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!
There is nothing we love more than an outdoor event and add a city farm into the mix, serving the most delicious, organic food, an insane amount of balloons, the most beautiful rental items - all photographed by an incredible photographer - well, that's simply a dream. This neon inspired dinner hosted by Big Delicious Planet with Nimblewell, Luft Balloons and Stephanie Bassos Photo was gorgeous!
One of the greatest things about the wedding industry is how many wonderfully creative people that we meet! Nicole Elizabeth Photography sent us over some beautiful images of an invitation suite designed by Samantha Meyer Studio. She had asked for a few blooms to compliment the paper goods, and they turned out perfect. This is the perfect time of year to book your photographer and invitation designer, we definitely think you should keep these two ladies in mind!
In January and February we're often asked, "Is this your slow season?" and to be honest - there really is no such thing. This might be one of our most favorite times of year, because our schedules are filled with meetings, beginning the relationships with all our 2018 and 2019 clients, planning and mentally designing and writing all the proposals. Although we physically design less, mentally we stretch our limits to offer the most beautiful weddings and celebrations that we can. And when it's snowing outside for days and the temperatures dip regularly below 20 degrees, we're thrilled to be dreaming up floating floral designs, colorful centerpieces and the sweetest boutonnieres.
All of these thought have reminded us of one of the most beautiful weddings this past summer with Lola Event Productions, at the Ravenswood Event Center. A ceremony floral half moon, growing out of the ground, peonies galore and the absolute sweetest couple you can ever imagine! Hope these beautiful photos from Chad Husar Photography help make your winter afternoon a little more tolerable. XO
Valentine's Day is ONE WEEK away! Have you pre-ordered your flowers yet? There is still time to order a bundle of blooms for the one you love (Or yourself?!). Flowers not your jam? We carry a wonderful selection of fine jewelry, fragrance and so much more. Stop by the boutique, or call us at 773-395-2770 so we can make your February 14th something extra special this year!
Even though today's weather is lighter and brighter than normal for January, this is the time of year we really begin looking forward to spring weddings, and we're reminded of this beautiful May wedding at the Chicago Athletic Association. Photographed by Kina Wicks, the simple and candle lit ceremony glowed. The bridal bouquet couldn't have fit the season more perfectly! We were thrilled to work with Liven it Up Events!
One of the wonderful things about autumn is that there are so many color palettes to choose from. Jewel toned and bold, chocolates and oranges or lovely pastels. We love the October sunset palette at Artifact Events. Photographed by Artistrie Photography, planned by Laura Kimmel and catered by J & L Catering and Events, we were in love with this wedding!
Winter is the time when you begin to plan your summer celebration. And with the chilly temperatures ahead, we thought we'd look back on this beautiful, lakeside wedding at a private residence in Lake Geneva. Beautifully photographed by Anna Guziak Photography, and perfectly planned by Five Grain Events, it was the ideal summer celebration!
December weddings are simply beautiful. Wintry and fresh with a nod to the holidays, this affair at The Drake Hotel was no exception. Flawlessly coordinated by SQN Events & photographed by Avery House, we love every single detail. Check out the printed winter 2018 edition Inside Weddings for a beautiful write up!