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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:
Holiday entertaining ideas to dress up your table or home
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
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
As one of Tara Latour's biggest fans, I didn't hesitate to be a part of her "After the Storm" show. My team and I created some of my favorite installations to date using delphinium and two types of smilax (that pretty vine).
Photos by Ryan Stadler at Rivets and Roses
Coordination | Johnny & Dottie
Hair and makeup | Haus Salon
Venue | l'atelier couture bridal
Rentals | On Solid Ground Vintage Rentals
A May wedding with all of the Minnesota, spring elements a couple could hope for: blooming crabapple trees, fresh-cut white lilac and wild honeysuckle, sunshine and what seemed like the greenest grass after a long winter.
Photography | Bella Vita Studios
Coordination | Lizie Anne Weddings
Venue | Mayowood Stone Barn
Recently featured in Minnesota Bride Magazine's Fall/Winter 2015 issue, this palate of delicate tones will never fade from memory or style. The roses and eucalyptus were some of my favorite to work with, not to mention this list of vendors:
Images | Jody Savage Photography
Film developing | Fast Foto
Planning and Stationary | Jill Elaine Designs
Space and rentals | Rudy's Event Rentals
Makeup/Hair | Haley Sachs Artistry
Ribbon on bouquet and table runner | Silk & Willow
Plates/chargers | Anthropologie
Flatware and glassware | Apres Party and Tent Rental
Velvet In Stationary Suite | Velvet Raptor
Ring | RF Moeller
Ring Box | The Mrs. Box
Cakes | Nothing Bunt Cakes
Ribbon with Stationary | froufrou chic
A little peaches and cream bouquet shot on a rainy day in May.
Images by the elegant, sincere, kind and beautiful Tasha, of Red Bird Hills.
Bouquets are sweeter when they are grown in your own garden/home (orchid) and by a local, flower farmer friend Prairie Garden Farm (raspberry foliage, snapdragons, poppy) .
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Model: McKenna P. at Caryn Model & Talent Management
Venue: Space 520
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.
Ribbon: Silk and Willow
Cake: The Copper Hen
Model: McKenna P. at Caryn Model & Talent Management
Venue: Space 520
This August wedding was special for many reasons. For one, the flowers. It was a dream designing straight out of the fields at Prairie Garden Farm in Starbuck, MN and delivering to the bride the very next day. Zinnia, dahlia, hydrangea, sweet pea vines, and more; I could pick whatever I wanted. Thank you to all of the vendors who participated in this magnificent occasion along the lake in Glenwood, MN. Thank you to Emily and Derek for choosing us for their spectacular day. And the stunning wall of draped garland above the dance floor is something I will not soon forget.
Photography | Ash & James Photography
Coordination and Invitation suite | Jill Elaine Designs
Hair and Makeup | Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios
Flower grower and Day of Production Assistant | Prairie Garden Farm
Ceremony | Peter's Sunset Beach Resort
Reception | Lakeside Ballroom
So this happened. Images of my flowers were published in a book.
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.
I was invited to Jaimee Morse Photography studio to talk a little bit about my business and get a few shots of me in my element. This meant bringing flowers, chickens and my Great Aunt Evelyn's gardening books. Here's some of my favorite images from the day (soon to be seen on Jaimee's upcoming Vendor Spotlight) . Thank you Jaimee!