Summer at the Chicago Botanical Gardens

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!

Flowers by Fleur, Photo by Annie Steele Photo, Planning by BCR Events at the Chicago Botanic Gardens
Flowers by Fleur, Photo by Annie Steele Photo, Planning by BCR Events at the Chicago Botanic Gardens
Flowers by Fleur, Photo by Annie Steele Photo, Planning by BCR Events at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  Floral Escort Wall
Flowers by Fleur, Photo by Annie Steele Photo, Planning by BCR Events at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  Floating Centerpiece.
Flowers by Fleur, Photo by Annie Steele Photo, Planning by BCR Events at the Chicago Botanic Gardens
Flowers by Fleur, Photo by Annie Steele Photo, Planning by BCR Events at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
Flowers by Fleur, Photo by Annie Steele Photo, Planning by BCR Events at the Chicago Botanic Gardens
Flowers by Fleur, Photo by Annie Steele Photo, Planning by BCR Events at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Please Be Seated!

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!

Candles by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography.  Escort display at the Langham Hotel, Chicago.

You can keep it very simple!  We love pillar candles and simple flat cards with gorgeous calligraphy like this display at the Langham Hotel.  Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography

Escort Display at the Chicago Cultural Center by Fleur Inc.  Photo by Olivia Leigh, planning by Estera Events

Make it historical.  Our vintage card display box was used at the Chicago Cultural Center, a former library.  We added lovely foliage and blooms for an overgrown garden touch.  Photo by Olivia Leigh.

European flower market inspired escort display by Fleur Inc at Galleria Marchetti.  Photo by Artistrie Co, planning by LK Events

This was a favorite of ours.  The escort table at Galleria Marchetti was designed after a European flower market.  Clusters of blooms and individual stems were packaged, and at the end of the evening they were the take away gift for guests!  That's our kind of send off gift!  Photo by Artistrie Co

Escort flower wall by Fleur Inc at the Chicago Botanical Gardens.  Photo by Annie Steele, planning by BCR Events.

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.

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller Photography at the Ritz Carlton

Garden elegance is a term we often hear, and feel as though this design perfectly captures the feeling.  Golds, greens and lots of glow created a beautiful welcome for guests at the Ritz Carlton.  Photo by Amanda Megan Miller

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks, Planning by Estera Events

And finally, the classic chalkboard design!  A welcome that will never be old.  It can be rustic or a little more polished.  It was the perfect entrance for this rehearsal dinner at Summer House.  Photo by Kina Wicks.

Emily & Tim at Architectural Artifacts

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!

Spring wedding bouquet by Fleur Inc at Artifact Events, with Lk Events.  Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings.
Spring wedding bouquet by Fleur Inc, for a romantic April wedding at Artifact Events with LK Events.  Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings.
April bridesmaid bouquet by Fleur Inc.  Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings.
A lovely, Chicago bride and her sweet bridesmaids at Artifact Events for this April wedding.  Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings, and planning by LK Events.
Candle treatment escort table treatment by Fleur Inc at Artifact Events.  This April, Chicago wedding was captured by Olivia Leigh Weddings.
Artifact Events wedding in the Architectural Artifacts space, floral by Fleur Inc.  This Chicago, April wedding was captured by Olivia Leigh Weddings, and coordinated by LK Events.
Boxwood backdrop for the head table at Artifact Events by Fleur Inc.  Photo captured by Olivia Leigh Weddings.
Yves Piaget garden rose centerpiece for this gorgeous Chicago wedding by Fleur Inc.  Image captured by Olivia Leigh Weddings
Taj candle holders at Artifact Events for a beautiful, glowing April wedding in Chicago.  Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings
Napkin florets are always a great idea!
Yves Piaget garden roses for this romantic and beautiful wedding in Chicago, at Artifact Events.  Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings and planning by LK Events.
Feasting Table decor with repurposed wedding party bouquets for this April, Chicago wedding at Artifact Events.  Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Olivia Leigh Weddings, planning by LK Events.

What's Cookin'?

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!  

Fog Linen dishtowel available at Fleur Inc

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!


DBO Home available at Fleur


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.  

Fog Linen available at Fleur Inc


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!

Wedding Bouquets for Days!

"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!

Romantic wedding bouquet with Juliette roses and ranunculus designed by Fleur Inc.  Photo by Kyle John Photography at the Blackstone Hotel, Chicago Illinois.

Photo by Kyle John Photography

Romantic wedding bouquet with cafe au lait dahlias and peonies, designed by Fleur Inc.  Wedding at the Langham Hotel in Chicago, photographed by Clary Pfeiffer Photography.

Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography

Yellow peony and fern bridal bouquet designed by Fleur Inc.  Wedding at the Chicago History Museum, photographed by Kate Headley.

Photo by Kate Headley Photography

Romantica Antique garden rose and fern wedding bouquet at the Dawson, Chicago.  Designed by Fleur Inc, photographed by Amanda Hein Photography
Coral Charm bouquet inspired by Monet's Garden.  Designed by Fleur Inc, photographed by Gerber & Scarpelli,

Photo by Gerber & Scarpelli Photography

Green and Ivory bridal bouquet designed by Fleur Inc at the Union League Club in Chicago.  Photographed by Sarah Postma Photography.

Photo by Sarah Postma Photography

White anemone bridal bouquet designed by Fleur Inc at Thalia Hall.  Photographed by Gerber & Scarpelli Photography

Photo by Gerber & Scarpelli Photography

Sweet, bridesmaid bouquet with quicksand & O'Hara roses designed by Fleur Inc at Room 1520.  Photographed by Todd James Photography

Photo by Todd James Photography

Tailored and romantic wedding bouquet with peonies and ranunculus, designed by Fleur Inc.  Photographed by Jaclyn Simpson Photography at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography

Wedding bouquet designed by Fleur Inc with muscari, clematis & peonies.  Photographed 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!

Logan Square Shopping, Fleur Inc, Pride Month
Incausa Incense in Logan Square, Fleur Inc
Logan Square Shopping, Fleur Inc
Zoe Chicco Jewelry available in Logan Square, Fleur Inc
Logan Square Shopping, Fleur Inc

Ceremony Decor Galore!

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

Same Sex Wedding, Floral by Fleur, Photo by Alexis June Photography

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


A sweet garden chuppah at the Chicago History Museum. Asymmetrical foliage and roses?  Yes, please!  Ethereal and dreamy, this aisle was adorned with garland swags and lanterns.  Photo by Chad Husar Photo.


Such a lovely floral arch at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum!  Cheerful and bright, and a gorgeous Chicago backdrop!  


This asymmetrical, floral backdrop at Morgan's on Fulton, was so fun to create!  Photo by Dana Richard's Photography.


Nothing says romance like this glowing ceremony at the Chicago Athletic Association.  After the kiss, we repurposed each and every candle into the reception. Photo by Kina Wicks.


This garden hedge at Ravenswood Event Center, was one of the most fun installations we've ever created!  Photo by Chad Husar.


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.

Bridgeport Art Center Wedding Ceremony, Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Megan Saul Photography

Overgrown Chuppah garden dreams at the Sculpture Garden at Bridgeport Art Center.  Olive and oranges were tied to the chairs as a nod to the couple's home in California.  Photo by Megan Saul Photography.

Love is Love

This past spring we were thrilled to work on a photo shoot with O'Hana Events.  This beautiful, same sex wedding inspiration is sweet, thoughtful and and so lovely!!  Photography by the amazing Aj Abelman Photography & venue The Guesthouse.  


Modern Garden at The Joinery

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!


Greening the Ceiling

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.  


Boutique Days

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

All the Glow at Bridgeport Art Center

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!!


January at Hotel Allegro

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!


Sunshine Vibes at Bridgeport Art Center

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!


Summer Wedding at Ravenswood Event Center with Lola Event Productions!

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!


Winter Celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center

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.  :)


Floral Design & Calligraphy Workshop with Layers of Loveliness

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!


Winter at Salvage One with Clary Pfeiffer

We love working at Salvage One, and this wedding captured by Clary Pfeiffer Photography is perfect.  Warm hues, incredible textures (the mink protea!) and a candle lit ceremony.  It was a beautiful day with Liven it Up Events.  Enjoy!