Andrea & Rob

Last weekend we worked on a very elegant wedding at Fulton's on the River.  This wedding is really a beautiful description of the Classic Chicago Wedding.  A beautiful bride, her gorgeous gown, a happy groom, simple design and a view of the river.  Congratulations to Andrea & Rob!!  And thanks so much to Greatest Expectations for flawless coordination and Jessie & Eric from Simply Jessie who took these stunning images.  It was a gorgeous day.

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Speakeasy Soiree

I remember someone once telling me that Jan/Feb/Mar are the slow months for us in this wedding industry "biz."  Frankly, I don't know what happened but that has not been the case in any way, shape or form.  Of course I'm not complaining at all.  But I am taking this morning to catch up on all my estimates and proposals with a mug of coffee  They gave me a beautiful iridescent, opal looking glass from which I have been channeling ethereal descriptions of gorgeous bouquets and table settings.  Much like these designs we created for this past Tuesday's Speakeasy Soiree.

Thank you, Suzy from Lily Red Studio for capturing these gorgeous images!  Suzy also created all the paper items for the event which were gorgeous!  She's working on some signage for us at the shop and I can't wait!

I forced myself to drink an extra Manhatten or glass of red wine here and there to provide the "vases" for the ostrich feathers & ranunculus.  Let me tell you, that's pure dedication.

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Joan from Five Grain Events coordinated this fabulous industry meet up and as always it was incredible.  Networking can be a little difficult (especially when you have wallflower tendencies like myself), but she just makes it so easy!  Jordon's Food of Distinction provided delicious snacks for us to taste as we drank our mint juleps & bee's knees from vintage tea cups.

Amid all the running around the past week between the mock ups and meetings and emails and phone calls and designing, three house guests came to Mason de la Fleur.  One of Davey's closest friends from college and his fiance!  Engaged for just one week!  Of course the excitement was even more grand upon hearing and sharing their amazing news and I had to bite my tongue over and over to not overwhelm Chrissy with ideas (a curse of working in this industry.., too much info to share!).  What a wonderful week of catching up and simply spending time together.  Eating too much, walking around neighborhoods, scrabble games and more.  Isn't this what friendship is all about?

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Anne, Davey's sister also came to visit.  Time spent with her is never long enough and I continually hint that she needs to move to Chicago where we will open all of our paper and crafty stores, plan weddings, sew dresses and go antiquing.  Oh, the plans we have!!!  Yesterday was spent all day rummaging through antique malls and finishing with a drink in a little cafe before our amazing dinner at Lula Cafe.  I was having so much fun I forgot to take a single photo, but luckily Suzy captured this one of all of us.  I think it's going to be a favorite of mine.

Now, back to the world of weddings.  Thank you all for your patience as I relaxed in Florida and hosted some love and friendship at home.  I'm WAY behind with everything, but am catching up.  We have an exciting wedding this weekend, a clothing swap on Sunday (4-7pm at Fleur!) lots of proposals & estimates to write and some outstanding weather today!  Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful St Patrick's Day!!

xoxoxxo

Frosty days

The reports are calling for snow showers tonight, but who really knows.  I'd love to wake up tomorrow to a palette of white and the smell of frosty snowflakes in the air.  It's much better than the tiring, grey, dismal days we've had.  In addition to dirty snow on the ground, WHERE IS THE SUNSHINE?  Normally I prefer an overcast afternoon, but this cloudiness is messing with my schedule.  I have had WAY too much to do and the darkness makes me tired!  Someone told me that Chicago has just as many cloudy days as Seattle, and I'm anxious to look that up & see if it's true.

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So we're trying to help with those winter blues a little.  Starting with tomorrow's wedding which I'll post about next week.

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And our terrarium workshop on January 29th!

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This is the first little weekend event of many we have planned for 2011.  They're open all day long during business hours. Walk in, see a mock up, listen to a brief demo, and voila!  Start making!  Prices begin at $20.00 to make your own lil' terrarium.  We plan on some others such as making your own hand tied bouquet, how to make a boutonniere,  springtime bulbs, and we're taking suggestions.  What would YOU like to see?

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This year is really looking positive.  I'm so geeked out with literally every single one of our clients so far!  And fun additional projects here and there.  Such as the Macy's Flower Show, which you'll see us at again.  Shhh....  I'm terrible at keeping surprises.  Secrets, yes.  Surprises no.  For example this afternoon I saw a jar of old man candy I knew Davey would love.  That buttery hard candy, totally old fashioned and it's handmade.  I was planning on leaving it out for him so he would find it when he came home from work, but no.  As soon as I walked in he asked what I picked up at the grocery market and I said, "Salad greens and rye bread."  P A U S E  "And I bought you a surprise jar of candy!!!!!!"  Christ, get ahold of yourself Kelly.

Anyway.., Look at that peony.  Sigh...  Sometimes springtime brides tell me that they don't like peonies and I tell them flat out that they are out of their minds.

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Oh, and hey.  Frosty Weddings also loves Susan & Robert.  Jeez, you guys are famous!

Ranunculus & Astilbe

Some very pretty flowers we made for Carolyn & Evan this past weekend.  I first met with Carolyn and her mother, Meri, not that long ago and as they began to describe their vision I became more and more excited.  Our styles are incredibly similar.  Birch, trailing ribbons, paper-mache-like blooms, soft, elegant, dreamy.  This is what we came up with.

Ranunculus, astile, snowberry, garden roses, sweetheart roses, lisianthus and wild grasses composed the majority of her bridal bouquet.

There were also some gorgeous dahlias.

Below is just a photo from my cell phone, but I still am pretty excited about the centerpieces.  They're so lush and full, in containers made out of birch.

The reception was held at The Esplanade, and I'll have more images soon of the inside space.

They had matching tall centerpieces made with willow, hydrangea and hanging votives tied with robin's egg blue ribbon.  Kinda dreamy and spectacular.

Congratulations to Carolyn and Evan!!!