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