One of my very favorite things about my career is the people I get to meet. I can’t believe how many incredibly talented, kind, strong people there are out there that flowers have brought me to. I have met many of these people through teaching. Last Spring I had the most wonderful group of women in one of my Spring intensive workshops where we worked on designing, and discussed the business side of things.
I had such a good time with this group!
It is so beautiful to watch someone create something that is an expression of themselves. You can see it, each arrangement is in some way a reflection of the person who made it. It is so fun to work with the same people for a few days and see their style really show through every arrangement they make. I love watching people light up with they work with flowers.
In this class we used spring blooms and citrus on the branch to create these large arrangement that explored the use of complimentary colors. Our centerpiece arrangements and bouquets used a softer palette of whites, lavenders, and muddy greens. I love when all of these tiny blooms are available in the Spring, and we used them all.
As a group, we covered a three arch arbor with blooming acacia and forsythia. I love working on these bigger pieces together. We didn’t have Heather for this part of the day, so you’ll have to make do with these grainy photos I took as the sun was setting. This day was so joyful. Thank you to each of the attendees, I truly loved getting to know you, and seeing the beauty that you create.
All photos besides the yellow arbor photos by Heather Nan.
Dress for bouquet pictures is from the Elizabeth Suzan White collection.
These photos are of my work from a one-on-one floral workshop I taught with Chikae as my student. Chikae is a florist based in London who was on a tour around the world learning from florists, stylists, and photographers. I feel lucky to have been a stop on her journey. We had a wonderful time using a bounty of spring blooms to create centerpieces, large arrangements, bouquets, and a floral arch.
These bouquets are some of my favorites to date. I think it is also safe to say that between these two bouquets I used all of my very favorite flowers!
As a spring baby myself, I am a total sucker for all of the spring blooms.
We utilized blooming, pear, plum, quince, and magnolia branches in the arrangements, with a plethora of hellebore, frittilaria, and ranunculus in each of our arrangements too. It was a flower feast.
Photos: Kate Osborne
More photos from my blissful month spent in England in the Summer of 2015.
I live in Northern Utah, where it is fairly rugged and dry. The land here is wildly different than the land in England. I was constantly shocked by how much there was just growing on the side of the road there. It wasn’t just that there was a lot growing there, it was what was growing. For example, wild foxglove! 4 feet tall! I loved the colors of the growth there, too. The green was SO green. We were the in the late summer, and many things had turned golden, too. At home when things go golden they very quickly turn a sort of grayish, very dead hue. But everything that turned golden on the side of the road in England seemed to be vibrantly glowing gold. Here are pictures of a few highlights for me. Bibury, in the Cotswolds, was a place a did a puzzle of when I was a kid, so being there felt surreal and like I was walking through a postcard.
The roses in England grow and die with such recklessness. I snipped a few to make this yellow arrangement, and love the way these pink roses exploded like a piñata spreading their petals into the grass below them.
I had the pleasure of teaching a little one day class with Grace, an incredible talented florist based in Seoul that I have also had a class with back at home. We made this garland over a window on the guest house that I was staying at. It felt like a fuzzy dream as we arranged flowers together outside on a perfect summer day, with cattle pleasantly grazing behind us and watching us work (ok, they were also snacking on some of our flowers too). Can’t wait to go back soon, I am counting down the days.
I am teaching a collaborative workshop with Becca and Maz of the Garden gate flower company this June in England!
For more information and to sign up, you can head over here.
Ooooooooh, England. You truly have my heart.
My maternal grandmother was British, she has an incredible story. She grew up in WW1 as a child in England who grew up in an orphanage, and remembers land mines from WW1 going off in her neighborhood where she played. In WW2 she lost her husband, and was a single young mother who worked through the war. After losing her first husband in the war, she met an American man in the Navy at a dance when his ship was docked for a few days in the town she lived in. She married him, took her four year old on a boat and they made their journey to American to start a new life and wait for her husband to finished out the war. She knew sacrifice, and the beauty that can come from it. She appreciated nature in every way, and never took anything for granted. I credit her for giving me my love for flowers, and for teaching me to appreciate all the earth has to offer, both big and small. I had visited England before, but in the Summer of 2015 we took a trip there and stayed mostly in the countryside for a month. We took each day very slow, and made sure to live every moment soaking up all of the beauty around us. It was a sort of pilgrimage for me, and I felt so connected to my grandmother everywhere we went. The gardens and outdoor spaces there were the highlight for me, a few of them captured here in my travel photos.
I am teaching a collaborative workshop with Becca and Maz of the Garden Gate flower Company this June in England! For more information and to sign up, you can head over here
I am excited to announce a new workshop I’ll be teaching this Summer!
This is a collaborative workshop with the wonderful Becca and Maz of The Garden Gate Flower Company.
Becca and Maz have put together an amazing two days for us at the cozy Botelet Farm in Cornwall, England.
In our two days together we will make bouquets, centerpieces, large urn arrangements, a big ceremony arch, and have some time set aside each day for business discussion. Each students’ work will be professionally photographed by Allen Tsai so that you can use the photos in in your portfolio.
Read more about the details of the workshop, and sign up over here.
These photos are part of my post about Laurie Arons masterclass from the Spring, see part one here.
As look two for the couple for the ceremony shoot, I made this springy bouquet. I loved working with so many different colors of hellebores. They are one of my favorite flowers, and having so many varieties to work with was really fun. This bouquet was springy, was also very inspired by the landscape that was just barely beginning to thaw out from a long winter. Willow branches and other small branches were budding up, and the earth was golden with the dried grasses from the previous year, but starting to show a bit of new life. I love the color palette of spring, the contrast between the muddy earth colors, and the bright flowers that begin to burst through it is one of my favorite combinations. This bouquet encompasses that for me.
The dinner shown here was the final dinner for the workshop. Laurie and I created this rich colored tablescape to elevate the barn space and make it a bit more cozy. There was a chestnut colored velvet table topper, each guest had a cashmere scarf draped on the back of their chair, and was able to sip their drink from a beautiful amber colored glass. The florals were textural and spilled out from gold platters onto the tables.
It was such a joy to work with Laurie and the rest of the collaborators for this workshop to create these fun designs as demonstrations for Laurie to teach with.
Laurie will be teaching another Masterclass in March 2017 at the Santa Lucia Preserve in California. Applications are now being accepted, for more information visit the masterclass website.
Event Designer + Event Planner + Workshop Host: Laurie Arons Special Events | Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Styling: Daniel Tran | Floral Design: Honey of a Thousand Flowers | Wedding Cake: Perfect Endings | Calligraphy: Written Word Calligraphy | Groom’s Attire: Richard James from Mr Porter | Venue: The Ranch At Rock Creek | Beauty: Sherrie Long Makeup Hair & Effects | Brass Pencils: Modern Fuel | Bridal Boutique: Little White Dress Bridal Shop | Bridal Gown: J. Mendel | Bridal Gown: Naeem Khan | Candles: Creative Candles | Farewell Dinner Rental Tables:Vintage Whites | Farewell Dinner Rentals Chairs: Montana Party Rentals | Farewell Dinner Table Top: March SF | Floral Assistant: Kelly Lenard | Graphic Design: Amber Moon Design | Models: Wilhelmina Denver | Printing: Czar Press | Welcome Dinner Rentals: The Party Store | Workshop Notebooks + Brass Rulers: Appointed