I’ve wanted to start this new column for some time, but we were so busy on the new site that it had to wait a bit. I’m SO excited to finally start it off today!
In Get to Know a Flower I’ll spotlight a flower, give you information to consider if you’re planning on using it in your wedding or photo shoot and share some of my favorite examples of how it was used in past weddings. Then, in Part 2 (coming later today!) of the feature, I’ll feature an exclusive shoot that showcases the featured flower. Today I’ll be sharing a beautiful succulent shoot by the ever-so-lovely Janie of The Bride’s Cafe!
I hope you all love this new feature, find it helpful and discover some new flowers. I couldn’t think of a better flower to start with than succulents. They’ve been one of my favorites for a while now and were one of the first features I blogged about when I started Green Wedding Shoes back in 2008! Plus, I have my own succulent garden at my home and just love all the colors + textures they come in. :) It’s pretty amazing to see how popular they have become in weddings – especially here in SoCal.
Pleased to meet you Succulent! (what you need to know)
- Succulents are are available year round, so they don’t present any seasonal concerns for your wedding! They work great for a winter wedding or summer wedding as you’ll see below.
- They’re eco-friendly and can be replanted after the wedding – big bonus here!
- Bouquets and arrangements can be made from several types of succulents (there are so many varieties) or you can simply select your favorite and mix it with other pretty blooms as you’ll see below in my favorite picks!
Where to buy them:
If you are working with a florist, they will surely be able to get them for you. If you are doing some DIY elements yourself, I recommend Googling your local area for locations. Here in Los Angeles, Home Depot has a great selection as well as The Marina Del Rey Garden Center in Marina del Rey (great selection + my personal fave since it’s close to my house) and of course the LA Flower Mart in downtown LA. You can also find them online if you aren’t seeing any near you. Here are some great resources:
Top bouquet by Penzi Weddings, photo by This Modern Romance // 1. bouquet by Jesi Haack, photo by Sarah K Chen // 2. bouquet by JL Designs, photo by Birds of a Feather // 3. photo by Erica Velasco // 4. bouquet by Craig and Co. from this wedding we featured by Benj Haisch // 5. bouquet by JL Designs, photo by This Modern Romance from this feature // 6. bouquet by La Partie Events // 7. bouquet by Holly Flora, photo by Focus Photography from this feature // 8. bouquet by Soiree Floral, photo by Clayton Austin from this feature // 9. bouquet by Bloom Custom Floristry & Events, photo by JAC Photography
10. floral design by Chestnut & Vine Floral Design, photo by Jose Villa // 11. DIY by bride, photo by Ashley Rose from this feature // 12. Sugar and Fluff Design House // 13. florals by Florali from this feature // 14. boutonniere by Primary Petals // 15. boutonniere by sarah winward // 16. favor idea photo by Erica Velasco via Style Me Pretty // 17. cork vase with succulent favor DIY // 18 + 19. both cakes by Sweet & Saucy
So, I’d love to hear from you! Who will be using succulents in their wedding? And what flowers would you like me to spotlight in future Get to Know a Flower posts? We have a few lined up, but would love to hear your requests too! :)