If you have been following along on Instagram, you know that I just attended the Tinge Floral Workshop in Park City. You then also know how excited I have been leading up to this experience, Tinge Floral (Ashley) is my favorite florist. The way she works with colors and the intention that goes into each and every design is how I approach my floral designs. She is the person that inspired me to start florals, and I am so glad she did. I have never looked back!
My trip there was quite the travel experience. I won't go into all the details, but due to the blizzard I ended up missing a day of the workshop! Ashley was so kind, and was sure to let me know that we would make up what I had missed. I was worried that I would miss the chance to meet and speak with Sarah Winward. She was there to demonstrate an install and stay for the welcome dinner.
I arrived to the beautiful Washington Schoolhouse Hotel just as they were setting up the welcome dinner. Everyone had heard about my terrible travel delays, so the concierge welcomed me with a glass of wine. He took me to my room and I was welcomed by a gorgeous welcome gift and hand written note from Ashley.
As I left my room I was greeted by the other florists that were attending the workshop. They all were so incredibly kind and welcoming! I am still baffled by how great everyone was.
The welcome dinner was GORGEOUS (I think I took 250 photos just of the table-scape!) I sat across from Sarah Winward, and was so grateful that I was able to meet her. She is one of those rare people that just radiates! She was so kind, down to earth, humble and passionate about what she does. One of my take aways from my conversation with Sarah was to get inspiration from nature rather than other florists. If you are constantly looking at what other florists are creating it will take away from your own creativity.
The next day (everyone's day two of the workshop and my day one) was learning installs and bouquets. Ashley was so hands on with each and everyone of us. The bouquets were challenging for me. You have to be in the right frame of mind and have a relaxed hand, and I was still tense and shaking from travel. Ashley was so patient and really helped me create a lovely bouquet.
After bouquets we learned the business side of Ashley's business. It was extremely helpful to see exactly how another florist does it. She was so open and transparent about how she prices, why she does what she does, and how she handles the client experience. It was so enlightening!
We all were incredibly exhausted at the end of the day, so we all retreated to our room. The hotel had left a sheet mask for me on my bed. I uploaded photos while I laid in bed with a sheet mask on. It was the perfect end to the day.
The next morning was check out. I packed and went down to meet Ashely to go over centerpieces, (what I had missed the first day). I feel like I keep using the word inspiring, but I don't know what other word to use! It was just so INSPIRING! I thought I had a handle on my centerpieces, but Ashley showed me how to elevate the design of each and every piece. Again, there is thought and intention that goes into the placement of each and every flower.
I then got to make my own centerpiece. Katie (my new flower friend from Minneapolis) played some Destiny's Child and I sang and danced around as I made my centerpiece. I was just filled with such excitement! After it was done Ashley helped tweak it a bit, the left side was just a bit flat. Tess Comrie shot it and then we all said our good-byes. It was so sad to say goodbye to everyone and I literally only spent a day and a half with them, but we all became such fast friends.
I took A GAGILLION pictures, but I couldn't stop everything was incredibly gorgeous!
I feel so incredibly grateful for the experience. My view on my designs and business is forever changed, and I can't wait to refine my designs and style to create some stunning florals.