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, Clematis and garden rose bridal bouquet by Fleur Inc ~~~

Photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography, Garden bridal bouquet by Fleur

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

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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

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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

Katrina & Jon

This is a couple that I just love.  They're bubbling and funny & sweet and just so in love!  I was honored when Katrina asked us to make their flowers, I remember chatting with her about rings and future dreams and plans and love.  When she told me they were celebrating at Revolution Brewery & Jaclyn Simpson was their photography, I almost squealed!  Perfect.

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Congratulations Katrina & Jon!  Thank you SO much for allowing me to be part of such a special day!!!

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Katrina was the sweetest and basically gave us carte blanche to  design whatever we wanted, based on her color palette.  That, my friends, is a florist's dream.

Pretty spring bouquet by Fleur, photo by Jaclyn Simpson

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Sweet bridesmaid bouquet by Fleur Inc, photo by Jaclyn Simpson~~~

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Ceremony flowers at Revolution Brewery by Fleur Inc, photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography

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Ceremony at Revolution Brewery, photo by Fleur Inc

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Mason jar centerpiece by Fleur Inc, photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography

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Congratulations Katrina & Jon!  A lovely toast to your love!

Shot through the heart

Fleur Valentine

We've ordered some of our favorites for Valentine's Day!  Red roses of course, but also peonies, anemones, ranunculus, tulips, blossoming branches, garden roses, gloriosas and so many more.  Don't forget, we deliver!  Call in your order early to make sure it's one of the first to be sent out on Thursday!  You can always stop in the shop and pick out your blooms, or just call and have us design something ready for pick up!

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And.., we'll also be at Gaslight Coffee Roasters 7am-noon with pre-made bouquets, both hand tied and in mason jar vases!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Fleur Gaslight flier

Thanks Re:find Joy for the fliers, Jaclyn Simpson & Simply Jessie for the photos!!

Vogue Magazine

If ever there was an honor that I felt, it was this.  Vogue Magazine mentioned Fleur in a special edition issue as the florist to call in Chicago.  This was one of the top highlight's of Fleur's year, and I feel beyond lucky to be part of such class and couture style.  Thank you so much.  I mean that.  I'm totally amazed and so very grateful. xoxoxox

(I will admit, I want to go buy new red lipstick now!!!!!!!)

Below are some photos that my dear friend Jaclyn Simpson took.  Thought you might enjoy them.  She makes my flowers look so good.

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Thank you so much for these incredible photos, Jaclyn!!!!! xoxox!!

Let's Party! (Part 2)

I'm biased, but I think our anniversary party was pretty much awesome town.  All the vendors who helped me out are basically the reason why.  Thank you SO much to Jennifer Kathryn Photography who took all these wonderful photos of the work from Curry Cruiser, Truffle Truffle & Three Floyds beer!!  This party would not have been nearly as amazing without their support!

Truffle Truffle provided the most amazing sweets!  They provide some of the most beautiful and unique wedding sweets tables and gift favors.  Oh, their s'mores!!! And beer truffles!  Marshmallows!!!
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The Curry Cruiser came along and created some custom deliciousness in the form of curry tacos for the party!!!  This super-fantastic Indian street food will soon be coming to a store near you!!
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(Above photo from Jaclyn Simpson)
And to wash it all down, we had Three Floyd's Pride & Joy!
(Above & remaining photos below from Jaclyn Simpson)

Even Kitty came out for the event!
Thank you again, for making this party and the last 10 years and incredible as they have been.  The future is very exciting, with a lot in store.
xoxox

"If you are planning for a decade, plant trees" (part 1)

Ten years ago, a little flower shop opened in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.  My heart tightens as I remember the first day.  Indeed, I still remember that very first day.  A lot has changed.  A move, good decisions, bad decisions, a learning process or two.  Years of growth, years of stagnancy, this little flower shop is packed full of so much.  To be honest, I tend to feel empty for words when I think about the last ten years.  A decade is a really, really long time.

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One week ago we threw a party to celebrate.  Jaclyn Simpson took the photos (thank you!!!).  So many people attended.  And those who couldn't make it sent the most amazing messages our way.  I just don't even know how to thank everyone for the support, the strength, well everything, really.  Thank you for your high standards of creativity and love and devotion.  Thank you for allowing Fleur to become all it has.  Thank you for respecting our creativity.  I owe all of you a lot.  And I think about all of you a lot.  There are big plans ahead for Fleur that are only in their infancy.  In the meantime, thank you for everything.  Please enjoy these photos (part 1).
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More photos soon of our friends who helped us throw this amazing party, and all the good people who attended. xoxo

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!

Happy Earth Day! Greening your wedding!

It's Earth Day!  We consider "being green" a lot more than just a trend.  It's been a lifestyle for us the past nine years!

Here are a few ways we do our best to care about the planet as well as a few wedding suggestions keeping Mother Nature in mind.

Locally grown flowers  are the most wonderful kind, and when in season we use lots of them.  There are a lot of farms in Wisconsin, Indiana & Michigan (aside from Illinois) that truck into the city after an early morning harvest so we can pick the freshest blooms from them.  They come direct from the farm eliminating the middle man, extra trucking, extra packaging and extra cost there so that money goes straight to our farmer's pockets.  Many of these farms grow all varieties of crops and do their best to offer organic or pesticide free produce, and we all know how important that is.

This gorgeous bridal bouquet designed by Caleb is comprised of all locally grown flowers.  The bride provided her own canisters as vases on the table which she then up-cycled and used in her home.

We also use lots of vintage vases and other vessels for weddings.  They're rented and we find them while we salvage through estate sales and antique malls, therefore not contributing to the process of MAKING MORE THINGS.  They're old, they're pretty, we like them.  Blue mason jars, compotes, rustic boxes, milk glass, salvaged candle pillars.  Our vintage collection is entirely 2nd hand and not only helps reduce waste by reusing, it also look amazing at weddings.

Photo above from Jennifer Kathryn & Jaclyn Simpson Photography.  Photo below from Dean Thorsen Photography.

You might be surprised to find out how much we love plants around here at Fleur.  And we love terrariums.  Using potted plants at weddings is a wonderful way to stay green as well as offer guests the most lovely take away gift.  See our previous post on how to create your own terrarium!

Photo below by Jennifer Kathryn Photography.

And be non traditional with your party decor!  Wheat grass is amazing!  Use lots of beeswax candles!  There are so many ideas out there, and very simple to find.

Here are a few more great links for greening your wedding: The Green Guide Bride, Eco Wedding and  The Great Green Wedding.

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I also make staff a little crazy with going green.  We reuse all of our floral deliver boxes to ship your flowers to your wedding.  The leftovers are returned to our wholesaler to be reused or recycled.  This may sound a little over the top, but makes a huge difference.., we rarely use paper towels at Fleur.  We have lots and lots of rags to wipe down counters, dust, dry our hands and clean.  When they're dirty I bring them home to launder and use eco-friendly detergent.  We also try our best to limit our water in-take (and we're fixing that sink next week!).  All our soaps and spray cleaners are all from Seventh Generation cleaning supplies and we suggest rather than adding floral "food" to your fresh cut flowers, change the water daily and wash the vase.  Add a few ice cubes to keep bacteria from forming.

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And what do I do at home?  I'm that person that guerilla-style recycles everything.  Since we don't have the blue recycling bins in our neighborhood, Davey and I bring all our paper, plastic and glass to neighborhoods that DO have them.  We also turn off the water while we brush our teeth.  I pay most of my bills online.  We're careful to turn off our lights when we leave rooms and I use wheat litter for Bootleg & Tippie's litter box.

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Our world is very special.  I hope you enjoy this Earth Day and every other day as well.

xo!

Wedding brunch style shoot

Oh, finally!  I have been waiting just shy of a month to share this shoot with you!!  Suzy Rohan from Lily Red StudioJaclyn Simpson and myself worked on a style shoot at Salvage One for Elizabeth Anne Designs.  You can see so many additional photos of this right HERE.  If you love it, post a little comment on the EAD page telling us your thoughts.  That counts as a vote for us because this is actually a contest!  :)  Oh, and check in a few weeks The Sweetest Occasion for more images!!

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This was just beyond fun to work on, and I am always in awe of how wonderfully talented these two ladies are!  Our post also included lots of DIY instructions provided by Suzy!  Take a look at those HERE.

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A very special thank you to Ami from Elizabeth Anne Designs and Cyd from The Sweetest Occasion for posting our photos for the Inspired Creations contest!

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Five Years and Counting

The most wonderful part of my job is that I am surrounded by people in love.  And occasionally it's just just newlyweds.  My friend Jessie recently asked my help to stylize a photo shoot celebrating her and her husband's five year anniversary.

Naturally I was beyond honored by their request and was so excited to once again work alongside Jaclyn Simpson and Jennifer Kathryn.  In addition, special custom designed paper treats were included from Suzy the talented designer at Lily Red Design.

The details were quite endless.  Jessie and Eric read their original vows to one another, while standing under a canopy of lace, string, twine and ribbon (Eric proposed with a piece of string) and atop a beautiful Persian rug.., a wedding gift.  They brought a basket of items representing time during the past five years including their wedding album.   There was a picnic.  Trees represented wood, the traditional wedding gift of five years.

Jessie held a bouquet including thistle, one of Eric's favorites, tucked among oak leaf hydrangea, acorns and billy balls.

Rosemary was included and the ribbon treatment was finished with twine.

Jessie and Eric were married on a cotton plantation, under a pecan tree.  Naturally, some cotton in his boutonniere was necessary.

Eric and Jessie are two people I met via the wedding industry.  We've become good friends, and I always look so forward to spending time with them.  Their joy for one another and delight in simplicity is inspiring.  Their hard work and devotion towards one another and their dear friends and family around them is outstanding.  And their sense of humor and love for life is infectious.

I was moved when asked to be a part of this afternoon.

Thank you, Eric and Jessie, and congratulations on five beautiful years, and here is to many, many more.

xo!

Finally a post or three!

It's been a minute since I've had the time to sit down and collect my thoughts.  August began as the slowest month and quickly turned into one of the busiest.  Part of this was my time in Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana & Wisconsin.  Part of that was holidays at lakes & camping, the other half just plain work.  Luckily for me, work is really quite fun and the range is open.  For example, once again I was honored to work on a beautiful photography collaboration with the two wonderfully talented Jaclyn Simpson & Jenn Kathryn.  This time around we worked with Jessie and her husband Eric on their five year (!!!) wedding anniversary shoot.

Suzy from Lily Red Design created beautiful paper pieces, including a lunch menu for Jessie & Eric's picnic and a reprint of their original vows.  There will absolutely be more photos, but in the meantime I snapped a few of the amazing couple.  However.., really can't wait to see what Jaclyn & Jenn show!

Their love for each other is kind of addicting.

You really have no idea how hard it was for them because of all the mosquitos.  No kidding.

But between all this travel, we've still been working on weddings and deliveries and staying quite busy.  Aside from lots of new items in the storefront (lots of goodies to purchase, such as Saipua Soaps, vintage glassware, scented candles...), we've just been having so much fun.  In fact, this might be the most fun I've personally ever had in August!

Wildflower bouquets and centerpieces seem to be the hit of the season, and here are a few, in blue, that Caleb created.

It's refreshing to see this palette in mid-summer.  Not to say I'm not in love with glowing yellows, peach, mustards, pinks and other summer colors.., it's just a nice mix into the overall season.

And I am completely in love with Caleb's color descriptions of sperm whale and desert.  They make me want to travel, look at picture books, sit in the park and sketch and move to an island to fish.  He is a painter, and an amazing one at that.

Brian & Pip's engagement session.

I can't just yet share all the goodies on this shoot,
but it would truly be a crime if I kept them from you!
If these two are not in love, I give up on the
entire world.
  Jaclyn Simpson & Jenn Gaudreau took these photos of
Brian and Pip.  This team is amazing!
We had a wonderful day and the inspiration from
everyone was just revitalizing.
 The shoot took place at Videnovich Farms
(I receive their farm share box,
it's wonderful and you should visit them at their
farmer's markets).
It was bliss. Hanging around a vineyard, herb garden, sheep,
cherry trees.., my heart is hurting just thinking about it.
Wait until you see all the rest.
But you have to wait for them.
It's always nice to have something to look forward to!