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Pink & Navy Wedding

Le Bonne Fleur created a bridal bouquet for Emily using white peonies, garden roses and ranunculus. The groom donned a white phalaenopsis boutonnière. Other floral elements include dramatic branch centerpieces, low peony arrangements, and manzantia branch creations, as well as a wedding cake decorated with hot pink orchids. To view the full posting click HERE.


Vendors who made it all happen…

Photography: Rustic White Photography | Planning: BASH | Florals: Le Bonne Fleur | Venue: The Wimbish House | Catering: A Divine Event | Cake: Metrotainment Bakery | Hair & Makeup: Posh Hair & Makeup | Dress: Rivini | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

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A Royal Bouquet

The Royal Wedding was nothing less than spectacular. An event that all alive on Friday will remember. “From  impeccable Alexander McQueen gown to her Cartier tiara, Duchess Catherine Middleton pulled out all the stops to accessorize for her Friday, April 29, 2011 nuptials to Prince William.”

As a floral designer, I could not help but be excited to see what flowers the future Queen of England would choose to carry. “When it came to her bridal bouquet, Middleton, 29, enlisted designer Shane Connolly, the florist who decked out their Westminster Abbey venue with eight maple trees.

Comprised of a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley and hyacinth, the bouquet “draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers,” according to a statement released on the Official Royal Wedding Web site.

As a nod to her new husband, Middleton included ‘sweet William’ blooms. Keeping with royal tradition, stems from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 were also added.

Middleton’s bouquet was a stark contrast to that of the late Princess Diana, William’s mother. For her 1981 nuptials to Prince Charles, Diana selected a cascading arrangement of three orchid varieties.

After celebrating with her new husband Friday, Middleton is expected to leave her bouquet on the grave of the First World War soldier, a tradition started by the Queen Mother in 1923.” 

A beautiful bouquet, simple, stylish, elegant and suited perfectly to match her Alexander McQueen dress. Kate’s bouquet encompasses tradition, timeless elegant and a personal touch. A perfect ensamble if you ask me!

Article Source US Magazine 

Le Bonne Fleur   http://www.lebonnefleur.com   404.242.7782

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Southern Vintage Wedding Perfection

Leigh Ann & Miles enjoyed the most gorgeous Atlanta wedding on the most perfect spring day on April 2, 2011 at The Trolley Barn in Inman Park. Jason Travis Photography shot the day to perfection, capturing the designs of Atlanta Floral Designer Le Bonne Fleur ,some great quiet moments and all those little details. 

The couple envisioned a vintage wedding, highlighting the handmade crafts the Bride and recruited friends made for the event. Colorful paper pinwheels were incorporated throughout and were such lovely, whimsical touches. Honey pots favors were also left on each table for the guests to take with them.

Le Bonne Fleur used the vintage inspired florals and created colorful, vintage bridal bouquet, boutonnières and centerpieces using a variety of texture, shapes, and color flowers to capture the look and feel. 

 The mixed peony bouquets also included lilac, dusty miller , ranunculus, hellebores, parrot tulips and many other florals.

The Bride collected blue mason jars and milk glass from friends and antique shops around the city to use for the mixed floral centerpieces.

Special details such as the Bride’s custom broach made this unique event. 

And last but not least, don’t forget about the handsome groom and groomsmen in their garden rose boutonnières by Le Bonne Fleur.

Floral Designer: Le Bonne Fleur http://www.lebonnefleur.com 404.242.7782

Photographer: Jason Travis Photo http://www.jasontravisphoto.com/

Catering: Avalon Catering http://www.avaloncatering.com/

Venue: The Trolley Barn http://www.thetrolleybarn.com/

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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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