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To Have & To Hold

Magical Wedding Bouquets

Avi Adler, David Stark


List Price: 27.50*
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One of the most anticipated experiences in every bride-to-be’s wedding planning is choosing her bouquet. However, when faced with the real-life sea of styles and flowers, a bride-to-be may soon become overwhelmed. To Have & To Hold offers more than 150 unique bouquets, pictured in 200 luminous photographs, that incorporate scores of seasonal flowers both familiar and exotic, as well as flowering branches, pinecones, leaves, feathers, family lace—even fruits and herbs—to guide her in her decision.

David Stark and Avi Adler escort the bride-to-be through today’s maze of flowers and bouquet styles, identifying the indispensable basics: Labels and deconstructed bouquets name every flower. Lists of flowers available by season and by price help narrow the choices based on when the wedding will take place and what the budget is. Also included are practical details such as how to care for flowers, how to make your own stunning and cost-effective bouquet, how to hold the bouquet and then how to preserve it, and how to tie in boutonnieres, bridesmaids’ bouquets, and flower girls’ baskets. In addition, the authors’ personal anecdotes offer sage advice on bouquet do’s and don’ts.

To Have & To Hold has a bouquet to strike any fancy for every kind of wedding day.

Artisan, 9781579652784, 208pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2005

About the Author

David Stark and Avi Adler are the most sought after event planners in New York. With clients that include MoMA, the New York Botanical Garden, Target, Valentino, Bulgari, and Kate Spade, they have appeared on national television shows such as Martha Stewart Living and Today. They live in Brooklyn, New York.

David Stark is the president and creative director of one of New York’s esteemed event-planning firms, David Stark Design & Production, which creates elaborate events hosted by New York’s elite, including the New York City Opera, MoMA, Sotheby's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Target. His wildly inventive ideas have been featured in magazines such as InStyle Home, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Traditional Home, and Modern Bride, and he has appeared on national television shows including Martha Stewart Living, Martha, Today, and The View. The author of Napkins with a Twist and co-author of To Have and To Hold and Wild Flowers, Stark lives in Brooklyn, New York.