Sunflowers in Southern California

According to FTD, the sunflower’s name comes from its tendency to reposition itself to face the sun. The ancient Greek myth of Apollo and Clytie is one explanation of why these flowers routinely turn towards the sun. In the story, Clytie was a nymph who adored Apollo. At first, he loved her back, but soon he fell in love with Leucothoe. Because of her jealousy, Clytie told Leucothoe’s father of the relationship and he punished her by burying her alive. Out of anger, Apollo turned her into a flower, but even in her new flower form, she still loved him and would spend her days watching him as he moved the sun across the sky.


We just love sunflowers! No matter where their name comes from, they are a symbol of warmth, happiness and vitality. I was lucky enough to be a part of this styled bridal shoot that took place at The Stonehurst in Los Angeles which featured gorgeous sunflowers and a myriad of other happy, yellow flowers! Event Planner Holly Gray @anythingbutgrayevents took the helm and planned a stunning wedding shoot which featured a diverse group of wedding professionals. She literally is the Queen of Diversity and all things Color! The wedding bridal photographer was Aurelia D’Amore @damorewedo Her phenomenal and oh-so creative eye captured that bold and dramatic color! What I love most about this shoot, is the strong color story it conveys!


I designed this wedding invitation suite using a vintage botanical sunflower illustration. The typography and flourish details evoke a late 1800's aesthetic which really lends itself to the wonderful boho and cottage core trend happening right now. The cottage core vibe reminds of us a simpler, more agrarian and sustainable time... just what we need right now!


And what about horses? As a long-time equestrian, I can't say enough of how much horses can bring to a shoot. The horse featured here was a Palomino Quarter Horse. Did you know that long ago, Queen Isabella of Spain owned over 100 Palomino horses and forbade any commoners from owning them?Luckily, she withdrew her monopoly on these lovely golden horses and sent them all over the world to populate other areas, like here in North America.



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A strong color story really makes a statement. All photos by Aurelia D’Amore


Venue: @thestonehurst / Photographer: @damorewedo / Planner: @anythingbutgrayevents

Paper Goods: @gildedswanpaperie / Gown: @lorienbridal / Veil: @julieharrisdesigns

Florals: @flowersbyladybuggs / Rentals: @papillonrentals / Beauty: @beautybybonbon

Models: @trishesmusic / Horses: @darkhorseranchsunvalley


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