Saturday, April 22, 2023
Wood Flower Florists Conference & Retreat
Get ready to be inspired to elevate your business!
The Wood Flower Florists Conference & Retreat is thrilled to announce our two incredible spotlight speakers, who are leaders in the floral industry with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.
First up is Erin Reitzel of HannahSola, whose hand-made flower tutorials and stunning wood flower designs have made her a legend in the industry. Erin's stylized shoots and showstopping designs are immediately recognizable and exceptionally original!
Our second spotlight speaker is Candice Milliard of Candi's Floral Creations, a highly experienced fresh flower florist with over 20 years of industry expertise. Candice is famous for her luxurious wedding floral designs, which have earned her numerous accolades and recognition in the press.
Join us on Saturday, the Conference Day of the weekend, to hear from these two experts and gain invaluable insights and expertise.
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from the best! Register now for the Wood Flower Florists Conference & Retreat 2023 and experience the knowledge and inspiration of our esteemed headlining speakers.
Saturday Speakers and Sessions
Matt is an outdoorsman, small business enthusiast, and marketing expert dedicated to helping small businesses leverage modern tools and processes to get the most out of their marketing.
Chatham Oaks was founded to create a grand comparison between business success and hiking/mountain climbing. You just need the right tools, an expert guide and a little bit of experience to get to the summit.
Matt is joining the Conference for the second year in a row as a speaker and supporter of the wood flower industry!
Optimizing Your Presence Online
A brief overview of all the fundamentals you need to know to get seen on the largest search engines.
Maria is the floral designer from R&M Creations 3:16 LLC. Her business was born from the desire to give back to her community 3:16 represents the unconditional love. She loves to meet people and bring their creative ideas to life. She has been in business for 3 years now and continues to grow! Her business has become a family business and her husband has joined in the creativity with wood working where now they offer wood work to other businesses. They have had the honor to have participated in many different shows such Pinners Conference, Fountain Hills Art Festival in AZ, etc. They have been interviewed by Fox 10 in AZ and showcased their wood flowers and creative process. One of the things that Maria enjoys the most being in this business is the opportunity to meet other people and learn more about them and see their creativity grow!
Seek, Find and Rock the Show
Survey how to find shows (social media, promoters, etc.) things to look for when deciding to participate, dos and don'ts to rock the show.
Candice Milliard is the owner and artistic director of Candi's Floral Creations.
Her love for nature actually began with her parents. They helped Candi find a passion for garden design and her very first job at a garden center. One day, despite her lack of experience, Candi was asked to help in their flower shop. It was then that she realized she had an eye and natural talent for floral design.
Candi has been in the industry for 30 years, designing weddings and events for 25.
Her work has been featured in dozens of publications such as the Knot, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Magazine and had the very first gay wedding ever featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. Candi had New Anchors, Actresses, Politicians as clients - She's designed numerous events at 50cents mansion and designed a wedding at OHEKA castle, where Taylor Swift's Blank Spaces music video was recorded.
Candi is now retired from designing and has more time for her health, her hubby of 20 years, her American Bulldog, Cooper, and traveling!
She don't want my knowledge and expertise to go to waste!
Therefore, Candi now offers the Seed to Petal mentorship program and the Seed to Petal 10-week floral and business course!
Lessons in Longevity
Candi will help your business Level Up! We'll talk about pricing, marketing, booking process, vendor relations, community relations, how to make social media work for you, etc. We'll get you from Craft Market to the Wedding Market and everything in between!
Jennifer Angle is an educator turned wood flower florist. She owns Wood & Word Blooms in Connecticut where she specializes in weddings and upscale DIY Experiences. No longer in the classroom educating students, Jen is excited to continue following her teaching heart by educating wood flower florists, wedding pros and other handmade artisans to level up their businesses.
Create a Blooming Installation
This workshop is all about creating the 'wow factor' by constructing a whimsical visual display utilizing a mixed floral media approach that would look stunning for weddings, permanent installations and special events. After you've learned to create large scale paper flowers, we will combine paper, wood, faux and dried florals to create a large-scale installation from the ground up, discussing mechanics, design, and technique to put together a masterpiece.
Shelly is the owner of Fluttering Bloom Designs. She started her business after doing her daughter's wedding florals over 3 years ago. Shelly found a love of creativity she didn’t know she was missing.
Since starting her business, Shelly has teamed up with a local fresh flower florist, which has helped her business grow. Shelly earned Cottage Industry of the Year through Union County Women in Business for 2021 and she is a member of our local Chamber of Commerce.
Shelly's business mission statement is through faith and a passionate heart, Fluttering Bloom Designs transforms every wood flower into artistic designs that last.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, adult children and especially her granddaughters. Shelly serves at her church. She also loves to sing and make homemade crafts.
Working With Your Community
Your local community has a plethora of resources to help you move your business to the next level. It can also benefit from your business as you find ways to give back.
The Business Side of Making: Processes, Promotion, and Pricing
Focusing more on the business side of things, Samantha will talk about how best to price items, how to maximize your efficiency by creating processes, and how to adapt your business to attract the orders you want to be working on.
Josie is a Digital Marketer based in Dover, NH. She works with small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non profits who need a little relief when it comes to pressure of this digital world we live in. That being said, her favorite non-digital hobbies are hiking, going for runs with her two fur babies, and planting a seat on the beach for endless hours!
Josie is joining the Conference for the second year in a row as a speaker and is looking forward to giving everyone tangible tips and tricks instead of advice meant for businesses with million dollar budgets.
Find her before, during and after the event to talk about your strategies and bandwidth - she's an open book and happy to give her advice!
Consistency > Constantly: A Realistic Viewpoint of Your Marketing Strategy
If you're doing it all, or mostly all yourself - this is the session for you. Learn the (affordable) tools, tips, and tricks that can help you maximize on those creative surges. Avoid burn out while keeping your brand in front of your audience more often.
The founder of She's Pretty Crafty - Everlasting Wood Florals based in Tucson, AZ. Since a very young age, she's been known to be "pretty crafty," always creating for friends and family. She started a mobile wood sign DIY business in 2017, and soon after discovered these amazing wood flowers. In 2018, she shared wood florals at a bridal fair, and have been creating for amazing clients ever since!
A little more about her....
Wife and #boymom
Science Nerd by day
Using Processes to Build Success Mini Sessions:
Book Clients Faster with Honeybook
In this session, you will gain insight on how Corina, owner of She’s Pretty Crafty-Everlasting Wood Florals has streamlined client management. How? Using the all-in-one client management software, Honeybook! She will walk you through her workflow that helps her manage projects. Get ready to learn all about the tools available that integrate initial inquiries through final invoicing, and book clients faster.
Using Processes to Build Success Mini Sessions:
Inventory can be an overwhelming part of running a handmade business and it’s time we stop thinking of it as a “one size fits all” process. In this session we’ll be discussing the different ways to manage your inventory, tips for getting started, and why it’s important from both a business management and bookkeeping standpoint.
Cheyanne Weiss is the owner and lead designer for Shy Chic Boutique. They specialize in luxury wood florals and wedding planning. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida, Cheyanne continued to pursue, then left behind, a 12 year career in corporate catering to embark on a career in luxury wood florals. After 4 years of working with wood florals full-time, she is reminded she made the right decision every day because she gets to sing to the radio all day long. Cheyanne isn't winning any karaoke contests but it does not matter because she is the boss and she says everyone is allowed to sing (and wear pajamas) in the Shy Chic studio!
Shy Chic has been pictured in PEOPLE magazine, featured on ABC and FOX television as well as published in more than a dozen wedding publications. In 2022, Shy Chic won a Best of the Best Florist award as well as Best of the Best Wedding Planner for the 2nd year in a row. Shy Chic provides luxury florals, coordination and/or planning for over 400 weddings per year. The Shy Chic team includes 4 full-time employees in addition to Cheyanne. Nothing is more satisfying to her than to make a bride cry with my work. For that reason, it is her mission to make sure every bride knows that it should be enjoyable to plan for the most special day of their life and then make that a reality.
Elevating Our Industry
Learn how to change your marketing mindset about wood flowers. Our community can pioneer a new era in florals. When it comes to flowers drop that filthy F word ("fresh") from your vocabulary! Those flowers are "ordinary." Your flowers are "luxury," my dear!
Erin, owner of HannahSola LLC is an artist who likes to push the boundaries of wood flowers.
She is well known for her many publications, live classes, over the top photoshoots and incredibly detailed wedding creations.
She is so excited to be able to meet some new sola ladies and hopefully inspire some to throw away the boundaries the sola world has created and find their own path to greatness!
Pushing the Limits: Inspiration & Flower Making
We'll chat about starting out in the sola community and how Erin was hindered by boundaries put on her because that was just "how things are done." This craft doesn't have to have limits! You don't have to do the same thing you see other people doing. From there, she'll teach how to make one of her beginner flowers and how to "dress it up" to be unique to the creator. Plus time for Q&A!