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BB Podcast Episode 10: Françoise Weeks

“When the desire to succeed becomes greater than the fear to fail, I move forward.”

Françoise Weeks

Françoise teaching in her Portland Oregan studio photo by Theresa Bear Photography

Françoise Weeks | Theresa Bear Photography

Today we’re sitting down with Françoise Weeks, owner of Françoise Weeks European Floral Design in Portland, Oregon to discuss:

  • her transition from substitute teacher and medical lab technician to floral couture artist
  • her wardrobe preferences (smile)
  • how she defines texture in floral design
  • the 45 year old childhood memory that ignited her journey into woodland floral designs
  • her segue into teaching floral design and taking her workshops on the road
  • what she wishes more designers had the courage to do
  • her new tutorial video series

Floral couture headpiece and botanical necklace by Francoise Weeks Photo by Alba Betancourt Model Sarah Meyer

Françoise Weeks | Alba Betancourt Photographer

Links mentioned in Episode Ten:

Botanical necklace by Françoise Weeks and Ted Mishima Photography

Françoise Weeks | Ted Mishima Photography

Some of Françoise’s Favorite Designers:

Botanical necklace on bride designed by Francoise Weeks Taken by Sarah Photography

Francoise Weeks | Taken by Sarah Photography

Flower girl with auburn hair wearing a botanical flower crown designed by Francoise Weeks Stephanie Jarstad Photography

Francoise Weeks | Stephanie Jarstad Photography

Francoise Weeks Links of Interest:

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Video Tutorial Series

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BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

BB Podcast Episode 9: Nancy Teasley

“I love what we do. I’m a total Romantic. I love the ‘love story’ part of it.”

Nancy Teasley | Oak and the Owl & Ella Rose Farm

Nancy Teasley of Oak and the Owl making a flower arrangement using the roses she grew at Ella Rose Farm - compote bowl of roses and fall foliage -photographed by Sarah Falugo Photography

Nancy Teasley | Sarah Falugo Photography

Today we’re sitting down with Nancy Teasley, owner of Oak & the Owl and Ella Rose Farm in Fallbrook, California to discuss:

  • what (and who) compelled her to jump into flower farming
  • the challenges of owning a rose farm
  • the payoff of running a floral design studio
  • her concern for the future of the floral industry
  • her thoughts on bare root vs. own root roses
  • the story behind naming Oak and the Owl

Bridal bouquet of white and mauve roses from Ella Rose Farm with berries - designed by Oak and the Owl - photographed by Greg Finck Photography

Oak and the Owl | Ella Rose Farm roses | Greg Finck Photography

Links mentioned in Episode Nine:

White and pale pink bridal bouquet designed by Oak and the Owl - bouquet tied with pale pink ribbon from Froufrou Chic ribbon - photographed by Joel Serrato Photography

Oak and the Owl | Joel Serranto Photography | Froufrou Chic ribbon

Pale pink and cream Ella Rose Farm roses styled in a flatlay by Oak and the Owl and photographed by Greg Finck Photography

Oak and the Owl | Ella Rose Farm roses | Greg Finck Photography

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Nancy Teasley Links of Interest:

Oak and the Owl: Website | Instagram

Ella Rose Farm: Website | Instagram

4 pictures of the progression of Ella Rose Farm in Fallbrook California - taking soil samples - planting rose bushes - harvesting roses

Progression of Ella Rose Farm

Nancy Teasley harvesting roses from Ella Rose Farm for designs at Oak and the Owl - photographed by Carmen Santorelli Photography

Nancy Teasley working at Ella Rose Farm | Carmen Santorelli Photography

BB Podcast Episode 8: Holly Chapple

“I don’t let myself say that I’ve arrived…that I’m done learning.”

Holly Chapple | Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

Holly Chapple | Emily Gude Photography | Hope Flower Farm

Emily Gude Photography

Today we’re sitting down with Holly Chapple, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers in Leesburg, Virginia to discuss:

  • the man who taught her to design and modeled for her a strong work ethic
  • her thoughts on transitioning with age while staying relevant in the industry she loves
  • her blog, The Full Bouquet, which provides a peek into the day-to-day operation of her business and serves as a journal for her thoughts pertaining to the floral industry
  • the crucial role Evan (@marriedtoflowers) Chapple plays in the success of the HCF brand
  • why she would like to see the floral industry agree on some industry standards and what she plans to do to facilitate the process
  • the people who inspire her and push her to continue learning and evolving
  • the impact the ‘Hollyish’ chicken wire egg has had on her business and the feedback she’s received from other designers

Holly Chapple Flowers | Hope Flower Farm | Jodi & Kurt Photography

Chapel Designer Workshop at Hope Flower Farm | Jodi & Kurt Photography

Chapel Designer Workshop at Hope Flower Farm | Jodi & Kurt Photography | bottom right: Grace – the youngest Chapple

Links mentioned in Episode Eight:

Holly Chapple Flowers | Abby Jiu Photography

Real Wedding: flowers by Holly Chapple Flowers | Abby Jiu Photography

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Unique Opportunity: A Workshop with Evan Chapple

Building Structures & Armatures for the Floral Designer

November 6-7, 2017 at Hope Flower Farm

Click here for more information

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Flora & Fauna Fashion Show | Chapel Designer Conference NYC | Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

Flora & Fauna Fashion Show | Chapel Designer Conference NYC | Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

Flora & Fauna Fashion Show | Chapel Designer Conference NYC | Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

Flora & Fauna Fashion Show | Chapel Designer Conference NYC | Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

Flora & Fauna Fashion Show | Chapel Designer Conference NYC | Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

Flora & Fauna Fashion Show | Chapel Designer Conference NYC | Amanda Dumouchelle

Hope Flower Farm | Jodi & Kurt Photography

Hope Flower Farm | Jodi & Kurt Photography

Holly Chapple Links of Interest:

Holly’s Online Video: Creating ‘Hollyish’ Designs Using the Egg Mechanic

Holly Chapple Flowers:   Website | Instagram | Facebook

Hope Flower Farm:   Website | Instagram | Facebook

Chapel Designers:   Website | Instagram | Facebook

BB Podcast Episode 7: Denise Fasanello

“Flowers are like fashion. They’re constantly changing.”

Denise Fasanello | Denise Fasanello Flowers

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Today we’re sitting down with Denise Fasanello, owner of Denise Fasanello Flowers in Brooklyn, NY to discuss:

  • The challenges of creating flowers for events in NYC
  • Her ‘winter life’ as a ceramicist
  • Finding a work life/family life balance
  • Her dreams for the future
  • How her art school background plays into her floral design aesthetic
  • A peek into her consultation and contract processes
  • The priceless business advice she received from a NYC cab driver on the way home from a job

Denise Fasanello Flowers | Heather Waraksa Photography

Heather Waraksa Photography

Links mentioned in Episode Seven:

Denise Fasanello Flowers | Levi Stolove Photography

Levi Stolove Photography

Denise Fasanello Flowers

Denise Fasanello Flowers Links of Interest:

Website | Instagram | Facebook

BB Podcast Episode 6: Jennifer Ederer

“I think you have to identify what it is that gets you up in the morning and what keeps that fire burning in your belly.”

Jennifer Ederer | Modern Day Events & Floral

Modern Day Events & Floral | The Colagrossis

Modern Day Events & Floral | The Colagrossis

Today we’re sitting down with Jennifer Ederer of Modern Day Events & Floral in Grand Rapids, Michigan to discuss:

  • the unconventional career path that ultimately led her to open a floral and event design business
  • how she gained an insider’s perspective of the event industry
  • what her Modern Day team means to her and how she fosters an atmosphere of grace and loyalty among team members
  • why her clients tend to say, “I thought we were here to talk about flowers!’’
  • how she gained the confidence and expertise to produce large scale luxury events

Modern Day Events & Floral | Vicki Grafton Photography

Modern Day Events & Floral | Vicki Grafton Photography

Personal informational tools Jenn loves:

  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown: She highly recommends the audible version of this book. Brene provides the narrative which is fabulous! Jenn also suggests taking 20 minutes to listen to Brene’s TedX talk on the Power of Vulnerability.
  • EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey (practical business tools on how to create a team of entreleaders vs. employees) They offer a master series on-line group for a nominal fee where you can download videos on everything from hiring and firing to delegation, etc. All around good stuff!

Modern Day Events & Floral | Vicki Grafton Photography

Modern Day Events & Floral | Vicki Grafton Photography

Systems Jenn uses everyday for Modern Day:

  • Ularas for contract and recipe writing
  • Basecamp for project and communication management with clients and staff: $99.00 per month
  • PartyCad for floor plans along with Sketch Up: one time licensing fee. Jenn is currently exploring another system.
  • Apple TV for design meetings: $200 to purchase and worth every penny!
  • Olioboard for two dimensional design documents: $8.99 per month

Modern Day Floral | Jen Kroll Photography

Modern Day Events & Floral | Jen Kroll Photography

Modern Day Events & Floral Links of Interest:

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Modern Day Floral Team

Jenn & her Modern Day team

Image of Jenn (bottom): Jen Lynne Photography