This is the time of year we begin gearing up for so many wonderful new lines arriving in the boutique! Here are just a few image of what’s been going on!
It has been a month to the day since we last posted! It’s because this is truly the busiest time of year for us this season. Every weekend we are back to back with the most beautiful events. And one of our favorite things about that is when the photos start to roll in. We hope you enjoy these beautiful images from Annie Steele Photography of a delicious June wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens (Naturally, a favorite location of ours!). It was a beautiful afternoon and evening with the lovely BCR Events. This wedding features our favorite floral escort wall, filled with foliage and blooms! Enjoy!
A regular question we receive is, "What's the difference between an escort card and a place card?" The answer is actually very simple. Your escort card will direct you to the table where you will be enjoying dinner. The place card will direct you to the exact seat. Place cards are often at an event that is a little more formal. Often, we see the head table has place cards, but not the rest of the guest tables. We love designing escort card displays, they are often the first introduction to the wedding! Here are a few fun ideas that we've created in the past!
One of our most popular escort displays is our greenery and floral wall. This versatile wall can be created with foliage, floral, a variety of fabric and more. We've used velvet and lovely ornaments around the holidays, and boxwood as well. This design fits so well in many locations, but especially the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Photo by Annie Steele.
This past April we were so excited to team up with LK Events for a beautiful and glowing wedding at Architectural Artifacts (coordinated by Artifact Events). This was one of those beautiful weddings when you're so excited during the planning phase. You can picture the glow, you can see the floral, it's unique but still an incredibly classic Chicago wedding. These kinds of weddings will never go out of date (Which is one of our goals!). Taking place in the Ravenswood neighborhood inside the walls of a what feels like the best museum ever (Except that EVERYTHING IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE) it is a curio collection that always feels special and important. Thank you to Emily and Tim for trusting the Fleur Team to be part of such a beautiful day. We're thrilled to share these beautiful images captured by Olivia Leigh Photographie!
We recently posted an image on our Instagram featuring some delicious dishes, alongside one of our Fog Linen dish towels that we carry. So many of you asked for the recipe, so here it is! We have Real Simple Magazine to thank for all the goodness, it was featured in their July 2018 issue!
Cucumber & Melon Salad
1 small shallot, chopped finely
5 Tbsp. Champagne or white wine vinegar (We used our own champagne vinegar, infused with chive blooms from our garden!)
1 - 3lb cantaloupe, peeled and chopped
1 english cucumber, sliced
6 oz of feta cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 loaf ciabatta, sliced
7 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves (ours came from the garden!)
1/2 cup roughly chopped toasted almonds (We used walnuts, because they were on hand!)
Freshly ground black pepper.
1. Mix together the shallots and vinegar. Set aside to drizzle later on.
2. Arrange the cantaloupe and cucumber on a large platter and set that aside (We recommend using our DBO Home platter, shown below!).
3. Meanwhile, heat a cast iron grill pan and brush both side of the ciabatta with olive oil. Grill until charred on both sides (We also rubbed fresh garlic on both sides for some extra delish!).
4.Whisk 1 tsp salt and the remaining olive oil into the shallot mixture & drizzle over the salad. Top with the basil, walnuts pepper (to your taste) & sea salt. Serve with the ciabatta!
The DBO Home ceramic line that we carry would add to the presentation of this summer meal! Photo from their This stunning collection is handmade in Connecticut, and each piece is different than the next. It's a truly special line that we are so proud to carry.
Maybe you prefer patio dining & you're looking for outdoor serving pieces? The Fog Linen serving plates are perfect! We use these all the time when friends and neighbors stop by. Durable and wildly cute, they spruce up our table in an instant!
Either way, stop by the boutique to see our table ware collections, and happy summer cooking!
"Life is the flower for which love is the honey." ~ Victor Hugo
We've been working on our archives the past few weeks, and have been trying to choose a favorite wedding bouquet. THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE. However, we will say, we delighted in all the images that we have collected, knowing there are so many wonderful couples in love who trusted us to be a part of their celebration. Here are a few bouquets we simply adore. We couldn't choose them all, because there are SO many, so you can expect a second post eventually with even more!
Photo by Kyle John Photography
Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography
Photo by Kate Headley Photography
Photo by Gerber & Scarpelli Photography
Photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Photo by Gerber & Scarpelli Photography
Photo by Todd James Photography
Photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography
Photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography
We post so many photos of our special events, that we sometimes forget to post about the Boutique! Did you know that we have a brick and mortar retail which is 1800 Sq Ft of gifts, jewelry, flowers and more? Here are a few images from this past month. Stop by, our selection is always rotating!
We've pretty much always held true to the fact that ceremonies are our favorite part of the wedding celebration. Choosing a wedding ceremony location is truly what defines the mood and decor of your day! There are many things to consider such as, do you want the ceremony and reception in the same location? If you're thinking about a romantic and glowing ceremony you may want to consider a winter or spring wedding when the sun sets earlier. Are you willing to brave the elements and opt for a chance to say "I do!" outside? The great news is that there is no right or wrong answer to these thoughts, it's only a matter of what speaks to you!
Here are a few images from some of our favorite wedding set ups where our couples have said, "I do!"
We created a gorgeous garden at the Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft. This beautiful location offers an incredible view of Chicago. It's a great space to have your ceremony and reception, because there is a large space for cocktails, while your catering and floral teams flip from ceremony to reception. Photo by T & S Hughes Photo
Loving on this sleek and fresh fabric backdrop and eucalyptus foliage at Chez Event Space. Located in downtown Chicago, this venue is the perfect blank canvas to make it into whatever you can imagine! Decor options are endless, but don't feel overwhelmed, we can help bring all your ideas into a cohesive and thoughtful experience! Photo by Alexis June Photography,
One of our favorite floating chuppahs ever! Following the ceremony the head table was placed directly under this beautiful piece. Photo by Becca Heuer Photography
Here is our custom, 12' tall boxwood chuppah at the Chicago Cultural Center. It can also be crated just 8' tall, if your ceilings are lower. This gorgeous thing simply speaks for itself. Photo by Jill Tiongco Photography
Such a lovely floral arch at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! Cheerful and bright, and a gorgeous Chicago backdrop!
Floral arch at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Backstory here - during this September wedding it was in the upper 90's! Talk about a heat wave! With lots of prep, & spray water bottles we made it work! it was a hot day, but and even more perfect wedding and reception! Photo by Olivia Leigh Photography.
We love weddings that are Logan Square based, and it was such a joy working at The Joinery this past April with Estera Events, Lula Cafe Catering & Nicodem Creative! We really wish we could do this every weekend!
The bride's bouquet had just enough of an organic feel with trailing foliage, yet balanced with plush focal blooms. Peonies popped back into season just in time for this wedding!
We absolutely loved installing this hanging floral backdrop with over 250 stems of foliage & blooms!
We are totally in love with their choice of black matte dinner plates!
And of course, always love adding a little height!
This past February we received a request that we absolutely loved. "Can you please cove the entire ceiling of Ovation in hanging greenery and brass prisms with glowing votives?" And of course our eyes turned into hearts and we replied, "OUR PLEASURE!" The photos just came back and we couldn't be more excited but them. This wedding was top notch. It was a snowy weekend, but you wouldn't know that by looking inside. Working with Bride & Joy Events, and photographed by Found Light Studios, it was simply everything.
We're often asked, "When is the slow season at Fleur?" There are certainly some days here and there that are slower. You know, when there is a snow storm or random, biblical rain storm, but overall we like to keep our hands and feet moving and shaking. It's somehow already May (And thankfully the weather caught up with the timeline), and have had so many gorgeous things already happening!
There are a lot of exciting changes happening. Have you been by to see our new tile? You know, the tile we asked you to vote on OVER A YEAR AGO... Sigh. You always do things for yourself last. However, it was finally installed and we are in love. This is just the first phase of a lot of remodeling happening in the boutique. Think of Paris meeting Tulum and having a love child - that's where we're headed. Stop by regularly, you'll see what we mean.
We've also had a lot of classes! Terrarium building, embroidery, and our first of an annual Mother/Daughter floral design class! We were having SO much fun that we hardly remembered to snap any photos! We're already so excited for next year! Follow along our Instagram account (@Fleurinc) for updates on classes. We take a little break from them in the summer, but more are always popping up. Spoiler alert, we are currently working with an Austrian painter who will be traveling to Chicago come autumn and planning a class around her vacation. OMG we can't even being to tell you how excited we are for this!! More details will be available soon!
We've also worked more with West Elm! It is always SUCH a delight to team up with them, meeting some of the most lovely people and having a total blast in general. Thank you West Elm Chicago for hosting us!! We have a few more incredible collaborations planned with them this summer as well!
Our weddings have been gorgeous this year so far. Our retail selections are ever changing (but we always keep our staples!). More fine jewelry is on its way come late May and early June. Our one of a kind vintage items are coming back right after Mother's Day (Oh yeah, it's Mother's Day this Sunday) and our locally grown flowers provided by some of our favorite people in the world are back. It's pretty exciting around here, hope to see you soon. XO
In the past we've heard people ask, "Who would get married in the winter in Chicago?" and our response is basically, "The most bad ass couples you can imagine!" Winter weddings are a true magical event. There is something about walking into a glowing venue filled with candle light when it's snowing and frigid outside. Once you're there, all those winter thoughts melt away and you're left with nothing but warm & romantic vibes. That was certainly the case at the Bridgeport Art Center Skyline loft this past January. Such a gorgeous wedding with Lola Event Productions, Jeremy Lawson Photography & Art of Imagination. Enjoy!!
We love us a historic hotel wedding, and this gorgeous evening at Hotel Allegro is no exception. The ceremony was truly the most glowing affair, with our glass and brass risers and a sea of candles. The soft floral color palette gave the feeling of winter, yet still felt timeless and almost transcended season. We adore the photos from Natalie Probst Photography, and the planning from Lola Event Productions was perfect. Enjoy!
OH MY GOSH, we are so IN LOVE with this wedding. It's so lovely and wonderful to see bright and beautiful oranges, yellows, bright greens and ivories in a wedding. Definitely one of our favorite color palettes that we don't often see at weddings. This wedding at the Bridgeport Art Center with Estera Events was a September dream. The colors truly remind of us creamsicles and lemonade. The photos from Megan Saul Photography are so wonderful, and we had a difficult time choosing which ones to feature! Enjoy!
It's been way too long, how have we not shared the images from this gorgeous, happy wedding at Ravenswood Event Center with you? Slightly rustic, yet still elegant, this colorful wedding was coordinated by Lola Event Productions & all the images were take by Amanda Megan Miller Photography. We love the wispy and dreamy chuppah aired with floating class orbs and the candlelit aisle. The centerpieces were so happy and lovely! We can't wait for our 2018 weddings here!
What a celebration, we loved this wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center. Held on one of the coldest days of the year (The high was five degrees, the loading dock just a block from lake Michigan and it was an all day set up), but truly one of the warmest families we've ever worked with. Combining Catholic and Jewish religions, we created a custom, 12' tall boxwood chuppah with a few Irish touches. And candelabras, gorgeous, elevated arrangements, garlands and wreaths. We'll never forget this magical day! And a true dream team staring Five Grain Events, Becca Kaufman Orchestra, J & L Catering, Elegant Event Lighting, Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists and all the images from Jill Tiongco Photography.
& here are 2 images from our cell phone. :)
How did we forget to post photos of our last floral design & calligraphy workshop?
Layers of Loveliness drove all the way from Indianapolis to teach a lovely group of ladies the art of calligraphy, then we learned a few tricks on how to create a floral centerpiece. This was our second glass with Miya and they are truly the best. Virtue Cider provided some delicious beverage and snacks came from the Dill Pickle Co-Op! Hope to see you at the next one!