Cute to Bout

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!

Boutiquing!

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!

Logan Square Shopping, Fleur Inc, Pride Month
Incausa Incense in Logan Square, Fleur Inc
Logan Square Shopping, Fleur Inc
Zoe Chicco Jewelry available in Logan Square, Fleur Inc
Logan Square Shopping, Fleur Inc

Winter Clothing Drive benefiting Connections for Abused Women & their Children

Every year at Fleur we do our best to be the best that we can.  In the bast we've donated to many local and national charities to help those in need, including Night Ministry, Planned Parenthood, local schools and more.  This winter we decided to host a winter clothing drive benefiting the Connections for Abused Women & their Children.

Beginning Saturday November 11th through Sunday December 17th we will be accepting winter clothing donations at Fleur.  Bring in some new or gently used women & children's clothing including Coats, Boots, Hats, Gloves, Sweaters, Socks - and even some self care items including yoga mats, slippers, transit cards & toiletries.  Bring them to our boutique located at 2651 N Milwaukee Avenue and receive 10% off your purchase during this time!

Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, they provide a shelter for women and children, counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. They work for social change through education, service collaboration, and institutional advocacy.

We look so forward working with you to help make a difference!

CAWC
Winter Clothing Drive at Fleur

Bright colors at the Planetarium!

We finally are blogging this beautiful & bright wedding at The Adler Planetarium!  Although we love neutral wedding palettes, it's so fun when you add a little bit of brightness into the day.  We were thrilled with these photos from Tim Tab Studios and the day was perfect with Wrap it Up Parties.  Love and good vibes all around!

Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Tim Tab Studios, Planning by Wrap it Up Parties
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Tim Tab Studios, Planning by Wrap it Up Parties
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Tim Tab Studios, Planning by Wrap it Up Parties
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Tim Tab Studios, Planning by Wrap it Up Parties
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Tim Tab Studios, Planning by Wrap it Up Parties
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Tim Tab Studios, Planning by Wrap it Up Parties
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Tim Tab Studios, Planning by Wrap it Up Parties

Classic at the Country Club

This morning we were thrilled to see that one of our favorite classic weddings was featured on one of our favorite blogs.  A ceremony overlooking Lake Michigan was the perfect backdrop for a tailored but romantic collection of blooms.  It was the perfect afternoon coordinated by SQN Events at the Shoreacres Country Club.  Kina Wicks Photography beautifully captured these photos, and you can see a full post on Carats and Cake!

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Coordination by SQN Events, Photography by Kina Wicks
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Coordination by SQN Events, Photography by Kina Wicks
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Coordination by SQN Events, Photography by Kina Wicks
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Coordination by SQN Events, Photography by Kina Wicks
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Coordination by SQN Events, Photography by Kina Wicks

Magnolia at the Polo Club

This wedding truly made us happy.  Add giant magnolia centerpieces to black taper candlesticks. Include lush, foliage heavy centerpieces and terra cotta lanterns.  Charcuterie plates from Boutique Bites and Estera Events there to coordinate it all, and you're left with the most beautiful wedding at the Arranmore Polo Club under a clear tent with 1000's of sparkling lights.  Truly a Fleur favorite!  Natalie Probst Photography captured everything so perfectly!!

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Estera Events, Photo by Natalie Probst
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Estera Events, Photo by Natalie Probst
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Estera Events, Photo by Natalie Probst
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Estera Events, Photo by Natalie Probst
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Estera Events, Photo by Natalie Probst
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Estera Events, Photo by Natalie Probst
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Planning by Estera Events, Photo by Natalie Probst

Flowerstock

Lately it's been so busy around here, between holidays, weddings, paperwork, end of year wrap ups, family - I don't really feel as though I have the time to update photos and fun things that have been happening.  I've been wanting to share with you some photos from one of the most fun experiences of my life - Flowerstock.  I was completely honored when Holly Chapple called and asked if I would demonstrate.  Teaching in front of a bunch of incredibly talented floral designers is no joke.  So arriving in Virginia, I felt a little nervous until my cab came upon Holly's beautiful farm.  Smiling faces, rolling hills of trees just turning color, flowers everywhere and a thrilling energy in the air.  I always feel a few jitters before standing in front of people, but this weekend I felt more confident than ever.  Friends, flowers, live music, classes, education, nature and so much more!  I think all business owners sometimes doubt ourselves during some point of our careers, and this little opportunity reminded me of how much I love my business.  Enjoy just a few photos of some of one of my favorite weekends in 2016!  

 

 

A cherry branch wedding

This May wedding was so classic, beautiful and timeless.  The bride looks like a model (and how about her gown?!!).  The decor is so simple and perfect.  We couldn't love this wedding more.  It was lovely working with Havil and Events at The Kitchen and we're overjoyed with the photos from Jacqueline at Olivia Leigh Photographie & Associates!

Flowers by Fleur, photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie & Associates
Flowers by Fleur, photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie & Associates
Flowers by Fleur, photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie & Associates
Flowers by Fleur, photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie & Associates
Flowers by Fleur, photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie & Associates
Flowers by Fleur, photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie & Associates

Dutch Masters Design Class!

It was nearly impossible to choose which photos from Kina Wicks Photography to post from our Dutch Masters class this past April!  Everything was absolutely gorgeous, we loved meeting so many wonderful and talented students!  And the nosh from Boutique Bites was outstanding.  A huge thank you to Workshop Chicago for the space!

Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography
Dutch Masters Class by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kina Wicks Photography

Flamingo, Baby!

Just a week ago we had the pleasure of designing a tropical, Hawaiian themed baby shower for our wonderful and endlessly talented friend, Katie Jayne of Jayne Weddings!  Pink flamingo, feathery peonies and tropical blooms & foliage were the backdrop for this super happy celebration.  We even had our own 11 minute tropical rain storm, to leave us all refreshed!  Amanda Megan Miller snapped some gorgeous photos, and Elysia Root made the most incredible cake!!  We can't wait to meet Katie's little one!

Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller

 

 

April Wedding at the Union League Club

It's been a month since we've posted, & that's just a small indication of all the amazing designs we were working on throughout the month of May!  The professional photos are beginning to roll in, and we're starting off the season with these romantic images from Sarah Postma Photography.  This gorgeous wedding at the Union League Club was classic and filled with spring blooms.  We couldn't have been happier with such a sweet kick off to the wedding season!

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Sarah Postma Photography

Summer in February

We don't even know where to begin with these beautiful photos from Kyle John Photography!  This wedding at Morgan Manufacturing could not have been more beautiful and amazing.  Teamed with Estera Events, it was pure delight.  The soft blue gowns and linens, the fresh floral and candles and glow.  It's truly a perfect setting.

Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kyle John Photography, Planning by Estera Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kyle John Photography, Planning by Estera Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kyle John Photography, Planning by Estera Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kyle John Photography, Planning by Estera Events
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Kyle John Photography, Planning by Estera Events


Katie & Keegan at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

This past May we worked on such a beautiful wedding in the palette of blue.  Hosted at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the arrangements reflected wild gardens full of plush garden roses and peonies.  Thrilled to partner with Shannon Gail Weddings, we loved every single detail of this day.  Hanging branches filled with foliage, sweet wreaths, and the most wonderful families.  Enjoy the beautiful photos from T & S Hughes Photography

Flowers by Fleur Inc www.fleurchicago.com, Photo by T & S Hughes Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc www.fleurchicago.com, Photo by T & S Hughes Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc www.fleurchicago.com, Photo by T & S Hughes Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc www.fleurchicago.com, Photo by T & S Hughes Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc www.fleurchicago.com, Photo by T & S Hughes Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc www.fleurchicago.com, Photo by T & S Hughes Photography
Flowers by Fleur Inc www.fleurchicago.com, Photo by T & S Hughes Photography

November at the Langham Hotel

Last November was one of our favorite weddings.  Reception held at the Langham Hotel, the palette was elegant, soft and approachable.  The dreamy and exquisite photos from Clary Pfeiffer capture the day perfectly! A huge congratulations to Caroline and Brian!

To see even more images you can visit the write up from Magnolia Rouge.

Floral by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Floral by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Floral by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Candles by Fleur Inc, Calligraphy by Allie Hasson, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Floral by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer
Floral by Fleur Inc, Photo by Clary Pfeiffer



Fleur partners with Lincoln Motors, July 8-19th

Fleur is excited to announce our first partnership.  Stop by the boutique any time during regular hours July 8-19th to take a look at a Lincoln vehicle.  Take a seat inside, imagine yourself driving around Logan Square and then take home a little bouquet & vase from Fleur, compliments of Lincoln Motor Vehicles!  See you soon!

 

 

Lincoln Motor Partners with Fleur Inc

An Ivy Room Affair

This past April we worked on a beautiful wedding with Jayne Weddings at the Ivy Room.  Absolutely thrilled that Amanda Megan Miller Photography was there to capture the most beautiful photographs of the day, she did not disappoint!  We loved every single aspect of this day!  J & L Catering as always was a dream, and Aged Rentals added some perfect touches.  We could not imagine a better start to the wedding year!

  

Fleur bridal bouquet, photo by Amanda Megan Miller, with Jayne Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller with Aged Rentals and Jayne Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller, wedding with Jayne Weddings
Flowers by Fleur Inc, Photo by Amanda Megan Miller, wedding with Jayne Weddings & Aged Rentals
Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo by Amanda Megan Miller, with Jayne Weddings at the Ivy Room

The Secret Garden Wedding

I'm not really sure what I liked more about this sweet bride.  Her adorable southern accent or her incredible taste in flowers.  And could she and her mom have been ANY sweeter at all throughout all the planning?  AND the wedding was in a secret garden on the boarder of Michigan? Really?!  Pair that with the most perfect weather, the MOST amazing team in the world, a gazillion taper candles and I am in my little floral heaven.  I can't even wait for the professional photos, here are all the ones I snapped myself.  Thank you to Refind Joy for all the brass pieces!!

Congratulations to Whitney & Bradley!!

Lush bridal bouquet by Fleur Inc

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Ceremony decor by Fleur Inc

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Ceremony decor by Fleur Inc

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Floral centerpieces by Fleur Inc

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Centerpiece by Fleur Inc

~~~Candlesticks from Refind Joy for a Fleur Inc wedding~~~Floral centerpiece by Fleur

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Ranunculus on cake (floral designed by Fleur Inc)

May Madness

May brings on the onslaught of the wedding season.  So sadly my blogging falls a little behind as I place orders for weddings 2 weeks to a month out, contact all our couples to finalize details, count votive candles, clean out the vases from storage, wash them & put them back after use, meet with new clients, write proposals for a year out and sometimes send those proposals out a little later than anticipated (which I apologize to those of you whom have recently waited a little longer for a proposal from me).  Thankfully my team is amazing and so strong and witty and hard working and I could never do this without them.  This is going to be our strongest season to date !

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And to those of you who come visit me in the boutique, and I stay in our production area with just a quick hello, I promise I will be social again one day (just not while I'm designing someone's wedding flowers).  Thank you for not judging me as anti-social.  XO

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Here are a few images of an arrangement from a few months back that I absolutely fell in love with & took a bazillion photos of.  Enjoy!  And now at 6am I will drink my coffee and start my day writing a lovely proposal for a sweet couple we met with this week.

xoxoxo

Floral arrangement by Fleur Inc

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Floral arrangement by Fleur Inc

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Floral arrangement by Fleur Inc~~~

Floral arrangement by Fleur Inc~~~

Floral arrangement by Fleur Inc