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
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.
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!
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
Creating flowers for Wilhelmina and Danny’s wedding was a real joy. Wilhelmina wanted color-mustard and a bold pink. Spring has so many incredible flowers that are perfect for this palette, so we had fun with it.
Working with Laurie Arons on this event was such a treat, too. Laurie imagined a floral treatment for the ceiling at Durham Ranch to liven up the space. We created this giant 800 square foot hanging greenery ceiling to go above the tables, the greenery extended down five feet and hovered above head while people ate. Got Light was incredible to work with on this structure. After it was filled with greenery the lit it up with hanging globes and it was an incredible sight at night when it was all glowing. The greenery would dance a bit if a breeze came through the space and the light made beautiful shadows that danced on the walls.
We had such an incredible team of vendors on this event, I am so thankful to have been a part of this team that made Wilhelmina and Danny’s wedding so beautiful.
Planning and Design: Laurie Arons Special Events
Photography: Jose Villa
Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Venue: Durham Ranch
Lighting: Got Light
Hair and Makeup: Jim Avila
This wedding is featured in Issue 3 of Geraldine Magazine
For Jo and Andrew’s wedding we stuck with a color palette of rich reds, deep eggplant purples, and the deep hues of the autumn leaves from the many beech trees that cover Ireland. I think building the ceremony arches for this wedding is right up there with my favorite flower memories of all time. It was so wonderful to work with such a creative and smart team. Pearl and Godiva and Hana were incredible partners for this design. We covered the existing arches in the conservatory with ivy and hops, and then build the most colorful autumn arch for Jo and Andrew to be married beneath. The materials for the arch were top notch, many of them grown by Hana herself. It included autumn beech branches, hop vines, roses, crab apples, hydrangea, and an assortment of miscellaneous vegetable leaves that were transitioning into autumn colors.
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 // Venue and Catering: Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, Ireland // Wedding Gown: Mira Zwillinger // Veil: Emily Riggs // Bridal Party Lace Robes: Emily Riggs Bridal // Make Up Artist: Sjaniel // Hair Stylist: David Cashman
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