Florists for Your Wedding

By: sara levine, Mary Clare Glover, Dana Schwartz, Melissa Herald

Amaryllis, 1625 Eckington Pl., NE; 202-529-2230. Our top vote-getter, Amaryllis won the DC International Special Event Society’s award for best event decor in 2006; it won best table design for the second year in a row.

Art With Flowers, Tysons Galleria; 703-903-6837. José Coffey and his staff create both classic and contemporary arrangements.

Blooms, 11515 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston; 703-620-5557. Blooms offers traditional and modern centerpieces. It also decorates cakes with fresh flowers.

Distinctive Floral Designs, 10805 Sycamore Springs La., Great Falls; 703-430-0312. This company specializes in weddings. Brides like Alison de Wit’s creative touches, such as hand-tied bouquets and flowers tucked into updos.

Dragonfly, 30 S. Quaker La., Suite 100, Alexandria; 703-370-2525. Thom and Marcy Green customize furniture, draping, and lighting to complement the wedding’s floral design.

Dunham Designs, Bethesda; 301-896-0167. Cynthia Osburn and her dad, William, grow their own hydrangeas. She uses high-end imported flowers, including orchids from Thailand.

The Enchanted Florist, 139 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria; 703-836-7777. Phyllis Kennedy incorporates personal touches, such as using family jewelry in a bouquet.

Exquisite! Design Studio, 5518 Dorsey La., Bethesda; 301-951-8109. This company has a wide selection of decorative props. Brides like the “contained glass,” in which large squares of glass are filled with flowers and candles.

Flower Gallery of Chantilly, 13619 Lee-Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly; 703-378-4007. Brides rave about “the flaming tower,” a centerpiece of glass vases stacked in a pyramid with floating candles.

The Flower Market, 5302 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; 703-751-0322. Owner Gwen Gattsek imports high-end flowers from all over the world. Brides praise the large selection and helpful staff.

Greenworks, Spring Valley; 202-265-3335. Peggy Stanley designed one autumn-themed wedding using six-foot trees with natural gold and copper leaves on each table, surrounded by fall flowers and berries. Greenworks also designs chuppahs.

Heavenly Hydrangeas, McLean; 703-534-1308. Brides praise Susan Poneman’s creativity. She includes flowers from her own gardens and often adds fruits, vegetables, and feathers for a natural look.

Jack H. Lucky Floral Design, 750 Sundance Mountain, New Market, Va.; 703-533-1515. Lucky and his staff have provided flowers for many high-profile weddings.

Janet Flowers Wedding & Event Designs, 12288-A Wilkins Ave., Rockville; 301-230-0820. Flowers has a wide selection of props, including wrought-iron centerpiece holders, arches, and chuppahs.

JLB Floral, 4932-A Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; 703-751-4031. Jesse L. Bailey can custom-make props or tent decor to match his floral design.

Multiflor, 8300-F Merrifield Ave., Fairfax; 703-645-0090. One of our top vote-getters. Brides praise Nick Perez’s contemporary style. He’ll use lotus pods and succulents—cactuslike plants from Holland—to create an organic look.

Ociana Group, 1621 Eckington Pl., NE; 202-269-5634. Jay Watkins and Barbara Hamilton specialize in an English-garden look. They rarely design every table identically but create arrangements that compliment one another.

Petal’s Edge Floral Design, 624 N. Washington St., Alexandria; 703-518-8488. Brides like the creative ideas of Gerry Rogers and Rebecca Morris, who often use seasonal fruit in arrangements. They also design chuppahs.

Philippa Tarrant Custom Floral Design, Northwest DC; 202-413-8562. Trained in Europe, Tarrant creates sleek arrangements with flowers imported from around the world.

Suzann Stotlemyer, Chevy Chase; 301-718-0280. Stotlemyer often incorporates seasonal herbs and berries into arrangements and bouquets.

Ultra Violet Flowers, 1218 31st St., NW; 202-333-3002. This Georgetown boutique creates contemporary designs using mostly Dutch flowers but also gets blooms from Thailand and Hawaii.

Yellow Door Floral Designs, 1705 Baldwin Dr., McLean; 703-734-1137; . Owner John Duffy often incorporates the bride’s colors into three or four different, contemporary table designs.