Holy Cow!

I'm sitting at home in my kitchen, taking a 2nd day off after a very long past 14 days.  May is the busiest month *ever*.  It always has been and I think always will be.  I can't help it, after the long and dreary winter I am so excited for the spring delights that start growing, I say yes to everything.  Weddings, Mother's Day, a business workshop in NY, planning a new website, changing a few behind the scenes layouts,  photo shoots, teaching classes, industry coffees (sometimes beers...) and all the rest in-between.  I have to thank Davey 100 times over for being the most supportive and wonderful man in the world with his patience and encouragement on those days I needed an extra pair of hands or just someone cheering me on when I felt like falling asleep on the work tables.  Caleb and Kaelie can't be forgotten, those two keep me laughing and create so much beauty around the boutique it's astounding.  I'm literally bubbling with excitement to share some of May's weddings with you but patience, for the photographers are editing!  In the meantime, here are some images I snapped of Allison & Joe's beautiful pink & white  peony wedding  at Harry Caray's this past Saturday.

Last October I worked with the lovely Meri on her daughter Carolyn's wedding flowers.  Before the wedding had even happened, Meri asked me to assist with the floral on her 2nd daughter's wedding the following May.  I think that is the greatest compliment, and it's always such an enjoyment to work with a wonderful family twice in one year!!   Here is Allison's bridal bouquet.  I was thrilled when they brought in their style board filled with peonies!

Kaelie added these beautiful bow treatments to the bridesmaid bouquets.

Here are all the centerpieces before we packed them up.

Footed vases always add a touch of elegance to a romantic wedding.  These clear glass one are so simple.


I'm off to the market.  I want to buy some fruit and make a berry salad, or just take a walk before the rain comes back (?!).  I love days off.

Sunny tea morning

It is a rare morning that I have the chance to work out, eat my toast with peanut butter and actually sit at Letizia's for a cup of tea and a little quiet time.  Today I didn't have to be at the flower market at 8am and thought I'd take a moment to just sit and enjoy the morning.

And these cafe au lait dahlias.  Every florist I know has been gushing and oohing over the dahlias this year.  They're beauties!  As I've mentioned, my love for them is dubious.  They're amazing, and at the same time I don't trust them.  They arrive into the shop glowing and beaming with all their might, and then they recognize someone is looking at them and they immediately begin to wilt or turn brown.  I think they're saying to themselves "We'd rather die than allow you to witness our beauty!!!!"  Jerks.  But even so, I still find myself constantly stopping and talking to them (yes, I know.., I am one of those people that talk to all the flowers...sometimes I make them sing soul songs but that's a video for another day) and admiring their plush beauty.

And I also have been loving our garden roses this year.  The Yves Piaget are stunning and transcend season.  Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter..,  paired with the right color they work beautifully with any time of year.  Lately they've been used in deliveries with deep rubies, saffrons and ambers.  Autumnal romance in a bundle!!

Despite my appearance of moccasins and no socks, my old western shirts and scarves in my hair, my "you can take a girl out the south side but ..." jokes, I am a romantic at heart.  And these garden roses and dahlias speak to me on such a deep level.  I bring just a stem or two home and glow when I catch its beauty.  I take countless photos of them, morning light, evening light.  They're simple, they're sweet and they beautiful.

It's a beautiful Friday morning in Chicago.  I hope you're enjoying the sunshine!!