I cannot believe that last week this time we were getting ready to kick off the Splendid Wedding Planning and Styling Workshop 2019!
This workshop left my head spinning after meeting and spending three days with inspirational creative minds from Jozi, Durban, Zambia and Zimbabwe!
I am blown away by the talent, passion and magnitude of creativity in our wedding industry. This was my 8th workshop and I believe that this workshop has helped to grow and challenge everyone who attended whilst brining creative minds together in a more meaningful and supportive way. My heart is full with our stories, encouragements received from one another and the love we share for all that is creative.
As I received registrations for this workshop, it was clear that those who were coming were established creatives, formidable business women and inspirational individuals. They know how to plan weddings/events, they know how to make amazing flowers and they were looking for more. Over the past month, I worked on the workshop content every day. I wanted to create an experience that would be meaningful.
This time, during creative session I chose to do something different and focus on the Japanese art of Ikebana.
Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, means “arranging flowers” or “making flowers alive”. In ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, blossoms, branches, leaves, and stems find new life as materials for art-making. In contrast to the western habits of casually placing flowers in a vase (usually en-masse), ikebana aims to bring out the inner qualities of flowers and other live materials and express emotion. The focus is on each and every stem.
“The whole universe is contained in a single flower” – Toshiro Kawase, Japan’s leading modern Ikebana Master
In preparation for the workshop, I have come up with three possible themes which I am predicating are going to trend, and to explore these themes during our creative session.
On Day 3, together we created amazing tables using various elements such a stationery, linens, cakes, hand picked decor and curated florals. My amazing creative partners Secret Diary created stunning stationery to compliment the looks and Kelly Jayne Cakes made magnificent cakes for the styled looks. Thank you Vonve Bridal for your gorgeous gowns and accessories.
LOOK 1: ORIENTAL MORIFS
LOOK 2: WONDER REDS
Look 3: TIME FOR YELLOW
We spoke a lot about our creative gifts and how we can use it to help people, inspire people and even use our collective gifts to help young women and men of South Africa to start a new life and encourage new dreams through learning the art of flowers.
One of the things I love MOST about hosting workshops is that you go home with a strategic plan to make things happen by using shared experience. We all left feeling like a small community was created, and I hope we can keep supporting each other for years to come. Wishing everyone who attended my workshop all success in the world – you deserve it!
Stay focused, stay inspired and keep creating!
Special thank you to Vivien Webber for hosting us at Lieu De Grace Venue, and thank you Alet Kotze for taking these beautiful photographs.