4:00-6:00 p.m. Introductions, farm tour, brief grower tutorial, stroll through the Shire and harvest materials for personal flowers
6:00-7:30 Flower necklace, bracelet, crown creations at the chicken coop turned design studio
7:30 All local Farm Supper at our house
Then home made ice cream on the porch and discuss social media and all things flowers before heading back to hotel
8:30 Breakfast with a mountain view
9:30-noon Bride and Maid Bouquet making at The Homeplace. Learn the loose style that Linda enjoys the most. Demo, create, and photograph
Noon-2 p.m. On to Lunch at Aunt Willies and talk pics with Anna
2:00-4:30 Centerpiece at the Homeplace. Demo, create, and photograph
4:30 Maid and flower girl photo shoot
5:30-6:00 Styling Tables with Sarah
6:15 Cake Decorating with Staci Steaton
5:00-7:00 p.m. More photos with Anna (attendees portraits and bride)
7:00 p.m. All Local dinner under the old maple. Talk til you’re sleepy.
8:30 p.m. Hundred penny auction (garden items and even some of Aunt Willie’s personal stuff (you can’t have too many church hats :)
Breakfast on your own
9:00–11:00 Transform The Homeplace with nature inspired installations. Guided group design arbor, garlands, etc
11:30 Wedding Pricing discussion and recap
Noon – Head home (leftovers for lunch if you’re interested :)
A BIT ABOUT US “Happily” Folk
Linda Doan – Farmer/florist and grower for 11 years with approximately 40 weddings/season using our farm grown flowers . Studied in the UK with Becca and Maz at The Garden Gate Flower Company and Suzanne at The Blue Carrot and also with Jennie Love and Erin Benzakein at the first Seasonal Bouquet Workshop. Also studied with Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers, Katie of Ponderosa and Thyme, and Meredith Waga Perez at FlowerSchool New York. Linda often appears on Daytime TriCities local TV show and is a featured grower on Field To Vase. She is happy to be a member of ASCFG and there serves as secretary and as a mentor to new grower Sarah! But best of all she shares this farm with her husband Roy, kindest farmer in these parts, and is Grannie to Keller and Jackson whose favorite part of farming involves tractors and 4-wheelers!
Sarah Ervin of Southerly Flower Farm – Fellow farmer/florist with experience styling weddings and photo shoots. Third year grower selling at Chattanooga farmers markets and flower CSAs in addition to designing for weddings and special events. Sarah has attended an Amy Osaba Workshop and provided flowers. She has also worked with Saipua and Holly Carlisle and provided flowers for both. Sarah and Matthew live on a lovely small family farm complete with log house in Graysville, TN and are very much a part of all that is good among new young farmers. Sarah’s quiet, gentle manner will hopefully calm Linda down:)
Anna Hedges – A delightful young woman who happens to also be a delightful young photographer whose passion is sharing life experiences. Her photographs share life’s stories and we know she will find ways to share the life story of “Happily Ever After”. And if that weren’t enough, Anna’s a flower lover and often attends Linda’s workshops. Anna has moved to Kansas but we’re bringing her back for this workshop ’cause we just don’t think we could do without her!
Anna McKay – Anna joined us this Spring and is such a wonderful addition to our team. She has a degree in sustainability from Messiah College and works in all aspects of our farm. Anna manages our first time flower CSA and also helps design weddings.
Julie and Chris Vittetoe – Such talented and dear folk, this couple will be putting together a video of our time together. Linda met them at a wedding last year and fell in love with their work. They’ll even have a drone swooping around :) They’ll be here but you’ll hardly know it as they like to just shoot footage as it happens and capture the mood and feel of the day. So excited they’re able to join us
Staci Seaton – Staci and Linda met at the most wonderful photo shoot on Roan Mt with Ann Hedges last fall. Since then they’ve been able to work several weddings together and attend each other’s workshops. We are so excited that she and one of her luscious cakes will be joining us. She’s magic in the kitchen!
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