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Archive for March, 2012

Roses, Calla Lilies and Orchids Oh My!

There are so many beautiful flowers! How are you deciding which flowers to use in your wedding decor?  Do you have favorites?  Or are you one of those people (like me!) and didn’t even know the names of the all different types of flowers?!  If that is the case, head on down to Macy’s on State Street for some inspiration and tutorials.  Now through April 7, Macy’s is hosting their annual Flower Show.  What better way to see work created by Chicago’s leading flower designers! This year’s theme is Brasil: Gardens in Paradise.

TimeOut Chicago

Check out Macy’s website for more details and events. Including tours and cooking demos! If that is a little to exotic for your tastes, don’t forget about a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden or Garfield Park Conservatory!

Garfield Park Conservatory

Excerpt from Macy’s website:

Macy’s Flower Show® will flourish with fresh one-of-kind floral- themed masterpieces from the city’s top floral artists and featured as the show’s Bouquet of the Day from March 25 to April 7 on the first floor of Macy’s on State Street. These extravagant bouquets – created by Chicago’s leading floral designers – will reflect the personal style of each florist and take inspiration from this year’s theme, Brasil: Gardens in Paradise. Floral artists featured in this year’s Bouquet of the Day include: H.BLOOM, Hello Darling, Larkspur and Sweet Petal. Each display will rotate every three to four days throughout the duration of the Flower Show. The Bouquet of the Day can be viewed in the main aisle in the Cosmetics department.


Turn April Showers into Great Wedding Photos!

Spring has come early for Chicago — Yippee!  But that also means there is an increased chance for those April Showers.  Many say rain is good luck on your wedding day.  While I agree, I also think rain creates amazing photos opportunities!  Not only is the lighting great for photos, but the reflection from water on the ground and spring flowers can create great backgrounds.   And what a fun way to add a prop into your photos — umbrellas! Check out some of these fun umbrellas.

Maybe an umbrella in your wedding colors:


Or your favorite sports team:



The M Den

The M Den

Or lacy and delicate:

Bella Umbrella

Bella Umbrella

If you are on a budget or the rain surprises you, ask the hotel for umbrellas. Many times they have nice umbrellas that will look great in photos!

Happy Spring!




Chicago Honeymooners

While I have been loving the warm Chicago winter we have been having, it has been such a tease!  It has me thinking about tropical vacations.  Why not use this time and inspiration to plan your honeymoon!  Here are some pictures from my favorite vacation spots.

Kauai, Hawaii — Enjoy breathtaking rainbows and sunsets from your room!

 Maui, Hawaii — Brave the windey Road to Hana to see black sand beaches and flora or head to Lahaina for a Luau!

Aruba — Or if you don’t want to travel that far, try Aruba!  They have direct flights from Chicago and the weather there is phenomenal. A breeze to keep you cool during the day and warm at night. And the shopping and food is amazing!

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic — If you are looking for something a little more remote, try the DR.  Gorgeous white sand beaches and all inclusive resorts.

There are so many beautiful places in the world you cannot go wrong!  Please email Elevage Events if you are interested in any additional recommendations or wedding planning:)  Happy Honeymooning!

Pictures courtesy of my vacations:)