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Libby runs salons in New York and New Jersey. His outrageous designs, often incorporating crystals and feathers, recall the Ziegfeld Follies. All events are illustrated first, then planned and modeled by an in-house architect. Prices upon request.elanflowers.com
Elan’s imaginative arrangements have appeared at the Saint Regis Hotel, the Metropolitan Club, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Known for their excellent blending of color, contrast, and texture, these bouquets combine indigenous species with delicate exotics. Smaller bouquets start at $75.erflowers.com
Over the past 25 years, Ryan has worked her way up from sweeping floors in a flower shop to designing centerpieces for everyone from Paris Hilton to the Dalai Lama. Her original, poetic arrangements incorporate uncommon touches like feathers, vegetables framed in wooden boxes, Japanese teacups, and cone-shaped pots. From $150.
Designer Isabelle Bosquet-Morra’s work is full and intense with color and variety; she delights in the "limitless palette" of floral design. She finds alternatives to overly constructed arrangements, for small, bucolic weddings and over-the-top events alike. Bouquets from $195; centerpieces from $165.
Fleurs728A Macon St, nr. Howard Ave., Bushwick, Brooklyn; 646-436-6420; fleursnyc.com
Designer Jessica Wolvek’s training in Japanese flower-arranging is reflected in her gorgeously constructed bouquets. Many arrangements sprout from driftwood and logs rather than traditional vases-she draws inspiration from diverse vintage styles ranging from French countryside to Art Deco. Her studio is in Brooklyn, but she often meets couples in Manhattan for wedding consultations. Centerpieces start at $175; bouquets from $125 ($6,000 minimum). By appointment only.
Fleurs Bella55 E. 11th St., nr. Broadway; 646-602-7037 ; fleursbella.com
Creative director and founder Bella Meyer earned a Ph.D. in art history at the Sorbonne and approaches each project as an art installation. No two weddings she designs are ever the same. Meyer uses seasonal wildflower, organic flowers, and recycled containers where possible. Fleurs Bella works to accommodate a wide range of budgets; prices upon request.
Flora New York72 Thompson St., nr. Spring St.; 212-274-1887;florany.com
Design specialist and owner Jeff Chen’s "feng-shui chic" bouquets, accents, and centerpieces add a vibrant touch to weddings in Manhattan and beyond. Couples can schedule an appointment to meet with the designers in their Soho shop to create the ideal arrangements and bouquets. With flowers like phalaenopsis orchids and circus roses, almost nothing is out of reach. Bouquets from $200; centerpieces from $150.floraliadecorators.com
Couples seeking the floral equivalent of Rome’s Piazza Venezia in an upscale ballroom need look no further. Not afraid of large-scale, grand events, this innovative hub of Peter Grontas’s flower empire will do parties for up to 2,000 people without blinking an eye. In a word, opulent. Prices upon request.floraliesinc.com
Traditional, romantic designer Kostas Panagopoulos uses viburnum, lilac, and hyacinth in such abundance, it’s as if the blooms were sprouting from the table. He never takes on more than one wedding per weekend (about twenty a year). And while his main clients are big-money types who can pay up to $400 for a single centerpiece or bouquet, he’ll also work with brides of varying budgets.
Lynn Jawitz’s passion for flowers shows in her dense, richly colored bouquets and arrangements. Jawitz is known for her strikingly beautiful arrangements and for working closely and patiently with clients to help them realize their vision. Bouquets start at $200; centerpieces at $100. Full weddings start at $2,000.
Florisity Floral Gallery1 W. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-366-0891; florisity.com
Formerly Utowa Floral Gallery, Florisity continues its forbearer’s tradition of floral arrangements with a sculptural sensibility. Katsuya Nishimori constructs large, geometric rectangles of wisteria, dogwood, or bamboo that tower eight feet above the table. Bouquets of lush garden flowers like peonies, hydrangea, and orchids come wrapped in their signature brightly colored nylon cords. Bouquets and centerpieces start at $250.flowersbydaye.com
Fans of simple, elegant Japanese-style arrangements will love the tasteful creations of floral designer Ritsuko Daye Deura, who studied at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. She’s happy to create basic floral bouquets and centerpieces, but also has ideas for incorporating innovative elements, such as obi, or kimono sashes, and fruits. Centerpieces start at $100; bouquets start at $125. They often throw in boutonnieres at no additional cost.flowersbyrichardnyc.com
With more than 28 years of experience under his belt, Richard Sonnick specializes in designing full-scale wedding arrangements with flowers mostly imported from Holland or Thailand-particularly calla lilies and orchids. From $85 for centerpieces and $125 for bouquets; packages are available.flowersoftheworld.com
Known for contemporary arrangements that combine traditional elegance and modern sophistication, Flowers of the World continues to be a driving force in the industry through innovative designs tailored for each event. In addition to studios in midtown and downtown, this floral group is the Čexclusive designer for the Waldorf-Astoria. Bouquets and centerpieces from $250.
Frank Alexander NYC212-677-5176; frankalexandernyc.com
Frank Alexander and his colleagues create entire environments for weddings-from draping the Pierre Ballroom in fabric to crafting indoor Moroccan tents. The team designs custom furniture, reception tabletops, and makes exquisite floral arrangements. Prices upon request.glorimundi.com
Owner Priscilla Schaefer is known for her wild combinations of textures and colors-purple with celadon, green with apricot. Word-of-mouth has spread far: She once filled a Saudi Arabian palace with flowers for the royal family’s 3,000-guest wedding. Bouquets run $200 to $225.gothamgardens.com
With a client list chock-full of art-industry types, unusual flowers and unexpected botanical elements are the rule at this gorgeous shop. Owner Kevin Esteban and his design team bring a quirky sensibility to the work. Bouquets start at $250; centerpieces at $200.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide