Grey Likes Weddings : Arranged Workshop

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t the start of 2009, I promised myself I'd do things that were: 1. Uncharacteristic of me; 2. Fun and fabulous; and 3. Make me a better photographer. Whatever I planned to do didn't need all three elements to qualify, but last Saturday I did something that rolled everything into one. Kind of a like a calzone, without the calories.

When I heard fabublogger (yes, I make up words because they sound cool) Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings was hosting a workshop on Do It Yourself floral arrangements, I immediately signed up. I'm a firm believer in workshops and I feel like in order to take better pictures of floral arrangements and wedding decor, I should learn how understand what goes into them to make them so beautiful. That's where Summer came in. She's simply amazing at what she does and has a special gift for event design!

After a lunching in Huntington Beach, Jessica Claire and I went to Arranged and it was love at first sight. And first smell. And first touch. And first sound. We worked on creating our own floral arrangement and wedding fun! If you'd like more information on how to procure a hot seat to the next workshop in May, CLICK HERE for more are a few photos from the day...

Yummm...cookies and milk...

Here's Summer at the start of the class....

Here's Jessica making kale look extra fab...

Jessica took the photo of me on the right...

Here's Summer and her AMAZING mom, Cheryl, who was nothing short of wonderful...

Jessica took the photo on the left of the lovely Summer...

Voila! The finished bouquet...

The final results...everyone had their own flair to their pieces, but I think that's what made them extra fun...

I had such a great time and I'm excited to do other things to make 2009 the Year of Great Things! On my list is taking a writing workshop in Los Angeles (oh, this makes me SO nervous) and take a Salsa dance class. Eeek...I'm so excited just thinking about it! :)
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Wedding Fall Flowers - I have been looking around for this kind of information. Will you post some more in future? I'll be grateful if you will and thanks for sharing!  06.17.09 - 9:08am
kareem jones - whoa i great idea and very beautiful pic CLICK HERE  04.06.09 - 3:30pm
Crystal Molina - I love this idea. I've been thinking myself of taking a writing class.  04.02.09 - 10:17am
Jonni - What fun and thanks for sharing the gorgous images with us. Good luck with the writing workshop as well. It sounds super fab. :) Hugs, Jonni  04.01.09 - 6:26pm
Peter Miranda - I cant believe Kale is being used to decorate? WTF? Thats a portuguese soup classic ingredient !!!! Put that back in the soup woman.... xxxx Great shots  04.01.09 - 4:52pm
barbara (soon to be dieppa) - what a great idea for a stressed out bride like me!!!! I love workshops!!  04.01.09 - 12:53pm
dani marie - FYI- YOU could teach a writting class. Your writing skills put all of us bloggers t shame ;)  04.01.09 - 6:23am
Jenny Sun - Jasmine!!! I LOVE your dress!! where did you get it? You always have such fabulous sense of style!! :D  03.31.09 - 11:53pm
Ashley Rose - Oh this looks oh sooo fun! I must take it next time =) your bouquet looks gorgeous!!! xoxo  03.31.09 - 4:33pm
Ashley Rose - Oh this looks like soooo much fun! I am def. signing up next time =) your bouquet looks fabulous ;) xoxo  03.31.09 - 4:31pm
jeramy - photos of treats make me hungry  03.31.09 - 12:24pm
Becky - I love the flowers! They have a fun whispyness to them.   03.31.09 - 9:09am
kristi - Ok...Summer is just beautiful! What a beautiful girl...and her mom.....Her haircut is so cute! Makes me want to get mine cut again. Looks like you had a great time. Bravo for 'branching' out :)  03.31.09 - 5:08am
Allie - How Fun, what a great way to spend a day surrounded by flowers! Inspired as always to think outside the box and try something new!  03.30.09 - 10:33pm
Feuza - You go girl! that is awesome, I love wedding decor and flowers  03.30.09 - 8:34pm
Crystal - Is it weird that some of my favorite pics of yours are of food? LOL!!! I know you hear me. Maybe I need help!  03.30.09 - 8:30pm
Arielle Langhorne - Wow that looks like so much fun, and the bouquets were all lovely! It makes me want to go into wedding flower arrangements rather than wedding photography...  03.30.09 - 8:20pm
michelle cunningham - jaz that's wonderful! stepping out of your comfort zone is a wonderful way to grow and find more of yourself. 3 years ago i signed up for hiphop class. me the ballerina of too many decades braved the youth of today and signed up for funk! isn't it great to find new talents hidden in you? i sucked at hiphop btw but i had a blast!  03.30.09 - 7:53pm
mrozaidi - I love U and Jessica Claire... Like Their Pictures...  03.30.09 - 6:50pm
Bobbie Brown - Love the pictures - they make me want to go get fresh flowers and put all over my house! And the fact that you have set goals to do this type of thing this year is very inspiring!   03.30.09 - 6:12pm
dotun - looks like fun, the colors just pop.  03.30.09 - 6:01pm
Cathy Crawley - I have always wanted to know how to arrange flowers! I bet every time you buy flowers from herein you will make them into something fabulous :)  03.30.09 - 4:41pm
Joan Solitario - how fun! it's always great to learn new things :o). you looked great jasmine and everything was so colorful! including your dress! ;o)  03.30.09 - 3:24pm
Liz Ness - Okay. I'm drooling (heh-heh). Seriously. Beautiful shots of everything (as always)...and, I'm really hungry now!  03.30.09 - 3:16pm
Claire Ryser - I LOVE all the details in this post! Your finished bouquet looks super fab... And You look so adorable by the way... how nice it must be to live in a warm place and not have to wear coats and boots in March! ps: I'm going to a Zumba class tonight for the first time! ooo la la!  03.30.09 - 2:39pm
Julie Lynn - it's always fun (and sometimes scary) to learn new things, so good for you! as for the writing workshop, go for it--but don't lose your style. i read your blog for the writing as much as the photos. it sounds like YOU, which i think is why people feel a connection when they read it. everyone wants to be your friend, because they feel like they already know you! THAT'S good writing!  03.30.09 - 2:11pm
lucy - I think this falls into the Fabulous catagory most. ;)  03.30.09 - 2:00pm
jesi haack weddings - how fun! i love your dress!  03.30.09 - 12:34pm
Katelyn - awww how fun! That's such a cool idea for a workshop! Love the pics!  03.30.09 - 12:16pm
Linda Geertsen - FUN!  03.30.09 - 11:57am
Jamie Sheasby - I looove how photos of the snacks that were served at the workshops always end up on your blog. I don't think I would be able to tear myself away from the milk and cookie table.  03.30.09 - 11:36am
Diane - - Good for you! Love how you "stepped outside the box" and tried something different. Very cool. Love the end result.  03.30.09 - 10:24am
e'lisa - what a great idea jasmine to incorporate into your business! getting a behind the scenes look into the way things work and are made is an excellant way to spruce things up. you should be so proud of yourself!! :)  03.30.09 - 10:14am
jacqueline fronters - What a perfect day. I wish I knew you were going to attend in advance.  03.30.09 - 10:14am
Jen May - How fun!  03.30.09 - 10:13am
Lydia - I wanted to go to that workshop. If only it was closer. California is too big sometimes! Beautiful bouquet!  03.30.09 - 9:55am
Nancy Ramos - What a wonderful way to spend time with friends.  03.30.09 - 9:53am
oneshotbeyond - Looks like a fun time! Good for you for sticking to what you want to do!  03.30.09 - 9:52am
Troy Woods - Great post Jasmine. Excellent reason for taking the workshop!  03.30.09 - 9:51am
kristin brancaleone - Welcome to my world! Those bouquets are so wild and pretty. I admire that you're always stretching yourself and getting out of your comfort zone!   03.30.09 - 9:50am
Krysta - That bouquet is very, um, pretty. No really! I like it, Jaz! Very unique. That workshop sounded like fun.  03.30.09 - 9:36am
nena - Looks like so much fun! I think I want to go to the next one! =-)  03.30.09 - 9:22am
Kayla - How fun! I would love to do something like that!  03.30.09 - 9:19am
Yuka photo art - What a beautiful colors! J* you always inspire me to be a better person and to love what i do! Thank you!   03.30.09 - 9:14am
Candace Prokopets - This looks like so much fun! Writing workshop? How did you hear about that?  03.30.09 - 9:00am
Navy Sou - I read about this on Miss Claire's blog, but didn't know you were going to attend! It's definitely on my list of "to do's"! Oh...and I absolutely [heart] your amazingly casual-comfortable-yet-oh-so-chic dress! You're fabulous! : )  03.30.09 - 8:52am
Erin J - Beauty-mus! Yes, I too make up words! When I saw your instructor wearing shorts and you in that CUTE dress I was jealous. We had 8 inches of snow this weekend. Darn Midwest. Looks like you had a great time!  03.30.09 - 8:40am
Jackie Beale - you're gonna love the salsa classes! My sis use to dance salsa professionally. She teaches us some moves from time to time. It's so much fun when you and your partner learn how to flow so well together! :)  03.30.09 - 8:27am
Karen (Mikols) Bonar - I LOVE arranging flowers. I wish the florist around here would do something so cool! It helps to have a husband who firmly believes in showering a girl in flowers, too. ;)  03.30.09 - 8:14am
Stephanie Stewart - What a fun idea! Gorgeous flowers! Oooh, salsa dancing, now that will be awesome!   03.30.09 - 8:13am
B - Great! Now you can shoot my wedding and create the floral arrangements :) Talented sisters ROCK!  03.30.09 - 8:08am
Nicole - It looks like a fun workshop to attend! And sooo pretty!  03.30.09 - 7:45am
Ashley Mae - Beautiful, those are so unique- that pic of you is so cute.   03.30.09 - 7:42am
Anna - Sounds like fun! On another note, I already love your writing as it is :) Can't imagine how much better you'll be after the writing workshop!  03.30.09 - 7:38am