VOW RENEWAL

Nevada City Vendors

Two weeks ago we got to join creative forces with 4 amazing women wedding vendors Alyssa Keys Photography, Tin roof farmhouse, Sun House Video and Rebel Pioneer Bakery. We set out to Jackass Flats right outside of Nevada City for the prefect boho styled shoot turned to vowel renewal. Our was so adorable while they were standing at the altar they renewed their vowels with tears and laughs. Plus they missed out on their cake cutting the first time so the second time around they had a blast with it. Check out our boho mustard yellow vibe wedding!


NEVADA CITY + GRASS VALLEY + TRUCKEE

OUR FAVORITE VENUES

Many of you may already know we have expanded to Nevada County and Tahoe since I moved to Grass Valley over a year ago. We thought we would share some of our favorite venues, vendors and places to hang. Trust me Bay Area couples getting married out here will save you lots of money and it’s the next hot spot.

MUST SEE VENUES

The Stone House: A mix of indoor and outdoor with an industrial miners feel.

Miners Foundry: Large blank brick building with a warm fireplace screaming for florals!

Dancing Pines: A outdoor venue between Truckee and Sierra that is absolutely beautiful. After your guest have a blast at your wedding swing by the Sierra Hot Springs for a dip.

Dancing Pines
Dancing Pines

RESTAURANTS

Sushi in the Raw: It’s do die for! Better than SF sushi restaurants

The Stone House: Great wedding venue but a great restaurant and bar

Three Forks: Great beer, pizza and pastries

Full Belly: YUM the best sandwiches

Meze: Looking for a quick lunch? Plus healthy and organic



Ash + Oak Nevada city favorite places to eat

VENDORS

Alyssa Keys Photography: Looking for an energetic and positive photographer with a moody side

Rebel Pioneer Bakery: A stay at home mom turned into the baking Queen

HEX

AKA AMY

Ash + Oak Floral


When did you start your business or career?
March 2015 was when HEX was officially a "business" and we opened our doors in November 2017.


Who inspired you or what inspires you? I will give all the credit to plants, plants inspire me to be a better person and to teach others about how to integrate them into their lives for a better well being. I'm always looking to nature to help me through this life, it give us all that we need to live simply and happily. They connect us, heal us and are the best subtle teachers out there, that's exactly what inspires me.


A struggle you face in your business? I constantly struggle with promoting myself as a person, using my face, my voice and my opinions. I can easily sell a product for another amazing company or person, but I really have a hard time putting my actual face on my business to make it more personal. I've been working really hard to actually "own" my business, not hiding behind others. I've put my mind, body, soul and my blood, sweat, tears into creating this business. Rejection and judgement still hurt and I avoid it at all cost. And not taking things so personally, I think it goes hand and hand. Whether we want to admit it, business is not always just business when it's your passion, sometimes it gets personal and I struggle with that boundary daily.

Ash + Oak Floral

Have you stayed true to your brand (career) or have you changed it throughout the years? I have changed my career quite a few times, I do believe each previous career choices were stepping stones to create the business I now have. I think evolving is one of the most important elements to keep your business current and fresh. However, I also believe in sticking to your roots and following what attracts you. I've always been drawn to plants in some way or another whether it was floral design, plant based beauty products, living plants or plant medicine. I had no idea they were all linked as I worked through these careers, but I think I was put there to learn each individual aspect to help create this much bigger picture. I have of course stepped out of line and off my path, I've gotten distracted and people pleased over my vision and intentions of my business...but I can tell ya, somehow your true purpose comes knocking on your door to force what you are here to do out of you.


Something that scares you? Politics, religion, war, money, competition, judgement anything that separates people and creates hatred in order to achieve power over one another.


The best part of your job? Helping others well being through plants. Whether it is advice to help create a sacred space with live plants, sharing how to care for plants, using plant base products and supplements for health and wellness, or searching for spiritual connection with the use of plant rituals, connecting with people and always learning new things. When I can help people, I feel fulfilled.


How did you come up with your business name? Ha! Oh man...well it's taken me a very long to admit to where our name actually originated from, because I was unaware of it for some time. I'll just say I always knew it would be HEX, it just came to me one day and I couldn't shake it. The name can truly be a blessing and a curse (no kidding) sometimes, because it can be misunderstood at times. The meaning is really behind the shape itself, the symbol is why I named my business HEX not the word itself. I deeply believe in the power of symbols and sacred geometry, and hexagons have been a reoccurring meaningful symbol in my life. It was a subconscious choice to name it that, but I'm so glad I ran with it because it fully encompasses so much of what HEX is all about. The hexagon has been associated with balance and harmony, the idea of pairing material aesthetics with deep meaningful purpose and that's exactly what I'm here for and why I created HEX.

Ash + Oak Floral

What type of music do you listen to? Just about anything, it entirely depends on my mood...and I'm moody, so you can only imagine! I'm currently obsessed with Allan Rayman, Two Feet, Dennis Lloyd, and Moglli. Love me some good bass Axel Thesleff and Diplo. Anything Folky/Americana and I'm also huge Jim Morrison fan. So yeah, just about anything goes!


What’s your morning or work week look like? My morning start with my alarm going off 3 times in 15 minute intervals, and at least one snooze, because I am NOT a morning person. Half the week I like to start my days with heated vinyasa yoga. The other half of the week I sleep in until I absolutely have to wake up, snuggling with my pups and kitty, maybe read a little if I'm into a book. Get ready. Then I head to work, my real routine starts there, because I'm pretty much a zombie until 10:30. Did I mention I am not a morning person? I heat my herbal mixture of goodness and wonderfulness, that keeps me balanced and sane throughout the day. Tend to some plants and relax for the rest of the morning. Mornings tend to be real low key, and that's how I like it.


What do you do to keep your sanity? Plant medicine, yoga, crystals, being creative, allowing for alone and self care time.


If you could change one thing about social media what would it be? I wish it felt more real, authentic, the depiction of perfection can be toxic and addictive.


Give one tip or advice to someone who maybe interested in your biz? Never allow money to overtake what you love to do. Money has a way of jading just about anything, keep a healthy relationship with your earnings. Always remember you are worthy of abundance, security and happiness, never accept any less of yourself and your business. And allow yourself time off, and learn how to enjoy it. If your passion is what you do for a living to make money, make sure to give yourself down time and time off to do the other things you love. You are not your business, you are so much more.

Ash + Oak Floral

Things you learned the hard way. You cannot fill another's cup without first filling yours, two halves don't make a whole. If you truly want to love, help, teach or inspire others, you need to be full and happy within yourself. Also, life is about the balance of polarities, and it all happens in cycles. The good cannot happen without the bad, we need the dark to balance out the light, negative and positive, masculine/feminine, etc. We cannot have one without the other.



What’s one reason you chose to work for yourself? Freedom to create, I cannot be held down with mundane or tedious work that is meaningless. Creativity doesn't work with me if it is forced either, I have to have freedom of expression to keep me sane and happy.



Do pay for accounting and other admin work? Nope, I pretty much do everything from scrubbing the toilets to taxes and everything in between (except what my amazing employee Ash does for me!;) I try to keep things simple and kinda old school.

Ash + Oak Floral

Do you think you will change careers again or is hex the end goal? 

Oh I hope not, although shit I'm a Gemini any change is possible and likely to happen! I want to say I know I will be constantly evolving and further educating myself to help grow this business. I will allow myself the freedom to choose whatever path comes my way. I wouldn't say a career change per-say...maybe some added side jobs or something I can already incorporate into my current business. I love multitasking and learning new things. I have a couple callings, but I'm not sure if I want to go there with a way of making money, maybe added services is safe to say;) 

What’s your favorite product/brand in the store?

SO HARD!!! Well, I'm going to cheat and give a couple because I can't just choose one. MENDER our topical CBD line is outstanding, I use their products daily. I suffer from headaches and MENDER's headache serum is a life saver. Also TONIC CBD tinctures have changed my life and saved my sanity too many times to count. Both MENDER and TONIC are ran by the best boss ladies around, I love them, I love their products and I love what they stand for. Lastly, Purpose jewelry because they support anti-human trafficking by rescuing women of sex trafficking, teach them the art of jewelry making, and give them healing holistic care and mental support. I can't think of a better company to support! 

Ash + Oak Floral

PICKLE POTTERY

Ash + Oak Floral  Women in business

My love for clay started in high school. As an artsy, shy girl I found solace in the ceramics room. I still enjoy the material, the process, & especially working alone in my studio everyday. It is zen-like for me to prepare a bunch of clay & then sit at the wheel making a shape over & over. A meditation. 

I am inspired by the Japanese aesthetic, wabi -sabi. Beauty in the imperfections. I like to see the makers mark on the work. 

I am also inspired by patterns. I see them everywhere- from wallpaper to the waves of the ocean.  Hand painting the pottery is also a source of meditation for me.  Repeating lines & shapes. 

Ash + Oak Floral

Although social media can be stressful at times, it’s been a blessing for me. Without it, I would not have had the exposure or the opportunities that have come. 

I listen to podcasts in the studio. I love anything about true crime & when that gets too heavy I listen to Oprah’s supersoul conversations! 

I work everyday in the clay studio. Anywhere from 3-10 hours a day depending on my order situation. It usually equals 30-40 hours per week. 

My typical day looks like this: 

Wake up, drink coffee, eat breakfast 

Walk dogs 

work in studio 

Snack

Walk dogs again 

Teach yoga in the evening 

Dinner

Finish up in the studio 

Bedtime 

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Teaching yoga/moving my body helps to keep me sane & upright since a lot of clay work is hunched over a pottery wheel, sitting to decorate, bending in & out of kilns to load & unload work.

Ash + Oak Floral

My 2019 goal is to get a bigger workspace. Currently I live & work in a 300 square foot cabin. My potters wheel is in the kitchenette & there is pottery in different stages all around the cabin! it feels a bit crazy but I am so grateful to have the determination & work ethic it takes to do what I love with what is available to me. 

Pickle Pottery’s two questions: 

1. Do you work in casual clothing, yoga pants or dirty work clothes?

I often work in pajamas or sweatpants. I always have slippers on. (I have “work” slippers) I like to be warm & cozy.

2. If you were an animal what would you be?

I would be a seal because I love water & I am silly.

Ash + Oak Floral

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Established 2014 in Oakland, California