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.
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