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The only thing better than a Rolls-Royce getaway car is one decked out with a lush floral wreath.

Matthew Robbins limited the bride’s clutch to one flower—a phalaenopsis orchid—and one color. “Amanda wanted something bold and cascading but unfussy, so using only one variety of orchid kept the more dramatic and classic cascade very fresh and unique,” says Matthew.

Cap the night with a send-off wedding guests won't soon forget: a fireworks show that rivals Baz's renedition.

Post-ceremony, everyone moved to the nearby Casa Santo Domingo Hotel for a cocktail hour with rum-spiked tamarindo aguas frescas, then dinner and dancing. Guatemalan maracas served as escort cards, dance floor props, and favors.

Glazed ceramic vases bursting with lisianthus, native succulents, fuchsia orchids, and hydrangeas shared the table with mercury­ glass votives.

This shimmering confection is dressed to the nines in 10-karat-gold twinkle dust.

Even the smallest flower girl will make a big, big entrance when she carries a Wonderland-size blossom down the aisle. This rosette is a cinch to assemble and can be made in myriad colors. Tools and Materials:Small and large petal templatesCrepe paperScissorsWooden dowel or stickFloral tapePencilSpray paint (optional)

You don't need to know your Art Deco from your Art Nouveau to admire this cake's geometric Gatsby style. Covered in buttercream, piped dots of frosting, and cut-fondant plaques coated with sanding sugar, it's just plain pretty, no matter how you slice it.

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Twists on a Traditional Wedding Cake

A trio of coordinating patterns creates a personalized spot to say “I do.” To make the valance, affix wallpaper to foam board with spray adhesive. The aisle runner? Double-stick-tape a roll to the floor. And for each chair cover, drape a strip over the back, punch two holes in each end, and tie on a ribbon.

File this under A for adorable. Instead of a traditional guest book, use cards from an address file. Our set, by Lovely Design, contains handmade ones from vintage papers, so each is unique. Set cards on a table with a sign asking friends and family to jot down messages; once they’ve penned their notes, they can file their card alphabetically, leaving you to merely flip through all the warm wishes that range from A to Z.

Standard guest books are no match for this striking homemade version. All you need are rectangles of paper and white Uniball “Signo” gel pens. Display the cards and pens at the reception so guests can leave their mark, and then paste their well-wishes into a “Noci” album afterward.

Region: In the West Where: San Francisco, California The Details: Has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Their Style: “We love combining unique foliage with seasonal blooms and weedy pieces to resemble overgrown gardens in vases,” says Jill Rizzo, who works with best friend Alethea Harampolis.  To Book: Visit studiochoo.com

Juicy winter citrus fruit was the inspiration behind this cheery duo. To replicate the centerpiece (which was created by Quatre Coeur), fill white bowls and platters with navel oranges, clementines, and kumquats. For contrast, add lemon leaves and white gardenias, orchids, and stephanotis. Complete the look with an orange table runner and water glasses. The Details: Richard Ginori "Eclissi Platinum" dinnerware and "Oblique" wineglasses. Cutipol "Moon" flatware (shophorne.com).

Rosa Clara's "Bisel" silk-organza gown features a shoulder-accentuating halter with a low-plunging back, the latter serving as an especially dynamic contrast to the petal-patterned overlay and ball-gown skirt. A collection of vibrant garden roses and spray roses nestled into passion vine and olive branches finishes the look.

A trio of coordinating patterns creates a personalized spot to say “I  do.” To make the valance, affix wallpaper to foam board with spray adhesive. The aisle runner? Double-stick-tape a roll to the floor. And for each chair cover, drape a strip over the back, punch two holes in each end, and tie on a ribbon.

Set the scene for your vows with one of these easy-to-make background displays.

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Tiny Limoncello Ice Pops

All Day Wedding Makeup

A welcome package with playing cards, Texas-shaped potato chips, piquante sauce, and pecan pralines greeted each of the one hundred guests who spent the weekend at the camp that hosted this Texas soiree.


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