Archive for the ‘Weddings’ Category

Summer Wedding at the University Club

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Last summer we had the pleasure of working with Katie and Samford their wedding at the University Club in Chicago. We had quite a great team of vendors such as Soiree Weddings and Events, BBJ Linen, Frost Lighting and major kudos to Andre Labour Photography for sharing these gorgeous pictures.

Katie was hoping for peonies in late August and we were able to deliver! Her bridesmaids carried bouquets of purple Vanda orchids, stock, Yves Paiget Garden roses and foliages.


Katie wanted lots of vibrant purples, magentas, plums with a lot of texture and that’s what we gave her on all of her designs with purple hydrangeas, plum calla lilies, calypso mokara orchids, dusty miller, plum ranunculus, lisianthus and dahlias.



All About Garlands

Friday, December 11th, 2015

The use of garlands has become quite popular in the last few months.  Add flowers, candles, tossed petals and it’s a great way to dress up a table.

We like using a minimum of two different types of greenery for garlands. Usually silver dollar eucalyptus as a base along with either salal (aka. lemon leaf) to bulk up a garland or seeded eucalyptus for a little bit of texture but still drape.

Garland Backdrop


Garlands on Tables


Thanks to the ladies from Soiree Wedding and Events for introducing us to Reba, and of course, thanks to  Reba herself for letting us have so much fun with her decor at Room 1520!

Ombre Aisle

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Not a fan of the traditional fabric aisle runner but looking to dress up an aisle. Consider using rose petals to create a runner. We created this beauty for a southern beauty to walk down the aisle at Room 1520 alongside Soiree Weddings and Events.

Ombre Aisle Petals aisle

If you are wondering how many roses it took to create this effect…. well if you guessed around 1000 you are correct.

The Year of the Flower Wall

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Pulling the cobwebs off the blog. It has been a long time since I’ve posted. Mainly I’ve been focused on our clients and also I wanted to makes sure our posts are informative and fun.  Since we got a little break,  I thought it would be good to let you know what we’ve been working on the last few months.

It has been without a doubt the year of the flower wall at Exquisite Designs.  Flower walls, champagne glasses walls, freestanding  walls, cacti walls, escort card walls….. we have done them all.

It only seemed fitting that we started this trip down the wall crazed with a champagne wall on New Years Eve with Lola Event Productions at the Bridgeport Art Center. Lori asked if we could just think out of the box for the escort card table. Well why not greet every guests with an empty champagne flute they would have to find with their names on a champagne wall.


Champagne Wall

Spring was rounding the corner and we got to do another  flower wall for our friends at (No Subject) we created a wall of roses, hydrangeas, peonies, jasmine vine and amaranths in a faux boxwood wall at the Westfield Old Orchard Mall. It was a great event with  Louise Roe and the Everyday Girl amongst a few other fashion bloggers.


Flower Wall Exquisite Designs

Next we got to do a 8′ x 8′  flower wall for a lovely bride with Honeybee Weddings at the Blackstone Hotel.  All roses, spray roses, hydrangeas and gilded lemon leaf accents on a green moss background.

Flower Wall at the Blackstone Hotel


The following day (yes you read that right! the following day) we got to head on over to the Chicago Botanic Gardens with Parties Etc and an escort card table turned wall! Because well…. why not!


Escort Card Wall at the Chicago Botanic Gardens


Finishing off the wall trend with a cacti wall at 19 East (formerly known as the Chicago Illuminating Company) for Create & Cultivate. If you live in Chicago, 19 East has 12 shelves that go high up…. almost 30′ in the air. We got to do an ombre cacti wall with 180 cacti. It surely didn’t take a few minutes to set this beauty up as it required a lift and someone who wasn’t daunted by the fear of heights (like me!). But I’m not going to lie, it was fun to see it and since Create & Cultivate is put together by the branding dynamos from (No Subject) we got to see the hashtag for the event on Instagram along with the attendees reaction to it.

What did we do with 180 cacti? We gifted, donated them and we even kept a few!

Cacti Wall at 19 East


We get asked how do we do these flower walls, and how do we ensure that the flowers stay alive for long periods of time. It is a little craft secret in our studio, but know we don’t use floral foam. I’m not one to say we don’t shy away from using floral foam but we certainly try our best to do without when we can. So there you have it! The year of the flower wall. We shall see what next year holds.

You have a crazy idea, give us a call.  We are happy to join you on the creative roller coaster ride and even help you hit the gas!

Todd and Kyle’s Wedding at Public Chicago

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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.

Woodlands Wedding at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

As they say better late than never….. We designed this lovely wedding more than a year ago for Emily and Mauricio. This Chicago Wedding took place during the summer at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago.  Emily wanted an elegant but woodlands feel to her wedding. She loved all things ranunculus, dahlias, scabiosa pods but also wanted a little bit of birch wood and driftwood within her overall design as her family symbol was a tree.

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Emily carried a bouquet of white garden roses, white ranunculus, lisianthus and sage.

Outdoor wedding in ChicagoShe looked absolutely beautiful.

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For her ceremony we created a beautiful arch of hops vine, ruscus, curly willow, dahlias, scabiosa pods, hydrangeas, tulips, seeded eucalyptus, clematis vine and sword ferns.

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The Solarium room at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago

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Her escort card table featured a manzanita tree nestled in  white florals with seeded eucalyptus creating the effect of a tree.

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Emily and Maurcio’s centerpieces were not created atop a piece of driftwood, they hosted hydrangeas, loose neck goose strife, sword ferns, ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus, scabiosa pods and dahlias for a very woodlands centerpiece.

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Emily and Mauricio, thank you for letting me be part of your wedding. It was a pleasure working with you. A million thanks goes to Jaclyn Simpson Photography for sharing these images and to Engaging Events by Ali for tapping us to be part of the vendor team.