Bridal Bouquets: A Few Favorite Flowers, Including Dried Lavender

There's just something about sunflowers that makes me smile instantly -  maybe it's the yellow color, the stout, circular size, or the height. Whatever it is, just when our lavender field is looking tired, along comes the sunflowers. We planted just under 2 acres in late May and while the prolonged wet weather hasn't been particularly kind to lavender, growing conditions have been ideal for sunflowers. Like lavender, sunflowers make the wildlife happy - bees, butterflies, and ladybugs, to name just three beneficial insects - and a host of songbirds are loving the landscape.

To me, both lavender and sunflowers are best with as little embellishment as possible. I love the pairing of yellow and purple in the bouquet that I made this week. Simple and straightforward. The finishing touch, although not pictured, is a pale lavender-colored ribbon wrapped around the base. We tend to think of fresh flowers as being preferable for weddings, but I think dried lavender worked beautifully here. The stems stand tall and upright with no worries about wilting! If you're planning a fall wedding, think dried, either alone or in a mix for bouquets, wreaths, or even on the wedding cake! It would be perfect for fall.