Georgetown, DC is such an adorable place! I was elated when Estefanie and Griffin made plans with me to take pictures in Georgetown! We were blessed with a beautiful, crisp morning and enjoyed walking around the residential area of Georgetown and admiring all the beautiful historical homes. These two are so precious. They have such a sweet love for each other. Estefanie and Griffin met at college in Little Rock, Arkansas, about 3 hours from Memphis! (Small world). Griffin is finishing up his law degree in DC. Estefanie is from Venezuela and just finished a degree in Business Administration and Mass Communications. They are planning a September 2020 wedding and I know it is going to be absolutely gorgeous!
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!
Ever wonder what a greenhouse, cafe, nursery, garden & home shop looks like all combined into one? What if I told you such a place exists and to top it off, it also looks like you stepped into an Anthropologie catalog? This magical place is real AND it is also a Wedding/Event venue!! Yes, you did read that right!
This place is called Terrain Garden Cafe & Shop Terrain. It is located just outside Philly, Pa and visiting this beautiful, dreamy, magical heaven has been on my to do list! Of course I wanted to enjoy the full experience that Terrain had to offer, so I started my morning with a reservation for brunch at their lovely garden cafe.
I would suggest checking out the incredible food menu on their website to get an idea what they serve. Everything is fresh and caters to those who love a healthy, wholesome meal! <3 I ended up ordering their breakfast board and sharing it with a friend who came along with me! The breakfast board consisted of made-to-order eggs, applewood bacon, breakfast sausage, toast and fresh mixed greens served on a beautiful wooden serving board. I must make a note of this: before our breakfast was brought out, we were served the most delightfully delicious homemade bread served in a flowerpot! Yes, a flowerpot. It was baked in the flowerpot and it was perfect.
Terrain Garden Cafe also offers many delicious hot teas and coffees, along with an adorable coffee bar. My friend and I both ordered hot herbal tea. Our waitress brought out the sweetest, most darling little single serving teapots and teacups to match. The attention to detail and branding at Terrain is impeccable and so well done.
After a quiet, relaxing brunch, we wandered around the shop, greenhouses, and grounds at Terrain. Amongst all the beautiful and exotic plants, trees and flowers placed perfectly throughout, there were shelves decorated with darling beauty products, handmade jewelry and candles. Sun hats hung on the walls. Home decor, party hosting books, recipe books, cocktail ingredients and canned goods lined open shelving strategically placed throughout the greenhouse shop. Beautiful linen table cloths, napkins and aprons hung perfectly along wooden ladder rungs. Table scapes decorated with immaculate handmade pottery, dish sets and adorable mugs added final touches brilliantly.
It is easy to say I wanted everything in sight. Lol. One of my favorite sections in the shop though was the children’s section. Children’s gardening and forest fort building books were sweetly stacked next to adorable red Hunter rain boots and gardening tools for little hands. I can’t wait to take Mark there someday. Also, I made a mental note to go order a few of those precious products off Amazon. ;)
Across the way, outside of the shop and cafe was the Garden Woodshed. Inside is their gorgeous wedding and event venue! They offer such a beautiful, unique and sophisticated wedding experience! All I have to say is that I would absolutely love to shoot a wedding at Terrain! So if you’re looking for a photographer and you’re getting married at Terrain, let me know! ;)