Flower I’m loving now….. Acacia

March 11th, 2014 by Alex

It’s that time of the year when spring just cannot get to us fast enough… That time of the year when I’ve had enough of winter and I see to gravitate towards anything that is yellow and happy. Thankfully Acacia, wattle or most commonly known around fun flower circles as “mimosa” is blooming.  It’s one of those flowers that I wished  was available year round. Acacia is actually part of a wattle tree and comes in branches.

It has a wonderful fragrance and it blooms at this time of the year for a limited time only (darn!).  Acacia loves water, but can be used in floral foam. The trick with acacia is that when its not in used you must cover it with a plastic bag so it doesn’t dry out….at least when it’s in the cooler!

Close up of mimosa

Todd and Kyle’s Wedding at Public Chicago

March 10th, 2014 by Alex

Today we feature Todd and Kyle’s wedding at Villa D’Citta and a reception at Public Chicago. LOLA Event Productions brought us a masculine concept with lots of succulents, greenery and orchids. We couldn’t wait to design this wedding, knowing that Studio Starling would be there to capture all the details; we were 100% certain that we wanted to be part of this vendor collaboration. The ceremony was to take place at Villa D’ Cita’s outdoor courtyard perfect for an intimate wedding ceremony.

We set a ceremony structure of succulents, pincushions, airplants, roses, bells of ireland and ruscus to frame the grooms while they exchanged vows.

The grooms

Wedding Chair Decor

We hung moss balls with accents of english ivy and phalaenopsis orchids, these were later used at the reception tables.

Detail of the arch

Close up of the ceremony structure


The attendant carried a bouquet of white peonies, white roses, succulents, billy balls, white scabiosas, white spray roses and dusty miller.

Succulents and billy balls boutonniere

The grooms wore a mini succulents, green hypericum berries and billy balls boutonnieres

Wedding cake with succulents

The wedding cake had accents of green and gray succulents.

Centerpiece of White Hydrangeas succulents and green flowersAfter cocktails the party moved to PUBLIC Chicago overlooking the city in their rooftop terrace and dinner in their ballroom.

Grooms ceremony Same sex wedding

Kyle and Todd thank you for letting us be part of your wedding day.  Special thanks go to LOLA Event Productions for letting us collaborate on this wedding, and to the always-fun & talented Nicole and Lizz from Studio Starling for sharing these beautiful images.

Black and White Wedding at the Ivy Room in Chicago

March 4th, 2014 by Alex

We had the pleasure of working with Kristin and Aaron at The Ivy Room last September. Although the cool air of fall was  in full swing the courtyard walls at The Ivy Room were still holding on to the the end of summer months with lots of green ivy. The couple opted for a classic wedding of white flowers, black vessels, mercury glass, black chandeliers over the dance floor, pin spotting their floral arrangements (which makes a huge difference!), accents of heirloom pumpkins and lots of candles.

Exquisite Designs White Roses white ranunculus Ivy Room Chicago Florist

Kristin carried a hand tied bouquet of white garden roses, white ranunculus, dusty miller and a few white anemones with black centers. she carried her family’s rosary in her bouquet.

White Placecard Arrangement at the Ivy Room Chicago The place card table in the foyer at the Ivy Room

Tall White Flowers Wedding Centerpiece at the Ivy Room Chicago

Tall Centerpieces of  white  hydrangeas, white roses, lemon leaf and dinner plate dahlias, black vases and floating candles


Low white flowers arrangement Ivy Room Chicago Florist

Classic floral collections of white calla lilies, white roses and white hydrangeas

Black White Wedding Ivy Room Chicago

Kristin and Aaron it was such a pleasure working with both of you and we especially loved that you donated your wedding flowers to the Children’s Memorial Hospital so others could enjoy a little piece of your wedding day. 

Thank you to Dennis Lee Photography for sharing these beautiful pictures with us.



Woodland Designs Class and Francoise Weeks coming to Chicago April 8th and 9th

January 14th, 2014 by Alex

Are you a floral designer looking to learn new techniques and mechanics ? Are you looking to stand out from the crowd and offer unique designs for your wedding couples or looking to provide unusual installations for a hotel lobby? Now is your chance.  Francoise Weeks who lives and works in Portland Oregon will be coming to Chicago on April 8th and 9th to each a workshop on Woodland Designs and Botanical Couture.

Class is limited to 12 students and will be taking place at our studio located at 2010 W. Fulton Suite F248 in Chicago. Cross streets are Damen and Fulton Avenue.

For additional information on the topics that will be discussed, pricing and tools to bring please click on the link Francoise Weeks in Chicago or to RSVP please call 503-236-5829 or email francoise@francoiseweeks.com





About Francoise Weeks

Born in Belgium, where flowers are an integral part of everyday life, Francoise trained with florists in Antwerp. She has done hundreds of weddings since 1996 and has translated her passion for nature and the garden into a distinctive, lush and textural style. Through the imaginative use of flowers, herbs, fruits and foliages , Francoise is highly skilled at translating fresh ideas into exquisite reality.

I had the pleasure of meeting Francoise during my yearly trip with the Chapel Designers out to NYC last March. I was able to take a brief workshop on woodland bouquets and I was amazed at all the mechanics I was able to learn in a small amount of time from her which I’m able to translate into my own designs.



The Flower I’m loving now…… Hellebores!

January 10th, 2014 by Alex

After the arctic blast we’ve had this week I wanted to let you know about a flower that loves the cold weather. In true spectacular fashion it blooms when the weather is cold. Also known as the Christmas Rose, Lenten Rose or most commonly know as Hellebores. It’s a favorite of florists everywhere (although I must say this every week). Hellebores come in a wide array of colors…. white, green, burgundies, purples, blacks, bi colors and some of the most beautiful color combinations.

Although a lot of florists love them, many avoid them as they are not as easy to take care of as a cut flower. You see hellebores love water. Actually they love water more than hydrangeas. You will know when a hellebore is not quite happy because the entire stem loses suspension…. meaning the entire stem goes limp. If you have some in your yard, give them a fresh cut create an X as you cut them. The stems will split and water will be able to go up the stems. If you are a florist and looking to work with hellebore I suggest you begin with a variety called Christmas Glow.  Cut Hellebores last around 5 to 7 days…. if you have a plant they should last you even longer.

IMG_0829This hellebores variety is absolutely stunning.  Handtied Bouquet by Ariella Chezar during my Chapel Designers trip to NYC in 2013.

Green Hellebore

Purple Hellebores

IMG_1072Green or Christmas Glow Hellebore Variety

Hellebores-mimosa-and-TulipsTulips, Mimosa, Dusty miller and Hellebores!

The flower I’m loving now….. Anemones

January 3rd, 2014 by Alex

Oh yes, pretty little anemones how I love you thee. It is prime anemones season in the US. Anemones are that white flower with the black centers, the one that nobody can seem to pronounce correctly.  They are indeed a novelty and is definitely a popular flower. Most clients request for it year round but unfortunately it’s not a year round flower. They love the cold weather. When cut and put in an arrangement the flower’s petals will close in the cold and open when the environment is warm.

Anemones bruise easily, hence why they don’t travel so well. Out of ten stems in a bunch on a good day 8 of them will be good enough to use on a design…. on a bad day half of the bunch will be worthless.  The stems are hollow and soft.

Anemones come in a wide array of colors….. purple, red, lavender, light pink, orange, blue, burgundy, white with black centers, white with green centers (this is a hard one to find!) and blush. They are (unfortunately) not available in yellow.


Pink anemones

Orange anemones

Can you see the orange anemones almost jumping out at the wholesale flower market?

White Roses and White Anemones bouquet

Just a few white anemones in a bridal bouquet make a huge impact


White anemone with a green center