The first major domestic workshop of last year - 2016 - was an east coast adventure in Richmond, Virginia. Non local workshops (for me this is usually San Francisco) are a logistical challenge, as the coordination to get vendors - venue, catering, furniture, etc., as well as flowers shipped, everything prepared and ready to go - and get some sleep the night before - is an exercise in the stars aligning. That said, the stars usually do align, and everything goes off without a hitch. If I ever need to move into wedding or event planning, I think I'll be well prepared.
I love Richmond. It is a vibrant city, and has the same east coast southern charm one will find in Savannah or Charleston. We were beyond fortunate to find a great venue - Paisley and Jade - who also provided all furniture and setup. Their vintage furniture collection was both eclectic and amazing, and they worked tirelessly to get everything set up to create a really special space for the workshop.
Once again, Corbin Gurkin joined me to document the floral magic, and we came away with beautiful images full of texture and bright pops of color, which, of course, I love.
Take a peek below at our two days in Richmond, and stop by Paisley and Jade if you are ever in the Richmond area.
I was able to get us some amazing flowers shipped from Brannan Street Wholesale as well as some lovely azalea plants from a local nursery in Richmond, along with some wonderful farm grown products from my friends Jenny and Mara. With all of this, there was an abundance of beauty and color to work with!
The group hard at work on creating their works of floral art.
My demo centerpiece. Spring offers such a beautiful variety and the coral charm peonies really stole the show here.
A bit of student work mixed in with the amazing vintage furniture and chairs of Paisley and Jade.
Our dinner table for the end of workshop day one.
My bridal bouquet demo. I'll admit that bouquets drive me a little crazy. Centerpieces are never an issue, but I find myself fighting the urge to keep touching my bouquets to get them perfect. For some reason I am never quite happy with them (but thank goodness others are!).
Beautiful student work!
At the end of workshop day two we created this installation with our leftover flowers....and the results were unforgettable.
There were so many gems at the Paisley and Jade warehouse that we kept bringing more and more stuff into the space. This antique baby bathtub was a highlight for me!