Indian Fusion Wedding at Chicago Cultural Center

Infusing a couple’s culture into their day allows us to have a lot of fun with their wedding flowers. Charlotte and Abhit’s wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center was colorful, natural and certainly made a statement.

Charlotte carried a bouquet with lots of texture and natural floral elements including anemones, coral peonies, white garden roses, red ranunculus, blush bouvardia, bridal spirea, and various hues of greenery. Bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets with lots of greenery and ivory & blush blooms. As a part of Indian tradition, Charlotte and Abhit exchanged floral neck garlands of white carnations and red roses. This act symbolized the union of their spiritual energies in their marriage.

For their ceremony backdrop, we followed the shape of the Cultural Center’s arches and created a focal point with a metal arbor adorned with an abundance of Smilax greenery and colorful blush, coral, dark pink and ivory blooms.

A tall floral arrangement with colorful blooms and branches of boronia in a gold fluted vases anchored the couples’ escort card table in the center of the venue’s beautiful GAR Rotunda. After cocktail hour, guests moved back into Preston Bradley Hall for dinner. Reception tables were decorated with one of three different centerpiece designs creating multiple unique looks for guests.

One group of tables featured a low and lush arrangement in a gold compote vase. Another had a gold geometric terrarium filled with colorful flowers. The final set was decorated with clusters of gold and clear hobnail candles. Each table was accented with elegant gold votives. The couples head table was long and made a statement with plenty of candlelight and a lush garland popping with color. We provided gold vases to repurpose the bridesmaids’ bouquets as a part of the table’s design. We also were able to relocate the ceremony arch behind the bride and groom’s table that was perfect for their reception entrance!

Sam Hurd Photography captured this colorful wedding day and we can’t stop looking through the photos. Charlotte and Abhit were such a wonderful couple to work with and we were lucky enough to also provide decor for their rehearsal dinner. The design was more simple as to not overshadow what guests would see the next day but still nodded to overall aesthetic with lots of greenery and candlelight. It’s so fun when we get to provide multiple looks for our couples!

Intimate, Romantic Wedding at Sepia

Allison and Jon planned an intimate dinner reception for their closest family and friends at Sepia featuring a romantic atmosphere with candle light and lush, romantic flowers.

Allison carried a bouquet with an elegant, natural shape filled with garden roses, tuberose, stock, peonies and ranunculus. The various hues of burgundy, blush, and medium pink blended perfectly to compliment the bride’s soft, romantic look in her lace wedding dress. We love incorporating sentimental value whether that be incorporating a family member’s favorite flowers or wrapping a bride’s bouquet in a sash from her mom’s wedding dress as we did with Allison’s.

Jon’s light pink boutonniere popped against his classic blue suit and the little ones were certainly not forgotten either. The ring bearers looked dapper in matching boutonnieres and the flower girls were adorned with flower crowns of pink spray roses and wax flower.

For dinner, we enhanced each of the long tables with lush eucalyptus garland and pops of pink blooms. The stemmed votive holders with gold mercury glass candle light added to the romantic vibe of the evening. Thank you to The Still Life Photography for these beautiful images.

Boho Chic Wedding at Greenhouse Loft

June weddings have to be some of our favorites because peonies are in season, ranunculus are grown locally, and couples love choosing bright florals for their weddings. Amelia and Shane married at Greenhouse Loft on a sunny, summer day and they were such a fun couple with great style. The fun and relaxed vibe of the flowers reflected both of their personalities.

Amelia carried a loose, natural bouquet with a slight cascade filled with peonies, ranunculus, dahlias, scabiosa, jasmine, vine, and pepper berry. She completed her unique bridal look with a flower crown adorned with petite blooms and greenery. Shane sported a classic boutonniere of spray rose, Italian ruscus, and wax flower. 

The original tradition of bridesmaids involved them dressing like the bride so that they could ward off evil spirits or confuse people who might be trying to harm the bride. In modern day, this tradition has fell mostly by the wayside as couples choose bridesmaid dresses based on their wedding colors. However, we love how Amelia chose mismatched white dresses for her bridesmaid squad as it really made their bouquets pop with vibrant color.

We created tall floral arrangements that framed their ceremony space that were then repurposed behind their sweetheart table. Clusters of floral and greenery hung in glass jars off of the aisle ceremony chairs which were then placed on the cocktail tables. Items that can serve double duty are both eco-friendly and budget friendly! Their escort card table featured an eye-catching sprawling floral arrangement in a white ceramic vase that welcomed guests into the dinner space.

Centerpieces were made of rustic, white washed wooden cubes filled with flowers complimenting the bride’s bouquet. We decided to keep these arrangements low as to not overwhelm the smaller tables and to allow easy conversation for guests. We love when couples have a sweetheart table because it allows them to have a separate space to talk with each other. We decorated Amelia and Shane’s table with foam-free floral garland that created a nice focal point but didn’t obstruct the photographer’s or guests’ view of the couple. Amelia and Shane were on trend with keeping their cake simple to allow for fresh floral accents. 

Thank you to Greenhouse Loft Photography for sharing these wonderful images of Amelia and Shane’s day. 

Stan Mansion Summer Wedding

Lindsay and Jay’s classy wedding took place on a gorgeous summer evening in Chicago. Their ceremony and reception at the Stan Mansion was an elegant fairy tale full of fresh flowers, stylish gold accents, and plenty of candle light. Their floral decor was refined, and featured quintessential wedding flowers like ranunculus and roses.

Lindsay held a bouquet of white roses, blush garden roses, spray roses and ranunculus. Her bridesmaids carried petite versions of the bridal bouquet. Jay and his groomsmen wore simple blush ranunculus boutonnieres, and female family members wore cheery corsages of pink spray roses on a gold band.

The ceremony aisle was lined with dozens of ivory pillar candles which were later moved to the tabletops to create warm lighting for the reception dinner. Small floral arrangements in gold bud vases accented the ivory pillar candles on the round tables while the farm style tables were decorated with tall arrangements in gold vases that mirrored the style of Lindsay’s bouquet.

Congratulations to Lindsay and Jay and thank you to Sarah Crost Photography for capturing such beautiful photos!



Room 1520 Garden Chic Wedding

For Liz and Aaron’s wedding, we got the honor of giving Room 1520 a romantic garden makeover. Their chic wedding style featured blush and ivory flowers with a variety of greenery to create an organic, elegant day to remember.

Liz’s bouquet was designed with a loose, natural shape. Garden roses, dahlias, peonies, ranunculus, lisianthus and eucalyptus were arranged with a slight cascade. The bridesmaids had smaller bouquets in the same style, and Jay and the groomsmen wore boutonnieres of blush spray roses.

The bright white ceremony space was the perfect blank canvas to add a gorgeous birch arch with draping white chiffon and wild greenery and roses. The deep green colors made the altar the focal point of the room, and the pink and ivory roses added romance and class to the ceremony area.

After the ceremony the room was transformed into tables lined with green garlands and gold lanterns. The summer sun lit up the dinner area and the white linens and bright floral made the room so light and lovely. The three key components: rich greenery, soft colored blooms, and gold decor accents were simple on their own, but together combined to create a luxurious and lovely evening.

Congratulations to Liz & Aaron! A special thanks goes out to the great vendor team including Thistle & Twine Atelier for these dreamy photos and wedding planner Naturally Yours Events.



April Showers Bring Fab Flowers

Chelsea & Tommy’s spring wedding featured chic, eco-friendly decor with pastel colors and gold accents. Their classic, organic style glowed in the natural light of the Greenhouse Loft ceremony area with candles lighting up their dinner reception after the sun went down.

Chelsea’s bridal bouquet was a classic, round shape with seasonal blooms of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and spray roses. She chose ivory flowers with pops of soft peach and muted sage greenery to create a fresh, springtime look. Her bridesmaids had complimentary bouquets with pastels colors and natural greenery. Tommy kept it simple with a white ranunculus and a touch of eucalyptus in his boutonniere.

As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were greeted by beautiful, spring-colored flowers tied with ivory ribbon on the wooden chairs. The altar area was framed by two white pedestals that were topped with a modern gold lantern in a wreath of flowers and greenery.

After the ceremony, guests moved to a romantic room filled with candlelight. The head table was lined with a garland of eucalyptus and roses and accented with gold mercury glass votives. The lanterns from the ceremony were also repurposed on to the guests tables.

This wedding is a great inspiration for what a bright, cheerful, and elegant spring wedding can look like.

Congratulations to Chelsea and Tommy and thanks to Greenhouse Loft venue and Greenhouse Loft Photography for being such wonderful vendors to work with!

6 Steps to Eco-Friendly Event Floral

If you’re like most of our clients, you want to do your best to care for the planet while you’re planning your wedding. Since this is likely your first time ordering flowers for a large event, here are a few tips for making eco-friendly choices as you plan and shop.

1. Buy used or rent vases

Florists always have vases to rent and this is probably your best option. There are also a number of places where you can buy gently used wedding decor. We recommend checking out The Great Wedding Recyclery that is put on every year by Chicago’s Green Wedding Alliance.

2. Request flowers that are in season or plan your event date around the flowers you want

If you’re a peony person, then plan your wedding in May or June. If you love dahlias then have a August-October wedding. Don’t know which flowers are in season? We happen to know a florist who can help you with that! (wink wink) During your design consultation, we can walk you through your seasonal flower options.

3. Choose arrangements that don't require floral foam

Floral foam (also called Oasis) is toxic for people and the environment. We use as little foam as possible and will happily show you options for beautiful designs that can be made without floral foam. You can also browse our gallery to get inspiration. (Usually tall centerpieces that look like big balls of flowers on top have flower foam.)

4. Be flexible with types of flower and colors so that locally sourced flowers can be used

Flower season in the Midwest is glorious and abundant but lasts only from May through October. Though we’re not as famous as the tulip fields of Holland, choices for local flowers are plentiful. Just check out one of our favorite local flower farms, Brightflower Farms, for proof!

5. Ask us to donate your flowers to Random Acts of Flowers. They will repurpose your flowers and deliver them to patients in nursing homes and hospitals. 

6. And finally, donate or sell your vases and wedding decor items to the Great Wedding Recyclery! If you got items from the Recyclery and donate them back, your wedding will come full circle- just like a cycle in nature. Doesn’t get more eco-friendly than that!

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions about our eco-friendly floral design, and let us know how we can help with your next event

Peonies & Pastels: Spring Wedding Inspiration

Winter in the Midwest has been tough this year, and I think everyone is looking forward to the warm spring weather coming our way. Couples and vendors planning spring weddings have even more to look forward to! Having a spring wedding means there will (finally!) be options for local flowers and less impact on the environment. Here are some of our favorite flowers that will be growing locally this Spring:

Did you notice that all of those spring flowers are pastel colors? Pastels look beautiful at spring weddings as the weather is just starting to warm up, and life is starting to bloom again. Couples who choose soft colors like blush, soft peach, sky blue, and lavender set a tone that is elegant and refined, yet still full of style. If you are dreaming of a pastel palette, here are some pictures to inspire your vision:

You can also browse our gallery to see more pastel options, and plenty of other seasonal ideas.

Happy Spring!

We Make It Easy to be Green

When people think of weddings they think of the beauty and love that make once-in-a-lifetime memories. What they DON’T think about is all the energy and materials that go into making that special day, and where those materials go when the day is over.

But we DO think about that.

We know that the event industry, and specifically floral design, often requires extensive land, water, and fossil fuel use. We know that many of the materials used to create conventional floral decor are poisonous to both land and people. We know that flowers that traditionally end up in a dumpster after a wedding could easily bring joy to many more people, and then be productively composted.

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We know all these things and we do something about it.

Taking good care of the earth is a top priority in our sourcing, production, and clean up process. We use local flowers during the Midwest growing season to support local farms and reduce shipping energy. Our delivery vehicle is fuel efficient and we use Earth friendly cleaning supplies. When you book us, all contracts will be signed electronically to reduce waste, and we’ll work with you to create a design with our avant-garde collection of reusable vases. We also offer a donation service of to repurpose your leftover event flowers to local organizations like Random Acts of Flowers who then brings them to nursing homes and hospitals. And lastly, we send all our scraps get composted.

There are so many ways to make change- some big and some small- but we always try to do our part to make your once-in-a-lifetime night make a lifetime of difference.

Happily Ever After at Salvage One

Taylor & Joel’s mid-summer wedding at Salvage One used contemporary floral to accent the rustic, vintage style of Salvage One. This unique venue surrounds guests with antique furniture, natural light, and plenty of space for dancing. The character of the space made it a natural fit for the couple’s minimal floral tastes, and became a vintage-chic fairy-tale for the night.

Taylor carried a sleek bouquet made with white calla lilies and blue delphinium. The bridesmaids and groomsmen matched her with simple bouquets and boutonnieres made with white calla lilies.

At the ceremony, the aisle was lit by candle light from golden lanterns, and the altar was framed by two dramatic, tall arrangements featuring their favorites: calla lilies and blue delphinium.

For the reception, guests moved upstairs to the elegant dining room. Waiting for them were farm style tables decorated with golden lanterns, vases of white & blue flowers, and plenty of candle light from eclectic metallic votives.

This wedding was full of modern and classic details that made the night one to remember! Congratulations to the lovely couple and thanks to the vendor team including Salvage One and Rebecca Marie Photography for creating and capturing such a fun night!

Eco+Elegant Spring Wedding

Erika and Doug’s wedding took place on one of the first bright spring days in April. Their ceremony and reception at Greenhouse Loft was full of natural light, soft floral decor, and lots of love from family and friends.

The bouquets contained fresh spring peonies, roses, sweet pea, orchids, ranunculus, and eucalyptus. The blush, ivory, and pale yellow floral added an organic feel to the ceremony, and accented the bridemaids’ mauve dresses. The men wore ivory spray rose boutonnieres with just a touch of greenery.

Glass bud vases with roses, stock, sweet pea, orchids and ranunculus lined the windows during the ceremony. These flowers beautifully framed the couple as they said “I do”, and then were repurposed as centerpieces during dinner to add an eclectic, natural look to the tabletops. Soft candle lighting lit the room as the couple danced the night away and started their lives together in style!

The beautiful pictures in this gallery were taken by Jamie & Eric Photography. Thanks to them, the couple, and the entire vendor team for creating such a beautiful day!

Glamour at the Grand Wyndham Hotel

Jennifer and Jawad's elegant wedding took place at the Grand Wyndham Hotel in Chicago. Their June wedding was at the peak of peony season, so they embraced the coral and pink tones from peonies and roses which set the tone for a cheerful celebration. 

Jennifer's bouquet featured these bright summer blooms with softer hues of white lisianthus and peach ranunculus. The bridesmaids' bouquets echoed her vibrant colors with accents of trailing greenery. The groomsmen matched the ladies, wearing peach ranunculus boutonnieres. 

The ceremony was an intimate rooftop gathering of family & friends. The couple said "I do" while framed by an arch draped with sheer white fabric accented by colorful roses, peonies, and trailing Italian Ruscus. This picture perfect memory will last a lifetime!

After the ceremony, the couple and guests enjoyed a beautiful dinner and plenty of dancing surrounded by gold compote vases with overflowing with gorgeous summer flowers. Hot pink, white, and soft pink peonies were in abundance with ivory spray roses, stock and mock orange blooms.  This wedding was a peony lover's dream, and we sure hope Jennifer and Jawad have a future as bright and lovely as their flowers. 

Special thanks to PixSight Photography for their beautiful images. 

 

Fall Wedding at The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Colleen and Joe's wedding had all the classic touches: white dress, gold decor, a stunning venue- The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel- and yet they went out of their way to add quirky touches to make the day their own. 

Inspired by the colors of figs, their fall wedding palette included shades of plum, salmon, burgundy, and navy with accents of peach and blush. Her bouquet was a lush arrangement of dahlias, two-tone garden roses, spray roses, ranunculus, privet berries and cymbidium orchids. The multi-colored trailing ribbons topped off the look, giving her a chic, yet elegant style.  We loved her hair flowers too...little buds of ranunculus and spray roses with a touch of seeded eucalyptus.  

The reception was decorated with eclectic gold vases filled with fig inspired floral including some very cool antique hydrangea and deep purple scabiosa. Gold votive candles were paired with the arrangements to create a warm glow at each table as the guests enjoyed the celebration. 

Thanks to Ryan Moore Photography who did an amazing job capturing the little details of this beautiful day, and Carlene Smith of Naturally Yours Events for coordinating this flawless event!

English Garden Chic

Promontory Point is like a getaway to the English countryside. Trees, gardens, and walking paths make this lake front park the perfect place for an elegant outdoor wedding. Kristen and Tim held their ceremony in the park, with lush greenery in the decor reflecting the beauty of the natural environment. 

As guests arrived at the ceremony they were greeted by a welcome sign draped in eucalyptus and bay leaf garland. The ceremony took place under an arbor adorned with ivory spray roses, white garden roses, stock, and limonium and sprawling greenery. The aisle was lined with simple bundles of lemon leaf, baby blue & silver dollar eucalyptus.

Kristen's bridal bouquet featured jasmine vine and ivy in a slight cascade with seasonal white blooms including garden roses, peonies, and ranunculus. Various shades of greenery from eucalyptus and succulents brought texture and dimension to her natural look. Tim wore a boutonniere to match- a white bloom with a succulent and greens. The bridesmaids carried bouquets similar to Kristen's, but with ivory spray roses and white stock added to accentuate the clean, classic style.

The reception was held indoors, where lanterns were topped with greenery,  white spray roses, and limonium.  Even the cake was embellished with a single white rose and a succulent to complete the look. 

The rustic, classic decor of this waterfront wedding transformed this urban park into the English garden of Kristen & Tim's dreams. 

Special thanks to This Is Feeling Photography for capturing this beautiful day, and Carlene Smith from Naturally Yours Events who coordinated this flawless event!

 

Urban Meets Organic

Molly & Ronnie's summer wedding at Lacuna Lofts was as bright and vibrant as they are. Not a cloud in the sky, the sun lit up their rooftop wedding and made for lifelong memories with family & friends. The backdrop of the ceremony was the one-of-a-kind Chicago skyline, while flowers and greenery brought organic, natural touches to the aisle & bridal party. 

Molly & her bridesmaids carried colorful bouquets of larkspur, dahlias, roses, and stock. The peaches, pinks, and deep purples were radiant against the lavender bridesmaids dresses. The groom and family members wore spray rose boutonnieres and corsages that echoed that pink and lavender colors with touches of blue thistle and greenery. 

After the ceremony, the party moved inside to the Reverie Gallery at Lacuna Lofts. Dinner tables were decorated with clear hobnail jars and the same colorful mix of florals and greens. Gold mercury glass votives surrounded the centerpieces and added to the room's warm glow. The chair flowers that had lined the aisle during the ceremony were repurposed to bring the same organic, natural look to the head table. 

Ed & Aileen Photography did an amazing job with with the photos, and the event staff at Lacuna Lofts was delightful to work with, as always! Thanks to such a great couple and vendor team!

Greenery at the Herbarium

Natalie and Zach said “I Do” beneath a chuppah dripping in roses and lush eucalyptus greenery. Their late autumn wedding was filled with a warm glow from pillar candles lining the aisle and soft neutral floral tones.  

The bride’s bouquet featured white ranunculus, quicksand roses, ivory garden roses, eucalyptus and olive foliage in a loose cascade to highlight the couple’s glamorous and organic style. The bridesmaids complimented the bride by carrying smaller bouquets of the same flowers. Their combination of sequins, lace, and flowers created a look that was refined, feminine, and fun.

The guests enjoyed their (delicious looking) dinner on long farm tables embellished with garlands of eucalyptus, olive foliage and roses, plus an eclectic mix of mercury glass votives. The front arch of the chuppah was repurposed so the flowers and greenery could frame for the decadent sweets table. Touches of greenery were spread throughout the reception area to continue the organic, cozy style throughout the night.

Special thanks to Rebecca Peplinski Photography for the awesome photos and to The Herbarium at Bad Hunter for providing such a beautiful venue for this ceremony and reception.

Vibrant Vintage Vibes

This elopement styled shoot was was created to inspire couples that have unique, colorful, vintage taste. Several Chicago weddings vendors collaborated with Tina Skiver- the event planner,  in order to bring this boho wedding look to life. 

The flowers were chosen to echo the vibrant, vintage reds and blues of the Rifle Paper wallpaper behind the sweetheart table. The bride's crown and bouquet have bright pops of blue delphinium and bright red dahlias. The more neutral tones in the ivory spray roses and peach ranunculus soften the look. 

Paired with the macrame by Ket Mercantile, the bridal bouquet and ceremony arch have a vintage flare that is perfect for this couple. Dark blue privet berries and baby blue eucalyptus add texture and asymmetry, which captures the classic, yet edgy style that suits unique couples. 

Special thanks to the following artists/vendors for their hard work and creativity on this shoot:

Planner/styling: Tina Skiver

Photographer: Laurel and Prairie -Sarah Yoder

Venue/ furniture rentals: Elements Preserved Vintage Rental

Hair and makeup: Bella Bridal Hair and Makeup Artistry

Vintage china: Something Borrowed: Special Occasion Vintage China Rental & Sales

Bridal gown: Alice In Ivory

Videographer: Aethereus Media

Cake: The Sugar Path

Bride and Groom: Taylor Nicole VanLeeuwen and Christopher King

A Rich Blend

This ceremony blended two cultures rich with tradition, beauty, and love. Under the billowing fabric of the birch chuppah/mandap, Indian and Jewish customs united the families as they celebrated the marriage of Rachel and Nithin. 

Getting married under the open sky on the patio at Greenhouse Loft, the warm light of the setting sun accented the organic decor. Lush smilax greenery and flowers adorned the chuppah/mandap while jars of wild blooms hung from aisle side chairs.  The stunning bride carried a whimsical bouquet of blush roses, cafe au lait dahlias, juliet garden roses, peach ranunculus and jasmine vine. The groom boasted a sweet and simple white ranunculus boutonniere to match. 

Once inside for the reception, the blush and peach blooms sweetened up the entire loft. Paired with ivory and gold, the reception area was romantic and bright- an enchanting atmosphere to celebrate this lovely couple. Long tables were lined with eucalyptus garlands while smaller square tables featured the sweet hanging chair flowers in jars from the ceremony.  All tables were sprinkled with the warm glow from gold mercury glass votives.

A curtain of hanging flowers provided the perfect backdrop for Rachel & Nithin's first evening as husband and wife. (Secret tip: we repurposed the front part of the chuppah/mandap here!)

Special thanks to Avery House for capturing the the big love and little moments on this beautiful day! 

Woodland in Chicago

Chicago, with all it's beauty, is an urban, concrete jungle. When a bride comes with a vision of holding a woodland landscape in her hands- we welcomed the unique challenge. Raquel and Ian exchanged their vows in the garden of Firehouse Chicago in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. She held a one of a kind bouquet filled with moss, thistle, ferns, white dendrobium orchid blooms, and delicate white wax flower. 

Carrying the outdoors inside, we decorated the natural wood farm tables with lush garlands of ferns. A clear glass terrarium welcomed guests to take a peak into nature. Sure, hints of the city broke through, but over all this couple was able to escape into the wilderness as they started the perfectly wild adventure of marriage together. 

Special thank you to Michelle at Firehouse Chicago for being an amazing venue manager to work with. And an equally special Thank You to the talented Tuan of Tuan B and Co for capturing all the elements of this day! 

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!