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Rustic Elegant Floral Inspiration From The Wild West Flower Workshop

I’ve always adored flowers (who doesn’t) but when I worked with our floral designers for my wedding, that adoration turned to a full blown love affair. So when these images by Rebecca Hollis came across my desk, I stopped and stared… and have barely resumed work since. Captured at The Wild West Flower Workshop, hosted by Darci Greenwood of Beargrass Gardens Florals + Events, floral designers came from all over to learn, grown, and create, and the finished results – all here in our VAULT – are downright frame-worthy. Take your pick among all this pretty!

From Darci Greenwood at Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events… The Wild West Flower Workshop was held September 21st-23rd, 2015 at the majestic Green Valley Ranch at the gates to Glacier National Park. Hosted and instructed by me, Darci Greenwood of Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events, 13 floral designers from all over the United States traveled to Montana for three days of flower camaraderie and fun. Nancy Teasley from Oak and the Owl and Ashley Fox from Ashley Fox Designs were my guest instructors and made this experience even more amazing with their smiles and expertise. The Wild West Flower Workshop is an all-inclusive package, as we all stay together on property at the luxuriously rustic lodge and all meals are prepared in the beautiful main kitchen. I can’t even begin to explain how much support and friendship developed in such a short time between these designers.

Our first day, after breakfast, we sat in the main living area and had amazing discussions on business and marketing. Everyone spoke of their story and the reasons they love the flower and wedding business. Just listening to each other, students were learning. Many questions were asked and we were thrilled to answer and discuss.

That afternoon we strolled down by the horse pastures to the pole barn and designed bridal bouquets. Students had hundreds and hundred of stems to chose from and it was so much fun to watch everyone pick the product for their design. Mayesh Wholesale provided some of the gorgeous blooms and botanicals and we also brought in local Montana grown dahlias and California grown garden roses. Foraging was probably what thrilled students the most. The Montana surrounding forest and fields provided students with hundred of acres of beauty for them to snip from. There were times when I could hear laughter and squeals of delight from deep in the forest.

A beautiful model was brought in to photograph with each of the students finished bouquet. Rebecca Hollis Photography worked with each student to perfectly capture their work. Our lovely model wore a LeeAnn Marshall gown provided by Velvet Bride.

The next day we worked on centerpieces and tabletop styling. Students again chose from beautiful floral product and forged for much of their foliage. Shape, style and design construction was discussed and everyone dove head first into their creations. Students also were given the opportunity to chose from The TOP tabletop items to create the perfect place setting that speaks of each of their style and their work. I had so much fun watching how each of their personalities and personal styles came out in each of their place settings. All of them very beautiful and unique.

That afternoon students traveled into Glacier National Park on a red jammer tour. Many of them had never witnessed the sheer and magnificent beauty. It was a treat. Rebecca Hollis was along for the ride and captured some of the jaw dropping scenery.

That evening was our Farewell Dinner. While the students were enjoying their tour to the Crown of the Continent in Glacier Park. Nancy, Ashley, Arden, Jessica and myself were preparing. We designed the florals and set the tables for the feast. So many laughs and many memories were made. We all dined that evening under the “big sky” of Montana with thousands of stars.

Showing off my beautiful state could not have made me more proud. And sharing such moments with so many special people was a gift, I was honored!!!

Special thank you to my amazing staff, Arden Greenwood and Jessica Gutierrez for all of your dedication, support and love!

The Wild West Flower Workshop & Retreat at Green Valley Ranch Montana has new dates scheduled: May 23rd-25th, 2016 and September 19th-21st, 2016. Email darci@beargrassgardens.com for all the details!

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Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography | Floral Design: Beargrass Gardens Florals And Events | Wedding Dress: Velvet Bride | Calligraphy: Jessica Lee Calligraphy | Venue: Green Valley Ranch | Event Rentals: The Party Store | Guest Instructor: Oak And The Owl | Guest Instructor: Ashley Fox | Host + Instructor: Darci Greenwood Of Beargrass Gardens Floral & Events | Model: Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency | Ribbon: Tono And Co | Tabletop Rentals: Beargrass Gardens Florals And Events

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Lone Mountain Ranch Winter Wedding Inspiration

Here in New England, it’s rare that we get our first snow after Christmas. But this year, Old Man Winter decided to make his debut a bit later than usual and is still withholding the fluffy white stuff that makes you want to make a snowman. So, until then, I’ll be living here, in THE VAULT with BrittRene PhotoBuzzworthy Events SF and team, dreaming of Moscow mules and cozy ranch sleigh rides.

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From Buzzworthy Events SFI have been dying to get my hands on a rustic lodge to style! Lone Mountain Ranch presented that opportunity and we could not be more pleased with the results! Some of us jumped in the car while others flew, and spent 48 hours engulfed in the full Lone Mountain Ranch experience. Montana is a very special place. It is clean and wild and feels somewhat untouched. The people are genuine and the atmosphere is fresh and rejuvenating. The activities, parks, and experiences are endless. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time there.

Lone Mountain Ranch is a historic ranch that has been around for decades. They recently made some enhancements to the property and it is a hidden gem! We had a blast touring the property and creating a “wedding” for them. We got to get the full feel of the property and soaked in every moment there. Lone Mountain Ranch has a horse ranch right on site. There is a sleigh ride to the top of the mountain where a chef prepares dinner nightly. The rustic barn and gorgeous horses make for an incredible backdrop. A snow covered mountain, the open fields, and streams running through the property make you feel a bit tucked away from the rest of Big Sky. The dining set up was a rich blend of rustic, sophistication, and simplicity to match the property. I really wanted to stay cheery and bright to match the snow and mood of the property. The bar and dinning room is a rustic, inviting, and cozy. The bar has a giant fireplace and copper bar top, where they host live music nightly, and is super cozy. We created moonshine mules with local Montana Moonshine. The bar hosts plenty of delightful cocktails as well. I really had a blast creating a hot chocolate bar with different local chocolate and adult options. The marshmallows were handmade by A Spoonful of Sugar in San Francisco. We created coffee sleeves with the couple’s logo for take away hot chocolate. We spiked them with peppermint schnapps. Perfect on a snowy night. Katie is wildly creative and continuously popping up with ideas. Katie sourced and for local branches and flowers. We brought the anemones from home and mixed them to create the bouquet, tabletops, and adorned the horse. Anemones are my favorite flower. Brittany climbed mountains of fresh snow, climbed over horses, and froze her butt off to get all these gorgeous shots! She is a trooper and will go the extra mile(s) to create amazing images. Brittany’s mother knit the blanket you see photographed (which she is starting to sell! shop opens soon, keep your eyes open) The dress is ugghhh-mazing. Stone Cold Fox makes stunning gowns and are my new favorite dress designer.

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Photography: BrittRene Photo | Cinematography: Jesse Browning | Event Design: Buzzworthy Events SF | Wedding Dress: Stone Cold Fox | Cakes: A Spoonful Of Sugar Cakes | Stationery: Dalia Urzúa | Hair + Makeup: Katie Nash Beauty | Venue: Lone Mountain Ranch Restaurant | Boots: Frye Boots | Knitted Shawl: Platypus Perspective | Marshmellows: A Spoon Full Of Sugar

Happy Holidays + Elegant Winter Wedding Inspiration

On this special morning we’re feeling all the festive feels and want to spread the love, SMP style. It’s a present in the form of pretty, thanks to this gorgeous scene captured by Rebecca Hollis. Styled up by Beargrass Gardens Florals and Events, these images are proof that a holiday weddings are worth celebrating and you can unwrap it all in The Vault. From all of us to you, happiest holidays!

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Darci Greenwood from Beargrass Gardens… It is not hard to find inspiration when designing a wedding at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. Frosted covered mountains and wide open, snow covered ranchland makes for a beautiful backdrop for an intimate affair. The Ranch at Rock Creek graciously hosted us to tell this Winter Love Story.

When designing this shoot, my first thought was to use winter colors and tones that complement the landscape, yet use touches of luxurious warmth to enhance the western allure. A color story of gray-blue, neutrals and a deep rustic red came together perfectly. The red ties together the season and a timeless look of elegance.

Styling the couple, I knew we wanted a very timeless look. We found the most perfect winter gown from designer Rosa Clara at Velvet Bride. Luxurious and thick, the material was perfectly flowing yet warm for a winter bride. We completed her look with her hair down with soft curls to fit the ranch setting.

The tabletop was draped with a lovely cream patterned LaTavola Linen and then a linen runner in an earthy brown. Lush florals in hammered silver containers, silver antler candlesticks with a variety of natural colored tapers and silver bud vases filled the middle and ran down the entire table. Each place setting had beautiful plate ware from The TOP accented with crystal goblets and vintage champagne coupes. We added the vintage teal wineglass for a warm blue tone to the table. Natural grayish/blue geode slices were used as place cards with Anna from Cast Calligraphy’s gorgeous script.

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Photography: Rebecca Hollis Photography | Event Design: Beargrass Gardens Florals And Events | Floral Design: Beargrass Gardens Florals And Events | Cake: Elle’s Belles Bakery | Makeup: Skin Chic | Hair:Boom Swagger Salon | Calligrapher: Cast Calligraphy | Mens Attire: H&M | Wedding Venue: The Ranch At Rock Creek | Dress Designer: Rosa Clara | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Models: Courtney & Levi McFadden | Tabletop Rentals: The TOP | Wedding Dress And Accessories: Velvet Bride

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