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Anthony Gowder Designs

Chicago , IL
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LOCATION

2616 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647 US (map)

PHONE

773-227-0300
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ABOUT US

Anthony Gowder Designs is recognized as a leading full service event company specializing in floral design, production, and planning, serving exclusively to the downtown hotel, wedding... Read more
Anthony Gowder Designs is recognized as a leading full service event company specializing in floral design, production, and planning, serving exclusively to the downtown hotel, wedding and corporate markets. Their creative and friendly staff deliver first class service with premium products. The design team has an exquisite eye for overall aesthetics and an ability to provide properly sized arrangements that fulfill the goals of their clients.

Anthony Gowder Designs was founded in 1998 by Anthony and Stephanie Gowder. One can see their passion for floral design and event production in each event they bring to life. Their West Loop studio is set-up with multiple vignettes for clients to be inspired. These unique nooks offer clients a glimpse into various settings that they can make their own. Creativity thrives at Anthony Gowder Designs! Read less
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INFO FOR FLOWERS

How would you describe the style of your floral designs?
Classic, Country, Eclectic, Glamorous, Modern, Nautical, Preppy, Romantic, Rustic, Tropical, Vintage
Which of the following services do you provide?
Clean Up, Consultations, Delivery, Event Design, Set Up
What types of arrangements do you provide?
Aisle Decor, Altar Decor, Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Chuppah Decor, Corsages, Flower Petals, Non-Floral, Single Flowers, Table Arrangements

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Oh my gosh my bridal bouquet was the most beautiful I have seen! Stephanie at Anthony Gowder listened to all of my wishes, went through photos with me, and showed me samples of my centerpieces. Everything was set beautifully by her staff. I would definitely order from them again!
Oh my gosh my bridal bouquet was the most beautiful I have seen! Stephanie at Anthony Gowder listened to all of my wishes, Read more...
Oh my gosh my bridal bouquet was the most beautiful I have seen! Stephanie at Anthony Gowder listened to all of my wishes, went through photos with me, and showed me samples of my centerpieces. Everything was set beautifully by her staff. I would definitely order from them again! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I worked with Cassandra from Anthony Gowder for our month of wedding coordination services. She was an INVALUABLE ASSET to our wedding planning experience. We joked afterward that we don't know how anyone could've gotten married without a Cassandra in their lives. She was available to answer any questions, timely in all of her responses, professional in her work with all of our other vendors, and so much fun to work with. She takes great pride in making the wedding day perfect for each of her couples. She anticipated needs that we hadn't even though of. Most importantly, her presence on the wedding day itself allowed our families to relax and enjoy every moment as opposed to answering questions from guests and vendors. Hiring a wedding coordinator, and making sure that he/she comes highly recommended, is our greatest advice to newly engaged couples. We could not recommend Cassandra and her team more.
My husband and I worked with Cassandra from Anthony Gowder for our month of wedding coordination services. She was an Read more...
My husband and I worked with Cassandra from Anthony Gowder for our month of wedding coordination services. She was an INVALUABLE ASSET to our wedding planning experience. We joked afterward that we don't know how anyone could've gotten married without a Cassandra in their lives. She was available to answer any questions, timely in all of her responses, professional in her work with all of our other vendors, and so much fun to work with. She takes great pride in making the wedding day perfect for each of her couples. She anticipated needs that we hadn't even though of. Most importantly, her presence on the wedding day itself allowed our families to relax and enjoy every moment as opposed to answering questions from guests and vendors. Hiring a wedding coordinator, and making sure that he/she comes highly recommended, is our greatest advice to newly engaged couples. We could not recommend Cassandra and her team more. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Julie
Wedding:
10/18/2015
5.0/5.0
Gowder is absolutely wonderful, and if I ever have to order floral arrangements for any big event again, they will be the very first people I call. My mom and I met with a long list of florists before we discovered Gowder, and we left each florist meeting confused and in sticker shock. Our meeting with Stephanie at Gowder was a completely different story – we had found our perfect florist.

Stephanie asked great questions and worked hard to understand our taste, our goals, and our budget. My mom and I know very little about flowers, so we greatly appreciated Stephanie’s guidance. From that very first meeting, my mom and I felt completely confident that Stephanie understood what we were looking for and that she would execute that vision flawlessly.

I think the biggest compliment that I can pay to Stephanie and Gowder is that in the days leading up to the wedding, when we were stressing over what we needed to remember to do with/for each vendor, floral wasn’t even on my mind. I trusted Stephanie completely to just make the arrangements beautiful, and she did. Thank you so much!!
Gowder is absolutely wonderful, and if I ever have to order floral arrangements for any big event again, they will be the Read more...
Gowder is absolutely wonderful, and if I ever have to order floral arrangements for any big event again, they will be the very first people I call. My mom and I met with a long list of florists before we discovered Gowder, and we left each florist meeting confused and in sticker shock. Our meeting with Stephanie at Gowder was a completely different story – we had found our perfect florist.

Stephanie asked great questions and worked hard to understand our taste, our goals, and our budget. My mom and I know very little about flowers, so we greatly appreciated Stephanie’s guidance. From that very first meeting, my mom and I felt completely confident that Stephanie understood what we were looking for and that she would execute that vision flawlessly.

I think the biggest compliment that I can pay to Stephanie and Gowder is that in the days leading up to the wedding, when we were stressing over what we needed to remember to do with/for each vendor, floral wasn’t even on my mind. I trusted Stephanie completely to just make the arrangements beautiful, and she did. Thank you so much!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Waiting on my beautiful flowers!
Waiting on my beautiful flowers!
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Nicole
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Anthony Gowder Designs was amazing. Not only was our decor to die for but Stephanie Gowder, our day of coordinator was our lifesaver. We got married on June 20th, 2015 at the W Lakeshore. Our ceremony was in the great rooms, which is another word for conference room :) Stephanie and her team completely transformed that room. There were candles and flowers and draping. The room looked incredible and really set a romantic tone! Which was quite an amazing feat considering the way that room looked without any of that! Our reception room has an amazing view of the city and lake. To enhance that Stephanie suggested using tall floating candles and some flower satellites around them. It was exactly what we were looking for, simple and won't take away from the view. We were so pleasantly surprised when we walked into the reception and it was even more gorgeous than we thought! Besides decor, Anthony Gowder does day of coordination services as well, we knew we definitely wanted this from the beginning. It was so nice to have everything be a one stop shop! Stephanie was our lifesaver from the day we hired her all the way through the wedding day. She contacted all my vendors, set up times for everything, and made an amazing day of timeline. I didn't have to lift a finger. The day of our wedding went so smooth and I know it was because of Stephanie. Our whole family and bridal party loved her, she was so sweet and incredibly organized! We really found a fantastic company when we found Anthony Gowder Designs. If you want quality and professionalism all the way, then you should definitely hire them!!
Anthony Gowder Designs was amazing. Not only was our decor to die for but Stephanie Gowder, our day of coordinator was our Read more...
Anthony Gowder Designs was amazing. Not only was our decor to die for but Stephanie Gowder, our day of coordinator was our lifesaver. We got married on June 20th, 2015 at the W Lakeshore. Our ceremony was in the great rooms, which is another word for conference room :) Stephanie and her team completely transformed that room. There were candles and flowers and draping. The room looked incredible and really set a romantic tone! Which was quite an amazing feat considering the way that room looked without any of that! Our reception room has an amazing view of the city and lake. To enhance that Stephanie suggested using tall floating candles and some flower satellites around them. It was exactly what we were looking for, simple and won't take away from the view. We were so pleasantly surprised when we walked into the reception and it was even more gorgeous than we thought! Besides decor, Anthony Gowder does day of coordination services as well, we knew we definitely wanted this from the beginning. It was so nice to have everything be a one stop shop! Stephanie was our lifesaver from the day we hired her all the way through the wedding day. She contacted all my vendors, set up times for everything, and made an amazing day of timeline. I didn't have to lift a finger. The day of our wedding went so smooth and I know it was because of Stephanie. Our whole family and bridal party loved her, she was so sweet and incredibly organized! We really found a fantastic company when we found Anthony Gowder Designs. If you want quality and professionalism all the way, then you should definitely hire them!! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning
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Colleen
Wedding:
6/13/2015
4.3/5.0
We worked with Cassandra and she is fabulous! They executed everything flawlessly from set up to room flip and take down. I loved my bridal bouquet and the bridesmaid bouquets! They are pricey but the flowers look great!

I was a bit disappointed with the center pieces for the guest tables as we did a "mock" set up and the pieces looked much bigger because all of the flowers were fully opened and I believe more flowers. The center pieces had tighter flowers (not fully bloomed) but they were still beautiful. Our original proposal said light pink hydrangeas in the center pieces but they were definitely bright pink, so that was a bit different. We had selected specific candle holders and candles and had to settle for ones that we weren't in love with but worked as a sub because they didn't have enough of the correct ones for the amount of tables that we had, which was 17.

Overall a good experience and again Cassandra was fabulous! She worked with our budget as best as possible! They are a pricey vendor but their execution was on point.
We worked with Cassandra and she is fabulous! They executed everything flawlessly from set up to room flip and take down. Read more...
We worked with Cassandra and she is fabulous! They executed everything flawlessly from set up to room flip and take down. I loved my bridal bouquet and the bridesmaid bouquets! They are pricey but the flowers look great!

I was a bit disappointed with the center pieces for the guest tables as we did a "mock" set up and the pieces looked much bigger because all of the flowers were fully opened and I believe more flowers. The center pieces had tighter flowers (not fully bloomed) but they were still beautiful. Our original proposal said light pink hydrangeas in the center pieces but they were definitely bright pink, so that was a bit different. We had selected specific candle holders and candles and had to settle for ones that we weren't in love with but worked as a sub because they didn't have enough of the correct ones for the amount of tables that we had, which was 17.

Overall a good experience and again Cassandra was fabulous! She worked with our budget as best as possible! They are a pricey vendor but their execution was on point. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I had a very positive experience working with Cassandra Vack from Anthony Gowder. First of all, she was respectful of my budget. Sometimes there are vendors who don’t want to work with you if you don’t spend a certain amount, or some who only treat you nice if you are spending a lot, but Cassandra is NOT like that. I felt valued as a client from day one, and she never proposed anything that was too expensive for me.

Cassandra was also really flexible and responsive. I revised my order at least five times, and each time she was patient and answered emails within 24 hours. On the day of the wedding, the flowers looked fresh and beautiful. The bridesmaid bouquets complimented the girls’ dresses really well and helped make our ceremony look really elegant and romantic.

If you look at their pictures, Anthony Gowder usually does more modern-looking designs, but my wedding was more rustic looking and they worked to fit my look. I think they do just as well with simple, rustic weddings as they do with ritzy hotel ones.

The last thing I appreciated was that they did a free floral showing where they show you samples of how your flowers will look on your wedding day. Some florists make you pay for a showing so make sure you ask about that, because Anthony Gowder doesn’t! Overall, going with Anthony Gowder was one of the best decisions I made because they made me feel like I didn’t have to worry about the decorations on the day of my wedding!
I had a very positive experience working with Cassandra Vack from Anthony Gowder. First of all, she was respectful of my Read more...
I had a very positive experience working with Cassandra Vack from Anthony Gowder. First of all, she was respectful of my budget. Sometimes there are vendors who don’t want to work with you if you don’t spend a certain amount, or some who only treat you nice if you are spending a lot, but Cassandra is NOT like that. I felt valued as a client from day one, and she never proposed anything that was too expensive for me.

Cassandra was also really flexible and responsive. I revised my order at least five times, and each time she was patient and answered emails within 24 hours. On the day of the wedding, the flowers looked fresh and beautiful. The bridesmaid bouquets complimented the girls’ dresses really well and helped make our ceremony look really elegant and romantic.

If you look at their pictures, Anthony Gowder usually does more modern-looking designs, but my wedding was more rustic looking and they worked to fit my look. I think they do just as well with simple, rustic weddings as they do with ritzy hotel ones.

The last thing I appreciated was that they did a free floral showing where they show you samples of how your flowers will look on your wedding day. Some florists make you pay for a showing so make sure you ask about that, because Anthony Gowder doesn’t! Overall, going with Anthony Gowder was one of the best decisions I made because they made me feel like I didn’t have to worry about the decorations on the day of my wedding! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Caron
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Anthony Gowder Designs is fabulous to work with! Being an event planner, I have used them for years for our corporate events and they have always done an amazing job within the budgets we have given them. So when it was time to plan my wedding I knew that I would be getting top quality work and wouldn't have to worry about a thing going with Anthony Gowder Designs. They did not disappoint!

Stephanie Gowder was, as always, fabulous to work with. We met with her for an initial meeting to discuss our vision, color scheme, likes, dislikes, etc. Then a couple months before the wedding we had a second meeting where Stephanie had examples of the actual arrangements to show us. At this time we were able to make changes to make sure it was what we wanted. It was super helpful to actually see the arrangements in person as I do not know a lot about flowers.

The day of the wedding Stephanie's team took care of everything. Our bouquets were gorgeous and showed up right on time as we were taking photos early in the day. The arrangements and candle lit aisle they did for our ceremony were breathtaking and the reception room looked amazing! About a month before our wedding, I also asked Stephanie to do the floral decorations for our cake. I sent Stephanie a few photos of cakes I liked and left the rest up to her. When we walked into our reception I was blown away by how beautiful our cake was!

When I talked to Stephanie after my wedding to thank her, she mentioned how pleased she was that I was so happy with everything because apparently there had been heavy rains in California which made our purple flowers hard to get so at the last minute they had to make some substitutions on the types of flowers in the arrangements. I didn't even notice! All I noticed was how beautiful everything was!

I cannot say enough about my great experience with Anthony Gowder and would definitely recommend them for anyone looking for a wedding or event florist.
Anthony Gowder Designs is fabulous to work with! Being an event planner, I have used them for years for our corporate Read more...
Anthony Gowder Designs is fabulous to work with! Being an event planner, I have used them for years for our corporate events and they have always done an amazing job within the budgets we have given them. So when it was time to plan my wedding I knew that I would be getting top quality work and wouldn't have to worry about a thing going with Anthony Gowder Designs. They did not disappoint!

Stephanie Gowder was, as always, fabulous to work with. We met with her for an initial meeting to discuss our vision, color scheme, likes, dislikes, etc. Then a couple months before the wedding we had a second meeting where Stephanie had examples of the actual arrangements to show us. At this time we were able to make changes to make sure it was what we wanted. It was super helpful to actually see the arrangements in person as I do not know a lot about flowers.

The day of the wedding Stephanie's team took care of everything. Our bouquets were gorgeous and showed up right on time as we were taking photos early in the day. The arrangements and candle lit aisle they did for our ceremony were breathtaking and the reception room looked amazing! About a month before our wedding, I also asked Stephanie to do the floral decorations for our cake. I sent Stephanie a few photos of cakes I liked and left the rest up to her. When we walked into our reception I was blown away by how beautiful our cake was!

When I talked to Stephanie after my wedding to thank her, she mentioned how pleased she was that I was so happy with everything because apparently there had been heavy rains in California which made our purple flowers hard to get so at the last minute they had to make some substitutions on the types of flowers in the arrangements. I didn't even notice! All I noticed was how beautiful everything was!

I cannot say enough about my great experience with Anthony Gowder and would definitely recommend them for anyone looking for a wedding or event florist. Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.1/5.0
We used Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding draping design. They were recommended to us by our venue for being the best (although also on the expensive end). Because we decided to add draping very late in the game, multiple other vendors recommended by our day of coordinator were already booked - thus we ended up going with Anthony Gowder. However, we initially felt comfortable with this based on Yelp reviews and the glowing praise from our venue.

Our biggest complaint was the brief communication with the vendor. Everything was through email and I never saw samples of the fabrics or design of draping. When I reached out to discuss the exact design of the draping, I was told it would be worked out with our venue (I had actually discussed my thoughts with the venue coordinator - so I thought we would all be on the same page). When we arrived for the rehearsal, I was disappointed that the draping of the altar was not what I had pictured (it was one simple drape instead of a drape with a tented drape opening). I was told by our venue that it was too late to make any changes. Admittedly, I was too busy to actually reach out to Anthony Gowder at that point so I could not give them the chance to fix things. However, I was disappointed that my initial efforts to discuss the design more thoroughly were dismissed.

The other areas of draping were beautiful. I hope that with proper communication everything would have been perfect!
We used Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding draping design. They were recommended to us by our venue for being the best Read more...
We used Anthony Gowder Designs for our wedding draping design. They were recommended to us by our venue for being the best (although also on the expensive end). Because we decided to add draping very late in the game, multiple other vendors recommended by our day of coordinator were already booked - thus we ended up going with Anthony Gowder. However, we initially felt comfortable with this based on Yelp reviews and the glowing praise from our venue.

Our biggest complaint was the brief communication with the vendor. Everything was through email and I never saw samples of the fabrics or design of draping. When I reached out to discuss the exact design of the draping, I was told it would be worked out with our venue (I had actually discussed my thoughts with the venue coordinator - so I thought we would all be on the same page). When we arrived for the rehearsal, I was disappointed that the draping of the altar was not what I had pictured (it was one simple drape instead of a drape with a tented drape opening). I was told by our venue that it was too late to make any changes. Admittedly, I was too busy to actually reach out to Anthony Gowder at that point so I could not give them the chance to fix things. However, I was disappointed that my initial efforts to discuss the design more thoroughly were dismissed.

The other areas of draping were beautiful. I hope that with proper communication everything would have been perfect! Read less
Services Used: Lighting & Decor
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Cassandra was amazing to work with. She listened to my vision and what I wanted. She gave her professional opinion to make my flowers even better. The best part about Anthony Gowder besides Cassandra is that they set up a flower viewing so you can see your centerpieces and change or keep whatever you want before you're wedding so you know exactly what you're getting and what they look like. Cassandra responded to my emails quickly and answered any questions I had. Cassandra showed passion and care when planning my flowers. She treated my family and I like we were individuals and not just another person having a wedding. We received a lot of compliments on the flowers and how beautiful they were. The flowers were fresh, made with every detail in place and smelled amazing. I'm so thankful to Cassandra and Anthony Gowder and will recommend them to anyone looking for a florist.
Cassandra was amazing to work with. She listened to my vision and what I wanted. She gave her professional opinion to make Read more...
Cassandra was amazing to work with. She listened to my vision and what I wanted. She gave her professional opinion to make my flowers even better. The best part about Anthony Gowder besides Cassandra is that they set up a flower viewing so you can see your centerpieces and change or keep whatever you want before you're wedding so you know exactly what you're getting and what they look like. Cassandra responded to my emails quickly and answered any questions I had. Cassandra showed passion and care when planning my flowers. She treated my family and I like we were individuals and not just another person having a wedding. We received a lot of compliments on the flowers and how beautiful they were. The flowers were fresh, made with every detail in place and smelled amazing. I'm so thankful to Cassandra and Anthony Gowder and will recommend them to anyone looking for a florist. Read less
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