Handcrafted Artisan Wedding

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We recently collaborated with some of Tucson's finest to create a beautiful "kinfolk" inspired wedding shoot.  Photographer Elizabeth McDonnell invited us to her family's ranch in Patagonia, AZ to design and style the decor and floral for this heart warming project.  Be sure to view our time lapse production at the end of the blog! Atelier de LaFleur specializes in event production, wedding planning, decor styling and exquisite floral.

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Flowers/Styling/ Design: Atelier de LaFleur


Lead Photographer: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography


Second Photographer/ second shooter: Kelsey Shirley Photography


Fresh organic vegetables/ herbs/ produce: Sleeping Frog Farm


 Clothing styling/ wardrobe/ Brides custom made dress/ Jewelry: Avenue Boutique


Hair styling & make up: Studio 110


Cake: Sugar Song Cakes http://www.sugarsongcakes.com/

Stationary/ Menu/ Invites/ Place cards: DeFilippis Designs https://www.facebook.com/defilippisdesigns

 Handmade Local Whiskey: Whiskey Del Bac


Handcrafted Local Beer: Dragoon Brewery 


Local Bread: Time Market


Local Wine: Arizona Stronghold & Pillsbury wine company 

Purchased at Time Market


Handcrafted Olive Oil: Queen Creek Olive Mill


Dreamy Florals

Wedding Bouquet by Atelier de LaFleur

At first glance you may not think that this wedding was photographed in Tucson...simply gorgeous right?  That's what we think too!

Exquisite wedding floral and decor by Atelier de LaFleur.

Wedding Floral & Decor Stylist- Atelier de LaFleur

Photography- Elyse Hall Photography

Hair & Make-up- I Do Hair & Makeup

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An Eco-Friendly, Louisiana style wedding

For this New Orleans style wedding, the couple wanted to stay as eco- friendly as possible.  The centerpieces were planted with different varieties of succulents and beautiful fresh floral.  Each place setting displayed planted  aloes which doubled as the guests wedding favor. For the brides bouquet we used a mix of orchids, roses, succulents, anemones and wax flower.  The groom is the owner and chef of The Parish (a southern fusion gastropub) so we used fresh herbs along with succulents and tied them together with moss to represent the bayou of Louisiana. Photos by Chris Richards. 0593














Gorgeous Botanical Wedding

LaFleur's wedding designer Brittany Pena created gorgeous florals for a recent wedding at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.  Brittany accessorized the couple with beautiful plants and flowers including- peonies, air plants, succulents and aloes.  Photos by Patrick Grimes  10257403_10203627350621468_1292742561484440366_o 10298508_10203627376742121_715974096769523737_o 10286927_10203627380422213_8420113169596462591_o



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The Backup Plan

Tucson averages 11 inches of rain per year translating to about 48 days of measurable precipitation.  Many clients choose Tucson because they know the odds are in their favor. Gorgeous mountains, beautiful desert flora, warm temperatures and sun!  Well we know better...don't we... How does LaFleur Plantscapes make their New York bride feel like she's in the warm, sunny desert on a rainy day?  We rally the team and execute the back up plan, bringing in over 100 tropical plants and cacti to create a mobile greenhouse inside of a clear tent.

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Corporate Plantscaping

LaFleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora is not your average florist...did you know that we service some of your favorite spots all over Tucson?  That's right, we have a handful of our designs in restaurants, retail, corporate business, and landscaping firms.  We offer fresh flowers and living plants all rotated either weekly, or monthly.

Some of our past and present customers include;

Barre 3 Side Car Falora Maynard's Market + Kitchen Hotel Congress Saint House Rum Bar 47 Scott Agustin Kitchen Mast Food For Ascension Tap & Bottle Santa Rita Landscaping Rick Joy Architects Latitude Aerospace Engineering Baker + Hesseldenz

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Plants reduce stress and increase productivity in the workplace, our clients have discovered that adding living plants or fresh flora is essential to creating and maintaining a healthy and profitable environment.  Not only have plants shown to enhance worker productivity by 12% and reduce busy office noise, plant-filled rooms contain 50% to 60% fewer airborne molds and bacteria!

To learn more about our business to business program, or to set up a consultation, email us at info@lafleurplantscapes.com

Floral Workshop

Last week we hosted a floral design class at the atelier!  Given as a holiday gift by their husbands, these lucky ladies got to get their hands dirty and make some very advanced floral arrangements.  They learned how to use the tools of the trade,  how to cut and handle floral, as well as taping and wiring of succulents. IMG_9558










Interested in taking a floral workshop?  We have a two-week series of classes coming to Atelier de LaFleur in August. This Foundation workshop includes eight design classes, a field trip to a local plant nursery and event styling/designing your own dinner party for 12 guests.The last class of the series is an introduction to tablescaping—a class in which we create two table settings, one minimalist and the other a country style, to teach how to combine flowers and table décor together

.  For more information on the Foundation Workshop, visit our website www.lafleurplantscapes.com and click on 'Atelier'. For questions or to sign up for the workshop email: mica@lafleurplantscapes.com

Aqua Linda Farms Wedding

We recently styled a wedding out at Aqua Linda Farms in Amado Az. Our inspiration for the floral was to design arrangements and bouquets that complemented the brides sash. Not only did we design some beautiful and unique floral, but also installed decor and linens as well. Aqua Linda 1795314_10202980527976705_2110391021_o 1959962_10202980524096608_233106390_n 1964960_10202980525856652_1889048055_n

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New Years Nuptials

This New England couple rang in the new year with "I do!"  Great views at the Ritz Carlton, two adorable french bulldogs, beautiful fresh flora, and fireworks to end the night...what more could you ask for?




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LaFleur Plantscapes Supports Same-Sex Weddings


In light of the current Arizona Senate bill allowing businesses to discriminate against our LGBTQI brothers and sisters, we felt compelled to share one of our recent same-sex weddings.  We are a downtown Tucson business that fully supports and is willing to serve our community regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability. 

This story is so close to home because it starts with one of our own, Amelia, Lead Designer and Manager of Atelier de LaFleur who recently married her best friend and partner in life Callie.  These two beautiful women met in the bay area 9 years ago and this summer they decided to tie the knot.

It was very important to both of them to create a ceremony that portrayed their spiritual beliefs. They specifically wanted to create an experience where everyone would feel included and the importance of the day would  fill their guests hearts with unconditional love.

ImageGuests were seated in a spiral and the wedding rings were blessed by passing them around to family and friends.They burned sage, called in the four directions of the Cherokee medicine wheel, the Seven Jewish Blessings were revised to represent their same-sex marriage and they displayed a ancestor altar.

Every detail of the ceremony and reception was styled by Amelia.  Hand-crafted banners, table numbers and party favors were made by family and friends and decor props were provided by LaFleur.

Amelia designed a bouquet that included hand picked cotton from a field in Alabama, dahlias, poppy pods, delphiniums and lace leaf dusty miller.

ImagePictures of friends and family that could not attend were with them in spirit.  Amelia and Callie strung their photos from the trees through the path connecting ceremony and reception.

Scout (American Bulldog), Luna (Olde English Bulldog), and Shelby (Olde French Bulldog) participated in the ceremony as ring bearers and additional entertainment throughout the evening.

LaFleur feels so honored to feature Amelia and Callie's wedding and we strongly believe their message of love and acceptance is universal.  We will continue to support same sex weddings, serving the entire Tucson community.




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Garden Wedding Chic

We recently styled the floral arrangements for Loren Galesi and Nick Joyce's wedding at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson. This gorgeous spring wedding was relaxed yet chic. It celebrated the new beginning of Nick and Loren's life amidst the bloom of spring in Tohono Chul's first wedding and reception held exclusively in the park.

LaFleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora used seasonal wildflowers, white anemones, ranunculus, succulents, and lots of texture to create romantic, garden-themed arrangements. Crystal baubles, bengaline linens and delicate succulents planted in mercury glass added extra charm to centerpieces and ceremony décor.

From start to finish every single detail of this garden soiree was perfectly captured by Neil Kreuser Photography and highlighted this couples love of nature, family and each other.

February Plant of the Month: Lisianthus

This month's featured plant gives a nod to the month of love with special meaning that celebrates passion and romance. The Lisianthus flower is an herbaceous annual that loves the warm sunny regions of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and northern regions of South America. This flower resembles a peony or rose and ranges in color from deep purple to pale pink to pure white. For hundreds of years, this flower was given as a gift between lovers to show a deep admiration and physical desire. With such an intense message attached, it's no wonder that it is a favorite flower of those with the sign Sagittarius - especially those with intense, outgoing personalities. Lisianthus make a great addition to bouquets for late spring and early summer weddings. Their leaves have a velvety, succulent-like look; and the petals of the flower are delicate and open like a full mouth waiting to be kissed. Because of the wide range of colors and extreme heat tolerance, Lisianthus can easily be incorporated into any design for a unique touch that communicates so much more than meets the eye!

Contact me today to find out more about how La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora can help you design unique, colorful floral arrangements for all your event needs. I look forward to working with you!

February: The Month of Love

I think it would be fair to say that when February rolls around, pretty much everyone thinks of Valentine's Day. Love, hearts, candy, flowers...these are all the traditional images of how we say, "I love you," to those most special people in our lives. I encourage you to celebrate love in all the forms it takes in your life this year. Don't forget to tell your sweetheart how much he or she means to you. Better yet, show them how much you love them with a living arrangement from La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora. I can custom design arrangements for you to commemorate any special event. Do you remember what flowers were in your wife's wedding bouquet? I can create an arrangement using the same flowers and color palate. Does your mother have a favorite flower or plant? Let me know, and I can build a container garden for her that will last for years. Do you have a crush on someone special? How about surprising him at his office with a sustainable arrangement or succulent to add warmth, life, and a reminder of how much he's valued. La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora is committed to creating unique arrangement that will capture the magic of your feelings for that special person in your life. Contact me today to secure your arrangement in time for Valentine's Day.

Ask A Horticulturist: Orchids

A client of mine recently sent me this question. It's a good one, and one I get asked frequently: Q: I have an orchid question, when it stops blooming at the very end and then starts sprouting lower on the side, do I cut where it stopped growing?

A: If the stalk is completely yellow/brown and the blossoms are spent, you can cut it back to about an inch from where the blossom stalk originated from the plant. If there's still some green in the stalk then cut it back to the branching sprout, but leave about 1/4 inch above the node( which is indicated by a small leaf-like bract clinging to the stalk).

Do you have a plant problem that needs diagnosis? Are you curious about finding out what herbs love to grow in the desert? How about setting up a drip irrigation system to keep plantscaping and flora in the garden fresh all year long? I'd love to help! Tweet, post on Facebook, leave me a comment, or contact me with a gardening question (or two) that has been puzzling you. I will post your question, along with my answer, in the coming weeks on my blog.

My gardening brain is ready and waiting to help you with all your plantscaping questions. Want to learn more about La Fleur Plantscapes + Fresh Flora? Check out my website or contact me for a free consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Giving Thanks from the Garden to the Table

Fall in the desert brings welcome relief from the heat of summer without losing the beautiful blush in the garden. Each autumn brings another opportunity to set aside time to give thanks for the harvest, for family, and for sharing what's simple and pure in our lives. I know I especially love sharing from my garden, and the Thanksgiving table is a perfect place to highlight some wonderful fall fare. The cooler, yet still mild, Tucson autumn is perfect for cultivating fresh herbs that compliment a traditional Thanksgiving meal particularly well. I like to grow sage in a pot to bring a refreshing scent to my patio, then easily move it inside on colder nights or to use in the kitchen. Some freshly cut deep silver-green foliage can easily be incorporated in a center-piece or bundled and laid on the plate as an eco-chic placard.

Besides herbs, there are many shrub varieties of mums that grow well in pots and translate easily from the garden to a centerpiece and back again. Try a Hardy Mum (Chrysanthemum x morifolium) for fall blooms in a deep red, gold or burgundy. Choose a plant that is still small with few blooms from the nursery. Transplant to an un-glazed terra cotta pot and allow at least one week for it to get established. Once the plant has adjusted to its new home, the blooms will begin to open. Placing your potted mum at the center of your table is a great alternative to fresh cut flowers because it can be placed outside after use and is hard enough to survive winter.

For more ideas about incorporating local plants and flora into your holiday celebration, contact LaFleur Plantscapes & Fresh Flora at 520-548-1338 or info@lafleurplantcapes.com.

The Party

I recently styled an event for one of Tucson's most worthy non-profits- The Boys and Girls Club. I was asked to create a tropical zen-like atmosphere with interior plants and fresh flora for their annual event which attracts over 1,000 Tucsonans.  My arrangements were the backdrop to beautiful art, community vendors, delicious tastings from FOX restaurants and the very talented Third Eye Blind.