This fun shoot styled by Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events, and shot by Josh Gull Wedding Photography, is sweeter than honey indeed. With a “Be my honey Bee” concept, a bit of Betty Draper thrown in, gorgeous paper goods by Nico and Lala, and flowers by Amanda Jerkins Design, this fun bridal shower or engagement party theme is perfect for those couples who are inseparable! The black and white striped tablecloth, the metallic gold touches and hexagon cards make me weak in the knees. The hive mini cakes by Sweetface Cakes? Designed to perfection.
From the stylist: When photographer Josh Gull first approached me with the idea of a honey themed shoot based on Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee” my immediate thought, of course, was of twine, burlap and mason jars. As the original inspiration came from a country music hit why not make the shoot very “Nashville” with lots of rustic country charm? I didn’t want the design to be so expected so we decided to go the opposite direction with lots of dramatic color, black and white stripes and glitzy gold accents for a contemporary country vibe.
Being honey bee themed we still wanted to give it an open, fresh outdoor feel so I chose Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN as the location for the shoot. Carnton is a gorgeous property and venue that was once the site of the Battle of Franklin. The area is steeped in history and is the focal point in the novel, The Widow of the South. The breathtaking garden area was the perfect backdrop for the shoot.
We set the shoot up as a mock engagement inspired by the lyrics, “you be my honeysuckle / I’ll be your honey bee,” and most of the signs in the shoot are lyrics from the song. The food and beverages were honey themed with different types of local honey. We decided to pour the honey on floral plates to show the different colors/types of honey we were featuring. We also included a Tennessee signature with the Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey whiskey and a bottle of wine from everyone’s favorite local Nashville-area winery, Arrington Vineyards.
The florist used beautiful gold and brass containers for the centerpieces and small glass vases that mimicked beehives. She did a great job bringing in tons of bold colors and a dramatic flair with the floral design. The baker created the gorgeous beehive cakes and the pretty yellow cupcakes were vanilla with orange blossom honey buttercream – scrumptious!
Wedding Vendors and Venue (Franklin, TN):
Venue: Carnton Plantation / Photographer: Josh Gull Wedding Photography / Stylist: Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events / Florist: Amanda Jerkins Design / Cake and Cupcakes: Sweetface Cakes / Paper Products and Design: Nico and Lala / Makeup and Hair: Lisa Ensminger / Jewelry: Kim with Stella and Dot / Rentals: Music City Tents and Events / Linens: BBJ Linen / Models: Philip Lucia and Colby Dee Coskery