"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not."
- Georgia O'Keeffe
I am a Floral Designer with a cottage business who is blessed enough to have 2 studios; one in beautiful southern Vermont and the other in central Connecticut. What Geogia O'Keefe says about flowers explains my design philosophy as well as my passion for flowers. Every event I contribute to brings me great joy and I feel blessed to be able to work with such an amazing medium.
For the better part of 13 years I had the good fortune of training with the incredibly talented Pauline Runkle of Floral Artistry, in eastern Massachusetts, arranging flowers for elegant, high-end weddings and major corporate events. My education is in theatrical Costume Design (MFA). Colors, textures, shapes and silhouettes are important parts of designing costumes and flowers. Thankfully, I get to do both, remaining active in theatrical design work with professional theatres in my area --when not arranging flowers, of course.
For 8 years I established by business in Vermont as a Floral Designer while managing a beautiful bed & breakfast: The Williams River House. There we host weddings, corporate parties and other events. Working at this beautiful place gave me the opportunity to hone my skills and find my own style.
Recently I have relocated and look forward to establishing myself in Connecticut as well.
Through the years I have designed for events in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. I am available to work at any location and happy to travel anywhere in the greater New England area.
For a more comprehensive look at my work, please visit my website: collettebenoit.com.
Feel free to contact me: 978-609-6828
Recommended by 99% of couples
Tonya · Married on 08/12/2017
Looking for spectacular arrangements/decor and peace of mind - look no further! Her bouquets, true works of love and art, just took the guests' breath away. I still dream about them!
I hired Collette for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary, held at our Lake house on Lake Champlain. After only a few email exchanges and one meeting, she was able to perfectly understand my needs, provide brilliant ideas for leveraging what I already had and make a "wow" setting from the entrance and grounds, to the dining tables, buffet tables and serving platters. The color scheme was gold (for 50th) and navy blue. The event was outdoors under a tent surrounded by water- so I wanted "informal" yet unique and stunning bouquets to match the setting. Since I was feeling so comfortable with Collette and her brilliant and creative ideas- I gave her "Carte Blanche" which meant she could choose the flowers. When she mentioned that she would make the final selection the day before the event, as she was sourcing everything from the Boston Flower Exchange- I knew I had made the right choice. She wanted to make sure she had the freshest and most interesting flowers. The end result was SPECTACULAR- She simply took everyone's breath away.
Tricia · Married on 10/06/2018
Truly remarkable florist!
Collette took our ideas for our wedding and made it into an extraordinary reality - better than we could have ever imagined! She is encouraging and insightful and her arrangements are the highest quality and creative. We could not have been more happy with everything!
Jessica · Married on 06/16/2018
Collette was so easy to work with. She made our vision come to life with ease. She arrived at our wedding venue the morning of and handled everything from the ceremony to the reception. Throughout the whole planning process she was easy to talk to and always responded in a timely manner. She was very detail oriented and always had a great response when I asked for her advice. She is a true professional and amazing at what she does! I’m so glad we chose her for our florist! She is truly amazing.