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!
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 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!
December weddings are simply beautiful. Wintry and fresh with a nod to the holidays, this affair at The Drake Hotel was no exception. Flawlessly coordinated by SQN Events & photographed by Avery House, we love every single detail. Check out the printed winter 2018 edition Inside Weddings for a beautiful write up!
We're not sure why it took so long to post these beautiful images, especially since they're from Clary Pfeiffer Photography, but better late than never! This is a truly classic wedding held at Germania Place, and Estera Events was there making sure every detail was properly taken care of. The tall gold stands on the guest tables are one of our most popular requests, and we certainly can see why. They're thin, elegant and do not obstruct any views. Paired with a candle treatment centerpieces and a lush compote, this wedding is pretty much perfect!
We listen to a lot of Yacht Rock in our design studio, so you can probably imagine what the scene was like when we were producing all the flowers for this beautiful wedding a the Yacht Club. The bright yellows are so perfect, we were thrilled to be a part of this wedding with City Girl Events. Enjoy these photos from Christina Kiffney Photography!
This was one of those weddings were everything was truly different, lush, lovely and basically everything. Juliana and Jake were married at the Chicago History Museum. They currently reside in Chicago, so we brought in accents of orchids & then kept it stately and classic with height and plush blooms. We also debuted the moon arch, one of our very favorite backdrops for a ceremony. It was a gorgeous day with LK Events and we want to do it all over again! These photos from Jody Savage Photography are simply the most.
The University Club is one of the most dramatic and beautiful places in the city for a wedding, and this glowing, fresh and green celebration was the perfect compliment to the space. We're thrilled to share these photos from Ann & Cam Photography. And, to make the day even more perfect, we were working with Clementine Custom Events, who coordinated everything better than you can dream. A perfectly grand and beautiful day!
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!
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!