It's been a LONG time since I've written a blog post. This is mostly because I had a busy spring/summer involving lots of exciting flower experiences. I participated in some more formal workshops (one right here in Toronto with one of my favourite designers, Becky from Blush & Bloom and a full weekend down in the US with designers from all over North America). Finally, I got a job working under one of my floral idols! Phew! What an amazing season!
First up: Flower Crowns with Becky from Blush & Bloom. Becky is an incredible designer with tons of flower knowledge. She's trained extensively, worked for tons of different businesses and has grown her own business to be a powerhouse in the Toronto wedding market. Becky also happens to be an astounding communicator and a kind and thoughtful knowledge sharer. Learning her flower crown technique was fabulous. I feel so much more confident knocking one of these big, flashy puppies out. Bam.
Next up: the AMAZING Team Flower workshop with Kelly Perry in North Carolina back in April. I will definitely have to write a whole blog post about that experience as well as the great community that Kelly has built. At the workshop we worked on centrepieces, bridal bouquets, sweet personal flowers and large scale designs. It was like floral design bootcamp! The best part of this experience (not including the spectacular food and wonderful company!) were the guest teachers Kelly brought in: Holly from Rosegolden (brilliant, down to earth and hilarious) and Ashley from Tinge (a no-nonsense, colour-obsessed visionary). All of these ladies (including the other workshop participants) were young, smart, visionary entrepreneurs who make beautiful things. Inspired much?
Finally, I spent most of the 2015 wedding season working for Lisa at Sweet Woodruff. Lisa has an incredible 45K Instagram followers... and for good reason. Her work is beautiful - fresh, organic, natural yet dripping with luxury. Usually when the word "luxury" is used in floral design it should be read as "rhinestones and phalaenopsis orchids". The way Sweet Woodruff interprets luxury is "less caviar and pate" and more "crusty baguette with hand churned rosemary butter". I would definitely consider the latter a luxury but with a provincial flare that makes you want to kick off your shoes, sit under a great oak tree and drink a nice bordeaux directly from the bottle. Sigh. Sweet Woodruff offers floral and full event design for weddings infused with this unique, fresh style. Working under Lisa was an incredible learning experience for me both on the micro-scale (individual arrangements) and the macro-scale (full wedding design). I wanted to share some snaps that I took over the course of the summer but need to highlight that these are images of work done at Sweet Woodruff under Lisa Collins, all the designs are creative property of the business. It was an amazing experience being part of the staff that executed these impeccable designs!
One of the very exciting Sweet Woodruff projects this summer was the Club Monaco Flower Cart! Can you think of anything better than hanging out surrounded by beautiful blooms (and delightful treats courtesy of Bake Shoppe and amazing coffee from Boxcar Social) chatting with happy flower-loving folks on the street? I got to style this sweet little cart and sell these AMAZING local garden roses among other things...
While I wasn't at Sweet Woodruff studio helping them make gorgeous wedding arrangements or at that adorable Flower Cart, I was at home practicing my bouquet making. I had to buy some of those delightful garden roses from the cart to add to my bouquets at home!
And how can I forget, a sweet little wedding for a friend of a friend. I love getting to work with brides on their vision. Maggie wanted bright pops of colour with lilac and navy blue... I so wish I had a shot of her with her big bright bouquet!
Phew! I'm tired just from thinking about all that excitement! Since school is back in session, I am hanging up my apron (for now) and breaking out my tutoring bag full of math and reading materials. This wedding season was a great reminder about how much I LOVE designing flowers for weddings. I am eagerly looking forward to more next year!