Francoise Weeks is one of my most admired floral designers, hands down. Having been born in Belgium and started her career in Antwerp before settling in Oregon, a bespoke European influence and a lush, organic Pacific Northwest feel are incorporated into each of her designs in equal measure. She regular makes floral purses, hats and accessories of the kind that I see in foreign high-end design magazines, but rarely see from American wedding florists.
On top of that, she gets cool points for hosting very regular wedding workshops that focus on teaching in depth ceremony, reception and personal floral design skills. There is one of each upcoming in March, the two part classes are held consecutive Monday and Tuesday evenings. Props to anyone who, instead of sitting around feeling threatened by DIY brides or budding wedding florists, finds a way to incorporate them into their business!
She also regularly teaches seasonal classes at her studio. They’re a great deal at $75, including take home arrangements and all materials, and the topics are really specific and appealing – from textural succulent designs, to fall woodland arrangements, to learning to make your own floral purses.
What I’m trying to say is, if I call in sick on Feburary 28th, there may just have been cheap flights to Portland ; )
This spring the offerings are no less inspired. There’s one coming up on the 28th called blooming branches and spring flowers, where you will learn to make stunning creations like these, using Spring elements like quince, cherry branches, forsythia, daffodils, tulips, hellebore and hyacinths.
Here’s what a former student had to say of the experience in her classes:
“Taking Françoise’s flower classes gave me the confidence and freedom to use my imagination and think outside the box. I can now see the possibilities of incorporating pieces of ordinary plants from my own yard, along with seasonal blooming flowers, to make arrangements my own. I love taking the classes in her intimate setting where each participant is encouraged that there is no right or wrong way to enjoy flowers!”
And here are some of my general favorite designs by Francoise Weeks: