Wedding Flowers: Lush Green Bouquets
Set against Northwest mosses, twigs and wild plants, eclectic and dramatic succulents in soft grays, bright greens and deep purples add a natural, mod vibe to wedding-day florals.
by:Text by Kate Calamusa; styled by Michelle Cristalli
This sprawling centerpiece from Fleurish layers a variety of unusual succulents to complete a shabby-chic reception table. In the center, a single deep purple ruffled echeveria in Northwest moss is topped with a dramatic amethyst French cloche, accented by assorted succulents, including gray-green and purple echeveria, trailing sedum, Crassula rupestris and purple Aeonium arboreum set in regal style an assortment of vintage silver cups, mercury glass vases and amethyst bud vases.
(above) Cheerful coral peonies plus roses in hues of fuchsia and sunset provide an unexpected contrast for green hellebores and bright green echeverias succulents in this mod bouquet by Bella Signature Design; antique side chair from Susan Wheeler Home.
(above) Florals by Fleurish; Antique French cloche and New England glass pot from Red Ticking in Madison Park; silver cups, vessels, mercury glass container and amethyst glass vessel from Marigold & Mint on Capitol Hill. Oblong Classic Century dinner and salad plates and Eddy wineglasses, from Crate & Barrel. French linen napkins, antique silver stemware and 1930s French antique side chairs from Susan Wheeler Home in Georgetown.
(above) Funky, bright and full of personality, the five varieties of succulents in this bouquet by Martha E. Harris Flowers & Gifts get a wild kick from unexpected splashes of burgundy. A miniature six-stem phalaenopsis orchid is complemented by a large green bromeliad leaf, a fuzzy gray-green long-leaf panda plant with a burnt edge and a variety of succulents (a smooth gray-green Kalanchoe thyrsiflora with burgundy edges, small burgundy sempervivum, a gray echeveria ‘Topsy Turvy’ with light burgundy splashes, dark black and burgundy aeonium and gray-burgundy echeveria ‘Metallica’ with pointed leaves) set in a vintage glass punch bowl (similar glass trifle bowl is available at Sur La Table).
(above) Try a natural, masculine spin on the floral boutonniere: On the left, a purple-tipped Sempervivum tectorum succulent pin-on by Garden Gate Floral gets a woodsy touch courtesy of twigs and a felt leaf; a light purple echeveria boutonniere from Fleurish is wrapped in natural twine, both on a pewter plate from Antiques at Pike Place.
(above) Aria Style crafts a contemporary take on the cascade bouquet. Classic snow white cattleya orchids and tropical star-shaped yellow mokara orchids offset untamed, organic elements, including sunny yellow celosia, wild green bromeliad leaves, assorted green echeverias succulents and cascading ivy vines nestled in an antique pewter vase from Antiques at Pike Place.
(above) Three times charming, Garden Gate’s favor trio cleverly includes a green echeveria, purple Aeonium arboretum, purple orchids and moss atop birch vases tied together with twine. All images shot on location at Georgetown Studios.
(above) A demure, muted palette of soft creams, grays, greens and aubergine create a subtle yet eye-catching centerpiece, crafted by Bella Signature Design from an assortment of green echeveria and Aeonium arboreum, poppy pods, white parrot tulips, purple artichokes, white Star of Bethlehem flowers and purple and green hellebores. Stone vase from Bella Signature Design; mocha-colored linen runner from Bitters Co. in Fremont; French linen tablecloth, antique chocolate brown plates and silver stemware from Susan Wheeler Home; pewter goblets and candlesticks from Pacific Galleries Antique Mall in SoDo; tea lights from Ikea; cream napkins from Crate & Barrel.