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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 

New York, New York!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Earlier this week I spent three days in New York City with eighteen other women. We were brought together by the master mind and ring leader Holly Chapple from Holly Heider Chapple Flowers in Virginia. You may have seen Holly’s bouquets in Martha Stewart, Style Me Pretty and countless of blogs. She put out a tweet that changed my life as I knew it last Saturday. She was putting together a trip to NYC for floral designers called Chapel Designers because we are all event florist servicing the events industry but mostly weddings, she asked in her little tweet… “Who is interested in attending”. I quickly answered “ME”. It was  a small trip to visit suppliers, take a trip to the floral market in NYC and meet with David Beahm. It ended up being so much more than that.

The rest of the Chapel Designers are:
Alicia of Bella Fiori from Colorado

Alicia of AJ Florals, Maryland

Cori of  Moss Fine Floral of Illinois

Katie of Inspired Floral Design from Kentucky

Courtenay of Courtenay Lambert Florals, Kentucky

Isha of Isha Foss Events, Virginia

Janice of Precious Pear, Vancouver, British Columbia

Jenn of Modern Day Floral, Michigan

Kristin a freelance designer, Virginia

Laura of Loda Floral Designs, Virginia

Liz of Fleur:ology, Oregon

Robin of freelancer in Ohio

Samantha of SM Greenfield Designs In Floral Artistry, Virginia

Trish of Grapevine Floral Company, Illinois

Yasmin of Events Are Us, Washington D.C.

Casey from Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

and of course, yours truly!!! of Exquisite Weddings, Illinois

That first night, we picked up right were our tweets left off. We had a lot of candid conversations, a little venting and of course we introduced ourselves in an informal setting. If you are looking to learn more about each designer, Alicia who writes Flirty Fleurs is writing a blog post about each designer. You can see pictures from our first night from our resident photographer (who happens to be a planner!) Vicky from My Simple Details in Washington DC.

Tomorrow on the blog a trip into the New York City Floral Market.