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Sunflower Summer Wedding | Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg Virginia

groom embracing a bride holding a bouquet with white blooms and sunflowers

Zenia and Tim’s cheerful summer wedding at Williamsburg Winery featured lush greenery and blooms inspired by the Scottish landscape. Sunflowers provided a vibrant pop of color in the bridal bouquet and the lavish arrangements.

Florals with a Scottish Flair

Shortly after Zenia and Tim began their relationship, Zenia moved to London to attend the Royal Veterinary College. Despite the distance, their relationship flourished, and they tied the knot on July 28, 2018. In Zenia’s time abroad, she fell in love with the Scottish countryside, which inspired much of the wedding’s floral design.

To accomplish the countryside aesthetic, we used wax flower to replicate the look of heather. Blue thistle also gave the florals a Scottish touch. Sunflowers added a cheerful pop of color to complete the look.

bride's veil atop a bouquet of sunflower, greenery and white flowers
bride smiling down at a bouquet featuring greenery and white and yellow florals

Sunflower Sprinkled Stairway

We got the opportunity to make a stunning first impression for the guests by decking out the stairway near the entrance. Zenia entrusted us to get creative with this piece and we ran with it! In keeping with the Scotland inspiration, we designed the stairway florals to look like a meadow growing up the bannister. We incorporated sunflower into the design, which really made the display pop.

wooden stair bannister decorated with greenery and sunflower
boutonniere featuring white rose and tiny yellow florals
two large floral arrangements set atop wine barrels on either side of the wedding ceremony aisle

Wessex Hall Ceremony Design

For peace of mind, Zenia and Tim chose to have their ceremony inside Wessex Hall, even though it was summer. They didn’t want to chance rain or an especially hot day. This allowed us to create a full, lush floral display on the fireplace mantle, which was the focal point of the ceremony. The display featured a mix of greenery with thistle, white lisianthus, sunflowers, white snapdragon, white roses, and white wax flower.

We designed the display to climb partway up the chimney on one side, and drape down toward the floor on the other. Pillar candles of various heights also graced the floor around the fireplace. To complete the ceremony design, we decorated the large rustic chandeliers with delicate vines, and placed two tall, full arrangements atop the wine barrels at the start of the ceremony aisle.

Are you ready to start planning your summer wedding florals? Let’s get the conversation started!

elegant wedding reception setup at Williamsburg winery
bride and groom embracing with eyes closed
bride and groom smiling with woods in the background


Venue: Williamsburg Winery |  Photographer: Brooke Waldroup Photography  | Wedding Planner: Two Rivers Events

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