Aug 29, 2014: “Wendee Sawran Petals + Decor commented on your Pin…”

“PS I did this shoot!”

There it was; proof. Wendee officially knew I liked her work on a personal level and not just in a ‘you sign my paycheck’ way.  The gals at Wendee Sawran’s studio are like a family of sorts, laughing at terrible jokes mid floral arrangement, enjoying a lovely meal together after a successful event, or criticizing one another’s driving… Albeit dysfunctional, a family nonetheless, and if we all know anything about family it’s that we never acknowledge liking each other, right?

So as I scrolled back over the photos I had fallen in love with however many weeks or months ago on a Green Wedding Shoes feature, I shook my head in awe, as a tiny flicker of pride radiated from within that this shoot was styled by our own, Wendee Sawran Petals + Decor (formally Unexpected Elements). What a perfect opportunity to share the unexpected in our debut blog post. I hope y’all will enjoy this eye candy as much as my Pinterest feed did!

Floral:  Wendee Sawran Petals + Decor, formally Unexpected Elements// Photography:  Diana M. Lott PhotographySMS Photography, and Eclectic Images

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Aug 18, 2014: Loren + Edward – Wild Onion Ranch Wedding

The cozy and the pretty are just radiating in Loren & Edwards Wild Onion Ranch Wedding.

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Floral: Wendee Sawran Petals + Decor//Photographer: Christina Carroll Photography

Aug 13, 2014: What florists really do Wednesday…

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Hope no one is afraid of heights.

 

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Aug 12, 2014: Succulents love apathy

Doesn’t everyone just love a good succulent arrangement and their abundant possibilities?  I don’t think I will ever be over the trending of these low maintenance little cuties. Succulents will also always hold my favor due to the fact that I’m actually decent at taking care of the little guys. Not to toot my own horn, but toot, toot!

 

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A lovely arrangement created in-house from leftovers

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… And 8 weeks later

 

 

Who would have thought a snow-bound Colorado native would be able to take care of her cacti garden better than her Texas desert dwelling pals? Here are my tips to keep your succulents alive and well…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Care less:  I so often hear the greatest of gardeners tell me succulents just aren’t their thing. I think I can directly correlate this to the fact that they haven’t let go of the nurturing gardener mentality. Since I have never had that nurturing mentality I have an edge. When it comes to succulent care, care less. You went on vacation for two weeks and forgot to water?  No need to panic. Your succulents won’t mind nearly as much as your cat. In the summer it’s good to experiment with watering. An example of a watering pattern that might work for you this summer is to start at once a week misting, OR (felt the need to emphasize OR as opposed to “and”) once bi-weekly soaking, and then cutting back as you get into the winter months to watering only once every 4 to 8 weeks.

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Don’t let your roots rot:  Be certain your succulents soil has the ability to dry out between waterings. A well draining soil is key to your little garden’s success. You can purchase succulent/cactus soil bags at any gardening center or you can get creative and mix your own soils or any other drainage system that works for you.

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A rock and soil blend is an attractive and well draining combo.

Watch your leaves:  They will tell you exactly what they need. Big fluffy or full leaves on a succulent mean they don’t need as much water. Some species will start to sag or droop when it’s time to water. Over watering kills these little guys, so if you’re in doubt leave it out. Keep in mind while succulents love the sun, they are prone to sun burn in the direct heat of the summer. Brown tips and leaves mean they would prefer just a tiny bit less sun exposure throughout the day. If your succulent starts to grow really tall or “stretch” leaving gaps between leaves, it means they have gone searching for sun and need better exposure. Lastly, if you’ve got some rot or dried leaves slowly taking over a plant nip it in the bud, so to speak. Removing the damage can help stop the slow spread and give your plant the chance to restore it’s former glory. Only the strong survive.

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Wendee and Melony admiring these monsters!

Get creative:  Once you have finally stopped caring and your succulents have finally begun thriving then you can start pursuing those cute vertical planters, and propagated pallet gardens you found on Pinterest. You’re got a succulent garden that just won’t quit!

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These surely made a great wedding souvenir to a lucky succulent loving couple!

Aug 11, 2014: Stacey + Matt’s Wimberly Wedding

Oh Green Wedding Shoes, why can’t I quit you!?  Probably because you feature jaw dropping events like Stacey + Matt’s themeless wedding with lush floral in eye popping colors against a rustic  venue in Wimberly, Montesino.  The gorgeous bride is also a talented photographer and we were so honored she chose us to do her wedding.  I can’t get enough! Luckily Kat Bevel did such a phenomenal job with these photos I feel like I am there.

 

Floral:  Wendee Sawran Petals + Decor (formally Unexpected Elements)//Photography:  Kat Bevel Photography//Planning + Design:  Gina Whittington of WHITT
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