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!  

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!  

Hydrangea Love

It was late September, a seasonally warm day with the sun shinning and love filling the air.  Two beautiful woman, Claire and Lyndsay, tied the knot holding bold bouquets of roses, hydrangea, ranunculus and orchids  in complementing purples, pinks and ivory.  

Floating World Gallery was decorated with multi-level glass cylinders filled with pink, deep purple, and periwinkle blue submerged hydrangea topped with white floating candles for a touch of elegance.  Submerging flowers is a great way to attain a clean, and modern look while still having tons of color and texture on the table.  

Thank you to the talented Cage and Aquarium for the photos! Congrats Claire & Lyndsay! 

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

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!