Flower Crown Workshop | Anthropologie Westside Urban Market

Written by Libby Hockenberry

All photos by Katie York for Dash Photography

All photos by Katie York for Dash Photography

Back in May we hosted a fun flower crown workshop at Anthropologie on the Westside just in time for Mother's Day. This was our first workshop with Anthro, and the girls there were all just amazing. Such a sweet group of ladies! As you probably know, we hold workshops at West Elm once a quarter and are beginning to offer more and more all over the city. Be sure to check our workshop calendar for more upcoming classes and dates! 

We spent the evening amongst the beautiful BHDLN wedding dresses and Anthropologie goodies sipping on champagne and playing with flowers. What could be better than that! I think everyone ended up going shopping afterwards haha..I even tried on a wedding dress or two (don't tell my mother). 

In our workshop we taught each attendee how to make their very own fresh flower crown out of nude carnations (one of our favorites of the moment - carnations are totally making a comeback, finally!), oregano for a touch of scent and greenery, and a couple varieties of beautiful girly garden spray roses - Malaya Gem and Julianne Peach. Each flower crown had it's own personality for sure and honestly we were quite impressed with everyone's final product! Flower crowns can sometimes be a tad tedious to create but all the ladies killed it! 

The lovely Katie York of Dash Photography joined us and took some beautiful photos of the night! A big thank you to her for taking the time out of her Friday night to hang out with us :)  Also a big thank you to all the ladies who attended, and of course to Anthropologie Westside for having us and hosting us in their beautiful store. Thank you thank you! 

We can't wait to see you at our next workshop! Enjoy some snaps of the evening below :)

NOLA | Part I

Written by Amanda Lankford

All images by Natalie Jackson of Four Corners Photography

All images by Natalie Jackson of Four Corners Photography

This amazing city is truly one of a kind, and every time I visit I learn something new about the history or find another fabulous spot that I haven't seen before. For example, this FABULOUS venue above called Race & Religious is located right off of Tchopatulous, and in the palm trees that surround it live parrots. Yes, I said parrots. They escaped the zoo during Hurricane Katrina and made these palm trees their new home. I find their sound to be so beautiful when I visit,  always reminding me of this great city and how hard it might have been during that difficult time.

This is Part I of my travels to New Orleans, and a little sneak peak of the amazingly beautiful photo shoot that I had the pleasure of putting together with a truly talented group of wedding industry creatives.  I traveled with my gal pal, Natalie of Four Corners Photography again - (same gal from Seattle), and this time we barely had time to eat let alone capture our travels around town. This trip was definitely more about business than pleasure, but we both love what we do so we can consider it both right? 

Why New Orleans, you ask? Well, because it has both my husband and I's heart. Each time we visit, Michael just seems to come alive and feels at home. It might be the music, the rich history, or maybe a little bit of everything (maybe not the weather though - you all thought Atlanta was hot! hah). Not only do we love the city personally but for AJF+D it offers a whole new world of florals and design. The wedding venues in New Orleans are truly amazing and have so much history and character - not to say that we don't love the venues here in Atlanta, but they are just a whole different ball game.  We are planning to travel with the kiddos next so they can understand as well. It's so hard to explain the beauty and character that NOLA offers, so if you've never visited you just need to go. Oh, and take us with you!

new orleans florist
new orleans florist
New Orleans wedding
New Orleans Wedding
Race and Religious
Race and Religious

Pause....Story time! Natalie and I met Anne Timms of Anne Timms Makeup Artistry in Seattle for our four shoots that we did on the West Coast back in March. This shoot is because of her. She asked us if we wanted to go to New Orleans and "do something fun" while sitting in a hunters lodge literally on the edge of the USA with a beer in hand. Little did she know that within a week AJF+D was about to launch in NOLA. This very story is why I love what I do, because I get the opportunity to meet so many great people around the world. Thank you Anne for the hospitality, beauty and crawfish boil! :P

New Orleans Wedding
New Orleans florist

Here are a few snippets of what our trip looked like:

1. As soon as we landed it was GO time.

2. Natalie was in charge of our lunch on Day 1 and she brought back a bag of skittles, sour patch kids, a big bag of plain Lays chips, gum and a Diet Coke. She is no longer in charge of lunch, like ever.

3. I split my pants while styling the ceremony shot. (No change of clothes until hours later)

4. We had to call "Hot Jeremy" four times to get the 1800 year old door open to our AirBnb (twice it was pouring down rain)

5. Dinner 2, Natalie and I ordered the exact same thing without even knowing it. Best beet pizza ever at Red Dog Cafe! PLEASE put this place on your list.

6. I UGLY cried during the Kinfolk Jazz Band debut.---more on that for Part II

7. Was part of my very first Crawfish Boil. Thank you Anne and mom for making fried oysters!

8. I walked the streets of Magazine (closer to Uptown) super early in the morning seeking magnolia blooms and it was the most amazing solo walk I have ever been on. So peaceful.

9. 3 days without a shower. Yep - real life.

10. Doberge cake is the best cake around (originates in New Orleans). -- Try it at Bakery Bar. Yes, cake and a bar. Thats right.

Botanicals with Libby

All the Ferns

Written by Libby Hockenberry

Ferns are truly a funny thing. Definitely my plant obsession for the moment (also begonias of all types - more on those in my next post). But ferns hold a special place in my heart and I think they always will. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with them though...I'm sure all of you have experienced this from time to time if you've tried to keep one alive. They're really beautiful but also extremely fickle and need so much attention. I swear if you look at a maidenhair wrong it'll shrivel up and die. I'll admit I've killed a few in my day so don't feel bad if you've done the same. I'm still learning tips on those puppies. 

Wedding Florist

I know a lot of people probably immediately think of those Boston ferns you can pick up at the grocery store every summer, (probably the only fern I'm not a huge fan of), but I'm more so talking about all the crazy varieties of ferns that offer unique and delicate frond shapes and interesting colors. Some of my favorites are staghorns, bearclaw fern, silver lace fern, ming fern, forest ferns, and maidenhair fern. I feel like every time I go to a nursery I find a new variety I've never seen before. So hard not to buy them all!!  Cary and I have created a new rule for our house since our plants are starting to take over our space - for every new plant we buy we have to get rid of one. Although, since we are moving next week to a bigger loft I'm not too certain we'll stay true to our own rule. Hah I'll let you know how that goes. 

Speaking of new varieties of plants, I recently learned about a type of fern that I've never seen before called cotton candy fern. What a great name, right? I just recently did a wedding for a client who totally shared my same obsession with ferns which turned out to be a little dangerous when we would get together haha. She took me to this amazing nursery where the owner actually propagates new plant varieties - really freaking cool. He told us that he had recently found an old school fern variety that was super popular in the 60's called Cotton Candy Fern and that he was trying to bring it back. He said that for some reason it became really hard to find in nurseries and plant stores, but hopefully in the near future he'll have enough to sell so I can add one to my collection. It literally looks like lime green cotton candy - almost like a miniature maidenhair fern but much fluffier. 

cotton candy fern

Cotton Candy Fern

Can't wait to get my hands on one of these!

I'll leave you with a few care tips as always: 

  • Ferns love humidity so if you think the air is dry in your house you can do several things to make sure your fern is happy. Either put your fern among other potted plants - this helps with overall humidity because plants give off moisture, mist it occasionally with water, or you can set their pots on damp trays of pebbles to add moisture to the air around them. You could also plug in a humidifier but that's only in extreme cases.
  • Ferns don't like to ever dry out which is why I mentioned above that they are super needy. They like for their soil to be damp at all times but not water logged - give your fern a little bit of water everyday if you need to depending on the size of the pot. 
  • Most ferns don't enjoy the cold, they come from tropical regions, so be sure to bring them inside for winter if you have them on a porch and don't place them in a drafty spot. 
  • Typically ferns don't love to be repotted. I've killed back a few maidenhairs this way. They really only need to be repotted if their roots have outgrown the pot which takes a while. If this hasn't happened yet, just simply scrape off the top layer of soil and add a fresh layer. And be sure to fertilize every two to four weeks during the spring and summer growing season. 
  • And most importantly, ferns don't like direct sunlight. They grow naturally on the shaded forest floor away from the sun so if you can re create that type of filtered light in your home your fern will stay super happy!

If you guys have any interesting ferns in your plant collection I would love to see them! Use the hashtag #botanicalswithlibby and share them on Instagram