Go West...

by Jessica Jones

"Go west, woman. Go west." Those are the words my grandfather spoke to me years ago. They have resonated with me on so many levels. From moving forward with a career, to actually going west.

My opportunity to travel back to California came this past November. I spent a week freelancing with Laurie Garza of Fleurie Flower Studio in Reedley, CA. She's my BFF (Best Flower Friend). And right this second, I miss her like crazy!  My good friend Monica Gasperson of Twigs Floral Design, drove into Reedley to help Laurie as well. 

Laurie was hired to design a large wedding and needed hands. This was the perfect opportunity to sling flowers with her. We've talked about it for ages, and finally made it happen. For days, we processed and designed with a lot of gorgeous flowers! The wedding was held at Annadale Equine Center (Horses! I felt at home!). Laurie's expertise and precision resulted in a beautiful wedding! She did an amazing job! So blessed to have had the opportunity to work for this special lady! 

Laurie, Monica and I did a lot of giggling, a lot of gossiping and had some fun of our own. We visited local dahlia farms to pick up some of the pretties for this wedding. If you're addicted to dahlias like I am, it was like Disneyland! WOW! I was the typical tourist..snapping hundreds of pictures, enjoying the local scenes and savoring every second. The trip wouldn't be complete without a day spent in the Sequoia National Forest. I will NEVER forget that day. If you get the opportunity...go. Go experience those trees, the mountains, the wildlife... you won't regret it!

Thank you, Laurie, for the opportunity to share a bench with you. A special thank you to your husband and family  (fur babies too) for welcoming me into your home. I can't tell you how blessed I feel to have been your guest. I miss y'all! 

Enjoy the overload of photos, silly selfies and a bounty of pretty that Laurie brought to the table....