A Classic Wedding at Artifact Events with Five Grain Events

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!

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Five Grain Events, Photo by Artisan Events, Location Artifact Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Five Grain Events, Photo by Artisan Events, Location Artifact Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Five Grain Events, Photo by Artisan Events, Location Artifact Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Five Grain Events, Photo by Artisan Events, Location Artifact Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Five Grain Events, Photo by Artisan Events, Location Artifact Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Five Grain Events, Photo by Artisan Events, Location Artifact Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Five Grain Events, Photo by Artisan Events, Location Artifact Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Five Grain Events, Photo by Artisan Events, Location Artifact Events

Winter Celebration at the Chicago Cultural Center

What a celebration, we loved this wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center.  Held on one of the coldest days of the year (The high was five degrees, the loading dock just a block from lake Michigan and it was an all day set up), but truly one of the warmest families we've ever worked with.  Combining Catholic and Jewish religions, we created a custom, 12' tall boxwood chuppah with a few Irish touches.  And candelabras, gorgeous, elevated arrangements, garlands and wreaths.  We'll never forget this magical day!  And a true dream team staring Five Grain Events, Becca Kaufman Orchestra, J & L Catering, Elegant Event Lighting, Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists and all the images from Jill Tiongco Photography.  

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& here are 2 images from our cell phone.  :)

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Backyard Lakeside Wedding in Lake Geneva

Winter is the time when you begin to plan your summer celebration.  And with the chilly temperatures ahead, we thought we'd look back on this beautiful, lakeside wedding at a private residence in Lake Geneva.  Beautifully photographed by Anna Guziak Photography, and perfectly planned by Five Grain Events, it was the ideal summer celebration!

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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~~~

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

Joan & Pat's 30th Birthday!

This year Joan (from Five Grain Events) & Pat both turned 30 & they had the most wonderful, intimate dinner party at the Humboldt Park Boathouse (which yes, you can rent for weddings & parties!).  The weather was perfect, the sunset  gorgeous and it was a simple and relaxed evening!

 Here are a few photos of some arrangements we designed for it & once again, Happy Birthday Joan & Pat!

Humboldt Park Boathouse dinner party, floral by Fleur~~~

Humboldt Park Boathouse dinner party, floral by Fleur

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Humboldt Park Boathouse dinner party, floral by Fleur~~~

Humboldt Park Boathouse dinner party, floral by Fleur

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Humboldt Park Boathouse dinner party, floral by Fleur

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Humboldt Park Boathouse dinner party, floral by Fleur

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Humboldt Park Boathouse dinner party, floral by Fleur~~~

Humboldt Park Boathouse dinner party, floral by Fleur

Sara & Mickey

Sara & Mickey were married at Ignite Glass Studios and I love everything about this wedding!  The sweetest couple, the greatest venue, a fresh take on flowers, coordinated with Five Grain Events and photographed by Anna Guziak Photography.  It really couldn't get any better!

Bouquet by Fleur, photo by Anna Guziak

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Place-card table designed by Fleur Inc, with rentals from Aged Rentals.  Photo by Anna Guziak Photography

Gorgeous drawers from Aged Vintage Rentals.

Guest book table designed by Fleur, photo by Anna Guziak Photography

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Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo from Anna Guziak Photography

(I absolutely love these linens from Private Label Linens!)

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Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo from Anna Guziak Photography

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Flowers by Fleur, photo from Anna Guziak Photography

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Detail by Fleur Inc, photo from Anna Guziak Photography

Congratulations Sara & Mickey!!!

Always Salvage One

We never, ever, EVER tire of Salvage One weddings.  They're always perfection, the venue is the best and the flowers are always romantic.  These is a sweet wedding Caleb designed, and the photos are from Shane Welch Photography.  We had the honor of working with Five Grain Events on this wedding, too!  It was a little Logan Square dream team!!

May bridal bouquet by Fleur, photo from Shane Welch Photography

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May bridal bouquet by Fleur, photo from Shane Welch Photography

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Salvage One Wedding by Fleur, photo from Shane Welch Photography

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Salvage One Wedding by Fleur, photo from Shane Welch Photography

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Salvage One wedding by Fleur, photo from Shane Welch Photography

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Salvage One wedding by Fleur, photo from Shane Welch Photography

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Salvage One wedding by Fleur, photo from Shane Welch Photography

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Salvage One Wedding, photo from Shane Welch Photography

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Ranunculus boutonniere by Fleur, photo by Shane Welch Photography

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A film by XO Pictures of Emily & Cameron

You may remember theses images from last year.  Caleb designed this beautiful wedding at Salvage One (One of our top three favorite venues in Chicago).

Just today we saw the incredible film created by the wonderfully talented couple behind

XO Pictures, Tom & Jenny.  You can watch it right HERE!!! We love this couple.  They're sweet, they're sassy, they're adorable and they're in love.  To us, that also means they're a prefect match for your wedding day.

This wedding was so very beautiful, planned by Five Grain Events. Always flawless and always wonderful to work with.

Vintage, blue mason jars, mercury glass and oodles of candles.

Thank you so much to XO Pictures for the amazing video!! And once again, congratulations to Emily & Cameron!

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We've been so lucky to work at Salvage One so many times this year!  The space is so versatile with color, here are Carrie & Jeff's colors!

Those little mini succulents in Carrie's bouquet are just perfect!!

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The blue & deep burgundy colors are brightened with pops of white here & there.  We love this palette!

Thank you so much to Five Grain Events for the coordination!!

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October is one of the busiest months, every year I forget.  It's a rush of weddings, celebrating birthdays with karaoke, roasting root vegetables & autumn harvest dinners.  Bright jewel-toned blooms & pockets of rust and salmon foliage.  White pumpkins, halloween displays and truffles.  There is so much to say, I'll have a few personal posts soon.  But now I'm off to Thursday Therapy Chicago, a monthly wedding networking event I host along with Joan from Five Grain Events.  I just ate beet bruschetta from Lula, and have to find a mint!

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Caleb recently designed this beautiful wedding.

Planned with Joan from Five Grain Events & located at Salvage One, it was one of those weddings we just so enjoy working on.  Dreamy bridal bouquets filled with garden roses, dahlias and dusty miller.  Texture mixed among soft blooms for the bridesmaids.    They're all so lovely!  Enjoy!!

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A May Day wedding, Elizabeth & Alex

Every now and then you meet with one of those clients that makes us kind of have a crush on them.  That's the case with Elizabeth & Alex.  When Joan from Five Grain Events brought Elizabeth, her mother & Alex to our studio to discuss their wedding, I immediately liked them.  Elizabeth is simple in the most elegant of ways.  She shyly told me that she doesn't really like flowers.  She likes greenery.  And artichokes.  And succulents.  And billy balls.  She and Alex wanted a whimsical, garden party, & here is what we came up with!  Above is her bridal bouquet complete with those artichokes and billy balls, white lilac, sapponaria, muscari, spirea & geranium foliage.

Below are some incredible photos from Bethany & Jamie of Maypole Studios.  You may remember their incredible talent from The Love Bike! .

Aren't these two adorable?

Their morning wedding took place at The Chicago History Museum, a personal favorite location of mine.  We mixed our vintage blue mason jars with terra cotta pots on the tables to create a garden-like setting.

Mint & geranium foliage added such an incredible fragrance to the room.

Billy balls and blue muscari added a little color to the setting.

Succulents were surrounded by wildflower blooms & garden picks held the table numbers.

Such a beautiful day!  A few other things about this couple.  During cocktail hour a bluegrass band played for the guests.  Elizabeth and Alex (and E's mother) all joined in for a song, playing their own instruments.  They also spent their honeymoon in Stillwater, MN.  You know, that town I want to retire in.  They attended a pottery festival and bought their mix matched china set from various designers.  And when we met for a beer at the Maproom a month or so post wedding, I found out that E speaks Japanese.  These two were still in their amazing newlywed bliss as we sat and chit chat about the wedding and future dreams.  I'm hoping to catch up again with them soon.  Congratulations to Elizabeth & Alex!!! xoxox!

A touch of pink

Indie Wed.  This is the IT of the wedding shows.  We haven't fully participated in an Indie Wed showcase (we definitely plan on applying for this coming January), but Joan of Five Grain Events asked if we would create a floral piece for her table.  Her inspiration?  The 1950's.  But her table was no ordinary sock hop.  It was glamourous.  It was sweet.  It was pink and pretty.  We chose a crystal cut vase from our vintage collection (You've been seeing a trend here lately, haven't you?) and designed a soft and romantic arrangement with a little bit of whimsy.  The setting was complete with incredible paper items from Suzy at Lily Red Studio (she amazes me every time!).  Also, aside from being an incredible designer, she is a photographer and is the face behind these wonderful photos!  Thank you so much, Suzy!!

Peonies.  You all know how dear they are to me.  I'll truly never tire of looking at them.  And to see beauties like this, with August knocking on the door is special.

What an elegant escort card table!

A beautiful card designed by Suzy!  These would also look so lovely when planning a silver wedding anniversary!

I think the incorporation of the table number & centerpiece is so tasteful and well done!

I love the blush pink with the silver/grey of the dusty miller.  The sumac & scabiosa are also such great textural additions.  The snapdragons are really just plain sweet!  Side note: I think I've told you my story about digging up all the snaps in my mother's garden when I was little.  I was so excited to show them to her, not realizing she had planted them that morning.  Snaps always make me think of that.

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A special thanks to Five Grain Events for inviting me to be part of their incredible booth!  Also to Lily Red Studios for capturing such wonderful images of the blooms!  Also to Room 1520 for hosting Indie Wed!  Looking forward to seeing all the fabulous vendors in January!

Dear Wedding Colleague...

Some of you may have already heard that a few months ago Joan Cinquegrani invited me to co-host a wedding industry networking group with her.  June 30th we launched Thursday Therapy Chicago!  Held on the 39th floor of Hotel 71 , just about 100 wedding colleagues came together to meet, mingle, network and enjoy the outstanding panoramic view.  You can see lots of images of our old & new wedding friends at the Thursday Therapy Blog.  This is a monthly networking series, featuring a new venue, florist and photographer each event.  Since this was the launch, Fleur provided the blooms.  Here are some of the images that the wonderfully talented Jaclyn Simpson captured of our arrangement.

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Such a wonderful night!  This was also, as some of you may remember, the night of the incredibly intense hail storm that hit Chicago's streets.  We watched the clouds change color and shape, what an extra treat!  If you're a part of the wedding industry and interested in attending, feel free to sign up on the email list!  There's no catch, we're just excited to be promoting meeting, mingling and sharing within our amazing community!

New York, New York

Late May's 50 degree weather and buckets full of rain seems to be the norm these days.  The peonies are late to bloom and it has been too wet for my evening walks at dusk.  However, today I decided to allow the chill & the soppiness slow me down for a moment and finally update all of you on my recent trip to New York!

My lovely friend & floral soul sister Natalie of Hello Darling and I flew out to the Big Apple to attend the Sage Wedding Pro's Simple Plan workshop.  With Fleur's 10 year anniversary approaching next year I thought this was the perfect opportunity to take a step back and think a little bit about the business.  Where we've been, how our style has changed and how to we actually see Fleur.  I really have to thank Joan from Five Grain Events for introducing me to the Sage ladies, this little workshop/conference helped me to set time aside only to think about the business.  Re-evaluating profit margins, time management, encouraging better communication with staff & freelancers and beginning to write up a new mission statement are just a few of the very important topics we discussed.  In an industry surrounded by so many DIY projects thee last thing we want is a DIY business.  With all that being said and still a little reflection ahead, we are changing things step by step around here, beginning with some really big & really exciting website updates.  And a few new thoughts and ideas for our boutique storefront.  I'm *really* excited to begin sharing everything with you!!

One of the highlight for the trip was a stop into the New York floral market.  I think the NY market is every florist's dream (aside from Holland).  Oodles of product, so beautiful and so large that Natalie and I walked around oohing over the garden roses, the allium, the tweedia... the TWEEDIA!  We each snapped a ridiculous amount of photos, excited and bubbling with ideas.

This bell shaped frittilaria almost made me cry, it's so beautiful.

And I'm ready to make little pillows out of this plush astilbe.

Natalie is adorable!

I still remember the first time I visited a floral wholesaler some 13 years ago.  I remember my favorite flowers at the time was peach stock (oh, how we've come a long way!) and I still to this day adore its spicy fragrance.  Seeing a new market for the first time was such a treat and reminded me why I love working with flowers.

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But back to biz.  As a small business owner it's easy to just run through the motions of the day and forget about taking the time to step back and really calculate whether your decisions are the right ones.  It's wonderful to continue to learn and move with the ebbs and flows of the wedding industry.  Planning weddings with over 70 couples a year, sometimes you forget to plan things out for yourself.  I really think that the Sage Wedding Pro ladies, Michelle & Kelly, are hitting the mark.   Plus, we met an incredible group of talented wedding professionals, a few whom I'm hoping to see soon in July!   I'm so happy to have flown out to that Big Apple to take in a little breathing time and focus on Fleur.  You'll all be very excited to see the changes happening soon.

(P.S.  We also had a little fun while out there.., more on that later!)

Emily & Tom

Amanda Hein just sent over some incredible photos she took of a wonderful wedding we worked on together in March.  It was really just so beautiful and fresh and beautifully coordinated by Five Grain Events.  Enjoy!

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Now, it's Monday.  And this is my "turn off technology" day.  So I will see you all tomorrow.

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Emily & Tom

A heart-felt congratulations to Emily & Tom!!

Yesterday we worked with Five Grain Events at Galleria Marchetti creating an absolutely gorgeous backdrop for their wedding & reception.  Hydrangea & cherry blossoms poured out of vases filled with sliced limes and lined the aisle atop our newly constructed, salvaged wood pillars.

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Considering the simplicity of design, it really carried such drama and beauty.  The outdoors were most definitely brought inside for this wedding!

I love her selection of the burlap-like linens!!!  And the strung lights across the dance floor just spoke to my heart.  Such a simple and sweet glow that adding so much to the room.

It was truly the most perfect March afternoon for the wedding!  Once again, congratulations to Emily & Tom!

Speakeasy Soiree

I remember someone once telling me that Jan/Feb/Mar are the slow months for us in this wedding industry "biz."  Frankly, I don't know what happened but that has not been the case in any way, shape or form.  Of course I'm not complaining at all.  But I am taking this morning to catch up on all my estimates and proposals with a mug of coffee  They gave me a beautiful iridescent, opal looking glass from which I have been channeling ethereal descriptions of gorgeous bouquets and table settings.  Much like these designs we created for this past Tuesday's Speakeasy Soiree.

Thank you, Suzy from Lily Red Studio for capturing these gorgeous images!  Suzy also created all the paper items for the event which were gorgeous!  She's working on some signage for us at the shop and I can't wait!

I forced myself to drink an extra Manhatten or glass of red wine here and there to provide the "vases" for the ostrich feathers & ranunculus.  Let me tell you, that's pure dedication.

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Joan from Five Grain Events coordinated this fabulous industry meet up and as always it was incredible.  Networking can be a little difficult (especially when you have wallflower tendencies like myself), but she just makes it so easy!  Jordon's Food of Distinction provided delicious snacks for us to taste as we drank our mint juleps & bee's knees from vintage tea cups.

Amid all the running around the past week between the mock ups and meetings and emails and phone calls and designing, three house guests came to Mason de la Fleur.  One of Davey's closest friends from college and his fiance!  Engaged for just one week!  Of course the excitement was even more grand upon hearing and sharing their amazing news and I had to bite my tongue over and over to not overwhelm Chrissy with ideas (a curse of working in this industry.., too much info to share!).  What a wonderful week of catching up and simply spending time together.  Eating too much, walking around neighborhoods, scrabble games and more.  Isn't this what friendship is all about?

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Anne, Davey's sister also came to visit.  Time spent with her is never long enough and I continually hint that she needs to move to Chicago where we will open all of our paper and crafty stores, plan weddings, sew dresses and go antiquing.  Oh, the plans we have!!!  Yesterday was spent all day rummaging through antique malls and finishing with a drink in a little cafe before our amazing dinner at Lula Cafe.  I was having so much fun I forgot to take a single photo, but luckily Suzy captured this one of all of us.  I think it's going to be a favorite of mine.

Now, back to the world of weddings.  Thank you all for your patience as I relaxed in Florida and hosted some love and friendship at home.  I'm WAY behind with everything, but am catching up.  We have an exciting wedding this weekend, a clothing swap on Sunday (4-7pm at Fleur!) lots of proposals & estimates to write and some outstanding weather today!  Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful St Patrick's Day!!

xoxoxxo

Laura and Derek

I bought a new lens for my camera, and then promptly forgot to charge the camera because we were so busy.  So Sadly, I only had the point and shoot for Laura and Derek's wedding.   Dory Tuohey will have some pretty shots, too.  And We worked with Sara from Five Grain Events. Quite a spectacular little team.

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I have more to show and say about this lovely little wedding, but for now I have to get back to some typing.  And eat lunch.  I almost forgot.

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I am also once again ready to remodel the storefront.  Expect changes soon.  I have been looking for new fixtures and tables.  And other things.