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.


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!!!


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!!

For Your Inner Romantic (A Valentine Post Part 1)

Last week I was so fortunate to work with Simply Jessie on our Valentine shoot.  It was an engagement session with good friends, Leanne & Gordon (I'll have photos of them tomorrow).  I created a little sweetheart table filled with a trio of floral arrangements, hot chocolate, delicious goodies from Cafe Selmarie and the most adorable cross stitches from Ruggles Stitch.  Complete with lace trimmings and a box full of love letters, this is one of my favorites.  Incredibly easy to create something similar in your own home, it's a delightful surprise for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.

Enjoy this Valentine inspiration, and tomorrow you'll learn more about Jessie & see how cute Leanne & Gordon are (complete with taxidermy!?).








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.


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!


Banjos & Blooms

Remember Pip & Brian?

Well, they're all done & hitched, living the newlywed life!  I truly mean it when I say this couple is just outstanding.  Looking through their flowers I mostly remember the smiles they both wore all day long.  They couldn't have been happier.

Here are just a few teasers from Jamie Hartley Photography.  Her new website will be up soon!


All the centerpieces were arranged in milk glass pedestals.  So pretty!!  My milk glass collection is a bit crazy, and rather than pack them all away in boxes, they are stacked on a shelf in our prep room so they can be admired all day long.

And even though it's December, I don't think it's too late (or early?) to look at images of these gorgeous Toulouse Lautrec yellow garden roses.  And those beautiful dahlias!

They're so beautiful, I can't wait to see them again next year!!  We were squealing every time these dinner plate sized beauties arrived.  And they're grown locally.  :)

And this boutonniere makes me so happy.  Filled with little buttons Pip provided, because her nickname for Brian is button. <3

The ceremony was at the Columbus Park Refectory which offers such a regal and elegant back ground for the ceremony (The link right there shows images from Vrai Photography of another wedding we worked on at the space!).

Pip's bridal bouquet is one of my favorites!  Those roses are just outstanding and I love the touch of blue tweedia scattered among the orange and yellow.

And of course, I have to show you a photo of this banjo (no, it's not mine).  Pip & Brian hired an incredible bluegrass band for the ceremony and reception.  I'm always a sucker for a banjo.