I loved designing flowers for Kathy and Mike’s wedding. Truly. Not only did I get to use all my favorite flowers (peonies! garden roses!), but I got to be super creative and I’m not just talking about flowers. I’m talking about, brace yourself, dinosaur succulent planters. They were awesome. But I’ll talk about that more in a minute.
Kathy and I had our first official meeting at this gem of a restaurant called Paco’s Tacos. I was sweaty as I had come straight from the gym and Kathy was itching to get home and watch the election day news roll in. I really do usually try to go to my floral meetings at least clean. Really. This all clearly didn’t even phase Kathy because in a matter of about 15 minutes, or the time it takes to wait on a taco to go order, we had her whole wedding flower strategy hashed out: classic, pastels, petal-y, succulents, whimsy. She gave me a lot of artistic license which I LOVE.
Kathy and Mike got married at the lovely Barr Mansion on a day that I swear was one of the nicest days in Austin. Sunny, perfect temperature. It happens about 5 times a year. The very talented Dave of DCM Photography shot the wedding. Dave actually happened to be my sister Megan’s wedding photographer. I love his style, his low key attitude, and most of all his photos.
It was Kathy’s idea to have dinosaur succulent planters as table centerpieces. She had seen a vendor selling them at First Thursday, but the vendor would never correspond with her about buying a bunch of his dinos. His loss. No problem. I knew I could make them. Once I found the dinosaurs, it was easy, although somewhat time consuming, to figure out the best method/combination of spray painting and succulent planting. Almost all of the succulents I used for Kathy and Mike’s wedding were purchased from this great nursery called East Austin Succulents. I coordinated the color and feel of the succulent to the type and spray painted color of each dinosaur. To add to the centerpieces and create the garden feel, I used 4-5 mismatched clear glass vessels per reception table filled with flowers that followed the feel of the wedding. Kathy was completely down with the mismatch of vases. I collected vases from every Goodwill in Austin, the Round Top Antiques fair, yard sales… everywhere. Kathy and I like to think of it as recycling.
I also pseudo art directed the set up of the reception tables. Kathy had personalized guitar picks, drink coasters, and Instagram hashtag signs that I added to each table. I’m happy to do this service for any of my brides to ensure that their reception is exactly the way they envisioned.