Calligraphy & Floral Design at Fleur!

This past spring we teamed up with Layers of Loveliness to host a floral design and calligraphy class in the boutique!  It could not have been a more perfect day, filled with the sweetest group of talented artists!  And it's aways sweet when there is a treat from Bang Bang Pie!

We were especially lucky to have the wonderful Amanda Megan Miller not only attend, but she took photos of the afternoon as well!  Here are a few images of the day.  Follow our Instagram or visit our Gatherings page for more classes.  You won't want to miss the next one on September 13th featuring all local flowers and a cocktail class from Longman & Eagle!

Calligraphy with Layers of Loveliness and floral design class at Fleur, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Calligraphy with Layers of Loveliness and floral design class at Fleur.  Photo by Amanda Megan Miller.
Calligraphy with Layers of Loveliness and floral design class at Fleur.  Sweets from Bang Bang Pie!  Photo by Amanda Megan Miller.
Calligraphy with Layers of Loveliness and floral design class at Fleur.  Photo by Amanda Megan Miller.
Calligraphy with Layers of Loveliness and floral design class at Fleur.  Photo by Amanda Megan Miller.
Calligraphy with Layers of Loveliness and floral design class at Fleur.  Photo by Amanda Megan Miller.
Calligraphy with Layers of Loveliness and floral design class at Fleur.  Photo by Amanda Megan Miller.


November at the Langham Hotel

Last November was one of our favorite weddings.  Reception held at the Langham Hotel, the palette was elegant, soft and approachable.  The dreamy and exquisite photos from Clary Pfeiffer capture the day perfectly! A huge congratulations to Caroline and Brian!

To see even more images you can visit the write up from Magnolia Rouge.

Floral by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Floral by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Floral by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Candles by Fleur Inc, Calligraphy by Allie Hasson, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Floral by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Floral by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer



Speaking at Sage Wedding Pros!

This November I am delighted to be speaking at BE SAGE!

Speaking at Be Sage

You've been in business for a year, or maybe 10, and you're ready to grow.  The question we all ask ourselves is HOW?  Growth is something that you can't do on your own, so building the right team around you is key & I will be speaking about just that.  Discussions will include creating systems so that your team can follow your lead and take initiative when you're pulled away, keeping the motivation up and teaching your art form.  

This year's speakers are incredible, and in addition to my topic you'll hear all about:

  • What should I be doing to prepare for my personal financial future? What about 401ks, IRAs, etc?
  • How can I improve my body language to maximize my sales?
  • How can I protect my brand against defamation, bad reviews, crazy people, and gossip?
  • How can I create a cash flow plan for my business?
  • How can I build a team that will replicate my artistry? - That's me!
  • How can I diversify my revenue streams?
  • How can I market my business with the use of video, podcasts, and other new media?

I cannot wait to meet you there!


Fleur partners with Lincoln Motors, July 8-19th

Fleur is excited to announce our first partnership.  Stop by the boutique any time during regular hours July 8-19th to take a look at a Lincoln vehicle.  Take a seat inside, imagine yourself driving around Logan Square and then take home a little bouquet & vase from Fleur, compliments of Lincoln Motor Vehicles!  See you soon!

 

 

Lincoln Motor Partners with Fleur Inc

Best of Chicago

When I was a teenager, I would ask my parents to drive me to the north side of Chicago (I grew up on the SW side), because I thought it was really the coolest place on earth.  Each time I would take home a copy of the Chicago Reader, and read it religiously, cut out articles my young mind thought was important, looked up art showings and dance performances and learned about some of the most amazing bands.  Now, to once again be included in the Best Of Chicago issue, I'm humbled and honored.  Fleur loves Chicago and our growth is only possible because of our incredible guests and the amazing team that listens to my crazy ideas and keeps everything going.  Thank you so much, Chicago.  Thank you for all your support, kind words, love and I promise to make sure that Fleur is always inspiring to you, just as this city and The Chicago Reader have been to me.

 

Fleur voted as Best Florist in the Chicago Reader by the people's choice.

Elegance & Sparkle at the Knickerbocker

We've held onto these photos for some time, and just love them SO very much!  Always a treat to work with Sarah Postma Photography, she truly captured all the sparkle & elegance of this glittery wedding at the Knickerbocker Hotel.  We couldn't possibly love it any more than we already do!

Bridal bouquet by Fleur Inc, Photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Bridesmaid bouquet by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Ranunculus boutonniere by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Place-card table by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Centerpiece by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Centerpiece by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Centerpiece detail by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography


Mid Century at Hotel Allegro

We couldn't believe it when Kina Wicks Photography sent us a sneak peek of one of our May weddings already!  This clean line, beautiful wedding at Hotel Allegro is just enough classic, gorgeous and glowing & has a little hint of sparkle.  Fluffy blooms paired with clean lines and fun candle holders, we loved all the details.  And Estera Events came on board for some of the finishing touches and details.  Overall, quite the perfect day.

Classic White bridal bouquet by Fleur Inc, photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Boutonnieres by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Wedding at Hotel Allegro by Fleur Inc, photo by Kina Wicks Photography.  Coordination by Estera Events
Floral Decor at Hotel Allegro by Fleur Inc, photo by Kina Wicks Photography,  Coordination by Estera Events
Wedding at Hotel Allegro by Fleur Inc, photo by Kina Wicks Photography.  Coordination by Estera Events.

Holly Chapple Designers

Each year I try to do something educational in my field so that I can continue to grow Fleur and pass along new ideas and better processes to my team.  This is so that I can better serve all our guests and helps me to continually raise the bar for myself.  This year I spent some time in NY for the Holly Chapple Workshop, learning a few new tricks from other designers such as Sarah Winward.  It was an exciting and encouraging conference, most in part to meeting so many amazing artists and designers.  I love the encouragement of the floral community and the sharing of knowledge.  Thanks so much to Lauren Carnes Photography for these beautiful images of the atmosphere and some of the pieces I created.

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Lauren Carnes Photography

 

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Lauren Carnes from the Holly Chapple Workshop
Group Chuppah Design at the Holly Chapel workshop

An Ivy Room Affair

This past April we worked on a beautiful wedding with Jayne Weddings at the Ivy Room.  Absolutely thrilled that Amanda Megan Miller Photography was there to capture the most beautiful photographs of the day, she did not disappoint!  We loved every single aspect of this day!  J & L Catering as always was a dream, and Aged Rentals added some perfect touches.  We could not imagine a better start to the wedding year!

  

Fleur bridal bouquet, photo by Amanda Megan Miller, with Jayne Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller with Aged Rentals and Jayne Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller, wedding with Jayne Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller, wedding with Jayne Weddings & Aged Rentals
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller, with Jayne Weddings at the Ivy Room

Martha Stewart Wedding Party

We were so excited to take part in the Martha Stewart Wedding Party for a second year.  Meeting couples in person is always a delight, we love hearing their plans and designs. And who doesn't love saying hello to Darcy Miller?  A special thank you to Artisan Events for snapping a few photos of our table.  We are certainly looking forward to next year!

ome of the details from this year are just so sweet.  We asked Frances MacLeod to calligraphy subway tiles as place settings, and La Tavola provided the amazing Swiss Dot linens.  We opted for fresh spring colors, with a pop of champagne to bridge the ivory an green.  Adding a few mid-century votive holders, we were pretty pleased with the results.  Thank you to everyone who visited us!


Virginia & John

This past summer we worked on a beautiful wedding with Virginia & John at Navy Pier.  We teamed with Clementine Events and were thrilled to be working with Matt Haas Photography!  Congratulations to Virginia & John!  

A New Blog, A New Day...

It's been a while since we've posted on the blog.  We updated our website (Thanks to the amazing and talented Janelle of Refind Joy), and our old blog didn't exactly transfer over to the new site.  We're not upset about this, we think it's the perfect opportunity to start fresh.  After all, we are settled into our new home at 2651 N Milwaukee, loving our storefront and preparing for wedding season.  It's a very exciting year for Fleur!  In the meantime, enjoy these photos from Orange 2 Photography of one of our summer clients, and thank you for your patience as we slowly rebuild our blog!

Wreath Making Workshop!!

Wreath Making Workshop at Fleur Inc

We're hosting a wreath making workshop on December 10th!

Learn two basic styles and swag design from 6-8pm!  Hot cocoa and seasonal cookies will be provided (BYO alcoholic beverages).  Enjoy an evening of making some home decor for yourself, or a holiday gift for someone you love.

$110.00 (pre registration required), Call to book your spot!

773.395.2770

Take home a Fleur tote bag to carry your designs!

*All Fleur Workshops are non refundable, but transferable.

Fleur Workshop(Photos taken from a past Fleur workshop at Camp Wandawega)

Kinfolk Gathering

Just about a month ago (when the weather was significantly warmer), I was invited by my friend Amanda Jane Jones to participate in the Kinfolk Gathering dinner at Camp Wandawega.  Of course I said yes.  Dinner at my favorite place in the world, and the chef happened to be Jason Hammel from Lula Cafe.  It was an incredible night!  Here are just a few images, but check out the amazing recap from Wandawega right HERE!

But first, check out this amazing video of the night from Richard Original right in

THIS VIDEO!!

Kinfolk Video by Richard Smith

Thanks so much to Amy Jo Royall Photography for the beautiful images!

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Nikki & Eric

Oh, these photos make me SO happy!  The sparkly dress, the happy colors, all the textures - it's honestly just such a GOOD wedding!  Nikki & Eric have great taste, and it was an absolute honor to work with them on their wedding.  And we couldn't be more tickled that Katie Kett Photography was there to capture the day!  Congratulations to Nikki & Eric!  We loved your wedding at the Ravenswood Event Center!

Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Katie Kett Photography~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo by Katie Kett Photography~~~

Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Katie Kett Photography~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo by Katie Kett Photography

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Flowers by Fleur, photo by Katie Kett Photography

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Flowers by Fleur, photo by Katie Kett Photography~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo by Katie Kett Photography

A sweet little summer wedding

This is an exciting time of year as we start to snap go through all the photos we took of our weddings throughout the year.  There are SO many beautiful images, we're not sure how to feature them all, but here are a few from a lovely summer wedding at North Pond.

Flowers by Fleur Inc

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Flowers by Fleur Inc

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Flowers by Fleur Inc

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Flowers by Fleur Inc

Weaving Workshop at Fleur!

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Our first workshop in our new home is December 7th!  A three hour class of all the weaving basics!  You'll go home with your own loom and some wonderful new skills.  Light refreshments will be served.  Sign up at

GATHERHANDWOVEN!