Caroline + Adam

Sometimes you get insanely lucky as a floral designer to meet a bride who puts complete trust in you and your designs.  And when that happens, magic happens.  I had so much fun creating a modern, elegant wedding for Caroline and Adam at The Dawson.  We were pleasantly surprised by the unseasonably warm November day which made this fall wedding truly perfect.


Venue: The Dawson

Photographer: Pamela Yasuko

Happy New Year!

Bring it on 2017!  

This year was incredible.  I honestly couldn't have done it without the support of my family and the amazing clients I've worked with.  Seriously though, I have the BEST clients!  So honored they let me be creative and to make magic on their wedding days.  

I've learned and grown a lot this year and I can't wait to see what's in-store for 2017.  Growing as a florist and a business has been a process, but after 2 years of The Petal I can finally say I'm completely confident and happy with where my brand is going, who I am as a designer, and all the possibilities for the future.  

Here are some highlights from this year.  

Mauve spring wedding

So excited to share some photos from a gorgeous spring wedding for a beautiful couple.

Photos:  Sami Studio

Photos: Sami Studio

Fairytale Wedding

I've been dreaming of doing something like this for a wedding.  How amazing would it be to walk through an aisle of romantic flowers!  It would be like a fairytale.

So romantic

This arrangement is so classic and romantic and would be perfect for a wedding, bridal shower or even a baby shower really.  

The installation

Putting together the installation for the Macy's Flower Show took a lot of time and planning, but it was totally worth it!  With the help of my amazing assistant, Julia, we finished the install in 3 hours.  Of course that was after a few hours of putting together the base flowers and the tree trunk, but who's counting.  Here are a few photos I took during the install so you can see how it was all constructed.  

Please excuse all the background clutter

Please excuse all the background clutter

My amazing assistant, Julia, hard at work

My amazing assistant, Julia, hard at work

All done!

All done!

America the Beautiful - Macy's Flower Show Chicago

If you haven't already made it out for the Macy's Flower Show at the Macy's on State Street, you should!  It's amazing!  They have completely transformed the event space on the 9th floor into a breathtaking look at the varying landscapes and flowers of the country.  And, while you are there you should stop by the cosmetics department (on the main floor) to see the installation I did.  It'll be up until Saturday, so hurry!!  Here's a few photos of the installation.  My next blog post will have more photos of the actual install and more details.  I had SO much fun putting this together, hope you love it!

I should add that all of the flowers and greenery used in the installation are native to North America.  The cherry blossoms are a tribute to my late grandparents who recently passed away and to many of my family members who have served our country in the military.  Let it take you on a visual journey of a field of wildflowers in the spring time.  

Macy's Flower Show

Mark your calendars, the Macy's Flower Show it coming up and The Petal will be there with a demonstration on creating your own spring centerpiece on March 24th (12 pm).  I seriously have to pinch myself every time I think about it, I am truly honored and ecstatic that Macy's asked me to be a part of the event this year!  Hope to see you there!

I'll also be doing a floral installation on the main floor next to cosmetics that'll be up for 3 days (March 24-26th).  The theme this year is America the Beautiful and the idea of the installation is to transport you to a field of wildflowers.  No more spoilers, you'll have to stop by to check it out!

Spring blossoms

One of my favorite things about spring is seeing all the beautiful blossoms on the trees.  I wish they could stay all summer long.  And although it isn't spring yet in Chicago it is somewhere so when I saw these amazing plum blossoms  I needed to have them in my home.  Only one more month to go, but at least in my house it feels like spring!


Baby shower

I can not control my excitement for becoming an Auntie for the first time.  Is it the end of January yet??  It'll finally be my turn to spoil a little cutie!   And my kids can't wait either, which is even more fun to see.  They are finally going to have a first cousin.  

As I wait and wait and wait for the little sweetie to arrive I needed to throw a girlie baby shower for my sister-in-law.  It was so much fun putting everything together.  I definitely had to control myself not to go overboard, so I thought a little bit is ok :)  

Instead of doing traditional games for the shower I decided to teach everyone how to make flower crowns.  It was SO much fun!  

Finally got to use my new screen as a backdrop.  LOVE IT!

Finally got to use my new screen as a backdrop.  LOVE IT!

My sister makes the best cakes!

My sister makes the best cakes!

The happy mom-to-be

The happy mom-to-be

Flowers all prepped for flower crowns

Flowers all prepped for flower crowns

My daughter modeling the crown we made at the baby shower.  

My daughter modeling the crown we made at the baby shower.  

Making flower crowns

Making flower crowns

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year I decided to do something a bit different for Thanksgiving.  Instead of the traditional orange tons I went for burgundy and berry tones.  It created such warmth at the table, I just loved it!

The photos are here!

Thanks to Maggie Russo Photography for the incredible shots of a wedding I did in June!  There were so many excellent photos I couldn't choose which ones I liked the best, so I decided to post all the ones I loved :)  

Another congratulations and thank you to Lauren and Joe for including The Petal on your big day.  Such a wonderful couple, wishing them all the happiness together.


Romantic bouquets

Inspiration is everywhere.  I find it in nature, my kids, the city, and in my backyard.  Right now I've been really inspired by romantic bouquets with a lot of movement.  Loose greenery gives it a delicate feel that's whimsical and natural.  Take a look at these gorgeous bouquets that have been inspiring me lately.

Beautiful summer wedding

I was SO lucky to work with an amazing bride this summer at the beautiful Hotel Allegro Downtown Chicago.  They just renovated the hotel and it is STUNNING!  Perfect balance of modern and vintage.  So, when the bride requested modern, garden wedding flowers that compliment the hotel I was all over it.  Here are a few photos of the day...


Order your flower crowns today for Lollapalooza!

Lollapalooza is right around the corner and you can't show up without a flower crown.  They are THE hottest accessory for music festivals.  

The Petal is taking orders for small, medium, and large flower crowns for pickup.  Small crowns are $25, medium crowns are $35, and large crowns are $50.  

Send in your orders to

Flower crowns are the hottest accessory for  coachella

Flower crowns are the hottest accessory for coachella

Tons of romance

I'm kind of obsessed with dusty miller right now - who isn't right?  So, I did another gorgeous bouquet with dusty miller and ivory spray roses.  The frosty leaves of the dusty miller create such an elegance and romance to this simple bouquet.  And the spray roses look absolutely stunning!

Garden wedding

One of this years big trends is Garden-inspired weddings.  Whether you use gorgeous garden roses, tons of greenery, or wild looking arrangements you are sure to capture this look and feel.  I put together a centerpiece that would look great at any garden wedding filled with beautiful purple lisianthus, hyacinth, stock, wax flower and tons of lush greenery.  This long centerpiece looks amazing on this rustic, wood table.

Adding a few candlesticks in the arrangement gives it extra romance

Adding a few candlesticks in the arrangement gives it extra romance