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! 

Little Wedding on a Prairie

Elburn, Illinois is home to the eco-chic Heritage Prairie Farms where Sara & Yuri said "I Do" last September.  Beneath the solid limbs of an old oak tree stood an aisle lined by white chairs with clusters of white and yellow blooms and green foliage tied to the end of the rows.  A birch structure with large hydrangea and garlands of greenery framed the couple.  Sara carried a loose bouquet of fluffy white dahlias and roses, bright yellow ranunculus and supple green succulents; Yuri had a succulent boutonniere tied with twine to match.  

The head table held a trailing green garland with lively white & yellow arrangements in rustic wood boxes and votive candles interspersed.  Guest's tables donned similar organic floral in wooden box vessels to compliment the prairie feel of the late summer night reception.  Flowers included: white dahlias, yellow football mums, white stock, dill flower, white polo roses, white spray roses and seeded eucalyptus. 

Big warm Thank You to Kina Wicks Photography for capturing and sharing these lovely memories- your attention to detail is appreciated!  Check out the pictures below. 

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!  

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! 

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!

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.  

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!! 

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

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.

Just Peachy- A wedding at Greenhouse Loft

This wedding started off as a phone call between the mother of the bride and myself.  Annie's mom is a florist in Texas.  She knew that she wanted to relax at her daughter's wedding so she would have to entrust the flowers to someone else for the day.  I was so honored (and a bit nervous, eek!) to be chosen for this!  Pressure is on, right?  It's a florist's daughter!! 

We all met for the first time at the hotel on the morning of Annie and Rob's wedding and I was received with huge hugs!  As I was walking out I looked at my phone and saw the most relieving text from the mother of the bride. " OMG!!!!! The bouquets are STUNNING!!!!!! Love them!!!!!! It was so great to meet you!!!!!". Phew!!

This was a mid September wedding, a perfect month for flowers here in the Midwest.  We incorporated some gorgeous white dahlias, queen anne's lace, ranunculus. scabiosa pods, millet, spray roses and my favorite... garden roses.  Half of the centerpieces were cube vases filled with lush floral and the other half were floating candles in clear cylinder vases.....a very romantic look indeed. 

Their venue, Greenhouse Loft, is located in the Green Exchange building in Logan Square and is one of the most sustainable event spaces in Chicago. The space has beautiful natural light and a landscaped outdoor terrace for the summer months.  They also have in-house photographers to capture everything.  Thank you Jamie from  Greenhouse Loft Photography, for providing these stellar pictures! 

 

 

The finished product! Shannon and Michael's Wedding

The pictures are finally here!  If you are an avid Fab Flora blog reader, then you will know this is the wedding from "Behind the Scenes".   I loved perusing the photos from ThinkLeigh Photography for two reasons: 1) because the photos were so artfully captured, and 2) because Shannon and Michael are so theatrical and made the most hysterical faces in so many of the photos.  

Shannon is Irish (if you couldn't tell) and wanted to have an Irish garden feel to her ceremony flowers as well as 'green, mossy, fuzzy things' throughout.  Green Dianthus did the trick! (AKA  "Tric", which is a great pun for you flower people out there, hehe).  We also used tons of green cymbidium orchids, purple vanda orchids, hydrangeas, roses and lisianthus. 

The tall centerpieces were made with sand blasted manzanita branches with glued cymbidium orchids and hanging votive candles.  When the lights were turned low, the candles let out this amazing glow that transformed the room into a magical place. 

I am so grateful to Shannon and Michael for hiring Fab Flora to design their wedding flowers.  Not only are they a super cool couple that were wonderfully easy to work with, but they are my lovely friends. 

Cheers!

Other fine contributors to this wedding production:

Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company

Caterer: Food for Thought

Event Planner: Estera Events