Archive for December, 2013

The flower I’m loving now…. Japanese Sweetpeas

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

A new feature on our Exquisite Designs blog will be teaching our followers a little bit about the flowers that we use in for our events. One thing that sets us apart is our use of unique flowers or what we call in the floral industry “novelty” product. Novelty product is hard to find, usually unique in color and not sold by everyone in the wholesale markets. To find novelty product you have to get away from your  usual confines and go find it!

Today’s novelty product or flower that I’m loving now are Japanese Sweetpeas. They do come from Japan (I wonder what gave it away!) but the unique item about these flowers is that unlike their US grown sweet peas these have really long stems. Sweetpeas are grown in vines, Japanese sweet peas have stems that are usually 12 to 14″ long. Locally grown sweet peas have stems that are usually  6″ to 10″ in length.  They love to drink water and are long lasting.  Since they travel a little further to get to us they are a little pricier too…. but they are so worth it.

Spring Compote

Can you see the sweetpeas coming out on the right hand side and the top of this gorgeous compote?

Blush Japanese Sweetpeas

Look at the length on those stems. Perfect for bouquets, compotes or even elevated centerpieces!

Close up of Japanese Sweetpeas

Sweetpeas are available in a huge array of colors… from white, to blush, coral  all the way to deep purples and burgundies. The best part about them is their sweet smell.  Japanese sweet peas will be available from now til the early April.

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.