As many of you who know, I attend floral conferences, trainings, and sourcing trips every year. It helps keep all of us at CLF "fresh" on trends in event design and decor, and up to snuff on the beautiful fresh floral product that is available each year. And from year to year, you wouldn't believe how much the floral selections change. It seems as certain flowers become more popular in wedding and event work, growers put more focus on bringing them to market for us to use in our work. So it's an ongoing education from year to year to stay current on not only the available flowers, but the flowers that actually perform well for events.
The Chapel Designers' Conferences, lead by Holly Chapple, have been a great source of knowledge, inspiration, and friendship for me and my organization. I've been attending them since 2011 in both New York City, and for the first time this year in Santa Barbara. Holly brought in some incredible speakers for Santa Barbara, including Nancy Liu Chin, Francoise Weeks, Joseph Massie, Alicia Schwede of the very popular blog Flirty Fleurs, and Holly Chapple herself. I was honored to speak this year as well, and had a ton of fun not only being a participant, but sharing my knowledge with the group. Florabundance provided all of the gorgeous flowers, and the entire group of Chapel Designers worked on bringing these designs together. The beautiful images below were taken at the Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, California. The winery is the site of many gorgeous weddings, and we were lucky enough to use it to create several different tablescapes (which will be featured somewhere in the near future....so stay tuned, as I will post when they stunning and creative designs are published). Not only was it a fabulous venue for our design conference, but they held a really great wine tasting for us (compliments of Holly Chapple), and the wines are amazing. I highly recommend you try them.
Many of the images below I borrowed from my friend and fellow Chapel Designer, Alicia Schwede, of the very popular blog, Flirty Fleurs. Thanks for the photos Alicia!