Succulent Crown Workshop at BHLDN, Anthropologie, Carlsbad, CA
I love collaborating on projects with other San Diego makers and creatives so when I was approached to photograph a fun workshop crafting succulent flower crowns with the amazing Jenna of Craft Blooms and Rachael of Infinite Succulent, you KNOW I had to be there. The icing on the cake? This was taking place at one of my favorite departments of my favorite stores - BHLDN at Anthropologie in Carlsbad! Every time I go into an Anthropologie store I drool over the beautiful art installations and carefully curated home accents, furnishings and statement-making wardrobe choices! I have been shopping there since I was in college, when I couldn't afford it, because even though their quality pieces can be a bit pricey for every day, they always have a great sales section. And if you are a bride shopping for your wedding dress, you really need look no further than BHLDN. They have carefully curated the most exquisite wedding gowns for their discerning clientele. Whether you are a classic, modern, or bohemian bride I guarantee you will find a wedding dress you love at BHLDN.
Simply being surrounded by such beautiful gowns and artistic displays is sure to get your creative juices flowing so of course this is the perfect spot to host a creative maker's workshop! Craft Blooms and Infinite Succulent were actually the featured florists at the store for the month of April and this amazing succulent + floral crown workshop was the grande finale of their feature. BHLDN set up the space nicely for us all with yummy treats and even champagne and really set the mood for a fun, but chic, girls' night out. Craft Blooms, more specialized in crowns and bouquets, had a beautiful and exotic succulent bouquet on display while Infinite Succulent, specializing more in plantings, brought exquisite terrariums filled with succulents, and stone pieces, which often highlighted custom calligraphy by Kat of Handwritten by Katherine. All of this succulent gorgeousness was of course surrounded by gowns, gowns and more gorgeous gowns.
Once the attendees arrived and had a chance to drink their champagne, Rachel started us all off explaining how to make a smaller succulent tie-back which could later be taken apart and planted! Jenna then showed us how to select, place and wrap succulents and florals along a wire to make a crown using floral tape. She even brought out a model, modeling a gorgeous Bohemian BHLDN gown, and wearing a Craft Blooms crown so the brides in attendance could see the entire look put together. Once everyone had finished creating their succulent masterpieces Rachael demonstrated how to carefully convert them into real-life plantings, which will produce more and more succulents to craft further projects from. She explained which ingredients to buy and gave a wonderful demonstration of how to carefully pull apart and replant the succulents with proper drainage and nutrients. The evening concluded with some fun socializing and of course, some portraits of the ladies wearing their new succulent crowns.
I had a wonderful time and am looking forward to photographing more events for BHLDN and Anthropologie in the future, and of course, future collaborations with the talented ladies of Craft Blooms, Infinite Succulent, and Handwritten by Katherine. I sense a styled wedding shoot in our future!
Photography: Marie Monforte Photography
Floral Crowns & Bouquets: Craft Blooms
Floral Terrariums & Plantings: Infinite Succulents
Calligraphy: Handwritten By Katherine
I love all of the colors, textures and details!
Wow what an amazing event to cover! So beautiful, the photos turned out great!
What a dreamy day! You captured it so beautifully. I wanna go next time.
Oh wow, so many colors, textures and beauty! Love!
Unbelievably gorgeous pics!
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