Monthly Archives: July 2014

Which Bouquet?

The Dress…


…Ivory long sleeve illusion gown with floral lattice embellished sheath…from Monique Lhuillier……

The Bouquet…

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Bouquet #1

Designed by Todd Events

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Bouquet #2

Designed by Wild Flowers Inc.


Bouquet #3

Designed by JL Designs

Which would you choose?

Don’t forget to leave a comment on Wednesday’s post for a chance to win a seat in a Francoise Weeks Workshop. And check back this afternoon to find out if you’re the winner!

Have a great weekend!

Quite Possibly The Best Flower Story Ever

I wanted this week to be filled with special flower features as we celebrate our 5th year of sharing flowers together on Botanical Brouhaha. I saved this story, which may be my favorite “flower story” to date, to share with you this week because it is truly special.

Laetitia Mayor, a member of the Botanical Brouhaha Expert Panel, wrote me earlier this month and shared this experience. I knew it was going to be good when she said: “I wish all weddings were so full of kindness, it was two weeks ago but I still feel the butterflies in my stomach when I think of it.”

Laetitia owns Floresie and she was asked to design flowers for the June 21st wedding of Vanessa and Vincent in the small village of Blanzy where she lives. Vincent dreamed of getting married in the small medieval church in Blanzy where he was baptized as a child. Over the years, the church had fallen into disrepair and had not held a wedding in 20 years. Laetitia quickly agreed to help and began dreaming up a natural garden look that would embrace “the work of time and Mother Nature” rather than attempting to hide the crumbling walls and broken windows..


To execute her design vision, Laetitia needed lots of garden flowers. While talking with Marguerite, “the most adorable inhabitant of Blanzy”, it was suggested that Laetitia ask the villagers to donate flowers from their personal gardens for the wedding. Laetitia loved the idea and word began circulating through the village.

The result: A 100% Blanzy wedding!

As the wedding day approached, villagers began showing up at Laetitia’s house with buckets of surprise blooms. Laetitia set about combining the flowers into arrangements, personal flowers and pew ends.

On the day of the wedding, the flowers were transported the short distance to the church in a wheelbarrow…no need for a car.




The final design, the product of an entire village working together for the love of a young couple,  would make any floral designer “feel the butterflies” that Laetitia described.













Laetitia’s last words gave a chill: “I gathered my equipment in my little red wheelbarrow and I left the church doors open, ready to welcome the guests. On the way home, I turned. Small smile.”


For more on this story, go to the Floresie blog here and here.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story, Laetitia. Best wishes to Vanessa & Vincent from all of us at Botanical Brouhaha!


And The Winner Is…

The winner of Fresh From The Field Wedding Flowers by Lynn Byczynski and Erin Benzakein is… #18 Rochelle W.!


Congratulations Rochelle! Please send your mailing address to

For more information on this book, you can go to the Fresh From The Field Wedding Flowers website or Facebook page. To order a copy, click here or here!

A very special thanks to Lynn and Erin for your generosity in sharing your book.



I’m thrilled to announce that my friend Francoise Weeks is helping us celebrate the 5th anniversary of Botanical Brouhaha by gifting a seat in her Botanical Couture Workshop to one of our readers!


The Botanical Couture Workshop will be held in Francoise’s personal studio (pictured above) in Portland, Oregon on October 13-15, 2014 from 9am-4pm each day. Imagine strolling into this quaint studio each morning and learning the mechanics and techniques behind Francoise’s signature botanical shoes, purses and headpieces….choosing from her hand-selected assortment of foliages, flowers, and woodland elements…allowing yourself to explore new possibilities…experiencing the guidance and passion of a floral artisan in her own private studio…


Jamie Bosworth Photography

I can’t say enough about Francoise…her generosity, her extraordinary vision, her humility and her technical design expertise. Not only is she a master of woodland designs, but she also creates exquisite botanical couture headpieces, shoes and purses. After years of being email friends with Francoise, I was lucky enough to attend one of her workshops (and meet her in person for the first time) in Austin this spring. You can read about my experience here and here. Francoise will inspire you and you’ll lose yourself in her unbridled passion for the art of botanical design. When you return home you’ll find yourself looking at nature in a new way…often stopping along your daily routine to pick up a twig or piece of bark to carry back to the studio and incorporate into a design.

Recently, Francoise appeared on Art Beat Oregon for an interview and behind-the-scenes look at one of her botanical couture photo shoots. I love this video because it really captures who Francoise is as a designer and as a person. You can watch it here.

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Joni Photo

To enter for a chance to win the seat in Francoise’s workshop, simply leave a message at the end of this post by Friday (July 25th) at noon (CDT). We’ll announce the winner on Friday afternoon!

Note: The winner is responsible for travel and lodging expenses. The 3-day workshop is valued at $1,100.00.

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For more information about the workshop location, class size and lodging, click here.

Thank you Francoise, for helping make our 5th anniversary extra special!