Sarah & Brad’s Eco Tropical Fairy Tale

A sustainable San Diego wedding filled with exotic succulents and DIY details

Sarah and Brad always thought they’d get married in Hawaii. But when they found Paradise Gardens, they realized that they could achieve their vision of getting married in a tropical paradise right in their hometown of San Diego. Skipping all that travel would make their wedding more sustainable, and give Sarah the chance to DIY most of the details, and throw crafting parties with family and friends to make her favors, escort cards and centerpieces. The gorgeous succulent bouquets and other floral details are by Cherry Blossom Floral Designs. The succulent-dotted cupcake tower is by Elegance on Display. The music that kept Sarah and Brad’s guests dancing all night was by their friends from the band Traildriver, and these fabulous photos were taken by  Laura Christin.

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Sarah’s vision for a palette of lavender, green, and silver is pulled together perfectly in these gorgeous bouquets, that feature sustainable succulents.

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One of Sarah’s hobbies is making “cactus pizzas” — bowls arranged with a variety of succulents and cacti. So she decided to make the centerpieces herself, and let guests take them home as momentos. This is a budget-friendly, zero-waste way to do centerpieces!

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Favors were bags filled with personalized lavender and silver M&Ms. Sarah’s sister ordered them, and threw a favor-assembling party where they put the bags together.

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5 Comments

  1. Where on earth can I get these individual pails for the succulents? We started out wanted little wood boxes, but only found black ones. For a “nature” woddland theme, the silver pail is a bit overboard. We are just about to give up, but would love to do succulent favors, like the photos…please help!

  2. I love those bouquets–the subtle coloring of the roses with the succulents is just gorgeous! The same goes for the cupcakes. I’m not really a succulents fan in terms of what goes in my home, and am shocked it makes such a beautiful wedding accent.

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