Friday, July 25, 2014

The Winner

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Please email me at botanicalbrouhaha@gmail.com for further instructions.

Congratulations!

Which Bouquet?

The Dress…

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…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.

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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!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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..

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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!

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

And The Winner Is…

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

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Congratulations Rochelle! Please send your mailing address to botanicalbrouhaha@gmail.com.

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.

Surprise!

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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!

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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…

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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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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!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Behind The Scenes

 For today: an entire post dedicated to what you all do behind the scenes to make the magic happen, but first…

Ever wonder about the people who appear in the magical floral photo shoots? Who are they ‘behind the scenes’? What are their names in real life? What do they do for a living?

Let’s take this guy photographed by Carly Tia Photography, for example…

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Name: Tommy Franklin aka ‘Salty Rain’

Photo Shoot Location: Julia Rose’s farm (Australia)

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What Tommy does in real life: (Julia Rose says: “The video is 8 mins long. You HAVE to watch it all and not skip, trust me.”)

What else Tommy does in real life: He’s traveling Australia on a smile campaign! And he promotes drug & alcohol-free dance parties to the youngings.

Don’t you feel like you know Tommy now? Doesn’t the flower beard shoot make perfect sense?

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Special thanks to Julia Rose for sharing this experience with Botanical Brouhaha!


Ever wonder what the process of a photo shoot looks like behind the scenes? I love this example from Flowerbazar and Max Koliberdin Photography. Start by picking a location…

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Bring lots of talented folks, a few props and  a couple of models along…

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And you get this…

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So, let’s recap…can you believe it’s the same place?

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Let’s finish out the day with a few other great behind the scenes shots…

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Happy Tuesday!

(Reminder: Go to yesterday’s post and leave a comment for a chance to win Fresh From The Field Wedding Flowers by Lynn Byczynski and Erin Benzakein)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Botanical Brouhaha Is 5!

This week marks 5 years since I took a chance on starting a blog about the flowers, floral designers and industry I’d grown to love while owning a studio. I never could have imagined the people I’d meet and the opportunities that would open up for me because of BB. I’m so grateful for each of you that has joined me along the way. So, this week, I want to have a little fun and do things a little differently to celebrate.

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I’ve been holding on to a brand new copy of Fresh From The Field Wedding Flowers by Lynn Byczynski and Erin Benzakein to give to one of you this week. I can’t think of a better time to talk about this book. For me, this book reminds me of all the good I’ve experienced in my personal flower journey. When I started growing flowers years ago, I read Lynn’s book The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers cover-to-cover and referenced it often. I looked forward to every issue of Growing for Market (Lynn is the founding editor and publisher). Over the course of the last 5 years, I’ve met some amazing growers and designers and featured their inspiring work on Botanical Brouhaha. Many of those designers/growers are featured designers in this book. And then there’s Erin…I felt like I’d hit the jackpot the day I discovered her website, Floret Flower Farm. She continues to grow and stretch her business while producing stunning designs with the exquisite flowers she grows.

So, let’s kick off this week with a chance for you to win a copy of Fresh From The Field Wedding Flowers. You’ll love the discussions on floral design basics, the step-by-step instructions, the extensive list of flowers with their bloom times, the video tutorials and the beautiful photographs of the work of some talented designers.

For a chance to win simply leave a comment at the end of this post. On Wednesday (July 23rd) at noon (Central Daylight Time), we’ll use a random drawing to choose a winner from those who left a comment. We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday afternoon. Good Luck!
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Special Thanks to Lynn & Erin for sharing their book with the readers of Botanical Brouhaha!