Martha, Martha, Martha!

2015. There are so many stories to tell, so many firsts, lasts, big surprises, and even bigger opportunities won by hard work and timing.

Let’s start with one of the biggest, a feature in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine as the only floral designer in Tennessee who was a part of the 63 Top Floral Designers of 2015! The truth is, they are pretty secretive about such things and the surprise was a FABULOUS way to start the year.

Haute Horticulture was also featured on the Martha Stewart Weddings website as one of the top farmer-florists to watch. All of this happened to be around the time of my long anticipated college graduation and the beginning of the next chapter in a life dedicated to flowers and nature: Seventh Hand Farm.

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We had been growing flowers for a while, but it was time to buy more land and make it official.

In the coming weeks, the blog and the websites will be cranking back up with fresh  ‘flower style’, and design posts to love! We look forward to sharing the next chapter with you and fostering a new perspective on what nature can do to change your life for the better!

Valentine Inspiration {Hearts of Gold}

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A small token of love this Valentine’s Day. This vignette was simply to share the short and beautiful life of these divine, almost other worldly garden roses we had to work with as well as some very pretty finds from an antique store that belong to the photographer Annabella. The rest is what others see in it, whether that is just something pretty to scroll through or  little gems that stand out as inspiration, or really anything. We give our own meaning to objects when we see them as symbols; in this case symbols of affection, sweetness, romance, and softness. This doesn’t mean that one must own or recieve all of the gilded hearts and fluffy roses in the world to have a proper Valentine’s experience, but instead that whatever we do for others, (any tokens, actions, or words that have meaning) will be the best received when given with love.

Magnolia Rouge  kindly featured this today along with a bonus tutorial to learn more about how to create the candles or the sugared garden rose petals in the photographs.

 

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Sweet Violet Bride Magazine {Bouquet Feature}

What a thrill to see a new business take flight and to even more so to be a part of the first project. Sweet Violet Bride is a new print magazine that is full of natural inspiration for  wildflower loving brides and beauty seekers alike. Our team created a spread of bountiful bouquets with texture and intriguing combinations. Thank you Naomi for asking us to be a part of your new adventure. The only way we are all going to thrive in this world is to work, share, and  create with a sense of community.

It takes bravery to achieve your dreams and our example this week, Sweet Violet Bride,  is sure to know the feeling of sweet success!

Annabella Charles Photography

Everbloom Designs

Natalie Chang Designs

Prop Cellar Vintage Rentals

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The Flowerwild Workshop {Part 2}

See that golden hue
Burning in the west
My dreams are with that color
My dreams are the sun

…My dreams are with the sun

-Dawn Michelle

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Photography: Jose Villa

Featured in: Style Me Pretty

Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup

Paper Goods and Calligraphy: Feast

Props: Found Vintage Rentals

Location: Mayacamas Ranch, Calistoga, California

Model: Barbara of Scout Model & Talent

Bouquets: 17 Talented Designers including Haute Horticulture {Karin}

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Additional Information:

photographer: Jose Villa Flowers: Rachel Bowes of Finch and Thistle Events | flowers: Angie Tomey of Little Boy Flowers | flowers: Pearl & Godiva | flowers: Anne Bowen Dabney of Charleston Stems | flowers: Amy Reed | flowers: Shilhi Seibel of Passion Roots | flowers: madalyn covey | flowers: Ashlyn Gibben Hobbs of Stratford Events | flowers: Mandy Grace | flowers: Sarah Neal of L&S Design co. | flowers: Jahana Bilal of White Squid | flowers: Shannon Mahoney of Thistle and Honey Floral | flowers: Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture | flowers: McKenzie Powell Designs | flowers: katie wachowiak of Reinhardt Blooms | hair and makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | calligraphy: feast calligraphy | creative direction and design: kate holt – flowerwild | model: scout model and talent | prop rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | venue: mayacamas ranch | wardrobe: bhldn

A Touch of Southern Style {Wedding UK Magazine}

There are no words that can describe how excited our team is to be published in (UK) Wedding Magazine. It is sold in so many countries, including the United States, and I personally have been buying it along with the sister magazine Wedding Flowers since I was engaged in 2003. I cannot believe 10 years later Haute Horticulture is a part of both magazines this fall.

We simply couldn’t have done it without the lengthy list of talent we have grown accustomed to working magic with here in Memphis.

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Annabella Charles Photography

Everbloom Designs Styling

Social Graces LLC

The Flour Garden

Natalie Chang

Elaine Clayton Beauty Styling

The Junior League Memphis

Ziparo’s Catering

Model: Quinn Lake

Claire Pettibone

La Tavola Linens

 

Tasha {A Bridal Shower}

When a wedding shower is given by a photographer you know every detail is going to be lovely, especially if it’s a bridal shower by a wedding photographer. Annabella Charles is the reason I know Tasha, the bride-to-be, and she is such a warm and devout person. We will be doing her wedding next month so stay tuned for more pretty photos of beautiful Tasha and her handsome future husband! The watercolor cake and  cookies were created by The Flour Garden and they taste as amazing as they look! We put a little sparkle in this wedding with glittered flower stands and vases. Martha Stewart glitter comes in all of the perfect watercolors we needed to pull this one off. Style Me Pretty agreed and published it today!

It was a wonderful day.

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Earthly Heirlooms {Magnolia Rouge Issue 3}

We absolutely love getting creative when it comes to the themes of Magnolia Rouge Magazine. Working with Annabella Charles Photography and Everbloom Designs we designed an entire vignette around the heirlooms that are gifts from the Earth to be transformed into treasures for generations to enjoy. Whether made of wood, clay, cotton, charcoal, or seeds that grow flowers and food year after year, these blessings are not too small to be forgotten. We are so proud to be a part of the talent in this magazine spans the globe!

{ I would like to also mention that the charcoal sketch was done by the talented Annaliese Davidson, a budding artist.}

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Beauty in Botany {Magnolia Rouge Feature}

            Magnolia Rouge published its second edition under the new name and the magazine is a treasure trove of real weddings, style, and more! Kate (the director) was able to use two seperate photo shoots from our group in the magazine and we thought we would share the lovely botanical beauty here on the blog. It’s an ode to the lithograph and fern lovers alike and includes a bunch of fresh Helleborus mixed with lively little puffs of Acacia and four different types of ferns to name just a few floral ingredients. With stylist Kristin Wolter from Everbloom Designs and Annabella of Annabella Charles Photography, we mapped out the details of a decorated repast of salads, spritzers, and sweets that include edible pansies.

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A Parisian-Inspired Shoot {Featured in Style Me Pretty}

Style Me Pretty is one of the biggest and most watched blogs in the wedding industry for fresh ideas, real weddings, and incredible photo shoots. They even have a new book with all of the best photographers, stylists, planners,  and floral designers as contributors. When we found out SMP was going to publish something we worked hard on and were very proud of, we wanted to sing it to the world… but that’s the catch, you have to wait sometimes months before their brilliant team picks just the right moment to publish it. So after the Winter turned to Spring and the trees all burst into fluffy canopies of florets, we agree that April 1 is the PERFECT day for such a sunny and inspiring collection of photographs from Annabella Charles.

{You can see more of her work here}

So of course we don’t want to boast, but we love this photo shoot that was waiting for the frost to thaw and sprout. We hope you do too!

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A Beautiful Day! {Style Me Pretty Feature}

It is truly a beautiful day to share some photos we have had to keep to ourselves for some time. That’s the way it works in the publication and editorial business, you must be months ahead of the season and then wait to see your product in its rightful place. We have been thrice featured on Style Me Pretty and this one is just lovely all over. The team deserves full credit, for no one does much alone in the industry, so be sure and look at their sites too for more photographs and their version of the day.
Our story is easy to tell. We had an extremely accommodating venue, great coordination, the perfect stylist, an unparalleled photographer, incredible: cake, flowers, linens, rentals, and a lovely model wearing gorgeous dresses. The shoot was actually in the Winter and it was not easy. I believe the high that day was 40 degrees, not to spoil the magic though, because inside the conservatory it was a perfect temperature. I may even consider one for a future function. What a great idea of having green plants and great weather (indoors) all year round with glass walls and natural lighting!

There will likely be a few more future posts but for now we are overjoyed to be on a wedding style blog like Style Me Pretty and to finally share it with you.

Have a wonderful day!

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 Vendors

Annabella Charles Photography

Social Graces Events

Everbloom Designs

Dresses provided by : Maggie Louise

Hair and Make up : Tricia Coble

Venue : The Conservatory

Stationary : Natalie Chang

Model : Rebecca with MACS AMAX

Vintage Rentals : Propcellar

Headpieces and belt : Hushed Commotion

Cake : The Flour Garden

Caterer : The Conservatory

Lighting : Bright Event Productions

 

 

Brittany & Jason {Project Wedding March 25, 2013}

Real weddings are sacred and they have to account for a lot more life situations than photo shoots, so when a wedding with Annabella Charles as the photographer comes up it’s fun to see a couple get the royal treatment  and be featured on a national blog like Project Wedding.

We are so happy for the couple! And happy that Project Wedding loved it enough to make it a feature wedding!

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We Love: Dogwood {a flowering tree}

Flowering Dogwood trees are truly magnificent. We love them so much they are a part of the Haute Horticulture logo.

There exist a few common varieties that all put on a spectacular flower show in the Spring. The white, pink, and red varieties are all a member of the flowering North American Dogwood group Cornus Florida and each has the distinct four rounded bracts (what people commonly see as flower petals). The group of Asian Dogwoods has pointed bracts and blooms only creamy white flowers a little later in the Spring. These Kousa Dogwoods (Cornus Kousa) are often referred to as Japanese, Korean, or Chinese Dogwood Trees. Most of these tree variteites, and many others are available through the Arbor Day Foundation for a very fair price to plant in your own yard, which is exactly what we plan to do this Spring.

Last year we got together with Annabella Charles Photography, Everbloom Designs, with dresses from Barefoot Bride (worn by model Alicia) and Linens from Studio 1524.  We created a lovely inspiration photo session paying homage to the Dogwood. We waited until the branches were perfectly in bloom and assembled a team of quite a few behind the scenes favors in the form of: the location (a private residence), monogramming (K. Young), cake making,  and lovely paper goods by the talented Natalie Chang. We fused style elements that could be incorporated into a garden party or wedding complete with hair accessories by Kristin of Everbloom Designs. The result was just as we had hoped and even made a prompt appearance in The Wedding Chicks Blog. Now a year later, we yearn to work with those branches again and hope they make their debut soon!

Photography: Annabella Charles

Fabric Flowers and Styling : Everbloom Designs

Ring pillows/ hair and Mua : Tasha Rick

Cake and Petite fours : Cindy DeBoard

Stationary and Calligraphy : Natalie Chang

linens : Studio1524

Dresses provided by : The Barefoot Bride

Model : Alicia Nash with ETA

 

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The Cheery Cherries {Using Fruit in Bouquets}

1cherry 2cherry 3cherry 4cherry There is nothing more delicious than using berries and various edible fruits in bouquets, but what is truly safe and what is fantasy? We have worked a great deal with fruits and unusual bouquet content recent years and here is the true advice we have to give customers and aspiring floral designers alike. When it comes to bridal bouquets these are our 7 best tips to avoid complications and gain peace of mind:

1) If you are using real fruit with clear juices make sure it is under-ripe and very hard.

2) If you wire fruits that are larger and heavier the test is simple, if you hold the wire only and the fruit does not stand erect, the gague is not heavy enough or the fruit needs more wires through it. You can also combine wooden picks but make sure the fruit is anchored with some wire or the fruit may fall off the pick alone when the bouquet is held upside down (which does happen).

3) If you use real fruits it is safest to nest them into the flowers so that they are not on the outside of the bouquet where they can get bruised or start to weep.

4) Never use real fruits with extremely dark juices. It may look appealing in magazines (yes we have published a few ourselves) but the secret is that there are some very convincing faux fruits and veggies out there,  and no floral designer or bride should have to worry about this when there are lightweight fauxs that can be tucked (wired) into the bouquet. Make sure the client understands that these concerns are for clothing safety and the reason a real plum is probably not ideal for a bouquet; give them the truth about the risks of real fruits and vegetables and they will respect you for thinking ahead.

5) Peppers and fruits like Mangos can be very irritating to skin and eyes if the oils come off onto the designer’s hands or onto the client’s hands. The best thing to do is use faux or very small ornamentals that are grown specifically for arrangements. It may seem tempting to use that cute little jalapeno pepper from the garden, but it could potentially get an irritant all over everything that it touches.

6) Be smart, if you aren’t going to be there to watch over the bouquet for the entire ceremony and reception and all photographs, then our best advice is play it safe rather than risk disaster. There are so many usable low risk berries and ornamentals to use and the options are getting better each year with the demand. If you must go outside the box, practice and see how well the fruit holds up outside the cooler and in a bouquet for a day.

7) Be creative! If the customer needs a certain color or look, there are probably alternatives that can be used instead. For example, Hypericum berries look a lot like little strawberries when used with strawberry foliage and not bunched together.

All photos by Annabella Charles Photography

Photo Shoot seen in Mag Rouge

Magnolia Rouge: A Styled Shoot {Jan 2013 Issue}

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We have been honored to be included in nearly every issue of Mag Rouge and now Magnolia Rouge Magazine. This is from the January 2013 issue. The use of antique golds, flatware, and vintage wallpaper mixed with the flowers, succulents, and berries to form a tapestry of textures and pastels. Styled by Kristin Wolter of Everbloom Designs and photographed by Annabella Charles.

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Publications and Blogs

Untitled-2We here at Haute Horticulture are so grateful for all of the features both in print and online. We are thrilled and honored when someone shares what we have created {alongside some other very talented vendors}. Our belief is that inspiration is important and our passion is making it with our own hands to then be enjoyed and photographed. When publcations showcase our work, the world gets to see what we see; which is a lot of amazing things.

Thank you to all of the talented editors, bloggers, designers, and graphic artists who weave our vignettes/events into their lovely tapestries.