Words: Grace Haskins, Bramble & Wild
Hello! I’m so excited to be sharing flower ideas with you. I’m Grace & I own & run Bramble & Wild – a floral emporium based in Frome. As well as creating everyday flowers, we specialise in gorgeous weddings with a rustic & vintage flair. From the initial consultation over tea & cake to delivery on the big day, my team & I ensure all of our brides needs are met, their questions answered & their dreams realised. I hope you enjoy reading this & gain some great ideas for your own wedding!
This post is all about a simple little plant which has been biding its time waiting to make its debut into the wedding world & now it’s taking over, one design at a time.
The Succulent family consists of little, almost powdered, plants in silvery shades of green & palest purple. The idea of using them in our designs has been slowly but surely working its way to the top & now it’s in full momentum – providing wonderful texture, colour and a quirky edge to modern, simple & rustic weddings alike.
As a florist, I always ensure that every flower in a wedding radiates from the bridal bouquet – the piece de resistance & perfect starting point for any theme. I’m crazy for the bright pink, orange and peach theme at the moment & succulents, the Echivera varieties in particular, are the perfect way to add an ‘edge’. Bold Dahlias or Peonies, Roses & Ranunculus teamed with the soft green of succulents & ‘Dusty Miller’ Senecio leaves all create a wonderfully whimsical bouquet. If you want a quirkier flower mix, team the succulents with bright yellow Craspedia and blowsy blooms – Peonies in the Summer or plump quartered Roses. Alternatively, opt for warm oranges, reds and hot pinks – a perfect choice for Autumn. That’s the great thing about succulents – they’re so versatile!
1. Photo by Studio Castillero. 2. Photo by Katie Vowles for Annie McElwain Photography via Style Me Pretty
The other really great thing is that succulents won’t break the bank – you will only pay around £1.80 for a little plant. This makes them ideal for buttonholes & is a unique take on the traditional white Rose lapel design.
Photo by Viera Photographics
So now the bride & groom’s flowers are both incorporating succulents, it’s time to use them in your venue design. I love the idea little terracotta pots of succulents, flowers & air plants running down through the centre of long tables, perhaps on a hessian runner. Mix these with tea lights, clusters of moss & lichen covered twigs & you have a really easy but very effective centrepiece. If you have round tables, why not use a slice of a log & decorate it with jars containing blowsy blooms & wired succulents? I’m completely head over heels for the design below. The colours of the flowers & blackberries against the silver container & house leek are just incredible!
Photo by Jose Villa via Elizabeth Anne Designs
If you’re wanting to be a ‘hands on do it yourself’ bride without the stress of creating the actual flower designs, now is your chance! To complete the theme, succulents make darling favours for your guests & they’re easy to make – just wrap hessian over the original plastic plant pot and bind tight with string, raffia or lace. These will double up as place names if you use a small parcel label to write the guests name on too. Make your handwriting swirly & loose for that ethereal touch. (Alternatively, ask your stationary supplier to make these for you!)
I always think its the little details which everyone remembers, so now you have your wedding favours, why not pop a single small Echivera in your hair, decorate the cake with them or make a wreath to hang on the door of the venue or behind the top table? All of these extra designs help to really confirm your theme. This is one wedding theme that you really have to go all out for!
Whichever colours or flowers you decide to team with these little plants, work with your own styles, be inventive and overall, have fun!
Photo by The Knotty Bride
Thanks for reading my first blog post – I do hope you have enjoyed it & now have some ideas on how to use these wonderful little plants in your wedding… for more images on succulents, visit my Pinterest board.
As we are just moving into our winter season of weddings in the shop, next month I will be showing you some fantastic ideas for your winter weddings which avoid the colour red & embrace the chilly weather!
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