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Meet Kelly - Southern Bloom - Floral Design, Wedding Coordination and Event Planner | Vendor Highlight Mini Blog Series | Tennessee and Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

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I am so excited to introduce you to this next vendor as part of my Vendor Highlight mini blog series! This little project I’ve started has given me the fun opportunity of getting to meet one on one with each of these vendors. There’s a handful of these incredibly creative and awesome vendors I have followed on social media for a long time, but never had the pleasure of meeting in person until now! I really enjoy meeting and getting to know friends over coffee or a drink, learning more about them, their business and what inspires them!

This week I met up with Kelly of Southern Bloom! Kelly and I have had some of the same brides - I’m obsessed with her work - so it was fun to finally meet her, chat about her business, life as women entrepreneurs, owning small businesses, the wedding world and styled shoot dreams. We have very similar style taste and both have a desire to dive more into the Fine Art Wedding world.

Mary Kate: Tell me about your business. What do you love most about your business?

Kelly: “I would describe Southern Bloom as southern, elegant with some edgy. Southern Bloom has been around for five years, I’ve been full-time for three. Growing up I have always loved flowers and entertaining. My Grandma loved flowers, too! About five years ago, one of my friend’s was getting married. Knowing that I love flowers, planning etc, my friend asked if I’d like to help with the reception table centerpieces and decor. This was my first gig and was excited she asked! Long story short, my friend had hired a florist to design the bouquets and boutonnières. She ended up not liking them at all and asked if I was willing to take them and create new ones. So I helped create new florals for her wedding - one her wedding day, and the rest is history! Southern Bloom was created and through word of mouth, mostly, I booked more and more weddings. My business grew very organically.

I absolutely love weddings - have loved them since I was a child - and I love details. I also love to help people! I love that having my own business gives me the freedom to make creative decisions, put creative things out in the world and make someone’s day! Another thing I love to do is volunteer in the city. Having my own business allows me to give my time doing that. I volunteer at the Make A Wish Foundation! I am a Wish Granter and also serve on the Associates Board. It is so rewarding and has helped me network and connect with people!


Mary Kate: What inspires you? What inspired you to start Southern Bloom?

Kelly: “Colors, patterns, and textures inspire me! Bouquets are my favorite thing to make! My bouquets have a lot of texture and color! I love to help people and I saw a need and ran with it. I love bringing prettiness into the world and a bride’s wedding day vision to life!


Mary Kate: What are some goals you have for Southern Bloom - this year or in the future?

Kelly: “I am in the beginning stages or rebranding. Southern Bloom is floral design, wedding coordination and event planning. I want to bring those things together and have a cohesive look! Another goal I have is to offer my clients a product! I’m not sure what that is or what that will look like, but I am excited to see where that goes!


Mary Kate: What tips do you have for future and current brides?

Kelly: “1. I really encourage brides to be more open minded to including more colors to their wedding color palette. I think brides fear adding too many colors, but I really encourage them think about expanding their palettes. Colors really add to wedding design and as you know, photos. So tip number one, don’t be scared to explore more colors!

2. This is a big one, but hire vendors you trust. When you trust your vendors and give them the reins, you can truly enjoy your day!

3. I encourage brides to be realistic about their day. Truth is, hiccups happen. That’s where hiring good vendors is important. When a hiccup happens, you can trust that your vendors will do whatever they can to help fix whatever the hiccup is! Also, bonus tip: don’t sweat the small stuff and have fun!”

I hope you all enjoyed getting to know about Kelly and her small business, Southern Bloom! Thank you 17 Berkshire for letting us shoot in your beautiful store front! Kelly, thank you so much for meeting up with me! I’m so glad we finally got to hang out and get to know one another!

xoxo, MK

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A Simple Solution to Protect Your Eyes in 2019 | Pixel Eyewear | Tennessee and Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

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Good morning darling friends!

The sun is shining and I am currently making my to do list for today! I’ve got a question for you! Ever notice the longer you spend staring at your computer at work answering emails, writing proposals, working on reports or scrolling through Instagram that your eyes feel heavy or tired? Do you ever get subtle headaches or fatigue and wonder why you feel so tired?! Let me guess, you probably thought you slept well last night. Well, it is proven that we as a culture spend more time looking at screens than ever before. I certainly love scrolling through my Instagram - haha! At twenty-nine years old though, feeling fatigued and my eyes being tired is not on my agenda. This year, one of my goals is to be better about monitoring my screen time and being healthier — like being more conscious of protecting my eyes!

If eye and/or mental fatigue and mild headaches sounds familiar, I have some good news for you! Pixel Eyewear offers fashionable, non-prescription glasses for both men and women that are designed to help reduce and protect from blue light. These eyeglasses help reduce fatigue and tiredness (strain) in your eyes allowing you to be more efficient and protect your eyes! These glasses are great to wear at work, while you’re on your phone, laying in bed scrolling through Instagram or even watching tv. I will note that I personally have prescription eye-glasses because of a lazy eye. Several times over the last few weeks, I have found myself in situations where I did not have my prescription glasses with me. Luckily, I did have my pair of Pixel Eyeglasses in my bag and they were a huge help, reducing my eye fatigue and keeping me focused and efficient!

As wedding & fashion photographer, a lot of screen time is inevitable, so if there is a way to help protect my eyes, you better believe I am going to take it! My eyes are incredibly vital for me to continue doing what I love to do! :)

I am excited — Pixel Eyewear and I decided it would be fun to host a giveaway! Here’s how to enter:

Follow (on Instagram) @marykatesteele and @pixeleyewear

Like my Instagram post

Tag your friends that need a pair, too!

Be sure to check back on my Instagram, a winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday evening! Pixel was so generous to also offer a special discount to all my friends — use the code “marykate” at checkout! <3

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