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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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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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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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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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Modern Red, White, and Blue Wedding Inspiration: Charlottesville Wedding Planner

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Modern Red, White, and Blue Wedding Inspiration: Charlottesville Wedding Planner

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Happy Monday! Did everyone have a sweet long weekend for the 4th? We kept it pretty low key. Lounging at the pool, some World Cup soccer, quality time with some people we love. It was nice and slow. I had to work a little bit - two fun photoshoots coming up and wedding prep for my fall brides! I'm so excited about my upcoming weddings in Charlottesville and DC. Can't wait to share more.
In honor of Independence Day, I came up with some modern red, white, and blue wedding inspiration. A lot of the time as a wedding planner, I am drawn to neutral palettes and soft tones, but there's something so rich and beautiful about punchy red paired with a slate blue. 

Vogue gown // Flowers // Blue Palette Wheel // Invitation Suite photo by Jose Villa

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