So, I have this thing with air plants (and succulents!)… they are so unique, earthy and organic… so as I plan for my own wedding next year I have thought about incorporating them into my bouquet and centerpieces, along with flowers from FiftyFlowers, of course! This planning led me to Air Plant Design Studio, an online supplier of air plants… I’d like to say it’s like the FiftyFlowers of Air Plants, since their selection is amazing! 🙂 And it is owned by a husband and wife team! So, imagine my surprise, when Meriel, owner of the Air Plant Design Studio shared on the FiftyFlowers Facebook page that she had used flowers from FiftyFlowers for her own wedding, and of course, incorporated air plants into the decor as well! And she was nice enough to share her story with us…so please enjoy!
As a couple we’re pretty laid back, and we knew we wanted our wedding to be a fun and relaxed celebration for our friends and family. We were on a tight budget considering our 115 guests and our party “priorities” (great band, good food, and open bar) so we had a DIY wedding in large part out of necessity to make our budget go as far as possible. Budget aside, I love decorating and entertaining, so I was truly excited to put together a “home made wedding”.
We knew we wanted to get out of the Tampa area and have a destination wedding so that our wedding weekend would be a mini vacation for our guests and for us, but we struggled with finding somewhere that was still close enough that we could arrange many of the elements ourselves. We ended up choosing St Augustine, Florida – a gorgeous and unique destination only a 3 hour drive from Tampa.
One of the aspects I decided early on that I would be DIYing was the floral design. We own Air Plant Design Studio, so obviously I knew that I wanted to incorporate air plants throughout our wedding décor and also in my bouquet. After some research, I found FiftyFlowers and was so impressed with their selection and prices.
I ordered giant white hydrangeas, billy balls (craspedia), and baby’s breath for my bouquet (plus some extra to sprinkle around the centerpieces). I wanted my bouquet to be simple, yet unexpected. I wanted a bit of modern with a bit of classic and romantic, and the soft, traditional hydrangeas and baby’s breath provided the perfect balance to the large Xerographica air plant and funky billy balls. The billy balls also made an appearance in the guys’ air plant boutonnieres.
The thing I loved most about the old 1800s era house we rented (The Sanchez House in Downtown St. Augustine) was that its natural historic beauty and character allowed me to go easy on the décor. It also was a cozy space that truly felt like we were hosting a party at our (ridiculously cool and probably impossible to maintain) house. I wanted the décor to be a simple compliment, and just add a bit of personalization to the already-stunning space.
One of my favorite memories of the whole weekend was actually when I was hanging out with my sisters and my closest friends and “playing with flowers”. There was something actually therapeutic for me about arranging little centerpieces and crafting bouquets and boutonnieres alongside my (ridiculously talented and helpful) bridesmaids as we sipped champagne and laughed.
I was really thrilled with the way that all the elements of our wedding pulled together, with so many of our friends and family helping along the way. When I was in the throes of planning, someone had offered up the advice that I should take a moment every so often throughout the course of the night to look around and soak in the fact that all these people are there for us, to celebrate and support our marriage. The fact that every element of our wedding was a labor of love, with the major help of those we love, made the day even sweeter.
Photos: Leslie Hollingsworth Photography
Air Plants: Air Plant Design Studio
Venue: The Sanchez House
I hope you all enjoyed Meriel’s story as much as I did! So, will you incorporate Air Plants into your Wedding? Tell us in the comments below!