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Garret and Taylor's Fall Wedding

Fall, WeddingsMercedes IvenerComment

Garret and Taylor's Wedding was a gorgeous burgundy and blush affair featuring lush, romantic florals with rustic touches. They were married this past fall at Bev's On The River in the outdoor area and had their reception inside the event hall. It was such a pleasure to work with this bride and her mother, as they were some of the most organized, efficient women EVER! 

Taylor teared up when I presented her with her big, wild bouquet complete with silk ribbon streamers (some of them from the famous Silk and Willow ribbon boutique). I loved the gorgeous local dahlias grown by Alissa's Flower Farm in Hull, Iowa mixed in with all of the ranunculus, foliage, and even a honeysuckle vine from my own cutting garden for a little whimsy. Her top knot hairdo was lovely with its hair flowers and trailing veil. 

The amazingly talented Jenni O Photography captured so many beautiful and special moments during the day that we just had to share some of these. Jenni is a fine art photographer, harnessing ethereal, natural light, artistic detail shots, and those intimate moments that are so inherent in weddings. Habitue's Cakes To Remember out of Lemars, IA provided individual cake centerpieces for her reception tables that we decorated with a touch of flowers. I also liked the rings suspended over the couple during the ceremony decorated in a variety of ferns, vines, and greenery. It was such a fun, creative process to help this family's ideas come to life and a pleasure to be part of this special day.

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