So this happened. I got published.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine photos of my designs to be in an actual touch-and-turn-the-pages book. I am honored to be included. The book features designers from all over the world who, like me, relish and believe in, using local flowers in their wedding designs.
Many thanks to the following: Prairie Garden Farm for supplying me with amazing locally grown product and for tipping off Lynn Byczynski, co-author of the book, to my little operation here. To Lynn and Erin, the authors, who I admire for not only their work on this book, but for their dedication to producing amazing cut flowers for hundreds (thousands?) of designers and fans.
To my dear friends, Tasha Herggott of Red Bird Hills, and Erin Bell of Erin Bell Photography for their contributions to the book that made this possible. What they do with a lens is magic.
And to my children, who put up with me in the studio hour after hour, “playing” with flowers.
To purchase the book click here
Prairie Garden Farm in Starbuck, MN. Buy their flowers. They sell amazing cut varieties to the Twin Cities area and are the nicest people in the world.
Lynn Bycznski author of Growing For Market Her site is an amazing resource for nationally grown local food and flowers.
Erin Benzakein of Floret Flower Farm is a must read site and blog for anyone who loves flowers on any level. growing or designing. She is wonder woman.
Red Bird Hills With me from the beginning of my career, Tasha can capture a moment, the light and an angle that I don’t see and I am one picky gal. I couldn’t be more thankful to have her in my life.
Erin Bell Photography I love being around people who are just as passionate about their work as I am about mine, and Erin encompasses that perfectly. Working with her has been been sheer joy. And her images reflect that passion.
The first Ashley Fox Designs Wedding Flowers Workshop was held in April on a stormy afternoon in Minnesota. Students came to learn about the wedding industry, how to talk to brides about their wedding flowers and of course, design with delicate spring blooms and heirloom garden roses from California. Thank you to the students who attended for placing your confidence in me. It was a thrill guiding your creativity and talents that day.
Many thanks to Eric Sandstrom of Floral Logic for rental of your sleek, new studio space and allowing us make ourselves at home at your work benches for a day. To Erin Bell Photography. We could not have done this without you and your always brilliant angles and captures of the flowers. Thank you friends.
Tomorrow I will post the second half of the workshop: bouquets, etc.
Thank you to Minnesota Bride Magazine for nominating my studio in your Best of Floral category for the fourth year in a row!!! This job invigorates, nourishes and thrills me to no end and your support is always sweet icing on the cake.
Thank you to clients, vendors, family and friends for your lasting support and love. The winners of the Best of 2014 will be announced at the awards ceremony in July (aka: big, fun party where I get to laugh with all of these industry peeps and friends I never see because we all work so hard). Congratulations to all of the other nominees! See the full list here.
images Spencer Combs
Out of the studio March 23-29
Filling the last week of March with a trip to CA, one of my favorite places. Fell in love with it last year. It’s just so…warm and green. Escaping MN for a bit to see the ocean with the family and take in some sights. I will be back in the studio April 1st. No foolin.