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!  

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!

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.

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