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!

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! 

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! 

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!