Sunday, January 26, 2014

Chapel Designers | Florabundance Inc., Floral Design Conference, Santa Barbara

I spent three days last week in flower lovers heaven. I attended The Chapel Designers conference in Santa Barbara, CA. Florabundance Inc also hosted the workshop. It was held at the beautiful Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez CA

Some of my favorite floral designers were on the agenda to teach the workshops.
Holly Heider Chapple, Francoise WeeksJoseph MasseyNancy Liu Chin, not to mention floral designer and blogger Alicia Schwede of Bella Fiori and Flirty Fleurs, speaking about social media and marketing.
Also presenting were Photographer Diana Prunean, and Graphic Designer James Prunean. Kevin Chin was on hand to capture it all on video.

I'll skip over the many details and get right to some photos!

Participants waiting for the program to begin. The winery was in a beautiful setting.

My bouquet, made in Holly's teaching portion of the  workshop

Jessica of Blooms n' Blossoms
I am so thankful I finally got to meet my Kentucky flower friend in person. Jessica and I have been on Facebook for over a year, and when this opportunity came up, I couldn't believe it was really happening, that she would be travelling to California to attend and become a Chapel Designer, with me. 
I will forever treasure our time together. Especially the late night romp in the Pacific Ocean. 
We did a lot of laughing, a little crying and a whole lot of learning and growing. 

Sheri with her gorgeous bouquet
This is Sheri, she lives in Texas and owns Blumenmeisters Flower Shop. We met last year at the conference. We didn't get to talk at first, but when we had a minute, we started talking non-stop. I was so happy to hear that Sheri would be coming back to California again. She is a super talented floral designer and businesswoman. And a sweet friend. I'm lucky to know her. 

Susanne, of the Blue Carrot
This is the adorable Susanne, she is the proprietress of a floral design studio and garden called 
The Blue Carrot. She traveled from the UK and joined us for one day. I was so excited to learn that she would be joining us for the conference. I have been an avid follower of her beautiful work for some time. 

 I'd like to personally thank Holly and Evan Chapple and Joost Bongaerts of Florabundance for all their work on this event and their dedication to the floral industry.
There are many more to thank, and many, many new friends in The Chapel Designers group to get to know.


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