Sara & Mickey

Sara & Mickey were married at Ignite Glass Studios and I love everything about this wedding!  The sweetest couple, the greatest venue, a fresh take on flowers, coordinated with Five Grain Events and photographed by Anna Guziak Photography.  It really couldn't get any better!

Bouquet by Fleur, photo by Anna Guziak

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Place-card table designed by Fleur Inc, with rentals from Aged Rentals.  Photo by Anna Guziak Photography

Gorgeous drawers from Aged Vintage Rentals.

Guest book table designed by Fleur, photo by Anna Guziak Photography

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Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo from Anna Guziak Photography

(I absolutely love these linens from Private Label Linens!)

Flowers by Fleur, photo by Anna Guziak Photography

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Flowers by Fleur Inc, photo from Anna Guziak Photography

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Flowers by Fleur, photo from Anna Guziak Photography

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Detail by Fleur Inc, photo from Anna Guziak Photography

Congratulations Sara & Mickey!!!

Catey & Grant

Catey & Grant's wedding was so beautiful.  This entire wedding was an absolute joy to work on.  Catey herself is the sweetest lady, it's no wonder that we're all charmed by these sweet photos from Anna Guziak Photography!  It was incredibly difficult to choose which images to showcase, but I hope you enjoy these from their wedding at the Quadrangle Club!

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Boutonniere by Fleur, photo by Anna Guziak Photography

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bridesmaid bouquets by Fleur, photo by Anna Guziak Photography~~~

Ceremony flowers by Fleur, photo by Anna Guziak Photography

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Centerpiece by Fleur, photo by Anna Guziak Photography

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Centerpiece by Fleur, photo by Anna Guziak Photography

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Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

A few weeks back we created a flower bomb at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival!  It's a really unique street fest in the city.  Pop up galleries host incredible artists, local restaurants serve amazing food and Chicago bands play a few separate stages.  Here are some images of what we came up with!

Carnations

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A Little Sprinkle

I've been meaning to post these photos forever, back in February we were part of throwing a little baby "Sprinkle" along with Beth from SQN Events & Katherine from Greatest Expectations for our dear friend Heather!  Heather is also from Greatest Expectations and was expecting her 4th little baby girl (who is now here and the cutest little nugget!).  We dined over the most delicious lunch at Floriole and shared in the excitement of anticipation.  Congratulations to Heather & Todd!!!

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Sunny Centerpiece by Fleur

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Sunny centerpiece by Fleur

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Mimosa centerpiece By Fleur

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Poppies & hellebores by Fleur

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Poppies, kumquats & more, photo by Amanda Miller Photography

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This year we helped out some friends at Indiewed, an incredibly festive and fun bridal show help in Chicago (also starting to make its way to other cities).  Although we didn't have a booth, some of our dear colleagues and close friends asked us to collaborate with them on their booths.  Above is fresh & bright booth from Jayne Weddings and Aged Vintage Rentals.  Thank you Amanda Megan Miller Photography for the above photos!

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We also worked with SQN Events on their amazing Belles & Gents Lounge for a 2nd year in a row!  You might remember it from the Elizabeth Anne Designs feature right HERE.  This year the ladies at SQN took over the entire 3rd floor providing a wonderful & relaxing lounge for all those who who feeling they needed a break.  Thank you Julia Franzosa Photography for the photos below!

Mercury glass cup be Fleur, Photo by Julia Franzosa

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And then a few flowers made it over to the Ms Mignonette and Five Grain Events booths!  Enjoy these photos we took!

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Handt tied bridal bouquet by Fleur

Martha Stewart Weddings & Fleur!

I don't even know where to begin with my excitement.  This entire wedding was a dream. When Nisse first contacted us for her wedding flowers, she wanted to book without even seeing a proposal.  When does that ever happen?  We made an appointment to meet in person and I immediately had a girl crush on her.  Such great taste, a love for Paris, a wonderful sense of humor and she is so very in love with Matt.  And then it gets even better.  I find out that she is working with Olivia Leigh Photography and Estera Events.  That's just the beginning of a dream team of vendors, working with the most lovely couple on their wedding at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Nisse & Matt's wedding was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings online, and it is just beyond an honor to be a part of this collaboration of talent and love.  Thank you so much and congratulations to Nisse and Matt!  Next time you're back in Chicago I sincerely want to toast a glass of champagne with the two of you!  You can see the entire Martha post right HERE!

Of course, I want to share some of Olivia's photos with you because the are so beautiful!

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Below are just a few shots I grabbed on my phone.

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Once again, congratulations to Nisse & Matt on your beautiful wedding day!!!

Autumn Serenade: Craft at Wandawega

About a week and a half ago I was invited to Camp Wandawega by the amazing owners, Tereasa & David, to teach a wreath making & bulb planting workshop!  This little weekend was called Autumn Serenade, and a small group came together to spend time crafting, eating and drinking.  A bread making class was taught (we which all devoured at the chili potluck), and some beautiful terrarium and key necklaces were made.  Cocktail hour hosted a little class to pour some libations that helped us warm up on the overcast day.  Here are just a few photos I took, but there are SO many more to come!!

(Thanks so much to Refind Joy for these signs!)

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That egg bake was quite delicious.  Here's how to make it!

What you need:

Butter for greasing the dish, 10 eggs, 1 cup whole milk, some salt and pepper, 5 oz of grated swiss cheese, 10 oz chopped, crimini mushrooms, 1 chopped sweet potato, 1 sliced shallot and 3 tablespoons olive oil.

What you do:

Preheat your oven to 450, and butter a shallow basking dish (about 2 quarts).  Whisk the eggs and milk, along with S & P (to your taste).  Then add in the cheese and whisk a little more.  Bake in the upper 1/3 of the oven until golden.  The recipe I read claims for 20 min, but it took about 40 min.

Meanwhile toss all the other ingredients and spread evenly in a pan.  Bake in the lower half of the oven for 20-30 minutes.  I stirred a few times, too.

Serve with those veggies on top!

Doreen & Jacob

Saturday nights are the quietest for me these days. We worked on six events this weekend with an incredible team.  Amy, Caleb & Janelle are the simply the most.  Unlike the regular work week, our busy times begin on Thursday when flowers arrive and prep is non stop.  Friday we make and create, sometimes set up a wedding (like yesterday), and Saturday is by far the busiest.  Logistics, packing, delivering, unpacking, arranging and so much more.  By Saturday evening I just want a book or crossword, a glass of red wine, and that's when I begin to reflect on the past days.  With all that said, I want to thank my staff.  You guys were and are amazing.

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2012 has been outstanding.  Once our new website is up, you'll see why.  I'm thrilled with the work that was produced.  I just attempted to sort through my iphoto (HA! Anyone want to intern for me and start with organizing that?) and ended up lost in the photos.  There are a couple of weddings I am DYING to show you, but can't.  Not yet.  As a midwesterner, sometimes I feel like the designs we are asked to create are a little on the conservative side.  Arrangements are manicured and tailored.  Don't get me wrong, they're beautiful and absolutely gorgeous and I love them all.  But I did go to school for art history and studio art.  I thrive on challenging myself.  I'm thrilled that this year some of our clients allowed for a little bit of that wild side to come out.  I traveled to both the west and east coasts this year, where the landscape (both in the cities and outside) are a bit more overgrown.  It was inspiring.  Sigh.., I've been longwinded in these posts lately.  I suppose because the season is slowing down and there is time.  I can't wait for the new website and the new blog.  I can't wait to share with you what inspires me, and how it influences all of our work in the boutique.  I can't wait to share with you our new name.

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In any case, here is a beautiful wedding from Olivia Leigh Photography, one of the most stylish and darling photographers I know.  We had the delight to work with her on three weddings this year, making up for the lack in the past.  Each one was unique and so.very.lovely and I just adored every single couple!  This wedding took place at Fulton's on the River.  The colors are gorgeous and Doreen & Jacob adorable.  Congratulations!!!

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conserving spirit

A few years ago I tried selling Fleur.  There was a lot happening in my life, and the thought of applying for graduate school to study landscape architecture was a lot more appealing.  A few people were interested, but two couldn't convince a bank to loan them the money.  Those were days filled with ups and downs, anxiety and excitement.  Others reached out, but by that point, waiting for banks to just say no, some things had changed.  I started to fall in love with the flowers again.  At first it was because I had no choice.  Business must go on, weddings were booked and the shop had to be open.  Eventually, slowly, I started to remember those first days of excitement, when I entered the market and saw persimmons on branches next to pink pepper berry in buckets.  I was reminded that I always wanted to work in a greenhouse.  And when I didn't get a job at any of the local garden centers (a friend discouraged me), I wanted to draw studies of plants (I still do, although not often enough).  These memories made me realize that it's amazing feeling reconnected to something that has been a part of your life for as long as you remember.  My mother was a gardener, and maybe I already shared with you the story when I pulled up all the snapdragons.  I wanted to show her what miraculously grew over night (She had planted them earlier in the day, and when she saw what I had done and was rightfully upset, I just felt bitter she didn't save them to plant with me - imagine that.  A mom just wanted some time alone in her garden).   As a child I would hide in the peony bushes during hide and seek and loved the lilac bushes in the yard.  My family saved the marigold seeds to grow more the following year and I don't know if anyone knows this, but I talked to the rose bushes because I truly believed in fairies and unicorns and thought they lived together in our yard.  In any case, after long weeks like this one when part of your staff is sick and the other half shines through to finish your last insane weekend of the year with six events, putting up with me barking assembly line orders to keep things organized and moving and they still smile (and make me smile, too).  When your van breaks down and your Dad comes and saves the day.  When it rains and is cold, but everyone around you is smiling and giving you warmth with their support and love.  Well, it's nice to remember all the things that are inspiring and good about life.  Fleur is changing.  Some of you know that we're rebranding.  We're even changing our name a little bit.   It's because of all the goodness and love and hard work and integrity of the people around me that we can do this.  And on hard, long, rainy days, it's nice to think about the things that keep you inspired and excited for tomorrow.  Thank you to everyone who helped me keep some spirit this week.

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(I took these photos at the Garfield Park Conservatory not too long ago.  The best place in Chicago to regain some spirit.) xo

September

September has moved quickly.  I want to share this beautiful wedding with you, and in the next few days there will be more posts.  Stories about autumn, some incredibly sweet weddings and a few new gift items in the boutique.  I'll hint about our rebranding.  For now, enjoy these incredible photos from Jeremy Lawson Photography of this garden-y, red wedding.

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Kellie & Anthony

We are just SO excited about these beautiful photos that Jason & Anna Photography recently sent us, from Kellie & Anthony's wedding at Room 1520!  Thank you so much!!

Anthony surprised Kellie on a weekend trip to Paris (!!!) with the engagement.  That was enough for us, we were in love with these two!

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So lovely!!!  Congratulations to two of the sweetest people out there, Kellie & Anthony!!!

Baby B!

Our very dear friends (and longest time, partners in crime with weddings) Greatest Expectations  is growing!  Katherine is expecting!  Little Baby B will be greeting us in September!  Last week Heather threw a farmer's market inspired party for her, and we brought along some flowers!  Congratulations Katherine, we are SO excited to meet the little one!!

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S'mores with Truffle Truffle!

Do you remember some of our Pop Up Shoppes?  We're SO excited to once again host Truffle Truffle at Fleur!

Join us AUGUST 12th from 11am-4pm to celebrate National S'mores Day!

Here are a few of the amazing treats we had last year!

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Summertime, s'mores & Logan Square.  We seriously don't know how it could get any better.