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Dec 15

Kristina + Josh {E-Session Part Two by Marissa Maharaj}


Happy Monday, friends! As promised, I present to you the sweet Kristina and Josh for part two of their Seattle summertime engagement session. Captured to perfection by Marissa Maharaj, these photos show how sweet and truly in love these high school sweethearts are. I just wrapped up the couple’s design and floral proposal and I must say, March is going to be really really lovely. You can catch part one of the session over here. Enjoy!


Kristina’s wedding day bouquet (and the hand tied bouquets her eight gal deep bridal party will carry) will be a bit softer in saturation and color tone but will be just as textural and lush as the one I made her for the session. Think lots of garden roses, hell hellebores peonies if I can snag some early season varieties. Those deep crimson late summer dahlias certainly stole the show though. Why can’t dahlias be available year round?

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Kristina and Josh, the countdown is on, lovebirds. Let’s get you two married! Have a lovely day, friends!

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Photography: Marissa Maharaj / Florals and Styling: Hey Gorgeous Events /  Black tulle dress: Free People / Hair and makeup: Erin Skipley / Pink scarf: Anthropologie

Dec 9

Kristina + Josh {E-Session Part One by Marissa Maharaj}

In March I get the very exciting honor of travelling to Seattle, Washington to be a part of Kristina and Josh’s big day. About a year ago I received the email from a newly engaged Kristina asking me if I was free to plan and able to travel out west for their wedding. After a quick and very excited YES! and a few phone calls back and forth it was official. And let me say this; this wedding is going to be downright beautiful and so truly meaningful. This past summer I flew out to Seattle for a few days to get some wedding prep done like a venue visit, a cake tasting, and the most fun of all, I was able to style the couple’s engagement sessions and create a bouquet mock up for the very beautiful bride to be. It was all just a little teaser of what’s to come next year.

Today is Kristina’s birthday and I wanted to share some of my favorite photographs from the couple’s session in honor of her. Kristina and Josh are high school sweethearts and I cannot wait to watch them become husband and wife on March 7th. I’ll be breaking their engagement session into two posts because there are truly so many amazing moments captured by the one and only Marissa Maharaj. Happy Birthday, Kristina! The best is yet to come and I hope you get to celebrate this special day with your soon to be hubby :)

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We started the session out in Kristina’s sweet little apartment, where Josh will be moving into once they are married. Her decor is a little Anthropologie meets West Elm and I must say she is a girl after my own heart. There are so many sweet touches in her place but my favorite was a printed out piece of paper in her room with the words along the lines of,”Verses to Pray for Your Husband Over.” Kristina and Josh have a faith based relationship and really respect one another. You can see it in their mannerisms with one another too.


And this is Henry the couple’s bulldog! Henry will serve as the couple’s ring bearer at the main event. From what Kristina has told me, Henry even has a bow tie to wear down the aisle. Sara and Austin from my recent Texas wedding also had a bulldog ring bearer! I think I have a very specific type of client don’t you think? :)


Kristina’s ring is absolutely stunning. I love how it’s the focus in this black and white image.


Coming up later this week you’ll see the photos of the couple at a local park and with some pretty HGE blooms!

Happy Tuesday, friends xoxo

Dec 8

A Handcrafted Holiday Pop Up!

Happy December, friends.

I’m so excited to finally be a part of an incredible pop up shop this season and with some of my favorite people too! I’ll be selling Hey Gorgeous florals at Sweet Heather Anne’s on December 20th where you can also snag the best homemade desserts and cheese boxes from Central Provisions. It’s going to be a wonderful Saturday to stop by and scoop up everything you need for a merry and bright (and delicious!) holiday weekend. I know I’ll be bringing some sweet treats home with me from Heather and a cheese box or two from the Central Provisions team! As for the floral end of things, here’s what will be up for preorder grabs from yours truly.

Big Bunch of Cheer // $95.00

Perfect for: your holiday buffet sideboard, favorite mother in law,  foyer entry table,  fireplace mantle


Little Cup of Joy // $52.00

Perfect for: a coffee table, your holiday bar cart,  favorite neighbor, a small coffee table


Pre orders will be accepted through to the 15th of December and may be sent to hello@heygorg.com. Payment can be made ahead of time via Paypal or at the bakery that day by check or credit card. Your arrangements will be available for pick up that Saturday at Sweet Heather Anne’s between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. There may also be a few fun smaller floral and foliage goodies available that day for walk in customers (or for smaller budgets too!) so don’t fret if you miss the pre order deadline! But the fun doesn’t stop there!


The gals at Sweet Heather Anne will be selling beautifully decorated holiday cakes (guys, these cakes are the prettiest, just click here to check them out along with further details on pricing and flavors). Also available for preorder are mixed macaron and cookie boxes. I’ve personally had the pleasure of receiving one of these cookie boxes for the past few years now, and I must say it’s always a highlight of my holiday. The chocolate shortbread lasts about 10 seconds in our home and will be a guaranteed Christmas Eve dessert at Chez Bosse!


Be sure to send your pre orders in by December 17th to info@sweetheatheranne.com


And finally, Central Provisions will be accepting pre orders for their really awesome holiday cheese boxes by December 13th. At just $40.00 a box they are jam packed with hand-selected domestic cheese and salamis, sweet jams, tangy mostardas, walnuts in honey, and tasting notes and pairing recommendations (to name a few of the many drool-worthy inclusions). Pre orders for cheese boxes may be sent to centralprovisions@gmail.com and you can pick up your orders at the bakery between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm on December 20th along with all of the other goodies for sale. Read more about the boxes here if a little cheese sounds like your jam.

We hope to see you there to scoop up some amazing treats, gorgeous florals and one of a kind edibles for your friends and family this holiday season. Sweet Heather Anne is located in downtown Ann Arbor on 920 North Main Street. I can’t wait to see some of you there and trust it will be a very festive and fun day for all.

Have a beautiful Monday my friends!

Floral photos: Bradley James Photography /Desserts: Abby Rose Photo / Cheese: Central Provisions

Dec 2

A Bushel & A Peck


Finally! Today is the day I share my most favorite shoot ever with the loveliest imagery captured by no other than Tec Petaja. This shoot graced the cover of Southern Weddings Magazine volume 7 and I couldn’t feel more grateful for such an incredible opportunity to share my passions and do my best work. There’s a full list of talented artists below who made this editorial possible and I urge you to check out each and every one. You can also snag a copy of the beautiful magazine for yourself over here. I present to you, A Bushel and A Peck.

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One of my favorite images from the entire production. Goodness I love the South!

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Our tablescape was set up in a perfectly appropriate peach tree orchard deep in the heart of North Carolina.

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Using foraged peach tree branches throughout the centerpieces made for some pretty awesome florals! Together with the various types of dahlias, garden roses and sweetheart roses, the arrangements were some of my favorite this season. Oversized, lush, textural and very very lovely. I also loved the chambray napkins that were embroidered with each ‘guest’s’ monogram meant to serve double duty as a take home favor.

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How peachy right? Happy Tuesday everyone! Oh and read this today too :)

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Photographer: Tec Petaja / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Florals and Styling: Hey Gorgeous Events / Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance / Bouquet Ribbons: Sara Kate Studios and Frou Frou Chic / Hair Styling: Kate Bryan / Makeup Artist: Makeup For Your Day / Venue: Fearrington Village and Auman’s Orchard / Food: Fresh.Local.Good Food Group / Paper Goods: Lucky Luxe / Calligraphy: Holland Wilson / Ceremony Programs and Custom Backdrop Art: Momental Designs / Bride’s Gown: “Aspen” by Anne Barge Blue WIllow / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suite: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s Bow Tie: Mrs. Bow Tie / Chambray Napkins: Bloom Textile Co. / Napkin Embroidery: Gramercy Fine Linens / Fiddle Player: Tommy Edwards Bluegrass / Farm Table and Chairs: Party Reflections Raleigh / Flatware, China and Glassware: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh / Stoneware Plates: Seagrove Pottery / Runners: La Tavola Linen / Candles: Creative Candles

Dec 1

Trouvaille 3.0 Tickets Are Up For Grabs!


It’s finally time, my friends! The Trouvaille Workshop 3.0 tickets are up for grabs and I couldn’t be more excited! There are only 24 spaces up for grabs and I cannot wait to get to know each and every attendee who snags each and every one of those spots. I blogged some other Trouvaille details over here if you’re interested in knowing a bit more about what the workshop covers and what the Trouvaille culture entails. And you can check out the website for some speaker information along with soon to be released details on the remaining speaker roster and the four-day schedule of events. Any other questions? Feel free to email me over at hello@heygorg.com. Happy December my friends! It truly is the best time of the year! Xoxo