Decorating with Sunflowers
Who isn’t captivated by the sunflower? Vibrant, strong, with pleasing symmetry. Not only that — sunflowers, as they’re growing, turn toward the sun all day long, following it east to west. A perfect symbol for the start of a new life. No wonder they’re a favorite for brides.
Sunflowers have pizzazz. They offer a bright accent to whatever flower arrangements you have at your wedding. In these pages, they’re set against a profusion of contrasting blooms — daisy poms, blue thistle, veronica, bunny tail, cottage yarrow and solidago — complemented by soft, rustic textures of eucalyptus, bay leaves and Italian ruscus.
Using that combination, the designers at La Flora Couture worked with stylist Sorrell Downing to create a symphony of sunflower styles to inspire you — a flower-bedecked welcome sign and a rustic guest book, for starters. Both were created by Tekton Treasures.
How about shoes to match the bride’s bouquet? Above, Converse sneakers that can add some spunk to your day. And for the groom, below? A viking pom, veronica and eucalyptus wrapped in brown muslin for a boutonnière — and even sunflower cufflinks.
Good Day Sunshine
The sunflower theme starts with the wedding invitation and is carried through to favors that are personalized sunflower seed packets, both by Impress Me Designs. Set them up with a “Take a favor and watch love grow” sign and a watering can to extend the theme.
Sunny Side Up
Inviting guests to their seats are aisle chairs decorated with hanging tarnished cones with greens and dotted with sunflowers. Blues and pinks offset the golden yellow of the sunflower. The sunflower kissing ball could be hung over the table or used to give depth and texture to an open space. Flowing flower garlands can be used as a backdrop for any part of your ceremony and reception. These are comprised of Italian ruscus and silver dollar eucalyptus with hints of solidago and daisy poms.
Brighter Than Sunshine
The table was set delicately to tame the vibrance of the sunflower yellow and give a more romantic feel. Another of the wedding papers — the menu with a single, bright sunflower — sits atop a square plate with a printed garland of sunflowers. A dish towel is used as a napkin, now a popular trend. The flatware is hammered gold. Tekton Treasures provided the table number.
Cupcakes with, of course, a sunflower and displayed on a wine barrel rib are offered for dessert, along with seltzer with orange on a yellow-and-white striped placemat.
Photography Kendal J. Bush Photography • Styling Events by Sorrell • Flowers La Flora Couture • Wedding papers Impress Me Designs • Signs Abby Ojala of Tekton Treasures • Groom’s attire George’s Apparel