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.
A verdant oasis, a cement-inlaid table, a handful of hellebores, a handmade silk gown. These things inspired our wedding design at Verulam Farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. The majesty of the late summer landscape seemed to envelop the couple in a cloak of soft light. They find their way to a table set with freshly-plucked flowers, antique silver, and hand-drawn placecards for their closest friends. The air is warm, the mood is light, and a violin's tender melody carries over the pond. A petal falls, a blushing kiss exchanged, a candle flickers.
Floral Design + Styling: Mallory Joyce | Photographer: Eric Kelley | Video:East West | Table + Chairs (all items on the table): Roxie Daisy | Plates + Paper placemats: Roxie Daisy | Glasses + Flatware: Roxie Daisy | Cheese plate + accessories: Roxie Daisy | Paper suite + Calligraphy: Stephanie Fishwick | Venue: Veralum | Dress: Designed by Lora Kelley // Custom made and handcrafted by Stepha O’brien | Shoes:Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Netaporter | Creative Direction + Hair and makeup: Lora Kelley
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Courtney and Oliver were married on a gorgeous June day at Pippin Hill Farm in Charlottesville, Virginia. Courtney, who works in fashion, wore an amazing Enzoani lace gown. And who can resist Oliver and his gents in their white dinner jackets? The details of the day were classically southern and timelessly elegant. As a UVA alum myself, I loved working with two fellow Wahoos! Best wishes to Coco and Ollie!
We had such a great team on this classic Southern wedding!
Photography: Elisa Bricker | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard in Charlottesville, Virginia | Event Planning & Design, Coordination: Mallory Joyce | Officiant: Randy Singer | Dress: Enzoani | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale in ‘Bellini’ | Groom’s Suit, Groomsmen Attire: Beecroft and Bull / Bow Ties: Collared Greens | Floral Design: Southern Blooms | Hair: Lora Kelley / Makeup: Lisa Moore for Lora Kelley | Reception Music: The Adrian Duke Project | Cake: Favorite Cakes
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.
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
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!)
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
December snuck up on all of us this year, didn't it? We had a really sweet Thanksgiving with my extended family, and we even got to celebrate my Grandpa's 90th birthday. He was so surprised! He regaled us with stories of WWII and his time as a missionary in Africa. He's been a professor, anthropologist, janitor, church leader, army veteran, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There's a lot of life in 90 years. It made me realize I don't know enough about it. We live so far away. I want to write all these stories down and preserve them somehow. Have any of you done this with your families? I'd love to know. And now for some December goals.
- Spend time with these daily advent readings (bonus, it's a free downloadable!)
- Find thoughtful gifts from small businesses (and not just default to the big box guys)
- Come up with a giving plan in addition to our regular December church giving (Emily has some great thoughts on this)
- Send out our annual Christmas card (thank you, Nancy Ray, for our photo!)
- Bake cookies for our neighbors and wrap them up pretty
- Make steps toward getting my business accounting in order
- Find the quiet (we have lots of holiday parties to attend this year - which I love - but I also want to find intentional time at home with just Michael, the light of our Christmas tree, a glass of wine, and the feeling of peace that comes with the season)
- Sing Christmas songs. Loudly. And often.
What puts you in the Christmas spirit? For me, oddly enough, it's listening to the Little Women soundtrack. I think because the best parts of the movie happen at Christmas. Have you listened to it? It's really lovely.
You see, I want a lot
Maybe I want it all
the darkness of each endless fall,
the shimmering light of each ascent.
So many are alive who don't seem to care.
Casual, easy they move in the world
as though untouched.
But you take pleasure in the faces
of those who know they thirst.
You cherish those
who grip you for survival.
You are not dead yet; it's not too late
to open your depths by plunging into them
and drink in the life
that reveals itself quietly there.
- Rainer Maria Rilke
I've had this poem drawn on the chalkboard in our dining room for the past several weeks. I first read it and, like great writing does, it pronounced the thing I've been feeling but couldn't quite name these last few months. Since about this time last year, at a shoot I worked on with Joy Thigpen, I've had a growing sense of what I'm supposed to be doing - what I want more of.
More making, more designing, more playing with flowers, more experimenting with new palettes and unexpected objects, more taking that risk I'm afraid of, more working my ass off to bring that vision - that beautiful vision - to fruition, more creating moments for friends new and old that speak to who they are.
I've been afraid to do those things. Afraid I'll make something ugly, I'll disappoint people, or I'll find out that the truth is I don't have anything worthwhile to offer. But ultimately, the longing and dreaming beat out the fear. I plunged in with some prayer, some long hours, some patience, and a whole lot of grace for myself. When you're building something like this, you pour so much of yourself into it and it takes a while before you see what it is you've been growing. There are months of quiet. This website is just such a product - something I'd been thinking about for over a year. And now, now that I'm actually doing the work and putting my work out there, it feels like these deep breaths of fresh air. I'm incredibly blessed and I'm so grateful to my clients, to sweet encouraging friends, to my patient, loving husband (who has cleaned out some pretty nasty flower buckets without even being asked!), to incredibly talented vendors I've gotten to work with over these last months. And, always, to the One I grip to for survival, who has gifted me with so many opportunities - when I had nothing planned for a month, He placed in my lap a shoot, a wedding, and a dinner partnering with a national magazine. Anyway, I leave you with this:
You are not dead yet; it's not too late
to open your depths by plunging into them
and drink in the life
that reveals itself quietly there.
*image above source unknown
And here's me, doing work. Thanks for the behind-the-scenes snap, Maureen!
photo by Nancy Ray
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!