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Wedding flowers for every season

Just because you're planning a modern wedding, doesn't mean you should turn your nose up at some traditional flower varieties. In fact, some established favorites such as roses and lily of the valley are top of the list for many contemporary couples. The trick is choosing the right hue and presentation.

"We have seen a big increase in soft, neutral tones, such as ivories and whites with hints of blush, arranged loosely and naturally with a vintage and contemporary style," said Rachel Trimarco, founder and CEO of Bride and Blossom (646-706-7783, brideandblossom.com).

Such simple, neutral florals are sleek enough to stand alone yet retain their classic appeal even when integrated into an arrangement. They are a key ingredient to achieving an overall sophisticated theme.

"The choices we make for our arrangement 'recipes' are based on client preferences and centerpiece styles," said Trimarco, who typically uses only flowers that are in season. "When shipping flowers internationally and out of season, they can be extremely pricey and the quality is a lot of times compromised."

Still, if someone is heart-set on having a certain flower, it always can be arranged.

"No matter what season a flower may have locally, someone somewhere in the world is growing that variety," Trimarco said.

To keep within budget, here are a few of her seasonal suggestions:

SPRING (March, April, May)

Cherry blossoms: Best known as a first sign
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Cherry blossoms: Best known as a first sign of spring, small, pale pink cherry blossoms add a delicate touch to any bouquet. The long branches also lend an earthy element.

Tulips: It's easy to match tulips to a
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Tulips: It's easy to match tulips to a wedding's color theme, as the buds are available in an array of hues. The smooth petals and stately stems offer simple elegance.

Lily of the valley: These tiny clusters of
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Lily of the valley: These tiny clusters of bell-shaped flowers were the bouquet choice of Grace Kelly, and the fragrant flowers still have flowing, graceful impact.

Peonies: Romance blossoms from the ethereal, featherlike petals
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Peonies: Romance blossoms from the ethereal, featherlike petals of the peony. Whether white, pink or deep red, the large, round blooms make a statement.

SUMMER (June, July, August)

Sweet peas: The medium-sized flowers of this climbing
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Sweet peas: The medium-sized flowers of this climbing vine come in many colors and offer a free-flowing, ruffled look to bouquets.

Garden roses: The garden variety of roses is
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Garden roses: The garden variety of roses is anything but ordinary. A delicate cousin of the tightly wound red Valentine classic imparts a more relaxed, romantic feel.

The shape and size of dahlias vary, and
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The shape and size of dahlias vary, and intricate colors make them stand out. They are great as bouquet boosters or in eye-catching centerpieces.

FALL (September, October, November)

Delphinium: These delicate blossoms grow in long, bushy
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Delphinium: These delicate blossoms grow in long, bushy stalks, but for weddings they are often deconstructed and used in bouquets. They are usually white or bluish/purple and are sometimes used to add "something blue."

Roses: These fragrant, classic symbols of love are
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Roses: These fragrant, classic symbols of love are available in a range of colors and sizes, making them easy to match to a wedding's personality.

Hydrangeas: These big balls of flat-petaled flowers (ranging
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Hydrangeas: These big balls of flat-petaled flowers (ranging from whites to pink/purple/blues) add a bold, yet light and airy edge to bouquets and arrangements.

WINTER (December, January, February)

Anemones: These dramatic, colorful blooms accented with a
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Anemones: These dramatic, colorful blooms accented with a wide dark center are reminiscent of poppies.

Snowberries: The durable yet polished look of these
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Snowberries: The durable yet polished look of these beautifully dotted branches gives arrangements texture and wildflower appeal.

Curly willow branches: These free-form wavy branches also
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Curly willow branches: These free-form wavy branches also add texture to arrangements and provide a natural, earthy element.

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