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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Springtime Bridal Portraits

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A few weeks ago I was asked to design a bridal bouquet and boutonnière for a styled photo shoot at Savannah Rapids, in Augusta, GA. Little did I know, I would be working with a real couple! 

These two lovebirds absolutely worked it, and I'm overjoyed I was able to participate as they recreated their wedding day. I might be biased, but I think there's something so special about couples that can renew their commitment weeks, months, or years after the fact. It was colder down at the river than any of us expected, but you definitely can't tell from looking at these! *insert fire emoji here*

I N G R E D I E N T S:
Ohara & spray roses, anemones, wax flower, gunny eucalyptus, bear grass, and dusty miller & snapdragons from my garden. I loveee adding in home-grown elements!

C R E D I T S: 
Florals: Honeycomb Florals (that's me!)
Photography & Coordination: Juliana Payne Photography
Bride's Attire: House of the Bride
Groom's Attire: Simon's Formal Wear
Hair/Makeup: Camry Powell
Bling (AKA ring): Windsor Fine Jewelers
Boutonnière Backing: Flowerstay

Check out the gallery below!

Dates Available for Booking

Couples usually book their wedding florist anywhere from 6-12 months out from their big day. Since I've been getting more and more inquiries for late fall of this year, I feel it's only fair to give an update on our availability. 

Honeycomb Florals will soon be adding a mini worker bee to the hive (read: I'm having a baby!). My little honey (How many bee-related puns can I add into this post? We shall see!) is due in October of this year, so I won't be taking on any major events from late September 2018-January 2019. I will still be scheduling consultations during that time, and will continue to fill orders for my holiday table runners. We will post more updates on those as the time approaches (ahem... after we see how my postpartum brain is humming along).

Please reach out with any questions! I am eager to continue to fill 2019 and get back into the swing of things with a little bugger on my hip. March is partially booked at this point, but the rest is yours. 

We are buzzing with excitement. Oh! And stay tuned for some floral maternity photos.

xoxo
Mallory & the babe

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"Into the Woods" Styled Shoot

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Last month the Honeycomb team trudged into Hitchcock Woods in Aiken, SC for an afternoon of styling with Dailey Alexandra Photography and Baked by Lex. We ran around in the mud (aka horse poop) for about 3 hours while Dailey brought my floral designs to life with her gorgeous photography. Shoutout to Alexis for running around barefoot in that as our model, and to all the equestrians we confused with our 'pop up wedding' in the middle of their trails.

This day was one for the books. Whose idea was it to fashion a real-wood arch, sweetheart table and its fixings, bouquets and arrangements and lug all the supplies about a mile into the woods? Certainly not I........... (sarcasm goes here). I am oh-so-thankful my husband knocked some sense into me and talked me out of carrying our 6-seater pine dining table back there! Although that might have been selfishly motivated on his part.... hmm. Moving on.

I N G R E D I E N T S:
Sahara & spray roses, curly willow, bupleurum, brunia, scabiosa pods, dried yarrow, ruscus, wax flower, and alllll the eucalyptus you can think of (silver dollar, willow, gunny, & seeded eucs) 

C R E D I T S:
Florals & Arbor: Honeycomb Florals (that's us!)
Photography: Dailey Alexandra Photography
Cake & Bride: Baked by Lex
Moral Support: Our dear hubs that helped wherever needed. I'm sure it was just what they wanted to do ;) 

Scroll through to see the vintage-inspired, woodland wedding scene.

Honeycomb Timeline

Wondering what working with a dedicated florist for your wedding is like?
Read below to see what to expect as a Honeycomb Bride!
 

6-12 Months from your date: Consultation and proposal delivery. We will meet or speak on the phone to go over your vision of your wedding flowers. I’ll deliver a proposal to you within 72 hours of that meeting that includes a description of the items you may be ordering and the estimated cost. 25% of your total balance is due at the time contract is signed. This will reserve your date and ensure that I am all yours for the week of your wedding!

6 Weeks Out: Review order and determine adjustments. Maybe you added an extra bridesmaid and need another bouquet; perhaps the guest list just keeps growing or you would like runners instead of round centerpieces, etc. This is the time when we will meet either in person or over the phone to review the original proposal and determine if any changes need to be made. 

4 Weeks Out: Final Payment Due. This is the latest date to make a payment. I start preparations about one month before your wedding, and need to place the order for your flowers about two weeks prior. After that, it will be up to what the wholesaler has on-hand. (Don’t worry about this part, they have a TON of gorgeous blooms, but we want to make sure to order the specifics you’ve requested). 

Your Wedding Day: Delivery. I deliver your order and set up any installations. We (briefly) swoon over your day. I may stay around to help move items from the ceremony to reception space, if we’ve arranged that. 

1 Week Post-Party: Rental return. This won’t apply to everyone. If you have chosen to rent larger items like an arch or wall from me instead of buying them, we will need to arrange the return of those within one week of the event.

At any time: Text me, email me, call me. I aim to have transparent business practices and be available to my clients. You won’t bother me, I promise. 

Weddings should be FUN for the couple, and my goal as your florist is to keep the stress of planning out of the equation, at least for the flowers. ;)