A Rustic Spring Wedding

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This wedding was so fun to work on! I met Holly and Jamie over a year prior to their wedding date at My Unreal Wedding Expo in 2018, and soon after we sat down to talk over their wedding vision in its entirety. They worked so hard to make their wedding unique and personal.

They had handmade lanterns stained to match their wedding entrance and arbor, honey from the groom’s father’s bees as wedding favors, and a plethora of goodies they collected and customized in the months leading up to the big day. It was an honor to help bring Holly’s vision to life with flowers, foliage, and other accents like the feathers and cotton you’ll see throughout.

I N G R E D I E N T S

Vendela roses, ivory spray roses, white hydrangea, sword and leather leaf ferns, silver dollar eucalyptus, myrtle, pittosporum, pom daisies, scabiosa pods, gypsophelia/babies breath, pheasant, duck, and turkey feathers, antlers, a skull, cotton stems, burlap, and twine.

C R E D I T S

Photography: Dailey Alexandra Photography
Floral Design: Honeycomb Florals
Venue: The Ashton Cole Place
Cake + Desserts: Hey Honey! Cakery
Bride + Groom: Holly + James Byrd
Wedding Gown: Tiffinie Bleu Bridal Boutique
Groom + Groomsmen’s clothing: Simon’s Formalwear
Hair + Makeup: Kristyn Tucker Smith
Invitations: The Art Studio Collective
DJ: Amplified Events

Their heartfelt gallery is below! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Whimsical Floral Accessories Shoot

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Spring is here and I thought it would be the perfect time to share these fun photos from our floral wearables shoot earlier this month. I wanted to take a break from the bridal side of styled shoots for this one and focus on some of our smaller pieces that are also great for prom, socials, the bridal party, and the parents.

We were watching the forecast all morning because Augusta looked like it would be dreary and wet for most of the afternoon. Luckily, the drizzle stopped right as we all met at Savannah Rapids to start shooting. The lighting was perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a better team to help me pull this off!

Click through (or sit and watch, it’s on autoplay for the patient people) to see the photos from our springtime photoshoot!

I N G R E D I E N T S

White waxflower, lady ferns, wild radish spray roses, daisy pink chrysanthemums, silver brunia berries, seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus, and olive leaf.

C R E D I T S

Photography: Rachel Lockman of GOODNESS
Floral Design: Honeycomb Florals
Hair + Makeup: Holly Mae Freeman of Trust & Mane Salon
Models: Holly Mae F., Rachel S.R., Anna F. of Life and Lattes, Selena A., + Christine B.
Extensions: Top Knot Extensions, Bombshell Extensions
Tanning: The Blush and Glow Studio
Cuffs: Jan’s Jewels
Location: Savannah Rapids Pavilion

Peachy-keen Winter Wedding

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This beautiful couple kicked of my 2019 wedding season and I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out. Rachel was a dream to work with and I loved all of her ideas for her color palette and decor. We were even able to add accents from both her and her husband’s grandmothers onto the stem of her bouquet. I LOVE adding personal touches like that on wedding day!

Scroll through to see a selection of the minimal, clean, and classic wedding flowers, captured so beautifully by Michelle Huffman.

I N G R E D I E N T S

White peonies, elegance peach, orange, and white ranunculus, vendela roses, blushing majolika and white spray roses, silver dollar eucalyptus, salal leaf, olive branches, gypsophila/babies breath and Italian ruscus.

C R E D I T S

Photography: Michelle Huffman Photography
Second Shooter: Birdie Lane & Co.
Floral Design: Honeycomb Florals
Ceremony: St. Mary’s on the Hill Catholic Church
Reception: The Marriott Augusta
Bridal Gown: New York Bride and Groom
Groom’s Attire: Simon’s Formalwear
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
H+MUA: Cameron McCormack, Vogue Hair Salon
Cake Artist: Summer’s Temptations
Stationary: Bailey Avrett
Invitations: Elegant Wedding Invites
DJ: Amplified Events

"Girl's Night Out" Styled Shoot

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Oh, what fun this was! It’s always a treat to be involved in collaborations that aren’t strictly wedding-related. A girl’s night out at Marion Hatcher Center? Uhm, yes please, where do I sign up? Ohhh you mean you just want me to do the flowers…? Ok, I’m cool with that, too!

This was such a great collaboration between local businesses, which (I just have to add) all happen to be woman-owned &/or operated. The venue was perfection, models were b-e-a-utiful, organization was top-notch, and the photos are gorgeous! I hope you enjoy viewing the full set-up as much as I enjoyed putting all the blooms in those cute little golden, geometric shapes.

I N G R E D I E N T S:

Leucadendron, seeded eucalyptus, olive leaf, spray roses + roses, carnation, wax flower, dried craspedia + yarrow, and home grown dusty miller

C R E D I T S:

Coordinating + Styling: My Unreal Wedding and Events 
Photography: Vanessa Perkins Photography 
Styling Assistance: Honestly Sweet Gifts 
Venue: Marion Hatcher Center 
Florals: Honeycomb Florals 
Beverages: ABC Bartending Services 
Desserts: Beyond Usual Cakes 
Catering: Mot's Pit Cooked Barbeque & Catering, Inc. 
Dresses: Tiffinie Bleu Bridal Boutique 
Jewelry: Linda's Jewelry Box 
Hair Styling: Holly Mae Freeman
Models: Charlotte Smith, Stephanie Victoria, Vicki Johnson, Samantha Adcox, + Holly Mae Freeman

Check out all the fun photos below!

Woodsy Maternity Photos

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Just 3 weeks go we welcomed our newest addition into the world - a sweet baby boy.

S I L A S: Man of the forest; wood; forest.

We headed back into Hitchcock Woods before that to commemorate the final stage of our journey through my first pregnancy. What better place to document it than a place he is named for. The little guy tagged along with me to countless photo shoots and a couple of weddings before making his grand entrance. I thought now would be a good time to share some of the photos we took of the baby bump. Motherhood has been an entirely new world. I’m enjoying taking some time away from Honeycomb, but still eager to begin prepping for my 2019 couples.

One of my favorite things about the pieces from this shoot was that I gathered 4/5 ingredients for these pieces out of our good ol' backyard! I am all about using what's around you for something small like this. (There's nothing like spontaneously deciding the florist should probably have some plants in her pictures). 

I N G R E D I E N T S:

Florida ruscus, mondo grass blossoms, juniper, jasmine vine, and gardenia branches. Humidity and mosquitos provided by Aiken, SC.

C R E D I T S:
Comb + Bouquet: Honeycomb Florals
Photography: Dailey Alexandra Photography
Hair Styling: Holly Mae Freeman
Location: Hitchcock Woods
Dress: Pink Blush

I hope my little dude loves nature as much as I do. Scroll through to see the mini-gallery! 

 

"Something Blue" Styled Shoot

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My-oh-my, I am in love with how this turned out. I mean, you can't really go wrong with a beautiful venue, well-chosen decor, and pretty people, but the way this came together was near perfection. This shoot has also been published on The Southeastern Bride. You can find their feature here.

Not pictured: climbing over fences and horse gates to get to the ideal location on the farm for the dining experience I've only seen in my dreams. Okay, that might have been a little dramatic. I mean, there was some fence hopping... but, anyway. 

I went for a light and airy feel in the florals for this one. Browse through the gallery below to see how it all came together.  

I N G R E D I E N T S:

Silver dollar, seeded, and gunny eucalyptus, plumosa fern, Queen Anne's lace, roses, spray roses, carnation, and garden-grown dusty miller and pittosporum.

C R E D I T S:
Florals: Honeycomb Florals
Styling + Coordination: Riner and Company
Photography: Katherine Beasley Photography
Venue: Pine Knoll Farms
Cake: Hey Honey! Cakery
Invitation Suite: K Creatives
Rentals: Ranco Tents
Dress: House of the Bride
Suit: Simon's Formal Wear
Models: Lauren Massengale + Travis Chain
Hair + Makeup: Jordan Welch
Ring: Jewelry Repair Services of Augusta
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Cookies: Pastry Shells
Macarons: Dolce Darlin
Horses: Awesome

Click through this wedding-tradition inspired photoshoot below!

April Showers Photoshoot

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Not sure what to do with all of your garden flowers when they start to wilt away for the season? Stick 'em on your face! Pressing flowers can be a great way to keep some color around once the fall foliage fades, and all it takes is some patience and a heavy book or fancier flower press you can make yourself or find online.

This was one of the coolest photoshoots I've been a part of. I spent a few weeks pressing and drying flowers before we met up, and was so happy with the result. Talk about bohemian chic! Any brides want to try this look for their wedding? Bueller... Bueller?

I N G R E D I E N T S:
Pressed daisy, larkspur, hydrangea, snapdragon, rose, and dried statice. Affixed with vaseline, eyelash glue, and elbow grease.

C R E D I T S:
Florals: Honeycomb Florals
Photography: Daniela Brown Photography
Models:  Nadia BaisdenMalaysia Vareen
Assistant: Sunny Hanisee

Check out the gallery below!

Do I need a consultation?

I was reading an article the other day that argued with the increase in tech-savvy brides, more are eager to purchase their wedding flowers over the internet... Uh, what? 

I have to counter that not everything can be purchased on Amazon (say it ain't so!). For those that find wedding planning fun (which I hope are most of my brides), meeting with your vendors is the best way to be reassured that you're going to receive the product you want! 

It's also important to find out if you mesh with someone before you sign. You'll be working with them quite a bit (or your planner/coordinator will) and being able to clearly understand one another and feel comfortable stating your style and your preferences are key. Now if you're not local, phone consultations are definitely an option, and highly recommended. 

With us, consults usually run 30 minutes to 1 hour, and we cover your wedding day details, what you actually want to order, sizes and colors, potential additions, working with your budget, and sometimes even hammer out design ideas that don't have anything to do with flowers. Even if you don't care what flowers will be used, but just want it to 'look like this,' there are still lots of details we can get to make sure you're a happy, beaming bride on your wedding day.

There's an article found here on Wedding Wire that succinctly highlights the work a florist does when they are hired for a wedding or event. What they forgot to mention, is that you don't have to rely on a family member to stress over making a bouquet or centerpiece by watching Youtube tutorials and trying to store them in their refrigerator.

When in doubt, hire out! (and meet for a consultation).

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Botanical Wedding

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These photos are scattered throughout the site, but there's something special about seeing them all together. We took a buggy and botanical leap to set up the ceremony and reception space to reflect a nature-inspired and down-to-earth theme. 

This wedding has also been published on The Overwhelmed Bride Blog and Aisle Society, but we kept a few photos hidden for ourselves ;).

I N G R E D I E N T S:
Lotus pods, craspedia, scabiosa pods, leather leaf fern, plumosa, seeded eucalyptus, white wax flower, dried zinnias, vintage amber and glass medicine bottles, and bugs of all sorts encased in acrylic (my apologies to those that were grossed out at the dinner tables).

C R E D I T S:
Florals + Decor: Honeycomb Florals
Photography: Dailey Alexandra Photography
Venue: Enterprise Mill Event Center
Hair Styling: Holly Mae Freeman
Coordination: Rachel Keco
Bridal Gown + Groom's Attire: Sparrow Bridal + Bude Vintage
Bridal Accessories: LveDve + Luxe Buffalo

Scroll through to see this botanical southern wedding in its entirety!

 

Why so much greenery?!

I feel it's only fair for a florist to explain why they might work with so much greenery. Read: are you even a florist?! My reasons might differ from many that are going for the green purely for aesthetic reasons. BUT here are a few:

  • Working with foliage is much more sustainable than solely using blooms. Greens grow faster and are replenished more easily than flowers.
  • I'm able to source many of my greens directly from semi-local farmers in Florida and surrounding areas, as opposed to shipping from Columbia, Ecuador, and the Netherlands, as many traditional wedding blooms are.
  • Let's be real- it saves me money on cooling costs, which translates to saving you money on your order.
  • Greenery seems to be popular with down-to-earth brides, the kind I just love working with.
  • Texture and tone: different types of foliage beautifully bring these elements into play in different designs.
  • It looks natural. My goal is to give you beautiful arrangements and bouquets for your event, but not have them take over the space. Using combinations more readily found in nature is how I like to accent you on your big day! 

I am always up for creating a traditional, flower-filled bouquet, but those greens will forever have my heart. Stay tuned for our full feature on our botanical wedding from last fall and see why!

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