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REVIEWS

We’ve got 5 star ratings everywhere!  And that’s because we truly love what we do, and it shows in our work.   See what we mean with the following testimonials.  Our clients were nice enough to share their experiences and appreciation with us.

 

 

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Jenn at Belles & Thistles was amazing. From our first meet up to consult (which we did at a convenient time and location for me), I was in love. Jenn listened and wrote down detailed notes about what I liked and didn’t like and helped me put my floral vision into words. I felt instantly comfortable with her and was ready to book with her 5 minutes into meeting with her.
Following our meeting, Jenn sent several emails helping me put what I wanted into images for her to recreate. She worked with my budget (at least 20% less expensive than the other florists I met with- she works out of her home). 
Jenn also met with me to collect my mother’s veil to incorporate into my flowers. She ultimately wrapped my bouquet in it, and wrapped my husband’s and father’s boutonnieres. in it. 
The flowers were perfect. Delivery was on time and the setup at the reception was simply beautiful.
When my husband asked me a couple weeks before the wedding who I was the most confident in as far as vendors go, I said the florist. Jenn made this aspect of my wedding enjoyable, exciting and stress free.
Thank you so much.

Rachel T.

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Hire them! 
With an invited guest list nearing 200 people, our floral budget had to be tight and I was starting to worry DIY was in my future. But from our first email, Jenn was encouraging and kind. In person, she was professional and warm. She took my mish-mash of ideas and came up with a five-page proposal to narrow down my favorite style of bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces and everything else I could dream of. 
Jenn was never pushy and kept our budget in mind, promising that she could make small changes to flower choice to help with the bottom line if our guest count stayed high. She also helped reassure me about suit colors and linens. Wedding planning makes you worry about the tiniest things. 
The flowers were the finishing touch pulling everything together. I could not believe the number of “bonus” floral pieces in the reception space and nearly started crying at the escort card table alone when I walked in. Totally normal reaction to candles and foliage, right? 
Last but not least, Jenn found a nearby veterans’ home that was so excited to receive our donated centerpiece flowers and dropped them off the next day. We were so touched by this extra effort and can’t thank Belles & Thistles enough for their hard work.

Katie F.

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Jenn and Emily did the most amazing job with the flowers for our wedding. From the very beginning Jenn was so helpful with planning – she came prepared with Pinterest boards, ideas, and so much creativity. 
The flowers came in, day of, more beautiful than I could have expected and Jenn and Emily were so professional with transporting flowers to and from the church the reception. Our guests also took home floral arrangements at the end of the evening which was a nice touch. 
I would recommend Belles and Thistles to anyone looking for quality service and beautiful execution.

Eileen M.

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My sister used Belles and Thistles for her wedding – and everything was so beautiful! I have now hired them for my wedding in April of 2017! I cannot wait.  They are easy to work with and have so many great ideas! My wedding has come and gone – BUT I can honestly say one of the best decisions I made was hiring Belles and Thistles. Jenn and Emily are amazing and their work is even better 🙂

-Chelsey G.

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We chose Belles and Thistles for the flowers for our daughter’s wedding last summer and they were beautiful! From the bouquets, to the church, to the reception tables and wedding cake, everything was perfect. At the end of the night, guests enjoyed taking home small bouquets of the reception flowers put together by Jenn. Very nice touch. Jenn was very easy to work with and the price was very reasonable as well. We highly recommend Belles and Thistles.

-Barb D.

I chose Belles & Thistles for my wedding last August and have been recommending them to every bride I know since! I didn’t know a thing about flowers and was nervous about working with a florist, but Jenn was able to turn that part of wedding planning into my absolute favorite! Jenn is extremely organized, thorough, and creative, but most importantly, she takes the time to get to know you and your style and goes above and beyond to ensure that everything comes together perfectly! I shared my Pinterest board with Jenn which was full of different floral arrangements and centerpieces, and she was somehow able to pick through it all and create a style that was perfect for me. I really cannot say enough great things about Belles & Thistles and appreciate everything they did to make my wedding so beautiful!!

Jenn D.

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Recently used Belles and Thistles for my October wedding and my flowers came out beautiful!  Jenn is extremely easy to work with and helps you through the entire wedding process to make sure that you don’t miss anything and it fits your vision of your wedding.  I am extremely happy that I chose them for the wedding.  They are always readily available via text or email.

Nicole T.

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I’m so glad my husband and I hired Jenn for our wedding!  She was fantastic to work with all along.  From our initial meeting to her detailed quote/order, I felt like I was informed and I truly had the ability to customize every detail throughout the entire process.  Our flowers were beautiful, and Jenn went above and beyond in making sure our reception hall looked great.  Thank you, Belles and Thistles, for making our wedding beautiful and stress free!

Samantha R.

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Belles and Thistles designed the flowers for my wedding in May 2013. They were exceptional to work with. I’m sure the process is different for everyone, but I outlined my wedding colors, the overall feel I was looking for, what flowers I didn’t want included and gave them my budget. I was honestly pretty hands off in the process, but Emily ran all of her and Jenn’s ideas past me along the way. I loved them all, so we went with it! They were also flexible when my mom changed her mind a few times between a corsage and a bout, and when our numbers changed a couple weeks before the big day.
Day of, Emily was at my ceremony venue on time with the bouquets and corsages/bouts and even surprised me with extras decorative flowers for our program and sand ceremony table. She was extremely helpful with giving me tips on holding my bouquet and thinking ahead about having a back-up bout for my husband after his fragile tulip was crushed from all the hugs. They were able to get to the reception ahead of time and get everything set up on time before it opened for our cocktail hour. Everything turned out incredibly beautiful!
Great designers, very organized, well executed, incredible value (got everything we asked for under budget!)

Courtney J.

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Belles and Thistles designed for our wedding June 2nd 2012.  I cannot express in words the amount of help and support I received from them during the planning of my wedding and the day of.  My family was also so pleased with their work that my dad mentioned Jenn(owner) in his speech!
From the beginning of the planning process Jenn provided just the right amount of guidance and support as well as letting me have my own creative freedom. She was the most organized vendor we worked with and from the beginning asked event specific questions that I have not even thought of yet. Her thought process and inquisition went far beyond her appointed duties as she not only assisted with the flowers but also helped with many of the logistics of the reception and ceremony. 
When it came down to the final decisions on floral designs I felt as though my vision for how I imagined was made exponentially better by Jenn’s expertise and original aesthetic for design. She was honest to me about what flowers were possible to get and what was within my price range.  I felt 100% confident that I had nothing to worry about and that she was going to do an excellent job.
The day of my wedding I think Jenn either did not sleep or had little elves help her when I saw the amount of hard work and dedication she had put into my floral arrangements. All of my guests said they were the most beautiful they have ever seen. To say Jenn is dedicated and a hard worker would truly be an understatement. She loves what she does, she loves being involved in the wedding planning process, and it shows in the amazing work that she does. As you may imagine, I highly recommend Belles and Thistles for any occasion!

Katy J

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The ladies of Belles and Thistles recently did my wedding flowers, and I’m STILL receiving compliments about them!  I must confess to being a difficult bride–I had a lot of conflicting ideas about what I wanted, and Belles and Thistles managed to pull these ideas together and make something truly lovely, with a very personal feel to it! 
Both Emily and Jenn were a pleasure to work with, and the staff at my venue commented repeatedly on how easy they were to work with and how amazing the flowers were. If a bunch of people who host weddings for a *living* think you’ve got amazing flowers, I think it’s pretty safe to say that you do!  There was a huge attention to detail paid to the smallest arrangement, and the flowers were utterly stunning. Would DEFINITELY chose them again.

Sarah H.

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My husband and I wanted a unique venue for our wedding.  Well, in Chicago when you go with a unique venue they often have a list of “preferred” vendors that you are required to use. Thankfully, our venue did have a list of florists because we could not imagine anyone else doing our wedding flowers!  Jenn and Emily are an absolute dream to work with!  From the moment we met they were full of ideas. When I say I had a rough idea of what I wanted, I mean I had a ROUGH idea. They pulled up photos of flowers, offered suggestions, and helped guide me to my end vision. We gave them an initial budget which they were more than willing (and able) to work with.  However, as things progressed we wanted to add various things on, which we knew would increase our budget, and once again they were full of ideas. They let us know what would and would not work with either our vision or our budget.  All the flowers the day of were stunning! I cannot imagine working with any other floral designers.  Also, they were extremely responsive to my emails and offered suggestions when it came to decor. If you don’t choose these ladies for your flowers, whatever the occasion, then you need to get your head checked.

Jessica C.

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I knew from the moment I met them that I wanted them to be the florist for my wedding. They took the time to get to know me as a bride and seemed to truly understand my vision for the day. Not only were the flowers beautiful but they also did the flowers on my cake! You cannot ask for a better florist then these guys

Elle

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Jenn was the most fantastic florist ever! We had a Wizard of Oz themed wedding and Jenn really did a great job making that come to life in our flowers. After our initial meeting, she sent us a google doc with all of her ideas and pictures and created a “menu” for us to choose from. That was really helpful, especially since I am a visual person. I was able to see what everything would look like and could tweak anything I wanted with no hesitation on her end. She was always quick to get back to me and make changes to what we wanted right away. At our final meeting before the wedding, she made sure everything was the way we wanted and even worked with us to make some last minute changes. The day of the wedding, she arrived early enough to pin the guys and drop off the bouquets, which were AMAZING!!! I loved my flowers so much that I wish I could have kept them alive forever. We had our ceremony and reception at the same place, she she stayed for the ceremony and after it was over, moved the ceremony decorations and set them up for the reception. She was basically our second wedding planner! She was so great and I am so happy we found her! I highly recommend her!!!

Monica 

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I cannot speak highly enough of Belles and Thistles!! Emily and Jenn were perfect and went above and beyond what I expected! The flowers were exactly as I imagined, but better! And you could see the passion that Emily and Jenn have for their work. I planned the wedding from a different country and they were really understanding about that and video chatted with me as many times as needed as well as phone calls. Since I could not speak with them before the wedding, they waited until afterwards to check with me and my DH to make sure everything met our expectations. I could not have wished for a better florist!!

Nea

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I cannot thank Jenn and Emily enough for their amazing work! I got married in December, gave Jenn a basic description of “winter wonderland with a little Christmas, but not really Christmas” and could not have been more pleased with the results.  After our initial consultation, Jenn provided a number of examples and ideas to help narrow down what I liked or didn’t like.  Jenn was patient, listened to my feedback and came up with additional design ideas until both of us were completely satisfied with the plans.  We chose a simple tiered white wedding cake which Emily then decorated on site after the bakery delivered, it turned out beautifully.  Additionally, Jenn delivered fresh greens to my hotel the morning of the wedding for my stylist to incorporate into my hair.  I was incredibly impressed with the Belles team and how they go above and beyond in customer service.  Also, Jenn took it upon herself to add extra flowers in the bathrooms and pieces to our table settings.  I planned the entire wedding myself, it was so sweet to receive these unexpected surprises on my big day.  We received numerous compliments from our guests and I could not recommend them higher.  My sister is getting married in March and has booked Belles and Thistles, I can’t wait to see what Jenn and Emily come up with for her wedding day!  

-Catherine

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Thanks! And I have to say once more: Now that I’ve really had a chance to look through the photos, I’m absolutely aghast at the detail and hard work you two put into making that wedding look AMAZING. I feel truly lucky to have had both your talents. The attention to detail and pure art that you brought to an already lovely venue really resulted in a truly stunning wedding. Even Dan the photographer commented about the “awesome steampunk flowers”. I saw things on my wedding day and thought they were pretty, but of course with all the hullabaloo I didn’t get nearly enough time to really absorb just how much you guys did. Looking at the photos was truly breathtaking. I knew that the flowers and decorations would be cool, but you both absolutely exceeded my wildest expectations. Thank you BOTH again and I love you both!

Sarah

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We just wanted to thank you for the flowers, they were gorgeous!! Your thoughtfulness and time were greatly appreciated! Everyone raved about how lovely my bouquet was! You are definitely a flower pro! Thanks a bunch!

-Nicole and Tim

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I want to thank you for all your hard work and time spent on my wedding. You went above and beyond for me and I truly appreciate it. The flowers turned out absolutely beautiful. I got so many compliments on my flowers, the girls’ flowers and the centerpieces. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. You did a great job.  Thanks- Best Wishes

Tina

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The flowers were AMAZING  

Carolyn

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Jenn (and Emily) from Belles and Thistles did the all of the bouquets and ceremony decoration for my wedding. she was super flexible with design really great to work with. she made sure my bouquet was what i wanted and not your run of the mill wedding bouquet. I received complements all day!    

Christa      (5 stars each for value, service and quality.)

*Review as seen on weddingchannel.com

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Jenn, thank you so much for creating such beautiful arrangements for our wedding.  Inside, outside, they were all absolutely perfect and beautiful! When I stood at the top of the stairs and saw the ceremony site, it took my breath away. I’ll never forget how amazing it was.  You and Emily are phenomenal & I will sing your praises every time we talk about our wedding day.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!! You two are the best!!

Billie

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I just wanted to say thank you for doing a fabulous job on the flowers and decorating the hall !!!! It was absolutely beautiful !!!! It was better then I could have dreamed…

Cameron

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Our flowers were stunning! We received countless complements!  Thank you so very much for bringing so much color and beauty to our wedding!

April

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You will be in great hands with Belles and Thistles!  Jenn and Emily are so creative that you will not be disappointed.  There are so many great things about them and their work that I am simply going to list them (and yes, Jenn is my sister–in-law, but you better believe I would sing their praises even if she wasn’t…and I know people say that all the time, but I only speak the truth):

  • you can give them lots of direction and vision OR let their creative work flow with a few parameters
  • you can come with lots of ideas or no clue what you want….they will help you!
  • they want to make your wedding day complete with their work – they work for you, to make you happy and to make your day great
  • they will work with your budget and figure out how to give you the most bang for the buck
  • they really care about you and their work

What I loved about our wedding flowers:

  • they made a stunt double boutonniere for my husband because they were afraid the real flowers would not hold up in the heat (it was over 100 with the heat index)…come on people, who does this??…and you know what, we used it for pictures later in the night
  • every detail was paid attention to….and they always leave little surprises that are amazing and subtle
  • they fit us…not the florist
  • our color theme and pattern (paisley) was weaved into everything
  • so MANY people told me how beautiful the wedding was
  • they decorated everywhere…bathroom, outside tables, outside garden, tables out front, bar

Thanks and much love to the both of you,

Jillian Janusz

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Thank you for the fantastic job you and your partner did on the flowers for the wedding. We were so happy with how they turned out

-Courtney

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We loved our flowers and centerpieces! Thank you for swooping in and saving the day when our last florist bailed!  Which was really a blessing in disguise because your service and product was fabulous!  We will be highly recommending you!  All the best and thanks

-The Taschs

4 thoughts on “REVIEWS”

  1. Belles and Thistles designed for our wedding June 2nd 2012. I cannot express in words the amount of help and support I received from them during the planning of my wedding and the day of. My family was also so pleased with their work that my dad mentioned Jenn(owner) in his speech!

    From the beginning of the planning process Jenn provided just the right amount of guidance and support as well as letting me have my own creative freedom. She was the most organized vendor we worked with and from the beginning asked event specific questions that I have not even thought of yet. Her thought process and inquisition went far beyond her appointed duties as she not only assisted with the flowers but also helped with many of the logistics of the reception and ceremony.

    When it came down to the final decisions on floral designs I felt as though my vision for how I imagined was made exponentially better by Jenn’s expertise and original aesthetic for design. She was honest to me about what flowers were possible to get and what was within my price range. I felt 100% confident that I had nothing to worry about and that she was going to do an excellent job.

    The day of my wedding I think Jenn either did not sleep or had little elves help her when I saw the amount of hard work and dedication she had put into my floral arrangements. All of my guests said they were the most beautiful they have ever seen. To say Jenn is dedicated and a hard worker would truly be an understatement. She loves what she does, she loves being involved in the wedding planning process, and it shows in the amazing work that she does.

    As you may imagine, I highly recommend Belles and Thistles for any occasion!

  2. I had the great good fortune to use Belles and Thistle on four different occasions. My daughter, Cameron was getting married, and I immediately knew who to call….Belles and Thistles.
    The girls had done flowers for my nephew’s high school dance and we were SO impressed with the uniqueness of the designs and the sheer beauty of the bouquet and boutonniere.
    But never did I think I would be so over the top happy with the arrangements they did for me.
    They first did ‘practice’ arrangements for the engagement party as a surprise to show my daughter the different styles and colors she was choosing. The flowers we beautiful and it gave my daughter the opportunity to make actual choices for her wedding flowers.

    Jenn and Emily then did the table decorations for the wedding shower. The colors were perfect. The arrangements were given as gifts at the end and I had several calls saying that the flowers lasted for weeks. I also had Jenn do flowers for our home for the day of the wedding. She did three arrangements, one for my dining table, one for the family room and finally, one for our daughter’s bedroom. The smell, the look, the perfectness of the flowers and arrangements were so in sync with my wishes.
    And of course, they then did all the flowers for the wedding! I carried a ‘Tussie Mussie” which was incredible!
    They are patient with your suggestions and then add their own expertise. The result, perfection in knowing your mind, along with new, fresh and unique ideas that I had never seen before.
    They are both amazing flower geniuses! You will be thrilled and filled with a lifetime of memories that make your occasion perfect!

  3. The flowers for Chris & Kristi’s wedding were stunning—and most importantly just what the bride ordered! Jenny and Emily did an amazing job decorating and are so sweet and fun to work with. Cannot say enough good things about them.

  4. I have had the unique experience of actually seeing parts of the planning and preparation for events that most people never even think of. I have spent extended periods of time (on other business) in the location where Jenn has her design studio, and she has been gracious enough to let me in on some of the process.

    She thinks through every aspect of an event and develops a design that fits the occasion and the people involved. She is wildly creative in her thinking and seems to be able to find a way to meet every client’s needs, no matter the budget. I have seen her work late into the night to make something perfect and quite personal for many clients.

    In addition to her creative talents and superior attention to her clients, Jenn runs through every step of an event, planning the smallest details, the things I would never think of. Is there a glass bead somewhere in the plan? The need for a bit of wrapping, a small box, or a bit of wire? Jenn has thought it out and planned for it. Her clients may never notice it, but it will be there. It’s amazing.

    There won’t be any other choice but Belles and Thistles for all of my future events.

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