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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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I feel like spring is slipping through my fingers already. A little too brief for me, always. Especially when it comes to spring’s bounty of blooms…I want them to stick around for a few more weeks. When I look at these pictures from April, I tend to ache a little for the tendrils of jasmine that are long gone, and find myself dreaming of vining sweet peas – wild and unruly – now, short and wilty impressions of their former selves. Oh, and the mock orange that’s already come and gone…foxglove too. So you see, flowers are always a business of longing.

But it seems that summer is pushing it’s way in and I shouldn’t complain too much. There is always some new fresh face just waiting to take the place of last season’s favorite. We’ve had lots of time to get our hands dirty over here and play with some pretty bits.

I’m most recently addicted to the website Humans of New York…I know, everyone else knows about this site already. I live in a bit of a creative cloud that’s very disconnected with what’s current and hip…so sometimes it takes me a while to get up to speed with things! This site, HONY, It’s kind of like looking at a diverse book of human flowers. I love it. I could look at it all day.

I got to create 5 bridal bouquets for one very lovely gal last month. She chose her favorite from the bunch gave the other 4 to her pretty maids to carry. Kinda great.

xo
k

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One Response to Spring

  1. Becca

    My bubble must be the same size as yours- I’ve never heard of HONY… so glad you shared. :)

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flowerwildpsworkshop_0381 I am so determined to get back into the swing of things with my blogging…we had some technical issues last week; and on top of that we were hosting our workshop in Palm Springs- which was fabulous but BUSY. So, I wrote a post late last night, clicked on the “save draft” button…and poof! The whole frickin’ thing disappeared. I suppose this is basically the universe’s way of telling me to let the pictures tell the story.

In short:
14 talented women from around the world, converged on Palms Springs last week for our Flowerwild workshop.
It was awesome.
It was inspiring.
I want to do it a LOT more. A lot lot more.

HUGE thanks to my husband for his genius rigging, making my crazy ideas a reality, and moral support. I love you. Thanks to little A for making me smile always.
Of course many thanks to Jose Villa, Mar of Team Hair and Makeup, Jeni Maus of Found Vintage Rentals, Erica of Twine Events, my assistant Corinne, and The Ace Hotel for hooking me up and sharing their talents so generously. To all the wonderful, creative, and beautiful women who came and shared their visions and talents with me – I am so glad I met all of you and am crazy excited about all our new friendships. WOW!

I’ll be posting film photos from Jose later on…but in the meantime here’s a glimpse of our week in the desert.

images by Kate Holt, Ken Holt, Joel Seratto, and Jose Villa.
xo
kate

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5 Responses to Desert Dreaming…

  1. Nuvea

    I live in the Palm Springs area & just found out about your lovely workshop…really hope you do this again so I can join in next time!

  2. Amber Moon

    Still one of my most favorite weekends of life, ever.

  3. ashley

    Did I dream this happened? Nope. It was real and it was awesome. Thank you for everything!

  4. sarah

    this looked epic.
    i love the pics of alice – getting so big. a beauty. want to meet her.

  5. NY Photographer | Couture Boudoir

    Love these!

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Tomorrow Alice and I are headed up north together. Mommy daughter adventure! I’m sure there will be tons of spy games and goofy imaginings on our 6 hour drive – at the insistence of Little A.

Not sure how you all pass the time on a long drive with kids..but I must say Alice has to be one of the most patient kids under 10 out there. She definitely has more staying power than I do. She prefers interaction and imaginary games to any sort of electronic device. Oh…and singing. LOTS of singing. Yesterday she was singing “Dirty deeds!!! Done dirt cheap”…the whole time we were at CVS picking up a prescription. Ha! Not sure how many other 5 years old know and love that song; but clearly, Alice is a fan of AC/DC, thanks to Ken. Endless good times with this one!

I’m more of a dreamer when we travel. Though I do love to sing, I really love to look out the window and wonder about other people and their lives…their place on this planet, their home, their walk to school, their morning coffee, their bedtime stories, their dirt, their pets, their closets, their blankets and books, their keepsakes. Did so much of that as a kid myself, on long car trips to south carolina from chicago or a couple of cross country train rides from chicago to the golden state.

What a way to see the country. Really see it…or, at least see a lot of the forgotten places, wayside towns, all the spots that rest between here and there. The non-destinations so to speak. I like seeing all of it and having Alice see it too. So she understands better that not everyone lives the same life, or comes from the same place, or has the same story. It’s good for the imagination right? It helps expand our perception and develops our sensibilities – traveling.

I’ll be instagramming from the road I’m sure. If you don’t follow me there already…please find us @flowerwild

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2 Responses to Road Trip

  1. Gwen

    You two gals have been getting around a lot lately. Have fun. I also love to hear Alice sing but my favorite is her,oh so free, style dancing. Love her unplugged imagination. Kids need more of that. Have a safe, fun trip. Love, great aunt Gwen

  2. Carol

    Wishing I could be along, always a magical journey when Alice is on board!

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I’m sick. On the tail end of an icky spell of something and I can’t wait to be done with it. Stronger everyday, head a little clearer. Which is good, because I’m juggling a lot of projects lately and trying to stay on course with each one can be a challenge. Hard to keep them from overlapping and spilling into one another.

Here are some images I am loving this week, and looking to for inspiration. Workshop attendees beware! These are the beginnings of something for you.
Only a few more weeks till we are soaking up sun in Palm Springs and getting very very serious about flowers and all that jazz. YAY!!!!

(images:top left -irving pen for harper’s bazaar, top right- mario testino
the rest of images unknown with exception of bottom left, blue artwork by valerie hammond)

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  1. Ashley

    may I just say, with eyes tightly shut and a big smile “eeeeeeee!!!!”

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This particular wedding brings back a lot of warm snuggly memories from the spring, as well as some really heartsick, hard moments. I basically did a string of weddings back to back that kept me away from home for almost 4 weeks. Traveling solo part of the time…I migrated from Sonoma, to Carmel, to Big Sur like some sort of wandering flower gypsy; but I was wandering with great intent. Sourcing flowers from all new places, trying to have enough forethought to consider where and when I would need what containers, candles, and any other details along the way.

Ken and Alice came with me to Carmel for a few days then went off home again. Returning to real life and all the kids’ various routines. I stayed behind to produce all the flowers for the wedding in Big Sur, at one of the hardest locations I’ve ever worked, with virtually no crew. (big learning experience!) When Alice and Ken pulled away from our little cottage in Carmel, I could barely stand it. I practically chased after them down the road, then went inside to finish my work and have a little cry.
The allure of traveling for work is truly double-edged. You get to insert yourself into all these amazing landscapes and experience new places, food, flora, etc. It’s romantic – the notion; however, you also get tired, and have to say goodbye a lot – something I find hard to do.
There are good parts too. Every morning my duet of loves were with me, we walked hand in hand to breakfast- to a cozy spot called Bicyclette. We are creatures of comfort and like to revisit places we know we like:) (plus they had kale and perfectly poached eggs. YUM!) We sang and danced together, had fires in the fireplace, and Alice helped me make lots of the flowers.

She loved crafting the boutonnieres, tenderly pairing the little bits together and handing them to me so I could wrap with ribbon. Then setting them gently in their silver tray…sigh. I am truly the luckiest mom in the world. She tolerates so much insanity from me, understands when I am distracted and only half-listening, and has so much more patience than most grown women. Watching her soft hands and small fingers grab the bits of flowers and layer them one on top of the other, thoughtfully and artistically, well…there’s just nothing more rewarding than that. When she helps me with these weddings I know we are creating little memories together that will be the foundation of who she becomes. Sometimes just spending time quietly together is the best thing.

I guess that’s why these two got married – they really like just spending time together.
Rachel and Healey were married at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley. When two people are so in love and so genuinely affectionate towards each other, it makes my work so worthwhile. You can see it in these images. Not to be overly sentimental…but I love that my little family helped in some small way, to make the day where they became a family, happen perfectly.

You can see more of this wedding, and the groom’s sweet story of the day up on Style Me Pretty.
















All Images by Jose Villa
Styling and Floral Design by Kate Holt of Flowerwild

6 Responses to Flower Gypsies

  1. janet

    That bouquet, those centerpieces – breath taking!

  2. Zachary + Wendy Stowasser {Stillwater Cinematography}

    These two are so incredible! We had the honor of creating their Films! { http://www.stillwatercinematography.com/rachel-healey-holman-ranch/ }

    Enjoyed reading your story about being on the road. Your designs and creations are worth it all! Thanks for being Awesome.

  3. sherry

    Everything looks so effortless…and love the organic elements!

  4. Amy | Fly Away Bride

    This is like being in a dream! So amazingly beautiful.

  5. Jacqueline

    Hi!

    I was wondering if you provided the flowers for the bride’s hair? If so, what kind were they and how did the bride attach them to her hair? I am looking to do the same thing for my wedding. Thank you!

  6. Kate

    hi Jaquueline – the flowers in her hair are evelyn roses I think! We wire and tape a few fresh flower heads for the bride’s hair/makeup person to thread into their hair and they usually pin them in easily. Hope that helps!

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I enjoy looking back at all this loveliness so much. This is a portion of our spring work from last season…behind the scenes. We were pretty much everywhere in California. Santa Barbara, Sonoma, Napa, Carmel (LOVE), Big Sur. All with flowers and my favorite people in tow. I am reminded how amazing the landscape and diversity of California really is.
It was a whirlwind and I almost thought that one of our many drives down the coast from Big Sur would never end. Each turn winding round into yet another turn (I get so motion sick…blah). Even the breathtaking view can’t save a girl from the panic within her own mind. HA!
Today is the kiddos’ first day back at school and my first day back to real work…which means a full studio clean up, so we are ready in spring for all the beauty yet to unfold.

Enjoy.
k
all images by moi.

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  1. ken holt

    wow ..

  2. Kim | Art with Nature

    absolutely stunning! i’ll never get tired of looking at your work…ever! :)

  3. angel swanson

    completely magical, kate. your work is so perfectly balanced with nature. timeless & inspiring. miss you! xox

  4. Gwen

    Oh, these pictures cheer me. So yummy. Thank you Kate and Ken. (Take Dramamine for those hair pin turns.)

  5. Laura

    gaaaa, your blog makes me so happy! Your florals are to die for!!!!

    xoxo

  6. [...] Totally drooling over these beautiful florals. So much inspiration; Flower Wild [...]

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right now I’m most excited about things I can’t share yet…
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Publications can get kind of strict and crabby about this stuff…you know, sharing pics before they print them. So therein lies my boring dilemma.
But I figure we have A LOT of catching up to do since I basically took a year off while I waited for this puppy (new blog) to be launched.

I’m distracted by so many things. projects i need to begin. First and foremost… a closet clean up – good lord! mine is like some derelict and juvenile delinquent, breaking all the rules, churning like a tornado, and basically revolting against all authority. And a studio clean up – same juvie problem here… and a beach day (we need one), lastly, kale chips (SO DISTRACTING! I can’t stop thinking about them, they beckon me from across the room)…I’m pretty sure they are not really good for me, but I refuse to care.

I feel like doing a summer bouquet roundup – along with a few other faves from our adventures; like the picture of alice jumping in puddles after a crazy rare summer downpour.

Then I’ll have some kale chips and you should too.
xo
kate

3 Responses to Lately

  1. Carol

    I love everything about your new blog! Beauty everywhere!

  2. Mary Ann Hospodar

    Kate, Your work is beautiful and your writing is inspiring! I will send you an email about someone you should know……Loreen of Reenie Rose. http://www.reenierose.com
    Thank you for putting a smile on my face this morning! Mary Ann

  3. Holly

    So happy to see your new blog, it’s beauty!! It was sad to see the Adobe post each time I popped by, but I did love that post the first time I saw it!! Glad to have you back, we flower sisters need a window into each others world!

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