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A floral designer in Britain since 1982 (she did Prince Andrew’s and Sarah Ferguson’s royal wedding and the 2012 Summer Olympics), this trendsetter brought her straightforward approach stateside ten years ago. Although Packer is based in England, a Packer-trained designer handles every wedding in New York. Bouquets and centerpieces from $100. (good value)
Jerry Sibal Design Fusion37 E. 28th St., nr. Park Ave., Ste. 600; 212-679-3229; jerrysibal.com
This Preston Bailey alum opened his own floral-design studio in 1996 and has since grown it into a full-fledged event-production company. Expect floral compositions that are “classic with a twist,” often incorporating exotic orchids, peonies, or gardenias. Prices upon request.
JM Visuals917-282-2496; jmvisuals.com
JM Visuals is known for simple elegance, showcasing clean lines and balanced elements. It has designed for both large-scale fêtes and intimate destination weddings. It also offers lighting, location sourcing, and custom-fabrication services. Bouquets from $150; centerpieces from $175.
Kat Flower917-208-9355; katflower.com
Kathleen Hyppolite, a Brooklyn Flea veteran with a background in event planning, fashions her bouquets from seasonal and organic elements when possible, and often works with vines (jasmine is a favorite). She’s also known for incorporating herbs and fruit, such as rosemary and kumquat, into her creations. Bouquets from $200; centerpieces from $250. (ecofriendly)katrinaparrisflowers.com
With ten years in the business, this designer has amassed an impressive base of clients who count on her for glamorous, attention-grabbing arrangements. She often mixes bold colors and tropical flowers with flourishes like copper wire and Swarovski crystals. Centerpieces from $150; bouquets from $175.
Kerry Quade646-996-4238; kerryquade.com
Utilizing her background in art and site-specific installations, Quade creates environments that are unique and sculptural. Her beautiful but edgy florals incorporate unusual elements while blending texture and color. She can tailor her designs to specific needs, budget, and location. Ask about her Semi-Custom Quade option for bridal shower and rehearsal dinner décor. Prices upon request.lmdfloral.com
This event designer has a European aesthetic, fixed somewhere between the Middle Ages and the eighteenth century. Miller, a native of California farm country, scours the flower market for unusual specimens—he leans toward the moody, dark, and dramatic—but is happy to accommodate specific requests. Prices upon request.
The Little Glass Slipper61 Greenpoint Ave., nr. Franklin St. Ste. 304, Greenpoint; 888-863-7535; thelittleglassslipper.com
Owner Cary Pereyra specializes in the use of exotic herbs, fruit-bearing branches, and textured pods. She loves creating nontraditional centerpieces that tell a couple’s story, like using a round glass vase to house floating ranunculus flowers and fiddlehead ferns to reflect the interests of a woodsy biologist and structured architect. Herbal packets such as lavender or chamomile are available as wedding favors. Centerpieces and bouquets start at $100. (good value)lolivier.com
Well-respected among fashion types, Olivier Giugni worked at Pierre Cardin before opening this floral atelier. His modern, architectural arrangements often consist of monochromatic flowers that are wrapped with philodendron leaves. Bouquets from $175; centerpieces from $275.
MagnaFlora411 Third Ave., nr. 6th St., Gowanus; 212-401-7840; magnafloranyc.com
Brazilian-born Mauro Gomes has spent more than twenty years creating modern and eclectic arrange ments. Previously the co-owner and creative director of Magnolia Flowers, Gomes has decorated three MTV Video Music Awards, seven U.S. Opens, and the Rainforest Alliance gala. Bouquets from $150; centerpieces from $200.
Mark Rose Flowers & Events1140 Broadway, nr. 26th St., Ste. 901; 917-217-3565; markroseevents.com
Drawing on a background in architecture, Rose can transform any venue into a self-contained world with his large-scale floral installations and sculptural centerpieces. He’s adept at traditional and modern designs, as he’s proven through his sophisticated work for the Plaza and Pierre hotels. Prices upon request.
Owner Melanie Arden pays careful attention to detail when selecting the freshest blooms for each of her lush arrangements. Plus, she takes all clients to the flower market to view all the possibilities for their big day décor. Prices upon request.
Mille Fiori Flowers and Events227 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., second fl.; 212-714-2202; millefioriflowers.com
Internationally renowned Dutch florist Rene Hofstede has created designs for Donatella Versace, Tina Fey, Jay-Z, and The New Yorker and is well-versed in wedding décor, from the subtle to the grand. Bouquets range from $500 to $5,000. Centerpieces from $300.
Olam Wedding Canopies917-382-8877; olamweddings.com
Designer Michelle Friedman makes custom, handmade canopies and chuppahs. A design can include a family heirloom, such as a mother’s wedding dress or lace tablecloth. Each canopy is crafted using fine lace, beading, trims, and embroidery. Olam can customize the design to include names, dates, monograms, and more. Prices start at $600. Consultations are free.opaliaflowers.com
This Brooklyn shop’s rustic setting calls to mind a beautiful, fresh, abundant garden. Arrangements are created using seasonal blooms like anemones, peonies, and ranunculus in winter. Bouquets and centerpieces from $75. (good value)
The Orangerie917-557-0474; theorangerie.net
Using classic stems and romantic posies, these bicoastal designers aim for an Old World aesthetic by showcasing their blooms in statement-making metal urns, glass goblets, and rustic crates. Centerpieces from $175; bouquets from $150.
From the Summer 2013 New York Wedding Guide
- April Chantel Planning & Design Company
1440 Broadway, 23rd Floor New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 646-820-6187 ; www.Aprilchantel.com
April Chantel, an accomplished project manager, leads this boutique wedding planning & floral design company that specializes in creating romantic, contemporary and sophisticated affairs. Month-of coordination begins at $1,500. Planning & design prices upon request.
- Flowers by Richard
316 West 53rd Street New York, NY 10019 ; Tel: 212-582-3505 ; www.flowersbyrichardnyc.com
Flowers by Richard is widely known as the best midtown New York florist, specializing in fine wedding design. We understand that every bride is unique and wedding flowers should reflect your personality.