Ginny Au Workshop in England, Part One

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It is hard to beat being surrounded by a dozen flower loving creative people for several days, and doing nothing but create, visit, and eat delicious food in the most beautiful setting imaginable.  I was so inspired by the group of women that attended the workshop, I feel like at each of these workshops I leave feeling that I was more inspired by the students than they were by me! I love their enthusiasm and fresh take on flowers. I am so grateful for each of them what they contributed to our few days together at Bibury Court.

We were able to take everyone to Green and Gorgeous Flower farm and cut our own flowers to work with for the few days. Thank you to Rachel for opening up the farm and letting us cut so many of her beautiful flowers. It is hard in the states to get so many of these beautiful foliages and smaller textural flowers. It was so wonderful to be in the Uk where there are so many small farms, and so many florists who grow their own flowers. So many of the interesting flowers and greens that I love to work with are readily available. Not to mention the foraging! The hedgerows in England are filled with all sorts of wonderful material.

Overall Styling: Ginny Au // Food vignette styling: Ginny Branch // Photography: Erich McVey // Floral Design: Sarah Winward // Workshop venue: Bibury Court // Floral farm that we cut and purchased most of our flowers from: Green and Gorgeous Flower Farm // Roses: English Country Roses

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Ginny Au Workshop in England, Part Two

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It is hard to beat being surrounded by a dozen flower loving creative people for several days, and doing nothing but create, visit, and eat delicious food in the most beautiful setting imaginable.  I was so inspired by the group of women that attended the workshop, I feel like at each of these workshops I leave feeling that I was more inspired by the students than they were by me! I love their enthusiasm and fresh take on flowers. I am so grateful for each of them what they contributed to our few days together at Bibury Court.

We were able to take everyone to Green and Gorgeous Flower farm and cut our own flowers to work with for the few days. Thank you to Rachel for opening up the farm and letting us cut so many of her beautiful flowers. It is hard in the states to get so many of these beautiful foliages and smaller textural flowers. It was so wonderful to be in the Uk where there are so many small farms, and so many florists who grow their own flowers. So many of the interesting flowers and greens that I love to work with are readily available. Not to mention the foraging! The hedgerows in England are filled with all sorts of wonderful material.

Overall Styling: Ginny Au // Food vignette styling: Ginny Branch // Photography: Erich McVey // Floral Design: Sarah Winward // Workshop venue: Bibury Court // Floral farm that we cut and purchased most of our flowers from: Green and Gorgeous Flower Farm // Roses: English Country Roses

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Elegant Garden Wedding at Philbrook Art Museum

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Katty and Jordan had their reception at the Philbrook Art museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma that feel like a piece of Italy plunked down in the middle of a neighborhood. It was such a beautiful setting for their celebration.

I loved the color palette for Katty and Jordan’s wedding. Muddy pinks and soft taupe, lots of soft blue, and deep burgundy accents.  Ginny dyed up countless yards of soft blue ribbon for us to tie around Katty and her bridesmaids bouquets and it felt like a ribbon feast.

We covered half of the tables with garlands and flowers in burgundy tones, and made the others tables softer with muted pinks and taupes. Both tables had early fall fruit trailing down them between candles. It was a wonderful color combination, one that I think would fit in any season, I’d like to do it again!

Planning and Design: Ginny Au // Photography: Ryan Ray // Venue: Philbrook Art Museum // Papergoods: Brown Linen Design // Gown: Elie Saab // Film: Joel Serrato // Ribbon: Custom Frou Frou Chic // Catering: Palace Café // Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke

As seen in Martha Stewart Weddings winter 2015 Honeymoon’s issue.

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Spring centerpiece class

Making a centerpiece is one of my very favorite things to make. It is not as stressful as a bouquet, and you don’t have as many logistical issues to manage as you might working on a large arrangement. This makes it one of my favorite things to teach.

I had such a good time with this group last spring. We held class at The Charcoal Loft, and have Kychelle photography to thank for these beautiful photos.

Spring has the best flowers, and we had so many of my favorites to work with for this class:

Spirea, magnolia, pieris, garden roses, incredible lavender colored lisianthus, daffodils, lilac, hellebore, copper roses, and fritilaria.

Thank you to everyone who came and made this class so much fun!

 

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Irish Rehearsal Dinner at Ballyfin House

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Jo and Andrew’s wedding still feels a little bit like a fuzzy dream to me.

I was able to go to Ireland to create flowers for their wedding, and partnered with Hana of Hanako for the job. Hana is an incredible woman, who has been doing flowers her whole life. She had already worked so hard sourcing flowers and foraging before I even got there, she even grew many of the flowers we used the wedding herself!

Working with the planners Pearl and Godiva was incredible. Details were very important to the bride and groom, and Pearl and Godiva’s team and executed them all so well. I was amazed at how perfectly every detail fit in place. It was so beautiful to watch many days of events unfold flawlessly, as Hana and I shuffled back and forth between our workspace and the event rooms with flowers for them. It was truly a joy, I loved every rainy Irish minute of it.

I spent a couple of weeks after the wedding wandering around Ireland with my family, and I am aching to go back. We stayed in thatched cottages on the seaside, hiked mossy mountains, and got lost in forests of giant oak and beech trees that have been alive longer than the US has been a country. Ireland, I’ll be back for you.

Creative Direction, Event Design & Styling: Pearl & Godiva // Photographer: KT Merry Photography // Florals: Hanako + Honey Of A Thousand Flowers // Decor and linens: Pearl & Godiva // Stationery: Mr Boddington // Day Of Stationery & Calligraphy: Tara Jones // Ivy Wreaths Calligraphy Placecards: Pretty Letters //  Venue and Catering: Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, Ireland //Pianist for Drinks Reception: John Flanagan // Evening Band: The Whileaways // Make Up Artist: Sjaniel // Hair Stylist: David Cashman

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