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Victor Vine

Friday, December 18th, 2015

If you’ve ever been to our studio and wandered off into our design area you may find Victor Vine looking at you. Victor was an art project created by my son Max a few years ago. He has been with me for a loooooong time. Amazingly enough I don’t think my son knew how much I love vines, but between you and me, I do. I love vines so much that I try to include vines in 90% of our designs. I will sneak them up on you (just like a vine) because I will use flowers that don’t quite look like a vine but are. I’m a huge lover of sweet peas (yep, they are vines!), stephanotis (it grows in a vine too), or the usual suspects that you tend to see all the time such as jasmine, clematis, or even hops. All vines!

Victori Vine

Last year we saw a lot of designers using Smilax vines and wed id too. It’s pretty hearty and drapes beautifully. Although one of my favorites is the elusive porcelain vine, available only in the fall. It’s actually an invasive vine so a lot of counties tend to destroy it, but if you are looking hard enough you will find it.

Sweet peas on a vine

Not all vines are created equal and they all serve their purpose, flower at different times of the year and have different strengths.

Cascading Bridal Bouquet with vines

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.

Corals and Spring Flowers ~ A Photo Shoot for La Belle Fleur Events

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

When the lovely Ashley Le Fleur asked if we would like to be part of a photo shoot for her we jumped at the chance. Anything coral and gold is hot right now… so how could I pass up on the opportunity. Her timing was absolutely perfect since I was planning my trip to NYC and I knew I could get some lovely things at the NYC Floral Market and bring it back with me. Yes, I brought these flowers back with me on the plane! It was a little bit of a hassle and totally worth it. Would I do it again?…. take a look at these beauties and the answer is heck, yeah!  To round out all the amazing vendors that Ashley brought together for the shoot is Ashley Biess who I have to say is an amazing photographer and was kind enough to share these images.


Ashley Le Fleur La Belle Fleur Events

The lovely Ashley with our flowers



Free Spirit Roses, Blush Ranunculus, Coral Ranunculus, Coral Sweet peas, Pink Hyacinth, Viburnum, dusty miller and jasmine vine



If you loved this photo shoot, check out Ashley Biess website here for additional pictures

Rounding out the rest of the vendors are:
Kitchen Chicago (Venue)
Ashley Biess Photography (Photo)
Chris Bauer Photo (Video)
The Savoy Flea (Rentals)
Linens were made by Ashley Le Fleur
Made Divine (Menu Cards)
Vintage Plate Rescue (Silverware and charger plates)
Beth Stock from Epoch Chicago (Hair & Make Up)
Flirty Cupcakes (Cupcakes)
Alliance Bakery (Macaroons)
World’s Market (All other candy)

The Chapel Designers got on the bus and went over to the Bronx we went…

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

It was Day 2 for the Chapel Designers and today was a day I’ve been asking Holly about since the first time I met David Beahm at his offices in NYC. It’s quite a beautiful office but as a designer I know that all floral and decor designers have a place were they  produce and get ready to create their designs…. and that’s were I wanted to go. I’ve been asking to go to David Beahm’s warehouse for the last two years… and Day 2 with the Chapel Designers was the day I have been eagerly awaiting for a long time.

So we got on the bus and went over to the Bronx. Not only did I get a tour of David Beahm’s warehouse, he explained large scale design but I also got to learn how Karen Tran puts together her amazing tall and lush designs along with learning how to create one of Francoise Week’s amazing woodland bouquets.

David Beahm

David Beahm up on the ladder explaining all about large scale design, ensuring the designs are safe and also how to make them. I have to say I love David Beahm, he is an out of this world designer and the best part…has no ego. Not only is he confident of his work and his designs but he also goes thru the same trials and tribulations that all business owners do. He is no different and he was candid enough to share it with us.


Large scale design by David Beahm…. it’s a 20′ long statement piece of cherry blossoms, hyacinths, roses and calla lilies. Words cannot describe how magnificent this piece was in person. It took three designers close to 5 hours to create and around 20 bales of cherry blossoms.  The scent reminded me of spring.


I have to say Michael and Vanessa deserve a medal for THE best hosts in all of NYC. New Yorkers are quite nice. They truly love their city… Vanessa and Michael, a husband and wife team that own Verde Flowers are the epitome of hard work, dedication and working hard to live your dream. Their shop flooded with four feet of water during hurricane Sandy.  They rebuilt and their shop is absolutely beautiful. I felt it was incredibly moving that Vanessa made it a point to bring her child to work (she even has a dedicated room for her son) in her shop. Vanessa and Michael… I had a wonderful time meeting both of you. Thank you for opening your shop to all 60 of us!

Flowers by VErde Flowers

Not only are Vanessa and Michael amazing hosts…. look at the arrangements they can create. This picture doesn’t do this beauty justice.

While rotating design stations after lunch I got the chance to create a woodlands bouquet with Francoise Weeks.

Woodlands Green and BouquetI went for the ombre effect with green dianthus, muscari, green hellebores, astarantia, seeded eucalyptus, green moss and whites…. fringe tulips, white clematis vine, and a few ranunculus.


And then there was Karen Tran, after a long day of learning I got to learn from the one and only Karen Tran. She created one of her iconic tablescapes. I was amazed to learn how petite Karen is and how quickly she can move, lift her arrangements like nobody’s business and do it all with grace… she even thought us how not to mess up your manicure! She has quite a bit of tricks up her sleeve and I do have to say…  she is quite the smart businesswoman too.

Photo Credit for all the amazing images goes to by Genevieve Leiper . All the ones that are a little blurry…. that would be by me.

Martha Stewart Bridal Show in Chicago

Monday, March 25th, 2013

It’s been a busy March around here with events, trips to NYC and a bridal show in Chicago. Our friends at Martha Stewart Weddings were in town a few weeks ago hosting a bridal show at the Radisson Blu Hotel.  Martha Stewart Weddings created a table with a few of the items shown on their 2013 Winter Issue and they wanted us to create an arrangement inspired by the cover which featured Blake Lively’s bridal bouquet. We deviated a little (because who wants to copy someone else’s design!) but we were very happy what we designed.


Martha Stewart Bridal Show in Chicago

Martha Stewarts Weddings Table Arrangement hosted blush peonies, jasmine vine, dusty miller, white sweet peas, pink o’hara roses, white stock in a silver compote

Macy's Table

We also created an arrangement for Macy’s Registry Table with lots of garden roses, jasmine vine, pieris japonica and dusty miller

Martha Stwarts Decor Table

Invitation crafts created by the team at Martha Stewart Weddings

Cake Chicago Cake

 Wedding cake created by Cake Chicago with a beautiful burlap pattern made out of buttercream.

 Not only we got to mingle with some wonderful couples we also got to reconnect with some of our favorite vendors but also meet some new ones!  Thank you to Anthony and Amy at Martha Stewart Weddings for thinking of us again!



Bridal Expo at Drury Lane Theatre

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

We had a lot of fun last night at the Bridal Expo at the Drury Lane Theatre. We created a vintage elegant tablescape of milk glass vases, with hydrangeas, caramel antique roses, pink majolica spray roses, jasmine vine, peach finesse roses and of course my white dinner plate dahlias whom just above everyone seemed to love.



Our bridal bouquet hosted patience garden roses, caramel antique roses pink majolica roses, pink astilbe, dusty miller, blushing bride proteas and pieris japonica.



We wanted to thank the Amy & Bill at the Bridal Expo Chicago for their warm welcome, Windy City Linen for the gorgeous runners and napkins, Tablescapes for all the vintage rentals and last but not least,  Jill at Chicago Farm Tables for letting us use their beautiful locally made farm table which we absolutely love.