Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding

I have to say, setting up a wedding at the Botanic Garden was so pleasant, it hardly felt like work.  There was a slight breeze, it was about 75 degrees out and the sun was shining.   Kristen and Chris were married in the English Walled Garden and then partied all night in the huge white tent overlooking the pond. 

There were some really cute details in the decor that I'd like to point out.  We did a sort of ombre effect with the flower colors through the course of the evening.  The bridesmaid's bouquets were soft ivory and Kristen's was soft pastel tones of peach, pink and ivory.  Then, the ceremony arrangements featured a little more pop of color and then by the time guests walked over to the reception, they were splashed with deep reds, pinks, and peaches in the centerpieces.

We used intricately painted Chinese pottery for the centerpieces and featured some seasonal flowers such as coxcomb, dahlias, hanging amaranthus, godetia, and ranunculus.  

The Bride and groom chair swags made of seeded eucalyptus and olive tree foliage were pretty adorable as well as the Magnolia leaf escort cards ( a Naturally Yours Events original). 

A special thanks to Melissa Hayes Photography for these stunning images!

Other vendors that made this evening spectacular:

Planner: Naturally Yours Events

DJ: Toast and Jam

Venue and Caterer: Chicago Botanic Garden

Hair stylist: Nika Bridal Artists

Makeup: Fine Makeup Art

Videographer: I do Films

Cake: Deerfields Bakery

June Showers.....Pastel Flowers

Malerie and Andy were married on June 21st at a little hidden gem in Logan Square called Chief O'Neill's Pub.  They have a gorgeous outdoor patio area complete with a gazebo and surrounding lush planters   The plan was to have the ceremony and reception outdoors until a nasty storm appeared on the radar.  Luckily their wedding planner, Tiffany from A Splendid Occasion, was there to make the call to postpone the ceremony and start with cocktail hour.  Why not drink first, am I right? So, the show went on...and the clouds parted for a brief moment to allow the couple to get hitched outdoors and then the party moved inside (all the chairs were wet). 

Malerie chose seasonal blooms in pastel colors to achieve a romantic and 'just picked' look.   Peach and white spray roses accented with seeded eucalyptus adorned the suits of the groom's and his attendants. The bridemaids carried a simple and linear bouquet of stock, feverfew,  waxflower and veronica.  Malerie's bouquet was rich with pink peonies, white garden roses, yellow feverfew, pink waxflower and peach spray roses.  We also loved the little white hairpiece we made for her very chic up-do!  The centerpieces were in my favorite type of vase- a footed compote- allowing for flowers to naturally drape.

I must also point out the fabulous oreo cookie cake...painstakingly stacked by Tiffany the wedding planner.  A true test of patience and will power! 

And last but not least, I have to thank the photographers Liz and Joe from Coach House Pictures.  They did an amazing job capturing the details!  THANK YOU!

Enjoy the picture gallery below...