by Meriel Read 4 Comments

I have to admit, I am a little embarrassed that we are just now sharing this post with you, seeing as how we got married on October 5th. Better late than never, though, right? 

First, us: Ryan and I met years ago through his sister and were almost instantly friends, though it took us a couple years to realize we were meant to be more. He proposed on a random, windy Tuesday night - no fanfare, just us, a total surprise and totally perfect. We knew we wanted our wedding to skip the fanfare as well, and so we planned a simple ceremony and cozy party with our family and friends at the Sanchez House in St. Augustine, FL:

St. Augustine was significant to us as well because it's where we both first fell in love with air plants, one weekend trip together as we strolled the shops in this beautiful, historic village. Obviously, our wedding had to feature air plants.

 

With the help (as in, serious creative genius) of my amazing bridesmaids, we incorporated air plants into just about every element of our wedding decor. They graced our simple floral arrangements: 

             

                        

 

          

They brought some modern flair to the 1700s era architecture of the house:

               

 

We made air plant boutonnieres for all the groomsmen, and I made special ones for the dads and for Ryan. I was so proud of how they came out:

             

 

And my masterpiece, albeit the most challenging Tillandsia feature of our wedding: my bouquet:

 

I knew I wanted something not so traditional for my bouquet, and the Xerographica Tillandsia had to be part of it. I am also mildly obsessed with Crespedias (AKA "Billy Balls"), and I wanted their pop of yellow in the boutonnieres as well as my bouquet. I softened the modern look of the Xerographic and Billy Balls with giant white Hydrangeas and sprigs of Baby's Breath. I tied it all together with rustic twine and a bit of completely ethereal french silk ribbon from Frou Frou Chic.

            

 

The day truly turned out to be perfect, an intimate and joyful day tied together with home-made details that made it all the more personal. You are going to think I'm making this up, but before we held the ceremony, it had sprinkled a bit, and then the weather cleared to a perfect rainbow right over the alter before we said our vows. Really, I have photographic evidence:

 

So what do you think? Would you feature air plants in your wedding? For us, they truly were the perfect accent to so many elements of our day, and allowed us to feel even more like we were inviting our guests into a cozy, intimate celebration that felt just like home.

 

An extra special thank you to our A-M-A-Z-I-N-G wedding photographer, friend, and all around sweetheart Leslie Hollingsworth for capturing the day just perfectly. Talented doesn't even begin to describe.



Meriel Read
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4 Responses

Kate // Modernly Wed
Kate // Modernly Wed

January 14, 2014

Wow, absolutely stunning. I especially love the bridal bouquet!

Molly
Molly

January 04, 2014

Great photos and awesome air plants!

Peggy
Peggy

January 04, 2014

Just found this blog; I’m just starting to get into air plants and this is great! Love the lightbulb container, and the idea of a martini glass. I have a large wine glass that will be perfect… Congrats on your wedding!

Leslie Hollingsworth
Leslie Hollingsworth

January 03, 2014

Beautiful post and such sweet words!! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this!!

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