When my long time friend Michael, as in, we’ve been friends since middle school, emailed me and told me that he and his girlfriend Tamara were going to be tying the knot in Austin in September and they wanted ME to do the flowers, I was beyond flattered! Michael and Tamara are both architects in NYC where they live, they have outstanding taste, and I adored the feel they wanted to create for their wedding at Umlauf Sculpture Gardens: A lush Mexican garden!

Tamara and I worked together to create a beautiful design plan full of unique florals, succulents, and white prayer candles. The always creative Cory Ryan (and hard working! This girl can turn around some photos! Brides, take note… this is a huge bonus!!) shared all of her amazing photos. Ellen of Westcott Weddings did the week and day of wedding planning.

Tamara really wanted whatever we did décor wise to compliment the understated beauty of Umlauf. As an architect, Tamara is much more attune than the average person to attributes of color and texture used to create a mood. I had her pull together a Pinterest inspiration board to make sure we were on the same page creatively. I think Tamara is the only bride thus far that I’ve had to talk into getting on Pinterest!

For Tamara’s bouquet, she fell in love with a vibrant, gardeny, lush coral, pink, white, and green bouquet with a pop of red spray roses that we found on Pinterest. The red in the bouquet really popped! I recreated a similar seasonal bouquet and added succulents for Tamara using Romantic Antik garden roses, dahlias, blush Sahara roses, red spray roses, fresh lavender, greenery, and agonis.


Tamara wanted to keep the bridesmaid dresses a light neutral and selected a lovely J. Crew classic faille Kami dress in sea spray. The sea spray color really played nicely off the men’s dark gray suits. Each maid’s bouquet was slightly different. While I kept the flowers in each bouquet the same, I used totally distinct large succulents in each one to create a more personalized feel.


The landscape at Umlauf is very green and lush, so Tamara wanted to have the table décor compliment the outside beauty. I created multiple tablescapes out of large and small succulents, air plants, lotus pods, alstromeria, white nigella, bay leaf, fresh spearmint and agonis. Each piece was completely unique! I loved these centerpieces so much I was honestly very sad to part with them! The life of a florist. To keep with the feel of a lush Mexican garden, I added tall white Mexican prayer style candles on each table. These are without a doubt my new favorite candle! They burn forever and they look elegant without feeling stuffy in photos.


Sorry not sorry for the photo overload, but I just can’t help but gush over this gorgeous wedding! Here are a few more of my favorites, including a few of the radiant bride and groom. Thank you Michael and Tamara for choosing me to be a part of your wedding day! I truly enjoyed it!

Cory Ryan captured their love for each other perfectly.