a recap of the trouvaille workshop

It’s not too often people get to follow their dreams and live so closely to their inspirations. This past April I was lucky enough to do both at the Trouvaille Workshop led by the ever so talented Rhiannon Bosse of Hey Gorgeous Events. The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI hosted 30 lovely ladies for a three-day workshop experience unlike any other. Bradley James Photography

Over the course of three short days I made new friends, gained valuable knowledge from industry professionals and was inspired by Rhi’s outstanding sense of design. So many smart, savvy, and talented professionals had the opportunity to speak and teach what they know best. Amongst many other things we learned about vendor relationships, putting an appropriate price on what we do and how to market our businesses for growth. My shiny gold notebook (one of many fabulous swag items) was filled from cover to cover by the end of the three days!

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Alongside Rhi, Alicia from Bows and Arrows sparked my slow growing passion for floral design and kicked it into high gear! I have always had a sweet spot for florals. Mostly cooing over the beauty in arrangements and bouquets. But Trouvaille gave me the opportunity to get my hands on some stems to snip and style in my own way! We were taught floral conditioning and “finding your style” and then were let loose in what seemed to be a sea of beautiful blooms to create our very own centerpieces.

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I must say I was pretty darn proud of myself.

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A big, big, BIG, thank you goes out to Rhiannon for hosting such an incredible and inspirational three days. Because of you, Rhi, I can also warmly say ‘thank you’ to the girls I met along the way. There is so much truth in saying that you get most of your passion and ideas from those that you work alongside of.

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And lastly, I couldn’t be more grateful to work with such an incredible lady who made my trip to Grand Rapids a reality in the first place. Thank you Stacie for pushing me to grow and for giving me opportunities I could only dream of having.

How about these photos? Brad and Sam, I appreciate you catching all of these incredible moments throughout our time at Trouvaille. I will certainly treasure all you have captured.

xoxo Erica

Photographs by Bradley James Photography