Home Grown Bloggers Inaugural Conference

Home Grown Bloggers is a brand new conference that provides a full day of blogger-heaven by combining education, networking, and fun!  It's founders, Kirsten Thompson and Heather Brown, are two southern girls who are passionate about educating and building community.  They combined their marketing and organizational powers to create this unique, traveling event which may be coming to a city near you! 

Heather Brown of My Life Well Loved and Kirsten Thompson of Sweet Tea LLC at a Home Grown Bloggers conference. Photo by Joy Leigh Photography. 
Heather Brown of My Life Well Loved teaches at a Home Grown Bloggers conference. Photo by Joy Leigh Photography. 

I have been friends with Heather since we were wee 7th graders, so I am always proud to see her continue to grow her business and take leaps of faith-- like creating a conference! As soon as she told me about her new project I knew I wanted to support her in it. At first I considered donating some of my art for their killer swag bags, but then I decided that I would rather make some beautiful flower arrangements that the attendees could enjoy seeing all day. 

On the Home Grown Bloggers website, Heather and Kirsten describe how the idea for their conference came to be by using flower life cycle terms-- "A Seed Was Planted, The Seed Took Root, A Flower Blooms". So being the flower sponsor was particularly fitting!  The ladies special requested that I replicate their logo, a rustic watering can full of sunflowers. Um, done!! (Insert heart-eyed emoji here.)

Sunflowers in a watering can for a Home Grown Bloggers conference. Sunflowers, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, rustic. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Photo by Joy Leigh Photography.
Sunflowers in a watering can for a Home Grown Bloggers conference. Sunflowers, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, rustic. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Photo by Joy Leigh Photography.

I also made a warm fall arrangement to welcome their guests at the sign in table. It was full of deep orange and red protea, or pin cushion flowers-- one of my fall favorites! It also had a bit of surprise cockscomb peeking out the back!

Fall floral arrangement for a Home Grown Bloggers conference. Orange roses, red protea, pin cushion flower, purple wild flower, cockscomb, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, rustic. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Photo by Joy Leigh Photography.
Fall floral arrangement for a Home Grown Bloggers conference. Orange roses, red protea, pin cushion flower, purple wild flower, cockscomb, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, rustic. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Photo by Joy Leigh Photography.

Lastly I made some miniature centerpieces for a few of their guest tables. These little guys had hydrangea, orange roses, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus and a few filler flowers. The perfect colors for transitioning from summer to fall! 

Summer meets fall flower arrangement centerpiece for a Home Grown Bloggers conference. Orange roses, white hydrangea, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, rustic. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Photo by Joy Leigh Photography.
Summer meets fall flower arrangement centerpiece for a Home Grown Bloggers conference. Orange roses, white hydrangea, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, rustic. By Gold Leaf Floral // @goldleaffloral. Photo by Joy Leigh Photography.

To read more about this fun new event, be sure to check out Home Grown Bloggers website. And find out what Heather and Kirsten are all about at their personal blogs!

All photography provided by Joy Leigh Photography.