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.

Blackstone Hotel Wedding

Marissa and Randy chose a late November day to celebrate their wedding with friends and family at the beautiful and elegant Blackstone Hotel. With ornate chandeliers and stone carvings detailing the great ballroom, we opted for floral that would accent rather than distract.  Marissa held a lovely fall inspired bouquet of ivory, blush and burgundy including  ranunculus, privet berries, stock, lisianthus, dahlias and roses.  The couple exchanged vows beneath a birch chuppah draped with hydrangea, roses, and garlands of greenery.  

The dinning room held a mix of two different styles of centerpieces.  Several tables were adorned with low silver compote vases filled with ivory hydrangea, blush roses, seeded eucalyptus, and burgundy mums.  The other tables featured towering candlesticks topped with organically arranged hydrangea, ivy, roses, dahlias, stock and  dusty miller.  

Special Thank You to Matushek Photography for being such amazing photographers and sharing these beautiful pictures with us!  

Shades of Pink

When brides think "romantic",  shades of white to red comes to mind.   Jenessa & Aaron chose all the shades in between.  We created the eye-catching ombre affect in the bouquets, chuppah and centerpieces to help show all the shades of Love.

Jenessa held a well rounded bouquet spanning from ivory to hot pink with flowers including roses, orchids, ranunculus and dahlias.  Aaron and his attendants rocked ranunculus in different shades to match.  The aisle was defined with a beautiful white runner, pillar candles, and an eye-catching birch chuppah draped with hydrangea and roses.

The reception tables at Spiaggia were set with magnificent manicured mounds of blooms.  Tall clear glass vessels gave the illusion that the flowers were floating over the tables.  The sweetheart table held an eclectic collection of pink floral with scattered silver votives for a warm feel.  And of course the look wouldn't be complete without an orchid at every seat.  

The details were captured by Jordan Quinn Photography- Thank you for your lovely photos!

May Wedding with Spring Blooms

Cascading bouquet- enough said.  Emily and Patrick were wed last May and boy do these pictures bring back beautiful memories.  Starting with the dramatic cascade of Emily's bouquet featuring a nice amount of lush greenery with giant peonies and ranunuculus of pink, burgundy, and peach.  Bridesmaids carried loose organic bouquets that popped against their sky blue dresses.  

Reception took place at the elegant Davanti Enoteca in River North.  We filled  an eclectic collection of bottles (recycled and provided by the clients!) with dark pink stock and pink shaded peonies.  Dollops of floral also adorned their classic three tiered cake provided by Elysia Root Cakes.   

This wedding was featured on Borrowed & Blue- feel free to pop over and read more about it!  Big Thank you to Tuan B. & Co for capturing and sharing these amazing images!!  You Rock! 

They Eloped, then Celebrated at Lacuna!

Nicole & Kari have been on the front lines of the LGBT movement for years, so when they finally tied the  knot, they did it with style- by having an intimate ceremony in Hawaii and throwing a great after party reception in Chicago!  These beautiful women agreed to forever on the island of Kauai surrounded by breath taking sites and their closest family & friends.  Then, they flew back to Chicago and threw a cocktail style reception at Lacuna Lofts to celebrate the occasion!  

The smell of honey butter chicken and tacos filled the artistic space.  Clear glass vases held boldly colored blooms and textures.  Floral included succulents, coxcomb, dahlias, roses and more. It was these fierce flowers that matched the bride's personalities perfectly; sassy, spunky, noticeable and lovable.  We are so happy to have been a small part of this big Love. 

Thank you Maddie Blecha Photography for capturing these moments of happiness and celebration!  Other amazing vendors include Jessie Martinez with Naturally Yours Events as Day Of Coordinator and MaddieBird Backery who supplied the artistically decorated and out-of-this-world flavored cupcakes! 

September Wedding at The Standard Club

The wedding of Alex and Rana took place at The Standard Club in early September, 2015.  A crisp white aisle runner lined with  pale petals lead up to pillars topped with tall silver vessels overflowing with roses, hydrangea, dahlias and seeded eucalyptus.   The club's fireplaces were glowing with our collection of ivory pillar candles.  

Rana's bouquet was filled with large and lush flowers including dahlias and garden roses with accents of queen anne's lace, seedum and ranunculus.  Moms' wrists were adorned with corsages of pale pink, cream, and peach blooms.  

Dinner tables sparkled with metallic votive candles, mercury glass compote vases, and large gold chargers.  Vessels held a natural and eclectic mix of dahlias, roses, spray roses, coxcomb, amaranthus, and green foliage.  Ceremony alter arrangements were repurposed at the dinner buffet to had a splash of color. 

This day was captured beautifully by Paul Yamashiro- Special Thank You! 

Winter Wedding Delight

While Chicago often only has two seasons (Festivals & Frigid), Winter Weddings are becoming more and more popular.  With the mild winter we have had this year, it was pleasant to have beautiful white floral and seemingly frosted succulents decorate Revolution Brewing's Tap Room.  Lauren & Jordan were wed beneath their hand made Chuppah with barrels donning white spray roses, dahlias, and roses with  olive tree foliage and wintery gray dusty milller. 

Lauren carried a textured bouquet of succulents, anemone, brunia, and garden roses while Jordan sported a succulent and ranunculus boutonniere. Garlands of olive tree branches with pops of white floral lined the dinner tables, set off by the soft glow of mercury glass votive candles.  Romantic and subtle, soft and warm just like the newly weds' love. 

Special Thank You to Cage & Aquarium Photography for capturing (and sharing) these beautiful photos!  

Little Wedding on a Prairie

Elburn, Illinois is home to the eco-chic Heritage Prairie Farms where Sara & Yuri said "I Do" last September.  Beneath the solid limbs of an old oak tree stood an aisle lined by white chairs with clusters of white and yellow blooms and green foliage tied to the end of the rows.  A birch structure with large hydrangea and garlands of greenery framed the couple.  Sara carried a loose bouquet of fluffy white dahlias and roses, bright yellow ranunculus and supple green succulents; Yuri had a succulent boutonniere tied with twine to match.  

The head table held a trailing green garland with lively white & yellow arrangements in rustic wood boxes and votive candles interspersed.  Guest's tables donned similar organic floral in wooden box vessels to compliment the prairie feel of the late summer night reception.  Flowers included: white dahlias, yellow football mums, white stock, dill flower, white polo roses, white spray roses and seeded eucalyptus. 

Big warm Thank You to Kina Wicks Photography for capturing and sharing these lovely memories- your attention to detail is appreciated!  Check out the pictures below. 

Pretty and Purple at Loyola

Chicago's clear blue skies, sparkling lake, and towering skyline were picture perfect for Laura and Brett's September wedding.  Celebrating with a traditional ceremony at Madonna Della Strada Chapel on Loyola's Lakeshore campus, the venue provided beautiful art deco architecture and modern stained glass windows to flood the space with natural light.  Laura's ladies donned short silver and purple gowns, carrying bouquets of roses, dahlias, callas and orchids splashed with greenery.  The men's lapels we pinned with purple calla lilies to tie into the ladies' attire.  

The reception was held at Joan Schmidt Ballroom at Loyola, a hall suited for the 25 tables of guests and a dance floor to party!  The couple chose two styles of centerpieces to bring the room together.  One was a clear glass footed compote filled with white and purple seasonal blooms of hydrangea, stock, roses and dahlias loosely fashioned.  The second arrangement featured 3 cylinder vessels each filled with different purple or white flowers.  

All of these details were captured by Elena Bazini Photography- Thank you for sharing them with us!