Almost any kind of bloom you could dream of has magically made its way onto this season's wedding dresses. Designers were on a nature kick as they appliqued, embroidered, cut out and draped their way giddy with roses, lilies, violets and peonies.
Some gowns practically became big, giant flowers as they seemed to morph into supersized cabbage roses sprouting up around the bride herself. Light, delicate petals that looked as though they might just float away sat blithely on skirts and bodices and trains.
In past seasons, designers celebrated the beauty of blossoms as corsages, pretty motifs and accents to trains and accessories, but no more. This season they've taken center stage and inspired designers to create some of the most romantic, poetic gowns we've seen in a long time.
Carolina Herrera wowed us with her portrait of elegance with her black and white embroidered anemone wedding gown. Carrying a bouquet that surely inspired her choice of blooms, this bold statement was a favorite.
Oscar de la Renta's embroidered Lilies of the Valley gown with sharp grass green embroidery and tiny white three-dimensional buds is just spectacular. Set on a clean white satin background and with a bouquet of the real thing in hand, this look made our It List.
Known for her Victorian-inspired dresses, designer Claire Pettibone has a permanent green thumb. Magnolias, camellias and dewdrop-covered roses were embroidered, appliqued in metallic thread and clustered on a soft, bohemian bolero.
Flowers play a very special role on the wedding day, from the tradition of the bouquet the bride carries down the aisle to meet her groom, which she cheerfully tosses out to the next possible bride-to-be with spirit, love and hopefulness, to the pretty little flower girls that march down the aisle throwing rose petals to the wind. Dramatic arrangements adorn tables and the ceremony locale and now they embellish the bride in the most beautiful, dreamy way possible. This bud's for you.