Archive for May, 2013

Vintage Elegant Wedding at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

This past Saturday we had the pleasure of working with Christina and Victor they were hosting their wedding at the gorgeous Chicago Botanic Gardens. Although the weather threatened to move their outdoor ceremony indoors, the skies cleared and they were able to exchange vows outdoors in the English Gardens.

Cascading bouquet

Christina’s cascading bouquet had white peonies, light pink sweetpeas, blush garden roses, blush astilbe, jasmine vine, white dendrobium orchids and stefanotis vine. It was a stunner and the pictures don’t do this beauty justice.


Tall Urns

For the ceremony we decided to float flowers in the English Garden pond and we also designed these large urns to flank the couple as they exchanged vows.


The tall centerpieces were set on wrought candelabras with white hydrangeas, spray roses, jasmine vine, blush roses, hanging amaranthus and dusty miller


Half the fun of designing this wedding was collecting all the different milk glass compotes and vases needed to create all the designs.



The low centerpieces were collections of vintage milk glass and cut glass vases with textural arrangements of blush stock, wax flowers, pink lisianthus, jasmine vine, dusty miller, blush peonies and astilbe. We set them atop vintage books and frames that the couple collected during their engagement.


We hung a chandelier above the dance floor along with fabric from the four pillars that surround the center of the room for a vintage feel.




The couple provided lots of little touches throughout the wedding as far as decor goes, like this chalkboard with the menu.



We set this toss bouquet inside a vintage suitcase the bride provided.



The couple also thought it would be great to get marriage advice from their guests so they set this wishing tree for guests to leave a message along with a fun message that will help them live a happy life.

Christina and Victor, we had a wonderful time working with both of you and with all of your vendors… Especially Misha from Liven it Up Events, MDM Entertainment and the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Exquisite Designs

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

To my amazing Mom Marta, I love you and adore you. Although you can’t be here to spend this Mother’s Day with me and live a couple of thousand miles away… I hope you enjoy these flowers that I made for you.

Mothers Day Arrangement

In case you were wondering I got you lilacs, sweetpeas, garden roses, purple tulips parrot tulips, bupleurum, sweet unique roses and it’s huge! Some of the flowers even came from my garden and it smells divine.


Mother's Day Flowers Pink

Blush, Pale Pinks and lots of Chicago Romance at the Drake Hotel in Chicago

Monday, May 6th, 2013

We just moved into a new(much bigger space) and our recent client Sarah was a special one to all of us at Exquisite Designs…. This is the first of many events that we will be producing from our new studio in the west loop. Sarah came to us last year …. she wanted lots of blush, pale pinks and a little bit of romance in her flowers. She wanted a garden feel to her arrangements with accents of gold, candlelight, peonies, ranunculus, hydrangeas and roses.  She picked the perfect time of the year for her flower choices, the day was absolutely spectacular.

Not only did the weather cooperated, but we also had the pleasure of working with a great cast of vendors such as Tiffany from Soiree Chicago, Okyne Media, Bellissima Photography and The Drake Hotel.

Sarah’s bouquet was a stunner. Truly one of our favorite bouquets at Exq Designs with a textural mix of white and blush peonies (you got it, it had peonies in it), white sweetpeas, white calla lilies, dusty miller and blush ranunculus. I always know that if it’s a hard to let go bouquet, we’ve done our job. This was definitely one of those.

Peony Bridal Bouquet

The bridesmaids carry handtied bouquets of blush ranunculus, blush sweet peas, champagne roses, dusty miller, light pink peonies, white stock and blush roses.

Blush Bridesmaids Bouquet

We created different tablescapes for their reception at the Gold Coast Room at the Drake Hotel.  All arrangements had white hydrangeas, blush roses, blush peonies, seeded eucalyptus, pale pink roses,  and pale pink spray roses.

Escort card Table Arrangement

The escort card table with compotes and petite antique gold vases along with floating candles

Green Hellebores

I even sneaked in a little green hellebores from my garden in her escort card arrangements.

Compote of blush flowers

Low compote arrangements of ivory hydrangeas, blush spray roses, jasmine vine,  blush peonies and dusty miller

Tall Floral Centerpiece of white hydrangeas, blush roses and peonies