Engagement shoot in Bodega Bay, California

We fit in a little engagement shoot during our visit to California this month. He was such a sport, driving to Petaluma towards Garden Valley Ranch to see Fallon and grab the incredible roses she had harvested (in abundance!) for me. Of course, they were perfect and our rental vehicle smelled amazing all week. Perks.

There has been so much to celebrate and be thankful for this year and California, one of my favorite places, was the best spot we could think of to end the year.

Samantha Kirk, we are overjoyed by your work and cannot say enough good things about you and your calm, patient and kind nature. Your clients are some of the luckiest around.

Film photography::  Samantha Kirk Photography

Dress::  Free People

Ribbon::  @tonoandco

Ring::  Trumpet and Horn

A Flower Workshop in Montana

Darci Greenwood, of Beargrass Gardens, invited me to her home state of Montana last September to be an assistant teacher at her first Wild West Flower Workshop. Not a moment passed during this experience where I didn't want to pinch myself and say "Is this really happening; how could I be so lucky?!!"  Darci created an incredibly moving and fulfilling experience, personally and professionally, for the staff and students who attended and stayed at Green Valley Ranch.  The landscape, flowers and instant sense of community made us all feel right at home and ready to take in everything about this business of flowering.

Day one we chatted about business and made luxurious bridal bouquets. I was so inspired by autumn's golden fern growing on site I created a blushy/buttercream colored design using foliage that grew on the edges of the lodge property. Day two the students created centerpieces and watched while Darci helped each attendee style his/her table setting with The Top collection of table and glassware for each student's portfolio use. Our stay concluded with a farewell dinner set at the base of the lodge overlooking the mountains. The table included designs by the instructors, large glowing candles and tableware all set by Darci. To say it was magical would be the biggest understatement of my life.

Many thank yous to Darci and her team including Arden, Jesse, Rebecca and fellow assistant instructor Nancy, of Oak and Owl. These women are forever in my heart. From the moment I got off the plane, it was like having an instant family. Not a bad way to spend a work week.

Photography | Rebecca Hollis :: @rebeccahollisphotography :: http://rebeccahollis.com
Workshop Host, Florals and Styling | Beargrass Gardens Floral and Events :: @beargrassgardens @ardengreenwood @bigmtnspirit :: http://beargrassgardens.com
Guest Instructors | Oak and the Owl :: @oakandtheowl :: http://oakandtheowl.com and Ashley Fox Designs :: @ashleyfoxdesigns :: http://ashleyfoxdesigns.com
Ribbons | Tono and Co :: @tonoandco
Flowers | Mayesh Wholesale :: @mayeshwholesale :: http://mayesh.com 
Venue | Green Valley Ranch :: @greenvalleyranchmontana :: http://greenvalleyranchmontana.com 
Tabletop Rentals | The Top :: @thetopmontana

Model | Brandy LaRoux :: http://rm-ea.com
Dress | Leanne Marshall :: @leannemarshallofficial :: http://leannemarshall.com from Velvet Bride :: @velvetbride :: http://velvetbride.com
Other Rentals | The Party Store :: @thepartystoremt :: http://thepartystoremt.com 
Calligraphy | Jessica Lee Calligraphy :: @jessicaleecalligraphy :: http://jessicaleecalligraphy.com 


Sunset photo shoot with Red Bird Hills

This shoot celebrates the progress my business has made over the years and the solid friendships that have grown out of vendor collaborations. Tasha, of Red Bird Hills, was the first to shoot my work those 7 years ago and I haven't looked back since with her. Many other friendships have come out of this avenue my life has taken from growers, photographers, brides, other floral designers--it's been an extraordinary and heart warming experience, this wedding biz of ours. And we were treated to a pretty plaque this past July when we won Minnesota Bride Magazine's Award for Best of Floral 2015. So thankful to MN Bride Magazine for their support over the years. Beyond thankful for their friendship and shout outs. Talk about heart warming...

Also, how luscious are these photos?!!?!!! I can't take my eyes away, they are so beautiful. Krista, you were incredible. Thank you for your grace and beauty and traveling the distance to work with us! x

Photos|  Red Bird Hills

Model   |  @krirei717  on Instagram

Dress|   Lovely Bride

Ribbon|  Silk and Willow

Roses|  Garden Valley Ranch

All other blooms/greens|  Gullywash Gardens

Location|  Belle Plaine, Minnesota



We've done quite a few installations using flowers, greens and even tumbleweed once in many different venues and spaces this past year. Here's a quick look taken right from our Instagram feed and some from our talented, photographer-friends.

We offer flower design classes year-round

We offer 1:1 and small group classes for every level of aspiring or seasoned pro designer. Inquiries for custom classes tailored for you or your group at the studio or another location to info@ashleyfoxdesigns.com

Allison visited the studio earlier this spring and wanted to learn the trick to creating an unrestrained and natural hand tied bouquet. We were both giddy over those peachy sweet peas and sunset colored 'Golden Celebration' garden roses.

In 2015 we also completed a few in-home classes for bridal showers and a women's retreat.

Other class ideas include, all taught in our signature style, of course: 

Table centerpieces

Holiday entertaining ideas to dress up your table or home

Flower crowns

One I have always wanted to do is with a group of gardeners and one of the gardeners hosts everyone at their home or other venue. We all bring our own cuttings from our gardens and also the host's garden then each learn to design a table centerpiece on site. Someone please inquire about doing this. It would be wildly fun. Especially paired with a guest chef to cook for us and then dine el fresco at the site of the class after we do the flower thing.

Images by (friend and designer as well as photographer)  Brown Sparrow Studio


Arid Beauty

The shoot all started with my love for the tumbleweed I found in a shop and the ideas quickly grew from there. The vendors were incredible and we created this dry, soft and beautiful style for a minimal, bohème bride with a bit of a vivid edge. (This is also an ode to all things made by Silk and Willow. I adore the textures of her natural dye products. We used them everywhere.)

So pleased this from-the-heart, styled shoot is featured on Dainty Obsessions blog. 

Images - Jody Savage Photography

Jewelry – Hardt Jewelry
Handwriting art- Athena Pelton Designs
Table Settings- Apres Party and Tent Rental
Makeup – Shannon Sunderlin
Dress – Shop Lovely
Ribbon, hand-spun cord on card and her arm, watercolor paper, table runner and head scarves – Silk & Willow
Model – Jennifer Colich from Whemann Models
Ring Box- The Mrs. Box

Flowers, Styling, Hair - Ashley Fox Designs






So much has been happening in the studio this winter and spring. I can't wait to show it all to you in upcoming posts. For now, two things.

One, our new logo and cards. They're great, right?! I can't get enough of them. Logo and design by Jill Elaine Designs. Jill worked with me for a long time to get the look I wanted and I absolutely adore the final print. Thank you, Jill, for your patience and talent!

Second, the studio was nominated as a finalist, for the fifth year in a row, for a Minnesota Bride Magazine Best of Floral Award! No, it doesn't get old. Not one bit. I treasure each year as I am doing exactly what I want to do. What a thrill and honor it is to have clients, vendors, family and friends nominate me for such a thing. Thank you to everyone who voted! I couldn't be more excited to be designing into our 7th year of business. Cheers!

Wedding Bouquet 101 Class :: Two :: Student Work

I'm beginning to understand the value of a two or three day workshop with students in the flower world. We never seem to have enough time to do what we want during these one day classes; always wanting to just one more this or that. It goes by too fast. They sure managed quite a lot in our time together; creating two distinct bouquets each, flowers to adorn the hair, boutonnieres and a quick corsage or two. As I pour over these images I think back on this day and feel so happy to be able to spend time with like-minded people who enjoy lunch and lemon-thyme sugar cookies from The Copper Hen and Justin Timberlake's greatest hits playing in the background.

Thank you to the students who attended. Your love of flowers, joy for designing and learning and incredible skills made my day a pleasure and honor to be with you.  To Erin Bell Photography, for your friendship, lens that doesn't quit, and incredible eye for capturing these blooms, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you missed this workshop, but want to get your hands on flowers and take a class, I offer 1:1 tutorials and group classes by request. Contact Ashley at info@ashleyfoxdesigns.com for more details.


Erin Bell Photography

Dress: by Amy Kuschel at Che Bella

Model: McKenna P. at Caryn Model & Talent Management

Venue: Space 520

Wedding Bouquet 101 Class :: One

This is the first of two entries from our spring bouquet workshop last month. The second entry will feature all of the students' beautiful designs.  My goal in teaching is to make the flowers approachable and easy to manage when designing. A bucket of giant, Japanese ranunculus can be quite exciting and overwhelming to a beginner (or even a seasoned pro).  Here are three demo bouquets each with its own goal. From open, lush, romantic // small, petite, gentle // to colorful and dramatic. 


Erin Bell Photography

Dress: by Amy Kuschel at Che Bella

Ribbon: Silk and Willow

Cake: The Copper Hen

Model: McKenna P. at Caryn Model & Talent Management

Venue: Space 520