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Hi ALL!
So many of you flower friends have been asking about what’s to come in 2015 for our workshops and I’m ready to share new dates and locations.
Please email us at info@flowerwild.com to reserve your spot – we have lots of new things planned and I’m really looking forward to connecting with many new people and refilling my creative well alongside you all. We will be offering a discount to those of you who enroll early – Before Jan 1st.

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NEW DATES:

JANUARY 29th,30th Intensives in Los Angeles.
Natural Light Studio – Los Angeles
1400.00 & 1100.00

Photography by Corbin Gurkin
Discounted rates for enrollment before Jan 1st – 1300.00 & 1000.00

One Day Flower Intensives
The classes will be full day 10am-5/5:30pm – flower design focused, intensives. These were such a success last year, we sold out and got to meet so many wonderfully talented people! In a break from our our traditional workshop format – we are offering these single day workshops for designers and artists who want to brush up their design skills with flowers only. Texture, color, construction, composition…the finer points of getting flowers to unfold naturally, seemingly effortlessly, making flowers that provoke an emotional response. That rush of feeling, that little gasp, that “oh my!.” A great workshop for new designers or experienced ones who want a fresh perspective. All student work will be professionally photographed for future personal use! Sign up for single days or both days:)

Day 1 -Jan 29th
- Grand Scale Arrangements and Compotes.
1400.00
all materials provided, plus lunch, coffee and beverages.
Day 2 – Jan 30th – Bridal Bouquets, Bouts, and Halos.
1100.00
all materials provided, plus lunch, coffee and beverages.
Optional one-on-one portfolio reviews and private sessions available with Kate Holt on Jan 24th for an additional 350.00/hour
**Please note- This workshop does not cover the topics such as how to build a design business, how to reach your niche market, where to source materials etc…see the Sonoma Workshop itinerary and topics covered below if you are more inclined in that direction:)

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FEBRUARY – Full 3 day Workshop Retreat in California, CA.
Location TBA
3 day Creative and Business Workshop – 3800.00
Accommodations and travel on your own.
Feb 22,23,24, 2015
Photographer – Jose Villa
Discounted rate for enrollment before Jan 1st – 3600.00

We will be relaxing and refortifying ourselves in gorgeous California, exact location TBA. Come find out why this is one of my favorite places on earth. Experience the golden, almost-ethereal light of this state. This workshop is about taking your business to the next level by investing in yourself, finding strength in building relationships, and taking care of your creative self, all while surrounded by ruffly blooms and abundant flowers. We are mixing artistic development in with some fun new bits like yoga and options for spa treatments as the ultimate respite for industry weary minds and bodies.

Hosting our discussions in a beautiful space, eating well and healthy, and pulling together gorgeous arrangements for a shoot…This is a place we go to grow, to flex our creative muscles, to give ourselves reprieve from the demands of our work, and build something beautiful for no other reason than it feels good. It feels so good… to reconnect, to breath, to take time to notice, to really look at things. I know I need it, and I imagine many of my colleagues do to. I strive to make the workshop retreat a place where we can all tap back into beauty for beauty’s sake and a place we look forward to returning to for inspiration and friendship. I hope that many of you will take the leap and join us!

Take a look at some of the wonderful talent who I am honored to call Flowerwild workshop alumni:
Kim Sanders of Art with Nature
Erin Benzakein of Floret
Anne Bowen of Charleston Stems
Mckenzie Powell
Lisa Collins of Sweet Woodruff
Pearl & Godiva
Semia Dunne of Flowers by Semia
Abany Bauer
Jacin Fitzgerald of Lovely Details
Sue Prutting of White Magnolia Designs
Ashley Fox of Ashley Fox Designs
Darci Greenwood of Beargrass Gardens
Shannon Mahoney of Thistle and Honey
and so many many more. So many exceptional people!

Day 1
Option to start the day with some body warming yoga and deep breathing.

Introductions, and Business basics:
Building your business
- how to meet the right clients, and develop your portfolio
- being your own best editor
- branding
- inspiration – where to find it, how develop your process, refine your vision
- materials – a look at building your palette and creating a cohesive foundation of tactile items – sourcing product
- relationships with photographers and coordinators
- diversifying. how to decide whether flowers are it, or if you were meant to do more.
- pricing and getting what your worth:)
Creative Exercise
- getting messy – how to build a gorgeous bridal bouquet or centerpiece using forms, shape, texture

Day 2
Discussions on Publishing your Work
- Editorial, how to style for editorial shoots and get real weddings published
- Study of photography…the ultimate translator of your vision. How to make it work for you
- Props, how and when to use them
- Creative Director versus Florist, what’s the difference? How do we sell this intangible product to our clients?
- hair and makeup for attendees
- head shots of all attendees by our photographer
- one on ones review of portfolios/websites blogs for all students
- prepare vignettes and floral for Shoot
- option to relax and have spa treatments
- wine and local cheese/nibbles hour
- wrap up and get rested for day 3

Day 3
Final morning
Shoot
- Each attendee will have a chance to have individual floral or other styled elements photographed for future portfolio use. I love looking thru images of past workshops, and remembering my time with all the Flowerwild workshop attendees:)
Relax and have farewell dinner and final Q & A

All materials provided. Lunch both days provided, as well as the final dinner together.
Accommodations on your own. We will give you recommendations for great places to stay upon request and booking your space:)
Maximum enrollment 18 people.

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To Be Announced ! End of Summer/Fall-
CREATIVE WELLNESS AND FLORAL WORKSHOP – FRANCE.

I know, it already sounds too good to be true! But it’s really going to happen and space will be limited so please email us to reserve your space or get on the wait list now. This one’s for the soul. For digging deep, for replenishing, and I for one, can’t wait…

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All images here by Corbin Gurkin from our Pippin Hill Workshop this last spring.
Hosted by Lynn Easton of Easton Events
Creative Direction by Kate Holt/Flowerwild
Paper Magic by Amber Moon Design with Calligraphy by Anne Robins
Gowns by Gossamer
Hair and Makeup by Lora Kelly

A magical trip and time which I remember very fondly. What great women I met this year! Looking forward to what 2015 holds.

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I’m a sucker for this wedding.
We were fortunate enough to design this day, from top to bottom with the most wonderful couple- Whitney & Drew.
I think the wedding is such a perfect reflection of them. It’s classic. It’s timeless. It’s not frilly or fantastic. It’s just pretty, and sophisticated, and lovely…like they are.

Big hugs and high fives go to my most excellent team who did everything they could to make this one exceptional. I especially enjoyed working with Alissa of Feast Calligraphy on all of the paper.

And our work on all of this would be just a mere memory if it were not for the hard work and endless talents of Jose Villa and Joel Serrato. I am very very thankful for them!

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For interested new potential clients…
We are now taking on full creative direction and floral for 2015. This mean guidance with Venue selection, photographer and vendor referrals, complete custom paper creation, and full design of decor and tabletop.
I am also happy to announce that our new sister company the ARK will be launching soon so stay tuned for more info on that as things develop. All inquires should contact our team directly at info@flowerwild.com to reserve dates for 2015.

Creative Direction/Design – Kate Holt of Flowerwild
Photographer – Jose Villa
Cinematographer – Joel Serrato
Flowers – Flowerwild
Venue – Santa Lucia Preserve
Calligraphy & Paper – Feast Calligraphy
Coordination – Kate Winn of Barbara Llewellyn Catering

See the Full Feature including Joel’s beautiful film on Style Me Pretty Here.

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  1. Becca Blue

    It is SO beautiful. SO BEAUTIFUL. Delicious.

  2. kasia

    Such a beautiful wedding!! I’m such a fan of yours! Can I ask where the gold, round vases are from?

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Marilyn and Spencer.

This Sonoma Wedding was just published in the Winter Issue of Martha Stewart weddings. I hope you like it – it’s a favorite of mine. Carefully planned and executed alongside Rosemary Events. Such an amazing event producer.

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See the Martha Stewart online feature with the Martha Stewart Weddings ipad app.
See Joel Serrato’s beautiful film here. If you are not convinced about the importance of having a film of your wedding day, watching this will show you why you absolutely have to hire a cinematographer. Proof it was not all just a big wonderful dream:)

I never forget a bride who thanks me through tears, for making their wedding day more than they had imagined. I was honored to be a small part of it.

Planning and coordination – Rosemary Events
Event Design and Floral – Flowerwild
Photography – Jose Villa
Cinematography – Joel Serrato
Hair and Makeup – Mar of Team Hair and Makeup
Calligraphy – Neither Snow

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  1. Becca Blue

    I CAN’T BELIEVE how long it took me to look at this wedding here! Drooled over MS….deep sighed on Instagram…but fell head over heels here. I wish MS would have used more of these shots!!! It is SO dreamy. SO beautiful. I can see why it is one of your favorites. Thank you!!!
    (Gosh, this doesn’t come off too stalker-ish, I hope….)

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  3. Maya

    OH MY God! How nice a flowers bunch can be. Artistically design and applauds to your expert florists. Lovely passion!
    http://www.maya.florist

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NEW DATES

Los Angeles – Downtown loft space
January 30th and 31st
1100.00 & 800.00

One Day Flower Intensives
The classes will be full day 10am-5/5:30pm – flower design focused, intensives. In a break from our our traditional workshop format – we are offering these single day workshops for designers and artists who want to brush up their design skills with flowers only. Texture, color, construction, composition…the finer points of getting flowers to unfold naturally, seemingly effortlessly, making flowers that provoke an emotional response. That rush of feeling, that little gasp, that “oh my!.” A great workshop for new designers or experienced ones who want a fresh perspective. All student work will be professionally photographed for future personal use! Sign up for single days or both days:)

Day 1 -Jan 30th
- Grand Scale Arrangements and Compotes.
1100.00
all materials provided, plus lunch, coffee and beverages.
Day 2 – Jan 31st – Bridal Bouquets, Bouts, and Halos.
800.00
all materials provided, plus lunch, coffee and beverages.
Optional one-on-one portfolio reviews and private sessions available with Kate Holt on Feb. 1st for an additional 250.00/hour
**Please note- This workshop does not cover the topics such as how to build a design business, how to reach your niche market, where to source materials etc…see the Pippin Hill itinerary and topics covered below if you are more inclined in that direction:)

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Virginia – Pippin Hill Farms
April 15th and 16th
2 day Workshop – 2500.00

Exploring the gorgeous Virgina countryside at one of the most celebrated venues and sustainable vineyards on the East Coast. We will be hosting our discussions in Pippin Hill’s amazing space, eating from their farm to table menu, and pulling together gorgeous arrangements for a shoot. All against the backdrop of this lush setting. Probably a little fun foraging in there for good measure! We are lucky enough to have the talented Corbin Gurkin as our photographer and Lynn Easton of Easton Events collaborating on this event.
I feel really fortunate that both of these women are available to participate in making the workshop a full experience – they are both treasured talents.

Day 1
Introductions, and Business basics:
Building your business
- how to meet the right clients, and develop your portfolio
- being your own best editor
- branding
- inspiration – where to find it, how develop your process, refine your vision
- materials – a look at building your palette and creating a cohesive foundation of tactile items – sourcing product
Lunch
Creative Exercise
- getting messy – how to build a gorgeous bridal bouquet or centerpiece using forms, shape, texture
- build floral and prepare for a small shoot the following day
- wrap up and get rested for day 2

Day 2
Discussions on Publishing your Work
- Editorial, how to style for editorial shoots and get real weddings published
- Study of photography…the ultimate translator of your vision. How to make it work for you
- Props, how and when to use them
- Creative Director versus Florist, what’s the difference?
Prepare vignettes for Shoot with Corbin Gurkin
Lunch
Shoot
- Each attendee will have a chance to have individual floral or other styled elements photographed by Corbin for future portfolio use. This is invaluable. And we are so lucky to have him.
Relax and have farewell dinner and final Q & A

Day 3
Final morning
Anyone interested in a personal, private session with me, may opt for a one hour portfolio review…or we can discuss whatever you like!
-One-on-one time,an additional 250 fee.

All materials provided. Lunch both days provided, as well as the final dinner together.
Accommodations on your own. We will give you recommendations upon request and booking your space:)

http://www.pippinhillfarm.com/

Corbin Gurkin – photographer
Easton Events – Coordination and collaboration
Maximum enrollment 16 people.

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Kauai – Hawaii Garden Isle
March 26th, 27th, and 28th
Artists Retreat
Details To Be Announced…

Please email us with at info@flowerwild.com, subject “workshop reservation”, tell us which workshop you would like to reserve a spot in and we will forward you a deposit invoice at that time. All deposits are non-refundable. We are so excited to meet some of you in the coming year! It’s going to be quite an experience!!!

xok
images in this post by Ken Holt, Jose Villa Photography and Beaux Arts Photography.

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Oh finally fall/winter season is here and I’m ready to hibernate, at least for a few days. We are poised to hit the ground running with a full schedule of workshops in 2014, and some pretty wonderful events lined up on the tails of that. So I’m happy to have a little down time to reflect and just BE. A hard thing for someone like me to actually DO – or, rather, not do. I find that I wish and pine for days of nothing, of idle time, then when they arrive I’m a little bit like a hamster in a wheel. Spinning and spinning, looking for new projects and ways to busy myself. It is hard to practice quiet time when your “normal” speed in life is basically a whirlwind, or mini cyclone… a type of isolated storm of it’s own.
Still, I know if I force myself to be quiet and empty the space in my brain that is normally consumed by a list of to-do’s, I will be more creative and more ready for things to come. I remind myself to take time to read, go on walks, leave my phone at home or off while with family, be present as a mommy, listen more…really listen more. I need to practice that.
So I’ll be brief, and just share some beautiful images from a little wedding we did last season in Ireland.
I’ve related the behind the scenes of this wedding of photographers Corbin Gurkin and Thatcher Cook before, and am happy to offer a little bit of the real thing. Now published in Martha Stewart Weddings Destination issue. Online gallery here. I especially love the image Elizabeth captured of me and Ken together. So rare for us to have a photo like that! Hope you enjoy.

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Images by the one and only Elizabeth Messina
Flowers – Flowerwild
Event design – Duet Weddings
Paper Goods – Ceci New York
Calligraphy – Love Jenna Calligraphy
Rentals – Pearl and Godiva

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bells are whistling, pots are boiling, beakers are pouring from one to another, steam is rising, puffs of smoke and small explosions everywhere….things are steeping and stewing, and spring is calling already. many of you have been asking about spring workshop offerings and I am happy to say we have some things cooking.

NEW WORKSHOP DATES AND LOCATIONS!!!!!

I am very excited about all of the new people and the talent we will meet this year, and for the beautiful things we are going to see together. check it out:

NEW DATES:

Virginia – Pippin Hill Farms
April 15th and 16th
2 day Workshop – 2500.00
Exploring the gorgeous Virgina countryside at one of the most celebrated venues and sustainable vineyards on the East Coast. We will be hosting our discussions in Pippin Hill’s amazing space, eating from their farm to table menu, and pulling together gorgeous arrangements for a shoot. All against the backdrop of this lush setting. Probably a little fun foraging in there for good measure! We are lucky enough to have the talented Corbin Gurkin as our photographer and Lynn Easton of Easton Events collaborating on this event.
I feel really fortunate that both of these women are available to participate in making the workshop a full experience – they are both treasured talents.

All materials provided. Lunch both days provided, as well as the final dinner together.
Accommodations on your own. We will give you recommendations upon request and booking your space:)

http://www.pippinhillfarm.com/

Corbin Gurkin – photographer
Easton Events – Coordination and collaboration
Maximum enrollment 16 people.

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Please email us with at info@flowerwild.com, subject “workshop reservation”, tell us which workshop you would like to reserve a spot in and we will forward you a deposit invoice at that time. Deposits for Virgina are 1000.00. All deposits are non-refundable. Should you be unable to attend the workshop of your choice for some reason, we will refund the money ONLY if we can fill your space with another attendee from our waitlist.

Can’t wait to meet many of you in 2014. It is going to be a wonderful season!

Some peeks at our Mayacamas workshop last spring. What an experience. I made so many friend here and I am thankful for the chance to make more:)

xo
k

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a pretty st.helena job.
my great crew. everyone worked so hard and really made this one possible. it makes me think back on days in the not so distant past where Ken and I basically did everything by ourselves. those were fun times too, but really hard and tiring.
my mom and dad came to spend the week and watch Alice for this wedding.
they had a grand time. we ate heirloom tomato or peach summer salads pretty much everyday. i can’t complain. i had some kale/spinach enchiladas that are pretty much my favorite food ever. alice and my mom soaked their feet and did pedicures for each other on the back porch. pretty cute.
my dad teased alice a lot. that’s their way together.
those of you in the culinary world take note…alice “invented” a pizza tortilla. which was a huge hit obviously. (well, with alice anyway:)
and alice gave me tons of snuggles at the end of each long day when i needed them most. those snuggles are like pure positivity. i’m certain they add years to my life.

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as for the work side of things, we made these crazy fern and orchid pendants for the tent which was one of those things that you pitch to a client – and you really have no idea how you will make it work until you actually start building it. it took about 6 people 3 hours to get these beauties sort of pre-prepped to hang and mostly ready for install. not to mention a huge mess. no small task and i was grateful for all my helpers that day.

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clean up the morning after. i don’t love doing strikes. it breaks my heart a lot to clean up all our hard work. but sometimes i have to be there. 7am i arrived by myself…with crew en route behind. it was perfectly quiet. the fog was all over the tables. everything was still perfect. the flowers were tenderly wrapped up in this cool blanket of a cloud. i was walking right through the soft mist, looking at all the gorgeous flowers. each one, even better now than the night before. there was something really special about seeing it sort of frozen in time like that. maybe the prettiest strike morning ever.

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  1. megan

    so beautiful!

  2. Passion Roots

    Love all the loose ribbon and lace around the bouquet…so very rustic and delicate.

  3. Bellenza Wedding Bistro

    I actually had a lump in my throat just taking in the sheer beauty that flowers have and are. You are so blessed to be surrounded by them daily!

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Starting to find a little room for this kind of thing. an update! a project now in print in the best selling “Style me Pretty Weddings” Book. Which you can purchase here if you want to see more.

I did these a while ago it seems and I still love them. Especially the boho vibe. but that’s my thing! lots more coming soon….
images by jose villa
planning and design by lisa vorce

ps don’t forget to sign up for the workshop in november! email us for details! info@flowerwild.com
xo
k

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a little separation between these two! they are so different. kind of great to see juxtaposed with one another because I think people tend to think certain designers can do only one style well…and well, i think that’s just silly.

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  1. Carol

    Beautiful images! Wow, I love the flowers, the colors, the calligraphy, the lace detailing on the chairs, just everything.

  2. [...] credits (left to right, top to bottom): 1&2- Jose Villa/Lisa Vorce/Flower Wild via Flower Wild blog; 3- Caroline Tran Photographer/Kelly Oshiro Design via Style Me Pretty; 4- Lavender and Dash via [...]

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Summertime. Fireworks in a big grassy field, hours upon hours of driving, crayons stuffed in side pockets of my purse for emergency coloring needs, games of tic-tac-toe that always, always end in a draw, buckets and arm loads of flowers, good wine, hot days, fears of flowers melting in sun, st.helena sunsets, lots of eating while standing up, (and later- found bits of sandwiches or granola bars left on an upturned bucket in the hurried go go go of wedding install life), wild flower arrangements that sometimes need to be tamed, other times not, lovely new friends from all over, tetris style truck packing, perfect peach and arugula salad, tomatoes from ken’s garden that are ripe and juicy and smell of the earth, and finally comfort and pure happiness at home.

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It’s busy but,
as I get older, I am happy to say I can appreciate the rare moment of solitude or just enjoy some quiet time watching others I love, live life. Observing and seeing things silently. I am trying to Listen more…one of my biggest struggles.

There’s a learning curve to this thing, this universe we are madly bouncing around in. I can’t fake perfection, I make lots of mistakes.

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So when I can I’m trying to slow down a bit and take notes.
We’ve been bouncing around a quite a bit this summer and it’s made for LOTS of ridiculous moments and completely nonsensical giggle fits from ALICE – which I am very, VERY, very glad to take part in. I captured a few on tape and I’m pretty certain no one else would find them funny at ALL. It’s weird to listen to other people in peals of laughter, that are completely unprompted and unprovoked. It feels strange and intrusive, to hear them on the verge of tears and on the brink of elated insanity. But to us, these moments – they are pure hilarity. They save us from being weary.

Summer is almost over &
I hope I never grow too old and cranky to giggle my face off with her.

k

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3 Responses to no rest for the weary

  1. Meg Johnson

    Hope to get to giggle with you two one day soon! xoxoxo

  2. Amber Moon

    You will never be old or cranky! What a precious gift that Alice is – love you both!

  3. Anna

    Beautiful blog posting. Love you cousin Kate and glad life with Alice continues to delight you!

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NEW Palm Springs Dates are November 12th and 13th!!!!

Reservations for this 2 day intensive workshop are available now for 2200.00


email us at info@flowerwild.com to reserve your spot.

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Palm Springs.
It was sort of a magical thing for me. And I hope all my friends who came along for the ride had an equally memorable time. It’s not like teaching at all. It’s like sharing. Like a crazy mash up flower lovers – meeting for the first time and forming friendships and talking honestly and openly about what we do and how we do it.

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For me it’s creative soul searching,
a couple of rare days in the desert that push me to ask myself
what am I doing and how can I do it better?
how can I share what I know with others?
what can I learn from them?

A WHOLE LOT.
Too much even to tell.
I just know I can’t wait for the next one.

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NEW Palm Springs Dates are November 12th and 13th!!!!
Our photographer will be Bryce Covey.
He’s pretty ridiculously talented…just take at some of his recent work here.

Reservations for this 2 day intensive workshop are available now for 2200.00

email us at info@flowerwild.com to reserve your spot. YAY!!!! This next one is going to be crazy beautiful and fun.

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Itinerary is as follows:
Nov 11th – arrivals in Palm Springs – check into hotel of your choice
– welcome cocktails
Nov 12th – Workshop begins
– Breakfast and Lunch together
Nov 13th – Workshop and shoot day
– Breakfast and Lunch together
– Photograph student work
– Final Dinner together

Accommodations on your own:) We recommend you make reservations at one of the following hotels. Please contact me directly at info@flowerwild.com for more info on group codes.

The Parker Palm Springs – for a more deluxe experience.

The Ace Hotel – for those of you who are hip, stylish and love a good pool scene.

The Korakia Pensione – for a more relaxed, meditative vibe.

Looking forward to meeting some of you very, very soon:)

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Flowerwild Workshops
Photography by Jose Villa
Creative Direction and Styling – Kate Holt
Hair and Makeup – Mar Romero of Team Hair and Makeup
Props and Prop Styling – Jeni Maus of Found Vintage Rentals
Gowns - b. Hughes Bridal
Venue – The Ace Hotel

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