Colin & Eloise Wedding Week: the Bouquet

It seems strange to admit this after twelve books about flower-themed spies, but… I know very little about flowers.

So when it came time to design a bouquet for Eloise, I sought expert help from Clara Bauer of Clara’s Flowers. (Have I mentioned recently how endlessly impressed I am by all the talent within the Pink community?)

Clara very generously sent an entire garden of bouquets for Eloise, along with descriptions. Eloise, of course, is in an agony of indecision. Here are the options:

1. “A simple classic mix of cream Vendela roses, with mini callas, white cymbidium orchids, white ranunculus and some touches of peonies with their buds…”

Clara bouquet 1

2. “Lily of the valley, white peonies, cream roses and white freesia. The touches of green are the lily of the valley leaves, fresh from Selwick garden!”

Clara bouquet 2

3. “This one is all orchids. Notice in the background that the maids’ bouquets were lilies…stargazers.”
(Eloise’s sister Jillian heard “bridesmaids’ bouquets” and “stargazers” and started making pointing motions at this one.)

Clara bouquet 3

4. “One of my favorites with white tulips, freesia, cream roses, white peonies, ranunculus, hydrangea and white lilacs. Fragrant, fluffy and so bridal!”

Clara bouquet 4

5. “Gardenias and open garden roses (David Austen from England) with touches of bling.”
(At the word “bling”, Pammy’s ears just perked up.)

Clara bouquet 5

6. Last but not least, this lovely pink and cream bouquet:

Clara bouquet 6

Which would you choose for Eloise?

(If you need context, this is her dress. Her bridesmaids are in lime green chiffon.)


  1. Sheila on August 13, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    They are all gorgeous, I could not possibly pick.

    • Lynne on August 13, 2015 at 11:54 pm

      I have to agree, Sheila – they were all so pretty in different ways. I say we applaud the artist, Clara, for being so very creative and talented.

  2. AngelB on August 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I am so not a girl. I never did the traditional wedding stuff because I had no clue. I can’t tell the difference except some the flowers are open and some have more color than the other. I guess the first one.

  3. Cate on August 13, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    The gardenia & divine David Austen roses one … my best friend (not a Pammy !) has oodles of various David Austen roses bushes in her garden ,& they are glorious !

  4. Denise on August 13, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Love the first one — simple and elegant

  5. Amanda V on August 13, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    The 4th one, because lilacs are my favorite flower and i like that it’s so fluufy.

  6. Karen on August 13, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    #3 or #5

    I think #3 fits Eloise more, but I am in love with #5

  7. Karlene on August 13, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    #2 with the white peonies, which remind me of my late grandmother’s beautiful garden!

  8. LynnS on August 13, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I wanted to vote for #2 because I am a sucker for lilies of the valley, but Eloise needs that little hint of pink in #3.

  9. lclassman on August 13, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    They’re all beautiful. #2 is the one that makes me give a happy little sigh, so that’s my favourite.

  10. Clara on August 13, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Since her dress is so beautiful, I would probably go fairly simple with the flowers. I don’t know but I’m thinking the soft pinks are great and then give the maids a simple bouquet of peonies and the lightest blush pink roses, perhaps Quicksand (one variety) with maybe a touch of some in season garden flowers such as sweet peas.

  11. Bev Fontaine on August 13, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I am torn between number 2 and number 4. They are all beautiful, though. None of my daughters went the traditional route, so we didn’t get to do this. The one who did get married in church in a white dress had bouquets made from succulents. Different, and quite beautiful.

  12. Debra Fortney on August 13, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    #2 from the Selwick Garden. Very sentimental.

  13. Mary D. on August 13, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I like the first one, with just a touch more pink.

  14. Jennifer R on August 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I love #6!

  15. Sharlene Moore on August 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    They are all gorgeous but #2 because I love Lily of the Valley.

  16. Pat Dupuy on August 13, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I think #2 although the bouquet with gardenias would smell heavenly.

  17. Karen H on August 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I think #2 looks very classic! I feel like she can’t have super pink flowers if her bridesmaids are wearing lime green though.

  18. Tracy Lee on August 14, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Gotta go with the last one but I would have added stefanotis and agapanthus. But they are all lovely.

  19. Dianna on August 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    It has to have some pink… can’t believe there is not even a touch of pink carnations included! Lime Green and Pink are a classic combination.
    Thanks so much for “Wedding Week”! Love it!

  20. Betty S. on August 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Number 2 considering the lime green bridesmaids – and of course the Selwick garden touches!

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