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Weekends March 2018

The Maryland/DC/Virginia area is home to talented, creative and busy Event Florists. From the top of the Hay Adams to the vineyards of Northern Virginia, to private residences on the Eastern Shore, we flower it all. And we need HELP.

9-day course for freelancers and floral design team members

 This rigorous course will cover everything, from creating floral pieces with emphasis on speed and precision, to handling on-site crises with unflappable composure. Lessons are taught by top florists in the DC, MD, VA area who will give fresh perspectives and feedback to even the most seasoned designer. Students spend a day working a wedding with an established local florist. Workshop features a panel discussion with area floral experts. The Meet-and-Greet on our final day will give students the unprecedented opportunity to connect with leading area florists seeking to fill positions for the upcoming season.

This workshop is intended to equip students with the necessary skills to lead a team of designers through the entire floral event process, from flower processing to late night take down.  

This class is appropriate for those with and without experience. Please bring a strong work ethic, the ability to be physically active for long periods of time and a love of flowers.

Space is limited and expected to fill quickly.  Priority is given to applicants  referred by an established florist. 

If you are a floral business owner and have someone who you would like to refer, please email erica@blossomandvine.com.

Apply by January 31, 2018.

We will cover:

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  • Prepping for flowers: processing, flower care, vessel prep, studio prep
  • Foraging
  • In-depth/hands-on design lessons covering centerpieces, focal pieces, bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, flower crowns and elevated arrangements with personal feedback
  • On-site installations (arches, floral chandelier)
  • Garland making
  • Simulated crises that could arise on wedding day
  • Q&A sessions with local experts focusing on "what makes a good freelancer"
  • Building your Instagram portfolio, photographing your own work
  • Packing and loading 
  • Wedding Day Ettiquette

Upon completion of this course you will earn your Flower Freelance Certification meaning you should have the skills and connections needed to find work in the wedding flower industry immediately.

Dates

Friday-Sunday, March 9th-11th, 16th-18th and 23rd-25th from 9:30am-5:30pm at Daphne Hill in Laytonsville, MD.
A lite breakfast and lunch will be provided each day

Investment

$3,000
A $300 deposit is due with your application. If accepted into the program, the deposit will go toward your full payment. Deposit is refunded if class is full. Payment plans are available.

INStructors

Sue Prutting (co-host) White Magnolia Designs

Sue Prutting (co-host)
White Magnolia Designs

Kelly Shore Petals by the Shore
Erica Conner (course administrator) Blossom + Vine

Erica Conner (course administrator)
Blossom + Vine

Sophie Felts (co-host) Blossom + Vine

Sophie Felts (co-host)
Blossom + Vine

Jacin Fitzgerald Jacin Fitzgerald Events

Jacin Fitzgerald
Jacin Fitzgerald Events

Mary Ellen LaFreniere Steel Cut Flower Co.

Mary Ellen LaFreniere
Steel Cut Flower Co.

Lauren & Rachel Sweet Root Village

Lauren & Rachel
Sweet Root Village

Jeff Johnson Blue Vanda Designs

Jeff Johnson
Blue Vanda Designs

Panelists

Sidra Forman Sidra Forman

Sidra Forman
Sidra Forman

Holly Chapple Holly Heider Chapple
Uche Ojunta Designs by Oochay
 

Event Floral Business OwnerS

The Meet-and-Greet on March 25th is free for Event Floral Business Owners.
Come to meet potential freelancers and team members for the upcoming wedding season and beyond!

 

Questions?

email erica@blossomandvine.com

photography on this page by Jen S. Photography and Becca Brendler