Teachings & Inspiration

Inspiration and growth have a direct correlation to one other when it comes to work. I follow a gaggle of other florist on my Instagram to find new ideas and motivation. One of my favorites is Studio Choo; their gorgeous and effortless style makes them the perfect nominee for one of the best floral muses. I recently signed up for one of their classes and watching them at work was fantastic. I came home with a new motivation and a renewed urge to create. Since then I've been making one arrangement a week just for myself. Sometimes when we take our passions and build them into our careers the fun gets lost in the process and everything becomes business. Reconnecting with that initial spark and eagerness is pivotal for keeping your work fresh, new, and challenging. Take the time to remind yourself what brought you to where you are today and take pleasure in work and enjoy it!

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Sometimes It's Hard To Let Go.....

For the most part I can honestly say I am thrilled when I deliver an arrangement to its enthusiastic recipient. But last week I had a moment when I didn't want to let go.... It was an arrangement for a party. It just got to me. Dogwood (heart flutter). Foxgloves from my garden that I watched grow back this year with delight. A few of my own Icelandic Poppies to add to the robust one's from the Flower Market (seriously there's are tall, strong, beautiful specimens; like the Michael Jordan's of poppies). Anyways, long story short, I brought this arrangement into my living room and just fell madly in love with it, enjoying the last few hours I had with it before it had to get carted away. Even the pup seemed to enjoy it.

The recipients were thrilled and appreciated it as much as I did. But leaving the venue I felt like a parent leaving their child on the first day of preschool. I missed it so much driving home with an empty van. It was ridiculous. Then I realized I was being ridiculous. Then I went and sat in my garden and looked at the few Foxgloves that remained and silently planned my ambush for the next arrangement that would be just mine. Cause sometimes you just have to treat yourself.

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We're On Style Me Pretty!!

It's true, we got very busy during wedding season last year and amidst the chaos we lapsed in covering some of our stellar events via our blog. Lucky for us there's a little (read enormous, popular, big league) blog out there called Style Me Pretty that picked up our loose ends. So check out the enchanting love story of Michael & Iona here.

A huge thank you to the incredibly talented Caroline Frost for her gorgeous photography, to Style Me Pretty for featuring us (we are thrilled and honored!!), but mostly to Michael and Iona for inspiring the entire event!

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Willi Gets Wed!!

After years of meticulous wedding planning and attention to detail I finally got to put my passion to work for my very own wedding. Lucky for me I married the greatest (and smartest) man on earth who gave me complete reign of design and concept. I must admit it kind of felt like cheating since our picture perfect venue pretty much set the scene for a day of beauty and amazement all on its own.

Chalk Hill Ranch, Healdsburg, CA. 

Chalk Hill Ranch, Healdsburg, CA. 

I have the greatest grandma in the world who lives in one of my all time favorite places: Chalk Hill Ranch in Healdsburg, California. You couldn’t dream up a more ideal location to get married. And with a garden booming with blooms, we were able to harvest many of the flowers straight from the property, including enough tiny treasures to make all the boutonnieres!

Boutonnieres from the garden. 

Boutonnieres from the garden. 

Burro Bartender

Burro Bartender

As a person who loves to create, this became the ultimate DIY event. From the flowers to the furniture everything was hand crafted. We built the tables from salvaged wood doors, arranged the flowers in collected silver, and the ceremony chairs assembled their way together from a variety of friends and families living rooms. It was, in my opinion, the greatest day ever. I may be bias but I have a handful of people to attest. We even had a miniature donkey as a burrista! For more luscious flower details take a gander at the gallery below. I would like to send a huge shout out to all the friends and family who made this possible, and a great big thank you to ever talented Molly Watson for her amazing photographs (www.mollywatsonphotography.com) . I am so grateful for all of you!

We're Featured on the Wedding Channel!!

Hooray! Willi Wildflower has been featured on the ever famous The Knot's Wedding Channel!

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This is a gorgeous wedding I did a few years back for Katie and Nick at the Legion of Honor. I've attached a few photos below in case the you were chomping at the bit for more beautifullness (that is officially a word as of now). 

All centerpieces were displayed in a collection of the Bride's family silver. The result was elegant, romantic, and all around amazing. A seasonal mix of Dahlias, garden roses, Hydrangea, and a mix of flowering vines in the perfect palette of soft pinks, blush, and creams.....