Hamel Family Wines is a gorgeous, beautifully curated winery in Sonoma that opened its doors in 2014. Every inch of the space was meticulously designed for minimal environmental impact and for maximum visual interest. The main tasting room was originally conceived as a traditional chateau and at the last minute, the owners moved forward with a bold, streamlined design-- which both highlights and blends into its surrounding environment of rolling hills and valleys. The grape harvest is on its way to being drought resistant, too, meaning that it will live on whatever rain is supplied by nature. Hamel is a stunning place.Read More
This past Valentine's Day, I had a blast hosting a double pop-up with Four Barrel Coffee. If you've never had Four Barrel Coffee, it's like a good kick in the butt. The coffee is prepared honestly, without over-milking or over-flavoring. It's deep, intense and delicious.
We teamed up with Four Barrel to host a pop-up at their original Valencia location and their Alamo Square location at The Mill. Being a studio florist, I never get to interact with clients like retail shops do. It was so.much.fun. to chat with folks, hear about who they were giving flowers to. Our conversations veered off into interesting topics like elimination communication (i.e. teaching babies to pee on command), running and the like. Former clients (now married!!!) and wedding industry friends dropped by. I felt a ton of love.Read More
Weddings are where my heart lies but sometimes, just sometimes, I crave a bit of variety in my work. That's why I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be co-hosting my first workshop with Daisy Rose Floral Design on May 23rd at Hamel Family Wines in the Sonoma Valley.Read More
Okay, okay. It's been about seven months since my last post, but the good news is that I've returned with a good one. I promise. But before we dive into that, let me just point out--if you've managed to miss it--that spring is upon us. In fact, in California, it's been here for a quick minute. An odd quick minute. We've been trudging through a multi-year drought, which means that the almond trees bloomed prematurely and that the sun has been shining for months on end. All the tulip magnolia bloomed and everyone said, whaaaat? It's January?!!Read More
Hello friends, it's me again-- in my last blog post, I got real excited about blogging... and now, almost a month has passed and I've only written one other post. Trust me, I have a lot of topics in mind... local flower farmers, my trip to Morocco, European flower markets... and yet time seems to slip away from me. Well, I have a good excuse. It's wedding season and I'm in the rhythm of going to the planning, marketing, arranging and then delivering.Read More
A few weeks ago, Hawthorn was published in Green Wedding Shoes. We were completely flattered and honored. We've been following GWS for years and love their highly curated posts. When we started the shoot, we had GWS in mind and were thrilled when they accepted us!Read More
Welcome to our new blog... a blank slate, as you can see.
Blogging is new to me and I know-- I'm about fifteen years late. To be honest, that's about on par with when I acquired a cell phone, a laptop, a smart phone. I just joined Instagram in April (follow me @hawthornflowerstudio) and FINALLY figured out why there were all those square pictures on Facebook. It's like a whole other world out there! Say whaaaat?Read More