Marlene & Steve

My dear friend & the talented photographer, Jaclyn Simpson, sent me these photos earlier in the week.  They are of a bouquet we made for her Mother, who was just wed her sweetheart in a conservatory.  It's always an honor to create something for a family friend!

Congratulations to Marlene & Steve!!!

Clematis, garden rose & Muscari bouquet by Fleur, photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography

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Photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography, Garden bridal bouquet by Fleur

~~~Garden bridal bouquet by Fleur, photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography

~~~Sweet little spray rose boutonniere by Fleur, photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photograpahy

Dave & Kelly Marie

Last June I married the most incredible man at Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. It's kind of mind boggling to think that it was almost a year ago, because I can remember every single moment so very clearly.  I can't thank our friends and family enough for all their love and hard work.  After planning our wedding I have an entirely new love for my clients, I want them all to share the same joy that we did on June 1st.  Here are a few images from the wedding, our photographers Jaclyn Simpson and Jennifer Kathryn were absolutely amazing.

Camp Wandawega Wedding, photo by Jaclyn Simpson & Jennifer Kathryn

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Ranunuclus and poppy pod bridesmaid bouquet by Fleur.  Photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography & Jennifer Kathryn Photography, held at Camp Wandawega

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Ranunuculus & Lily of the Valley boutonniere by Fleur.  Photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography & Jennifer Kathryn Photography.  Wedding at Camp Wandawega

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Camp Wandawega wedding, flowers by Fleur, photos by Jaclyn Simpson Photography & Jennifer Kathryn Photography

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Camp Wandawega Wedding, photo by Jennifer Kathryn Photography & Jaclyn Simpson Photography

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Camp Wandawega Wedding, Photo by Jaclyn Simpson & Jennifer Kathryn

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Camp Wandawega Wedding, Photo by Jaclyn Simpson & Jennifer Kathryn

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Camp Wandawega Wedding, photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography & Jennifer Kathryn Photography

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Treats from Truffle Truffle, photo by Jennifer Kathryn Photography, Jaclyn Simpson Photography

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Camp Wandawega Wedding, photo by Jaclyn Simpson & Jennifer Kathryn, Hot chocolate bar by Truffle Truffle

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Camp Wandawega Wedding, flowers by Fleur, Photo by Jennifer Kathryn Photography & Jaclyn Simpson Photography

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Camp Wandawega Wedding, Vintage glasses collected by Fleur Inc

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Camp Wandawega Wedding, Flowers by Fleur, photo by Jennifer Kathryn Photography, Jaclyn Simpson Photography

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Camp Wandawega Wedding, photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography & Jennifer Kathryn Photography, flowers by Fleur

Thank you so much to everyone!

Greatest Expectations, Truffle Truffle, Sherman's Catering, Chicago Lighting Design, Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists, Lily Red Studio, Toast and Jam Dj's, XO Pictures, Aged Vintage Rentals, Refind Joy, Mignonette Bridal and so many more!!

Camp Wandawega Wedding, Photo by Jaclyn Simpson & Jennifer Kathryn

Alexa & Jordan

Brunch weddings are so great.  Really just great.  Partly being a morning person, but also because who doesn't love brunch?!  Mini pancakes, french toast kabobs and champagne with orange juice (Let's be real, I always skip the OJ).  This brunch wedding just about two weeks ago could not be more perfect!  Inspired by Rifle Paper Co (One of our favorite lines that we carry in the boutique) Alexa & Jordan styled their gorgeous and romantic morning wedding with the sweetest details.  Teamed with the stylish Estera Events, photographed by the sweet and talented Cristina G Photography, and hosted at the Four Season Hotel, well now, that's just perfection!

Congratulations to Alexa & Jordan!!!

Photo by Cristina G, Flowers by Fleur, peonies, garden roses, anemones, ranunuclus

Gilded seeded eucalyptus, garden roses, peonies, anemones, it's just so sweet.

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Photo by Cristina G Photography, Bridesmaid bouquet by Fleur

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Photo by Cristina G, flowers by Fleur, Romantic chuppah at the Four Seasons Hotel~~~

Photo by Cristina G, floral by Fleur, Place-card table~~~

Photo by Cristina G Photography, flowers by Fleur,

Race for the finish line! A Derby Baby Shower!

Last weekend I co-hosted a little baby shower for some good friends at my house.  With the due date being May 3rd, one of the greatest days on earth (The Kentucky Derby), we had the perfect excuse to start planning for some bets - will it be a boy or a girl?!  I am so excited to meet this little one! (Ps, I bet a girl).  And thank you so much to Refind Joy for all the wonderful silver serving trays!!!

Derby baby shower by Fleur

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~~~Pecan pie pops by Sweet Tart Bakery & mini hot browns

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April ain't no fool!

April is here, which means that wedding season is in full gear!  We've had a sprinkle of weddings and events throughout the past few months, but now it starts.  And we can't be more excited, the flowers are going to be incredible.  To top it off, we're already receiving shipments from some of our local growers - today is the 1st one with anemones and ranunculus!!  This is going to be a very exciting season.

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Wreath making at West Elm in with Kinfolk

Although mentioned many times before, I adore my job.  It's never the same, each week brings so many new challenges and experiences that are rewarding and inspiring.  These experiences teach me new concepts about design and at the end the day are simply fun.  When Amanda Jane Jones asked if I would be interested in teaching another class in collaboration with Kinfolk & West Elm, I was thrilled!  Spending an evening meeting so many talented people who have now become friends, working with fragrant foliages on a cold winter day, and watching everyone create organic pieces of art for their homes was wonderful.  Thank you to all our inspiring attendees, I am honored to have spent such a wonderful time getting to know you!!  Please enjoy these photos from Jaclyn Simpson Photography!

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Jessica & Jake

We just received some beautiful photos of one of our weddings from this past December!  Jessica and Jake were married at the Ravenswood Event Center.  It was the perfect combination of warm colors with a hint of cedar for a wintry accent.  We loved teaming up with Five Grain Events on this wedding, and overjoyed with the beautiful photos from Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema!  Enjoy & congratulations to Jessica & Jake!!

Flowers by Fleur, photo by www.annkam.com~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo by www.annkam.com~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo by www.annkam.com~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo by www.annkam.com~~~

Flowers by Fleur, photo by www.annkam.com~~~

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Flowers by Fleur, photo by www.annkam.com

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Flowers by Fleur, photo by www.annkam.com

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Flowers by Fleur, photo by www.annkam.com

Baby's breath beauty

This wedding.  I just can't even.  It's classy and beautiful, not unlike this gorgeous couple (Seriously, Lindsay & Filipe, you two are models!).  This could not have been the more perfect wedding for the snowy winter we received this year.  Congratulations you two!!!  And for our readers, please enjoy these simply perfect photos from Katie Kett Photography of this wedding at Room 1520!!

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Martha Stewart Wedding Party

Sunday, March 2nd we were very tickled to be a part of the Martha Stewart Wedding Party show, held at the Ritz Carlton, hosted by the Wedding Library & Lovebird Events.  With such a long winter this year, I chose spring blooms including lilac, jasmine and ranunculus to name a few (some of my absolute favorites), filled with fragrance.  These days, as I stare out into my snowy backyard, all I can envision is an overgrown and lush garden filled with vines and garden roses and floral in all seasons.  Hopefully I channeled all of that when designing this table, as I look forward to the summer, sitting in the garden with friends, sipping on Moscow Mules!  Enjoy!!

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Fleur Sightings in CS Brides!

We are so excited, there are two Fleur sightings in CS Brides Spring/Summer issue of 2014!

Fleur in CS BridesWe loved the wedding below with Private Label Linen!

Fleur in CS Brides with Private Label Linen

And who can forget the stunning wedding below with SQN Events?!

Fleur Press with SQN Events

It's always such a pleasure to team up with so many fabulous vendors, thank you so much!!!

Happy first day of March!

Although this little bit of snow and cold weather on the first day of March in September makes us want to yell "Go Home Winter, You're Drunk!," at least we know that we'll soon be spotting ranunculus in their finest, hellebores that are so beautiful they hurt your feelings and anemones that make us lose our thoughts for a minute in their delicacy.  Here is a recent wedding bouquet that is filled with happy colors.

Happy First Day of March!!

Bridal bouquet by Fleur

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Post valentine's day!

February always rushes by so quickly!  Valentine's day happens, and then, in the world of flowers, the month seems over (although last night we had the dreamiest of winter weddings, that we cannot WAIT to share with you!).  In the meantime, here are a few of the gazillion bouquets that we sent out (and loved making, too!)

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Bridal Fete Chicago

We are so very excited to be part of the Bouquet Bar at Bridal Fete Chicago, on February 27th!

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Be sure to reserve your ticket early and prepare to enjoy the most lovely night of delicious cakes, cocktails and hor d'ouvres! Of course there will be a Photo Booth, along with inspiration of the most beautiful trends happening in the wedding industry.    Purchase your tickets right HERE!

Also, here is a little incentive!  The first 75 brides who use the promo code “cake2014" grants a user $10 off a single ticket!

Valentine's Week!

Valentine's Day is this Friday!  Have you ordered your flowers yet?

Our hours this week are:

Tuesday-Friday 10am - 7pm

Preorder your flowers, or shop in the boutique!

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Also, visit us at Gaslight Coffee Roasters on Friday the 14th from 9am-3pm for pre made mason jar arrangements!  Pick one up with your coffee!

Fleur and Gaslight Coffee Roasters

Kinfolk & West Elm

One of my favorite things about my job is having the opportunity to partner with people whom I admire.  When Amanda Jane Jones reached out to me in regards to teaching a class at West Elm for Kinfolk, I was elated.  To my surprise & excitement, she had also contacted a dear friend of mine, Sara Gasbarra of Verdura.  Sara taught the delicious task of making seasoned salt, and I showed guests how to make a little herb wreath with garden clippings or fresh herbs from the farmer's market.  The adorable Alex Steele documented the evening for us all.  Oh, and we can't forget that the most delicious treats were made with love from Floriole Bakery & Cafe.  The absolute best part of this little class was meeting the most delightful part about this evening?  The guests!  I can't talk about the attendees enough! Our attendees are what made the night so special and fun.  I loved meeting everyone and listening to their stories, their backgrounds, and I am thrilled to have kept in touch with so many of them!  Did you miss the class?  Well no worries, because we have another planned for February 27th, with plenty of details to come.  Enjoy these photos, and can't wait to see you next time!

West Elm & Kinfolk class with Verdura, Fleur, & Amanda Jane Jones.  Photo by Alex Steele Photography, tasty treats from Floriole Cafe

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West Elm & Kinfolk class with Verdura, Fleur, & Amanda Jane Jones.  Photo by Alex Steele Photography, tasty treats from Floriole Cafe~~~

West Elm & Kinfolk class with Verdura, Fleur, & Amanda Jane Jones.  Photo by Alex Steele Photography, tasty treats from Floriole Cafe~~~

West Elm & Kinfolk class with Verdura, Fleur, & Amanda Jane Jones.  Photo by Alex Steele Photography, tasty treats from Floriole Cafe

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West Elm & Kinfolk class with Verdura, Fleur, & Amanda Jane Jones.  Photo by Alex Steele Photography, tasty treats from Floriole Cafe~~~

West Elm & Kinfolk class with Verdura, Fleur, & Amanda Jane Jones.  Photo by Alex Steele Photography, tasty treats from Floriole Cafe

Jamie & John

Jamie & John's wedding is one for the books.  A fantastic and whimsical couple with colorful style, who are SO very creative (She hand painted all her paper goods).  Becca Heuer Photography captured this remarkable day.  We are over the moon with our floating chuppah (pictured below), which we created by teaming up with Art of Imagination.  This was truly a stunning day.

Congratulations Jamie & John!!

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A snowy, Saturday night reflection

It’s another snowy day and a rare Saturday night without a wedding.  I’m feeling particularly sentimental this evening, after sharing a very simple afternoon with my friend Hillary and her darling, seven week old baby boy.  We caught up after not seeing each other for months.  I really love this lady and her husband and their selflessness.  And I immediately fell in love with their little peanut of a little one.  After driving back home through another day of snowfall, life felt peaceful.

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I think a lot of us often wander and search and try to figure out the where’s and why’s in life.  Everyone wants to be in a better place, they judge and base comparisons against themselves and often beat themselves up over it. In life it’s so good to be aware of what is happening around you, but you can’t compare yourself to it – rather just take it in and appreciate the moment.  And the end of the day, we’re all responsible for our decisions.  We can blame, hate, hold jealousy and feel left out all we want, but it’s really up to us to make any change.  In the meantime, as you make your goals and you write them on a napkin or in a notebook or you start to lay them in stone, the one thing that is always clear is that we need to be adaptable.  In life, families, friendships, sibling and lovers – we all are constantly changing people.  Our opinions and thoughts are affected by a snowfall or a car crash, a hug or just when we wake up after a restless night.  And because of these things, the best gift we can give one another is adaptability.  And recognizing where we are in the present.

 

When my husband and I started to date, I would marvel at his durability throughout winter.  Admittedly, I’m a warm weather lady, and this season has tested my strength both mental and physically.  I was depressed for about 3 weeks when I found out that I have scoliosis and a lot of repair to work on with my back.  When you’re 35 years old, being told that your body isn’t doing what you want, for the very first time in your life, well, it’s a cold slap in the face.  However, to be told at 35 for the first time that something is wrong, well hell.  That’s a really great run.   After I accepted my place I started to take pleasure in new goals.  I love when I make improvements.., I’m encouraged.  My back feels better (after a year of pain), and in a way the new exercises are fun – because if you make anything in life a positive -  it can be.  But I digress (as always).

I remember my and Dave’s first winter together and he told me that the cold was a time for reflection.  This year feels so true of that. After thinking about people, challenges, happiness and reality,  my goal for 2014 – and life in general – is to work hard, stay humble and understand that we are all fighting a battle of some kind.  But also I realized tonight that one of my biggest and most personal goals for the rest of my life is being.  To be present.  It’s cold out, it’s hot out, it’s perfect.  I’m alone, I’m anxious because there are too many people around, I’m quiet, I’m screaming.  I'm gardening, it's raining on me, I'm in love, I'm angry.  I'm sad, I'm so very happy.  The great thing is that I am all of it.

Coffee & Flowers

Valentine 2014Coffee & Flowers!  They're pretty much perfect together.  This Valentine's Day we will not only be in the boutique, you can visit us at Gaslight Coffee Roasters from 9am-3pm (or until we run out of flowers!). Pre-made bouquets both loose and in in sweet vases will be available for purchase!  See you then!!

(Thank you Re:Find Joy for the flier!)