Meet the team

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Maura Whalen

Owner and Lead Designer of Casablanca Floral based in Seattle, WA 
Maura has been hosting and flowering for most of her life.  She has studied with master floral designers around the world and is happiest when she’s teaching others how to see anew so as to find and create beauty with mostly foraged finds.   Maura’s loves include travel, food, kids and getting her hands dirty in the garden!

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Katie Scott

Voted one of the Nation’s top ten designers on the rise by Domino Magazine, Katie Scott is a creative force whose work can be seen throughout the country.   Dozens of publications have featured Katie’s interior design  such as  Domino, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Interiors, Country French, Southern Living, New York Post, WWD, Luxe and more!  Katie was thrilled to be chosen to design the La Laurie mansion top to bottom cleansing it of its horrid past and infusing it with a new, sensual sensibility that is unlike anything in the French Quarter.  To work with Maura Whalen of Casablanca Floral is also a thrill as Katie believes Maura’s work holds tremendous power and believes in the power of flowers to further cleanse and renew the La Laurie mansion as well as others throughout the globe.


Elaine Hotson

An avid gardener and floral designer from the Pacific Northwest, Elaine has always had an eye for style and an attention to detail. Her studies in watercolor, encaustic medium, interiors and floral design have all contributed to her ability to create over the top events - embellished with flowers.   She feels being surrounded by flowers fills the soul!


Andréa Walker

Andrea spent more than a decade as a lifestyle photographer, specializing in event and lifestyle portraiture.    Her passions are numerous and include nutrition,  piano, cross-fit, travel, reading and mothering to two amazing young girls when she is not mothering the rest of us in the most beautiful way. Andréa is known for making her subjects always feel beautiful as she simply finds the good and beauty in everything and everyone.

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Maura Yates

Maura Yates is the CEO of Mothership Energy Group, a boutique group of female-owned energy solutions companies providing advisory, consulting and analytical services for energy management, with a focus on low-carbon technology solutions such as solar, wind and storage. Maura has had a life-long love for and interest in flowers and the natural world and is the consummate host/logistician for our weekend!