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The Bold and the Beautiful

Make a colorful floral statement with vibrant hues and mirrored accents.

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Blue Vanda orchid blooms float in midair amid polished chrome spheres in this unique design using Jose Graterol Designs’ own furnishing and linens, photographed at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort.

Creams, pale pinks, golds and whites are a classic wedding palette, but some floral designers are taking risks with brighter hues paired with clear crystals and multicolored mirrors. The result: a bold wedding-day look that shows your personality and stands out from the crowd.

“Most people choose flowers in white and cream, so that the lighting of the room determines the color scheme rather than the flowers themselves,” says Steve Levine, manager of floral and event-design company Jose Graterol Designs (12605 NW 115th Ave., Suite B-110, Miami, 305.788.0562). “Many of our brides want a custom design to match their personality, so they’ve been opting for something more unique,” he says.

An artist by training who received his BFA in fashion design and architecture in Florence, Italy, Venezuelan-born Jose Graterol is a top go-to for planners in Miami and beyond, including L.A. celebrity event-planner Mindy Weiss. When he wants to make an impact, he turns to deep purples, royal blues and hot pinks, using diverse florals such as roses and Vanda orchids, and upping the impact by choosing multiple florals in the same powerful hue.

For more traditional brides, Graterol will interject color in a more subtle way, often using mini calla lilies. “We did a wedding at The St. Regis Bal Harbour with dark purple calla lilies in each centerpiece,” Levine says. “We kept the bride’s bouquet all white, and used the unique Picasso mini calla, which has a deep purple center outlined in white, for each of the bridesmaids. It was a great way to mix traditional and modern into a cohesive design.”

When it comes to the accessories, Levine advises using more upscale options, especially the reflective aspects of mirrors and metals. “We don’t just use silver mirrors, but also ones in jewel tones like purple, pink and turquoise, as well as a variety of finishes in metallic and gold,” he says. And it’s not just about wall treatments; mirrored accents—from white-, black- or gray-mirrored collaged bar fronts to reflective chargers, candleholders and vases on the tabletops—are wonderful ways to introduce a kaleidoscope effect.

For the aisle treatment at a recent wedding, the company custom-designed mirrored Plexiglas boxes that worked as planters, with some running at waist level and others placed just 6 inches off the floor. “The reflections are a great way to show off the details of the bride, the dress, the flowers, even her shoes. It’s like you’re seeing double,” Levine says.

And while weddings are traditionally white, don’t be afraid to go to the dark side. “Brides who want to create a luxurious, textural environment are incorporating the deep feel of black chargers, lacquer chairs with black cushions, and then clear crystal candleholders and candelabras in the centerpieces,” Levine states. “It really makes the colors pop.”