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Beauty in Bloom

Runway looks inspire brilliant bouquets and statement manicures to match.

Bouquet of cymbidium orchids, garden roses, calla lilies and lisianthus by Houston Flowery. Ivory silk organza gown with Alençon lace and off-the-shoulder neckline, $3,519, by Victoria Nicole at Now & Forever Bridal Boutique. Cushion-cut diamond engagement ring with pavé halo set in platinum, price upon request, at BAP Estate Jewelry. Manicure by Thairapy Salon and Spa using Nicole by OPI nail lacquer in Great Minds Pink Alike.

When designer Oscar de la Renta showed his dreamy spring 2013 wedding gown collection, the bold bouquets and icy-blue manis (painted with a color from his first nail lacquer line) did not go unnoticed—even amid a sea of dramatic details like blue tulle and rouge ruffles.

It was a celebration of the not-so-traditional that showed how exquisite different can be, inspiring Ben Shamooelian of Houston Flowery (713.977.5350, 5930 Westheimer Road) to create a bridal bouquet inspired by runway brights. He hand-tied an exotic assortment of speckled cymbidium orchids, garden roses, calla lilies and lisianthus blooms—made to complement flirty azalea pink fingertips—in shades of poppy pink, citrus yellow and vivid lavender.

“Brides used to be very traditional, but fashion and beauty are inspiring bouquets,” he says. “More brides are leaning toward bolder florals that are colorful and unique, a look that stands out and isn’t like anyone else’s,” Shamooelian says. “And the brighter the color, the more exotic.”