Archive for May, 2012

I’m crazy for compotes too…

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Earlier last week Martha Stewart Bride’s Guide posted a “Crazy for Compotes” blog post. Well, I’m crazy for compotes too. So crazy that I have created compote designs for 80% of my wedding clients this year, social and a few corporate ones too. Compotes elevate a floral design and it’s a great way to use cut glass, milk glass, grandma’s vintage pieces and maybe a few plastic pieces too that look like the real ceramic.

Here are a few of my favorite designs that will be making a debut at a wedding this summer and fall.


White Zinnias, White dahlias, privet berrie leaves, privet berries, white astarantia, queen anne’s lace in a white milk glass compote

Yellow zinnias, olive leaves, white wax flowers, queen anne’s lace, orange aslepia, astilbe and grass on a white milk glass compote

This is one of our designs for an upcoming fall wedding, orange unique roses, scabiosa pods, orange ranunculus, fall foliage, orange spray roses, red hypericim berries and seeded eucalyptus on a footed black compote.

But guess what? I have some friends… actually some Chapel Designers who are crazy about compotes too. Isha Foss, from Isha Foss Events had the idea that we all shared our compote designs today. So here are some sites you should also visit for added inspiration today! Just click on the company names below to see some beautiful designs.

Isha Foss Events

Alluring Blooms

Floral Verde LLC 

Flirty Fleurs

Celebration Florals

Holly Heider Chapple Flowers


Petals & Hedges

Bare Root Flora

Loda Floral Design

True Florette Floral Design

Courtenay Lambert Florals

Grapevine Floral Company 

Modern Day Floral 

Sebestia Designs 

From Maggie to Priya…. The first and last bride I sent down the aisle

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Yesterday was somewhat of bittersweet day, you see last May I wrote this post, I decided that my time as a wedding planner had to end. My life has changed (with a growing family that I wanted to spend time with) and to be fair to my wedding clients it was time to change the focus of my company.  Today’s post is called from Maggie to Priya. Maggie is the first bride I sent down the aisle, she got married to Michael on a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the Lincoln Park Gardens in the middle of June with a reception at the Crystal Gardens in Navy Pier. Yesterday’s bride is a lovely woman by the name of Priya. She is the last bride I sent down the aisle (twice! for an indian and western ceremony) at the Metropolitan Club at the Willis Tower to marry Tony who is probably one of the most fun grooms I’ve ever had. He always has a funny joke and a huge smile in his arsenal.

There has been a countless number of weddings…. Indian weddings, jewish weddings, asian weddings, destination weddings, Christian weddings, non denominational weddings, logistical nightmare weddings (this one is a story to tell off the record!), New Year’s Eve weddings, outdoor weddings, winter weddings. Done them all and I had a great time while getting to know so many awesome couples, meeting their families and learning so much about other careers while planning their weddings. Hello FBI agents! Do I have stories to tell? Oh… Yes.I. Do.

To all the amazing couples who let me be part of their wedding day… thank you. I’m so grateful to have known all of you and that I get to keep in contact with so many of you! Nothing makes me happier to see you have children, buy homes, travel to new places, and see you enjoy life together as a married couple. May you continue to live happily ever after.




Photo Credit by Priscilla O’Sullivan from  Bellissima Photography

Thursday Therapy at Venue Six10

Monday, May 7th, 2012


Two weeks ago we got to be part of the monthly Thursday Therapy networking event in Chicago. This time it was taking place at Venue Six10 located t the Spertus Institute on Michigan Avenue. The venue is spectacular and boasts views of Grant Park, the lakefront, along with Michigan Avenue. Venue Six10 also has a small outdoor space! Perfect for any guests that would like to get some fresh air between dancing the night away.

Their space is a white canvas… perfect to do anything with it. Since it was April with lots of white space we decided to do a lot of bold colors. Hot pinks, hot oranges, corals and a touch of silver here and there.



I had a great time catching up with old friends from Wolfgang Puck. They provided quite the spread of delicious food for this event. Thank you to Kelly Marie from Fleur and Joan from Five Grain Events for letting us be part of this event and thank you to Bethany from Maypole Studios. Your pictures are amazing!  Thank you for sharing these amazing images with us.