TheSunnyBeeBride

Original Sola Flower Wedding Bouquets & Quality Florals

California, United States · 1330 Sales

TheSunnyBeeBride

Original Sola Flower Wedding Bouquets & Quality Florals

California, United States 1330 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(397)
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Melissa

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Announcement   Welcome to The SunnyBee, original home of the sola flower bridal bouquet! Nowadays there are sellers with sola wood flower bouquets everywhere, but it all started here. Other sola bouquets are not created to the same standards. Have a gorgeous wedding like no other with QUALITY SunnyBee original sola designs. My handcrafted bridal florals can be customized to coordinate with your wedding colors and theme, making THE ORIGINAL sola flower bridal bouquet uniquely YOURS!

Did you know, The SunnyBee has been seen in "You and Your Wedding", "Grey Likes Weddings", "The Knot", "Emmaline Bride", "Wedding Chicks", "Ruffled", "Vintage Bride", "Tinted Wedding", "Rustic Wedding Chic", "Wedding Wire", and then some?! Oh, happy days! I so LOVE my job. 💕

As the first keepsake florist to feature handmade bouquets made from sola wood flowers, my wedding florals are not only elegantly permanent, they are also well made. I take the time to shape my sola flowers so that they have flawless form. SunnyBee flowers are colored using the highest quality professional grade pigments and dyes - never spray paint - so my keepsakes do not have an off-putting chemical odor. Quality is my priority and I do not cut corners. Love and attention go into my keepsakes for stunning bouquets, boutonnieres, and floral accessories that last.

See what a few of my happy clients have to say:

"WOW, absolutely beautiful. I am so excited for the Bride to see everything, and I have two sisters-in-law that are just going to go nuts over how amazing the bouquets are. It has been a great experience working with you, you take all the pressure off the client, and have done everything just as you said...impressive. Thank you really doesn't say enough Melissa, but, thank you, and I wish you the greatest success in your business. it's apparent that you do what you love."

"Melissa, you have outdone yourself! My flowers are absolutely stunning! I'm so grateful for your help and all of the work you put into making them so beautiful for me. I was worried about finding flowers on such a tight budget, but I splurged on these and I couldn't be happier that I did. They are more perfect than I could have ever hoped for and I can't wait to show them off! Thank you again for creating something for me that will last a lifetime and bring back memories of one of the best days of my life!"

"Thank you so much! It was the perfect day and I would hear constantly from people leading up to the wedding that things would go wrong and to just go with the flow but honestly it couldn't have been more perfect...! Thanks again - your work is AMAZING!!"

"Well, I have about 10 people I need to pass your info onto and ENDLESS compliments. Melissa, I can not thank you enough. Your flowers made our wedding ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! We loved everything, it was honestly the best choice we could've made and I'm so happy I came across you! Thank you again for EVERYTHING! Keep making people happy!"

"Just wanted to share this picture that we got in a preview from the big day!!!! I have zero clue how to do it, but if i can figure out how, im going to submit my wedding photos for the "real" wedding section on etsy - I feel like you totally deserve some widespread recognition for all the work you did. Everything turned out beautifully and I loved working with you. I'll be sure to add a review as well, but just wanted to say it personally as well. Thank you!"

"I just wanted to thank you for your beautiful pieces. I bought these from you over a year and a half ago for my wedding and still treasure these pieces. They are beautiful keepsakes. I also really appreciate that you didn't massively inflate your prices like most things are in the wedding industry. Amazing work that was noticed and commented on by many of my wedding guests and now house guests since they sit in my living room!"

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Last updated on Aug 23, 2016

Welcome to The SunnyBee, original home of the sola flower bridal bouquet! Nowadays there are sellers with sola wood flower bouquets everywhere, but it all started here. Other sola bouquets are not created to the same standards. Have a gorgeous wedding like no other with QUALITY SunnyBee original sola designs. My handcrafted bridal florals can be customized to coordinate with your wedding colors and theme, making THE ORIGINAL sola flower bridal bouquet uniquely YOURS!

Did you know, The SunnyBee has been seen in "You and Your Wedding", "Grey Likes Weddings", "The Knot", "Emmaline Bride", "Wedding Chicks", "Ruffled", "Vintage Bride", "Tinted Wedding", "Rustic Wedding Chic", "Wedding Wire", and then some?! Oh, happy days! I so LOVE my job. 💕

As the first keepsake florist to feature handmade bouquets made from sola wood flowers, my wedding florals are not only elegantly permanent, they are also well made. I take the time to shape my sola flowers so that they have flawless form. SunnyBee flowers are colored using the highest quality professional grade pigments and dyes - never spray paint - so my keepsakes do not have an off-putting chemical odor. Quality is my priority and I do not cut corners. Love and attention go into my keepsakes for stunning bouquets, boutonnieres, and floral accessories that last.

See what a few of my happy clients have to say:

"WOW, absolutely beautiful. I am so excited for the Bride to see everything, and I have two sisters-in-law that are just going to go nuts over how amazing the bouquets are. It has been a great experience working with you, you take all the pressure off the client, and have done everything just as you said...impressive. Thank you really doesn't say enough Melissa, but, thank you, and I wish you the greatest success in your business. it's apparent that you do what you love."

"Melissa, you have outdone yourself! My flowers are absolutely stunning! I'm so grateful for your help and all of the work you put into making them so beautiful for me. I was worried about finding flowers on such a tight budget, but I splurged on these and I couldn't be happier that I did. They are more perfect than I could have ever hoped for and I can't wait to show them off! Thank you again for creating something for me that will last a lifetime and bring back memories of one of the best days of my life!"

"Thank you so much! It was the perfect day and I would hear constantly from people leading up to the wedding that things would go wrong and to just go with the flow but honestly it couldn't have been more perfect...! Thanks again - your work is AMAZING!!"

"Well, I have about 10 people I need to pass your info onto and ENDLESS compliments. Melissa, I can not thank you enough. Your flowers made our wedding ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! We loved everything, it was honestly the best choice we could've made and I'm so happy I came across you! Thank you again for EVERYTHING! Keep making people happy!"

"Just wanted to share this picture that we got in a preview from the big day!!!! I have zero clue how to do it, but if i can figure out how, im going to submit my wedding photos for the "real" wedding section on etsy - I feel like you totally deserve some widespread recognition for all the work you did. Everything turned out beautifully and I loved working with you. I'll be sure to add a review as well, but just wanted to say it personally as well. Thank you!"

"I just wanted to thank you for your beautiful pieces. I bought these from you over a year and a half ago for my wedding and still treasure these pieces. They are beautiful keepsakes. I also really appreciate that you didn't massively inflate your prices like most things are in the wedding industry. Amazing work that was noticed and commented on by many of my wedding guests and now house guests since they sit in my living room!"

Melissa

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5 out of 5 stars
(397)
Nix Ruehl

Nix Ruehl on Aug 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I would 100% recommend these! They turned out wonderful! shipping was quick and I was even reimbursed on some shipping because etsy over estimated the cost! 5 stars all the way!!

Mary Margaret Petersen

Mary Margaret Petersen on Aug 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I am so happy with my whole order! The shop owner was amazing and really helpful with the timing of my wedding and easing my fears. Everything about the flowers, ordering process, and shop is wonderful!

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Just finished these cute lavender handle bouquets for 6 lovely bridesmaids heart
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About

Did you know that I was the first maker to bring sola wood flowers into retail floral arranging?

Indeed, it's true! Here is my story...

I began on Etsy with my shop, "Sunshine Vintage," where I featured a mix of vintage jewelry and retro decor. Shortly after getting that shop going, my husband and I eloped. I knew I definitely did not want a fresh flower bouquet that would eventually die and make me sad, so I made my own wedding bouquet when I couldn't find anything lasting that I liked. Sola wood flowers caught my eye while supply shopping, so I incorporated them into my new design.

I adored the symbolism that natural lasting flowers represented for my new married life. Curious to see if maybe I had overlooked retail based floral designers who were using them in their arrangements, I went back to the drawing board. Using all three names, sola wood, balsa wood, and tapioca wood, I scoured the internet for shops, but I found none. Zilch. Nadda. A few blogs turned up with DIYs, but no flower shops. Back then, sola flowers were found only as craft, decor, and in potpourri making supplies on Etsy and elsewhere. Seeing an opportunity, I created a line of three sola wood flower bouquets and added them to Sunshine Vintage. When the first bouquet sold, I was elated!! And when the second one sold...I was on a happy cloud.

From there, I had flowers on the brain and decided to go for it. Sunshine Vintage was a mishmash of merchandise, so as I gained momentum I opened The Sunnybee for my sola flower centered designs. Today, inspiration surrounds me and I am constantly growing my collection of keepsake designs. My job is the BEST! I beam making a living through the celebration of love! With my blooms, couples preserve their happiest moment in time. Weddings are a joy! To say that I LOVE what I do would be veritable. I truly do! And now that sola wood flowers have taken off like lightening, I am thrilled and frankly, amazed. How exciting...Oh, the possibilities!

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  • Melissa

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    Sunnybee is all me! I'm the resident messenger, photographer, copywriter, designer, maker, inventory manager, order packer, social media-er, and more. Coffee, carbs (Sorry, not sorry. Carbs make me happy), and love for my brides keep me going strong.

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Last updated on Aug 20, 2016
Frequently asked questions

If there is a problem with your flowers...

I will accept returns on items from my Ready to Ship section within 5 days of delivery. The rest of my work is made to order, so I send photos before shipping to ensure accuracy. If I make a mistake, I will make it right, just contact me immediately. Failing to read listing description is not sufficient for a return. Items customized to a special size, color, or design are not returnable because I cannot resell them. For made to order items that I can easily resell, I may accept a return at my discretion. In the event that I allow it, I will credit the cost of the item back, less a 15% restocking fee to cover time lost, less shipping fees, and less all Etsy, Paypal fees. I do not allow exchanges.

About cancellations and declined orders...

It is usually fine if you need to cancel, as long as you tell me before I begin work on your flowers. If you need to cancel, I will refund your deposit or purchase cost in full. I reserve the right to decline any work that presents as incompatible with my design compendium or professional objectives. Additionally, harmonious working relationships are very important to my product quality due to the high level of collaboration I have with my clients. I do my very best to make my customers happy. However, if I feel that I cannot work satisfactorily with a customer, or cannot make the customer happy to the best of my ability, I reserve the right to refund payment and cancel the order at my discretion.

About volume, custom listings, and made to order flowers...

I message clients often so please link your Etsy account to your preferred email. I take pictures before shipping so clients can see how things look. Generally, orders less than $200 under are paid in full before and volume orders over $200 are split, with half paid as a deposit. Payment is required before I will add orders to my schedule. On split balances, final payment is due when flowers are near completion so that I can ship without delay once everything is done. If you are not ready to check out when I near completion of your order, I will pause on completing the order until an agreed upon time when you can pay. Exact shipping is included in the final listing. Signature is required upon delivery.

About choosing a bouquet size...

There is no industry standard for bouquet sizing. Factors to consider in selecting a size include height, weight, dress, venue, theme, budget, etc. Selecting a size is subjective and often comes down to simple preference. When I photograph my bouquets, I favor closeup shots so that I can show detail. But because I shoot closeup, exact size can be tricky to discern from my photos alone. That is why you must read my item descriptions to make an informed purchase. I measure my bouquets in circumference, not diameter because circumference is more reliable. Circumference is measured from the widest part of the body of the bouquet. Height is measured from the top of the bouquet to the bottom of the handle.

About my bridesmaids bouquet sizing options...

I offer mini, small, and regular sized bridesmaids bouquets. Minis are very small - consisting of 3 regular sized flowers and some accents or filler. Minis measure about 15 inches around and under. Minis are often used as toss or jr bridesmaid bouquets. Small maids bouquets consist of a single tier of flowers and range from about 17-19 inches around. They are often used for bridesmaids when cost is the main factor in choosing a size because they are bigger than minis but cost less than regulars. Regulars are usually two tiers of medium to small sized flowers, with a few larger statement flowers included. They average 21 inches around. These are often MoH bouquet, but this size also works an extra small bride's bouquet.

About my bride's bouquet sizing...

Extra small brides bouquets are about 21 inches around. Extra small is the smallest I recommend for a bride. Usually anything under 20 inches is considered way too small by most brides. Small brides bouquets range from 22-23 inches around. Medium brides bouquets are about 24 inches around. Many brides find mediums to be perfectly suited in size while others find them to be too small. It just depends on individual preference. My standard brides bouquets are about 25-26 inches around. Full sized brides bouquets are 27 inches around and up. When describing my brides bouquets, I avoid terms like large or extra large because I find that people have vastly different interpretations of those descriptors, even when given size measurements.

About international orders...

I ship internationally using USPS Express Mail as much as possible because it is the most reliable option. Some import items are prohibited by country and it is the importer's responsibility to know their individual country's restrictions. I am not responsible if your parcel is seized for import violations. Buyers are responsible for any and all local duties and Customs charges that may be incurred upon delivery. These fees, called "VAT" charges are incurred on top of shipping fees and do not go to me, Etsy, or USPS. Charges vary by country, but they tend to be 20% to 25% of the value of the purchase. I ship a lot of work internationally, so I will not mark parcels as gifts, nor will I reduce the declared value on forms

About my dyes and flower scent...

I use high quality professional pigments and dyes to create the colors in my work. My colors are all custom. I keep a dye recipe index which I update with every new color order so I can create the color again. My colors cannot be copied by other makers using paint. Many sola flower makers cut corners by spray painting their flowers instead of pigment dyeing them. That's one way those shops cut costs. While the color may look ok, paint leaves behind a noxious smell. Many people choose alternative flowers due to sensitivities so spray paint can be a problem for them, especially during hot summer weddings when the paint smell is stronger. My pigments do not leave much of a scent behind on the flowers so they are better for sensitive people

About my sola flowers...

Wholesale sola flowers are inexpensive because the flowers themselves are quickly produced as supplies for use in crafts, decorations, potpourri, etc. They are delicate and often come broken or misshapen because suppliers do not necessarily intended them to last. My goal, however, is to make quality enduring pieces, so I take extra care and time to ensure that my sola flowers are well shaped and sturdy as I prep them; a BIG distinction between mine and other sola shops. My sola flowers are special because of how I transform them from something moderate, into something exceptional. Without adequate prep, sola flowers may not keep well, leaving you with little more than decorations, instead of well made wedding heirlooms to love for years.

About my pricing and product quality...

Labor and time factors determine my pricing. My craftsmanship is thorough because my goal is to create bridal bouquets that last for generations as family heirlooms. My highest priced bouquets take 2 days to finish from beginning prep, to applying the last pearl, because of the time I give to my keepsakes. Handmade goods are not created equal. Other flowers sold on Etsy are not always created with the same care and the difference shows in photos. Look at individual flowers in listing photos on Etsy. Look at the care given to the overall arrangement. Rushed bouquets look rushed. Even if the design is pretty, if it is not well made, you can tell. My flowers are never hurried. I take my time to create quality that lasts.