A Touch of Boho

When a couple comes to us with a bohemian vision, our creative juices really start flowing. Tara and Derek gave us the perfect opportunity to mix romantic colors of burgundy,  magenta and blush with tropical ferns and lush greenery to create an exotic look. 

The bride carried a natural bouquet bursting with texture. The groom complimented her with a burgundy boutonniere, while her ladies held smaller gatherings of greens and blushes. Even their four legged love made an appearance in his very own garland collar! 

They said "I Do" at Ravenswood Event Center under a birch structure cascading with ferns, and roses of every shade of pink. We later repurposed the statement piece as the backdrop for their donut bar! We had two styles of centerpieces- a lush green garland interspersed with golden pillar candles and jaw dropping gold compotes overflowing with greenery and pops of floral. 

Special thank you to Leah Moyers Photography for capturing the details of this day so beautifully! 

A Classic Color Palette

The wedding magazines say trends come and go, but one color scheme stands true to romance year after year- Blush, ivory and Gold. Add in touches of greenery and sustainable succulents and we have Abby and Blake's beautiful wedding. 

Their traditional ceremony was held at Assumption Catholic Church in River North, followed by dinner and dancing at The Lakewood, a space owned by catering company Paramount Events. This newly opened space offers white walls with sparkling chandeliers. It was the perfect back drop for our golden and glass lanterns, pillar candles, and bud vases bursting with blush blooms.  The dinner tables had 3 different styles of centerpieces to keep things interesting. One of them was an on-trend centerpiece  with a cluster of eclectic gold candles with silver dollar greens tucked in.  

A statement piece of dahlias, ranunculus, roses, and greenery welcomed guests in a fluted gold vase surrounded by a landscape of succulents for each guest to take. The bride's bouquet was a natural gathering of eucalyptus with pops of pale pinks and ivory. Her bridesmaids sported blush gowns that were complimented with ivory and green bouquets. 

The stunning event was perfectly pieced together by Carlene, owner of Naturally Yours Events, and captured by Amanda Megan Miller Photography. Special thank you to you both! 

Garlands at Lacuna Lofts

The artist lofts at Lacuna are filled with tons of unique touches from colorful rhino sculptures to structures made of old frames and antique mechanical parts.  Add to that exposed brick and beams and it can be overwhelming to try and compete with the decor.  This is why our Bride and Groom opted to compliment the Loft with  fresh green garlands and classic ivory blooms. 

The Bride carried a very naturally shaped bouquet overflowing with peonies, calla lilies, ranunculus, roses and textured greenery. On trend, her bridesmaids carried minimalistic peony bouquets with olive foliage.  Large arrangements in gold footed vases drew focus to the ceremony space without challenging the city sky line backdrop. Garlands that lined the aisle were repurposed on the farm tables for dinner with wood slabs and candles (a great money saving tip!). 

Coordination for this beautiful event was executed by the great ladies at Naturally Yours Events! Check out some detail shots below, courtesy of the amazing Sally O'Donnell Photography

New Year's Eve Wedding at Ovation

A wedding in the winter can be risky business here in the Midwest. Thankfully, Halyna & Joshua's New Year's Wedding was filled with warm colors, warm hearts and warm wishes! The flowers had a dramatic vibe with the inclusion of the hot pink roses, deep pops of privet berries, the wild agonis foliage and the dark centers of the anenomes.  There was also a vintage element with the taupe colored quicksand roses, (our favorite rose recently) and the gold accents.   We also incorporated beautiful purple succulents into the bouquets and on the tables.  

Ovation has an industrial loft feel so we wanted to warm it up.  The tables featured glowing candlelight from our gold mercury glass votives, tall stemmed votives, lush green garlands, and rich blooms of plum, magenta and wine. It came together beautifully and will surly inspire others to embrace a winter wedding! 

Special thank you to Mike Hari with Fadeout Foto for capturing these detail photos. 

Hanging Flowers creates a Wow Factor

When a couple has a flower related name, why not incorporate them into the Wedding day arrangements? Tweedia is a little blue flower native to Brazil that fit perfectly into the bride's "hand gathered" bouquet of ranunculus, peonies, roses and eucalyptus. 

The ceremony alter at St Hedwig Church was framed with two pedestaled arrangements of sprawling floral. These were later repurposed to decor at Gallery 1028 for reception. We installed a beautiful hanging piece suspended above the sweetheart table overflowing with bay leaf, lemon leaf, and spiral eucalyptus with pops of peonies, roses, and delphinium. Hanging floral definitely creates that WOW factor when guests walk into the room.  Long wood farm tables continued the green trend with lush and long garlands of silver dollar eucalyptus while round tables featured gold compotes full of textured floral.  

All photo credit goes to JPP Studios- Thank you so much for capturing and sharing these images with us! 

Roses, Ranunculus, and Peonies- Oh My!

It's always fun to play with some of our favorite flowers like those at Kelli & Ryan's April Wedding. Accenting the contemporary look of Greenhouse Loft, the couple chose a rustic garden style with mason jars, wooden boxes and glass bottles to hold the ivory and soft pink blooms of the season. The Groom and his men wore ivory ranunculus wrapped in twine while the Bride and her gals carried Spring filled bouquets of garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, waxflower, stock, eucalyptus and more. 

Add warm glow of gold votives and lots of love and you have the recipe for this magical reception. Special thank you to Cage & Aquarium Photographers Jade & Kristin for capturing and sharing these beautiful photographs with us! 

Romantic Reds at GHL

Early March in Chicago means minimal in season growth. However, that didn't stop Jennifer & Nick from embracing a warm and romantic ora with what was available- including rich greenery, traditional roses, ranunculus, spray roses, berries and more. The design was inspired by the burgundy tones of the bridesmaids' dresses, pops of ivory to compliment the clean feel of their venue (Greenhouse Loft), hints of greenery to bring the garden feel indoors, and a touch of candle light from our gold votives to bring class and softness to the space. 

The couple said their vows beneath a birch structure decorated asymmetrically with greenery and floral. This structure was then repurposed to frame the couple as they sat at their sweetheart table for dinner. Another highlight of the evening was their simple 3 tiered cake with cascading floral down the side. 

All of these amazing photographs were captured by the wonderful Jamie with Jamie & Eric Photography.  Thank you so much for sharing these with us! 

Wedding Bliss in November

Sunny days in mid November can be hard to come by in the heart of the Midwest. However, Kayleigh & Matt managed to pick a beautiful sunny (although chilly, which you'd never know from the pictures of her outside in a cap-sleeved gown) to celebrate their beginning together! Clutching one of our favorite bouquets, with garden roses, dahlias, olive tree foliage, eucalyptus, ranunculus, wax flower, privet berries and more, truly brought out the texture of her gown. While Matt sported a peach ranunculus to match. 

Their Ceremony space at Ravenswood Event Center was defined with two overflowing, natural arrangements on wooden pedestals which were later repurposed on the dessert table.  Flowers in clear glass jars hung from aisle side chairs with ivory satin ribbon. We especially loved the escort card table with an eclectic mix of vintage cut glass vessels holding pops of floral and tall stemmed votives holding mercury glass candles.  The centerpieces held the similar floral as the bridal bouquet in clear footed compotes with yummy textures of fall flowers.  But not too fall-ish!  The bride didn't want typical fall colors like yellow, red and orange.  Peach, coral, white and green are a great fall alternative palette. 

Very special Thank You to Katie with Cage & Aquarium for these amazing photos! 

Romantic Ravenswood Wedding

When a client comes to us with a romantic vision of blush, ivory and gold accents, we smile. When they make the choice to donate their flowers after their event to Random Acts of Flowers, that smile grows! This is exactly what Britnee and Nick chose to do after their beautiful Ravenswood Event Center wedding. 

We designed the romantic feel for their July wedding with a manicured bouquet of peonies, roses, and ranunculus of ivory, blush and pinks. Gold vessels including hobnail jars (repurposed from ceremony chairs), chalices, and compotes were filled with big bloom floral like hydrangea, cafe au lait dahlias,  roses and peonies. Add mercury glass votives surrounding the ledges and the room is set! 

Then at the end of the beautiful evening, we came to pick up rentals and the leftover floral, but rather than throwing them in the dumpster, we happily donate them to be repurposed for hospital, children and hospice care patients to enjoy them for the weeks to come. Smiles for everyone! 

Special thank you to Nick with Gerber + Scarpelli photography for capturing and sharing these details so well! As well as the wonderful Kim with Bride+Joy for planning the day effortlessly! 

Garden Greenery at GHL

Couples who choose Greenhouse Loft as their venue naturally gravitate towards a fresh, garden look with big bloom flowers, textured greenery and pops of subtle pastels. Michelle and Mike embraced this inspiration and injected their own personality creating a one of a kind Wedding. 

Starting with a statement piece at the entrance filled with ferns, lotus pods, garden roses, seeded eucalyptus, ranunculus and more to welcome guests with a fragrant garden feel.  Michelle held a playful bouquet of ferns, succulents, calla lilies, lotus pods, peonies, ranunculus, asilbe and roses.  Mike  sported a petite succulent boutonniere.  They stood under a birch structure with asymmetrical greenery and floral with a vintage inspired lace fabric.  The adorable art model table numbers stood proudly on wood slabs with gold compotes filled with floral and trios of re-useable candles. Add a photo booth and the recipe is complete for a night of fun! 

Super special Thank You to Naturally Yours Events for coordinating the day flawlessly and to Jamie for the amazing photography! 

Summer of Love & Texture

There are few things better than Chicago Summers. From a cityscape drenched in sunlight to endless local flowers in bloom- it is this time of year that Carly and Andrew started their married life together surrounded by beauty. They chose Bridgeport Skyline Loft as their venue, with its rustic brick and wooden beams and a wall of windows overlooking the majestic Chicago skyline. Their ceremony decor was one of our all time favorites!  A super lush green arbor (made of birch, roses, seeded eucalyptus, olive foliage and vines) framed the couple while clusters of candles and rose petals lined the aisle. Fun fact: we repurposed the garland on the arbor on the head table (minus the wild vines).  

Carly held a bouquet with air plants, succulents, thistle, ferns, antique colored roses , Juliet peach garden roses  and pops of burgundy ranunculus and dark purple callas.  So much yummy texture!   Andrew and his groomsmen wore petite succulents with burgundy ranunculus boutonnieres to accent the pop of color in the ladies bouquets.  Their centerpieces were equally textured with the addition of hydrangea in gold compotes and tall stemmed candles with gold votives inside.

Special thank you to Jason W. Kaumeyer for capturing and sharing these details so beautifully.  We should also give a shout out to Art of Imagination for the most stunning drapery and chandeliers!

Bottles of Blooms

Early April is always a gamble for weather in the city of Chicago. Luckily, Greenhouse Loft offers floor to ceiling windows to give the feel of the outdoors with natural light and a view of green gardens without the cold winds of the midwest. This clean, energy efficient (Go Green!) loft was the perfect space for Kate & Jonathan to tie the knot.  

The bride held a bouquet bursting with spring flowers- including ranunculus (some of the most gorgeous we have seen!) , stock, garden roses and veronica. The groom sported a single ivory ranunculus accented with blush calcinea. The ceremony aisle was defined by two glass urns atop white pedestals. The vases were overflowing with ivory, blush, peach and greenery. Bottles of blooms (peonies, ranunculus, roses and more) lined the window sills of the space during ceremony and then were repurposed on slabs of oak for centerpieces on each table. 

Special Thank You to Jennifer with Jennography for always doing such amazing job capturing all the details and sharing them with us!  

 

Modern Branches and Succulents

Room 1520 provides a beautiful white back drop for a client to stretch their creative wings. Kaeley & Ian embraced the painted brick loft structure with modern cement vessels brimming with white stones and blossoming branches as their dinner table centerpieces. We paired these with smaller cement containers with textured succulents, hydrangea, grey brunia, dusty miller, purple acacia and white roses to match.  We were also able to repurpose their striking church ceremony arrangements on the bars.  

The groom's trendy tux was accented with a purple succulent and white freesia. The bride held a beautiful bouquet of mixed ivory floral including peonies, freesia, ranunculus, and anenome with grey and green textural elements like brunia, dusty miller, acacia and purple succulents. 

Super special Thank You to Thomas with Slack Photography! These pictures are beautiful and we appreciate them sharing them with us. 

A peach wedding in Ravenswood

Liz and Nick exchanged vows at Ravenswood Event Center underneath a floral arch. Rich green foliage covered the arch while asymmetrical peach, coral and white floral helped soften the industrial feel of the soaring windows in the atrium. The Bride carried a whimsical bouquet with textural, seasonal elements of poppy pods, ranunculus, garden roses, and greenery. The groom wore a peach ranunculus with textured greenery.

Guest's tables featured clear glass compote centerpieces as well as bottled vessels of various heights and sizes filled with ranunculus, Astilbe, Stock, and Roses. Metallic champaign and vintage inspired cut glass votives added a warm glow to the loft space as well. Notice how the coral napkins really accentuate the pop of coral in the centerpieces. Lace runners were a great way to pull all the decor together- good tip when you have several different vases/elements on a table.  

Chad with Husar Photography did a beautiful job capturing these elements and we thank you for sharing these images with us!  

Soft Hues of Summer

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is the perfect space to "escape" the city and embrace the outdoors. Natalia & Eric had a Summer celebration with blooms of Gerber Daisies (her fav), Ranunculus, Dahlias, Stock and Roses overflowing vintage tea cups and silver compote vases. 

The Bride held a beautiful bouquet of blush, medium pinks, lilac, light peach and purples that matched her bridesmaid's dresses perfectly. The flower girls carried blush and lavender pomanders. The Groom too, wore a pastel pink Ranunculus, while his possy's jackets were adorned with peachy ranunculus.  The over all feeling of the day with the bright sunshine, stunning flowers, and smiling faces was truly one of celebration! 

These amazing photos were captured and generously shared with us by Coach House Photography.  Thank you Liz & Joe- you guys rock!  And a big Thank You to Carlene with Naturally Yours Events for including us in this wonderful day!

A Vintage Affair at Cheney Mansion

It was an unseasonably warm day in March when Alyssa & Jonathan celebrated their 5 year anniversary with close family & friends. Cheney Mansion, in Oak Brook, was the perfect setting with historical and antique touches for an intimate dinner and dancing that followed.  

Their centerpieces featured a mix of terrariums and floral arrangements in gold compotes. Terrariums are a great way to be eco-friendly because they keep on living long after the celebration (zero-waste).  They also doubled as gifts to special guests in attendance.   The space was given a warm glow with our vintage inspired gold votives. The Bride wore a wrist corsage with succulents and ranunculus and a beautiful wine colored dress to distinguish herself.  An elegant alternative to tradition, much like other aspects of the day.  

Thank you Ryan Moore Photography for capturing these amazing images!  And to Carlene at Naturally Yours Events for organizing the day and vision so effortlessly! 

Blushing February Wedding

A Winter Wedding in Chicago always has a level of risk, but Katie & David landed an early February day that was snowless with spots of sunshine!  They said "I Do's" at Rockefeller Chapel and partied through the night at Salvage One

The Bride held a blushing bouquet of Garden Roses, Peonies, Astilbe, and Ranunculus. The Groom and Groomsmen wore clusters of spray roses with sprigs of winter greenery to compliment the season.  The antique  feel of the venue allowed for eclectic centerpieces of blush and ivory blooms, mercury glass vessels and mix of candles to decorate each surface.  

Cheers to the happy couple and may they inspire others that beauty comes in all seasons!  Special thank you to Stephanie with Booth Photographics for sharing her amazing work with us!  

Beauties at Osteria Via Stato

Kristi & Jackie combined their lives and love for each other at the intimate Osteria Via Stato.   Surrounded by curly willow branches with twinkling lights and close family and friends, their ceremony was memorable and personable.  Kristi and Jackie held complimenting bridal bouquets of Ranunculus, Roses, Queen Annes Lace and Peonies.  

The interior of the restaurant was glowing with candles both clear and mercury glass on each table and along ledges around the room.  Mercury glass compote vases arranged with ivory, blush and burgundy blooms set upon some guest tables while lush green garlands lined remaining table tops.  

These images were captured  by the Amazing Jennifer Jackson.  Thank you so much for sharing these with us!

Picturesque at the Publican

In late November Sarah & Landon said, "I Do" at  The Publican in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood. We filled the space with warm mercury glass candle light, dramatic deep burgundy blooms, and textures that reminded us of the holiday season approaching.  

Sarah held a naturally shaped bouquet of dahlias, privet berries, herbs, unique pods, and hanging amaranthus.  A special pendant was attached to her bouquet with pictures of loved ones to hold near.  We accented Landon and his groomsmen's suits with small clusters of fresh herbs and greenery which created a scent that lingered through the evening.  

Lush garlands asymmetrically draped an art-deco back drop (the bride built herself!) to create a one-of-a-kind ceremony piece.  Tables also had runners of green garlands and herbs sprinkled with sparkling gold votives.  The end product was a cozy space with rich wood, seasonal fall floral, fresh fragrance, and new family! 

A big and special thank you to Destiny with The Colagrossis for capturing the details of this wedding beautifully and sharing her work with us!  

Wedding at The W

When a bride had a vision of peacock feathers filling her wedding day, we were sure to deliver the look in a classy and clean way.  Deanna & Christopher got married on Memorial Day weekend on the rooftop of The W Lakeshore Hotel over looking Lake Michigan and the great city of Chicago.  

Calla Lilies, Orchids, Italian Ruscus and (of course) Peakcock Feathers created a high textured, organic bouquet for the bride to hold.  The groom and his men had tuxedo's pinned with purple Callas and the signature feather.  Chair flowers, centerpieces, place settings and the cake itself stuck true to the simplistic, yet beautiful bird often associated with Love and Immortality.  

Very special thank you (and applause) to Cristina G Photography!!  These pictures are amazing and not a single detail slipped past- you rock!  Thank you for sharing these with us.