Studio Choo has roamed all over the hills and valleys of wine country; creating outdoor weddings at vineyards and farms in their wild California style. There are few places in Sonoma county that have felt as inspiring as Front Porch Farm, a biodynamic and sustainable little slice of Paradise tucked in the crook of the Russian River. In this intermediate workshop, we will weave together the world of flower farming with floral design. This weekend intensive is open to both established and aspiring florists and farmer-florists; especially those who would like to increase their design knowledge and capabilities in putting together a farm wedding. We'll share our secrets on the process of transforming those beautiful buckets of flowers into a cohesive event!
Zoe Hichner's vibrancy and enthusiasm is helming the development of two acres of gorgeous flowers within Front Porch Farm's impressive production canon. Prior to moving onto the property, Zoe completed her Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at UC Santa Cruz and ran Everett Farm with two colleagues.
Zoe will be leading the flower farming portion of the workshop and will focus on care for the materials you will later use in your designs. Sessions will include Harvest and Post-Harvest Efficiency, Direct Seeding and Transplanting and pricing product for sale.
On the first day, we'll get into some basic business practices and discuss our flower budgeting and proposal techniques. Then we'll get to work creating centerpieces intended to activate a long farm table; currently a mainstay at Northern California wedding receptions. You will design your pieces to be full of movement and air while simultaneously respecting spatial limits. After styling the communal table with our designs and foraged textural pieces, we will sit down to dinner together and admire our hard work!
We'll begin on day two with a demonstration on arch decor installation; a task that can seem insurmountable when approached for the first time.
By breaking down materials, application and using a little bit of physics - we'll show you how to compose a true stunner of a ceremony focal.
The afternoon will be entirely centered on creating an opulent, lush, seasonal bridal bouquet and the accompanying groom's boutonniere. We'll hone in on the small special details that "make" show-stopping personals; culminating in a bridal shoot out in the fields with our guest photographer, Paige Green. Crazy talented, lovely and kind of a badass, Paige has partnered with us on both of our books, many weddings and knockaround photoshoots. We are INCREDIBLY lucky to have her, and love her dearly.
All this hard work will require a lot of delicious meals!
We will sit together on Saturday evening and enjoy an incredible farm-to-table dinner prepared by our guest chef. You will enjoy selections from the many facets of Front Porch Farm production. This could include harvest from the stone fruit orchards, berry vines, olives, grain and grapes.
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days; prepared and organized by the joyful Mimi Buckley. Whether it be plates heaped with seasonal, nourishing food or an afternoon wine tasting break, you will never go hungry.
The two-day workshop is $1,755 and includes all floral materials and supplies, photography, light snacks, lunch, wine tasting and Saturday dinner. Students will be responsible for their own lodging. Options within 10 minutes of Front Porch Farm include Hotel Healdsburg, H2 Hotel and America's Best Value Inn and Suites. A 10 student minimum is required. Split-day registration is not an option. Studio Choo gift certificates and class credits may be applied. River swimming encouraged.