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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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Elegant Washington DC Wedding at Washington Golf and Country Club | Chessie and Simon

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Chessie and Simon's wedding was the epitome of understated elegance, which I feel like Chessie herself embodies on a daily basis. I loved planning and designing their wedding in DC. I especially loved pairing Chessie's looser, full, garden-inspired bouquet with her slim, modern gown. Also, her bridesmaids had such killer style! It was all tres chic and definitely one of my favorite fall weddings to date.

We kept the details very intentional and focused on a few key areas - fashion, paper, and a streamlined tablescape with lush flowers. Script Merchant took one of Chessie and Simon's family insignia and recreated it as a crest, and we paired her beautiful script calligraphy with handmade, deckled edge papers in a rich sepia tone that felt fresh yet historic.  Since the venue itself already had a lot of pattern going on, we chose a textured cream linen and blind-patterned china to add depth to the place settings without introducing more color. That allowed us to bring in a lot of interesting texture and some deeper tones to the table flowers. I truly loved the design of this wedding but I think what I cherished more was Chessie and her mother's sincere hospitality throughout the weekend. They treated me like family and it's something I'll never forget!

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Planning, Event Design, and Flowers: Mallory Joyce Design | Photography: Elisa Bricker | Venue: Washington Golf and Country Club | Paper: Script Merchant

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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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Nina & Lawrence | California Coast Wedding

Last October, with suitcases full of candles and decor, I boarded a plane bound for the California coast to celebrate the marriage of Nina and Lawrence. When Nina contacted me about planning her wedding, she didn't have many requests or preferences; she simply wanted a laid back day without a lot of fuss so she and Lawrence could focus on each other and their family and friends. Oh and then she mentioned their venue - Cuffey's Cove Range in Elk, California - and I was sold. The views - well, there's no way to describe them, so I'm forever grateful to Lucy Cuneo for her breathtaking photography.

As a designer, I find that I'm most inspired by new experiences and this wedding offered so much of that. The west coast is brilliantly beautiful. We were in such a remote part of the country, (It was a challenge to find a gas station! And even then, it only took cash!) which provided a welcome breath of fresh air from my incredibly busy fall season on the east coast. There were so many moments where I just stood in awe of the light, the landscape, the sheer majesty of waves breaking against towering rock formations. I am anxious to get back and explore other ways to translate that experience into the artistic expression of a wedding. Calling all California brides!

Planning a destination wedding from afar had its challenges for all of us but the team we pulled together made this an incredible event. I had some flowers shipped in and was able to spend a glorious morning at the San Fransisco flower mart, perusing and pulling the rest of our product. Lucy and her husband Will (both of whom I love dearly!), my assistant and I all shared a sweet cottage right down the road from Cuffey's Cove, and it was the perfect little retreat for the week. 

This wedding (and their engagement session) was featured on Style Me Pretty!

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Event Planning & Design, Flowers: Mallory Joyce Design | Photography: Lucy Cuneo | Venue: Cuffey's Cove Ranch | Invitations & Calligraphy: Poppy and Scooter

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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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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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Calligraphy & Watercolor Workshop with Stephanie Fishwick and Corbin Gurkin

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This fall I partnered with Stephanie Fishwick on a Calligraphy & Watercolor Workshop in Charlottesville, Virginia. Corbin Gurkin flew in to take all the photos. It was such a dream team - I love working with these women and feel like I learn something new each time. Steph is an amazing artist and provided tools of the trade and hands-on instruction to our group of attendees. I styled each calligrapher's materials and place setting and created a few different floral still lifes for the attendees to watercolor. The vignettes were each uniquely inspired, sometimes stemming from a single object that caught my attention and begged to be fleshed out in its own little frame. I really enjoyed this creative process. And I now have so much more respect for all you calligraphers out there! It's incredibly difficult and you all make is seem so effortless.

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Flowerwild Workshop: Charlottesville Floral Designer

Earlier this year, I had the amazing opportunity to attend a Flowerwild workshop here in Charlottesville. I am so grateful for the ways in which I've been able to learn and grow as a florist and event designer, and Kate's instruction was unparalleled. The two days we spent together were rich in inspiration and a true feast for the eyes. As a wedding artist, it was incredibly nourishing for me to be around other like-minded designers from across the globe (US, Canada, and even Australia!). I've said it again and again - I love what I do. Creating floral arrangements and bouquets for brides and then styling the entire wedding are gifts for which I hardly have words. But for now - here are some images of my own work from the workshop as well as some behind the scenes, all from Corbin Gurkin! (ps - I can't wait to work with Corbin again and create florals for a calligraphy and watercolor workshop with Stephanie Fishwick in November - sign up here! It's going to be soooo good!)

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Venue: Pippin Hill // Coordination and Planning Assistance: Easton Events // Photography: Corbin Gurkin // Wardrobe/Gowns: Gossamer // Creative Direction and Workshop Instruction: Kate Holt of Flowerwild // Paper: Amber Moon of Pitbulls and Posies // Hair and Makeup: Lora Kelley

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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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Kinfolk Table Dinner

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This fall I had the privilege of styling and hosting a dinner in partnership with Kinfolk to celebrate the release of their new cookbook (it's really lovely!).  The dinner benefitted the 2014 New City Arts Initiative forum, which will have a focus on food.  Elisa Bricker beautifully captured the evening in these photos.  I couldn't be happier with how she considered every detail.

The meal was intimate with just 30 guests, and I loved getting to know some new friends over a carefully planned and wonderfully inspired meal by Gay Beery.  It felt like a cozy family dinner in the best of ways - candlelight, a barn hand-built by a husband and wife, warm wool blankets, food prepared by Gay and menu art created by her husband Josef, soft music, hand-lettered placecards by calligrapher and dear friend Stephanie Fishwick, wine and good cheer.  We were even joined by a few goats! And we were so fortunate to be joined by the writer of the Kinfolk Table, Rebecca Parker Payne, who was able to speak to the book and her experience writing it. The decor was simple and pared-back.  The focus was on the food and conversation. It was a special evening.

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