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January 28, 1989 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-01-28

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depend upon the style of gown. For
an all-white wedding, bridesmaids
might carry white lilies, dendrobium
orchids, stephanotis, freesias or white
gerberas and, in the spring, tulips.


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20 BRIDES 1989

For the bride in an all-white
wedding, more dramatic flowers might
be used, like members of the orchid
family, cattleyas, smaller white japhets,
phalaenopsis, stephanotis, gardenias
or pure white bouvardia. (Incidentally,
gardenias are now staging a comeback
as corsage and wedding flowers.)
With an all-white wedding, the
florist can also use the primary colors
like yellows, blues and reds. Or the
florist could go with shades of pinks
and oranges, from soft peach to deep
tangerine. "The sky's the limit," Smith
For an ivory or off-white wedding,
Smith suggests using white roses in
the bridal bouquet. But be careful,
warns Smith. Roses aren't a "true"
white and can look yellowish when
used in this fashion; white roses have
a faint blush or center of pink.
With off-white gowns, white roses
could be used along with gardenias,
some varieties of dendrobiums which
are ivory, and lilies like the Sterling
Silver variety.
Foliage plays an important part in
the bouquet, explains Smith,
contrasting with the flowers and
producing the lines of the design. Ivy,
for instance, can form a cascade.
Besides the bride's and
bridesmaids' bouquets and floral
hairpieces (if any), the florist takes
care of the floral decorations in the
synagogue and at the reception.

Jewish ceremonies feature a
chuppah under which the couple is
married in memory of the bridal tent
utilized during Biblical days. It's
usually composed of a canopy of white
silk or satin held up by four poles.
However, chuppahs can be created
from flowers and plants; for instance
Vivian Foley of Kay Danzer Florist in
Detroit remembers a chuppah that
was created by placing four large
weeping figs (Ficus benjamina) so that
the branches formed a canopy.

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