Honeysuckle Hollow, LLC


A Dutch-Inspired Styled Photoshoot

Photography, Summer, WeddingsMercedes Ivener2 Comments

Earlier this summer, Honeysuckle Hollow collaborated with an amazing northwest Iowa based photographer, Jenni Ochsner of Jenni O Photography, to create a summer styled wedding shoot. The vision was Dutch-inspired, including lots of blues, Delft patterns, and tulips (of course!). These photoshoots are a lot of work to coordinate, but, as you'll see, so very worth it in the end.

When it came to choosing flowers, I looked to Dutch Masters paintings for inspiration. These paintings use shadow and light, along with contrasting colors to create a dramatic effect. They often incorporate fruit and other natural, whimsical items into their paintings for interest and a lush, luxuriant feel. Here is one of these paintings that incorporates yellows and blues with other bright colors thrown in for interest. Based on this, we used tulips, roses, iris, delphinium, chamomile, forget-me-nots, nigella, and other fun items. We also used locally grown lilies to pull in the cream of the bridal gown into the bridal bouquet.


We were lucky to have some beautiful friends (and children) agree to model, and we reached out to various vendors in northwest Iowa to join us in this collaboration. The result was a vibrant, stunning Dutch-inspired (and very regional) Photoshoot.

Many thanks to the phenomenal Jenni O Photography for these spectacular images!

Dutch Floral Photoshoot Tablescape
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Wedding Party
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Flower Girl Basket
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Bridal Bouquet
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Naked Cake
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Bridesmaid and Groomsman
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Wedding Party
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Bride and Groom
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Clogs
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Clogs with Bouquet
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Bridal Bouquet
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Wedding Party
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Petal Toss
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Cake Table
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Tablescape with Bride and Groom
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Tablescape with Wedding Party
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Tablescape with Bride and Groom
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Tablescape Delft Clogs
Dutch Floral Photoshoot Tablescape Place Setting

There was so much involved in this photoshoot, and many contributors! Thank you to everyone who participated in this beautiful day!

Photography - Jenni O Photography

Floral Design and Styling - Honeysuckle Hollow Florist

Dresses (Bride and Bridesmaid) - Chrysalis Bridal Salon

Hair Styling and Makeup - Capelli Blow Out Bar

Delft Decor - Blue Tulip Antiques

Ribbon - Frou Frou Chic

Heirloom Ring Box - The Mrs. Box

Throw Petals - Flyboy Naturals

Location - Adams Nature Preserve

Our First Peony Subscription

Local Flowers, SummerMercedes IvenerComment

Everyone loves peonies right? Well, after our brilliant coral peonies at the Mother’s Day Sale, our customers were asking if we would have more peonies available soon. Rather than waiting until our June Flower Sale, which wasn’t until the end of the month, we decided to offer a weekly peony subscription for our clients.

We offered a wrap containing seven peonies, plus foraged greenery and some filler flowers, and we provided delivery to home or office every Wednesday for 4 weeks. We utilized all USA grown peonies from Oregon to Iowa over the course of the peony season. It was a fun way to follow the progression of peony season from the earliest west coast offerings around Mother’s Day all the way into the middle of June. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekly peony delivery! 

At Honeysuckle Hollow, we strive to be creative not only in our floral design but also in the way we bring flowers to people. Many flower growers offer subscriptions in this country where they provide a weekly wrap of flowers for their customers throughout the growing season, which is where I got the idea. I decided that I could use my flower connections in the USA to find farm direct product, spice it up with some fun, foraged, wild goodies and bring them right to your doorstep for a very affordable price. 

Setting out into my pastures and woods each week for the wild filler and greenery was half the fun. It was amazing to see how things changed from week to week as I set out in search of unique goodies to pair with the peonies. Some weeks I supplemented my foraged items with special filler flowers and greens from local flower growers. One such item was the gorgeous foxgloves that were included in the final delivery (Week #4) that came from Alissa’s Flowers north of Sioux Center. Another week I included some blooms from Harvest Home Flowers in Waverly, Iowa. Sometimes I included something leftover from the wedding flowers that week. I hope everyone enjoyed the unique pairings!

Foxgloves from Alissa's Flowers

Foxgloves from Alissa's Flowers

We would love for you to comment and let us know what you thought of this idea. Should we do it again next year? Here are a few photos from the peony adventure: