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Making Wishes Come True with Wish Upon A Wedding


THE HOW: Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness or other serious life-altering circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation. Often, couples facing such situations do not have the energy, time, money, or resources needed to plan their wedding. Our organization takes care of all the details, offering couples a chance to relax and enjoy a very special day while surrounded by the love of their closest family and friends.


THE CREW: March 30th, Le Bonne Fleur along with other fabulous Atlanta wedding vendors, Ashley Baber Weddings,Endive CateringVentanas (venue), Chuck Williams Photography,
Scoobie West Hair & MakeupFonix EntertainmentBrides by DemetriosClassic Party RentalsFoglio Press and Classic Cheesecakes helped grant Omoro & Erikka their wish of marriage and a long life of love and happiness…

THE STORY: About a year ago, 32-year old Omoro was diagnosed with Chronic Heart Failure. The two had just returned from a trip to visit family, and were beginning to talk marriage. Omoro was saving up for an engagement ring, and they’d even gone to peruse their options. They were on top of the world, and all it took was a single trip to the VA hospital for it all to come crashing down. Omoro’s heart was in such bad condition that without immediate intervention, he was told that he wouldn’t survive a year… click HERE to read more

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As seen on Ruffled Blog: Valentine’s Day Love

As seen on Ruffled Blog Le Bonne Fleur and friends constructed this dreamy, love-filled engagement shoot…


If you’re a dress fiend (like me) and romantic (like me) then you’re gonna find plenty to drool over in this inspiration shoot sent to us by some wickedly talented folks. That super-light blush pink is such a nice compliment to any wedding palette. And maybe it’s just us romantics, but I find Valentine’s Day to be inspirational year round… which is why I always have heart-lollipops just an arm’s length away. Thanks to Ashley Baber for styling and sending it over and Jeremy Harwell for photographing!

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Wedding Vendors:

Coordination + Styling: Annette Thurman and Ashley Baber / Wedding Dresses: Chaviano Couture / Flowers: Le Bonne Fleur / Wedding Cake & Cupcakes: Sweet Sensations / Ceramic bowl and ceramic buttons: Paloma’s Nest / Wedding Photography: Jeremy Harwell / Models: Madeleine and Glenn from CLICK Models / Hair and Makeup:Medalyn Salon

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Fleurty Fridays: Georgia Tech Intown Alumni Interview

I am honored to be Georgia Tech’s Intown Alumni Club’s first interview of Alumni doing things a little differently…

Melanie Joyce Pink, Le Bonne Fleur

Melanie Joyce Pink, Owner Le Bonne Fleur
Degree and Year: B.S. of Business Management 2003
Website: www.lebonnefleur.com

  • Tell us about your career path prior to starting your own company.
As a Freshman, I entered Georgia Tech as an architecture major in an
effort to continue my focus on fine arts, design and mathematics; it
seemed like the logical path for me. I changed directions and graduated
with a major in Business Management with a specialization in Finance and
Marketing. Post graduation, I headed to New York to pursue a career on
Wall Street. I worked for an Institutional Sales desk, a private equity
firm and a proprietary Hedge Fund. My most recent position was as an
employee at Lehman Brothers, which I saw through to its collapse.
Needless to say, I was part of Wall Street during one of its most
trying times in history! During this time, I took the opportunity to
revaluate my priorities and to determine my next steps in life.   I
spent time reflecting on what was going to satisfy me and help me reach
my professional and personal, creative and business-oriented goals.
  • What made you decide to start your own company and how did you get started in the floral design business?
While working in the financial services industry, my creative side was not
fulfilled; thus, I enrolled in various art and design classes of
interest to fill the void. On a whim, I took a class at The Flower School of New York and I could not get enough of floral design. While still working full time at my finance “day job”, I started interning with designers on the
weekend and managed a couple floral events on my own.  It was through my
small successes on those events that I saw the true potential in
staring my own floral design company as a side business. My first big
event was designing and managing the floral arrangements from bouquets
to centerpieces for a good friend’s New York City wedding.  In
2009, my husband and I decided to return to Atlanta for a variety of
reasons, one of which was to launch and run Le Bonne Fleur on full time
basis.
  • What makes your company different from the competition?
Le Bonne Fleur is a high-end, boutique floral design company, providing
exceptional quality with personalized attention to detail and
customization. As the lead designer of Le Bonne Fleur I pride myself on
being, both, creative and analytical. We tend to think outside the box
while listening to and understanding the client’s needs and desires.
Taking that information, coupled with extensive knowledge of floral
media, we create designs custom tailored to suit our client’s persona
and vision. This level of service sets Le Bonne Fleur apart from most
traditional florists in the market.
  • What ways have you found to be the most effective method for promoting your business?
Entering a new market in a new industry has been a challenge, but that is part
of the fun! One of the strongest and most valuable approaches I have
used to enter into the Atlanta market to promote Le Bonne Fleur is
through my established network of Tech Alumni, both in Atlanta and in
other cities. Through this network, I have met many quality vendors in
the industry and prospective clients. I know we all hear this, but it is
true – Network. Network. Network.
  • Which technologies and tools have been essential to your business?
My website has been Le Bonne Fleur’s most effective marketing tool, hands
down. Before launching this business, I knew it was important to design a
strong website to expose the brand and quality of work Le Bonne Fleur
offers to prospective clients.
These days, most people search the web for vendors, inspiration, and information – including most of my clients. www.lebonnefleur.com is most often the first point of contact and exposure for potential customers.  The website is essential in making a strong statement and differentiating Le Bonne Fleur from the competitors — all at first click. Search Engine Optimization “SEO” is also a key tool for Le Bonne Fleur to land
higher on appropriate keyword searches. This is a process in which we continue to work on to maximize exposure.
  • How the economy is going to impact the event supplier business for the holidays and upcoming spring wedding season?
I have found the current economic climate has impacted the bottom-line
spending on events and weddings.  With reduced budgets, brides and event
hosts are forced to cut line items from their expenses.  Thankfully it
seems the floral portion of most budgets is not usually cut outright. If
cuts are made, many people instead opt to decrease the total amount
they are willing to spend on floral design rather than forgo entirely.
As a small business owner and recent bride, I know the importance of
“stretching your dollar.” We do not want to alienate any of our
customers, especially due to budgetary concerns. Le Bonne Fleur works
with all budgets, provides multiple options to choose from and still
provides exceptional service – this truly separates Le Bonne Fleur from
the competition. Despite the economy, Le Bonne Fleur’s 2011 spring
season is nearly booked solid and I believe I can credit some of this to
our excellent product, superior service and continuing to “work” the
network.
  • What are some of the trends you see in your industry?
A recent and ever-growing trend is for a bride is to personalize her
wedding. This means making it unique to her and her groom by
incorporating colors, themes, items that have meaning to them.  Brides
want their wedding not to look like everyone else’s. To
achieve this, brides often have many “DIY” touches and also ask their
vendors to think outside the box – a task Le Bonne Fleur is eager to
embrace.
  • How did your Georgia Tech degree and experience aid in your success?
My Georgia Tech degree has helped me build and manage a successful
business from accounting to branding to understanding and reaching my
target market. My years at Tech have prepared me to work hard and
dedicate myself to achieving an end goal, whatever it may be. In
addition, it has given me the confidence to see my dreams come to
fruition, and taught me how to constantly move forward and open doors
for myself in an effort to ultimately be successful on multiple levels.
  • Describe your typical work day.
A typical workday is not typical and that is one of things I love!
I always start my day with emails (actually, its all day thing…which I
attribute being the “Techy” in me). Depending on the events for the
upcoming week and weekend, I will plan my orders for flowers, confirm
shipment times with my suppliers, arrange delivery times, set up and
break down schedules with the various event venues I am working with,
and plan and organize the schedules of my assistants.  I am always
meeting with new clients (brides and corporate), writing design
proposals, meeting with new vendors to expand my network and maintaining
relationships with existing contacts.  I also spend a considerable
amount of time marketing and branding Le Bonne Fleur design shoots with
other vendors, website updates and blog postings.
  • What advice would you give someone looking to start their own company?
DO IT! It is one of the most rewarding, challenging, scary and fun things I
have ever done. It takes a lot of confidence and support from others
when things aren’t moving at the pace you would like. I spent many years
of my life doing what I thought I should be doing and was not happy.
That being said, before you start a business, do your research. Make sure
there is a demand for your product or service, you are in the right
market, you have the necessary financial backing or support, and that
you have a plan.
  • What do you wish you’d known as a Freshman that you’ve figured out since?

It all comes together at some point. Architecture to Business Management
and Wall Street to Floral Design. That is definitely not the path many
people would have taken to get to where I am today, but all those
experiences have made me a stronger, more successful, responsible and
capable business owner. At the time it didn’t always make sense, but
looking back today I am glad I followed the path I did.

  • What are your favorite places or activities in Atlanta?

I love trying new restaurants in Atlanta, playing tennis, biking the Silver Comet Trail, hiking and entertaining at our house.
Top places in Atlanta – Atlanta Botanical Gardens, helipad on top of Ventanas to take in the view of the city, Piedmont Park, High Museum – great Dali exhibit going on now!

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Fleurty Fridays: Dahlia

The Meaning of Dahlia:

When given as a gift, the dahlia flower expresses sentiments of dignity and elegance. It is also the symbol of a commitment and bond that lasts forever. The dahlia flower is still used today in gardens and flower arrangements to celebrate love and marriage.
The dahlia is the national flower of Mexico and this is also its birthplace. An old Aztec document states that the Aztecs used dahlias as a treatment for epilepsy. Only in the 19th century did the flower come to Europe where it was bred and cultivated into today’s varieties.
Description: The dahlia flower is characterized by the rings its petals. There is great variation among the different species of dahlia in regards to the size, height, color, petal shape, and number of rows of petals. Some smaller dahlias grow 1 to 3 feet with flowers 2 to 4 inches in diameter. Larger dahlias grow up to 6 feet with flowers up to 12 inches in diameter. The dahlia’s flowers can be white, yellow, orange, red, pink or purple and are either solid or patterned with different colored stripes or edges. The petals of different varieties of dahlias can be long or short, pointed or round, uniformly or irregularly spaced or curl at the edges.
At Le Bonne Fleur ,we love to use dahlias in the fall seasons. Their shape, texture and attitude fit our style just perfectly and can be arranged into beautiful dahlia bridal bouquets and dahlia bridesmaids bouquets. Dahlias are in season and often local in the fall months, so take advantage! In this picture, bride, Molly, and her bridesmaids love their dahlia arrangements using pale pink, yellow and oranges to compliment this fall wedding. This family backyard fall wedding took place in the fields and under the covered airplane hanger – so cool!
Floral Designer: Le Bonne Fleur
Photographer: Photo by Gannon
Please inquire for a consultation 404.242.7782, Melanie Pink, melanie@lebonnefleur.com

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Fleurty Fridays: Oh So Fresh with Purple

Maybe we are biased, but we think using fresh flowers on a wedding cake is a stunning way to incorporate your flowers, theme and colors throughout your event. At Le Bonne Fleur, when we design fresh florals on a cake, it is just like any other arrangement we do – we use the freshest flowers, place each one with attention to detail and see the big picture. Including fresh flowers on a wedding cake is a highlight and will wow your guests!

This past weekend, we collaborated with Atlanta’s Murphy’s Pastry Chef Nicholas Bown-Crawford to create a perfect, purple, fall wedding cake for Stacey and Mark. Nicholas baked the most luscious carrot cake and sweet ginger butter cream icing I have ever tasted and sealed with an elegant fondant. Le Bonne Fleur added the floral cascade, using dahlias, ranunculus, chocolate cosmos and anemone. A perfect team, if you ask me!

Floral Design: Le Bonne Fleur

Contact: Melanie Pink, melanie@lebonnefleur.com, 404.242.7782

Cake Design: Pastry Chef Nicholas Bown-Crawford @ Murphy’s and Concentrics Resturants

Venue: Houston Mill House, Emory

 

 

 

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FleurtyFridays: As seen on weddingchicks…

An intimate and colorful August wedding in Atlanta at the stunning The Peachtree Road Methodist Church . The couple shared a lot of time for portraits post-ceremony and it is so obvious how in love they are.

Atlanta Floral Designer, Le Bonne Fleur, created elegant bridal bouquets of peonies, garden roses and ranunculus, creating a wedding bouquet to reflect the bride’s happy and colorful personality.

You can’t forget your “something blue.” Nothing better than these Manolo Blahniks, Carrie-Bradshaw-Sex-In-the-City-inspired shoes!

An intimate reception follow the ceremony at Atlanta’s premier Cherokee Country Club, adorned with a dramatic centerpiece as the focal point for the room. The day’s events were documented by the talented Holly Jones Photography.

Floral Designer: Le Bonne Fleur

Photographer: Holly Jones Photography

Ceremony: The Peachtree Road Methodist Church

Reception: Cherokee Country Club

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Fleurty Fridays: A Pink and White Wedding

Le Bonne Fleur was very fortunate to participate in the Q100 “I Do Under the Blue”Wedding Giveaway with Bridal Bar Atlanta. Le Bonne Fleur & Jackson Durham shared resources and efforts to create florals for the lucky Bride and Groom’s small, intimate wedding. The wedding ceremony took place at St. Thomas Aquainas Church in Alpharetta, GA followed by a beautiful and intimate wedding reception at downtown Atlanta’s premier Italian restaurant, Il Mulino.

A mix of full white hydrangea, classic white roses and perfectly pink spray roses created soft, romantic bouquets for the evening’s affair. Scobey Photography provided beautiful images from the evening, while Rodinis Films filmed and directed a one-of-a-kind wedding movie for the couple [Click here Holly + John – “I Do Under The Blue” Winners from rodinis on Vimeo].

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Fleurty Fridays: Baby’s Breath

Meaning of Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila): Innocence; Happiness; Festivity.

Baby’s Breath may be a flower typically looked down upon by someone who receives a bouquet with these little buds inserted to fill in sparsely filled arrangements. However, Baby Breath is making a comeback as the focal point arrangements in the forms all baby’s breath bridal bouquets or table designs.

The pure white buds of the baby’s breath when densely arranged create a lovely, multidimensional, whimsical bouquet.

Baby’s Breath bouquet was used for a photo shoot to use with a vintage-style dress, custom designed by Chaviano Couture. Baby’s Breath and Lace make a perfect compliment to one another for any occasion.

If you are interested in discovering how you can incorporate Baby’s Breath into a Bridal Bouquet or an arrangement in a elegant and modern way, please contact us.

Melanie Pink, melanie@lebonnefleur.com, 404.242.7782

Floral Design: Le Bonne Fleur

Custom Dress: Chaviano Courture

Photography: Garrett Nudd Photography

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Le Bonne Fleur Interview w/Chaviano Couture

Le Bonne Fleur was interviewed by the lovely Annette of Chaviano Couture. Her custom designs are luxurious, unique and nothing short of perfection. I am honored to work with such a fabulous designer and wish her lots of luck at the upcoming Bridal Fashion Week in New York City.

Please read the interview below, as seen at http://www.chavianocouture.com/interview-of-the-week-melanie-pink

Interview of The Week! Melanie Pink


My interview of the week today is  Melanie of Le Bonne Fleur. I met Melanie around 9 months ago, and she has truly been a blessing to me. Not only did she help me out with flowers for my trunk show, but she made some truly gorgeous arrangements for my shoots, and she has been a huge encouragement to me. Coming from working on Wall Street, Melanie decided to follow her passion and dream of owning a floral business. She is a genuine person with a beautiful smile and big heart.  Her work is truly beautiful. Read below to find out a little more about this amazing lady, and newlywed. ( She got married in Jamaica this past July)


>CC- What is your biggest passion behind what you do?

MP- My passion in my craft is two-fold. I have always had a strong passion for design and a need to constantly be creating. My introduction to the arts began with studies heavily focused in design, drawing, painting, and architecture. Always a admirer and lover of flowers, when I discovered the art of floral design, I fell in love.  With each flower a different mood, style, and atmosphere can be created. With each combination of color the arrangement changes. And in each flower there is a personality, which speaks to me differently. Flowers fill me with a passion that many other things cannot. I am so fortunate to be able to work with a medium so lovely and create something of meaning for a client.  Best of all, I am able to see the smile on a client’s face when they receive their bouquet or arrangement.

CC– Who has been your #1 biggest support?

MP– My husband, Mike, with out a doubt has been my biggest and most important support. As we have recently moved to become a floral designer in Atlanta, he has given me the strength, confidence and guidance to truly develop and grow my floral design business, Le Bonne Fleur. I turn to him for advice, structure and, of course, comic relief when I get stressed.

CC-What advice do you have for someone trying to follow their dreams?

MP-Becoming a floral designer in Atlanta, I have learned many things and continue to everyday. One of the most important things for someone who is trying to follow their dreams is to have the ability to adapt and grow.  Constructive and non-constructive criticism can be a hard thing for some people to accept, grasp and hear. If you do not have the ability to absorb other’s comments and ideas and, ultimately, sort out what will work for you and your business, I believe you will have a very hard time succeeding. Keep going, move forward and stay true to your brand and what you have worked for but allow yourself to change and develop as a business.

CC- What fires you up?

MP-I get most excited to travel! I love to see the world’s different cultures, places and people. I love planning adventures with my fiancé and experiencing the gems the world has to offer together.

CC-Do you have any exciting upcoming projects you’d like to share with my readers?

MP-Working on Le Bonne Fleur Custom Fleur-al Accessories – Fresh flower head pieces, and sashes. Below are a few Melanie did for my shoot.

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CC- What is your favorite food?

MP-Oh, that’s a hard one.  There are too many, but I guess I may say pizza and Nutella… or brownie sundaes, or anything Mexican (without avacado).  It would probably be better to say what foods I don’t like – avocados, beans and celery – it’s a texture thing. J

CC- What is your favorite word?

MP-Dollop – a dollop of anything sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Least favorite – ginourmous & irregardless (in case you wanted to know)… because they aren’t real words.

CC- What do you like most about weddings?

MP- I think I am a romantic at heart. I love seeing two people genuine happy, giving their selves to one another. It’s a beautiful thing. Its all about the L.O.V.E.

CC- If you had all the money in the world and could do anything, what would you do?

MP-I think I would do my work for free! i would give free flowers for as many wedding and events as possible.  It’s really a win win. I get to do what I love and give something to someone on one of the most special days of their life.

CC- What accomplishment are you most proud of?

MP-Starting my own business and following my dream

Thank You Melanie for the awesome interview, and thank you for your friendship and support, Annette

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Fleurty Fridays: Fleural Picnic

Labor Day has crept up upon us once again!! Although,  its not officially the end of the summer, this long weekend is usually my indicator that summer is coming to an end (sad), but I am excited for the crisp, cool days of fall.  Le Bonne Fleur hopes you all have an amazing weekend and are able to enjoy the lovely weather. Don’t forget to take your shoes off and enjoy the grass, sand, dirt between your toes. Go for a picnic and bring along the romantic touch of flowers!

Floral Design: Le Bonne Fleur

Pink garden Roses & snap dragon arrangement

Photography: David Murray Weddings

Contact: Melanie Pink, melanie@lebonnefleur.com, 404.242.7782

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