Flamingo, Baby!

Just a week ago we had the pleasure of designing a tropical, Hawaiian themed baby shower for our wonderful and endlessly talented friend, Katie Jayne of Jayne Weddings!  Pink flamingo, feathery peonies and tropical blooms & foliage were the backdrop for this super happy celebration.  We even had our own 11 minute tropical rain storm, to leave us all refreshed!  Amanda Megan Miller snapped some gorgeous photos, and Elysia Root made the most incredible cake!!  We can't wait to meet Katie's little one!

Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller

 

 

Classic Evenings at the Armour House

This past May we celebrated so many weddings.  This timeless and classic wedding with Bride + Joy Events at the Armour House was such a beautiful day with the most beautiful and sweet couple you can imagine.  Add peonies with a staircase covered in greenery, candles galore and the softest palette, and you are set with a romantic evening that you'll never forget.  Avery House captured these perfect images!

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Avery House
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Avery House
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Avery House
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Avery House
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Avery House
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Avery House
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Avery House
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Avery House

Summer in February

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.

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kyle John Photography, Planning by Estera Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kyle John Photography, Planning by Estera Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kyle John Photography, Planning by Estera Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kyle John Photography, Planning by Estera Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kyle John Photography, Planning by Estera Events


A January Wedding at the Northmoor Country Club

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!

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller


Julie & Laura

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.

Cheers!


Virginia & John

This past summer we worked on a beautiful wedding with Virginia & John at Navy Pier.  We teamed with Clementine Events and were thrilled to be working with Matt Haas Photography!  Congratulations to Virginia & John!  

A New Blog, A New Day...

It's been a while since we've posted on the blog.  We updated our website (Thanks to the amazing and talented Janelle of Refind Joy), and our old blog didn't exactly transfer over to the new site.  We're not upset about this, we think it's the perfect opportunity to start fresh.  After all, we are settled into our new home at 2651 N Milwaukee, loving our storefront and preparing for wedding season.  It's a very exciting year for Fleur!  In the meantime, enjoy these photos from Orange 2 Photography of one of our summer clients, and thank you for your patience as we slowly rebuild our blog!

Wreath Making Workshop!!

Wreath Making Workshop at Fleur Inc

We're hosting a wreath making workshop on December 10th!

Learn two basic styles and swag design from 6-8pm!  Hot cocoa and seasonal cookies will be provided (BYO alcoholic beverages).  Enjoy an evening of making some home decor for yourself, or a holiday gift for someone you love.

$110.00 (pre registration required), Call to book your spot!

773.395.2770

Take home a Fleur tote bag to carry your designs!

*All Fleur Workshops are non refundable, but transferable.

Fleur Workshop(Photos taken from a past Fleur workshop at Camp Wandawega)

Kinfolk Gathering

Just about a month ago (when the weather was significantly warmer), I was invited by my friend Amanda Jane Jones to participate in the Kinfolk Gathering dinner at Camp Wandawega.  Of course I said yes.  Dinner at my favorite place in the world, and the chef happened to be Jason Hammel from Lula Cafe.  It was an incredible night!  Here are just a few images, but check out the amazing recap from Wandawega right HERE!

But first, check out this amazing video of the night from Richard Original right in

THIS VIDEO!!

Kinfolk Video by Richard Smith

Thanks so much to Amy Jo Royall Photography for the beautiful images!

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A sweet little summer wedding

This is an exciting time of year as we start to snap go through all the photos we took of our weddings throughout the year.  There are SO many beautiful images, we're not sure how to feature them all, but here are a few from a lovely summer wedding at North Pond.

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Flowers by Fleur Inc

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Flowers by Fleur Inc

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Flowers by Fleur Inc

Collaborating with SQN Events!

This past summer I worked on a wonderfully tailored style shoot with the always fabulous Beth Bernstein of SQN Events.  She is forever fashionable, and curated the most wonderful shoot with Kina Wicks Photography.  Back in September it was featured on Style Me Pretty, and right HERE is the link!

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the shoot!

PS Don't forget our new address is 2651 N Milwaukee, Chicago IL 60647

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Sarah & Stan at the MCA

OH!  This is the time of year I die a little, because all of the photos of our weddings are trickling in from our wonderful photographer friends.  Like this wedding with Pen Carlson Photography.  I mean, it's everything we love.  Romance and candles and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Estera Events and Art of Imagination.  Not to mention the sweetest couple in the world.

Enjoy, and many happy years of love to Sarah & Stan!!

(PS Don't forget our new address:  2651 N Milwaukee, Chicago IL 60647)

Flowers by Fleur, photo from Pen Carlson, planning by Estera Events~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo by Pen Carlson Photography~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo by Pen Carlson Photography~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo from Pen Carlson Photography~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo by Pen Carlson Photography~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo from Pen Carlson Photography~~~

Bridal bouquet by Fleur, photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie

I had to start this post with just the most beautiful cascading bouquet, captured by Olivia Leigh Weddings.  This wedding, teamed with Estera Events, is such a perfect mix of a wild, overgrown garden in the center of history.  Taking place at the Chicago Cultural Center, I can't stop looking at the photos.  And Sarah Drake's gorgeous paper products are a wonderful, ethereal touch to the details of the day!  Oh, and let's not forget the beautiful copper vessels from Refind Joy!!

Congratulations to Emily & Angelo!!

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An extra special day

I've been a fan of Martha Stewart since I was a little girl  Before opening Fleur, I've probably made every craft in every magazine (and all the spin offs).  Some of the most delicious recipes that are now engrained in my mind from making them so often are from the cooking archives.  And before I had any inkling of any knowledge of working with flowers, I tore out every page of floral design and gardens (this was all before Pinterest, of course).  When my good friend Janelle text me the other morning that Martha Stewart Weddings had listed the top 25 florists to follow on Instagram and we were number 10, my heart stopped for a second.  I couldn't believe it (and still can't!).  To be included on a list that included some of my favorite designers was an honor that still boggles my mind.  I'm forever grateful to be on this list.  Thanks Martha Stewart, for all the years of inspiration.  Knowing that Fleur can also inspire others is really the best thing I could ever ask for in my life.

You can see the link right HERE, and be sure to follow the other 24 amazing designers too!

25 Floral Designers to follow on Instagram from Martha Stewart Weddings

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Fleur Inc Instagram

The Secret Garden Wedding

I'm not really sure what I liked more about this sweet bride.  Her adorable southern accent or her incredible taste in flowers.  And could she and her mom have been ANY sweeter at all throughout all the planning?  AND the wedding was in a secret garden on the boarder of Michigan? Really?!  Pair that with the most perfect weather, the MOST amazing team in the world, a gazillion taper candles and I am in my little floral heaven.  I can't even wait for the professional photos, here are all the ones I snapped myself.  Thank you to Refind Joy for all the brass pieces!!

Congratulations to Whitney & Bradley!!

Lush bridal bouquet by Fleur Inc

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Ceremony decor by Fleur Inc

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Ceremony decor by Fleur Inc

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Floral centerpieces by Fleur Inc

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Centerpiece by Fleur Inc

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Ranunculus on cake (floral designed by Fleur Inc)

Floral Halo Class at Anthropologie

Occasionally we have opportunities to step out of our brick & mortar shop and partner with the sweetest and most talented of people.  When Amanda Jane Jones asked if I would be interested in partnering with her at Anthropologie to teach floral crown making, of course I said yes!  Meeting so many lovely people interested in learning a fun craft is simply too much fun!  In addition I met the sweetest  lady, Anna Zajac who is responsible for capture this lovely morning workshop.  Here are a few photos she took, but be sure to check out her blog for the rest of them, right HERE!

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Floral crown class by Fleur, with Amanda Jane Jones, at Anthropologie.  Photo by Anna Zajac~~~

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Courtney & Keith

Some days you receive that email that fills you with so much excitement and happiness, and that's how we felt today when Clary Pfeiffer sent us the photos of Courtney & Keith's wedding from this past May at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  Absolute joy, these photos are so bright and airy from one of our favorite weddings.  Congratulations, Courtney & Keith!  We wish we could work with you every single weekend!!!

Photo by Clary Pfieffer, bouquet by Fleur

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Photo by Clary Pfieffer, flowers by Fleur Inc

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Photo by Clary Pfieffer, flowers by Fleur Inc

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Photo by Clary Pfieffer, flowers by Fleur Inc

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Photo by Clary Pfieffer, flowers by Fleur Inc

~~~Photo by Clary Pfieffer, flowers by Fleur Inc