Wild Flowers

Animate your wedding florals by using lush succulents, mosses, and native California herbs.

Sweet Succulents

Photo by Victoria Wall Harris

Floral designer Mark Held of Mark’s Garden is an LA legend, having created radiant arrangements for the weddings of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and Fergie and Josh Duhamel, as well as Oprah Winfrey’s 50th birthday celebration. For this earthy yet elegant centerpiece, Held used succulents of different shapes and sizes and patches of moss, contrasting them with splashes of white flowers.

Ideal for outdoor weddings and plentiful throughout the year, succulents make a unique, refined centerpiece. Held recommends incorporating candles and globes that echo the arrangement’s ethereal aesthetic. He also stresses the importance of discussing seasonality with your designer to ensure the flowers you love are available at the time of your wedding.

Flowers: Mark’s Garden

Call of the Wild

Photo by Victoria Wall Harris

“Tiny details—like the delicate baby cactus among the white petals—are my favorite part of arrangements like this one,” says Hope Sword of Pigsty floral design in Venice Beach. “It feels cathartic.”

Envisioning an arrangement for a winter wedding brunch, Sword used a mercury glass urn with a footed base that allowed the flowers to “fall where they may, mid-air. The careful placement of droopy, blousy roses helps to add movement to the piece,” she says, noting that she’s fond of local rosemary, lavender, and sage. “Native California plants bring authenticity.”

Flowers: Pigsty


Styling by Alicia Buszczak