The Four Seasons George V hotel is a five-star, luxury hotel in Paris off the Champs-Elysées with some of the most exquisite flower arrangements in the world. And so if anyone knows about pulling off an incredible wedding at a breathtaking location, it's the hotel's artistic director, Jeff Leatham.
Jeff is known for his flower arrangements that are truly works of art, and he has worked on weddings for some of the biggest celebrities. We caught up exclusively with Jeff as he opened up about working with Eva Longoria, Chelsea Clinton, Avril Lavigne and more.
He even dished on his biggest bridezilla experience! Although, he's not naming names, of course…Keep reading to get all the scoop!
What is one of your favorite parts of the process, and who was one of your favorite celebrity brides to work with?
I love meeting with the brides because I like to see their excitement. The most touching experience for me was with Tina Turner because she was so involved. She was so in love, and she so wanted this to be a wedding of love and warmth, and she loved the whole process. I like brides to know what they want and are passionate.
Who was the most involved groom you ever worked with?
I would say Chelsea Clinton's husband was very involved, and they are just such a lovely, lovely couple. Mark is an amazing guy, and there is so much love there.
Was Hillary Clinton involved in Chelsea's wedding?
Oh for sure Hillary had something to say. Come on, she is going to be our next president, of course she had something to say! Working on that wedding was an honor of a lifetime. I would say doing flowers for the Clintons and Tina [Turner], now I could die and I would be OK!
Any bridezilla horror stories you've experienced?
I am not going to say names, but I did have a horror story. I actually said, "You are really awful." She was very particular, so to speak. But karma is a bitch. She had this beautiful Monique Lhuillier gown that she must have spent thousands on. But the first cheers after the wedding she spilled red wine down her whole front of her dress. The monster bride got hers.
Eva Longoria has said the flowers you did for her wedding was the long thing that lasted from her wedding. How was working with her?
Working with her is amazing. I would say working with Eva was one of my favorite celebrity clients, because she is all about romance, passion and fun, and anyone who likes to laugh like that is a good time. I have two rules when you work with me: you have to have passion and you have to have fun!
What was it like working with Avril Lavigne?
If the wedding is on Saturday, then I am there on Wednesday until the day of the wedding. Typically I am there for the whole process, but with Avril it was different. I met her the day of the wedding. She was a special case because her album came out around the exact time as her wedding.
Do you do all the floral arranging/pruning yourself?
I do it all myself! I am all hands on. I am always touching every flower, whether it is a celebrity wedding or a bride at the George V hotel. If I put my name on something, I do it all myself. It is a labor of love.
Any advice for brides?
If I can give one piece of advice to a bride, it's don't take advice from others. Everyone has different weddings. Have the wedding you want to have.