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!!
We’re thrilled to share this wedding with you from just this past season. Ceremony and Reception both took place at the University Club of Chicago. Photos taken by Dory Tuohey, and planning by Tracy Events. We love the rich colors and all the tall magnolia centerpieces. And there is such a beautiful glow cast everywhere (Check out the head table!). Enjoy!
We simply cannot stop looking at these beautiful wedding images! The colors, the glowing candles, the incredible had table and the most lovely couple, this wedding is hands down in the Top 5 Fleur Favorites of 2018! Photographed by Erin Hoyt Photography, and coordinated by LK Events, we think it will be one of your favorites as well. Reception took place at the timeless Ivy Room, and can we talk about the anemones in the bridal bouquet?! Enjoy!
Chicago weddings are so elegant. And weddings held at the Chicago Athletic Association are especially stunning. The history of the building and the incredible view, the architecture and lighting - everything is pretty much perfect in our eyes. We’re thrilled to share the beautiful images from Ann & Kam Photography of this beautiful day with LK Events. In the Madison Ballroom, our copper chuppah is adorned with floating orchids & the aisle is lined with over 100 candles and over 700 rose petals. The White City Ballroom has a collection of tall and low centerpieces, and candlelight galore. We loved every minute of it, and hope you do as well!
Autumn weddings are so lovely and perfect. The color palette can run from vibrant and bold, mix in with rich rusts and rose gold, or bring in a little classic white and green with soft seasonal hues. That’s what you’ll see in this beautiful wedding at the Saddle & Cycle Club. The images from one of our favorites, Natalie Probst Photography are truly beautiful!
If you’re looking for inspiration that is truly out of the box, a little overgrown but still captures all the romantic, this is truly the wedding for you. Inspired by the alley entrance to Smith & Mills in Manhattan, we were happy to oblige! Held at the secret garden, Chicago Illuminating Company, coordinate by LK Events with ceremony performed by Zen Events, this wedding was a stunner. We’re so grateful Katie Kett Photography was brought on to capture all the beautiful images!
Digging through the archives, we realized that we never blogged about this beautiful wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center! One of the most majestic venues in the city, with views of Millennium Park it’s a location not to be missed whether you’re a tourist or planning your wedding. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Stoffer Photography. And a special nod to Shannon Gail Events for coordinating all the incredible details!
This is the time of year that all the photos from our weddings this past season are starting to pop into our inboxes. It’s absolutely thrilling to see so many beautiful image of smiling faces and gorgeous details. This wedding at Artifact Events is no exception - classic white and green centerpieces with accents of gold, lots of candles, and our favorite floral escort wall backdrop. Five Grain Events coordinated all the details absolutely perfectly, to create an elegant and smooth day. We were thrilled with all the lovely photos from Artisan Events. Enjoy!
There is nothing more romantic than an intimate wedding in one of your favorite restaurants. Located in Lincoln Park, this stunning Arts & Crafts building is so special. Originally built as a shelter for ice skaters, its rich history has provided the city with much love. The view isn’t too bad either.
We were delighted to fill the inside of the restaurant with gorgeous centerpieces, appearing to grow directly out of the table, add candle light and glow and transform the space into a secret garden. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Tuan B & Co of this dreamy wedding coordinated by Bride + Joy Weddings.
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!