I went to Thailand years ago, visited the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, and was so inspired by the orchids growing there that I even visited a couple of orchid farms. Later, it was reflected in how I hung the summer orchid installations at George V. I learn so much whenever I go to Asia.
In Paris, we go through 12,000 blooms a week, with a $1.2 million budget and a staff of 12 people. In L.A. we have the same vibe, but with a staff of seven. It’s more about deliveries in L.A., and a version of the Leatham experience delivered to people’s homes. It’s also about the studio experience; guests can come watch us work at the Four Seasons Los Angeles.
Opening the Four Seasons George V made my career, hands down. Another highlight was designing Tina Turner’s wedding. I’ve been so lucky to work with iconic artists whom I respect, like Adele.
Cher is a great friend of mine, and “I Got You Babe” is one of [my husband’s and my] songs. I asked her if she’d do a mini singalong, projected on an enormous screen, and then introduce me before I got on my knees.
We were watching Steel Magnolias outside at Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Cabo. All of a sudden, the movie stopped and Cher came on the screen. After we got engaged, there were fireworks set to Bruno Mars’ song “Marry You.” When we got back to our room, the hotel had spelled out HE SAID “YES” in rose petals on the bed.
I’m inspired by cinema and design from the 1950s and ’60s – midcentury modern furniture and artwork. I’m a huge Marilyn Monroe fan and collect memorabilia of hers. I recently watched A Star Is Born with Judy Garland. There’s a scene with a giant, gorgeous f lower wall, which is now the most popular thing for weddings and parties. That movie was released in 1954! Everything has been done before.
I lead a big life now, but I grew up on a ranch in Utah. My grandfather was a rancher, and it’s a piece of me that I hold close to my heart. I go back a couple of times a year.