a microscope of the public eye. Handling herself with unfettered poise and grace, she silenced critics and gained admirers on their wedding day. Meghan complemented her modern gown by Givenchy with a traditional posy bouquet (some flowers were handpicked by Harry himself!) of forget-me-nots, sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, and astrantia with sprigs of myrtle.
Country singer Kacey Musgraves married fellow crooner Ruston Kelly in a whimsical fall wedding on a Tennessee Farm in 2017. Captivating in a lace Berta gown, the southern belle carried a lush, cascading bouquet of dahlias, garden roses, hellebores, strawflower, lisianthus, cosmos, lysmachia, and wild flowers tied together with a honey hued velvet ribbon.
Since first appearing in those Calvin Klein Ads in the mid-90s, Kate Moss has emerged as one of today’s leading style makers. The supermodel didn’t miss a beat when she married rocker Jamie Hince in 2011. Moss complemented her glittering vintage inspired gown by John Galliano with a darling bouquet of white and dusty pink blooms.
Even the younger sister of a Duchess will get her moment to shine. First drawing attention as her sister Kate’s bridesmaid, Pippa Middleton took everyone’s breath away when she wed James Matthews in 2017. Wearing a Giles Deacon lace gown featuring an A-line silhouette, high neck, and cap sleeves, the modern bride finished her look with a petite teardrop bouquet of white peonies, sweet pea, freesia, and wax flower with touches of pink astilbe and green thlaspi.
Entrepreneur, DJ, and fashion and fitness influencer Hannah Bronfman’s destination wedding to fellow DJ Brendan Fallis in Monaco was an epic four day event. Revealing one Instagram worthy outfit after another, the bride glowed as she took to the ceremony aisle in a custom strapless silk crepe trumpet gown by Vera Wang. She complemented her unforgettable ensemble with a lush, teardrop bouquet of white lilies and greenery.
Tennis star Serena Williams channeled her inner princess for her fairytale wedding to Alexis Ohanian at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in 2017. Working with Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Serena captivated in a strapless ball gown featuring a voluminous tulle skirt and dramatic cape. With her sophisticated white flower bouquet with satin ribbon, Williams looked like a Disney princess for the modern day.
Mandy Moore’s intimate backyard nuptials to Taylor Goldsmith in 2018 were what wedding dreams are made of. The blushing bride wore a pretty pink dress by Rodarte featuring layer upon layer of dotted tulle. Mixing Pampas grass with soft pink and off-white florals, the decor had a feminine, bohemian vibe and made just about every florist’s vision board that year. We are still swooning over how Moore’s freshly-picked-from-the-garden bouquet looked against her one-of-a-kind bridal attire.
Some of these bouquets are clearly a sign of the trends of the day, while others hold a hypnotic beauty that stands the test of time. What these hand-held arrangements do have in common however, is that their well-known brides chose their floral recipes carefully and with love. And isn’t that what every bride, famous or not, wants on her wedding day?
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