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! 

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!  

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!! 

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! 

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!

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! 

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.