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! 

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. 

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

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!