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Another Gift for the Season

So Christmas is coming a little late in the Reenie Rose camp.  It’s the holiday season, so why not extend gift giving a little bit longer than December 25th.

First off, I have to introduce you to the photographer behind the camera that captured Sarah and Ernest’s wedding day this past October.  A new find for me, Jaclyn Simpson is a photographer that I can’t wait to get to know better.  We already have so much in common….good food, traveling, and art!

1.  How long have you been in  business?  
Four years (give or take)

2.   Toot your own horn….what’s your specialty?  
Weddings and Portraits

3.  Who or what are your  favorite subjects to photograph….your dream photo session? 
I love to photograph people. I also really enjoy photographing great details and styled photo shoots.

4.  What do you like about working in the  wedding industry?  
I love that I am able to be a part of one of the happiest days in my clients’ lives. I also love the community of  professionals and vendors in the wedding industry.

5.  When  you are not working, what are you up to?
Enjoying good food and friends in Chicago or traveling.

6.  Anything new and exciting  coming up that we should know about? (either professionally or personally)   
I am in the process of starting a completely separate  and exciting new brand just for portraits.

Definitely pay Jaclyn a little visit at


And now for the big unveiling…here is Sarah and Ernest’s painting….completed!!!

There wasn’t anyone out there willing to take a bold stab at the hour count on this one, so I’ll give in…..a whopping 63 hours!!!  I couldn’t believe it either!  Quality takes time.

Speaking of time, don’t forget that you have until December 31, 2011 to book a painting at the 2011 prices.  Paintings will be going up next year, so don’t wait…treat yourself to a late Christmas gift!  You know you deserve it!



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A Painting with a Plan

There are so many great people that go into making a bouquet painting, and Sarah and Ernest’s is no exception.  Even though I am the only one creating the actual painting, there is a whole team responsible for what comes out on the canvas.  The most important part in Sarah and Ernest’s creation is the gracious referral from team leader Hilary Schwartz of Estera Events.

If there’s any part of a wedding that I recommend the most (besides a fabulous florist), it is hiring a planner.  I can’t imagine relying on a family friend or, heaven forbid, my mom, to make sure everything is in tip top shape the day of my hypothetical wedding.  Put it all in the hands of the professional and let the guests enjoy.  I’ve played the part of the consultant before, and there is nothing like the joy you feel when you bring complete calm and assurance over what can be the most important and stressful day in a couple’s life.  Hilary is one of those people that easily makes you feel this peace when you are in her presence….imagine what she could do for your wedding day!


1.  How long have you been in business?

I started Estera Events in February of 2010, after working the previous 9 years as both an Interior Designer and Floral Designer.

2.  Toot your own horn….what’s your specialty?

Given my background, I love to help my clients create a conceptual direction for their event that suits their personalities and budget. We are involved in every single element to ensure a cohesive vision. We also design and produce details for the bride such as personalized Welcome Bags for the guests, innovative Escort Card displays and unique Place Setting embellishments at the table.

3.  What would be your dream event creation?

My dream isn’t so much for a particular event; rather, I am excited about fulfilling my dream of increasing Estera Events’ presence on the West Coast. Ultimately, I’d also like to do more exotic destination weddings–especially during Chicago winters!

4.  Wedding trend you love and one you’d like to see disappear?

I love the return to traditional details such as the ‘send off’ at the end of the evening. As far as a trend I’d like to see disappear–well, I have an aversion to tented escort cards. We always try to push the boundaries and make things a bit more interesting for our couples.

5.  Craziest request you’ve had?

We’re currently working with a bride who has requested a ‘Tennessee Circus, Betty Paige meets Mumford and Sons’ theme for her wedding next year. Sounds crazy – but we love it!!

6.  What do you like about working in the wedding industry?

Aside from designing and creating the quintessential wedding day for a couple, I really appreciate the camaraderie among the vendors in this industry. It’s refreshing to be surrounded by so many talented and supportive individuals.

7.   When you are not working, what are you up to?

When am I not working! I have to admit, I love my job and don’t feel like it’s all work! When I do take time off, however, I enjoy traveling – particularly to the Bed and Breakfast owned by my family in Missouri (Inn at Clover Hill).

8.  Anything new and exciting coming up that we should know about? (either professionally or personally)

Stay tuned for a Valentine’s Day event in late January, an exclusive dinner party in February, and not to mention all of our fabulous 2012 weddings!

 Thank you so much Hilary!!!  Eeee!  I can’t wait to see what Estera Events has in store for 2012!  Be sure to visit her at

And now for the painting update….

There are more to come…..


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A Blumen Bouquet Painting

It’s been gloomy all weekend, but I’ve found it to be the perfect weather to put up my Christmas decorations and start another painting.

You’ll remember the beautiful bouquet that Blumen created for Sarah and Ernest’s fall wedding that Estera Events coordinated….


Welp, Sarah and Ernest have chosen a composition…and I love it!

Isn’t this a lovely representation of Sarah’s bouquet….especially in a 20 x 20 inch format?



Lots of great updates to come about this one….



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It’s certainly a pleasure to meet you!


Simply put, all of us at Fleur are jumping up & down at the honor of participating in Indie Wed!

(Above photos credited to Simply Jessie)


Fleur is a floral boutique in the heart of the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago.  We’re open to the public for lovely clusters of blooms, deliveries & darling gifts (many made locally!).  In addition to our storefront, we offer custom wedding services for your floral needs.

(Above photos credited to Jennifer Kathryn Photography)

 Painting, printmaking & art history backgrounds have allowed us to develop a lovely rapport with blushing blossoms and design.  Our inspiration is pulled from watercolors, Dutch Impressionism, texture and, of course, nature.  It’s thrilling to working with seasonal blooms in both tailored and whimsical compositions, creating an ambience for your day that you’ll always remember.

(Above photo credited to Jamie Hartley Photography)


Delight, joy and romance are just a few of the accessories we use when designing your wedding. Whether your theme is simplicity and elegance or rustic and lush we will create a scene to transform the common day into one of pure charm and love.

Be sure to stop by our booth, we’re teaming with Greatest Expectations & creating something warm & magical!  Can’t wait to see you there!!!


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Beautiful Painting, Beautiful People

I really and truly love all of the vendors I get the chance to work with.  Never have I been in an industry where everyone is so helpful, generous, talented and basically good people.  Since I work at home solo, getting to work outside the “office” with others that completely enhance my work day is incredibly gratifying.  With this being said, Maureen and Kevin’s painting is finished!  Check out this loveliness…

Don’t you just love these colors!

And now the two people that made this painting possible….and I’m not talking about the bride and groom.  Because Maureen and Kevin booked their painting with me after their wedding, I had to rely on their vendors for the details.  Lucky for me, I was able to work with florist Megan Musschoot of Pistil and Vine and Darcy Demmel of  Darcy Demmel Photography

If you haven’t stopped into Pistil and Vine yet, go!  Megan has a lovely store front with a vine covered ceiling that transports you into a wonderland of sweet smells, products and, of course, flowers galore!  Though her shop and talent are fabulous, I really cannot say enough about her as a person.  She is so sweet and kind-hearted that you feel an instant connection with her.  There are a couple of projects we have in the making, so this certainly isn’t the last time you’ll be hearing about Megan. 

But wait, there’s more

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Introducing Reenie Rose

Well, I say let’s get this posting party started!

Allow me to introduce myself…my name is Loreen and I am the owner/artist behind Reenie Rose.  Reenie Rose specializes in creating a modern approach to traditional bridal bouquet preservation via a custom oil painting on canvas.  To further explain, I’ll share a little story with you….

Here’s a beautiful wedding tale of a bride and groom that had a fairy godmother swoop in to rescue them from dust and clutter and ugliness.  A true Cinderella story of something not so pretty being touched by a magic wand and transformed into a timeless treasure for always.

Our story starts with our happy couple.  Aww, they are married and blissful.


And, they have chosen a most lovely bouquet of purple dahlias, lisianthus, merlot calla lilies and hypericum berries.  It was a gorgeous combination they wanted to last forever.


So, they dried it.  What was once a vibrant display became a brittle, lack luster representation of their special wedding.

Then one day, a fairy godmother came along and said, “Tsk tsk, this will not do.  Is this how you want to remember your wedding day?  I think not!”  With a sweep of her magic wand, a call into Reenie Rose and 41 hours of painting later, the happy couple received the glass slipper of all glass slippers….a Reenie Rose painting of their bouquet as it was on their wedding day.
Of course they lived happily ever after.  The End.

Moral of the story kids….do you really want to have your dried, dusty flowers sitting around when the alternative is so much better….I think not.  Be a fairy godmother to yourself or someone who would like a visual of fresh flowers with the fragrance of memories year round.

Hop over to my website to view my full garden portfolio of fresh floral paintings.  And, for a little extra, check out my blog to see what marvelous projects I am currently working on.

Happy Painting!