Last month I was able to do something that I've wanted to do for some time—attend a floral workshop taught by Ariella Chezar. I've mentioned before in this blog the influence I believe she has had on our industry as she is the master of natural garden style arranging. Ariella hosts a handful of workshops each year and this one was in the idyllic setting of Jardin de Buis near Pottersville, New Jersey. Corbin Gurkin was on hand to document the three days and all images here are her handiwork.
After spending time getting to know each other, we jumped right in working on small compote arrangements.
With a new set of flowers ushered in for each lesson, we had the very best of the season at our fingertips as we continued with medium and large scale arrangements.
Ariella taught us the technique of her signature cascade bouquets which were then part of a styled shoot. Annie Cavallo was the stylist with Hannah Whelpley modeling in a gorgeous Monique Huiller gown.
The last day we spent preparing for a botanical themed dinner party inspired by Juliska's Field of Flowers dinnerware.
One of the best parts of this type of workshop are the people you meet. Ariella's emphasis on beauty attracts people who are beautiful as well and it was a treat to get to know them. (If you could only see Pina's red Converse tennis shoes brought to her by her husband tucked under the white tablecloth!!) Thank you, Ariella, for your generous spirit in sharing your extraordinary talent and bringing this group together!