Local, Sustainable and Organic
In November, we did a wedding for Heidi and Dave, who had chosen to do local and sustainable flower design for their wedding. The wedding took place at the Chaminade
, very close to their home in Santa Cruz. I don't live in Santa Cruz, so I stayed at a local beach cabana with my husband under the guise of a surf weekend. We brought our dog and all the materials I would need to craft 21 large table centerpieces of orchids, some cocktail arrangements, a table card arrangement and the wedding party's flowers.
Heidi originally wanted orange and purple flowers, but when we talked with Dave about his needs he asked that we not use very much purple, as in his Italian culture it was considered bad luck. So out went the purple and in came the green, white and orange color scheme that I suggested.
I had seen some beautifully decorated rooms where the floral designer used potted orchids as the centerpiece, so I suggested we do the same because the plants could also be used as gifts for those who wanted to take one home with them. I used willow branches, moss and glass vases with rocks to pot the orchids, and they looked beautiful in the room. Around the centerpieces I added some moss and branches I had found from the sea and that had dropped from trees in the mountains. We decided a slightly mountain-y feel would go well for where the Chaminade is located (in the Santa Cruz mountains). The ceilings were bare and we needed some height in the design, so the tall orchid centerpieces did the job wonderfully.
We also wanted to add some color to the tables but didn't want to have to buy tablecloths or order special cloth so I found some elephant dung paper
(paper made from elephant poo, tree free, recycled and biodegradable) that came in a dark orange that Heidi was fond of. We used the paper at each place setting and used if for the tablecards and table numbers.
I snuck in a little purple with some of the green flowering kale for the cake table. Throughout all of the tables we used floating candles and votive candles for ambiance. The dinner was in the evening, so to create an atmospheric light without turning up the electrical lights made it feel very romantic. There were a lot of windows in the room, so we also strung up some hanging glass votive holders in the windows, which also added a soft light and twinkling.
For the Bridal party's flowers, I used what was in season from some local flower growers. Heidi wanted Calla lilies and flowering kale matched the color scheme, so we used them for the bouquets.
I also used veriflora certified roses for some of the boutonnieres and for the Bridal Bouquet.
Overall, the wedding looked beautiful and the atmosphere during dinner was very romantic. Using local and fair trade flowers made the wedding a conscious wedding, that matched the lives of the bride and the groom.
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In Green and Health