Flower beards

Because they are going wild on the internet this week I thought I would repost some flower beard photos from a fun afternoon collaboration a couple years back with Carissa Gallo and my husband David.

I’m cracking up reading some of the articles being written about flower beards…no hipsters aren’t actually really wearing these out in real life, and no, you shouldn’t wear them at your wedding. Sorry.

Adam & Kate at Dunton Hot Springs

Oh, Dunton Hot Springs.
Visiting and/or working at Dunton Hot Springs has been on my to do list for about four years, and I was so lucky to be able to do the flowers for Kate & Adam’s sweet wedding there this May.
This resort is tucked back into the most beautiful, quiet mountains.  Guests and the couple seemed to be floating around the property in absolute heaven.  The groom was talking about how excited he was for everything and said ” We loved this place before, but now it is filled with 45 of our favorite people”, and I thought, hey! thats just how a wedding should be! Quaint, with your closest family and friends, and in a peaceful, outdoor setting. I think they’ve got this whole wedding thing figured out, congratulations Adam and Kate!
Guests stayed in little luxury cabins on the property right where the wedding took place. I even saw some guests fishing in the river on site just minutes before the ceremony. Everyone ate each meal together during their stay in the main hall (which is the old mining town saloon that has been transformed into part of the resort along with the whole village).
 Casual, but truly luxurious travel at it’s finest.
Jolene planned the most simple & beautiful event for Kate & Adam. They didn’t want a lot of fuss, and weren’t even into anything flower-y, but somehow we talked them into letting me do the flowers. So we went wild with greenery, vines, textural stuff, and a few flowers with lots of petals, for good measure :)
Planning & Design: Jolene Sullivan
Photography: Twin Lens



Wild vine arch

Sometimes I forget to blog my favorite things. This is one of them!
This was a little collaboration with Rylee Hitchner & Ginny Au from last winter. Huge thanks to Aubrey for modeling and doing her own hair :)
Green is my favorite color. It is. I was waffling back and forth recently when someone asked me what my favorite color was, and then they said “green, do you think green is your favorite color?” It is! How did I not know?
See a DIY for how to make this wild vine arch on once wed. Beautiful photos by Rylee Hitchner.


Blooming branches centerpiece

This was a blooming branches post for Snippet & Ink, beautiful photos by Kate Osborne, and my new favorite glass vases and bottles from Pressed Cotton.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love a neutral color palette in the spring! There are so many beautiful muddy, earthy tones that come through in the flowers and I think its perfectly appropriate for the early spring months.

Now offering classes!

For a long time I’ve avoided teaching classes. For lots of reasons, but mostly because I was nervous. I got over that fear when I taught a seven day course in Beijing China this April. (More on that later!).
I absolutely love sharing what I have learned with people. I love watching their eyes while they study their floral arrangements, and I love feeling the adrenaline in the room as people jump into their arrangements. Sometimes I swear I can feel their hearts beating. That is what flowers do to me, and I love being able to see that in others.

 I’ve set up a few classes that are geared to specific design topics. If you are looking for a course that is more specific to your needs and explores topics about running a floral business (writing proposals, contracts, sourcing, etc), then I am offering private 2 day intensive courses. Contact me to set up one of these classes.

 For a start all of my classes will be in Utah, but I am traveling all over this year and if i get a group of people in any particular place interested, I’d love to set up some traveling classes as well. If you’re interested, e-mail me with your desired location and I’ll start a list.

 Sign up for classes at www.sarahwinward.bigcartel.com

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Inspired by the outdoors, Sarah creates flowers for weddings and events that are fresh and creative. Based in Salt Lake City and available for travel. This is our Journal, feel free to browse through for recent work. To see full events or seasonal galleries, please visit the flowers tab at the top of the page.