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

Photoshoot in the Barn

Weddings, PhotographyMercedes IvenerComment

The photos are in! To put our sample bouquets to good use from the Bridal Show, we decided to do our first wedding style shoot. Talented photographer, Ashley Heim, generously agreed to meet me at a friend’s beautiful barn to take the photos. We were lucky enough to get Summer (our Marketing consultant) and her sister Callie, to model as brides, and we found two adorable flower girls to model for us (Marcella and Haven), as well as my lovely daughter to stand in as a young bridesmaid. We even had dogs to model flower collars – a newer trend of animals in weddings decorated in flowers. It turned out to be an extremely windy day, but all in all it was such a beautiful spot for photos from the barn and its surrounding fields. 


With the evening sunlight streaming through the windows, my daughter captured this special moment in time with her Iphone while we were all hurrying around setting up. 

This sweet flower girl had paused to admire the bouquets and their silk ribbons while waiting for the pictures to begin. Sometimes it takes a child to stop and soak in the beauty that we are all missing in the daily hustle and bustle.

Then, of course, there are the professional photos which are very artistic and lovely! A few of our favorites are below. THANK YOU Ashley Heim for your beautiful photos. Her phone number is 712-333-7918, if anyone is looking for an excellent wedding photographer. 

All photos © Ashley Heim Photography

I so enjoyed partnering up with Ashley Heim to capture some amazing beauty that night! At Honeysuckle Hollow, we are already dreaming up our next style shoot in the snow, and definitely another one in the spring under a flowering tree, maybe with one of our horses and a bride and groom decked out in flowers. It is such fun to run wild with flowers and great photographers…..beauty abounds!