Whimsical Bouquets

Several years ago I bought a wonderful and very inspiring book: “Straight from the Heart – Bridal Floristry for the 21st Century” by Liz & Claire Cowling. Claire teaches workshops and owns a flower shop Thrive Floristry in Bury St Edmonds in England. I am beyond thrilled that I will have the opportunity to teach a workshop at her school next year in May!

I was  very curious by the bridal bouquet designs that included a wire frame.  Unable to find frames that I liked, I commissioned a welder to make some and figured out the mechanics. Here are some examples of these whimsical bouquets; they are fun alternatives to the traditional hand-tieds. There are many options to decorate the handle and to hide the mechanics at the base. You’ll learn how to make these in the wedding workshops.The next one is scheduled on November 10-12 in the studio.

whimsical bouquet, Francoise Weeks

photo: Jamie Bosworth

whimsical bouquet, back,  Francoise Weeks

photo: Jamie Bosworth

whimsical bouquet, ingredients Francoise Weeks


Botanical Couture Workshop in the Studio on October 13-15

Interested in offering alternatives to hand-tied bouquets for the bridal party? A flower purse or jewelry would be fantastic! Botanical shoes or a fascinator would get everyone’s attention!

Learn the mechanics and techniques techniques and expand your offerings for your clients!

For more information or to sign up please check:


Only 2 spots left!

For more ideas ideas please check the botanical couture video that was featured on Art Beat (OPB) this spring

flower purse with phaelonopsis 1, Françoise Weeks

Joni Photo


Botanical Couture Photo Shoot

What a fun collaboration with photographer Ted Mishima and  model Shayna a few weeks ago. We decided to do the photo shoot in my backyard. As always, Ted’s pictures were exquisite!

botanical couture, stole, headpiece and earring Francoise Weeks


Botanical Headpieces for a Party in New York (2)

Yesterday I  posted part 1 of the botanical headpieces that Jo Jarvis and I collaborated on for a birthday party -a Sandi Hoffman Event – in New York earlier this year. Here are the other headpieces that we made.

headpiece 3 - 5, Jo Jarvis

design Jo Jarvis


Botanical Headpieces for a Party in New York (1)

headpiece 2, Jo Jarvis

design: Jo Jarvis

photo: Tricia  M Florals

Last spring I was contacted by the office of Sandi Hoffman Special Events in Washington DC. They were organizing a fancy birthday party at the Prince George Ballroom in New York and they hired my services to make several large botanical headpieces for models. As the work was going to be very time consuming and intricate it was recommended that I would need to collaborate with another designer and I could not think of a better person to work with than my friend Jo Jarvis.

Tack on the fact that I was already scheduled to teach a workshop in NY at the studio of Tricia M Florals around that time, this opportunity worked out very well. Trisha offered her studio to us as the venue that the function was being held at would not be available for the time we needed to create the headpieces. The selection of flowers and plants at the flower market was sublime.  Even though the studio was fairly close to the flower market we totally depended on cabs to transport everything to our workspace.

These large headpieces certainly required different mechanics and techniques to create.  It was so much fun to brainstorm ideas and options before Jo and I met up in New York.  Many hours of detailed work and patience and a case of oasis glue resulted in these designs. I quickly figured out that glue was not one of Jo’s favorite mediums to use…as she said more than once “Glue”…sticky, tacky, yucky, messy…

It was a fantastic experience; we learned a lot and are looking forward to collaborate again soon!

Click here to see the other headpieces.


Wedding/Event Workshop in the Studio on September 8, 9 & 10

3 Day Workshop

photos: Jamie Bosworth

Interested in learning different styles of bridal bouquets? Learn the mechanics behind woodland bouquets and other styles. Join us for the wedding workshop in my studio in Portland, OR .

Be inspired by many different techniques and tricks to make bouquets, ceremony and reception flowers that are ‘out-of-the-box’!

This Wedding/Event Workshop is intensive and inspiring, providing insights and techniques developed over many years of European floral design. Classes begin with a lecture and presentation, where your input and questions are welcomed.

After a demonstration of floral techniques and mechanics, you will design your own pieces. You will hone your artistic talents, and will be encouraged to listen to your intuition and further your own vision. Classes are limited to five students to ensure valuable individual attention.

Dates: Monday September 8, Tuesday September 9 & Wednesday September 10

Time: 9am til 4pm (1 hour lunch break)

Where: At Françoise’s Studio

Cost: $1,000 – A 50% deposit is requested to reserve your space; the balance is due August 27.

For more information or to pay via paypal, please call 503-236-5829 or visit my website


Wedding/Woodland/Botanical Couture in Bozeman on September 22 & 23

Monday and Tuesday, September 22 & 23, 2014, 9AM to 4PM each day

Hosted by Katelin Green of:
Avant Floral

Located in Bozeman, MT

Wedding/Event Workshop

Class size limited to 10 students! Create and keep your designs. Please bring your own tools, i.e. clippers, scissors, wire cutters and knives. Lunch 12PM to 1PM will be provided

Register for the Workshop

Price $1,000

Monday September 22 – Woodland Arrangements

In this workshop you will learn the mechanics behind creating textural and detailed designs that will expand the way you think about flowers. This workshop offers practical, hands-on experience that will further develop your own skills and increase your confidence to explore outside the box. After a demonstration of techniques and mechanics, you will design your own centerpiece and woodland bridal bouquet using foliage, bark, berries, seedpods, twigs, mushrooms, herbs and some flowers. You will hone your artistic talents and will be encouraged to listen to your own intuition and further your own vision. We’ll also talk about the intricacies of sourcing, ordering and pricing flowers.

photo by Joni Photo

photo by Joni Photo

Tuesday September 23 – Headpieces and Jewelry

We will design a botanical headpiece, flower crowns, botanical rings and other jewelry etc,… We’ll also cover what’s involved in consultations, proposals and contracts and will discuss marketing ideas.

photo by Joni Photo

photo by Ted Mishima

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Thank you to the editor Lisa Carmichael and to Evan Grossman who wrote the article.



Woodlands for an Event at the Allison in Newberg

Last weekend I made some long woodland arrangements for a couple of events in the wine country. On Saturday an event was hosted by Ken Wright with Ken Wright Cellars in Carlton and on Sunday the event took place at the Allison in Newberg.

woodlands for VIP event at the Allison in Newberg, Françoise Weeks

photo: Ken Wright


Annie & Jacob

Wedding Date: March 29, 2014

Ceremony: First Unitarian Church

Reception: West End Theater

Photographer: Kirk Massin

Caterer: Artemis

white and green bridal bouquet, First Unitarian Church, Françoise Weeks