I love to learn. I love flowers. Mix them together in the California sunshine in January and I'm sold. Well, actually I was sold when I first heard it also had my startstruck cast of Amy Merrick, Sarah Winward, Holly Chapple, Amy Osaba, Alicia Sweede and Francoise Weeks would be there teaching. They are awesome. They were more than I expected them to be. Gracious. Humble. Flower people.
But the thing I took away most was the beautiful collaboration of flower nerds. I can't tell you how alone I feel in my craft some days. Trying to source the right places, trying to price weddings in that "sweet spot", trying to run a small business and balance family life. Not feeling secure enough to just "go to coffee" with my competition. I was brought back to why I love what I do: that when you truly do what you love, the rest follows.
I was so honored to spend my days among amazing designers like Amy of Victorian Gardens and Emily of Emily Herzig Floral Studio. I loved connecting with other Colorado florists like Hanah Style Designs and some really REALLY cool Canadian designers like Fache Florals and Society Floral. I was so lucky to room with Amber and Catherine of Twigs and Posies and talk bridal horror stories sleepover style until we passed out. (PS- for much more floral inspiration, a visit to the above sites is a MUST)
I learned new techniques, I re-visited old favorites. I learned that my "informal" training is ok, that it's ok to fake it till I make it. But my favorite treasure I took away was how awesomely similar to other creatives my passion is for flowers and making beautiful things is to the other creatives around me. And, I'm not alone.