To kickoff 2019, I got to attend the Florabundance Design Days Workshop and learn from some of the top florists in the industry (Holly Chapple, Tulipina, Hitomi, and many others). It was such an incredible experience and I feel so inspired and refreshed as we embark on the adventures that 2019 will bring. As the Design Days workshop came to a close, I began to reminisce on our Tyler Speier Workshop we had last August at a beautiful private greenhouse on the Gaviota Coast. It was such an incredible weekend. I have a deep love for educating and teaching - and I remember when I was first starting in the industry, I often felt isolated and “in over my head.” It can be lonely being a “soloprenuer,” and it can be overwhelming when learning how to plan weddings, do flowers, run a business, support your family, find work/life balance…the list goes on. I remember wanting to have someone I could reach out to when I had questions about contracts, procedures, design elements, how to run a business, and how to attract my ideal client. Now, with 10 years of experience under my belt and a thriving business in the luxury Santa Barbara wedding market, I love to give back and work with fellow creative entrepreneurs.
Our August workshop was so much fun. On the first day, we had brunch together and then had a discussion about who we are, what we do, and how we want to grow. It was so inspiring to have so many creative people in one room sharing their visions for their businesses (or vision of starting a business)! In the afternoon, we went to the venue and had a floral design workshop, where we created floral centerpieces, took headshots for our portfolio, prepared for a styled shoot (on day 2), and had a social media educational session. It was such a fun day! Here are some of my favorite images from the floral design portion. The best part is…nobody attending had any floral design experience! It was so fun to see how each person had their own unique interpretation of the centerpiece. We worked with beautiful flowers from Florabundance Inc.
If you are interested in joining us for our next immersive, creative design workshop, we would love to have you! Whether you are a seasoned event professional, looking for a career change, or looking to further develop your entertaining/design skills, we would love to have you. Planners, florists, caterers, rental company reps, graphic artists, calligraphers, etc, - we all play a vital role in the art of designing an event, and having the skills of curating an artful design is key to attracting our ideal clients across the industry. Our next workshop is coming up - March 18-19, 2020, at the beautiful Sunstone Villa. (See more info here!) - we would love to have you!