It's been one incredible, life-changing year for me. Where it began? Nearly one year ago, I knew I needed to discover a new creative outlet. I had been engaged for about 8 months and saw a Instagram post that encouraged those interested in floral design to treat themselves to a awe-inspiring, hands-on experience at Team Flower Workshop 2015.
The workshop was exactly what I needed and had hoped for. It fueled my leap of faith to transition back into the design field, leave my job of nearly five years, and move forward with creative floral design and event decor. I had no idea that in only six months I'd be planning my own company and creating this website.
The workshop was held at the beautifully, quaint North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC during the most beautiful time of the year. Large fluffy clouds above, sun beaming through the clear skies in the far distance, and a gorgeous mountainside with just the slightest breeze and fresh, sweet scent of nectar in the air.
During the Meet & Greet, I met participants from all over like Toronto, Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Raleigh, and even Hong Kong! It made me feel better to know that their were others looking for a wonderful world through blooms.
Kelly told us, " I helped my first bride at 14. I intend to help my last one at 101. Age is irrelevant when it comes to encouraging the world."
Kelly Perry from Philosophy Flowers and founder of Team Flower inspires everyone she meets. Even though I was the only attendee without a floral design business, Kelly's encouragement and natural teaching style made me feel at ease. It was the first time I ever designed a hand-tied bouquet let alone a garden-style centerpiece. Every moment was exciting and new, breathing to the sweet scents of garden roses and tulips and putting my art skills to good use when applying the principles of design in my arrangement. I tried to soak up anything and everything from Kelly and her team. I was especially inspired by dogwood, peony, and lovely magenta-purple roses.
Can you imagine a day where you are working with buckets and buckets of the most gorgeous florals like Chocolate Scabiosa, Blue Muscari, Maria Theresa spray roses, Orange Poppy, Fruiting Blackberries, Sarah Bernhart Peony, Cappuccino Ranunculus, Karamel Antike garden roses, Chantilly Snapdragons, and Tulip Magnolia (just to name a few favorites)? Each day felt like a dream...
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my Team Flower Workshop experience where I'll discuss the importance of understanding your deep roots. To learn more about "What a Wonderful World" inspiration for the workshop breakfast, read Kelly's post on the Team Flower Workshop website.