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!  

4th of July Wedding....Sparks Flew

What a fun night to get married, right?  Ben and Nicole were married on July 4th outside of the Cheney House Mansion in Oak Park and their reception followed at the Greenhouse Loft in my beloved neighborhood, Logan Square. 

Texture was key to the floral design especially with a classic all white wedding look.  We rented unique vintage brass vases from Refind Joy for all of the arrangements.  Brass chalices filled with little puffs of babysbreath decorated the cocktail tables while larger brass urns were featured on the escort card table and the dessert bar.  Brass compotes were filled with succulents, roses, peonies, dahlias, queen anne's lace and gold seeded eucalyptus.  The head table was especially breathtaking with an abundance of white flowers in vintage brass compotes lined down the center atop a white lace runner on wooden farm tables.  Gorgeous vintage china at each place setting was provided Chicago Vintage Weddings

I am so happy we didn't have to take the 4th of July theme too literally!  I am not a fan of red, white and blue flowers and luckily the couple wasn't either.   They did, however, throw in some really cute (and tasteful) touches to celebrate America!  Check out the groom's socks!

It was such a pleasure working with Nicole and Ben- seriously dream clients!  I wish them both a life filled with love and sparks! 

These beautiful photographs were taken by Rojo Foto Designs

No-Kill Wedding

When I sat down with Phyllis and Belinda to discuss their wedding flowers, they told me they didn't want any flowers at all.  I was like, "you do know I'm a florist, right?"  But I quickly learned their 'no kill' philosophy (based in Buddhism) and adapted.  They wanted their wedding to celebrate life and not hurt anything in the making of it.  We decided on living plants, particularly succulents, because they embody a lotus like shape which is considered a sacred flower in Buddhism.  The lotus is a symbol of purity and resurrection because it rises from unclean water to blossom as a pure flower.  It can also signify spiritual development and creation.  The cacti were just cute and fuzzy and also a nice companion for the succulents.

I wrote out little care instruction cards so that each of their guests would all be able to take the centerpieces home and continue to care for their living gifts.  

The ceremony pieces were made of layered rocks and moss inside clear cylinders.  Each cylinder was then filled with tall and dramatic curly willow branches which perfectly framed Phyllis and Belinda standing side by side. 

I am so grateful that I was able to work with such a soulful couple.  I wish them many blissful years together! 

Below are the other contributors to this special day....

Lighting and Drapery by Art of Imagination  http://www.artofimagination.com/

Photography by Liesl Diesel Photography  http://liesldieselphoto.com/

Event Planning by Naturally Yours  http://naturallyyoursevents.com/

Event took place at Centered Chef  http://centeredchef.com/