This could not have been a more perfect wedding! Held at Ignite Glass Studios, one of Chicago’s most fun wedding venues, the decor was inspired by a sweet summer picnic! We loved the table runners, the sweet S’mores guest favors and of course all the coral charm peonies! Thanks to Melody Joy Photography for the beautiful images and perfect planning from Estera Events, as always.
Wedding ceremonies may be a quick part of the celebrations, but they are our favorite part of the day. We’re those people that tear up regularly during the vows. We love adding floral to the ceremony (Of course we do), but who doesn’t want to be surrounded by a beautiful floral frame when they share their love to their partner in front of their closest friends and family? We have some gorgeous weddings coming up in the next few months and as we were preparing for them we were reminded of this gorgeous day at the Chicago Athletic Association. Our copper chuppah was adorned with greenery and pops of jewel toned blooms, the reception filled with delightful glow and color. Enjoy these photos from Tim Tab Studios!
We’re halfway through August, and soaking up all of the summer vibes right now. We’re also preparing for some beautiful autumnal weddings coming up. This year our busiest season is late summer and all of fall, and we completely understand why. There is something very magical about the end of the season’s last push of floral and foliage into the world. We were reminded of this gorgeous wedding last year at the Bridgeport Art Center, filled with glowing lights (by Art of Imagination), pampas grass centerpieces (One of our personal favorites) and beautiful blooms. Enjoy these photos from Sullivan and Sullivan Studio!
Lush, overgrown, elegant and a touch of boho would describe this beautiful wedding at a Logan Square favorite location, The Joinery. We’re so very much in love with this beautiful day filled with a moon arch dripping in foliage, plush roses and garlands for days! Enjoy these gorgeous photos from Julia Franzosa Photography and planning details from Estera Events!
We’ve seen a lot of Garden themed weddings the past few years, and lots of tropical and modern ones as well. It’s been a minute since we’ve re-visited anything vintage, and it was an absolute delight to step back into that very realm of inspiration with this beautiful wedding at the Ravenswood Event Center. The atrium in the space is one of our favorites for wedding ceremonies. Filtered beautiful light, massive windows and a beautiful outdoor space makes it a very Chicago and very special location in the city. Enjoy this wedding coordinated by Chicago Vintage Weddings (Let’s talk about those oriental rugs for the ceremony!) , ceremony by Anita Weds and beautiful photos from Red Wall Photography!
If you follow our Instagram, you know that I recently returned from a trip to Italy. I travelled to Tuscany for a very quick scouting trip, to visit the most serene and idyllic villa situated in the medieval town of Chiusi, Italy (Pronounced Key-usi). This 400 year old structure will be home for our most exciting workshop to date, A Tuscan Gathering ~ Flowering in Italy with Kelly Marie Thompson.
During my time there I worked on a photoshoot. It was two days of picking flowers at an organic flower farm, designing arrangements atop a hill, overlooking rolling landscapes and a little town. I stored the flowers in a beautiful wine cellar, foraged olive foliage and garden roses from the grounds. We laughed, shared wine, ate charcuterie. We strolled through little towns, and I saw a castle for the first time. I found myself lost at one point in a cobblestone street, and was surrounded with window boxes covering the walls of very old and very beautiful stone buildings. I took deep breaths and really can’t remember the last time I was THAT happy.
At one point I thought to myself, “Whoever designed this theme park thought of EVERY detail, it’s perfect.” However this is no theme park. This is simply a small town filled with smiling faces. A landscaped dappled with olive groves, scotch broom and fields of poppies. The scent of homemade pasta floating down the street, the sound of Italians laughing. Church bells serenading in the distance their sound floating through the thin and curved streets. This is a real place with wonderful people and experiences.
And I’m inviting YOU to join me next May to see it for yourself!
Many have reached out, asking how experienced in floral design do they need to be for this workshop? This Gathering it is open to all design levels. Those with a simple interest and those who have years of practice. Because this is a floral design course, and SO MUCH MORE.
We’ll begin our mornings with yoga, before or after you can sit by the pool with your espresso or cappuccino. We’ll travel to Puscina Organic Flower Farm where you’ll stroll the fields and clip your own blooms. We’ll design at the villa and I’ll share all my tricks on how to chose the right bloom, how to determine how many flowers in a vase. We’ll forage from the villa grounds and we’ll create together.
But we’ll also learn how to make pasta. And bruschetta. We’ll enjoy a walk through olive groves with oil and wine tastings. We’ll visit Montepulciano, a medieval and Renaissance hill town and stroll through the streets. You’ll see flower boxes in windows, laundry draped near windows with painted shutters. You will lose yourself in this little part of the world for a few days. Evenings will begin with an aperitivo, you’ll be reminded of the joy of laughter, you will experience authentic Italia! And to top it all off, our dear friend and talented Clary Pfeiffer will be there to capture it all and share photography tips! Oh, did we mention that this Gathering is all inclusive?! (Airfare not included.)
There will be so many memories to share, and I can’t wait to see you there. I want you to experience the soft and peaceful light of four hour long sunsets. Feel the soft and fragrant breeze in the morning. The taste and tooth of homemade pasta, the creaminess of gelato. Reservations are filling up, as there is limited space for this intimate and beautiful Gathering. Please join me for all of my favorite things, flowering, sharing meals, learning and travel.
For all the details and to sign up, click HERE and for now, CIAO!
We’re thrilled to share with you this beautiful wedding, inspired by the West Coast meets the south. Soft colors, beautiful linens, peaches and an open patio. Julianne & Michael’s celebration says summer to us in all its splendor! The beautiful images are captured by Julia Franzosa Photography, the linens came from La Tavola and all the planning details were perfectly executed by Estera Events. Dining and dancing under the starts is a real treat for a Chicago wedding, and we were overjoyed for such perfect weather! The table centerpieces were lush with color and lots of greenery, offering a slightly overgrown look, and peaches were added for a little nod to a southern upbringing. Those personal touches truly made the day even more special! Enjoy this lovely wedding at the Skokie Country Club!
Save the Date!
July 11th we’re so excited to partner with Ampersand Cowork to bring to you the
Ladies of Logan Square Pop Up!
A month ago we met up with our dear friend Mary Nisi, owner of Toast and Jam Dj’s and Ampersand Cowork. The goal of the meeting was how to better collaborate with our fellow business owners in the neighborhood. We are part of a bustling, diverse and energetic community, but it’s often hard to network because we’re all wearing many hats each day. We wanted to connect so we can better promote one another, meet the people behind social media accounts, and wequickly came to realize how many women identified owned businesses are in the area. Which is why we decided to host the Ladies of Logan Square!
What is it? A Pop Up featuring Lady Bosses of Logan Square! Shopping, food, drink and most importantly, promoting one another. Let’s keep this great community thriving!
July 11th 6-pm
Held at Ampersand Cowork
3317 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, Il 60647
Participating Businesses include Wolfbait & B-Girls, Tula Yoga, Logan Square Acupuncture, Alison Williams Photography, Ancestral Method Tarot, Silvia Hildago, Logan Parlor, Lylole, Steel Petal Press, Logan Square Pilates, Play Toys & Books, Toast and Jam Dj’s, Hopewell, Brewing, Radical Larder, Ampersand Cowork & Fleur!
It’s our hope to host this event a few times a year, with rotating crew of bad ass women, who are keeping Logan Square unique and filled with small businesses! Interested in participating at another one? Email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is invited? Everyone!
HERE is a link to an Event Brite for this free event!
We can’t wait to see you there!
We’ve been going through our archives, enjoying some strolls down memory lane (with 17 years, there are a lot of beautiful memories! In honor of Pride month, we wanted to share one of our all time favorite couples with you - Connie & Jessie. These beautiful souls have become dear friends, and we hope you enjoy these gorgeous photos at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, taken by Amanda Hein Photography and coordinated by Greatest Expectations! We truly believe, Love is Love.
Our hearts are overwhelmed with gratitude and love today. Thank you to each and everyone of you who was so supportive yesterday. As many of you know, our sweet, cuddly little old ladt, Shop Kitty aka Sweet Pea was taken from our boutique. We posted an image from the security camera of the woman who took her and immediately it shared, comments flooded in, and we received hundreds of direct messages of people showing their concern. We read stories from some of you who shared images of their own pets, some of you who recently lost your fur babies and we met a woman who told us that Shop Kitty is the reason that she decided to adopt a cat as well (It was very hard to contain the waterfall tears at that moment). Thank you to all of you for your love. We mean it. We’ve tried to respond to all the messages, but there are so many we may miss some, which is why we want to thank you over and over and over here. Thank you for your concern, you fast action to share and positive words. Shop Kitty is one loved little nugget of joy that has been with Fleur since day one!
Shop Kitty was returned to us 2 hours after our post. She is happy and ran straight to her favorite bed. She took her medications, she had extra snuggles and maybe even an extra treat. She’s sitting in the sun right now, her favorite spot to lounge and greet customers.
Thank you to all the news stations and publications that reached out to help us find her. This includes WGN, FOX, NBC, ABC, the Tribune and Block Club. If you would like to read what happened, check out the story on Block Club right HERE, and the follow up story after she was returned HERE.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, we are so so so happy to have her back home.
In order to turn this traumatic day, we decided that this weekend, May 18th & 19th, we will be donating 10% of our profits to Harmony House for Cats.!
Photo by Stephen Kellogg.
Drawing & embroidery by Serena Madrigal
An extra note to all our friends. Please make sure your animals have chips and that they are updated if the case you move, change your name if you get married. If you want to help animals, volunteer at an animal shelter. Raise money for a shelter. Foster an animal. Instead of receiving birthday presents, ask for donations for a shelter. There are many ways to responsibly care for animals!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
We are always inspired by the colors of Mexico, and thought that today, one day before Cinco de Mayo, is the perfect time to share these photos from a shoot we worked on this past autumn. Designed by Lindsay Campbell on behalf of West Elm, this is truly the perfect May 5th fiesta for us! Held at Farrand Hall and photographed by Belen Acquino Photography, we hope you enjoy! And at the very bottom, take a peek at some of our favorite Logan Square Mexican Restaurants!
There are SO many delicious Mexican restaurants in Logan Square, here are just a few of our favorites!
Always friendly and always delicious, we can’t count how many tacos we’ve eaten here over the years. The back patio is especially special, too - you’ll forget you’re even in Chicago!
To quote their website, “A menu as diverse and colorful as our heritage.” We could not agree more! We wish we could eat here every night! The food is delicious and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Their cocktail list is extra special too!
Laid back, tacos & Mexican street food. What more could you want??
if you’re looking for something trendier with beautiful design, check out Lonesome Rose. We’re in love with their margaritas!
Some time back we worked created a centerpiece for our dear friend Clary Pfeiffer. Inspired by blueberries, she took these beautiful images of dying paper and making blueberry frosting. Paired with gorgeous calligraphy from our friend Layers of Loveliness, this shoot is pretty much perfect. Enjoy these few images, but check out the full post on Magnolia Rouge!
Boutonnieres or pocket squares? Of course we’re biased, we love a little flower tucked into the lapels of suits and tuxedos. There is something delightfully classic and romantic about accessorizing with a touch of nature. The word “Boutonniere” is French for “Buttonhole Flower, and back in the 16th century these were worn to ward off evil or ill luck. They added a little bit of fragrance & hide less pleasant scents. For a time they were worn on battlefields, denoting the family you represented (Funny that we haven’t seen more flowers in Game of Thrones, come to think of it).
These days boutonnieres are most often seen worn at special occasions. Celebrations such as weddings, proms or a very special date. In the past we saw a single carnation or rose, but fortunately now they are very personalized. Sometimes they are chosen to match other flowers in a wedding, and often we’ve included a stem or two to recognize heritage. We’ve included thistle for a groom who was born in Scotland. We’ve also added rosemary to some, representing remembrance and as a nod to the couple’s love for cooking together.
Here are just a few of our favorite boutonnieres. Classic and also not classic, we hope you enjoy!
Wedding day dreaming. It’s our “slow time” in the studio, which only means that we’re working in a different way. A little less actual flower making, and whole lot of flower planning. Our hands are itching to create, but at least we have these beautiful photos to remind us that wedding season will soon be upon us. We love the understated design of Clary & Seth’s blooms at the Bridgeport Art Center. The details of the candlelit escort table, and the beautiful table numbers are simply romantic. Art of Imagination created a stunning backdrop for the ceremony, and Estera Events coordinated the day perfectly. Thank you to Loren Weddings for the gorgeous photos!
It’s that time of year when most Chicagoans are missing summer, it is after all an incredible season in this lovely city. Which makes sense why we are always the busiest during that time, working on so many beautiful weddings. When the weather cooperates, there is nothing better than a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. Which reminded us of this beautiful and elegant, sleek yet garden inspired wedding at City Winery.
The ceremony was kept simple with a white frame and fabric, the back row of chairs matching. Peppered throughout were floral installations of blooms and foliage, triangular terrariums of blooms and inside guests danced under a trellis of suspended greenery and foliage. Lush blooms and lots of candles filled with reception tables. We hope you enjoy this wedding with photography by Jill Tiongco Photography and planning by Shannon Gail Events!
We’ve said it before & we’ll most certainly say it again - we absolutely LOVE working at the Chicago Athletic Association. The view of Lake Michigan is perfect, the ceilings and chandeliers are a joy and it’s easy to add decor to. For this wedding we kept things simple. Ivories and greens and lots of candle light (You can never go wrong). Enjoy the beautiful images from Alisha Tova Photography!
This morning it was snowing. Well, it was actuating ice falling from the sky. We’re all nature lovers over here and generally love all the seasons, but today we didn’t mind reminiscing about this beautiful summer wedding. Held outdoors on the roof of Morgan’s on Fulton, it’s pretty much the quintessential Chicago summer wedding! Coordination was planned by our girls, Estera Events and photos are from A Couple of Dudes Photography.
Wren’s gorgeous bouquet featured anemones, garden roses, ranunculus and other summer specializes.
We love a ranunculus boutonniere!
Give us all the flower girl hoops!!! They are one of our favorite accessories for the little ladies.
Our floral wall is the prefect backdrop for an escort wall.
We thought the rose napkin accents kept the wedding warm and sweet. Overall, we simply adore this color palette! And we loved hanging all the greenery from the cafe lights outside. This also gives a garden-like feel for the city!
This is the most perfect Chicago wedding photo!!