Like beans and cornbread...

Flowers and art go together like....beans and cornbread.  And if you don't already have that song stuck in your head, by all means have a listen here.  It'll brighten your day and put a pep in your step!

But honestly, I can hardly think of a better pairing than flowers and art - it was just meant to be.  My husband, Jerrod, is a professional artist, I am a floral designer, and truth be told, we're kinda like beans and cornbread, too.   We were high school sweethearts and have been married for 18 years now, and guess what the crazy thing is....?!  We just recently, for the very first time realized that we should collaborate with our flowers and art.  It's almost silly that we hadn't thought of that before! 

Anyway, here is a little of what we have come up with so far...  It's been fun and funny (that's a story for another day), and I have to say that I'm kinda loving the results.  Let me know what you think, and I'd love to hear if any of you have ideas for other collaborations!

This bouquet of zinnias from our cutting garden is arranged in a vessel that once belonged to and was painted by the well-known Mississippi artist, Marie Hull!

This bouquet of zinnias from our cutting garden is arranged in a vessel that once belonged to and was painted by the well-known Mississippi artist, Marie Hull!


Flowerpainting_cherokeerose

Everything for this arrangement including the beautiful white Cherokee Rose was foraged one late winter day when Jerrod and I took a walk in the woods on our lunch break.


flowerpainting_scabiosaandlilac

Our kids get asked to help out every once in a while...  our oldest in the kitchen with burgundy scabiosa and fresh lilac blooms.


This is just a sampling of our first floral/art collaboration.  There's more where that came from, and we're always open to commissions so if you have an idea - hit us up!  We'd love to hear from you.

To see more of Jerrod's work check out his website here!  He's the beans to my cornbread, and I think he's pretty amazing.  


Jerrod and I live in Ocean Springs, MS with our three kids where he makes art, and I design weddings and wedding flowers all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in the Jackson area.

A big move for Maidenhair - now on the MS Gulf Coast

Things have been a little quiet around here lately because there have big changes for our family in the past six months!  On August 1st of 2016 we moved our family to the charming town of Ocean Springs, MS - a true artistic gem on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!  As you can imagine the first few months were full of unpacking, getting kids settled into their new schools, exploring our new community, learning our way around, and plenty of trips to and from Jackson for weddings and also to decorate the MS Governor's Mansion for Christmas! 

We're beginning to feel a little settled (even though we are in the midst of a major home renovation!) and I am so excited to be a part of the amazing community here in Ocean Springs!  But moving a family of five is no joke!  July was an absolute whirlwind - we sold our house in Fondren, bought a home in Ocean Springs (and all of the million details that come with buying and selling), oh, and Jerrod and I were in Italy for two weeks out of the month!  Whew.  I'm tired all over again just thinking about it.  The thing about our crazy summer that I will never forget is the way that our friends and family loved us and carried us when we couldn't do it on our own.  It was such a time of humility and thankfulness! 

Fast forward 6 months, and here we are.  What does all of this mean for Maidenhair?  Well, first of all I plan to continue designing a few weddings a year in Jackson.  Jackson is full of people and places that are near and dear to us, and I'm thankful for the chance to visit and work.  So don't hesitate to let me know if you have a wedding coming up in the Jackson area! 

Also, now that Maidenhair is based in Ocean Springs, MS I look forward to serving couples all along the Gulf Coast!  If you're on the Gulf Coast or have contacts here please help me spread the word that Maidenhair is open for business here in Ocean Springs and beyond.  It is an exciting adventure, and I look forward to all of the wonderful people that I will get to know through flowering here on the coast! 

The view from our new front porch... 

The view from our new front porch... 

Maidenhair Floral and Event design - now designing wedding flowers in Ocean Springs, MS and along the Gulf Coast!

Thanksgiving Wedding with Ashleigh Coleman

It's not everyday that you wake up to see your work featured by Martha Stewart Weddings!

 It was such a joy to work with my friend and talented photographer, Ashleigh Coleman, on her brother's wedding.  Ashleigh lovingly planned and executed the details AND photographed it all!   Nathan and Kate were married in an intimate ceremony on Thanksgiving Day in Toccopola, MS, and then they celebrated with their family around a lavish Thanksgiving table. 

I honestly can't think of a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving!  See the full feature on Martha Stewart Weddings, HERE.

Some of my favorite snippets of the celebration... 

 

VENDORS

Photography and Event Planning, Ashleigh Coleman

Location, Old Sardis Methodist Church

Catering, David Leathers of Food Stylin

Flowers, Jessie Partridge of Maidenhair Floral and Event Design

Stationery and Calligraphy, Emily Hardin Paper

Rentals, Details Specialty Rentals; White Door Events; Magnolia Rentals

Bride's gown, Melissa Sweet

Bride's accessories, Tiffany & Co.

Groom's suit, JoS. A. Bank

Farm tables, Tim and Natalie Hamm of HammMade Furniture

New York, New York!

Once upon a time, Jerrod and I packed our bags and moved to New York City.  We lived there while he was in graduate school at New York Academy of Art and fell completely in love with the city.  Fast forward - several years (and a few kids) later - Jackson, MS is home.  We love living in the awesome neighborhood of Fondren, but we always long to visit NY.  So naturally, when I had the chance to return to The Big Apple in March and meet with my fabulous flower family - The Chapel Designers, for our annual conference - I couldn't resist!

I am so thankful for our founder, Holly Chapple, who is an amazing designer and an even more amazing flower mama to our clan!  We had an unbelievable line-up that included all of these talented folks:

Holly & Evan Chapple (Holly Chapple Flowers), Michelle Loretta (Sage Wedding Pros), Emily Thomas (Southern Weddings), Amanda Evaul (The Bridal Theory), Jes Gordon (jesGORDON/properFUN), Amy McGee (Botanical Brouhaha), Joy Thigpen (Joy Thigpen), David Beahm (David Beahm Design), Naomi de Manana (Senior Style Editor for Martha Stewart Weddings), Sarah Winward (Honey of a Thousand Flowers), Robbie Honey (Robbie Honey), Ariel Dearie (Ariel Dearie Flowers), Meg Biram (Meg Biram)

And as if that was not enough, we toured Martha Stewart including a trip through the insanely amazing prop room, and we even squeezed in a day of designing!  

Here is a glimpse of our week...         

All photos by Lauren Carnes  (Lauren Carnes Photography)

 




Find it in Fondren

I'm honored to be included in the most recent arts issue of Find it in Fondren!  As a floral designer I've always viewed my work as my art, and I'm thrilled that someone else sees it that way, too!  Thanks to Paul and Sophie at Find it in Fondren for the feature, and thank you, Chris Myers for making sense of my ramblings!

Read the full article here.

Flowers for your Valentine!

I am very excited to announce that on Thursday, February 12, from 5-8 pm Maidenhair will be participating in the Art Lovers' Soiree downtown with Art Space 86!   I will have a limited number of luscious arrangements of roses, tulips, ranunculus, amaranthus, and more.   Available in two sizes - $65 and $90.  If you'd like to pre-order just send me an email at jessie@maidenhairfloral.com.

This is one of the largest art events in the city bringing together five art galleries, including Fischer Galleries, Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery, Lightsey Gallery, The Attic Gallery, and Art Space 86, plus Lemuria Bookstore, Feast Specialty Foods, Lurney D's food truck, the Mississippi Museum of Art.

This event is free and open to the public at the old Dickies factory building on the corner of Silas Brown and President St. in downtown Jackson.

Thanksgiving workshop

On Tuesday November 25, I'll be leading a workshop - Flowers for the Thanksgiving table. Won't you join us?   We'll be using a rich color palette with flowers, berries, lush greenery, and probably a surprise or two from the produce department!  Each participant will leave with a lush, flowing arrangement perfect for the Thanksgiving table - we'll keep things low and trailing - just right for conversation height!  Containers will be provided, but it you have something special that you'd like to use feel free to bring it! 

For reservations:  email jessie@maidenhairfloral.com or call 601-918-6691 

 If you don't have time for a workshop but would like a beautiful arrangement for your Thanksgiving table let me know.  I'll be taking a limited number of orders for table arrangements available for pick-up on Wednesday!  

Chapel Designer Workshop

     In early November I had the honor of attending an official Chapel Designer workshop led by Holly Chapple and Laura Iarocci at Faith Flowers in Atlanta, Georgia.  Holly led us in creating beautiful, lush bouquets,  Laura shared her expertise in altar designs - and that was just the beginning.  With all of the inspiration and new techniques that I learned, Maidenhair's 2015 wedding season is sure to be exciting and beautiful!  

Thank you, Holly,  for all that you do - I am honored to be one of the newest Chapel Designers!  

The Bridal Theory sent the amazingly talented Lauren Carnes to photograph our workshop.  Take a look at the beautiful images that she captured...

Faith Flowers in Atlanta, GA.

Faith Flowers in Atlanta, GA.

Holly Chapple!

The bouquet that I created!  I LOVE the color palette that Holly chose for us!

The beginnings of my flower crown...

...and the finished product!  

 Holly's flower crown and my bouquet!

 Holly's flower crown and my bouquet!