It's been a month since we've posted, & that's just a small indication of all the amazing designs we were working on throughout the month of May! The professional photos are beginning to roll in, and we're starting off the season with these romantic images from Sarah Postma Photography. This gorgeous wedding at the Union League Club was classic and filled with spring blooms. We couldn't have been happier with such a sweet kick off to the wedding season!
Last September we worked on the most beautiful wedding at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Flawlessly organized by SQN Events, we could not have been happier with the elegance that included some of our favorite blooms and beautiful wispy foliages. The ceremony backdrop was an overgrown collection of seasonal greenery and grasses with fresh blooms. Centerpieces sported mercury glass and contrasting colors. And the hanging chandelier was whimsical and bright! Olivia Leigh Photographie captured all the beautiful details.
Aside from the Chicago Cultural Center being one of our favorite places to visit on our days off, it's also one of our favorite wedding venues in the city. The combination of incredible architecture, mosaics, its history, the rotating art exhibits, the location, the view.., it's just such a monument of class for this city. So when our couples come to us with this beautiful building as their backdrop, we are beyond thrilled. Elena and Robert's wedding was the perfect combination of class, beauty and romance - all so fitting of Preston Bradley Hall. And these photos from Lisa Diederich Photography are amazing. We want to go back to last November and do it all over again.
This past October we loved this wedding at the Saddle & Cycle Club with Greatest Expectations! So many beautiful and soft colors, and the loveliest and happiest sunflowers for the ceremony! We used cedar from the family's property to be included in the bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres. It could not have been sweeter!
Every year we are always so honored to be a part of the Martha Stewart Wedding Party, brought to Chicago by The Wedding Library and Lovebird Events. And each year we're thrilled to try new designs and showcase new items from our prop collection. The year was terribly exciting as we sponsored the show, adding our garden designs throughout the Ritz Carlton. It's such a fun show, filled with incredible vendors, and we are truly thrilled and humbled to a part of the day! Here are some photos from Amanda Megan Miller Photography of our work, and don't forget to take a look at Darcy's Diary for a little more! XO!
We are so thrilled to present to you our Dutch Masters floral design class on April 23rd! Held at Workshop Chicago, this open to all experience levels will be a true floral experience. Inspired by still life paintings (a nod to owner Kelly Marie Thompson's art history background), we will teach you all the basics of floral design to create your own painterly piece of floral art.
Featuring frittilaria, tweedia, parrot tulips, ranunculus, peonies and more, the beauty of these blooms will leave you inspired and excited for spring. We can't imagine a more fun Saturday afternoon than learning a new trade with friends, food & drink!
Sip on cocktails & delight in nosh from Boutique Bites, this event will be catered with delicious treats. Kina Wicks Photography will be there to document it all, and take home a Fleur tote filled with goodies, the sweetest apron & your own pair of pruners.
For more details, check out our GATHERINGS page, and we cannot wait to see you!
This past January we held our first watercolor and floral design class in the boutique! This unique session taught the basics of floral design by our lead designer, Janessa, followed up with the sweetest watercolor instruction by Cindy Phelan. Not only did you take home your arrangements of flowers, you had a life long version of them as well. We loved this class, because partnering with other creatives is beyond exciting, and passing on our tricks of the trade and meeting such brilliant students is rewarding to no end! Also, many hugs and thanks to the incredible Jennifer Kathryn Photography who took these photos. It was nearly impossible to choose which ones to post!
(PS Cindy takes custom orders, a beautiful way to remember your wedding bouquet!)
Have you signed up our Dutch Masters class yet? Read more about that floral experience HERE!
We don't even know where to begin with these beautiful photos from Kyle John Photography! This wedding at Morgan Manufacturing could not have been more beautiful and amazing. Teamed with Estera Events, it was pure delight. The soft blue gowns and linens, the fresh floral and candles and glow. It's truly a perfect setting.
Rachel and Andrew's wedding at Room 1520 this past November was a celebration of contrasting colors and creamy natural light. We were enamored with the bride's brazen embracing of texture, and the way she confidently advocated for her own sense of style. It's so fun to collaborate with couples on wedding floral design! (Remember, it is your wedding and you should love it from stem to petal and beyond!)
These brilliant photos from Made to Be Mine photography will give you a gorgeous glimpse into this stunning occasion. Cheers!
This past January 17th was truly the coldest day we've had in some time, although you would never know it based on this romantic and glowing wedding created by one of our lead designers, Janessa Knodt at the Northmoor Country Club. The color palette was so on point and the lanterns were perfect! We were thrilled that the photographer was Amanda Megan Miller, who captured the absolutely most perfect photos of the day! Mazel Tov Jamie & Brian!
Saturday, February 6th from 4-6pm we'll be at Rent the Runway Chicago toting lots of sweet little blooms to teach you how to make your own little pin corsages and boutonnieres! Pick out an outfit for the valentine holiday (Whether you're celebrating with a love, friend or alone - there is always a reason to dress yourself up!) and add the perfect floral accessory!
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Katie Kett Photography recently sent us some beautiful photos from a wedding last summer at Venue Six10. Bright and colorful, with a touch of vintage, we loved building the ceremony backdrop using our old doors, shuttered place-card holders and lots of mercury glass and wooden vessels on the tables. Plus, those coral charm peonies are amazing!
Over the summer we worked on a beautiful wedding with one of the most fun couples you can imagine. We teamed with Crystal from Big City Bride and she brought in the best collection of linens from La Tavola. The mood was romantic and happy, vintage but not over the top. We are in love with the result!
Winter weddings in Chicago are quite special. Taking the chilly season and embracing it is such a wonderful way to start a marriage. The darker months can be made warm and happy with ingredients such as heavy candlelight treatments, clean white and green palettes and evergreens mixed with woodland accents. This beautiful wedding designed by Janessas at the Peggy Notebeart Nature Museum, coordinated by Five Grain Events, captured all of winter's elegance. The beautiful photography is from Heather DeCamp.
In September we worked with one of our absolute fav's, Jayne Weddings. This girl creates the most beautiful events that are elegant but have that little touch of DIY so they're the most personal event you'll attend. The venue, Salvage One (always perfect) was glowing and the photos from Studio Finch captured all of the love! Congratulations to Mary & Hugh!
Happy New Year!
We wanted to start the New Year out right, so we've been saving this beautiful rehearsal dinner held at Summer House Santa Monica! Coordinated by Estera Events, and photographed by Kina Wicks Photography, it is truly one of our favorite events from last year. Bright, colorful and simply happy.
What a year 2015 has been. I've started to write a little wrap up a few times but none of the words are really working. Moments of loss and fear were quite prevalent throughout the year, and it was hard, frustrating and sad. My grandmother and aunt both passed away within 12 hours of one another (on different sides of the family). We almost unexpectedly lost my mother. My cat was sick, my husband started a new job which meant we both rarely saw one another, our fixer upper home was under construction for months (And still is). I missed nature and time to myself, yet I also felt very alone.
2015 was exhausting. 2015 was also very powerful. We completed one full year in our new location, which double our size, what we could create, carry and doubled, no quadrupled our belief in ourselves and what we were capable of. 2015 made me stronger, even though I didn't realize that until just a few days ago. When you're just on auto pilot you don't see everything that's happening, you just need to focus and make sure that things are being done correctly in the moment.
I feel so happy about this year (even though I'm happy it's ending and we can start fresh!). Every year I say our weddings become better, prettier, bigger, and this goes with our boutique as well. But I know damn well I couldn't do it without my team behind me, and every single day I thank my lucky stars that they are here. Driving cargo vans, climbing ladders and lifts, drinking too much coffee with me, and making centerpieces, wrapping gifts, sending out deliveries...oh it goes on and on. Meanwhile I'm in the background saying, "Hey, I know we have 56,000 projects going on, but I have this idea....!" And they haven't killed me yet. I'm so grateful for them. Each and every day I am grateful.
This year we reached some goals and dreams that I truly never imaged. We designed some of our biggest weddings to date. I spoke at a conference in front of over 100 people. I flew to NY twice and one of those times was to design a spread for Martha Stewart Weddings. I learned a lot about myself - I think more than ever before. This year has been the fullest that I can think of. This year has had so many losses and so many beginnings, with so many adjectives that just can't fill this blog. We have some incredible events planned and some even more incredible plans for 2016. All of 2015's moments have filled us with flurries of inspiration.
Wishing all of you a wonderful, sparkling New Year filled with love, healthy, nature and fun! Thank you to all our friends, family, guests and my team for bringing us to where we are.
Julie and Laura we're one of the most fun couples to work with. Dealing with some pretty intense floral allergies, we curated a list of blooms that were bright, textural and not likely to make anyone sneeze or break into hives (Truly not a good look on a wedding day). The result was happy, modern and glowing! Greatest Expectations coordinated a wonderful team including Steve Koo Photography, Courtney Callahan Paper & Ignite Glass Studios.
We were so excited to work with Emma and Scott on their wedding this past August. The flowers were soft and romantic, timeless and elegant. All some of our favorite adjectives! And the team was absolutely amazing to no end! Tying the Knot, Entertaining Company, The Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft & the amazing photos from T & S Hughes Photography!