Inspired Creations

This evening I found myself lost in iphoto.  I'm trying to organize it, and while doing so, I came across some images that I was surprised I hadn't yet shared.  During Indie Wed we participated in the Inspired Creations Contest, and found ourselves as runner ups!

I want to send a little thank you out to the following, who made this such a fun shoot! Elizabeth Anne Designs, SQN Events, Simply Jessie Photography, Courtney Callahan Paper, Truffle Truffle & Femme du Coupe.  You are all such an incredibly talented group, and I am so tickled and honored to have you all in my life!! ~~~ Now, enjoy the photos, and bottom's up!
All these photos are by Simply Jessie!

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You can see the rest of the post right HERE!!!

Billy Ball Place-card holder

Indie Wed is this Saturday, and in the spirit of DIY, we thought this is a great opportunity to share a little project from this past Summer.  Lily Red Studio, Soiree Wedding &  Events and ourselves created a whimsical & adorable, billy ball place-card holder!

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You can read all the instructions & how-to at Elizabeth Anne Designs!

We're SO excited for Indie Wed!  It's our first year we're participating, and we'll be on the first floor.  We're sharing a booth with Greatest Expectations!  And you'll also want to see our Inspired Creations Contest booth on the 2nd floor, where we teamed up with SQN Weddings & Events, Courtney Callahan Paper & Simply Jessie Photography (with special appearances by Femme du Coupe & Truffle Truffle)!  Plus, you'll see some bouquets and blooms throughout the space, at our friend's spaces!  Make sure you stop by & say hello to us!

Vintage Glam

Caleb designed a stunning wedding this past August, and it was just featured today on Elizabeth Anne Designs! Click HERE to see all the *amazing* photos from Braxton of Jeremy Lawson Photography.

(We love those bridesmaid dresses!!!)

Below are some photos that we took (Not nearly as lovely, and some are a bit blurry) of the prep & day of the wedding.  Let me tell you, this wedding day was one going down in the books.  As soon as we finished loading up the van, the sky turned black and a monsoon came down upon us.  Streets flooded and viaducts were impossible to navigate around, but we made it.  The Fleur team was out of sight this day, and I'm still so proud of them all when I think back to it.

This wedding was an enchanted garden.  A mid-summer night's dream.  Trailing amaranthus & jasmine.  Garden roses and three varieties of hydrangea.  Lovely pops of coral tucked among sage and ivory.

When I look at Brittany's bridal bouquet, I think it belongs in a secret garden.  The kind where giraffes and gazelles walk around in lovely suits and gowns, sipping tea and nibbling crumpets.  Of course, they're wearing top hats & bonnets, with hand gloves & canes.

Floral details were everywhere.

The ceremony was dramatic with candles on the floor, candleabras atop pillars  & hanging votives at the entrance to the aisle.

And then there were the centerpieces.  Crystals, mercury glass, pillar candles, crystal cut glass vases, all adding sparkle & shimmer to the decadent floral design.

They used mix-matched wine, water & champagne glasses on the tables, which looked even more stunning.  We wouldn't mind having a few of those at our own dining room table.

There were three styles of arrangements, all surrounded by vintage and mercury glass vases.  The blooms included dusty miller, charming babe spray roses, Juliette garden roses, astrantia and more.

(I think this one, above & below, is my favorite style of them all)

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Thank you so much to Caleb for designing everything so beautifully!  To Greatest Expectations for coming on board and making everything run smoothly and perfect, J & L Catering for the beautiful table settings & Architectural Artifacts for just being so good looking!

Lesley & Matt

This past September I worked with a lovely couple, brought to us by Greatest Expectations.  The apricot, peach palette with a touch of coral & pale blue are so soothing and warm, and the fabulous Jennifer Kathryn caught all the wonderful moments of the day.  You can see lots of more of the amazing images from the day at Elizabeth Anne Designs!!!  Thank you so much for featuring us, and thank you to such an incredible team!!

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Congratulations to Lesley & Matt!!!!

Featured in Elizabeth Anne Designs

We always love to be featured in one of our very favorite blogs, and here we are in Elizabeth Anne Designs!

A very special Thank You to Simply Jessie for taking all these incredible images!!!

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Also, Be sure to check out the feature of Elizabeth & Alex's wedding, Also on EAD!!

HERE is the link to the article, and thank you to Maypole Studios for the photography!!!

Romantic Summer Style Shoot!

This past May, Ami from Elizabeth Anne Designs, invited me to work on a style shoot paired with Sara Gray Photography for the Marry This inspiration publication.  I truly don't know where to begin when describing my excitement.  I was (and still am) so very honored to be working with such a creative team!  Here are a few images, but I highly recommend that you check out the write up and the entire gallery.

These are just a few shots of the centerpieces, but we worked with some really outstanding vendors!

The shoot was held at Room 1520, with Pure Kitchen Catering providing food & beverages.  The outstanding place settings came from Plate.

These are our models, Alexia & Justine (Alexia actually just got married this past Saturday!).  Their hair was styled by Gia Tummillo and make-up by Nika Vaughan. That amazing couch is from Event Creative.  Feather hair piece, bird cage veil & earrings are from The Left Bank.

There are SO many more photos, and you really need to see them, right HERE.  And don't forget to pick up your copy of Marry This with all the tips on how to obtain this gorgeous look for your wedding!

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Finally, I want to send a whole hearted thank you to Ami from Elizabeth Anne Designs!  I am constantly amazed with your incredible eye for style and bringing it all together.  Ami's wedding blog is hands down one of my absolute favorites and I am still so touched to have been part of her first style shoot.  Also, a huge thank you to Sara Gray Photography.  Without you, there would be no images of these blooms, and for that I am so thankful!  Your photography is absolutely incredible!!  And to everyone who reads my blog, thank you for all the comments and support.  I hope I continue to inspire you through color, texture and simply pretty blooms!

Fronds for you!

Back in January we offered a little terrarium workshop and wow, we were THRILLED with the response.  If you missed it, no need to alarm, there are more planned.  First please look at this teaser from Jennifer Kathryn Photography.  And if you want to learn how to build your own little fern or succulent wonderland, you *must* read the full post HERE, from Elizabeth Anne Designs!!!  In the meantime, let us know what other workshops you would be interested in seeing at Fleur!

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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!

xoxoxo

A Valentine's Day Post (Part 2)

Leanne & Gordon just can't be any cuter!!

Styling this shoot was so fun because it was kept so simple.  We just wanted L & G  to glow, which clearly they did!  Add a plateful of *delicious* sweets, adorable cross stitch from our dear friend Alexia, and a taxidermy deer head, well.., nothing says Valentine's Day like that!

The flowers in those adorable vintage milk glass vases include anemones, ranunculus, peonies, garden roses and miniature artichokes.

These two cannot stop smiling!

~~~Alexia's cross stitch are just so dear!!!  We have a few available at Fleur, and she will customize them as well.  I gave Davey a trio for Christmas and they actually brought tears to his eyes!!  Which, of course, caused me to well up.

You can see even more photos on Elizabeth Anne Designs, one of my most favorite wedding blogs!!

All of these photos were taking my husband & wife team, Eric & Jessie from Simply Jessie .  I can't rave about this duo enough.  Aside from being incredibly talented photographers they are truly wonderful people and I feel beyond fortunate to call them my friends.  I love our time spent together sipping coffee or beer, planning new projects and texting cats photos back and forth.

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I first fell in love with their images when I saw this amazing Secret Wedding shoot.  It felt so personal and so full of warmth.  Their photos really draw out physical emotion from me (I can't help it, I am such a romantic!).  We've worked together on some great projects such as Susan & Robert's engagement shoot and have some really fantastic things planned for the future.  Thank you, Eric & Jessie for being so much fun to work with and such wonderful friends!!!

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Valentine's Day is under a week away.  We're going to have a lot of beautiful blooms around.

I hope you're staying warm today!!

Busy as honeybees

Today was our terrarium workshop!

What a success and so much fun!  Two very special and wonderful friends, Jennifer & Ami, came by to photograph it for an online tutorial (coming soon!).  Aside from the fun of building the terrarium, it was a perfect way to begin the morning.  So many came in to create, we are already thinking about the next one!  We're looking at lots of teeny, itty bitty succulents, so you can create a little variety in your vase.  And, we will encourage you to bring your own vessels as well.

We're also planning a few other walk-in crafty days at Fleur!  Such as making Mom her own sweet lil' corsage for Mother's Day complete with flowers, feathers and plumes.  Perhaps forcing spring bulbs at home inside.  Anything you would like us to teach you?

It has been a very in-store week for us.  Lots of pretty things being delivered.  Ordering Valentine's Day flowers.  Meetings with clients.  It's been creative week, even though the droning cloudiness managed to get the best of me one day.

Also, last night I went to the Siskel theater to watch an incredible movie with an incredible friend (and my acupuncturist).  For those of you who know of my love of honey, it's no surprise to you that I fell in love with the movie Queen of the Sun, which I highly recommend.  A quirky yet serious documentary regarding honeybees and ultimately agriculture.  Don't let the crazy, dancing bee lady scare you aware, she had nothing at all to do with the film.  You'll fall in love with the whimsical french beekeeper, and learn a thing or two as well.  You can buy the BEST honey in the world from the Honeycoop.

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Side note, if you need an acupuncturist let me know & I'll pass along her digits.  She is fantastic and her office is in Logan Square.

Hope you're enjoying the weekend!

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Brag

We are so fortunate that this lovely little engagement session was featured not once, but twice!  Elizabeth Anne Designs, admittedly one of my very favorite wedding blogs, shared  Simply Jessie's photos.  I highly encourage you to peek at EAD, as it's filled with inspiration, wonderful DIY projects and so much beauty.

Sarah Drake Design worked on this shoot with us. So I was thinking. With valentine's day just around the corner, sometimes it's difficult to find that perfect little gift for him. Their monogram collection might be something to consider.  A lovely set of handkerchiefs?  Just a little thought.