For Flourish Sydney 2019, we had an awesome group of students attend our two day intensive floristry workshop, where we focus on wedding and event floral design. Garden inspired, modern floral trends with our signature ‘flourish’, with a focus on foam free techniques is the theme of Flourish.
At the beginning of the first day, we spent some time getting to know each other’s stories (one of our favourite parts of workshops!), and shared how we think about design theory and apply that to our work.
In all of our practical floral design workshops, we tend to focus less on speaking about theory, preferring to spend more time applying it live during a practical design demonstration. We think out loud each step of a design, for example a wedding bouquet, so that students can have an authentically raw experience of hearing and seeing how we create a bouquet from start to finish.
After demonstrating a wedding bouquet, we had the class design their own! Throughout their design time, we help provide feedback, tweaks and design guidance for each student.
Once everyone’s completed their bouquet, we helped style a shot of it for their portfolio, with our photographer Captured Frames. The two bouquet photos below, for example, are designs by the students!
After lunch in the afternoon of day one, we spent time discussing eco-friendly and foam free design techniques, whilst also preparing mechanics for the following day’s session so we can dive straight into design the following day.
On the second day, we started off with a foam-free table arrangement design demonstration, followed by time for students to put into practice what they’ve learned. We always emphasis context when it comes to vase arrangements, as it’s so important to consider factors such as height and size based on the type of table and the event style that we’re designing for.
Team work is vital for wedding and event floristry, so we focussed on a larger scale installation after lunch. After Brenna and I demonstrated a design in unison, we divided the group into two so they could practise working as a group.
We ended Flourish day two with an open Q&A session, talking all things about business, pricing, marketing, client communication and on the day logistics - whatever the students wanted to discuss. This is such an incredible opportunity for the group to ask any burning questions. We loved this part, as it’s such a fantastic way to connect the two days of practical design to the more realistic, business side of things.
We’re super grateful for the group of students that attended Flourish in 2019! It’s such an honour to be able to teach and share, and receiving such incredibly positive feedback after the closing of the two days is truly humbling. Here’s a testimonial from one of our students several months on post-Flourish:
“I did my first wedding yesterday, and it went super well! ...thank you for the amazing insights you shared at Flourish last year, I definitely couldn’t have pulled this off without some of the techniques you taught! So thank you and for being so inspiring!”
— DELLA, FLOURISH SYDNEY 2019 STUDENT