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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

pink + peonies = perfect

the peony is hands down my all time favorite flower. so when i saw an airy cluster of them featured on a pair of strappy pink heels recently, i went absolutely craaazy and was instantly inspired. a whole wedding built around pink and peonies? what could be more perfect?

the stunning badgley mischka shoes were clearly the inspiration, but there are many fabulous ways to incorporate this lush flower into your design aesthetic.

how about an outdoor central park wedding that mixes the summery peony with coordinating flowers and elements in the same pink hue? bold boutonnieres by ariston florist would mix beautifully with cherry blossom accents and a playful cotton candy display that looks like a vase of peony stems (very clever).

i'm nuts about this peony cake, which is whimsical-yet-classic and just plain gorgeous. it makes a perfect complement to the sweetly simple tablescape by martha stewart — don't you love the pink glass china? crazy pretty.

and finally, what bride would be complete without this dupioni silk-lined peony clutch by red ruby rose? it's like a breath of spring. all right, how many brides out there love the peony as much as i do?!

photo credits
cake • tara donne; cotton candy • kristin spencer photography; boutonniere • patricia kantzos photography; shoes • ling photography, st. paul, mn.

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