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Alicia Schwede, Conferences & Workshops > Florabundance Inspirational Design Days

January 28th, 2013

Florabundance welcomed 38 guests to the beautiful Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara, California and treated everyone to two days of flower filled fabulousness!  Wow, was it ever absolutely fantastic!!

Day one greeted participants with a tour of Florabundance’s Carpinteria based location. After a tour of their location the participants boarded a trolley and headed out to Dos Pueblos Ranch.
This is what greeted them upon arrival:

Dos Pueblos Ranch Santa Barbara

Dos Pueblos Ranch Santa Barbara

Amazing interior of the Dos Pueblos Ranch barn, filled with rows and rows of gorgeous floral product by Florabundance.

Once the participants were settled into place the presentations begun; Holly Chapple and Ian Prosser treated everyone to inspirational and information packed talks about their business models and the floral design industry.
Holly led a class on how to create beautiful bouquets, the students were able to pick from the overflowing buckets of flowers.
floral design class Santa Barbara

After presentations, design session and a yummy catered lunch it was time for Chuck and I to present about Social Media! Chuck & I are co-bloggers on Flirty Fleurs Blog. Kelly Oshiro from SB Chic Blog also had some hints & tips about blogging. Really fun helping floral designers learn more about the social media options.

Chuck Graham Flirty Fleurs

Chuck Graham of Flirty Fleurs Blog prior to the Social Media presentation. That chandelier in the barn was gorgeous!!

The day ended with cocktails on the beach, what a treat to be in beautiful Santa Barbara in January! Joost and Katie Noonan welcoming the students with a glass of wine from the Tolosa Vineyard .. and that’s the bridal bouquet that I created with garden roses and clematis!

The fun continued the next day with more presentations from Ian & Holly, they are so awesome for being open and sharing what they’ve learned and experienced as business owners.
The day was filled with two design sessions.
Ian broke the students into groups with the goal of creating two ceremony sites. Very impressive how the ladies were given directions and how they jumped right in to create two completely beautiful, yet very different vignettes!

Flower covered arch for a wedding

The Elegant Ceremony Team showing off their creation – WOW, ladies!!

Rustic flower chuppah

The Rustic Chuppah Team – gorgeous use of color, ladies!!

Holly lead the ladies in a session on how to create a tablescape for a farm style long table. All of us got to enjoy the creation later that night when we all gathered at the table for a fantastic dinner.

farm table floral design

farm table floral design

Joost Bongaerts

Joost thanking everyone for participating in the first Florabundance Inspirational Design Days.

Florabundance would like to thank all of our participants in helping to make this event a huge success!:
Special Thanks To:

Tricia Fountaine & Dos Pueblos Ranch

Zohe Felici & Event Production


Holly Heider Chapple, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD

Ian Prosser AIFD, PFCI, Botanica Events

Alicia Schwede & Chuck Graham, Flirty Fleurs

Kelly Oshiro, SB Chic

Graphic Design by Christine Cowles

Our Sponsors:

Alexandra Farms Garden Roses

Floral Supply Syndicate


Katie Noonan / Tolosa Vineyard

Mon Cheri Bridal Wear

Myriad Flowers

Pyramid Flowers

Roseville Farms

Sunburst Farm

Absolutely Fabulous…Glamour on the Go!
Makeup – Adrienne Esposito

Partial sponsors:

Ambient Event Design

Anthony Ybarra, Guitar Music (Tuesday evening beach reception)

Music by The Aurora Ensemble (Wednesday evening)

Pure Joy Catering

Town & Country Event Rentals

Post and photos by Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs

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