Walking into the workspace of Denver based artist and floral designer Stephanie Clark of Lale Florals, I finally felt as if I had found my floral designer match! Nothing in her space was fussy or frilly.
Instead of buckets of red roses filling the floral bays, her studio was stocked with more offbeat and creative objects, such as a pallet of succulents, antlers and air plants. Starting out as a fine art painter, Stephanie has always brought incredible creativity to whatever she has put her hands to. When she found floral design a few years back, she felt she had finally stepped into her calling. We recently got to get our hands dirty in her shop and learned a fun little way to add some extra spice and creativity to any bridal bouquet. Check out the tutorial below and get busy getting creative.
Moving into a co-working space in Denver's art district on Santa Fe, Stephanie knew she wanted a space with an open floorplan that would accommodate both a colorful workspace and a consult room. Her interior is decorated with the same fearless yet organic energy that she channels into all her designs. Speaking of fearless and organic: have you ever thought about incorporating succulents into your bouquet? Here's how you can.
How to Add Succulents to Your Bridal Bouquet
- Green floral tape
- Green floral wire
- Floral sticks or chopsticks
- Bucket of water
Step 1: Strip succulent of dirt in trash (or save the dirt for planting in a different container).
Step 2: Rinse off all extra dirt in bucket of water so the roots are bare. A cool way to keep a memento from your bouquet is to keep the roots on the succulents and replant. Be sure to replant with succulent dirt; potting soil is too dense.
Step 3: Wire the succulent. Cut about 6 inches of floral wire. Poke through the highest point on the succulent stem , threading it in one way and out the other.
Step 4: Place the floral stick (or a simple chopstick) parallel to the succulent stem and tightly wrap the floral wire around to secure the succulent to the stick.
Step 5: Apply the floral tape. Starting at top of succulent stem, as close to the top as possible, wrap the floral tape tightly around the wire and stick. If using a chopstick, make sure you wrap it entirely to the bottom so it is green like all the floral stems.
Step 6: Create bouquet as desired, using any florals from local markets or from your own garden. Wrap the entire design with floral tape, starting at the top of the bouquet where you would want the ribbon to start. Work down a thick layer of tape to where you want the ribbon to end. Apply desired ribbon. Secure with boutonnière pins.
Now you can create your very own unique and stylish bridal bouquets all on your own and get in on one of the hottest floral trends of the year.
(Images: Kathryn Bacalis)