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Waiting on Baby! Part II

 Photos of our maternity session by the lovely and talented Laura Gordon, hair by Brianna Adams, makeup by Anna Breeding

Photos of our maternity session by the lovely and talented Laura Gordon, hair by Brianna Adams, makeup by Anna Breeding

Thank you for all your kind responses to my last post about the beginning of my pregnancy journey. Since we're still waiting on babe (Her due date is tomorrow! I keep wondering if she'll be late like I tend to be in life or if she'll be like her dad and arrive perfectly prompt), I thought I'd share more about the second and third trimester.

Thankfully, around week 17 or so, the nausea abated and I became a normal person again. I had a wonderful (Hi, Meg!!) wedding that weekend and I remember feeling great. I didn't think anything of it until I got home late that night and realized I'd felt great all day! Praises. What's also wonderful about the second trimester is that I finally felt the baby move around week 21. The cliches are all true - it's awesome, like nothing I've ever experienced. I think feeling her move inside my belly is the thing I'll miss most about being pregnant. We also found out the gender (a girl)!! I could NOT believe it! Definitely thought I was having a boy. And we made a cute, short video to the tune of Beyonce's "Who Run the World (GIRLS!)" to tell our family and friends, and if you follow my personal Instagram, you got to see it too. 

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Aside from some insomnia and joint pain, the second and third trimesters have been pretty smooth sailing. I'd say one of the biggest challenges has been deciding on her name (and we are still somewhat undecided)! Michael loves traditional, family names and I love unique, rare, even out-of-the-box names. The way we think about names is pretty representative of our personalities actually. We've had to learn how to hear each other. Now, I think we have almost settled on a name we both love that somehow fits all the criteria. We've kept it a secret between the two of us which has also been fun. So many people have told us that when she's born 'you'll just know' but I have a hard time buying that! Do some babies really just look like a Jane or a John? I'll let you know!

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Second and third trimester favorite things!

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- Prenatal yoga. We are so lucky here in Charlottesville in that we have Bend Yoga which is a studio that specializes in prenatal and children's yoga. If you're in Charlottesville, this is my top recommendation to you! Kelly, the instructor for Mamaste (the prenatal yoga class) and owner, is not only a skilled yogi but also a doula, so she knows her stuff. I love that every class begins with a 'check-in' where each woman gets to talk about what's been going on in her pregnancy that week. It's really nice to talk to other people who are going through the same things and are able to commiserate when, say, you really need to complain for the 100th time about your knee pain waking you up in the middle of the night for hours. Also, toward the end, you are just uncomfortable. Most of the time. Yoga helps. A lot. 

Storq basics. Mommas to be, listen up - get yourself to the Storq website right now and do yourself a favor and purchase the basics bundle. These clothes were hands down my favorite things to wear day in and day out throughout pregnancy. The bundle comes with a white tank, black leggings, black skirt, and black short-sleeved dress - all are super comfortable, extremely soft and great for layering. Seriously SO worth the price. I did not invest in a lot of maternity clothes (in my opinion, there is still a lot be desired in fresh, fashionable, affordable maternity clothing) but the few things I did buy, I I went for the quality stuff. Storq is it. Trust me. 

- New Balance sneakers. As previously mentioned, I had the worst knee pain from the middle of my second trimester until just a few weeks ago. I've had knee pain before when I was running a lot and apparently the extra weight of pregnancy plus the increased relaxin my body was producing meant my knees would kill me by the end of the day. The only thing that really helped was spending time each night with my legs up the wall and switching to sneakers. I had been wanting some cute ones anyway but I now wear these New Balances every single day and love them!

- Books. As I mentioned before, I'm one of those people who likes to know more than I need to know, so I ate up all the books people recommended me. My top favorites from the end of pregnancy were The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (this is a monster of a book and definitely is more of the La Leche League philosophy as opposed to Babywise but I found it really informative!), On Becoming Babywise (we are hoping to follow this book when it comes to sleeping and feeding), The Birth Partner (Michael actually read more of this than I did), Moms on Call.

- Eurospa Pure Eucalyptus Shower Mist. Earlier in my third trimester, we went to a spa and they had this in the showers. It is HEAVEN. I immediately ordered some on Amazon. During my second and third trimesters, the shower became my little haven. If my body was feeling achey or uncomfortable or my hormones were sending my emotions into overdrive, I would get in the shower with a few sprays of this stuff and just relax and breathe it all away. One of our natural labor techniques is to get in the shower and I thought this spray would be great for that too - we'll see!

- Carrots. So weird but I craved carrots like crazy toward the end. My taste for lemonade and sour candy never really dissipated but carrots were a new thing. Also weird - if I could eat leather, I would. The smell is so intoxicating to me! 

- Crushed ice. All during the last trimester, I craved crushed ice like crazy. I posted about this on Instagram and many of you chimed in that it could be a sign of anemia! Thankfully, my doc had already checked me out and ruled that I was only slightly iron deficient, so I've been taking a gentle iron supplement and eating crushed ice like it's my job. Also, if any of you pregos also crave crushed ice, there is a website dedicated to the best crushed ice at fast food places - no joke! Personally, I think Chick Fil A wins.

- Blogs. Lucie's List (a blog about pregnancy, childbirth, and child-raising with great product reviews, informative articles, and candid stories all with a healthy dose of humor), The MamaNotes (I loved the birth stories and I love Caitlin's style)

- BabyList. We used this site for our registry and it was so easy to set up - you can pull from any source and BabyList will even suggest other sources that people can find items (sometimes for cheaper). They also have suggestions and reviews of products which I found helpful. 

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That's it for now! I'd love to hear if you found any of this helpful or entertaining. And thank you again for all your support and prayers as we wait on this little one.



Waiting on Baby! Part I

 So so grateful for my incredible friend,  Laura Gordon , for these maternity photos!

So so grateful for my incredible friend, Laura Gordon, for these maternity photos!

Well, friends, I am officially full term and waiting on Baby girl Joyce to make her debut any day now. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a bit of my pregnancy journey. I thought I might share some of my frequently asked questions here. I love reading all of my friends' or would-be-friends' (as I call the bloggers whom I follow but don't actually know in real life) posts on pregnancy and thought perhaps a few of you might enjoy hearing about mine. If you're only reading this blog for the weddings and flowers, I completely understand, and you should just keep scrolling :) 

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1. How did you find out? We are incredibly grateful that we had only been trying for a couple of months when we found out we were expecting. Even though we were actively trying, it still felt like such a shock when those two pink lines showed up. I hadn't felt any different and thought that must mean it was going to be negative. Michael kept saying "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!" It was one of my favorite moments - suddenly we were both changed; we were going to be parents. We got dressed up and headed to dinner downtown at a French restaurant that we had always said we'd go to whenever we found out we were pregnant. It was surreal and wonderful. 

2. First trimester symptoms: Y'all, morning sickness is no joke. Nausea hit me like a ton of bricks and lasted all day. I imagined morning sickness being like it is in the movies - beautiful, beaming pregnant woman wakes up, has bout of mild nausea, throws up a tiny bit, and then does yoga / finishes her perfect makeup / goes to work in her tiny pencil skirt and heels. You know, totally realistic and manageable. Ha! Unfortunately for me, I felt sick to my stomach pretty much all day - throwing up was often a relief! I remember having one of my first real 'Oh, okay, I'm officially pregnant, like reallll pregnant' moments when we were on vacation and visiting a pottery studio and I casually walked outside and upchucked into the bushes like it was a totally normal thing to do. I also had pretty much every pregnancy symptom in the book - metal mouth (awful sensation where you feel like your mouth is full of pennies, no matter what you eat/ drink), strong sensitivity to smells, heartburn, sore boobs, charlie horses, stuffy nose, headaches, having to pee every 5 minutes. I spent a lot of time googling 'is x a symptom of pregnancy' and 9 times out of 10, it always was.

3. How did you tell people? We really wanted to tell our families in person, but everyone is far away which made things a little tricky. We ended up video chatting Michael's parents before they headed to France with some of their best friends who had also just found out they were expecting their first grandbaby. We were heading to see my family on our annual vacation in Wisconsin a few weeks later so we made the tough decision to keep it a secret from them til then. After a very nauseas 16-hour car ride with my sister and brother-in-law (I still can't believe I didn't spill the beans during that trip), we made it to our lake house and I insisted everyone take a group family photo. Michael was behind the camera and instead of taking a photo, he was recording video. When he counted to 3 to 'take the photo,' we yelled "We're pregnant!" and everyone freaked out! It was so fun to have it all on video!

4. Favorite first trimester things?

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- I was crazy for salt & vinegar chips and lemonade. Also, sour skittles. I've actually loved sour / vinegar-y things the entire pregnancy, which I think is pretty common. 
- Sea sickness bands. I wore these from sunup to sundown. I was desperate for nausea relief and I think these may have helped (though, honestly, it was hard to tell - I think time was the only real thing that helped).
- I bought the BeBand by Ingrid & Isabelle early in pregnancy so when my regular jeans started to feel a little snug, I could still wear them comfortably. 
- The Sprout App.
- Books: I'm a huge reader, so I devoured tons of pregnancy literature. My favorites from early pregnancy were Expecting Better, Bringing Up Bebe, What to Expect When You're Expecting, and Ina May Gaskin's Natural Childbirth.
- Hello, Little One baby book. One of the first things I bought when we found out we were expecting was this sweet, simple baby book. I wanted something neutral and more clean in design, and this one fit the bill. It asks questions about the pregnancy and baby's first year and has places to put their ultrasound, footprint, etc. 
- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. My skin became super dry when I got pregnant so I switched to this rich moisturizer and it's made all the difference!

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5. Are you going to keep working? Yes!! I absolutely love my job and feel incredibly lucky to do what I do. I can't imagine my life without flowers. Helping my clients think through what is important about their wedding day and how to translate that into a visual representation of themselves is a privilege I don't take lightly. I also love the idea of showing our daughter what it means to work hard and grow something you care about (while also being a mom!). Thankfully, I have a partner in Michael who is 100% supportive of my passions, and though we don't know exactly how the next few years will play out with balancing my business and growing our family, we are excited to work it out together (with lots of help)! I'm sure there are a lot of things I'm naive about in this whole work-life balance area, but I'm grateful for lots of women to whom I can look who are faithfully seeking both a productive, energizing work life and a rich, loving family life. This year, I've decided to pull back a bit and primarily focus on being a florist. I am actively booking 2018 full planning & design clients. And - as I'm sure some of y'all have seen on my Instagram stories - we are currently building a house with a separate studio for Mallory Joyce Design!

Thanks for reading! And thank you to all of my incredible friendors and clients who have been so overjoyed by our news. Your love and support mean so much to us. We know this little babe is going to take a village to raise and we are so thankful for ours!



Jeff and Lucy | Asheville Wedding

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I just love these two! Jeff and Lucy were married in Asheville, North Carolina in January and I had the privilege of not only designing their wedding flowers but also reading in their wedding. Jeff is my brother-in-law, my husband Michael's older brother, and I have grown to love him as the brother I never had (all sisters over here!). What's even better is that I became friends with Lucy a couple of years before she started dating Jeff. Lucy is one of those rare people who possesses no arrogance, no self indulgence - she is one of the most genuine, self-sacrificing people I know. I loved giving the gift of flowers to two people I love. Lucy and Jeff had a sweet, low key wedding at Gaither Chapel (both families have long histories at Montreat which made the location so special!) followed by a reception at a local brewery where a bluegrass band provided mellow tunes as the night wore on. Lucy and Jeff were one of my most joyful couples - they were so happy just to be married, just to be celebrating with friends and family. You could tell that their marriage meant the most. Such a sweet, sweet day!

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Photography: Rachael McIntosh | Flowers: Mallory Joyce Design


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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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Faves: Packing for Greece

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On New Year's, Michael and I were toasting and I asked him what we were toasting to. What did we want this coming year to be about? I tend to ask these questions a lot, and Michael is good to humor me. But after I sat there, gazing out into the unknown, dreaming of various things aloud (the year of learning to cook five-star meals! the year of always looking fabulous! the year of becoming powerful business mavens! the year of mastering all things outdoorsy!), Michael, exasperated, said "Here's to a year of getting things done!" Then he clinked his glass to mine - I, sitting there, the dreaminess in my eyes quickly evaporating -  and gulped down the last of the champagne. This is, in some ways, our relationship to a T. I love it. And sometimes hate it. But mostly love it. We balance each other, I guess. It's something I've come to really and truly be grateful for.
Anyway, about half way through this year, we started to realize we actually weren't getting a ton done. We got some things done (see my 60 before 30 list) but not everything we'd hoped. So, what did we do, you ask? We looked at our list and we picked something and... We booked a trip to Greece!!! I'm so excited. We have been wanting to travel abroad together, just the two of us, since our honeymoon three years ago. And both of us think Greece will be the perfect mix of relaxing, soaking up the beauty of a new place, and exploring museums/ historical landmarks.
After we booked the trip, we poured two glasses of champagne and Michael cheered, "To following through!" I love that.
So I've rounded up a few favorites as I've been thinking about what to pack. The blues and whites of Santorini (where we plan to spend a good chunk of the trip) are insane. I feel like I should match while I'm there, right? Also, have you read Alain de Botton? Genius. I love him. Can't wait to pick up his book on travel. 
Have you been to Greece? What should we do? Eat? See? 

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60 Before 30

I turned 27 this month! As I enter my "late" twenties (I've been told I am now in my late, not mid, twenties, but come on! I want one more year of the mid's!), I feel like I can say I know some things - about myself, my work, my strengths - and I can also say I know more about the person who I want to be. Someone who slows down to garden on the weekend, knows her neighbors, is adventurous, seeks good for others, is a loyal friend, a passionate wife, and a faithful steward. I read this great post by Emily, who also just turned 27, of 60 things she'd like to do before 30. And I don't think she'd mind that I borrowed the idea. So here are some of my ideas. 

1. Plant a vegetable and herb garden. (Done. 4.5.14)
2. Participate in our neighborhood garden workdays. (Done. 4.5.14, hoping to continue)
3. Plant a cut flower bed.
4. Make our front porch comfortable and inviting. (Done. We added hanging ferns, a potted rose tree and porch furniture! 5.14.14)
5. Host a neighborhood summer cookout.
6. Cultivate a regular creative writing practice.
7. Write a short story.
8. Plan a sisters' weekend getaway.
9. Order business cards.
10. Plan a trip to Europe with Michael (Done! Greece Fall 2014)
11. Eat Whole 30 for 2 weeks (maybe annually?) - Elisa has a great Whole 30 guide.
12. Order an album of our wedding photos.
13. Create a smart and beautiful storage plan for our master bathroom.
14. Find a ministry to regularly serve in at church.
15. Celebrate our 3rd anniversary! (Done. Went to Clifton Inn. It was romantic and delicious.)
16. Celebrate our 4th anniversary!
17. Celebrate our 5th anniversary!
18. Go camping with a group of friends. (Done. 5.16.14 at Loft Mountain)
19. Train for and run another half-marathon.
20. Give away as much as we spend on Christmas.
21. Attend a floral design workshop. (Done. Flowerwild Workshop 4.14-16.14)
22. Create a scrapbook system for Christmas cards, keepsakes, etc. (any suggestions here? Everything I've seen is just so cheesy. Scrapbook for the non-scrapbooker?)
23. Take a calligraphy class (for left-handers!)
24. Memorize a book of the Bible.
25. Plan a destination wedding.
26. Learn to make 10 delicious, healthy meals so we always have go-tos.
27. Take another crazy, spontaneous trip (remember sailing in the BVIs?).
28. Learn the ins and outs of our finances. Take over paying the bills.
29. Download photos and documents from old computers to a hard drive and recycle old computers. 
30. Organize home office. Establish filing system.
31. Send a family member flowers out of the blue.
32. Get a bike and use it around town. (Done. 4.19.14)
33. Set aside money to use on someone unexpectedly and extravagantly.
34. Implement a give-back program where a percentage of wedding services goes to an organization I support.
35. Wake up earlier. Establish a morning routine that energizes me.
36. Find a strength training or yoga buddy and stick to a routine with them.
37. Plan a fun surprise date for Michael.
38. Go on an overnight backpacking trip.
39. Visit my grandparents without my parents.
40. Take Michael to his first Broadway production.
41. Explore part of California.
42. Bring back supper club.
43. Build out the Mallory Joyce bridal experience.
44. Have a family portrait taken at our family cottage in Door County.
45. Make some silk knotted jewelry.
46. Buy a headboard for our bed.
47. Go skiing out West again.
48. Collaborate with a photographer with whom I haven't worked yet on a styled shoot.
49. Continue to fund our IRA.
50. Weed through clothes, shoes, and the basement and have a garage sale.
51. Make a will.
52. Read at least 3 business books per year.
53. Invest in a piece of art we love.
54. Use my camera (not just my iPhone!) to document vacations.
55. Write down as much family history as I can.
56. Find an older couple to mentor us.
57. Mentor someone.
58. Give up chocolate for a month.
59. Learn how to make a handful of cocktails and have ingredients on hand.
60. Pray with Michael more regularly.

Whew! I'm not sure if I'll be able to accomplish all of these, but I do believe in the power of writing things down. So tell me, do you have a list? Leave a link in the comments and I'll check it out! Anything I should definitely add?






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I'm so glad you're here!  Welcome to the new site and blog for Mallory Joyce Design!  Hello to all of you who have been following along since the old blog (and sorry for the hiatus).  I hope you enjoy the new design and have fun poking around my portfolio and new work.

For those of you who are new, I'm Mallory Joyce, wedding stylist, floral designer, student of creativity, believer, wife.  I'm an idealist and a romantic which means I do my best work gathering up my (and your) most loved memories, places, and people and creating a glimmering vision you can step into, breathe in, and touch. The spaces and events I create are unique - each one - and yet they feel familiar, lived-in, like something you know by heart but are experiencing for the first time.

So let's create something, shall we?  Weddings, editorials, small dinners, gatherings of all kinds - let's begin!  You can reach me via the contact page!


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