New Season, New Look!

I’m excited to finally get back to blogging – March was a crazy busy month and then April just flew by, so now it’s time to show you some of the things I’ve been up to! First, did you notice anything different about this page when you arrived? I’ve been starting to refine my brand, and after much googling and many YouTube tutorials, my website got a little facelift that I’m excited to finally show off! There are still more changes to come, but some of the highlights are the new Home page, the updated Gallery, and my blog posts can now be accessed via the Blog page in the menu bar. As I mentioned in my last post, I have a new logo thanks to the amazing KARMOMO studio, and I’ve been working with one of my favorite photographers, Rory McCann Photography, to showcase some of my most recent work. You can also find me in a few new places on the web: the TSOJ Facebook page is up and running, as is my new vendor profile on WeddingWire! Like I said, it’s been a busy couple months!

Rory and I worked together in early March to capture some of my most recent wedding florals. As some of you may recall, Rory was the photographer for Matt & Grace’s wedding last summer, and her photos from that wedding are still some of my favorite photos in my portfolio (if you go to my homepage, the background image is one of her stunning shots from that wedding!) So naturally when I started thinking about adding more pictures to my professional portfolio, she was the first person I called, and we planned a photoshoot for the day after my next big wedding. I wanted a mixture of floral portfolio shots using the flowers from Dan & Sarah’s wedding (another upcoming post – stay tuned!) and a few working shots and head shots. And as always, she did not disappoint! We had a fun afternoon listening to music, laughing as we set up each shot, and running around in the freezing temperatures to snap a few pictures outside. (Don’t be fooled – even though those outdoor photos look warm and sunny, the wind was bitterly cold that day!) We even incorporated some of the pink peonies into the photos… you’ll also hear about where they came from in Dan & Sarah’s blog post 😉 Enjoy all of the burgundy goodness, and stay tuned to see more of these wedding florals soon!

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©Rory McCann Photography

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Centerpiece ©Rory McCann Photography

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©Rory McCann Photography

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©Rory McCann Photography

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©Rory McCann Photography

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©Rory McCann Photography

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©Rory McCann Photography

If you have an event or wedding for which you are needing a florist, I am still booking for 2017 & 2018! Please email me at britni@twostemsofjoy.com to discuss your custom floral package.

 

Blog-iversary!

One year…

It’s extraordinary how much can happen in a single year, isn’t it? A segment of time that seems so minimal within the larger span of a lifetime, and yet, life as we know it can reverse directions, fast forward, slow to a trickle and even appear to stop dead in its tracks all within a single year. We’ve all heard the saying “Change is the only constant in life,” but it can be difficult in real time to remember that that is the nature of our world – to ebb & flow, to morph, to grow, to put to rest… to change. I’ve been reflecting these past few weeks on how much has changed in my life this past year. As you can tell by the title of this post, today marks the one year anniversary of blogging as Two Stems of Joy. I still can’t wrap my head around how much has happened this year. From the little bud of an idea last summer to having a professional internship and two full weddings under my belt, I have been stretched, challenged, and blessed in so many ways.12-blogiversary-6

When I started this blog a year ago, I was simply looking for a creative outlet. I felt stuck having completed all of the goals I had made for myself: to finish college, to secure a good job, and to live independently in a big city. I often prayed for God to reveal what was next, to divulge what the next big thing would be in my life as an architect in Boston. I never dreamed that floral design would grow into such a deep passion that would allow me to do what I have felt called to do for many years – finding tangible ways to spread joy in my community. I had no clue that this new passion would lead me down an entirely different path than I had planned for myself with so many dreams and goals that have brought me great joy and excitement for what is ahead.

I am incredibly grateful to all of the people who have helped me and cheered me on this past year. I would have never made it this far without the support of so many wonderful people – so thank you! And an extra special thank you to those people who have been with me from the very beginning (you know who you are.) I will be forever grateful for your encouragement, your inspiration, and your support. You helped me find the courage to pursue this passion, and you continue to provide encouragement when I need it most. While Heraclitus may have argued that change is the only constant, your support and God’s grace & blessing have been true constants in this process that I have not and will not take for granted.

So, after so much deep gratitude and reflection, it’s time for the lighter celebration of this milestone. For my blogiversary, my roommates and I celebrated as best we know how – with cake and flowers.

Esther (author of her own blog Teaspoon of Ink and my dear roommate for the last two years) worked her magic in the kitchen again and made a dessert utterly perfect for the celebration: mini lemon lavender bundt cakes. Let me tell you, they were AMAZING! I love mini desserts and anything lemon flavored, so her petite creations and her contribution to the celebration couldn’t have been more perfect. Esther was my first cheerleader in this process; she was the one who for months encouraged me to start a blog, even before I knew what I wanted to blog about. Watching her take that leap herself was so exciting, and the time spent developing our skills and dreams in tandem has been one of the best parts about being roommates.

Also joining us in our celebration was our newest roommate – meet Megan! She’s an absolute sweetheart, and it was a fun day to show her what goes into making and photographing a blog post. Hopefully our crazy antics didn’t seem too weird… my roommates often make the loveliest of models for my floral creations, so I’m hopeful you’ll see more of her in the year ahead 😉

 

And of course, what’s a floral blogiversary without some celebratory flowers. For this party, I combined two of my favorite things: dahlias* and flower crowns. The crowns were a mixture of dahlias, wax flowers, solidago, daisies, and lemon leaf, and the festive colors where a perfect fit for the transition between Summer and Fall. (*Side note: shout out to Five Fork Farms for always producing top notch, local flowers. The dahlias I receive as part of their summer flower shares make me swoon every week!)

It was a wonderful afternoon celebrating a big milestone. There will be many big things to share with you in the year ahead, but for now, all I will share is my joyful gratitude for the blessings of this past year. Thank you for following along with me; it’s been an incredible journey, and this next year will hold even more exciting and incredible things – just you wait and see 🙂

~Britni

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