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A floral designer in Britain for more than twenty years (she did Fergie’s royal wedding), this trendsetter brought her unpretentious approach stateside six years ago. Though she’s still based in England, a Packer-trained designer handles every wedding, taking a sleek approach that means "no twee little flowers." Centerpieces start at $150; bouquets start at $100.
Jeanne Costello Designs350 Fifth Ave., nr. 34th St., Ste. 4205; 917-685-0547; jeannecostello.com
Popular with industry insiders at Vogue and Town & Country, this florist makes the most gorgeous bouquets of lush freesia. The look of most of Costello’s creations-which often feature berries, figs, and other non-floral elements-is loose, lush, and romantic. From $125.jesgordon.com
Gordon got her start designing flowers for movies. Her style ranges from monochromatic to feng shui-inspired. She does extensive interviews with couples-and often visits their home-to get the aesthetic right. Couples should book at least two months in advance. Bridal bouquets start at $250; centerpieces at $275.jmvisuals.com
Jeffrey Marcus draws on his background in fine arts and design as the foundation for his modern floral visions. He strives to keep his work tailored, yet always with a personalized touch. Marcus’s design-industry clientele appreciate his sculptural sensibility and attention to detail. Bridal bouquets start at $150.katrinaparrisflowers.com
After just six years in the business, this designer has amassed an impressive client base. Her style is a bit flashy, mixing bold colors and sometimes tropical flowers with flourishes like copper wire and Swarovski crystals. Bouquets and centerpieces start at $150.lmdfloral.com
Lewis Miller’s luxurious designs have a European aesthetic, fixed somewhere between the Middle Ages and the eighteenth century. The native of California farm country-and Belle Fleur alum- scours the flower market for unusual specimens. (He leans toward the moody, dark, and dramatic.) Prices upon request.lolivier.com
Well-respected among fashion types, Olivier Giugni worked at Pierre Cardin before opening his floral atelier twelve years ago. His modern, architectural arrangements typically consist of a cluster of monochromatic flowers hand-tied together and wrapped with philodendron leaves. Bridal bouquets from $175; centerpieces from $275.lotus212.com
Inspired by his love of Pollock and Kandinsky, designer Collazo’s work usually involves bold color combinations (baby blue and burgundy; fuchsia and orange) and giant beakers as containers. Centerpieces from $150; bridal bouquets are $150 to $350.magnoliaflowersandevents.com
Headed by siblings Mauro and Angelica Gomes, this sought-after floral design team has decorated three MTV Video Music Awards shows, six U.S. Opens, and every week, Dior’s 57th Street flagship store. Magnolia’s arrangements are abundant and monochromatic-no fillers here-and they’re presented in sleek custom-designed containers. Bouquets from $150; centerpieces from $250; $5,000 minimum.
Marc-Antoine Floral Design150 W. 28th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1702; 212-627-2244; marc-antoine.com
Whether he’s incorporating classic candelabras or contemporary wire lights, Marc-Antoine’s floral designs are clean, lush, and mesmerizing. And because he takes on only a few weddings a year, he can provide clients with a truly hands-on, customized experience. Centerpieces start at $350; bouquets start at $300.mgflowers.com
Michael George was one of the pioneers of the fuss-free floral look. Known for his minimalist style, he often makes arrangements with masses of a single type of flower (mostly calla lilies, roses, or tulips-sometimes 300 or more in a bunch). For those DIY-types, he also teaches a floral-design class once a month at the Flower School New York in Tudor City. Bridal bouquets and centerpieces start at $150.michelleragoltd.com
Inventive and self-taught, event planner and floral designer Rago melds bright colors, unusual glass containers, and clean lines into monochromatic compositions. She used to be the Today show’s regular florist, and her arrangements are refreshing, young, and fashionable. Bouquets from $175; centerpieces from $350.
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
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