Archive for July, 2016

Archive for July, 2016

Vendor Spotlight: flowers by stem

Posted on: July 25th, 2016 by Showroom on Hubbard No Comments


It’s time to highlight another one of our wonderfully talented vendor partners! Last time we spoke with Nicole Hensley from Storybook Weddings and Events. Today, we’re taking a peak inside the inspiring florist, flowers by stem, and their breathtakingly beautiful designs with their owner Stephanie Stopka. Enjoy!

Left photo credit: Jamie Davis, Greenhouse Loft Photography

Tell us a bit about the history of flowers By stem. How you get involved in the floral business? Why did you decide to start your own company?

After a chance job working for the top florist in Charleston, South Carolina (shout out to Tiger Lily!), I left my career in advertising to attend floral design school. I founded flowers by stem in 2006 with the belief that the key to beautiful design is a personalized approach. To this day, I attend to every design detail, from initial consultation to final set-up. I’m continuously inspired by the city of Chicago, and I reside here with my husband and three beautiful flower girls.

What services do you offer?

flowers by stem is as a full-service floral design firm for weddings and events in and around the Chicago area. We love creating innovative, one-of-a-kind experiences through our flowers and draw closely from our clients’ inspirations.

Any quick tips on choosing the right flowers for your event?

Spend a bit of time on Pinterest and wedding blogs to get a sense of the design aesthetic you are drawn to. Note the shapes/colors of flowers you like best. Then meet with a floral designers, who can help translate that vision in the best way, adjusting to seasonal flower availability, color palette and budget realities.

Are there any favorite new floral trends that you’ve noticed?

Greens in everything! Today’s couples are looking for a more relaxed yet romantic aesthetic for their big day, and using a variety of delicate, textural greens in tandem with seasonal flowers gives that look.

I know you’re a member of the Green Wedding Alliance. Why is sustainability important to you, and how do you incorporate that ideal into your business?

I grew up camping and fishing with my family and bring that childhood love for nature to all of my designs. I am committed to an eco-friendly approach to floral design and sit on the board of the Green Wedding Alliance, a local organization of environmentally conscious wedding vendors. Our sustainable approach to floral design is realized in a variety of ways, including:

-Focusing on local, in-season flowers during the Midwest growing season
-Working directly with local sustainable flower farmers
-Recycling and composting waste
-Communicating all invoices electronically
-Passing it on – we love to coordinate flower donations after events. Many of our flowers enjoy a second life at nursing homes and hospitals around the city.

Best part about being in the biz?

The best part of this business is creating beautiful moments that celebrate some of life’s biggest events – it’s an honor we cherish!

Below is a mix of photos to help get a sense of flower by stem’s wide range of gorgeous work. Thanks to Stephanie taking a moment to share some great insight! To learn more about flowers by stem, please visit their website.

Still Life

Photo credit: Stephen Garrett, Lofty Weddings Photography

Natural Blush

Photo credit: Kina Wicks


Photo credit: City Love Photography

Whimsical Spring

Photo credit: City Love Photography

Martha and Giuseppe’s Wedding Shower

Posted on: July 12th, 2016 by Showroom on Hubbard No Comments

We so enjoyed hosting Martha and Giuseppe’s wedding shower a few weeks ago! The guests decorated our space beautifully, complete with balloons, flowers, and, the pièce de résistance, a mimosa bar. The bride and groom-to-be were thrilled with the celebration, and we wish them a wonderful marriage. Please enjoy a few photos below, and if you’re interested in hosting your next shower or other event with us, feel free to contact us here.

Lovely buffet set-up

Lovely buffet set-up

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The wonderful couple

The wonderful couple

Gift Area

Gift area

The bride-to-be, checking out the mimosa bar

The bride-to-be, checking out the mimosa bar

The perfect spot for a photo op!

The perfect spot for a photo op!

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Cheers to the happy couple!

Cheers to the happy couple!