Today’s Vendor Spotlight features Fab Flora in Chicago! Fab Flora is owned by Jori Foreman and is not only awesome because of her beautiful organic and timeless designs, she is also an eco-friendly wedding florist in Chicago that implements several “green initiatives” into her business practices. I first met Jori through an online class where we decided to pair up and be “accountability partners”. What I love most about her is her cool, calm, and collected presence. Surely anyone could benefit from that when planning a wedding! Couple that with the fact that she’s super easy to talk to and BAM, you have one wedding vendor who will ease any stress you have about the big day!

Wedding Florist Chicago

Tell me about your business- what do you specialize in? We specialize in unconventional, artistic and earthy weddings.  Our typical client is a city dweller and wants something unique to represents their quirky, fun, creative personality.  We also cater to the eco-conscious couple.

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How did you get started? I have always been involved in something creative. I studied fine arts in college and wanted to be able to use my artistic talent in a way that makes other people happy. A long time ago, back in high school, I took a career test and it actually told me I’d be a good florist! So I decided to try it and turns out, I love it! I attended floral design school back in 2010 and then worked for various flower shops and event companies in the city to gain experience. I started my business while working part-time for other shops until I finally had enough momentum to go on my own.

Rojo Photo DesignImage Credit: Rojo Foto Design

What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry? It’s hard to say just one so here are a few: the really cool couples I get to meet, the feeling after dropping off the bridal bouquet and seeing the bride all teary eyed, working from home in my sweatpants, and all the other amazing wedding vendors I’ve met who I now can call friends.

How would you describe your business’ style? A little bohemian mixed with vintage chic and organic.

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How far in advance should clients book your services? It’s best to book us about 6-12 months prior to your wedding. It’s best to have your venue picked out first so you know the table count and layout. Then, it really helps to come up with a color palette and maybe Pin some images on Pinterest.

Melissa HayesImage Credit: Melissa Hayes

Where does your inspiration come from? Pinterest, duh! No, honestly I follow some blogs and some really cool floral designers across the world. I especially fancy the work of a flower and farm in New York called Saipua. I also gain inspiration from my walks with my dog Lenny and our camping trips every summer.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? I enjoy painting, looking at art, hanging out with my dog Lenny and my boyfriend Joe, reading funny books, hiking, camping, meditating, yoga, and spending time with my family and friends.

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What is one piece of advice you think all couples would benefit from knowing? Relax! It’s supposed to be fun, remember?

Green Initiatives Fab Flora implements:

  • We use local flowers during the Midwest growing season to support local farms and reduce shipping energy
  • We own a fuel-efficient delivery vehicle
  • We use Earth friendly cleaning supplies to tidy our studio and flower buckets
  • We compost all of our scraps!
  • We sign all contracts electronically, zero waste
  • When local is not an option due to the season, we prefer to use Veriflora, Rainforest Alliance, Organic and Fair Trade certified flowers
  • We love renting out our own collection of vases or using vintage rental companies

How can clients connect with you?

email: iheartfabflora@gmail.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fabflorachicago

Instagram: Fabflorachicago

Phone: 847-363-0798

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Tips for Planning Your Wedding

When I started featuring some of my favorite Chicago wedding vendors on the blog, I would always ask them to share their number one tip for a couple planning their wedding.

Today I’m going to showcase a roundup of all the valuable tips that have been shared over the last several months so you’re able to see them all in one spot.

8 Expert Tips for Planning Your Wedding:

Tip #1 is from Joan at Five Grain Events based in Chicago:

Five Grain Events in ChicagoBeing engaged and getting married is such an exciting time in your life! Remember that no matter what, at the end of the day, you’re going to be sharing your life with your best friend and that’s what is most important.

Click through to learn more about Five Grain Events and read the full interview.

Tip #2 is from Jennifer at Alliance Bakery who specializes in providing fine European desserts for Chicago couples:

Alliance Bakery ChicagoSet a realistic budget for all your wedding items and then splurge on the few big-ticket items you can’t do without! I may be biased, but to me the food (including sweets) is what I remember best at weddings I’ve attended!

Click through to learn more about Alliance Bakery and read thefull interview.

Tip #3 is from Caitlin at Chicago’s premier wedding Entertainers, Arlen Music:

Expert Planning Advice for your Chicago Wedding

Trusting your vendors is important. We will make sure to ask you all the right questions regarding what you envision for the evening, and then leave it up to us and enjoy yourselves!

Click through to learn more about Arlen Music and read the full interview.

Tip #4 is from Chicago 0n-location wedding hair stylist, Livia Caporale:

On Location Hair Stylist in ChicagoNo one will know if the smallest of details aren’t exactly perfect, so just enjoy. On a wedding day time flies, so always have some extra buffer built into the schedule.

Click through to learn more about Livia Caporale and read the full interview.

Tip #5 is from Stephanie of Flowers by Stem based in Chicago:

Chicago Wedding Florist-Flowers by StemDo your research so that when the time comes to hire your vendors, you can relax and trust in the knowledge that they are dedicated to putting together a beautiful day for you and your guests! Oh, and don’t plan your wedding on Pinterest every day.:)

Click through to learn more about Flowers by Stem and read the full interview.

 

Tip #6 is from Carlene who is a “green” wedding planner specializing in Chicago Weddings:

Planning tips for your Chicago WeddingFor those couples who want to be a bit “green” we suggest reducing waste. Cut back on waste by not including favors as a lot of guests do not even take them home. No matter how cool they are, we end up packing a ton left over at the end of the night.

Click through to learn more about Naturally Yours Events and read the full interview.

Tip #7 is from Loreen of Clementine Custom Events and Reenie Rose:

Wedding Planning Tips

A wedding planner allows your family and friends to relax and celebrate on your special day. Planning may seem like a job that you’re up for, but I’d hate for your Mom to be chasing down vendors to deliver final payments. That’s what I’m here for!

Click through to learn more about Loreen and read the full interview.

Tip #8 is from Courtney of Courtney Callahan Paper who specializes in creating the perfect custom invitation suite for your day:

Courtney Callahan Paper ChicagoDon’t be scared of going custom. This is a great opportunity to incorporate your personal style and reflect your journey as a couple. Although the custom invitation process is more involved than selecting a ready-made suite, the final product will be completely unique to you as a couple and often helps you zero in on what you want your wedding day experience to be.

Click through to learn more about Courtney Callahan Paper and read the full interview.

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Today’s Vendor Spotlight features Five Grain Events in Chicago! Five Grain Events specializes in providing stress-free, organized, and beautifully executed weddings in Chicago. If you know about my love of lists, post-it notes, and keeping on top of things, you’d know how much I appreciate a team with such tenacity and ambition to make your event the best ever! I was lucky enough to meet Joan at a Thursday Therapy Event a couple of years ago. It has been inspiring to watch her connect other wedding vendors in Chicago, as well as, see her grow her own business.

Five Grain Events in Chicago

Tell me about your business- what do you specialize in? Five Grain Events is an event planning company, specializing in weddings.

Five Grain Events ChicagoImage Credit: SHANE WELCH PHOTOGRAPHY

How did you get started? I’m a planner by nature. I started planning my family’s vacations when I was 13, and my type-A tendencies have only flourished since then – I was constantly planning get-togethers for friends and family, and my passion for precision only grew the older I got. After college, I started working in the non-profit event world, where I gained a unique perspective on event execution and design within a budget. I occasionally assisted for another wedding planner in Chicago, and just fell in love with the process. All the details that needed a watchful eye, the style and love that went into every decision – weddings are a natural fit for someone who loves people and parties as much as I do.

So in January 2010, I started Five Grain Events (based on my married name, Cinque= five, grani = grain) and quit my full-time arts administration gig in May of that year.

Five Grain Events ChicagoImage Credit: JACLYN SIMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY

What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry? Each and every couple that gets married is different, and every wedding has its own personality. Even when we work at the same venue time and again, there’s something unique about each event that keeps the job exciting, challenging, and full of fun. We get to help people plan an immensely personal and passionate event, and work with truly talented and creative professionals throughout the entire process.

How would you describe your business’ style? The Five Grain Events team is calm and collected with impeccable attention to detail. We know that a wedding can be stressful – all the emotion and expectation that is tied to celebrating the love of your life can cause tension. We’re an extremely friendly, calm group of planners and coordinators who take that same friendly and calm approach to connecting with everyone involved with your wedding – from you and your family, wedding party, and guests to the vendors who you’ve hired to make your celebration special.

Five Grain Events ChicagoImage Credit: KATIE KETT PHOTOGRAPHY

How far in advance should clients book your services? It really depends on the kind of help you are looking for! If you want help planning your whole wedding from start to finish, it’s great to reach out to us shortly after your engagement, so we can help you weed through the noise of picking a date and finding the perfect venue. If you want to plan most of the day yourself, but know you’ll need a bit more help along the way, six to nine months in advance is a pretty good bet. But if you’re just about two months out from your wedding date and starting to freak out about all the details, you can still call us and see if we’re available for helping you coordinate your special day!

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Where does your inspiration come from? We hate hearing about brides and grooms who are stressing out during their wedding planning process. We get so inspired from the personal details that make each wedding different, and getting to know our couples throughout the planning process makes it really special for us, too! We love knowing that we can help bring an idea to life and take the worry out of the equation.

Five Grain Events ChicagoImage Credit: PETER WYNN THOMPSON

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? I’m a mother of two young girls, so when I’m not working, I try to spend as much time with my family as I can! I also co-host Thursday Therapy with Bethany Fritz of Maypole Studios – it’s a monthly event where wedding vendors get together to mix and mingle, and has been so helpful in helping us meet all the new and veteran professionals in our industry.

What is one piece of advice you think all couples would benefit from knowing? Being engaged and getting married is such an exciting time in your life! Be sure to savor every moment. Remember that no matter what, at the end of the day, you’re going to be sharing your life with your best friend and that’s what is most important.

Five Grain Events ChicagoImage Credit: ELENA BAZINI PHOTOGRAPHY

Is there anything else you’d like to share? Be sure to check out our blog here where we feature all our weddings; it’s a great place to see pictures from a venue you might be considering, or looking through all the different kinds of styles weddings can have. If there’s anything we can do to make your wedding planning process more enjoyable, we’d be thrilled to help!

How can clients connect with you? If you want to know more about our services, shoot me an email at joan@fivegrainevents.com, or fill out the inquiry form on our website. We’d love to help make your dream wedding a reality!

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I was super stoked when Sarah of Sarah Postma Photography asked me to shoot Laura and Matt’s wedding with her. I had been itching for a reason to hop back this side of the pond so I was happy to make it happen! October is always a beautiful month to tie the knot because of all the gorgeous colors woven throughout Chicago’s park landscape.

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Matt and Laura had a beautiful ceremony at the St. James Chapel, a unique travel themed reception at Hotel Chicago, and we had ample time to take photos downtown and at the Lincoln Park Zoo. After the celebration Matt and Laura went to the Maldives for their honeymoon, which made me ecstatic for them! Jon and I had the chance to visit there and will always cherish the memories made on that trip.

I’m so excited to share these Classic Colorful Chicago Wedding Photos with you today! This couple was not only elated to celebrate and spend their lives together, they were both the kind of people you’d love to be friends with…
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