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F0r a long time i’ve been teaching in different capacities and settings. I’ve co-taught at many workshops, taught various one-on-one classes and loved every minute of those teaching environments but have for a long time felt strongly about teaching in my home state of Utah. It’s been such an inspiration for my work, and I felt so passionate about sharing it with other florists. Utah has these gorgeous landscapes, so diverse and full of color and texture, it’s impossible to not be awe struck by it’s beauty on a regular basis.

Still Life was a wonderful experience for me. Truly I felt so grateful to have the opportunity to teach so many amazing women, who were so receptive, warm, and kind to each other. It was a beautiful thing to witness the community come together and support each other and to continue to support each other now that the workshop is over.

We spent each day surrounded by the beauty of The Washington Schoolhouse Hotel, an inspiring setting to say the least. Inclement weather kept us inside and I was perfectly okay with that. We immersed ourselves in florals building centerpieces and bouquets, working together to build a beautiful installation on the mantle, and witnessing a gorgeous demonstration from my local friend Nicole of  Soil and Stem.

We spent the first evening over a gorgeous four course meal crafted by the chef at the hotel. We asked each person to stand and share what inspires their lives and their work, and the feeling in that room can not be explained. It was warm, uplifting, and beautiful to see the passion behind the eyes of so many creative women. I will never forget that evening, and how connected we all felt despite having different inspiration, we all share the same love of flowers.

I’m incredibly grateful to each person that attended the workshop and helped make it happen. I planned this workshop with Emmily of Gatherist and her attention to detail and planning really made it run so smooth and beautifully.

I’m looking forward to hosting Still Life again next year, and would love to see you there! If you are interested in attending, visit my contact page and send me an email! Would love to chat! Official workshop announcement coming soon!

This workshop was featured on Once Wed. You can read and view the post here!

 

Workshop Hosts: Tinge FloralGatherist | Photography: Jill Thomas assisted by Ciara Richardson | Venue: The Washington Schoolhouse | Paper Goods/Branding: Kaela Rawson | Rentals: Alpine Event RentalsDecoration Inc. | Dinnerware and white ceramic vases: The Ark | Ribbon sponsors: Frou Frou Chic and Silk and Willow | Cake: Pippa Cakery | Floral Sponsor: Mayesh Wholesale | Dress: Leanne Marshall | Guest Teacher: Soil and Stem 

 

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Photography: Erin Kate Photography

Planning: Gatherist

Venue: High Star Ranch

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Class with Studio Aesthete

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This past weekend, my team and I completed the largest wedding I’ve ever had to produce. The table count doubled within two weeks of the wedding day and accommodating the large table jump was definitely a challenge, but not one that couldn’t be done!

The girls of Studio Aesthete reached out to me a couple months back about coming out for a two on one lesson and possibly coming out to help with a wedding as well. It was fun getting to have their help prep for the wedding, make honeysuckle foraging runs, and then on Monday have the opportunity to teach them. We saved some gorgeous distant drums from the wedding, and then I went to the local wholesaler and picked up some florals that would compliment them. I went for a rich summer palette and it was fun to see them combine the colors and work them into beautiful arrangements and bouquets.

We then headed to lunch and talked all things business and social media, and I’m excited to see their business flourish and grow! Speaking of growing, that pregnant belly of mine is well on its way!

Thanks to Heather Nan for the photos!

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Ciara came by for a quick little session photographing some flowers for a client mockup. We shared this wedding experience last weekend, and it was so wonderful being reunited with one of my favorite people and favorite photographers. She stayed for awhile and we chatted about life and caught up as if no time had passed at all.

Photography: Ciara Richardson

Hannah + Nate

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Beautiful brides Hannah, the epitome of class. I loved every interaction I had with her! She is so lovely in every sense of the word and I loved getting to work with a palette of muddy and dark purples.

Photography by Jacque Lynn

Leanne Marshall Collection

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When I was about 12 years old I was determined that the profession I wanted to pursue was a fashion designer. I would often sketch little outfits and dream of a lifestyle in New York designing and making clothes. When Project Runway came on to the scene, I never missed an episode. I’ll never forget the season when Leanne Marshall’s designs gracefully walked the runway in shades of ivory and sea foam blue. Each piece was so strong with the folds in the fabric, there was such a strength, but feminine quality to each piece.

As the years went on, I realized fashion design in Salt Lake just probably wasn’t an option and I pursued many creative outlets before landing on flowers. It’s been so fun getting to see brides wear Leanne Marshall gowns and getting to pair flowers with them. I think we share similar aesthetics in appreciating femininity and refinement.

When Leanne asked Heather Nan to shoot her 2016 Wedding Collection, I was equally excited when Heather asked me to make some flowers for it. We decided to create different scenes based on the softness of spring which I think paired with the dresses perfectly.

It’s always sad for me to see Spring go, I think it’s the season where I enjoy arranging the most. Until next year Spring!

Photography: Heather Nan Hair and Makeup: Janelle Ingram Model: Annie Hicks Dresses: Leanne Marshall

 

 

La Belle Epoque with The Garden Gate Flower Company

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Taylor&Porter_LaBelleEpoque_177Since doing flowers every year has proven to be more wonderful than the last. This year is no exception. About a year ago Becca from The Garden Gate Flower Company reached out to me about possibly coming out to teach with them at their workshop in Cornwall. I nearly leaped off my seat and screamed I was so excited. We love traveling, and to combine traveling with teaching seemed like the perfect merriment. Upon meeting Becca and Maz it was like friends at first sight. We enjoyed many meals together, shared loads of laughs, and I really enjoyed teaching alongside them. They have such a beautiful way of combining their flowers, and to know they grow them themselves makes you love them even more. Each stem feels extra special knowing exactly where it came from. Each and every student was lovely, and I miss England all the time. We are already talking about heading back next year, and sharing a few more meals with Becca and Maz.

Photography: Taylor & Porter | Film lab: Richard Photo Lab | Workshop by: The Garden Gate Flower Company & Tinge Floral | Venue: Bocconnoc Estate | Catering: Emily Scott | Styling: Lesley Lau | Silk ribbon: Lancaster & Cornish

Fall Wedding at The St. Regis

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Photos by D’Arcy Benincosa

Calligraphy by Plume Calligraphy

Fall Wedding in Ireland

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This was easily one of my favorite weddings of my career. The weeks leading up were quite stressful figuring out logistics and ensuring that everything would run smoothly but as soon as we got there and I had the flowers in my hands, I knew the wedding would be beautiful. I had some of the flowers delivered from Holland, but the majority of the flowers and foliages were collected from a local horticulturist who took my wish list and inspiration and came back with two VW vans full of the most beautiful product I could have ever imagined. Most of the arrangements were about 80% foliage because the varieties were all so incredible.

I had a great team that week. Rebekah of Forage and Fleur had just finished a wedding in Scotland and hopped over to Ireland to help. Also lovely Ann Marie O’ Leary , she drove all the way from Dingle just to help as we arranged in the pouring rain freezing our buns off. Somehow I didn’t mind the rain though. I made the bouquet getting drenched by the rain, soaking me through three layers, but we all had huge smiles on our faces. It was just too wonderful of an opportunity for rain to cause any ounce of sadness.

We incorporated a lot of trees into the wedding. We had these huge pots that the bride had purchased so I had the idea of bringing trees onto the tables between the flowers and I loved the end result and hope to do the same for another bride in the future. We added little mushrooms to the soil to give them a more forest feel.

The trickiest part of this wedding was that the ceremony and reception locations were about 40 minutes apart. I’ve learned that with enough planning ahead of time, things will always run a lot smoother. We were able to pull it off with time to spare, and creating that arch with Ann Marie and Rebekah was great fun.

It was definitely an adventure for Curtis driving on the opposite side of the road, maneuvering through parking garages with a giant van, and trying to dispose of garbage (unusually difficult in Ireland), but amazing all the same.

When I boarded the plane home, I was really happy and proud that we were able to accomplish something that we had never done before, and something I had never imagined I’d have the opportunity to do! I hope the opportunity arises again.

There is a beautiful video by Story of Eve you can view here!

Photography: Christina Brosnan

Planning/Design: Pearl and Godiva

Video: Story of Eve

Calligraphy: Feasting

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MacKenzie and Seth Peek

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Can’t wait to share their beautiful Seattle Wedding!

Photo by Heather Nan

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