• Weddings

    Grace + Jeffrey

    Ceremony space with backdrop arch and aisle flowers with fall flowers and fall leaves for a fall wedding in Minnesota by Sonnenblume Flowers at Rum River Barn and Vineyard

    My biggest wedding yet, and the last of the year, was Grace and Jeffrey on October 19th at Rum River Barn and Vineyard. Photos marked with an asterisk (*) by Behind the Beard Photography. Decorating and planning by The Celebration Box Decor. These two were an awesome couple and I loved working with them and making their vision of a wild, autumnal wedding a reality. They gave me a lot of creative freedom to interpret their color palette and floral materials, so I really enjoyed creating the different designs for the day. We wanted to really reflect the amazing fall…

  • A Minneosta hoophouse high tunnel in winter, used to grow local flowers

    A Reflection on Flower Farming in Minnesota

    I’ve spent the last few months traveling around the country as a freelance floral designer–always south of home, but usually in the warmer climates of the South and Southwest. Spending time in these states and visiting with their inhabitants has…

  • Bridal bouquet and flower crown made of dried orange slices local dried flowers, by Sonnenblume Flower Farm and Design in Minnesota
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    Dried Flowers for Winter

    Minnesota winters are some of the coldest, longest, and snowiest in the states. Usually by the end of January, after the joy and excitement of the holiday season has worn off, I’m sick and tired of the cold and I’m…

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    Launching Flower Subscriptions and Gift Cards

    Valentine’s day is closing in on us now. This is one of the most popular times of year to buy flowers… unfortunately for me, there are about 3 feet of snow on the ground a not a single flower blooming…

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    Tribute to Cuyuna

    The Cuyuna lakes area is rich with gorgeous mine pit lakes, rolling hills tinted red with iron ore, and a flourishing community of creative and ambitious people.I grew up going to church and homeschool group there, so I’ve had the…

  • Weddings

    Meredith + Kyler

    Another favorite wedding of mine! I got to work with a lovely burgundy color palette and lots of farm-fresh flowers, and an amazing bride! Wedding photos — By Margaret and Mary Sarah Meredith wanted a beautiful cascading bouquet, so I…

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    Study in Purple

    There were too many hues and variations of purple, magenta, pink, etc. in the garden in mid-August for me not to do something about it. It didn’t hurt that my dear friend Maison still had a tinge of purple dye…

  • Weddings

    Mariah + Dalton

    This was one of my favorite weddings as it was so simple and allowed me to focus in on the details. I created the bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, and a flower girl “wand” for this lovely late-June wedding. The bridesmaid…

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    Tribute to Brainerd Bouquet

    Toward the end of August 2019 I wanted to make a bouquet to pay symbolic tribute to my hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota. I was inspired by three gorgeous red rudbeckia flowers that were blooming at the time, one of the…

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    2019 Year in Review

    2019 was, without doubt, the most amazing year my business has ever had. This year I pushed myself harder than ever before to attain excellence and success. My garden was bigger and more beautiful than ever, and I successfully grew…

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    Opened Tulips-2019’s Spring Floral Trend?

    As I was browsing Instagram one day, as I do every day for far too much of the day, I noticed a similarity in many of the gorgeous floral arrangements that used seasonal spring blooms. While each design was unique…