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Elegant Spring Wedding Inspiration at Rust Manor in Leesburg, Virginia

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It's been so warm around here lately, and I'm anxious for spring to officially be here! Spring flowers are some of my favorites - huge ranunculus, pollen-tinged tulips, delicate sweet peas - there's so much to love. This wedding shoot drew its design inspiration from that first gust of fresh spring breeze - clean and crisp and hinting at the warmth to come. We played with pairing some traditional elements with clean lines and modern typography.  The Rust Manor in Leesburg, Virginia proved to be a beautiful location lush with boxwoods and historic details. 

It was originally featured on Style Me Pretty!

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Floral Design & Styling: Mallory Joyce Design| Photography: Elisa Bricker| Paper & Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy| Cake: Maliha Creations| Venue: Rust Manor| Hair & Makeup: Anna Breeding| Wedding Dress: Lora Kelley| Groom's Suit: J. Crew| Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo|

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Spring Wedding Inspiration at Dover Hall

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This wedding inspiration photoshoot at Dover Hall Estate near Richmond, Virginia speaks to the soul of my brand - understated, elegant, with an intentional focus on a few key details that pull it all together. Any time I have the chance to collaborate with photographer Laura Gordon, I jump at the opportunity. The way she shoots film is the way I always want to see the world. And the way she captured this spring bouquet - one of my favorites from the year hands down. These images were also featured on Once Wed.

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Floral Design and Styling: Mallory Joyce Design | Photography: Laura Gordon | Venue: Dover Hall Estate | Hair and Makeup: Anna Breeding | Dress: Sarah Seven via Wren Bridal | Veil: Emily Riggs Bridal | Hairpiece: Myra Callan | Paper: September Letters/ Tara Spencer | Cake: Favorite Cakes

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Wedding Planning Advice with Once Wed: How to Wow Your Wedding Guests

Once Wed, one of my favorite sources for wedding inspiration, asked me to share some advice on creating a memorable guest experience, and I'm sharing my thoughts over on their blog here. One of my favorite parts of the design process is translating my clients' story into tangible, memorable experiences for guests - these details are what make your guests say, "That was beautiful and fun and so them!" Go check out Once Wed for more or see below.

Weddings are about creating lifelong memories. We put a lot of time and effort in to planning a wedding because it’s a day we’ll remember forever. But what about your guests? Ensuring you create a memorable guest experience for your friends and family is equally as important. Think about creating a wedding that speaks not only to who you are as a couple but also to how you want to make others feel

Who are you as a couple? 
One of the first questions I ask my clients is what kind of experience do you want your guests to have? Creating a memorable (and meaningful) guest experience begins with the reason they are at your wedding in the first place. Take some time to think about what the two of you love to do together, why other people like being around you, and what you want your marriage to be about.

What are you known for? 
Are you known for hosting laid back dinner parties with wine and conversation stretching into the late hours? Then serve a family-style meal at long tables with low floral arrangements so guests can speak easily. Or are you the couple who feeds off each other’s comedic personalities, always keeping a room lively? Focus your efforts on a rocking band and come up with small details that make your guests interact with each other in unique ways. Let your story dictate the feel of your wedding. If the thing you both enjoy most together is camping, then show your guests the beauty of the outdoors by planning a reception outside, with a heavy focus on greenery in your florals, and a late night campfire complete with s’mores!

Take care of your guests
This can come in many forms but try to picture yourself as a guest at your own wedding. Close your eyes and move through the day. Is it chilly outside? Provide guests with blankets for outdoor events. Do you know where to go? Signage can be hugely helpful. I often design a large ‘Welcome’ sign that lays out the plans for the evening. Something like”So glad you’re here! 6pm Cocktails 7pm Dinner 8:30pm Dancing!” goes a long way. Do you feel at ease? Especially at large weddings, something as simple as assigning guests to their seats with placecards can help your loved ones feel that they have been thought of and taken care of. Placecards are another place to get personal – if the two of you met wine-tasting, then perhaps your placecards have an aptly-placed wine bottle stain in the corner.

Surprise your guests! 
You want to create an experience that your guests will relive the next day. It could be something as simple as a surprise late-night serving of your favorite donuts or your groom getting up on stage to perform guitar solo, or as grand as a firework show. Planning some detail of the day that creates a memory for those that attend is always a good idea.

Photo 1: Gabe Aceves | Photos 2: Elisa Bricker

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Thanksgiving with Cottage Hill Magazine

Cottage Hill Magazine asked me to create some Thanksgiving inspiration for couples looking to entertain in their apartment or small space. We shot in my friends Maddy and Sam's (newlyweds!) apartment, my husband made cocktails, I set the table, and we cooked dinner together. I really loved the simplicity of this table design and the slightly unique-for-Thanksgiving color palette. Cottage Hill is a favorite of mine, not only because they feature beautiful images, but also because they focus on the stories and meaning behind those images. Thanksgiving is about the food and the tablescape (my favorite, of course) but it's mostly about family, friends, and reflecting on all we have to be grateful for. Thanks, Cottage Hill, for sharing that sentiment!

Creative Direction and Florals: Mallory Joyce | Photography: Ashley Cox | Tabletop, Apron, and Wall Hangings: Roxie Daisy | Paper: Amy Stone | Pie: Arley Cakes

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Elegant Charleston Wedding with Lucy Cuneo at RiverOaks

I'm so excited to share these images! Earlier this spring, I traveled to Charleston to collaborate with Lucy Cuneo. Lucy and her husband welcomed me into their home with the most sincere Southern hospitality I've ever experienced (I'm talking chocolates on the nightstand and sweet welcome notes telling me to make myself home!). We had such a wonderful few days, prepping for the shoot, having drinks at Zero George (a must!), styling images together, swapping stories and indulging in Charleston's amazing restaurants. We designed this wedding inspiration at RiverOaks, where owner Marianne, a talented designer and wonderful host, welcomed us and helped us really utilize her gorgeous property. Brides, if you're looking for a private, stunning venue with Southern charm, a coastal view, and European details, you really should contact RiverOaks (and then book me!).

Our concept was to show a bride's entire wedding day, from quiet moments as she dresses to seeing her groom for the first time to the end of the evening among flickering candles. I had such an amazing time designing the florals for this one - rich jewel tones and a loose, whimsical shape... It was a dream and all the better as I was able to design everything outside on the property. We had an amazing team (please see credits below!) and I am grateful for all their hard work and talents. I'm so lucky to call them friends. This shoot was also published on Magnolia Rouge.

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Photography LUCY CUNEO PHOTOGRAPHY | Styling, Concept, Florals MALLORY JOYCE | Venue RIVEROAKS | Creative assistant MARIANNE CALDWELL | Make-up DANNON K COLLARD | Hair RACHEL PITNER | Dresses CHAVIANO COUTURE and CAROL HANNAH | Film scans PHOTOVISION | Paper suite and calligraphy STEPHANIE FISHWICK

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Behind the Scenes with East West Productions

About a year ago, I had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with some of my best industry friends on a styled shoot - Eric Kelley Photography, Lora Kelley, Caleb and Josh from East West Production, Stephanie Fishwick, Karen from Roxie Daisy, Joey Kennedy, and Stepha O'Brien at Verulam Farm. The images that came out of these two days are still some of my very favorites. Besides creating, my favorite thing about my job is working with inspiring people. This team was the best.

I wanted to share this behind the scenes video by East West Productions (even though I look a bit disheveled... note to self, next time there are cameras around, do your hair and makeup and put on some proper clothes! But c'est la vie, life is not always glamorous) so you can see what goes into a shoot like this. Each frame is meticulously styled and detailed - in some of the shots you can see all of us looking, adjusting, tweaking, all trying to compose that perfect frame. Eric and Caleb are looking at light and posing, Lora and I are looking at the overall shapes and lines as well as the minute details like how ribbons are laying or if the model's hands are in the right position. It's a lot to think about and we try to do the same thing on a real wedding day. The timeline on a real wedding day is much shorter, of course, and that's, in part, why styled shoots are so helpful - you can train your eye, practice, and try out new things so you're more efficient on a real wedding day! The shoot was published on Once Wed and in Weddings Unveiled Magazine.

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Amy Osaba Workshop: Floral Design for Weddings

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Earlier this year, I took some time for some professional and creative development and headed down to Atlanta for the Amy Osaba Workshop. I then headed to Charleston to partner with Lucy Cuneo (whom I now adore!!) on a styled shoot (more on that later - coming to Magnolia Rouge soon!). I've done a few other workshops (Joy Thigpen's styling workshop and Flowerwild's floral workshop) and it's been fascinating to see the behind-the-scenes of each artist. I greatly admire each of these women and though I think their styles are often along the same aesthetic vein, their processes are quite different! It's actually been comforting to me - to know that there is no formula, no set of rules that produces the same outcome. It means that the sole fact that I am an individual with individual sensitivities produces a wholly unique product. I am grateful for that. There is hardly anything I can bring to the table but myself. And that is somehow enough.

Amy and her team did an outstanding job on this workshop. The welcome dinner was so luxurious. As event and floral designers, we create beautiful tables all the time, but we rarely get to sit at them and enjoy the view! This was a rare and welcome experience for me. Everything was exquisite - Abany's papers, the lush (all foraged, of course!) greenery installation, the candlelight, and the food! The food was really very good. And beautiful. I had the best time connecting with other florists from around the world and with Amy, Mary, Brooke, and Meredith. And finally getting to meet Abany! She is a kindred spirit. I wish she was closer.

The next two days were full of flowers. Amy has a pretty laid-back style when it comes to teaching. We would chat for a bit about business, building a team, and then she'd give some instruction and demonstrate how she might do things. And then she released us to the bounty! While I can't say that any of the instruction was new to me, that was actually comforting - to know that, as a self-made florist, I've figured out how to make my design process work. I actually preferred some of my own techniques to Amy's, but I think she would be the first person to say that is what makes each florist unique. I did, however, pick up on some really helpful tricks (for instance, the use of zip ties. I mean, wow! I'm investing in the stuff) and just getting to see how someone who's been in the biz for 10+ years runs her books was very enlightening.

If you are interested in floral design, I highly recommend Amy's workshop! She is welcoming and wonderful! Now, onto the good stuff! All photos by M.K. Sadler. All flowers displayed (except for welcome dinner) are mine!

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Photography: M.K. Sadler | Flower Wholesalers: Cut FlowerMayeshRosestory Farms | Dinner + Lunch: Kenan Hill of Kitchen 1204 | Lighting: Unique Event Elements | Custom Gold Pedestals : Andy Flage of St. Udio  | Venue: Cator Woolford + AO Studio  | Paper Goods: Brown Linen Design | Linens: Nuage | Place Settings + Furniture: 12th Table | Ghost Stools and Work Tables: Goodwin Events  | Workshop Vessels: Accent Decor | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Leather Tags: Paper Birch Designs |  Dress: Emily Riggs | Hair and Makeup:Claudia Mejerle Rogers | Model: Carlton of Factor Women | Velvet Books: Blue Sky Papers | Floral Print: Meredith Mejerle | Magazine : Flutter Magazine |

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Moody Bridal Portraits with Laura Gordon

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This winter I worked with Laura Gordon on a styled shoot for her 1 on 1 workshop. Laura is one of those people who is totally disarming and wonderful to be around. She's also just delightful to work with. For this shoot, we focused on intimate frames, taking great care to capture the fluid movements of our model in her lace robe. Dressed in an heirloom black gown, she then moved outdoors for some moody bridal portraits with a bouquet of juniper, tulips, hellebores and cosmos. 

It was also published on Wedding Sparrow!

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Photographer: Laura Gordon Photography | Film Lab: Photovision | Makeup: Liz Wegrzyn | Wardrobe:Gossamer Vintage | Model: Dorian Maris from Unite Unite | Styling & Florals: Mallory Joyce | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Stephanie Fishwick | Venue: Verulam Farm

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Charlottesville Garden-Inspired Wedding with Elisa Bricker

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Collaborating with other creatives is one of the best parts of working in the wedding industry. When Val of Flower Afternoon told us she was coming through Charlottesville, Elisa Bricker and I were thrilled to create something fresh and summery with her. I remember when I first started Mallory Joyce Design (and more specifically, when I first started to incorporate floral design into my process), I was nervous about industry politics and whether or not I would be welcomed. There's so much wonderful talent out there and it can be tempting to see others as competition, especially in a creative field like this one. However, I've found that the opposite is most often true - that people are more than willing to share ideas, teach one another, and work together. I've had the pleasure of learning from some of the best florists and wedding designers, and they've always been honest, hospitable, and willing. As I grow, I hope I have the opportunity to teach and collaborate with others along the way with the same humility and generosity of spirit. 

Styling this shoot with Val designing the flowers was such a fun, creative process for me. Late summer berry tones, a juicy, inky paper suite, layered linens, and Val's freshly-plucked blooms. It was the best.

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Photography: Elisa Bricker | Floral Design: Flower Afternoon | Wedding Gown: Bella Rosa Bridal | Jewelry: Goldie O | Hair And Makeup: Avenue 42 | Creative Direction And Styling: Mallory Joyce | Paper Suite & Calligraphy: Stephanie Fishwick | Rentals: Festive Fare | Cake: Maliha Creations | Venue: Glenmore Manor

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Ethereal Wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains with Elisa Bricker

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There's snow on the ground here, and I'm dreaming of spring. These photos feel so warm and verdant. I've loved looking back over them. Elisa Bricker worked her magic, as always. The day I scouted for this couple's wedding shoot in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a bobcat and a bear (separately) walked right in front of my car! It was crazy.

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Photography: ELISA BRICKER | Creative Direction, Styling, and Floral Design: MALLORY JOYCE | Hair & Makeup: AVENUE 42 | Paper: JULIE SONG INK | Gowns: GOSSAMER VINTAGE | Jewelry:KIRA KIRA | Ribbon: FROU FROU CHIC

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Stephanie and Chris's Intimate Charlottesville Wedding

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When Stephanie and Chris got engaged, they immediately knew they wanted to be married in beautiful Charlottesville with the Blue Ridge Mountains framing their celebration. Stephanie’s uncle’s home, with its panoramic views and family memories, was the perfect location. Not ones to get caught up in what can be a lot of wedding noise, Stephanie and Chris kept just a few things at the forefront of their minds throughout the planning: making a large wedding feel like an intimate family affair, simple yet elegant decor, a meaningful faith-filled ceremony, and a delicious dinner party. Stephanie was the image of grace and beauty throughout the day. Even when a torrential downpour moved their outdoor ceremony inside, the couple remained focused on what matters most: their love for each other, a commitment made in front of all their dearest family and friends. We transformed the living room with garlands, florals, and candles, and as the rain poured down, we had a gorgeous ceremony indoors. The reception was held under a beautiful white peaked tent with guests enjoying a carefully selected menu at long tables adorned with whimsical flowers in deep reds to softer pinks and yellows and with touches of gold in the paper details and place settings. It rained for the majority of the wedding, but it only made the tent feel more cozy, with guests dancing the night away by candlelight. I loved working with Steph and Chris and am so happy to call them friends!

You can see more of this sweet wedding on Ruffled.

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Wedding Planning, Design, and Floral Design: Mallory Joyce | Photography: Jon Schaaf | Venue: Private Estate in Charlottesville, Virginia | Wedding Gown: BHLDN | Hair and Makeup: Lula Hair and Makeup | Catering: Glorious Foods | Wedding Cake: Favorite Cakes | Paper Suite: Small Batch Prints by Allie Hasson

 

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Bridesmaid Tea with Elisa Bricker

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Part of the reason why I love my job so much is the fact that I get to work with other really amazing, talented people. This shoot was a blast for just that reason - we had an all-star team of women whom I respect and love. Elisa (who took all these photos!), Steph, Lora, Suz - you're all truly inspirational creators doing incredible work. 

This bridesmaid tea was also featured on Style Me Pretty. I wrote a little something for their post about our inspiration: 

Inspired by the cold chill of winter and the comfort of warm tea and warmer conversation, we designed a space for a girl to gather with her bridesmaids, to play dress up, to adorn herself with jewels, to indulge in some earl grey and cakes. A collection of heirloom china from early 20th century English and French artisans paired with feminine watercolors and lush blooms created an inviting tablescape to sit and linger with friends.

Vintage pieces from the jeweler’s family collection were used on the table including sterling silver flatware in a Gurham pattern called Buckingham 1910, English bone china in a pattern called “Commodore” by Minton, and crystal Waterford glasses.

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Photography: Elisa Bricker | Videography: Shaking Hands Productions | Floral Design: Mallory Joyce | Reception Venue: Trump Winery | Jewelry: Kira Kira | Hair And Makeup: Lora Kelley | China / Flatware / Crystal: Estate Piece | Creative Direction & Styling  : Mallory Joyce | Dresses: Bella Rosa Bridal | Linen: Festive Fare | Paper Suite And Calligraphy: Stephanie Fishwick | Roses: Wholesale Roses | Sweets: Sweethaus

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