Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Secret Garden

A Creative Retreat in the French Countryside

Today, we’re thrilled to give you a glimpse inside a creative retreat co-hosted by BB Expert Panel member Laetitia Mayor and photographer Chikae O.H. Watch for BB Podcast Episode 13 coming February 5th if you want to hear Laetitia’s story – including more about her personal cutting garden and The Secret Garden retreat mentioned in this post.

Last September, ‘The Secret Garden’ creative retreat took place in the heart of France, in the Champagne region. Co-hosted by photographer and blogger Chikae O.H of The Hikarui Lifestyle and florist Laetitia Mayor of Florésie, the 3-day retreat welcomed participants from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Australia, Korea and the US.

Floral techniques and photography, as well as business and social media management took center stage over the three days. Following daily social media tech breakfasts with delicious croissants, floral classes were taught by Laetitia in her own cutting garden, where the participants got the opportunity to pick their own flowers and combine them with pretty products from local rose farmers.

On the last day, after a picnic at the foot of the epic Donjon de Septmonts, a medieval tower seized in the middle of an authentic old-stone village, a styled shoot naturally themed around ‘The Secret Garden’ was organised, giving the participants an opportunity to both create a large floral installation and then exercise their photography skills while capturing the decor.

Laetitia and Chikae O.H. will be teaming up again this spring to offer a new creative retreat called ‘Blossoms and Céramique‘ with Sarah Van Raden of Notary Ceramics.  The retreat dates are April 18-20, 2018. If you’re looking for an intimate gathering hosted by talented artists, you might want to look into this workshop where Laetitia and Sarah will be teaching you all they know about floral design and tablescape styling with unique artisan’s pieces.

BB Podcast Episode 12: Fiona Pickles

“It’s very much about feeding my soul and making me happy.”

Fiona Pickles

Fiona Pickles | Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography 

Today we’re sitting down with Fiona Pickles, owner of Firenza Floral Design based in West Yorkshire in the UK to discuss:

  • her unique talent related to event delivery
  • how she utilizes interns and freelancers in her business
  • the subject of some of her most popular Instagram posts
  • her proficient use of social media and why she appreciates it
  • how she grew her business into a business model that feeds her soul
  • her experience hosting past workshops and her plans for another Large Installation Workshop in 2018 (detail to be announced in the near future!)

Firenza Gathering Blossom Workshop | Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography 

Links mentioned in Episode Twelve:

The Artist’s Granddaughter – An Editorial |  Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography 

Links to Fiona’s Past Workshops:

Coming April 2018 – Fiona will be teaching at the Chapel Designers Scotland workshop in Glasgow.

Above: Firenza Large Installation Workshop 2017 | Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography 

Fiona Pickles Links of Interest:

Website Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | One-to-One Training

Firenza Floral Design | Naomi Kenton Photography

BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Landon McGee

Botanical Escort Card Displays

Fleur | Estera Events |Natalie Probst Photography

Gypsy Floral | Katherine O’Brien Photography | Bird Dog Wedding | Boarding School Collective 

The Bella Bloom Co | Him and Her Events 

Betty Flowers Santorini | Santorini Glam Weddings | Ben Yew Photography

With Wild and Grace | Brightly Ever After | L & L Events

Flower Vibes | Dana Fernandez Photography

Southern Fried Paper | Jacin Fitzgerald The Left Handed Calligrapher

Kate Avery Flowers