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A Fun, Berry-Toned Photoshoot

Photography, WeddingsMercedes IvenerComment

Earlier this year, we participated in a gorgeous styled shoot with the amazing Sarah Ann Photography and Sequins Bridal Boutique. A sweet (real-life married) couple modeled for us, and we set up in the beautifully, naturally lit Be Yoga Studio. Sugar Shack Bakery provided the perfect, scrumptious (trust us) cake. Here are some of our favorite images from that 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

Winter Photoshoot

Photography, Winter, WeddingsMercedes IvenerComment

Last month, we had the special opportunity of teaming up with Shane Monahan Photography for a winter photo shoot. It was just 20 degrees, but we had some beautiful bridal bouquets left over from our booth at the Bridal Spectacular and wanted to put them to use. Thankfully, Shane was game. He bought himself a new winter hat and some hand warmers, and we headed out to Adams Nature Preserve to capture some outdoor winter beauty. Our own Summer and her husband, Michael, were our models who were champs on that COLD afternoon. They had gotten engaged at Adams Nature Preserve some 12 years ago, so the location held special memories for them and brought a little magic to the shoot. 

Our goal was to provide some inspiration to brides who are considering a winter wedding. We brought along a variety of bouquets and boutonnieres to photograph. Our first one was a fun winter white bouquet with seasonal elements, including foraged evergreens and pinecones. 

White bouquet side
Summer and white bouquet

With this we paired a fun boutonniere for the groom made with an interesting leucedendron cone that matched his tweed coat. I often hear grooms say they don’t want to wear bouts filled with frilly flowers and ribbons because they aren’t manly. Let me tell you, guys, I have lots of options up my sleeve for you. I love to use berries, greens, and other interesting items to create a bit of natural beauty that still leaves you feeling masculine and dapper. No need for fancy ribbons if you don’t want them, how about this simple jute twine? There are lots of options for men’s attire. I also liked the accompaniment of Michael’s scarf with his tweed and the boutonniere. Thank you to my friend Ruth for supplying this wool scarf and many of the accessories for the shoot from your amazing closet of goodies. 

Close up boutonniere

Then here are a couple other photos featuring the winter bouquet that were cute! 

Summer walking boots
Walking away

Next we set out set out through the woods to photograph some of the other bouquets. It was so quiet and peaceful as we carefully trod through the snow towards the old barn. Here are two iphone shots I took of us walking in, and then of Shane photographing Summer. I will say thank you to all these folks, and my daughter Everly, for freezing their fingers and toes off on this journey in search of beautiful photos. You are the best!

Walking in the woods
Shane shooting Summer

We stopped in a tall stand of trees to photograph the orchid bouquet. Loved this more horizontal bouquet with peachy tones. 

Peach bouquet
Summer and Michael with peach bouquet
Tall trees

And I loved this veil shot of Summer capturing just the top of the bouquet:

Veil and peach bouquet

Then we arrived at the old barn in the woods. What a beautiful, rustic place to photograph. There were some fun windows and doors to stage our variety of bouquets and our bride and groom.

Red bouquet doorway
Summer and Michael at barn

We then headed back into the open with the prairie grasses as our backdrop. There was such variety in landscape at Adams Nature Preserve that we had fun deciding where to shoot next. It was getting much colder and darker, so we tossed a beautiful blue coat on our bride along with some fur accessories for fun and captured the last of the light with a bright bouquet of reds with streaming silk ribbons trailing off the stems.

I think this photo would be a great cover for a winter publication!

Summer with red bouquet and fur

And then here are a few more fun ones:

Summer and Michael light
Summer in fur
Red bouquet on fence

All in all we decided that it was well worth the effort to capture the cold, winter beauty. If anyone is looking for a very talented, artistic, kind, professional photographer for your wedding, I cannot recommend Shane Monahan from Sioux City enough! He hauled all sorts of lighting equipment along to get some really amazing light on our subjects. His creative talent left us humbled and grateful that he was willing to do this shoot with us. Check out his website at www.shanemonahanphotography.com to see more of his amazing work. 

We are already dreaming up our next stylized photo shoot….I’m thinking flowering fruit trees in the spring and maybe a horse or two with our models….who knows. Natural beauty abounds in the spring, so we hope to capture some of it for our portfolio.

Thanks for stopping in to our blog. If you have a favorite of the above photos, would you tell us in a comment? We will be uploading some favorites to our website soon so we would love to know which ones you would choose!