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!

FarmerFlorist Intensive with Floret {Workshop Sneak Preview and More!}

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The photos from the farmer florist intensive with Erin of Floret Flower Farm are in and we cannot wait to share all of it with you! There is so much beauty, it may have to be a multi-post series! The wildest part of this announcement is that I am featured on the Floret Blog today! This journey in flowers has led me to some amazing places in the country and in the community. What an enormous honor! There is no better way to lead than by example, and Erin’s willingness to share floral community members on her blog displays such a great example of reaching out to others when you have the ability to do so. The farmers and designers I met in October all embody this same spirit of sharing and commitment to the field/others in it, and it is why we all came to meet Erin (and her family and friends). Our October group is very special to me.

I simply cannot wait to share my memories and photos and well as their stories, here on the blog.

Crazy for Pansies {The Pansy Ring}

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This is the time of year in the South where copious amounts of little Pansy plants are purchased and incorporate into landscapes outside business and homes across the region. They are adorable, edible, tougher than they look, cold loving, and come in a rainbow of colors and combinations. I started collecting them  a few weeks […]

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A Potter’s Journey

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Over a year ago I met a beautiful and talented artist and student named Annaliese, and this summer she came to work with me in the studio. Since she is an art major, it made for a perfect internship experience watching me run my creative business while learning my medium of flowers. We were able […]

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Colors from the Earth (Natural Fabric Dye} Part 2

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Dying fabric with my hands and products derived from the earth was an experience I will not forget. Each new dye product and the color created gave me just a small insight to the methods in use long before dye was mass produced. The turmeric was especially vibrant and so rewarding to use on every […]

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Dying with Flowers {and other Naturals} Part 1

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In August there was a lot of activity in the studio. Our intern Annaliese brought something magical with her and a large part of that was the fact that to teach, I had to stretch my mind and imagine what it was like to learn something completely new. The atmosphere was alive with ideas and […]

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We Love: Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers {By Erin Benzakein and Lynn Byczynski}

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We love the book Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers written and photographed by Lynn Byczynski and Erin Benzakein for many reasons. First and foremost would be the approachable nature of the context and photos. This is a book for everyone and an honest look at wedding designs during the recent desire to turn back […]

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Oranges of Late Summer

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I was inspired by the mint and citrus colors of one of my favorite tea tins to create this little late summer vignette in honor of the bold oranges that show up at the end of August. Tea tins and lithographs may come in and out of fashion, but I continue to love them and […]

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Sweet Violet Magazine Cover

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Last Summer we worked on a concept shoot around the idea of having one’s closes friends join in a sample party at a bridal boutique. With cake, champagne, flowers, and of course dresses, everyone in a bride’s inner circle could participate in the experience. The results were so beautiful and the color yellow could not […]

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Spring Sampling

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Maggie Louise bridal boutique in Memphis, TN hosted a designer trunk show for a rising star designer named Olia Zavozina. Social Graces invited us to come create a high end sampling of floral designs for all of the brides eagerly awaiting to try on the dresses. We adorned the store with a little bit of […]

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50 Years of Love and Devotion

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When your daughter is one of the most talented cake designers in town and you are celebrating your golden anniversary, there is no doubt it will be the best tasting event of all! Laura Jackson of The Flour Garden Memphis invited all of us to work with her on this intimate project and make a […]

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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 […]

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Sweet Violet Bride Magazine {Bouquet Feature}

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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 […]

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Chlorophyll

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The green chemical responsible for the absorption of light by plants is called chlorophyll and those tender leafy greens are precious and rare right now in the middle of winter. With a few herbs and flowers purchased here and there, this was a nice reminder that no season is eternal and that Spring will be here before long. […]

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The Flowerwild Workshop {Part 2}

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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 A Workshop created and directed by: Kate Holt of Flowerwild Photography: Jose Villa Featured in: Style Me Pretty Hair and Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup Paper Goods and […]

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The Flowerwild Workshop {Featured on Style Me Pretty}

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This past April I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop created by Kate Holt of Flowerwild and today Style Me Pretty posted all of the incredible photos that truly capture the essence of that perfect California sun filled afternoon with Jose Villa and Kate (among many other talented vendors). This is just a preview, so prepare […]

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The Leftovers {Flemish Palette}

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Just couldn’t resist playing with some photo shoot leftovers that somehow survived over two weeks without any water or care. They were still lovely enough to make into some vignettes in a Flemish palette with a hint of winter greens and blues.    

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Magnolia Rouge {The Romance Issue} Blush meets Blue

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The new Romance Issue of Magnolia Rouge is out and as full of gorgeousness as ever! Issue 4 is live and all the digital issues are here in one lovely place. Kate Holland is the creative force behind this New Zealand treasure and we have been working with her for over two years now. It is hard […]

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Autumn Palette

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A little something different on the blog this Autumn day where the sunlight gets a little shorter and the colors richer. We need to remember to savor the greens before we wish them all to reds, oranges, and yellows and to fall to the ground. I will share more of this art-based shoot in the future, […]

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Plum Nectar

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One never knows exactly when an idea will come to fruition when they first have it pop into their mind. Such is the case for this very rich and delicious color scheme. The theme overall was inspired by a painting I kept showing and texting Annabella and Kristin. Each of us pulled out of the […]

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Romance & Flowers

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After some research the author of this quote still is not known, but it is a lovely one nonetheless: My chest is your garden and the seeds you planted in my heart are going to be painfully beautiful flowers.

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A Touch of Southern Style {Wedding UK Magazine}

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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 […]

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Tasha {A Bridal Shower}

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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 […]

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A Little Bubbly {Pink Champagne}

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Annabella Charles gets a lot of credit on my blog for a reason. She works hard and practices with me constantly to get the right look for both clients and editorial customers alike. I love to showcase what we do in the hopes of inspiring whomever may come across this blog. I love to look […]

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Inspiration Recharge

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I was recently fortunate enough to be taken to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (lacma) and it was exactly what I needed to renew my creativity. There was too much to see in a few short hours, but I think any longer would have been overwhelming. I have to thank Sam, Alex, and Paula […]

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Purple Dahlias {a little practice}

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I was told once by a successful floral designer, whom I admire, that all she did was practice  with every flower she could get her hands on; especially in the beginning. I also recently saw a video/article that really hit home in this regard. It is my belief  and that of my dear friends Annabella Charles (she […]

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From the Garden {Dahlias and Shrimp Plant}

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There is nothing better than getting to play with a new variety of flower purchased from my local nurseries. This particular little photo collection by Annabella Charles was made up of our personal garden Dahlias, Bougainvillea, and Shrimp Plant (Or Justicia brandegeanas as they are known botanically). It also includes some Ranunculus from the wholesaler and the […]

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Earthly Heirlooms {Magnolia Rouge Issue 3}

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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 […]

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Patience

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‘When one plants a garden they are admitting they believe in tomorrow’. This much is true, but with each day that the sprouts begin to grow taller and taller the anticipation mounts. We have so many little seedlings planted here that we cannot wait to see take shape! So while we practice patience, we can show you a little […]

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Lovely Words on Paper

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Sometimes we turn to mediums other than our own for a little pick-me-up. This week I found two really lovely vendors on Etsy who make these items. Sometimes it’s just nice to see words of positivity and grace when you are moving forward with your dreams. After all, great plans require great risk so it is […]

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Roses from the Garden {Milk Glass and Heirlooms}

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We have had a bountiful year here in the south so far. Our garden seems to agree. Here are some hand picked lovelies in my milk glass collection. It was a little bit of fun with photographer Annabella Brandon and stylist Kristin Wolter-Canfield to break up the long week (and an excuse to see Annabella’s handsome newborn […]

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Flowerwild Workshop

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Maycamas Ranch is nestled deep in the heart of Napa, California. It was there that Kate Holt of Flowerwild greeted us (attendees of her workshop) with open arms. It was also there, surrounded by beauty, that we formed new friends and learned from a pioneer in the shift of floral design in our changing world. Kate was so […]

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Garden Basket

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What a beautiful time of year. Here is a photo that sums up the wonder of having a basket full of freshly picked botanicals. Oh the possibilities! Photo: Annabella Charles Photography

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Spring {a time to grow}

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For all of us who love that first spotted daffodil in the field or the blossoming trees that seem to pop overnight, Spring is here! It is the rebirth of not only the fresh leaves of the trees and Wisteria vines along the roads, but a chance to start over in our hearts. To love […]

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Beauty in Botany {Magnolia Rouge Feature}

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            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 […]

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Flowerwheel App

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To show you how useful Flowerwheel App for iTunes is, we are going post actual screen shots of the flowers (from our phone) for today’s featured Style Me Pretty photo shoot that are from the app, then saved as favorites, and emailed.  We created this app because there was nothing like it yet available and as a floral design company we needed a […]

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

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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 […]

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A Beautiful Day! {Style Me Pretty Feature}

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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 […]

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Our Philosophy {Hello!}

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Welcome to FlowerStyleLove a philosophy and open dialogue about flowers,  floral design, and a wee bit of education for all of us.  We have backgrounds in numerous studies including psychology, art, education, photography, (and a handful of others) and have been immersed in the culture of flowers for some time. We love to post  inspiring photographs, new materials, earthy […]

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Brittany & Jason {Project Wedding March 25, 2013}

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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 […]

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