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!
This morning it was snowing. Well, it was actuating ice falling from the sky. We’re all nature lovers over here and generally love all the seasons, but today we didn’t mind reminiscing about this beautiful summer wedding. Held outdoors on the roof of Morgan’s on Fulton, it’s pretty much the quintessential Chicago summer wedding! Coordination was planned by our girls, Estera Events and photos are from A Couple of Dudes Photography.
Wren’s gorgeous bouquet featured anemones, garden roses, ranunculus and other summer specializes.
We love a ranunculus boutonniere!
Give us all the flower girl hoops!!! They are one of our favorite accessories for the little ladies.
Our floral wall is the prefect backdrop for an escort wall.
We thought the rose napkin accents kept the wedding warm and sweet. Overall, we simply adore this color palette! And we loved hanging all the greenery from the cafe lights outside. This also gives a garden-like feel for the city!
This is the most perfect Chicago wedding photo!!
Chicago weddings are so elegant. And weddings held at the Chicago Athletic Association are especially stunning. The history of the building and the incredible view, the architecture and lighting - everything is pretty much perfect in our eyes. We’re thrilled to share the beautiful images from Ann & Kam Photography of this beautiful day with LK Events. In the Madison Ballroom, our copper chuppah is adorned with floating orchids & the aisle is lined with over 100 candles and over 700 rose petals. The White City Ballroom has a collection of tall and low centerpieces, and candlelight galore. We loved every minute of it, and hope you do as well!
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!
It has been a month to the day since we last posted! It’s because this is truly the busiest time of year for us this season. Every weekend we are back to back with the most beautiful events. And one of our favorite things about that is when the photos start to roll in. We hope you enjoy these beautiful images from Annie Steele Photography of a delicious June wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens (Naturally, a favorite location of ours!). It was a beautiful afternoon and evening with the lovely BCR Events. This wedding features our favorite floral escort wall, filled with foliage and blooms! Enjoy!
A regular question we receive is, "What's the difference between an escort card and a place card?" The answer is actually very simple. Your escort card will direct you to the table where you will be enjoying dinner. The place card will direct you to the exact seat. Place cards are often at an event that is a little more formal. Often, we see the head table has place cards, but not the rest of the guest tables. We love designing escort card displays, they are often the first introduction to the wedding! Here are a few fun ideas that we've created in the past!
One of our most popular escort displays is our greenery and floral wall. This versatile wall can be created with foliage, floral, a variety of fabric and more. We've used velvet and lovely ornaments around the holidays, and boxwood as well. This design fits so well in many locations, but especially the Chicago Botanical Gardens. Photo by Annie Steele.
We recently posted an image on our Instagram featuring some delicious dishes, alongside one of our Fog Linen dish towels that we carry. So many of you asked for the recipe, so here it is! We have Real Simple Magazine to thank for all the goodness, it was featured in their July 2018 issue!
Cucumber & Melon Salad
1 small shallot, chopped finely
5 Tbsp. Champagne or white wine vinegar (We used our own champagne vinegar, infused with chive blooms from our garden!)
1 - 3lb cantaloupe, peeled and chopped
1 english cucumber, sliced
6 oz of feta cheese (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 loaf ciabatta, sliced
7 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves (ours came from the garden!)
1/2 cup roughly chopped toasted almonds (We used walnuts, because they were on hand!)
Freshly ground black pepper.
1. Mix together the shallots and vinegar. Set aside to drizzle later on.
2. Arrange the cantaloupe and cucumber on a large platter and set that aside (We recommend using our DBO Home platter, shown below!).
3. Meanwhile, heat a cast iron grill pan and brush both side of the ciabatta with olive oil. Grill until charred on both sides (We also rubbed fresh garlic on both sides for some extra delish!).
4.Whisk 1 tsp salt and the remaining olive oil into the shallot mixture & drizzle over the salad. Top with the basil, walnuts pepper (to your taste) & sea salt. Serve with the ciabatta!
The DBO Home ceramic line that we carry would add to the presentation of this summer meal! Photo from their This stunning collection is handmade in Connecticut, and each piece is different than the next. It's a truly special line that we are so proud to carry.
Maybe you prefer patio dining & you're looking for outdoor serving pieces? The Fog Linen serving plates are perfect! We use these all the time when friends and neighbors stop by. Durable and wildly cute, they spruce up our table in an instant!
Either way, stop by the boutique to see our table ware collections, and happy summer cooking!
We post so many photos of our special events, that we sometimes forget to post about the Boutique! Did you know that we have a brick and mortar retail which is 1800 Sq Ft of gifts, jewelry, flowers and more? Here are a few images from this past month. Stop by, our selection is always rotating!
We love weddings that are Logan Square based, and it was such a joy working at The Joinery this past April with Estera Events, Lula Cafe Catering & Nicodem Creative! We really wish we could do this every weekend!
The bride's bouquet had just enough of an organic feel with trailing foliage, yet balanced with plush focal blooms. Peonies popped back into season just in time for this wedding!
We absolutely loved installing this hanging floral backdrop with over 250 stems of foliage & blooms!
We are totally in love with their choice of black matte dinner plates!
And of course, always love adding a little height!
This past February we received a request that we absolutely loved. "Can you please cove the entire ceiling of Ovation in hanging greenery and brass prisms with glowing votives?" And of course our eyes turned into hearts and we replied, "OUR PLEASURE!" The photos just came back and we couldn't be more excited but them. This wedding was top notch. It was a snowy weekend, but you wouldn't know that by looking inside. Working with Bride & Joy Events, and photographed by Found Light Studios, it was simply everything.
In the past we've heard people ask, "Who would get married in the winter in Chicago?" and our response is basically, "The most bad ass couples you can imagine!" Winter weddings are a true magical event. There is something about walking into a glowing venue filled with candle light when it's snowing and frigid outside. Once you're there, all those winter thoughts melt away and you're left with nothing but warm & romantic vibes. That was certainly the case at the Bridgeport Art Center Skyline loft this past January. Such a gorgeous wedding with Lola Event Productions, Jeremy Lawson Photography & Art of Imagination. Enjoy!!
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!
It's been way too long, how have we not shared the images from this gorgeous, happy wedding at Ravenswood Event Center with you? Slightly rustic, yet still elegant, this colorful wedding was coordinated by Lola Event Productions & all the images were take by Amanda Megan Miller Photography. We love the wispy and dreamy chuppah aired with floating class orbs and the candlelit aisle. The centerpieces were so happy and lovely! We can't wait for our 2018 weddings here!
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.
& here are 2 images from our cell phone. :)
How did we forget to post photos of our last floral design & calligraphy workshop?
Layers of Loveliness drove all the way from Indianapolis to teach a lovely group of ladies the art of calligraphy, then we learned a few tricks on how to create a floral centerpiece. This was our second glass with Miya and they are truly the best. Virtue Cider provided some delicious beverage and snacks came from the Dill Pickle Co-Op! Hope to see you at the next one!
One of the greatest things about the wedding industry is how many wonderfully creative people that we meet! Nicole Elizabeth Photography sent us over some beautiful images of an invitation suite designed by Samantha Meyer Studio. She had asked for a few blooms to compliment the paper goods, and they turned out perfect. This is the perfect time of year to book your photographer and invitation designer, we definitely think you should keep these two ladies in mind!