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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.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography

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.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

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.

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Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

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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.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.

Photo courtesy of DCM Photography.