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Susan Davis' career in floral design began 30 years ago. She started with a Film and Television degree that cultivated her love of the arts.  After doing set design for QVC her passion for creative arts led her into Event Florals.  She has been the owner of Fresh Designs Flora & Events for 28+ years. She is a national speaker/educater and the founder of The Design Sanctuary Workshop.  She has trained countless apprentice florists and many have gone on to start their own shops.  Bringing her sense of line, color, texture to her work she creates one of a kind experiences for all of her clients.  After 30 years wedding and events still make her heart skip a beat.  


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Shannon wellington - HOST

Shannon Wellington is a purveyor of beautiful event aesthetics. By taking on only a select number of events per year, she and her Shannon Wellington Weddings team provide a boutique wedding & event planning experience.

Shannon is known for her deeply rooted relationships, whether it’s with her clients or other event professionals and one of her greatest joys is providing her clients with the perfect match when it comes to choosing who to bring on for their event.  In addition, that same attention is paid to every aspect of her client’s event, whether it’s a timeline, a linen texture and everything in between.

Her work has been featured in national publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot and Self Magazine and our local favorite, Philadelphia Wedding Magazine.  You’ll also see plenty of her visual inspiration on blogs like Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Chicks, Ruffled Blog and more. She is the co-founder of the Design Sanctuary Workshop.







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Ponderosa & Thyme

Katie Davis is an internationally acclaimed florist based in Salem, Oregon, the heart of the Willamette Valley. Since founding Ponderosa & Thyme in 2011, Katie has become known for her textural designs inspired by nature. Her floral designs use the most luxurious and beautiful flowers available while incorporating locally foraged, unique, and sensory plants into each arrangement. The result is a visually breathtaking experience.

Katie's design aesthetic could be best described as playful, romantic, herb-y, and fragrant. In addition to creating florals for intimate weddings, Katie and her team host incredible workshops worldwide for florists and other creatives to explore the art of floral design. Ponderosa & Thyme continues to offer wedding and event services, specializing in intimate and heartfelt experiences.

With a heart for education, Katie has been teaching floral design since 2014, serving clients across the globe. Flowers are a language of their own, and while teaching in English, Katie is able to cross cultures with her thoughtful and emotional approach. Just as comfortable teaching the basics as she is pushing experienced professionals to expand their creative boundaries, Katie loves to help people grow, discover, and connect.

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Intrigue Designs & Intrigue Teaches

Sarah has become a leader in the luxury wedding industry being called upon by a variety of media sources such as NBC, ABC, FOX as well as magazines, blogs and newspapers. Sarah’s excitement for weddings and her passion for design is apparent the moment you meet her. She openly shares her talent and knowledge through speaking, workshops and classes designed specifically for the wedding industry as part of her Intrigue Teaches Apprentice Program.