Nestled on a hill just outside of downtown Austin, our Bloom Bash Austin venue, Mercury Hall, is just as charming as it looks! As a historic chapel built in 1904, it's since been restored to the gorgeous wedding and event location it is today, keeping a lot of the original character. White walls, open space, historic stain glass windows, and plenty of natural light will be the backdrop of our classroom setting. Outside is straight out of our garden dreams, with its lush greens, bamboo walls, limestone terrace and live oak trees creating a breathtaking canopy over the space. There's no shortage of beauty here for our stunning styled photo shoot on Day Two of our workshop!
Accommodations & More
Mercury hall: 615 CARDINAL LN. AUSTIN, TX 78704
We have a hotel block at the Courtyard Marriott located at 300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701 for $175 / night. To book a room in our block, click here. Here are some other nearby hotels: the closest accommodations are the South Congress Hotel and Hotel San Jose (on South Congress), but we are also 2.8 miles from downtown with a plethora of well-known chain options.
What exactly does your ticket include? Find out here.
- Two full days of education and learning. Time-tested strategies from industry leaders, practices you can put into action in your business and blog now, and hands-on training.
Branding & Business Class: you will work on developing a mission statement, ideal client, and words to use to describe your business with your fellow attendees. We circle the room to help brainstorm and be your sounding boards!
Blogging 101 Session: why should you be doing it? And -- holy wow -- HOW do you possibly do it?
Social Media Strategy Class: we get down to the nitty gritty of how to use Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and more for your business. It’s not always about the number of followers. You’ll learn how to engage the followers you DO have and gain their loyalty!
Photography 101 Class: you’re going to leave knowing how to use that camera of yours! Whether you’re a photographer or have a different creative job, we believe upping your skill set is always a way to make you more desirable to clients.
Design and Styling Lab: don’t just watch someone do it-- you’ll get design principles, then feel empowered to practice styling vignettes like a pro.
Calligraphy Class: take a break from your everyday tasks, put pen to paper and learn a new skill. Maybe you’ll be a natural and start writing hand-written notes to your clients!
Floral Arranging Session: creating with your hands in a medium you may not work with everyday is a sure-fire way to garner inspiration and pick up new skills along the way.
Styled Photo Shoot: we pull out all the stops by producing a gorgeous inspiration shoot, complete with models, tablescapes, florals, invitation suites, and stunning rings. This is the culmination of everything you learned at Bloom, as all of your skills will come together, helping you photograph and style the pretty details for your portfolio. With experts to help you along the way, this is a safe place to practice and continue learning.
Q&A Panel: after our two days together, we’re sure you’ll have some questions, so we set aside ample time to get those burning questions answered from our expert panelists, who you’ll have access to all workshop long.
- Networking opportunities. Bloom takes pride in featuring speakers and guests who love to share their hearts and success. You will love the warm environment that sets the stage for developing new lasting friendships, mentors, business partnerships, and collaborations.
- Catered breakfast and lunches on both days of the workshop.
- Professional headshots of yourself or your team. Ashley Slater Photography will be providing an opportunity for you to have your photos taken for your business or blog.
- A sweet box of swag and other thoughtful gifts, sprinkled over the two day workshop.
- Support after the workshop comes to an end. We love to continue working with you even after the workshop is over. Our Facebook page provides a space for attendees to bounce ideas off one another and share success!
- Believe it or not, even more surprises than those listed above are in store for our guests!
We are delighted to have a team of artists, bloggers, photographers, designers and more coming to Bloom Bash to teach our guest for our two day retreat.
Learn about each one below!
JESSICA PEDDICORD, SIMPLY JESSICA MARIE
Jessica Peddicord is the artist behind Simply Jessica Marie. She is a watercolor artist, brush calligrapher, and custom wedding stationer with a heart for creating unique designs that visually portray her sweet couples’ personalities and love stories, and therefore serve as heirloom keepsakes for them to pass down through generations to come! Jessica also has a true desire to teach other budding artists, and help them grow in their creative confidence and their artistic journeys. You can catch snippets of her mini-lessons on her insta stories, and take online classes with her later this Spring/Summer through the SJM Art School! When she's not painting, you can find Jessica cozied up on the couch with her dapper hubby Zack and cutie pie puppy Oscar, watching Friends reruns or football, or out and about in Dallas enjoying way too much Mexican and exploring this new city of theirs!
Jessica will be teaching our brush calligraphy class & sharing her immense knowledge on Creative business ownership with us on the Q&A panel.
KRISTEN CAISSIE, MOON CANYON DESIGN
Kristen Caissie is a self-taught floral designer and stylist. She started Moon Canyon in 2012, inspired by the wild hillsides of the California Coast, after having been in the floral and event design industry for 10 years. Kristen's style is wild, loose, and feels naturally picked from nature. Her work has been featured in publications such as Martha Stewart, Harpers Bazaar, and Vogue.
We're thrilled to have Kristen teaching our floral arranging session, as well as create gorgeous arrangements and bouquets for our styled shoot. A gifted teacher, our guests are sure to learn about flowers, the art of arrangements and be inspired by Kristen.
ASHLEY SLATER, ASHLEY SLATER PHOTOGRAPHY
Ashley has been a storyteller from a young age. When she discovered photography, she discovered how to tell stories in an incredibly stunning way and was hooked. Based in the midwest, Ashley is primarily a wedding and portrait photographer and loves shooting with her film camera as much as possible. When she is not photographing weddings or running the Bloom Workshop which she co-founded, you can find her at home with her husband and two small boys. She is a wine and food enthusiast and enjoys traveling, cooking, eating and exploring new cities.
Since teaching The Bloom Workshop, Ashley has found a new passion in passing on knowledge and empowering women in business and photography skills. She thrills at the fact that every lady leaving can successfully navigate their camera settings and feel confident in taking great photos!
Ashley's work has been featured in print in The Knot Michigan, as well as online on Style Me Pretty, Wedding Sparrow, The Knot, and a number of other wedding blogs and magazines.
JENNI GREER, J. NOEL PHOTOGRAPHY
I'm Jenni, former blogger-turned-photographer and owner of J. Noel Photography in Austin. I specialize in family and baby photography and my job gives me great joy and satisfaction every day. It wasn't until I had a daughter of my own 2.5 years ago that I truly became passionate about capturing moments for families - I grew to understand just how fast time flies as little ones grow, and this changed the way I relate to and capture my subjects. In my spare time (what's that?) I love to practice yoga and get out and about around town - hike, try new restaurants, or take my daughter on fun outings.
We're thrilled to have Jenni sharing her knowledge on her many years of blogging, running a smooth and successful photography business and how she balances personal and business life.
MICHAELA BEEL, MICHAELA NOELLE DESIGNS
Michaela has always had a passion for interior design, as she grew up building floor plans out of jenga blocks, spanning the entire width of her bedroom. Her passion for design has always been a part of her life, so with a love for houses and design, Michaela graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in interior design from Seattle Pacific University and an AA degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She has been authoring her design and lifestyle blog since 2010 and launched her own interior design business upon graduating, where she enjoys serving people and families by creating homes they love. Michaela is a California girl at heart, but currently lives in Michigan with her new husband.
As the co-founder of Bloom, Michaela has a passion for teaching women about blogging, social media, styling and design. Michaela's design work has been featured on RueMag, Style Me Pretty, Glitter Guide, Martha Stewart, 100 Layer Cake and more!
CLAIRE BRODY, CLAIRE BRODY DESIGN
Claire Brody’s signature design aesthetic feels warm and collected and is always unique. Claire enjoys mixing vintage items to create depth within a space and also incorporates modern pieces for an unexpected touch. Claire Brody Designs launched in 2015 and has since completed hundreds of design projects ranging in size and complexity.
Claire Brody Designs is a full service decorating business that tailors a unique experience for each and every client. Claire has completed smaller scale styling projects as well as entire homes. She is excited to be a part of Bloom in Austin as she first attended Bloom before starting her business back in 2015 in Atlanta. She is an array of knowledge in navigating design and business.
Come learn from this incredible group of talent and register for your seat today!
More speakers to be announced soon!
Welcome & Introductions
Session A: Blogging & Branding
Session B: Brush Calligraphy with Simply Jessica Marie
Session C: Photography & Design Principles
Session D: Breakout Session 1
A. Photography with Ashley Slater Photography
B. Design & Styling with Michaela Noelle Designs
Session E: Group Critiques of branding & websites
Breakfast + Q&A Panel of Experts
Session F: Social Media
Session G: Advanced Breakout Sessions
A. Client Experience for Photographers with Ashley Slater Photography
B. Elements of Design & Flat Lay Styling with Michaela Noelle Designs
C. Bridal Bouquet
Session H: Editorial Styled Photo Shoot
Session I: How to Get Published
Session J: Floral Arranging
Closing & Reflections
Styled Shoot Sponsors & Inspiration
Austin's workshop styled shoot will be a lovely, casual yet romantic farm-to-table vow renewal, complete with gorgeous florals, lots of vibrant fruits and veggies across a long, low table, and garden elements throughout. We can't wait to show you what little details and special touches we have up our sleeves! Click here to read about who we're working with to make this dream a reality.
Hear what past attendees have to say about their time at Bloom Bash.
"I was able to walk away with a full heart and a new confidence in myself.
Bloom Bash was one of the best decisions I made for my business. As soon as I arrived, I could tell my time at Bloom was going to be memorable. The workshop instilled tangible and practical tips that I was easily able to put into practice as soon as I got home. One of the best things about this workshop is how the information can translate to any type of creative business. It covers a wide range of topics and truly helps you get to the heart of your business. Michaela and Ashley have curated a unique workshop experience that not only seeks to help you grow as a business owner, but also cultivates intentional relationships with other creatives that will continue for years to come." -- Erin Day, Erin Day Events
"Before The Bloom Workshop I was unsure of how to proceed with my business, and afterwards I knew I had a clear direction with a community of individuals going through the same process.
Attending Bloom was easily one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself, both personally and for my new business. I gained so much from this workshop and it easily exceeded all of my expectations. I learned how to make my business better from the inside out, received so much practical advice and implementation tips from Michaela and Ashley and met so many other like-minded women in creative fields from my area. This workshop gave me the confidence and reassurance that I made the right decision in starting a business, and that I'm fully capable of running a business.“ - Morgan Miller, Spreading Lovely
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