Peonies and yellows and a cute, cute couple

This is Susan from Sparrow, and Robert from Mode Carpentry and Longman & Eagle.  They own businesses right around the corner from us in Logan Square and they're engaged.

Simply Jessie took all these amazing photos.

You can find more of them HERE and HERE.

And Sarah Drake Design created some paper and fabric adorableness.

We created a little sweet heart table for them at the Inn above Longman & Eagle, which Robert designed and built.  Any of my out of town friends will indeed be staying here.  In fact, I'm ready to move in.  It's fresh, simple and filled with repurposed material.  And there is a cassette desk.  Oh man, don't you remember making mix tapes??!  Mix cd's just don't cut it.

This table setting is honestly one of my favorites.  It's a bit rustic with the grape vine and birch on the table, yet filled with somewhat traditional and lush blooms.  But still modern with those amazing bitch etched wine glasses (We sell them at Fleur) and the awesome yellow chairs.  The colors.., light blue, yellow and cream are wonderful for the season as well.  I love the blue-yellow combo in general these days.

Thank you Susan & Robert and to Simply Jessie and Sarah Drake Designs for all the creativity!!


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.