PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANN LUCHSINGER
PHOTO STYLING BY ANN LUCHSINGER, JOAN HINES AND CHRIS CHRISTEN
BRIDAL DRESSES AND ACCESSORIES COURTESY OF VON MAUR
Succulents in cool blues, earthy greens and lush plums make striking accents in bridal bouquets and centerpieces. Succulents offer intriguing dimension and texture, and can be incorporated into most bouquet styles and wedding themes. Purple-tinged echeveria and lush green sempervivum star in bouquets designed by Jessica Pitt, Tracy Diehl and Sheila Fitzgerald.
SUCCULENTS IN TABLE DECOR
You can make your centerpieces a week ahead without fear of the succulents wilting — as long as you keep the soil moist. A variety of containers can be used for your creations.
>> Oversized seashell. Fill a conch or jumbo clam shell with potting soil and a dusting of sand. “Plant” a few succulents in the soil. You can assemble several shell centerpieces and scatter them on your tabletops surrounding tall vases of fresh flowers. At the end of the reception, give the seashells as favors to special wedding guests.
>> Pie plate. Fill the bottom of the plate with a thin layer of potting soil topped with a sprinkling of sand. Ring the outer edges of the plate with small succulents. Finish with a white pillar candle and a clear glass hurricane in the center.
>> Cylinder vase. Fill with colored sand, stopping about one inch from the top of the cylinder. Add a thin layer of potting soil crowned with succulents. Select succulents with danglers that drape the edge of the cylinder. Place cylinders of varying heights in clusters of three on tables. Intermingle tropical flowers in low containers for visual interest.
DID YOU KNOW?
Succulents store water in their leaves, so they shouldn't wilt on your wedding day. A gentle misting the day before the ceremony keeps bouquets looking fresh. Succulents tend to bruise easily, so resist the temptation to touch them.
For fall-winter, we love the rich contrast of green and purple-tinged
succulents with ivory and warm metallics. For spring-summer, consider dusty rose, pale blue or peach.
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