Green and White at Greenhouse Loft

November in Chicago was as mild and snowless as an early fall day.  With no white on the ground, we brought early wintery white floral to Laura and Eric's Wedding Day.  Laura held a slightly cascading bouquet featuring large white blooms and saturated greenery, while Eric sported a cluster of white ranunculus with a touch of leafy brightness.  Bridesmaids carried all white dahlias bouquets.

The late fall wedding took place at the beautiful Greenhouse Loft .  Each table was adorned with a different style of metallic vase filled with hydrangea, stock, garden roses, dahlias, magnolia leaves, italian ruscus and privet berries. 

Special and warm thanks to the lovely Jamie Davis and Steve Ewert for providing an eco-friendly space, amazing professional photographs, and photo booth fun for the guests- you guys have it all!  

One Couple, Two Weddings

It was a very typical October weekend when a beautiful untypical couple were wed; not once, but twice.  Megan and Jay decided rather than choosing one culture, they would embrace both with whole hearts.  

Jay's Indian heritage was celebrated with a colorful wedding ceremony on Friday evening at Gorton Community Center .  We created a simple yet colorful Mandap with rich logs for the Bride, Groom and close relatives to be seated under.  Floral garlands of Roses and Marigolds were presented to the couple by guests of honor and fresh Rose petals were used in several of the cultural traditions.  It was an experience we are so thankful to be a part of.  

Saturday, the traditional Christian wedding took place at Elawa Farm.  Megan carried a loose, yet manicured bouquet loaded with garden roses, thistle, dahlias, celosia, dusty miller, stock and ranunculus. Jay and his groomsmen wore electric clusters of orange, peach and blues.  The aisle chairs were accented with clusters of floral tied with natural linen ribbon. The couple was flanked by two statement pieces of seemingly blooming willow branches surrounded by pumpkins as a nod to the season.   

The reception tables also had mixed taste.  Half of the tables had clear glass vases holding bright floral blooms, while the other half featured a green garland with curly willow running down the center of the table.  Insert clusters of pillar candles and a look of bringing the garden indoors was achieved!  

All of these beautiful, detailed, breath-taking photos are curtesy of Zac at zplusv photography!  Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing!  Also the beautiful and delicious cake was made by Elysia Root Cakes (check out the little dog taking a bite out of it!) Big shout out  to Carlene and Jessie with Naturally Yours Events for organizing two amazing weddings in one weekend!! 

Texture and Rich Color in Ravenswood

When a florist thinks about September weddings, the options are endless.  A full array of textures, blooms and colors are at their finger tips (even here in the midwest).  Having a bride that embraces color and encourages texture is a dream come true!  And so, the designing for Matt and Helen's wedding flowers began and quickly filled the Ravenswood Event Center where they tied the knot.  

Helen carried a natural, loose mound of Roses, Calla Lilies, Dahlias, Succulents and other non-flowers for an explosion of Autumn and personality in her hands.  Matt's lapel was tastefully accented with a striking deep purple Calla Lilly, berries and other textured greens.  

The Ceremony space was drenched in sunlight that gave the two of them a beautiful glow both outside and in.  Chair ties lined the aisle and the couple were flanked by two stately arrangements standing tall on wooden pedestals.  The metallic vessels held brightly colored Roses, Dahlias, Calla Lilies, Willow branches, Dusty Miller and more in a free flowing shape.  These were later repurposed at the bar and escort card table.   

The Reception tables featured lush floral arrangements in silver footed vases.  Meanwhile, the card table and pie bar held a much more unique piece.  Knobby grapevine branches with clusters of bright blooms, succulents and moss nestled into the branches appeared to be growing off the table itself.  Such a simple and stunning way to add texture.   

Many big thanks to Mark Federighi Photography for capturing each and every detail of this wedding.  You are a gifted photographer!  Thank you!  

Betrothed & Bound at a Brewery

Picture this; an all American couple, cold beer pouring, and a family overflowing with love. That was the scene at Revolution Brewery in late October when Kari and Brad exchanged vows.  Their non-traditional personalities were displayed in little details of the day. For starters, Kari opted for a floral corsage composed of ivory, blush and peach blooms instead of a traditional bridal bouquet.  The wristlet complimented her lacy, backless dress, while her boho-braided up-do with a floral hairpiece set the mood of casual elegance.  

To highlight the rustic, natural beauty of the venue, we used mason jar chair hangers filled with electric pops of dahlias, roses, and lush greens.  Antlers accented the favor table arrangement of hanging amaranthus, garden roses, dahlias, bittersweet and ranunculus in different tones of fall colors.  Sprinkle in some mercury glass votives and this became one classy shin-dig! 

Much gratitude to Victoria Chukarov for shooting and sharing these amazing photographs!  They capture raw emotions better than most- Thank you!  

Married at City Winery

The City Winery in Chicago is one of the most beautiful places to hold a Summer wedding.  Their outdoor patio space provides the perfect amount of greenery to escape the concrete city. Tara and Mitch started their official married life beneath a birch arch spilling roses, peonies, dahlias and greenery from above.  Tara carried a beautiful bouquet of Summer blossoms including garden roses, anemones, poppies, dahlias, ranunculus, succulents, dusty miller and berries.  It suited the slight boho feel of her dress and the flower girls floral headpieces. 

Inside the winery, cocktail tables held single succulents (an eco-friendly florists favorite) in vintage brass and mercury glass vessels.  Reception tables dawned the garden feel with over-flowing gold compote vases of roses, berries, olive branches, ranunculus and more surrounded by glowing votives.  Three words- Vintage, Garden, Romantic.  

Special thank you to Matushek Photography for photographing this special wedding and sharing these beautiful moments with us!  Thank you to City Winery for providing a great Chicago Wedding space. And Thank you to Carlene with Naturally Yours Events for planning and executing all the deets of the Wedding- you rock! 

Hydrangea Love

It was late September, a seasonally warm day with the sun shinning and love filling the air.  Two beautiful woman, Claire and Lyndsay, tied the knot holding bold bouquets of roses, hydrangea, ranunculus and orchids  in complementing purples, pinks and ivory.  

Floating World Gallery was decorated with multi-level glass cylinders filled with pink, deep purple, and periwinkle blue submerged hydrangea topped with white floating candles for a touch of elegance.  Submerging flowers is a great way to attain a clean, and modern look while still having tons of color and texture on the table.  

Thank you to the talented Cage and Aquarium for the photos! Congrats Claire & Lyndsay! 

Love at Revolution Brewing

For Jennifer and Sam, a young couple who love Chicago and Beer alike, there was no better place to wed than Revolution Brewing.  The natural and rustic feel flowed into their floral decor effortlessly.  Jennifer carried a wild looking bouquet with large, beautiful blush Roses and local Dahlias surrounded with seeded eucalyptus, berries and greens.  Sam's boutonniere held a single ivory ranunculus to accent his dark blue lapel.  

At cocktail hour and dinner, different sized vases, bottles and tins held hydrangea, roses, local gomphrena, dahlias, and celosia with willow eucalyptus. Wooden carved table numbers and slabs of fresh cut timber tied rustic and elegance together beautifully.  Even the cake was splashed with deep red dahlias, dark roses and seasonal berries.  

Big Thank You to Linda Horton Photography for the fabulous photos and to Revolution Brewing for the amazing space.

Whimsical Wildflower Wedding

It was the first day of Summer when Claudia and Ryan said "I do".  Their energized love matched perfectly with wild flowers in bold colors of periwinkle blues, oranges, and yellows. Claudia's green gown was a stunning accent to the whimsical wonderland created at Bridgeport Art Center.  

Vows were exchanged under a rustic birch Chuppah decorated with vintage lace fabric and colorful blooms.  They dinned and danced beneath cafe lights and a unique floating floral piece above the sweetheart table.  Guest's tables were set with vessels of seasonal floral  including veronica, ranunculus, stock, queen anne's lace, roses and more.  The vases sat atop vintage trays of silver and brass and were surrounded by mercury glass votives.  

All these beautiful details were captured by Allison Williams photography.  A special thank you to Carlene with Naturally Yours Events for your amazing coordination skills and to Bridgeport Art Center for hosting us in such a wonderful space. Congrats Claudia & Ryan! 

Romantic Wedding at Hotel Baker

It was a beautiful day in early October when Alex and Taylor tied the knot.  Located in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Hotel Baker (a nationally registered historic location) was the back drop to this vintage fall wedding. 

Seasonal bunches of ivory and burgundy blooms lined the aisle on the waterfront patio. Alex, the bride, held a bouquet bursting with roses, dahlias, ranunculus, berries and more. Taylor and his attendants wore petite red spray rose boutonnieres with scabiosa pods.    Cocktail hour was sprinkled with vintage vases filled with autumn blooms. Dinner table decor carried the same romantic feel. Bold colors of burgundy, eggplant, pinks and ivory overflowed vintage brass and jewel toned glass vessels from Nimble Well.  It was an evening to remember! 

Special thanks to Jake from Two Birds Photography for capturing these details and to Jennifer with Five Grain Events for coordinating this day!

Classy in the Country!

A sunny May day with lush green trees and smiling faces was the ideal back drop for Shannon and Braden's Wedding Day.  The picture perfect County Line Orchard gave us plenty of rustic inspiration from the bohemian floral head wreaths  and ceremony arbor flowers to the wooden box vases for the centerpieces. The reception took place in their restored apple barn with floor to ceiling wooden planks and majestic hanging chandeliers- so pretty!

Couple of Dudes Photography captured each detail beautifully.  Shannon's bouquet defined Spring with peach, coral, orange and pink blooms featuring peonies, roses, ranunculus, anemones and more.  The Flowers girls wore crowns of clustered roses and ranunculus in bold pinks surrounded by greenery.  One of our favorite touches was the ceremony arbor made of apple tree wood.  We decorated it with lush green eucalyptus garlands and tons of fresh peonies, roses and other spring floral.  

This wedding was one classy shin-dig!  Thank you for letting us be part of it! 

One more thank you to their wedding planner Taia Alvarado from White Willow Events.  She made everything run so smoothly!


Bottles and Blooms at Boarding House!

On August 1st, 2015, this darling couple made their love official in the heart of Chicago. Amanda and Dan said "I Do" at The Boarding House among raw brick walls, hanging green bottles and bright blooms of fuchsia, pink and peach. 

Amanda's organic-round bouquet featured bursts of garden roses, dahlias, thistle and dusty miller with pops of textured greens.  Dan sported a boutonniere comprised of a small cluster of peach spray roses and the same pop of thistle to complete the look.  

Inside The Boarding House we kept the raw vintage look with green and clear glass bottles of various shapes holding colorful blooms of each focal flower surrounded by champagne votives for cocktail hour.  Dinner tables held cascading roses, ranunculus, thistle and hydrangea in low footed compote vases with simple burlap numbers to guide guests to their seats.  We also did a fun installation of floral clusters on the green picture frame wall.  

It is always the details that make a wedding special and unique to each couple.  And this summer day was no different; congrats Amanda and Dan!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day.  And a special thank you to Mark Federighi Photography for capturing each moment to perfection and to Naturally Yours Events for coordinating and planning. 

White Blooms of May

A white flower can  symbolize many things including purity, honesty, perfection and elegance. Which is why Gracie and David surrounded themselves with white blooms on their May 9th wedding.  

Gracie's bridal bouquet featured roses, peonies and ranunculus tamed only by white satin ribbon.  It's rounded yet slightly wild look was kept grounded by pops of greenery. While David's boutonniere held textured pods and leaves with a single white ranunculus seemingly hovering above.  

A Chuppah comprised of Birch poles with large clusters of roses and hydrangea spilling from the front corners framed the couple during ceremony.  Continuing into the reception, the floral tied in beautifully as puffy clouds settling on each table throughout the venue: Floating World Gallery.  Clusters of peonies, ranunculus, roses and hydrangea overflowed clear cubed vases giving the illusion that the flowers were indeed floating.  

Big thank you to Cage and Aquarium for capturing these details most beautifully! 

Bold Blossoms take over at Sepia!

Spring flowers made for an overflow of color, texture and scent for Lynette and Michael at Sepia Restaurant this past May.  We have recently received some beautiful photographs courtesy of Rick Aguilar Studios (Big Thank You)! 

Lynette carried a natural shape of elegant floral featuring seasonal hot pink, coral, and peach blooms of peonies, garden roses (my favorite), hydrangea and lilacs.  It was a bouquet modeled to compliment the season.  

Gold fluted vases were filled with bold arrangements following the same color schemes. Spray roses and hydrangea created the perfect amount of pop to each of the tables.  

Many Thanks to Rick Aguilar Studios for capturing the day beautifully and Andrea with Sepia Chicago for allowing us to add this amazing venue to our list of those we enjoy working with.  

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Fourth of July at Greenhouse Loft

Claire and John celebrated the Fourth of July surrounded by family, friends, fireworks and flowers.  This was our second year in a row for a 4th of July wedding at Greenhouse Loft!!  The venue, a beautiful space both inside and out, was the perfect backdrop for the loose and natural garden-like arrangements. The bridal bouquet, full of roses, dahlias, ranunculus, dusty miller, queen anne's lace, seeded eucalyptus and more, complimented Claire's beautiful gown. 

The color pallet of pale pinks, blush, ivory, steely blue and silver help create an elegant look to the proceedings.  The Groom's boutonniere was comprised of a single white ranunculus with silver brunia; the perfect touch to any lapel.

It was great to work with Sarah Deeke with Elevage Events and a special thanks for the beautiful photos from Christy Tyler Photography!! 

Skyline Loft Wedding at Bridgeport Art Center

Kendall and Patrick were married this April in the beautiful Skyline Loft space at Bridgeport Art Center.  Their look was soft and romantic with blush and ivory flowers.  There were so many floral details to this wedding... too many to list, so you'll have to check out the gallery below. The most jawdropping element (in my opinion) was the hanging babysbreath installation with candles above the head table.  I was a proud florist when I saw that go up! Planning that installation was cause for some restless nights...you never want anything to fall on the bride and groom, you know? Ha!    

A special thanks to the Shane Welch Photography for deoing an amazing job capturing all the details of the affair!  Another thanks to the team at Sound Investment for helping us hang 150 votives from the very tall beams!

Congrats Kendall and Patrick!  It was a pleasure working with you both!

The Ombre Effect

When I first heard the term "ombre" I thought someone was talking about an hombre (guy in Spanish).  Not the case! hah.  This is actually a French word that means shadow or shade.  It is often used in design to describe when a color gradually fades into a light or darker shade.  Ombre has been all the rage in home decor, clothing, hair styling and now floral design!  

We did a wedding last September for a very sweet couple, Margita and John, that exemplified this style perfectly!  They were married at the beautiful Cantigny Park, in Wheaton, IL.  Their photographer, This Is Feeling,  did an amazing job capturing the day!  Seriously some of the most soulful and artistic wedding pictures I've seen.  

See below for a few images that capture  the ombre effect..... and a few shots I took in the studio.  Photo Credits: frontrowmag.com, hairworldmag.com, styleblazer.com

A Fall Wedding at City View Loft

I know, I know.... it's Spring!  But I'm just now getting photos back from our fall weddings and I want to share them with you!  We designed flowers for a lovely couple, Heidi and Matt, last September.  They were married at Kitchen Chicago which is a venue right below City View Loft , where they held their reception.  City View Loft has huge windows that wrap around the room exposing the entire Chicago skyline, hence their name!  Heidi wanted a very fall inspired palette with rich textures and seasonal blooms.  We used calla lilies, coxcomb, roses, dahlias, succulents, smoke bush, bittersweet, statice, limonium and spiral eucalyptus.  The centerpieces were simple and natural, adding just the right amount of color to the tables.  Thank you to Essence Photo for the beautiful images! 

Salvage One Wedding

Salvage One is one of the most unique and magical wedding venues I've seen in Chicago.  It is an enormous space (3 floors) filled with vintage furniture, architectural remnants of buildings and other oddities.  Their collection is for sale and always changing so if you want venture in for a peek, I highly suggest it! 

Jessica and Chris were married here last November.  I loved their style- very ethereal, vintage, garden like and romantic with soft tones of peach, ivory and sage green.  One of my favorite elements from this wedding was the manzanita branch and floral backdrop that we made and installed for the ceremony.  Another fun detail from the ceremony was the aisle pew flowers.  Seeded eucalyptus elegantly draped all the way to the floor with lace and satin ribbon tails.  We later repurposed these flowers on the head table to create a floral table runner.  Upstairs above all the dinner tables, we created an overgrown garden feel by hanging moss and springeri from the rafters- very cool!  

A special thanks to their photographer First Blush Photos for capturing the evening so well!  

A few more detail shots of the evening.  Photos taken by Fab Flora.