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!!
We’re thrilled to share this wedding with you from just this past season. Ceremony and Reception both took place at the University Club of Chicago. Photos taken by Dory Tuohey, and planning by Tracy Events. We love the rich colors and all the tall magnolia centerpieces. And there is such a beautiful glow cast everywhere (Check out the head table!). Enjoy!
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!
Autumn weddings are so lovely and perfect. The color palette can run from vibrant and bold, mix in with rich rusts and rose gold, or bring in a little classic white and green with soft seasonal hues. That’s what you’ll see in this beautiful wedding at the Saddle & Cycle Club. The images from one of our favorites, Natalie Probst Photography are truly beautiful!
If you’re looking for inspiration that is truly out of the box, a little overgrown but still captures all the romantic, this is truly the wedding for you. Inspired by the alley entrance to Smith & Mills in Manhattan, we were happy to oblige! Held at the secret garden, Chicago Illuminating Company, coordinate by LK Events with ceremony performed by Zen Events, this wedding was a stunner. We’re so grateful Katie Kett Photography was brought on to capture all the beautiful images!
Digging through the archives, we realized that we never blogged about this beautiful wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center! One of the most majestic venues in the city, with views of Millennium Park it’s a location not to be missed whether you’re a tourist or planning your wedding. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Stoffer Photography. And a special nod to Shannon Gail Events for coordinating all the incredible details!
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!
There is nothing more romantic than an intimate wedding in one of your favorite restaurants. Located in Lincoln Park, this stunning Arts & Crafts building is so special. Originally built as a shelter for ice skaters, its rich history has provided the city with much love. The view isn’t too bad either.
We were delighted to fill the inside of the restaurant with gorgeous centerpieces, appearing to grow directly out of the table, add candle light and glow and transform the space into a secret garden. Enjoy these beautiful photos from Tuan B & Co of this dreamy wedding coordinated by Bride + Joy Weddings.
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.
This past April we were so excited to team up with LK Events for a beautiful and glowing wedding at Architectural Artifacts (coordinated by Artifact Events). This was one of those beautiful weddings when you're so excited during the planning phase. You can picture the glow, you can see the floral, it's unique but still an incredibly classic Chicago wedding. These kinds of weddings will never go out of date (Which is one of our goals!). Taking place in the Ravenswood neighborhood inside the walls of a what feels like the best museum ever (Except that EVERYTHING IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE) it is a curio collection that always feels special and important. Thank you to Emily and Tim for trusting the Fleur Team to be part of such a beautiful day. We're thrilled to share these beautiful images captured by Olivia Leigh Photographie!
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!!
OH MY GOSH, we are so IN LOVE with this wedding. It's so lovely and wonderful to see bright and beautiful oranges, yellows, bright greens and ivories in a wedding. Definitely one of our favorite color palettes that we don't often see at weddings. This wedding at the Bridgeport Art Center with Estera Events was a September dream. The colors truly remind of us creamsicles and lemonade. The photos from Megan Saul Photography are so wonderful, and we had a difficult time choosing which ones to feature! 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!