Thursday, November 11, 2010

Succulent & Peacock Wedding

A few snapshots from our succulent and peacock wedding! First up - boutonnieres. Plum mini callas with a kale leaf for a touch of green and a small twist of silver wire on the stems.


The groom stands out with a succulent accented with a peacock feather for his lapel.


Plum mums and kale to frame the bride and groom at the ceremony. All replantable in the garden afterwards.


Bridal bouquet in progress. She wanted peacock feathers and succulents with a collar of babies' breath - no collar yet in these pics...



...a little more pre-babies' breath detail.


Ahhhh...here we go! Bridal bouquet all finished off with the babies' breath collar and handle wrapped in tulle from the bride's veil.

I'll be honest, when first approached by the bride about doing this look, I was a little "Hmmmm.....I haven't seen this combo before, I hope it works." But I have to say, there's something about it that really appeals to me. It's more than just combining two of the latest hottest wedding trends (peacock feathers and succulents), there's something about the ethereal lightness of the babies' breath combined with the dense heaviness of the succulents, that totally rocks the quirky, but in a cool and balanced way.

We worked some gray feathery acacia foliage and delicate baby myrtle tips to keep the bouquet from looking too solid. Succulents are visually heavy as well as literally heavy so those tiny bits of greenery help. Oh, and snuck a couple silver brunia in there (gray ball shaped flowers), to bridge the textural divide.


What do you think? Does this combination give you shivers or make you shudder?!

9 comments:

alicia.. said...

soooo cool!

Janet said...

It's not something I would have ever dreamed up, but I did see it on another blog last year: http://www.swsmag.net/blog/2009/12/9/details-jessica-curt-part-i.html. I love your spin on the it. The foliage that you added to the mix really helped to visually lighten the bouquet. :)

Sprout said...

Thanks - I tried to choose foliage that had the same vibe going on and hoped it would help with the visual weight. Seems like it worked!

Mayesh International said...

Really nice, and I hate gypsophila

Sprout said...

Not a fan of gyp either, hence the two sets of photos...but it kind of works, doesn't it?

Flowers by Lynda said...

I think it totally works, and I'm not a gyp fan. Awesome job on all of it.

Sprout said...

I hope she takes some of the succulents and plants them. The modern twist on the Victorian custom of planting the ivy from your bouquet, eh?

Funny how none of us are fans of gyp, but it may be time to take another look at creative ways to use it.

Anyone have cools pics of gyp to share?!

Yvonne said...

Love the combo of peacock feathers and succulents! Awesome. For gyp inspiration, I really liked Avi Adler and David Stark's book "Wildflowers". I, of course, can't find my book, but they had a really cool pic of gyp atop feathers atop colored water. And they've done some cool gyp clouds hanging from the ceiling!

http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Flowers-Inspirations-David-Stark/dp/0609609386

www.mayesh.com

Sprout said...

Yvonne - I've seen the gyp clouds you speak of - LOVE them, but that much gyp, how would it smell LOL?

It's good book - I have it too.

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