Paulie Antiques Floral Co. Designs for Noah & Sabrina

September 23, 2023 the weather was just perfect. We had such a lovely St. Louis fall day that felt much like summer. I had been designing florals on site at the groom's parents' house in Jacque and Stuart's basement since Thursday. It was so nice that I didn't have to worry about transporting the designs because I knew I could wake up and they were already on site. Friday night I put the boutonnieres in the bride and grooms fridge for safe storing and the bouquets were ready to go at Jacque and Stewart's house next door. This living situation Noah, Sabrina, Jacque and Stuart live in is unique: there are three lots next to each other, and an empty lot in between. The women were to get ready at Jacque and Stuart's house, and the men got dressed at Noah and Sabrina's House just next door. We were to have our first look at noon on                                                                    Saturday.     I arrived to start designing the arch pretty early, then I took my life's quickest shower in Jacque's bathroom and slipped on this peach dress I bought in Pittsburgh in 2016. I had been waiting for YEARS to finally wear this vintage 1960's dress from Three Rivers Vintage!  I met this group of friends through my 1st cousin, Max. He is best friends with Noah the groom and his twin brother, Jake. I am so thankful they've been accepting of me since moving to St. Louis.. It means the world to me.   The floral theme sabrina chose was perfect and she totally trusted my vision of preserved, spray painted, silk and fresh floral combinations with feathers and bleached pampas grass. I LOVE how they turned out so whimsical and colorful. Truly some of my best work to date. Thanks for believing in my art, Sabrina!My cousin Max has been fixing up his 1960's VW Bus so he brought it that day and when the Black and Red Brass Band showed up to lead us to Bluewood Brewery, he drove the bus in the parade. Luckily, I was able to place some floral items in the bus during the parade so I could dance and enjoy walking with the band to the reception. This was definitely the most fun wedding I have ever been to! 

Photographed by Reed Schick
floral design by Paulie Antiques
Assistant floral designers Hillary Fitz, Monika Manne and Alycia Lampert
Bus owned by Max White
Love, Polly 


Outfit: Shakedown Street

Happy Sunday! This is part two of a series Nathan Adhikari and I shot in Summer 2021. It's unreal to think these haven't been shared, yet. It's kind of like a Chicago time capsule. After shooting at a park in Wilmette, Illinois, we made our way to Lake Michigan. I changed my outfit- and I don't remember how/ where I even did that! I really miss living by a huge lake, as I am now living in St. Louis, Missouri. I am a bit landlocked now, haha!
Outfit Details: Dress: Unique Vintage
Pink Wig: Star Style Wigs
Hat & jewelry: vintage
Heels: Butrich 
Sunglasses: Borrowed from Nadia :)
love, polly 


Outfit: Confetti Day

On a sunny day in May 2021, Nathan Adhikari and I rented a car and made our way out to Whilmette, Illinois in Chicagoland and we had such a fun day shooting two looks in the park and at the beach. We have been friends now over 10 years and his influence on my life has been larger than I could have ever imagined. Thank you, Nathan and Sarah for including me in your life.. I am humbled by your generosity and kindness! 
If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you might know I name my outfits after some of my favorite songs. This outfit is named Confetti Day after a song by Hot Chocolate. I bought the whole LP a year ago and have loved the band ever since.
Much has changed in my life in the last couple of years since the pandemic.. I started attending college (again!) for Diagnostic Ultrasound and now I currently work for the last two years at Barnes Jewish Hospital in the abdomen and small parts department and I love it. I have completely changed my life and added more talents to my arsenal. I still love arranging flowers, styling fashion shoots, photography, sewing and painting. I find myself yearning to tackle more of these adventures now that I have broken into the healthcare world, but I don't see myself ever stopping ultrasound. What a cool job to investigate the pathology or lack thereof of humans' bodies. I love being able to answer the question of why someone has pain. It is so satisfying to be useful in this way to people. I truly love what I do and I love that I have all these creative hobbies from going to "finishing school" I like to call it. LOL
Outfit details:
Cherry heels: Butrich 
Dress: vintage, found at a thrift store
Balloons: Luft Balloons in Chicago 
Socks, orange bag: Ali Express 
Orange Scarf: Vintage, Estate Sale in Chicago
Pink flower ring: repurposed vintage on etsy 
Sunglasses: on loan from lovely roomie Nadia :)

 love, Polly