Turner + Curry Wedding 8.05.17

Lindsey + Marcus

From the moment I walked into the reception hall at Lake Tyler Petroleum Club, I could feel the love and excitement for Lindsey and Marcus' big day. It was a gorgeous and sunny East Texas day and the lake was sparkling!

The reception hall had a great view of the lake and the gazebo where Marcus would first see Lindsey in her dress. The tables were set with care by Brooke (owner of RSVP Events) and Kathy (Event Manager with Lake Tyler Petroleum Club) down to the color of the napkins at each setting that matched the groomsmen vests. It all looked so beautiful!

I also met photographer Lindsay (owner of Lindsay Steele Photography) who was so nice and had a beautiful smile. She worked very professionally and I could tell that she knew exactly what she was doing.

When I had met with Lindsey, she had asked me what I thought about succulents in cakes. I had never mixed succulents with food, so I was very excited to try this!

I was thrilled to also provide the boutonnieres and embellishments for the bride and groom cake as well.


Boutonnieres

Lindsey chose 2" Mexican Snowballs partnered with dried lavender from Lavender Falls Farm, bound with petal colored ribbon to match the groomsmen and usher vests.


Centerpiece Cakes

I was so excited to try something new, and so happy with how they all turned out! The lavender, which was food grade, smelled just heavenly. Pair that with the soft purples of the Perle Von Nurnberg and the soft greens and blues of the Blue Prince, Morning Beauty, Scheideckeri and Superbum, it was amazing. The cakes were provided by a friend of Lindsey and smelled delicious! It was so hard to work that closely with cake and not get to take a bite!

The most exciting creation was the bride and groom cake. I used Baby's Breath and the dried lavender, along with some of the same succulents i had used in the cake centerpieces.

 #curryseatingfortwo

#curryseatingfortwo

I wish Marcus and Lindsey many many happy years ahead. Have a great honeymoon! <3

Sowards + Van Horn Wedding 7.02.17

 Anne Brookshire Photography

Anne Brookshire Photography

Hanna + Chris

A dance hall I frequented in my younger years was transformed into an amazing wedding venue, all thanks to Pinewood Events & Experiences and the florist Kristie Banner. Beautiful pinks and creams made everything soft and bright.

 image: Anne Brookshire Photography

image: Anne Brookshire Photography

I partnered with Anna at Pinewood Events + Experiences to provide the terrariums, bouquet succulents and boutonniere succulents for this large wedding. This wedding was just gorgeous. I could never have dreamed that Banita Creek Hall could have become a romantic wedding venue, but Anna worked her magic and made everything look just incredible.


Terrariums

The arrangements were completed with Tolimanensis, Black Knight, Black Prince, Hobbit Jade, Crassula Argentea, E. Canadian and finished off with cute little berries and mini roses provided by Kristie.

There were 15 terrariums in all.


Bridal Bouquet

The bride selected three Morning Beauty Echeveria and two Blue Prince Echeveria for her incredible bouquet, arranged by Kristie Banner.

 

 

 


 Image: Anne Brookshire Photography

Image: Anne Brookshire Photography

Boutonnieres

The bride chose 2" Mexican Snowballs for the groomsmen, paired with the berries pictured in the terrariums.

 

 

 

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Marshall Market on the Square

 Right in front of the old courthouse. The weather could not have been better!

Right in front of the old courthouse. The weather could not have been better!

This past Saturday was the first Market on the Square grand opening!

It was so cool to meet all of the other vendors and see what they had to offer. Somehow, I ended up between two alpaca farmers. Who knew there was such a market for alpaca wool!

I met so many people and sold quite a few arrangements and mini succulents. It was great getting to share my plant babies with them and impart knowledge on how best to take care of their new plants.

 The set up.

The set up.

My friend LB and her dog Ellie also came into town to help me with customers and to hang out. Ellie was a huge hit with the kids and she was so well behaved, like always.

 Ellie

Ellie

I can't wait to return this weekend!

Stretched Out?

If you are new to growing succulents, you might notice changes happening to your plants, but not really know *why* they are happening. Your plant might not look exactly how it looked when you bought it, and this can be worrisome, especially if you’re just getting into succulent parenthood.

One of the things that friends ask me about is why their succulent has grown so tall, or “leggy,” and lost some of that beautiful color that caught their eye in the first place. Most likely, your succulent isn’t getting enough sun. Don’t fret! I believe there is a fix for almost any ailment in the succulent world, especially this one.

One of the first signs that your plant baby isn’t getting enough light is by paying attention to “the lean.” Your succulent will not be straight up, but rather have a tilt, usually facing the closest source of light. Another sign of distress is the leaves that your plant puts out toward the bottom of the stem are further spaced apart. Here is an example of one of my Echeveria Carnicolor that is not getting enough sun.

See how far the main rosette of the plant is from the soil? This is a classic example of a succulent that is not getting enough sunlight. The leaves are spread out and, although plump, are not the same color as they were when I first transplanted to this pot.

You may be wondering if the diagnosis is terminal for your plant. Absolutely not! While your plant won’t “grow back” to its original compact figure, it can be saved. Bonus! I am going to show you how to start the propagation process with my plant so that you can hopefully come away with a whole new baby plant!

You will want to grab a sharp pair of scissors or clippers, as a clean cut is best for the health of your plant. Cut off the top rosette wherever seems most natural for your plant. (This is called “Decapitation Propagation.” It sounds like something from a horror movie, but your plant will be so much happier!)

There really wasn't much stem to work with for replanting with where I cut. It will be a judgment call on your part to decide which leaves to take off your stem to leave enough stem to stick into the soil. Remember that bonus I talked about? The leaves you pull off from your stem will hopefully make new babies! Below is the result of my cut. As you can see, a couple leaves need to be pulled so that I can have enough stem to stick into the soil.

When taking off leaves of succulents for propagation, you want to twist gently, so that the joint of the leaf is the only open wound on the plant. You should feel a soft snap. Do not pull aggressively, as this can cause you to pull off more skin of the mother plant, leaving it susceptible to further damage.

After you have stopped holding your breath and recovered from the mini panic attack like I had the first time I decapitated a plant, you should be left with something resembling this.

The next step is very important, and requires a little patience on your part. One of the most important things you can do in the care and life of your succulent is to allow the plant to callous and dry at the wound each time you propagate. You do not want to put the plant into soil until this has happened. If you do not wait, the chance of your plant dying of root rot will increase. I know it's hard, especially if you have a cute new planter, but it is crucial.

I like to leave my plants to dry close to a window. You don't want the wound of the plant to get direct sunlight, as this can scorch the plant. Leave your clippings to dry, either on a propagation tray or in a similar safe space. Do not place your new babes into soil until you feel and see a callous, like below.

If you have any questions about propagation, you can ask here in a comment or leave a post on my facebook wall.