Succulents + Moss + Crated Herbs + Apothecary Jar Terrariums = My Wedding! Plus, a Comment on “The Conversation.” | By Jessica, Real Bride Bloggista

Jessica here!

Spring has sprung and I’ve gotten all botanicalleeeey. I just love da green stuff, foliage that is. You see…. I’m a country girl at heart. I grew up and currently reside in an area most people would refer to as rural. Just this morning I was woken up by the garble of turkeys meandering by my window. And while I’ve never lived on the farm, I’ve always been within sniffing distance of one. So as all things around me are turning greener my thoughts are turning to my garden. This year, along with my string beans and cherry tomatoes I’ll be planting the seeds for something a little more special.

I’ve decided to take on the task of being my own florist. I know, and If I wasn’t going about it the way I am…. I would think I was crazy too. It looks like I’ll be using the auction hall space I’ve mentioned as my venue. The others in the running just didn’t pan out, so I’m back to square one. What this venue lacks in character it makes up for in convenience, in the way of an unlimited time frame for set-up. And believe me… I’m going to need it. If it’s atmosphere we need then it’s atmosphere we’ll bring.

I always knew I wouldn’t want traditional florals, I’m just not the dozen roses type. I much prefer the organic texture and greenery of plants. I have a fantasy of one day living in a house with a two story glass conservatory filled with sprawling exotic vines. I guess I’ll just have to make due with a few succulents at home for now. But I can live out my mad victorian botanist fantasy for one day at least. I’m envisioning moss table runners, succulents potted in tea cups, glass cloches with crawling vines, apothecary jar terrariums and maybe some herbs or edibles in crates for good measure. I want it to look like both a display and a study. A curiosity provoking spectacle for the senses….. or at the least, some cool looking plants.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not having traditional banquet style seating but rather a mix of larger family style tables and cozy lounge type seating. This will allow for a variety of vegetation vignettes with a mix of textures and lots of candle light. I plan on growing many of my own plants over the summer for this purpose, succulents in particular. They are very easy to grow and multiply like mad. I also plan to mix in some edible varieties to tie in my love for all things culinary. If I can figure out how to get full sized potted trees in there, I’ll do that too. I guess I should start setting up now, huh.

Here are a few things my floral dreams are made of:

Do you love succulents as much as I do? And was anyone else as ambitious or foolish as I with their DIY florals?

Any words of advice or caution are greatly appreciated :)

xoxoxo, Jessica

P.S. - I wanted to just take a minute to respond to Alison’s post on “the conversation” and give her some big cudos for being so honest. I can assure those of you who haven’t meet her in person that she is indeed a total babe. But we all seem to do this to ourselves for some reason or another. More recently, as the mother of an 8yr old daughter, It’s becoming more and more disturbing to me. I’m guilty of all of the above, comparing, picking apart, putting down and general negativity when it comes to body image. Then I realized, she’s listening. Kids are sponges and will pick up your bad habits along with your good. So every time I tug uncomfortably at my shirt and make reference to my belly “wub”, she notices. Believe me, Its hard to really like your body after two pregnancies and a whopping 80lb(yes) gained. Thanks to breastfeeding, a busy schedule and hot yoga, I’m back in my skinny jeans. But not without collateral damage, which short of unnecessary surgery, I will have to live with.

However, my 29 yr old body has something my 19yr old body didn’t. Respect. It’s earned it. I have two heathy babies, I’m stronger and more athletic then ever before and I have some one who happen’s to be fond of the “wub”. Recognize your strengths and revel in what is yours. I regularly get naked and do the Beyonce booty pop in the mirror, because I can. I recommend you do the same, it’s for your own good.

top row left to right:, next two are feather love photography / middle row, l to r: rusty creek boutique , top right- herban jungle bottom right- poppies and posies / bottom row, l to r: Stephen Orr lisa devlin photography

lead: submission from Andrea Hubbell Photography

(Alison here again!  Jessica is one of our fabulous Real Bride Bloggistas, and she’s planning her Fall 2012 vintage wedding.  Jessica is the coolest, and if you dig her half as much as I do, you can also check her out over at The SoupChic on Facebook.  Note: thoughts expressed in guest posts are not necessarily the opinion of The Knotty Bride.  Simply put, we encourage free speech.)

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  1. chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on April 19, 2012

    I’m also fanatical about botanicals :) great post, and you’re totally right about Alison – she is a total babe!!!

    • stella on May 16, 2013

      me too,totally fanatical about botanicals :)

  2. Sofia on April 19, 2012

    I love this post in so many… so many different ways!!!!!

  3. Jenna on April 19, 2012

    I love succulents and green things! I didn’t realise I liked wedding stuff before starting to plan my wedding as before that all I had seen was the typical white/pink/rose scenario. Those pictures really do it for me. Am currently growing some at the moment for my wedding and am planning/hoping that I can do all the floral stuff myself with the help of friends/family garden.

  4. Debbie Baer on April 19, 2012

    My mother has a ton of “Hen and Chicks”. If you need some starters I’m sure that she would be willing to donate to the worthy cause. The photos are amazing and really give me a sense of what you have in mind. I would offer to grow something for you, but, alas….my green thumb is broken. :(

  5. Janna Lee on April 20, 2012

    I love the idea of growing your own! As a severely allergic to any and all things with pollen I was looking to do some alternatives. I am getting married 2000 miles from where I live (where I grew up). My mom is a certified black thumb but these rugged plants may be just the trick to an affordable alternative that even my mother can do!

  6. Lindsay Pietroluongo on April 20, 2012

    Absolutely love this post & the photos! Great, great, ideas :) <3

  7. Drought Smart Plants on April 20, 2012

    I’m so glad to see this trend continue – succulents are the best, THE best thing to come along for busy brides – easy to grow, they don’t need to be ‘picked’ and you don’t need to refrigerate them to keep them looking superb until the big day.

    I am totally on board about the Sempervivum – my collection is around 200 named varieties now – and they’re all different. I sell these as plugs for wedding favors, and the demand keeps on growing. I’m stoked that my favorite plants are now popular all over.

    Best of luck with your vegetation vignettes!

  8. Sunny ( on April 23, 2012

    Absolutely love this post! Succulents in teapots make such a lovely addition to centerpieces. Beautiful ideas!

  9. Janet on May 16, 2012

    Very shabby chic! Low maintenance too!

  10. Lisa Jane on May 30, 2012

    Love the idea’s and photo’s too, I love botanicals!

  11. Ivy on January 28, 2013

    Hey there you knottybride,
    I have my own floral/ in home design business,and don’t think of myself as the most awesome creative person in the world,but I’ve worked for and with some geniuses creatively,and there is really nothing new under the sun so to speak,we all look at other designs and jump off those and create our own for occasion,time ,budget,limits of all sorts,and to me less is more.
    Any way….I’m not the biggest fan of dyed or painted plants or florals,but I’ve seen it done right,and they succulents in the picture at least look awesome.
    I’ll have to tinker with them,I may use this idea!
    Thanks,and I enjoy your pics and info.


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