Whew! What a month July has been! After one of the busiest spring seasons, I decided some R&R was NEEDED (to say the very least). With that being said, an event-free July was much needed. This month was full of family trips to SeaWorld, a long relaxing vacation, quick weekend get-aways, reading books, and one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended. Last week, my mom and I trecked up to Pennsylvania (a first for us) to attend the Team Flower Workshop.
Have any of you ever been to Pennsylvania? I never gave it much thought before, but it was BEAUTIFUL! I have never seen corn that lush and green before. That’s a weird thing to notice…I know. My husband must be rubbing off on me lol. Anyway…back to Team Flower. Team Flower created as a source of inspiration and learning by Kelly Perry. Kelly is a renowned florist and teacher. She owns Philosophy Flowers, a wedding and event floral design company and is a new mama. If you have the opportunity to watch her videos or learn from her in person, I highly recommend it!
Here are a few of my favorite memories and things I learned:
How to truly love what you do even during the stress and craziness of life and business.
This is something I struggle with often. Flowers bring so much joy into my life, but the stress of providing “the perfect wedding day” to each of my clients often ways on my heart. Kelly exudes so much joy and love. I hope I can implement some of her tricks into my life and allow myself the freedom to live fully.
New techniques to create strong boutonnieres, corsages, crowns, and more.
I can’t wait to show off these new skills in my upcoming events! Wiring is a skill that I have never had the opportunity to learn properly. Now I am confident in my abilities to make sturdy products for our clients.
How to create movement in centerpieces.
I’ve often looked a luxury garden designs and been in awe of their beauty. While I am no expert, I do feel like I’ve learned the basics in order to implement more intricate design styles into my work.
Sourcing materials from local farmers!
I am so excited about this one. If you are a local farmer, please contact me. We would love to feature your products in our events.
Playing with so many unique and beautiful flowers.
I don’t want to spoil the surprise for any future attendees, but you will not believe your eyes when you see how many blooms you get to play with!
And my absolute favorite….Relaxing and forging friendships in a place I would have never thought to go.
We spent 4 nights at The Inn at Ragged Edge in Chambersburg. What a treat! The innkeeper, Mrs. Barb, was so wonderful. Each morning we woke up to multiple course meals that made your mouth water. This historic home overlooked a beautiful cliff and creek. It was the perfect retreat and allowed my creative juices to flow. If you ever have the opportunity to go to Pennsylvania, I highly recommend this quiet oasis! My mom and I were able to meet 8 other wonderful women of all ages and backgrounds at the workshop. Some had years of experience and others were just beginning to dabble in the world of floral design. What a treat it was to learn from and grow from so many different perspectives. Check out these gorgeous ladies in the picture above. Sadly, we were missing our fearless leader and two of our attendees, but we were able to get the bulk of us together for some fun photos.
Kelly, if you are reading this, THANK YOU! As fall approaches, I feel inspired and ready to take on the world, thanks to Team Flower.
Need a little inspiration? Be sure to sign up for the Team Flower 2020 Workshops or the upcoming Conference! Lastly, thank you to Kim Branagan Photography for capturing these gorgeous images of our work. Check here out on Instagram @kimbranaganphoto!
Stay tuned for next week’s blog on our summer wrap-up! I’ll be giving you all my tips for successful day-trips and vacation travel tips with a toddler, my summer must-reads, and more fun surprises!