Flowers

Fall Wedding Inspiration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Well its officially Fall as of a few days ago! Pumpkin spice lattes are waking us up every morning, we have been shopping for new boots and pulling out our cozy sweaters from storage (and we have of course been sipping on fall-inspired cocktails!). While we just adore a gorgeous summer day wedding filled with sunshine, there is something special in the air with a fall wedding on a crisp autumn day. Here's some of our favorite fall wedding images currently inspiring us: [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7130" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]{gorgeous photos surrounded by the changing leaves}[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7131" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]{a lush fall inspired bridal bouquet}[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7132" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]{harvest inspired centerpieces of magnolia leaf, pomegranates, garden roses & hibernicum berry}[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7133" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]{a tasty muddling bar to warm guests up from our inspiration shoot featured on Style Me Pretty right here}[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7134" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="7135" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]{a cake adorned in a rich fall color palette}[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Mother's Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We would like to wish a very happy mother's day to all the mothers out there this weekend- especially those who are in the midst of wedding planning with their daughters or sons! :)  We hope everyone has fabulous plans for Sunday whether you are headed out to a delicious mother's day brunch or staying in for breakfast in bed!  

 

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INSPIRED BY: Kate Moss' Boho Flower Girls

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are still swooning over the images of Kate Moss' romantic bohemian English countryside nuptials.  When a wedding is that beautiful and perfectly executed it's hard to get it out of your head!  We were recently reminded of Kate's entourage of impeccably styled boho flower girls when we opened the most recent email from BHLDN announcing their new Flower Girl dresses.   It is hard to go wrong when selecting a pint-size outfit for your flower girls since they tend to steal to the show at the ceremony (right up until the bride appears of course!), but we suggest going with the timeless ease of a bohemian flowing dress in shades of off white or ivory accessorized by a floral halo crown of course!  [/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/1"][vc_single_image image="5923" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

a little springtime

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We don't know about you, but we could sure use something pretty to look at today to take our minds off the miserable rainy weather outside. Here's a little board of sunshine to remind us that all these April showers will bring a beautiful May!  

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Friday Floral

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It’s impossible not to notice all the gorgeous blooms throughout the city right now. I took a stroll through Lincoln Park and had to share all the flowers that had me oohing and ahhing! From people's front steps to the ornate gardens of all the parks in the area, these blooms are one of the many aspects that make summer in Chicago the best!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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I also picked up some Peonies for Renny from Larkspur in Bucktown. The owner grows all her flowers on a 23-acre farm in Michigan with more than 84 peony bushes! Highly recommend picking up a bundle or two from them while you can!

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Friday Floral

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We know it seems like Chicago is just now starting to enjoy spring, but we can’t help but to jump the gun a little and swoon over the hydrangea. There’s something so natural and al fresco about a hydrangea arrangement. Bursts of hydrangea in your wedding décor can be sweet, simple, completely classic and quite budget-friendly! [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11175" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11176" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Friday Floral

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The Ranunculus. Ranunculus's are making a huge come back in the floral industry and we can see why with their folds and folds of petals of both bright and muted colors. Ridiculously in love with Ranunculus!

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Friday Floral

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Succulents! Technically, a succulent is any plant that carries water in it's stem, roots, or leaves allowing the plant to go without water for long periods of time. Perfect for the green thumb beginner, someone who travels a lot, or that absent minded person that we all know and love. Succulents can convey a more modern tone and can also play well into the rustic look that so many love! The soft greens and greys of succulents can be paired with almost any color palette from neutrals to brights...A versatile little plant!  

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Dilly Lily, the charming floral boutique in Lincoln Park, is well ahead of this succulent trend. They currently have all sizes and shapes of different succulents and tons of fancy, bright little pots to keep them in! Hostess gift anyone??  

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Our Easter Table

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What a weekend!! Our Easter table was overflowing with baskets, chocolates, flowers (tulips and hydrangeas), touches of Peter Rabbit here and there (a childhood favorite),  sugared eggs, crepe paper wrapped gifts for the kids and most importantly our friends and family. On Friday, we  threw a neighborhood party for the kids to dye eggs.  They sat in adorable Anthropologie Farmer's Market Baskets throughout the Dining table. Saturday morning was the Egg hunt for the kids in the local park.  We stuffed and hid over 300 eggs with candy and games.  The kids loved every minute. Sunday afternoon we clinked our mimosas together and began our meal consisting of amazing southern cheese grits (see recipe below), the must-have traditional honey baked ham, grilled asparagus, cranberry poppy seed muffins, and a jello salad with strawberries, bananas, blueberries and pecans. We topped it all off with everyone's favorite, homemade New York cheesecake! We hope you all a wonderful Easter weekend as well! On to the next holiday!

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Davis Family Cheese Grits:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Grits
  • 6 Cups of Water
  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Eggs (beaten)
  • 1 lb of American or Cheddar Cheese (Grated) (plus a handful for top)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Savory Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
Preheat oven to 350
Butter a 9x13 casserole dish (I use a Le Creuset Casserole)
Boil water in a large stock pot.  Slowly whisk in grits. Stir Continuously until thick.
Add in Butter.  Temper Grits with Eggs.  Add eggs slowly (don't scramble!).
Add in Cheese, Salt, Savory Salt and Hot Sauce.
Stir to combine.
Pour into casserole dish.  Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
Bake uncovered for 1 hour. 
 
ENJOY!!!
 
Note:  You can make this dish one day ahead and store in the refrigerator covered in plastic wrap. 
Also, feel free to experiment with different cheeses.

 

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Ladies that Lunch

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We kicked off spring yesterday with a ladies lunch and couldn’t resist sharing our table with you! The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing and the perky, yellow daffodils and tulips lit up our table. We served a classic goat cheese and strawberry spinach salad on top of our bright, floral Anthropologie plates. Our mason jar mugs were filled to the brim with thyme lemonade, that sat next to our dijon striped napkins.  Ella was a wonderful help as our “Official Lemonade Taste Tester” and typical Lucy was not in the mood to deal with any of it! It was quite picturesque and great way to spend the first spring afternoon that kicks off what will be our busiest wedding season yet! What do your Ladies Lunches consist of? [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11358" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11359" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11360" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11361" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11362" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11363" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11364" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Blossom Boards!

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All the above average temperatures have really woken Chicago up! The city feels alive with bustling restaurant patios, people rediscovering the tranquility of walks through neighborhood parks and the once cold, brownstone lined streets of Chicago now blossoming in a blink of an eye! The bright, cheery yellows of all the daffodils and overwhelming buds on magnolia trees have me creeping through the gorgeous streets of Lincoln Park “instragraming” every hint of color I spot! Time to clean out those vases, stock up on the Zrytec and get in the Spring mood!

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Real Wedding: Danielle & Eric

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With the gorgeous weather Chicago had this past weekend we wanted to feature this outside wedding of past clients that we adored, Danielle & Eric. A wonderful list of vendors helped to make this backyard tent wedding at a Private Residence in Evanston a complete success. The bright floral arrangements were done by Event Creative, while Olivia Leigh Photographie captured all the moments of their big day. Guests sat comfortably at farm style tables and ate a wonderful meal by Food for Thought Catering. Danielle wore a fabulous gown by Carolina Herrera and was careful not to get any icing on it from her Sweet Mandy B's Cupcakes! We couldn't have had more fun planning this rustic-glam celebration off of the gorgeous shore of Lake Michigan. Thank you to everyone involved!

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Take a Sneak Peak!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We recently had a photo shoot for our new ad that will be out soon! With all the changes happening at Bliss we needed to throw Katie Kozlowski, our newest senior weddings consultant, into the mix and show everyone what we are all about! Besides, who doesn't love an afternoon of shoes, glitter, cake and champagne? We can't thank Cindy, from Fandl Photography, enough for spending the day with us photographing all our silly antics and costume changes! The delicious pink ombre cake was done by our friends at Alliance Bakery and Cafe, and was delightful until the very last piece (what swimsuit season?)! And our very own, Kara Superfine, used her fabulous floral background to create the gorgeous hot pink bouquet that we are still dying over!

Here's a sneak peak of what will be published soon in bridal magazines galore. We hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

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Hot Hue

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While Renny sends us pictures from her much deserved family vacation with 85 degrees and sunny weather, we can’t help piggy backing on her itch for Spring to arrive in Chicago! From Michelle William’s Oscar Dress to the Flamingo’s that grace our text messages from Renny, we are loving all things CORAL.

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1. Gerbera Garden Statement Necklace, Kate Spade $298.00/ 2.  Monique Lhuillier Resort 2012/ 3. Etsy Ikat Pillow Cover $49.00/ 4. Mona Leather Pump, J.Crew $198.00/ 5.  Printed Coated Poplin Tiny Jewelry Case, Tory Burch $65.00/ 6.  Viv Pantent Flats, J.Crew $188.00/ 7. Canyon Coral, Essie $9.00/ 8. Carnation Ring, J.Crew $35.00

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Bliss Studio

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Kara, Beth and I had another dreamy inspiring day in the studio together. I have been wanting to get some pictures of our studio to show everyone.  Plus I wanted to get some "professional" pics of Kara, Beth and I to use on our website so you all can put a face with a name.

We had yummy treats  - Blackberries in a yellow bowl, French Macaroons in dreamy colors, Petite Fours..yum!

Bubbly drinks - Pink Veuve of course in antique fabulous toasting goblets And, gorgeous flowers - fuchsia peonies (my absolute favorite), raspberry ranunculus, and absolutely amazing pink garden roses.  Ahhhh. 

 We have this arrangement everyday on our Saarinen  inspiration work table...of course.  We wish!!!

We also had a huge blooming bunch of sunny yellow Forsythias adorned with one of our iconic blue Bliss butterflies.  Plus other darling satellite arrangements in silver containers around the studio. We displayed all of our fun painted chaivari chairs and had armfuls of linens and design books around the studio as inspiration as we talked about the design of several of our fabulous clients events coming up. Take the Cake (the most amazing cake company in Chicago) made us a "Bliss" Cake.  I am in love!!! Hope you all are inspired too!

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