One day Mr. + Mrs. Lily Bee’s decided that they hated working their corporate jobs 40+ hours a week and never being home or getting to enjoy their children. They felt trapped. So- they got rid of their house and stuff and left to Key West, FL with their newly started “side gig” business, Lily Bee’s Floral. With the blink of an eye the “side gig” was gaining momentum… amazingly enough people really respond when a business puts their best foot forward, does the right thing and gives people the type of service that they would wish to receive. (The Golden Rule is always the best people!)
Before they knew it business was growing by leaps and bounds with a trail of happy customers and some of the top resorts requesting their services. But baby #3 was also on the way and the Queen City of Charlotte, NC was calling their name. While keeping one foot in the Florida Keys, the home base returned to Charlotte and then the explosion happened. Not a “oh no, run!!!” explosion, but a “wow- this is exactly what we were meant to do” amazingness explosion. We’ve been growing… expanding… doubling in size… and never failing to keep an amazing line of very happy brides + grooms! Better yet- we have a BLAST, we’re together as a family working on it all, we partner with the best vendors in the industry and we no longer wake up to an alarm. 😉
A couple more years down the road and a few pieces were still needing to move around a bit. So in the summer of 2015, between weddings and a million meetings, the family packed up more Uhaul’s than they’d care to admit, and moved their family and business to the mountains of Western North Carolina and set up their lil’ homestead on 8 acres of land just outside of Asheville. With a deep passion for organic, healthy and chemical free living in their personal lives- having the space to grow organic flowers for their brides and multiple gardens of vegetables, herbs and fruit for the family’s personal use was a must. While the Lily Bee’s Floral Farm is currently in the beginning phase, the homesteaders-in-training are SUPER excited for the product to come!
We started with the flowers and that’s still our foundation- the absolute freshest blooms custom designed for every event. We offer event planning and coordinating with a Total Package option that cannot be beat and event decor & chandeliers! ♥
Whatever you want to do, do it. There are only so many tomorrow’s!
That was until now…
All of our story held true, and it’s been a journey that people are always asking us about and loving to hear – even the crazy travel chaos and wedding near-disasters! But there was something that still wasn’t right, like a pebble in your shoe and with each step you just know there’s something ‘off’.
Truthfully? Something was off. Not on the outside- we had packed schedules (any small business owners DREAM), our kids are healthy, we balance in homeschool with plenty of play time, have an amazing home on a gorgeous chunk of North Carolina land, drive a nice car, and enjoy fancy food and champagne. But our souls felt defeated.
How could that be?! We left our 9-5’s, we do things on OUR terms, I don’t even know how to work an alarm clock anymore?! We were a little, well, a lot lost. So after sitting in my pj’s for more days than one should admit, and pouting on the couch while binging on Netflix… we prayed. We searched. We spent time meditating in the silence waiting for clarity. We prayed more. We read the Bible and studied… and studied. Cried. Laughed. PRAYED. And this is where we landed…
We’re not you’re average citizen. We’re not ok with a lot of things. The future of the world scares me sometimes, we are anti big pharma & food, we believe very much in God’s creation and love growing our relationship with Jesus. We also believe that in doing so, being good shepherds of Mother Nature and truly loving thy neighbor as thyself (regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, income, housing status, seat at the cool kids table of the wedding industry…) really are some of THE most important things we should be worried about each and every single day. How does this apply to our business (aka- why are you sitting here reading this mess 😉) – we’re small business. Our business and our lives are one in the same.
When we started this business in 2011 it was because we (my husband, Brandon and I) had been feeling God calling us on a path. A path that was very different from the one we were on. It meant getting rid of all most all of our possessions and moving to Key West to start a business even though we’d never been to Florida before. But we did. And most all of our family and friends thought we were insane. Some told us, not so kindly, and others smiled to our faces and I’m pretty sure made crazy faces behind our backs. I don’t blame them—it was nuts! But we did it. And it drew us closer as a married couple, as a family, as followers of Jesus, as human beings.
So here we sit, 5 years into this crazy path, and where are we? Even crazier from the norm than we were before! We are those love all, tree huggin’ hippies. Libertarian, organic eating, soap making, anti-bottle water preachin’, anti plastic, self-sustainable goaled, green smoothie drinking, wrapping plants around our scrapes and bruises, and looking to refine our path and realign our lives with where we believe we’re being led. (I promise we still bathe and know how to use a razor.)
We’re being led to serve in North Carolina and possibly Oregon. Planning and prayer in the process of building a homestead along with some other projects to take place in the Pacific North West! North Carolina will always be home and Oregon provides such a diverse landscape for exquisite weddings- we’re so excited for our events there!
SO – in reading this novel, if you’re in need of wedding services in North Carolina or Oregon and would like to work with a family business that honest to God cherishes each and EVERY couple they work with, hustles when we need to hustle, laughs & plays in every other moment, loves designing remarkable details to accompany super special events, will happily share my homemade dog food recipe with you, and is thankful in every moment that we have been allowed to have this path where the money we do earn allows us not only individual fulfillment/success but the ability to raise our children in this way and pay it back to as many people as we possibly can in the time we are given—then give us a call! Shoot over an email- let’s connect and start planning some amazingness! ❤ Life to the fullest- whatever you want to do, DO IT! There really are only so many tomorrow’s!
Lot’s of love and organically grown/shopping local/peace & tree hugging juju,
Brandon, Heidi & Team Lily Bee’s* 🐝
*Team Lily Bee’s = husband, wife, three kids, two brother’s, grandparent’s, friends that are family, 1 goofy rescue doggy (1 recently passed, and always in our hearts), 1 really cool cat, an army of supporters!