One of the most beautiful nurseries I’ve ever been to is hidden on a hillside in Petaluma, California. The obscured entry made my destination all the more desirable (Where is it? Got to get there!), and once I arrived at Cottage Gardens, I found the treasures I’d been looking for: succulents of all kinds, in their rich array of muted colors, and their smooth, matte skin.
Agave, aeonium, sempervivum, echeveria: their names make it obvious that these are plants to be pored over and studied. And that’s what I love so much about the trend in succulent bridal bouquets, that they are like collections of specimens made to be appreciated up close. The bride herself gets the best of it. Any nervous moments or long transitions can be occupied with a detailed inspection of her bouquet, which will not disappoint in its luscious textures and subtle hues.
If that’s not enough to tip your scale, here are a few more reasons to go with succulents instead of flowers.
1. Collect specimens yourself. Succulents are alive, unlike cut flowers which have been removed from plants and are in the process of dying. The fact that they are living plants means you can collect them yourself in advance of the wedding. This involves visiting local nurseries and farmer’s markets on the weekends to ferret out your favorites. If you’re the kind of person who likes to be involved in all aspects on planning and executing on wedding details, participating in forming the bouquet might be right up your alley.
2. Design your bouquet. You don’t have to leave the composition of the bouquet entirely to your florist. He or she might not love this (we floral designers tend to prefer creative freedom), but if you assemble the succulents on a large piece of white paper and and snap a photo to show the florist the composition you like best, you’ve just become a designer yourself.
3. Go your own way. One reason succulent bouquets have become popular in San Francisco is the great city’s bent toward setting itself apart as unique. If you are an individualist and want your flowers to express this about you, succulents are a great way to do it.
Thoughts? Questions? Ask Sarah in the comments!