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Flowerwild Workshop With Jose Villa + 2014 Announcements!

Florals are my weakness. There’s just no getting around it. Beautiful bloomage can take any wedding to the next level, so when Flowerwild shared the snaps from their latest floral design workshop, we jumped at the chance to share. Along with a few of our industry faves - Jose VillaTEAM Hair & MakeupFeast Calligraphy, just to name a few – they managed to school a group of budding designers and capture some serious pretty in the process. Pssst: 2014 workshop announcements are waiting down below!

From Flowerwild… Set against the backdrop of the Mayacamas mountains, tucked in the hills, at a serene retreat away from it all. I always try to pick a place for our workshops where people can fully relax and be apart from the everyday buzzing of our industry. So important for the creative self to unplugg and be given a clean slate on which to grow and build creativity. The amazing scenery, organic and freshly prepared foods facilitates the perfect space within which we can all unwind, refresh, and focus on taking our skills further.

This time with students is so enjoyable and it is something I look forward to each year.. These students become my friends. Watching them build friendships amongst themselves, friendships that will exists and thrive long after the workshop has ended…that is something I never really anticipated…and a part of the workshops that I truly love.

People have come from Ireland, the Midwest, Charleston, New York, the Bahamas, Australia…so many places. All with unique experiences and perspectives that help us all build and grow our businesses and possibly change our expressions and craft – simply by SHARING.

My talented friend Jose Villa came to capture all the attendee’s work and the results were truly inspiring and beautiful. With Mar of Team Hair and Makeup making the model pretty as usual…

photographer: Jose Villa | Flowers: Rachel Bowes of Finch and Thistle Events | flowers: Amy Reed | flowers: Angie Tomey of Little Boy Flowers | flowers: Pearl & Godiva | flowers: Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture | flowers: Shilhi Seibel of Passion Roots | flowers: madalyn covey | flowers: Ashlyn Gibben Hobbs of Stratford Events | flowers: Mandy Grace | flowers: Anne Bowen Dabney of Charleston Stems | flowers: Jahana Bilal of White Squid | flowers: Sarah Neal of L&S Design co. | flowers: McKenzie Powell Designs | flowers: katie wachowiak of Reinhardt Blooms | flowers: Shannon Mahoney of Thistle and Honey Floral | hair and makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | calligraphy: feast calligraphy | creative direction and design: kate holt - flowerwild | model: scout model and talent | prop rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | venue: mayacamas ranch | wardrobe: bhldn

2014 Workshop Announcements

Pippin Hill Farms- Floral and Event Design 
April 15th & 16th
2 day Workshop – Investment: $2500
Special help from Lynn Easton of Easton Events and Corbin Gurkin

Exploring the gorgeous Virgina countryside at one of the most celebrated venues and sustainable vineyards on the East Coast. We will be hosting our discussions in their amazing space, eating from their farm to table menu, and pulling together gorgeous arrangements for a shoot. All against the backdrop of this lush setting. Probably a little fun foraging in there for good measure! All materials provided. Lunch both days provided, as well as the final dinner together. Accommodations on your own. We will give you recommendations upon request and booking your space. Maximum enrollment 16 people.

The following 2014 workshop dates TBD…

Los Angeles: January – Flower Intensives
Santa Barbara: February – Photographer’s Styling Intensive 
Kauai: March – Creative Artists’ Retreat
Please contact the Flowerwild team for more information on any of these events:
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Rustic Chic Wedding at The Solage Calistoga from onelove photography

onelove photography has the most beautiful way of capturing not only those heart palpitating, feel the love right through the lens moments of a wedding, but the crazy gorgeous details as well. This Solage Calistoga affair is the epitome of that combo with black and white images we literally want to print out and hang on our office walls right next to a soft, romantic reception crafted by LVL Weddings & Events  and Fleurs de France. It’s just the kind of wedding we love to get cozy with. Do so for yourself right here in the full gallery as well as in the film below captured by A Bryan Photo.


From the Bride… I adored the linen that we finally picked. I had something very specific in mind, but when I saw the fabric that I had originally loved it fell flat against the rest of our design scheme. The French tapestry like design and place settings were my favorite part about our decor and I couldn’t have done it without the help of our wonderful vendors.

Photography: onelove photography | Videography: A Bryan Photo | Flowers: Fleurs de France | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Reception Venue: Solage Calistoga | Caterer: Solage Calistoga | Lighting: Twilight Design | DJ: Boutique DJs | Band: KJ Allstars | Event Design and Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Makeup: The Makeup Dolls | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Linens | Transportation: Pure Luxury

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Mayacamas Ranch Wedding from J Wiley Photography

Do you want to know which trend I absolutely adore? When couple’s embrace their venue’s surroundings and strive to keep things local. Which is even more beautiful (and delicious) when you are somewhere like Mayacamas Ranch. Because their list of local lovelies is miles and miles along, and when you pair some of the best wine in the country with Elaine Bell Catering - the result is a wedding guests will surely talk about for years.  One peek at all the pretty snapped up by J Wiley Photography, and it’s safe to say this was just such a soiree. See it all here.



From J Wiley PhotographyI photographed this completely gorgeous, heartfelt wedding at Mayacamas Ranch in the Napa region of California, and loved not just the natural beauty of the setting, but that Carrie & Sean cared so much about being eco-friendly and incorporating local, sustainable elements into their day as well. Their ceremony and reception took place on the hillside, with their cocktail hour being held in the Sunrise Garden on the grounds nearby.

Carrie & Sean are the absolute kindest, most down to earth people you could want to meet. They did all of their planning long-distance from Chicago and Seattle, and in spite of how overwhelming that might have been, they ultimately made their friends and family the stars of the day at every step, incorporating meaningful heirloom touches and requesting a photo with a sign just for Sean’s grandmother who couldn’t attend. I think that was incredibly special.

From the Couple… We knew immediately that we wanted a destination wedding so we could celebrate with friends and family over an entire weekend. We decided on Calistoga after coming across Mayacamas Ranch online. The Ranch looked like the perfect combination of rustic and gorgeous, and it did not disappoint. We loved the summer camp atmosphere and that a lot of our friends and family could stay onsite throughout the weekend.

We planned a full weekend of festivities, including a Friday Field Day for our friends, Friday night barbecue at Buster’s BBQ, and brunch on Sunday. For look and feel, we decided on “rustic elegant.” Our moms drove across the country with mason jars and other décor my mom had collected, in addition to an antique birdcage and family chuppa.

We wanted our ceremony to be very personal, so we asked Sean’s Aunt Linda to marry us and our moms to do readings that they selected. We were married under the same chuppa my sister was married under, which was made from my grandmother’s lace tablecloth. I walked down the aisle to our guitarist’s rendition of “Rivers and Roads” by one of our favorite bands, The Head and the Heart.

Food and wine were a priority – Elaine Bell created a beautiful, family style meal of local, seasonal specialties and we served signature cocktails and local wine alongside. We happened upon Lava Vine winery and fell in love. Not only did we serve their Syrah and Rosé, but they arranged to have a 9-liter bottle produced and custom painted for us by a local artist.

It could not have been a more perfect weekend. We had so much fun and felt so loved surrounded by our family and friends.

Photography: J Wiley Photography |  Venue: Mayacamas Ranch | Officiant: Linda Lager, Groom’s Aunt | Floral Design: Plan Decor | Catering + Pies: Elaine Bell Catering | Candy: Buckeyes, Mother of the Groom |  Invitation Design: Anne Benjamin |  Maps: Natalie Kilgore of Natty Michelle | Chuppa: Bride’s Grandmother’s Lace Tablecloth | Wine: Lava Vine | Wedding Dress: Michelle Rahn | Necklace: Family Heirloom | Hairpiece: Renee Pawele | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Julie Dillon, Bloomingdales | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Groom’s Accessories: Brooks Brothers | DJ: DJ Stan

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