Simply Sweet Ambassador Chicago Wedding

You can’t get more quintessential Chicago than by using the skyline as your ceremony backdrop. Jessie and Mingyi’s daytime ceremony and intimate reception was filled with a simplistic natural beauty that we absolutely adored.

Jessie carried a classic, round bouquet full of blush, ivory, and peach blooms including roses, ranunculus and garden roses. Mingyi was fashioned with a simple, ivory ranunculus bloom with eucalyptus.

Jessie and Mingyi chose not to have a wedding party so the focus was truly on the two of them during their ceremony. As such, we didn’t want to overwhelm them with decor. Plus, we couldn’t compete with the beautiful views of the city visible from the Ambassador Chicago Hotel’s rooftop. The ceremony aisle was lined with simple greenery clusters tied to the chairs. We decorated a metal arch with clusters of blush, ivory, and peach flowers with a touch of greenery. Then a swag of ivory sheer fabric draped over the arch added to effortless, romantic look of the overall design.

Guests moved inside for a lunch reception and were greeted by an escort card table with an arrangement resembling the bride’s bouquet in clear footed urn. Tables also complimented the bride’s blooms with roses, hydrangea and a touch of greenery. We kept these arrangements low and lush to not only fit the intimate nature of the reception but to also allow guests to easily toast and converse across the table.

Enjoy all of the simply sweet moments that Ed and Aileen Photography captured from the day below.

Intimate, Romantic Wedding at Sepia

Allison and Jon planned an intimate dinner reception for their closest family and friends at Sepia featuring a romantic atmosphere with candle light and lush, romantic flowers.

Allison carried a bouquet with an elegant, natural shape filled with garden roses, tuberose, stock, peonies and ranunculus. The various hues of burgundy, blush, and medium pink blended perfectly to compliment the bride’s soft, romantic look in her lace wedding dress. We love incorporating sentimental value whether that be incorporating a family member’s favorite flowers or wrapping a bride’s bouquet in a sash from her mom’s wedding dress as we did with Allison’s.

Jon’s light pink boutonniere popped against his classic blue suit and the little ones were certainly not forgotten either. The ring bearers looked dapper in matching boutonnieres and the flower girls were adorned with flower crowns of pink spray roses and wax flower.

For dinner, we enhanced each of the long tables with lush eucalyptus garland and pops of pink blooms. The stemmed votive holders with gold mercury glass candle light added to the romantic vibe of the evening. Thank you to The Still Life Photography for these beautiful images.

Winter Wedding Delight

While Chicago often only has two seasons (Festivals & Frigid), Winter Weddings are becoming more and more popular.  With the mild winter we have had this year, it was pleasant to have beautiful white floral and seemingly frosted succulents decorate Revolution Brewing's Tap Room.  Lauren & Jordan were wed beneath their hand made Chuppah with barrels donning white spray roses, dahlias, and roses with  olive tree foliage and wintery gray dusty milller. 

Lauren carried a textured bouquet of succulents, anemone, brunia, and garden roses while Jordan sported a succulent and ranunculus boutonniere. Garlands of olive tree branches with pops of white floral lined the dinner tables, set off by the soft glow of mercury glass votive candles.  Romantic and subtle, soft and warm just like the newly weds' love. 

Special Thank You to Cage & Aquarium Photography for capturing (and sharing) these beautiful photos!  

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!  

Love at Revolution Brewing

For Jennifer and Sam, a young couple who love Chicago and Beer alike, there was no better place to wed than Revolution Brewing.  The natural and rustic feel flowed into their floral decor effortlessly.  Jennifer carried a wild looking bouquet with large, beautiful blush Roses and local Dahlias surrounded with seeded eucalyptus, berries and greens.  Sam's boutonniere held a single ivory ranunculus to accent his dark blue lapel.  

At cocktail hour and dinner, different sized vases, bottles and tins held hydrangea, roses, local gomphrena, dahlias, and celosia with willow eucalyptus. Wooden carved table numbers and slabs of fresh cut timber tied rustic and elegance together beautifully.  Even the cake was splashed with deep red dahlias, dark roses and seasonal berries.  

Big Thank You to Linda Horton Photography for the fabulous photos and to Revolution Brewing for the amazing space.

Whimsical Wildflower Wedding

It was the first day of Summer when Claudia and Ryan said "I do".  Their energized love matched perfectly with wild flowers in bold colors of periwinkle blues, oranges, and yellows. Claudia's green gown was a stunning accent to the whimsical wonderland created at Bridgeport Art Center.  

Vows were exchanged under a rustic birch Chuppah decorated with vintage lace fabric and colorful blooms.  They dinned and danced beneath cafe lights and a unique floating floral piece above the sweetheart table.  Guest's tables were set with vessels of seasonal floral  including veronica, ranunculus, stock, queen anne's lace, roses and more.  The vases sat atop vintage trays of silver and brass and were surrounded by mercury glass votives.  

All these beautiful details were captured by Allison Williams photography.  A special thank you to Carlene with Naturally Yours Events for your amazing coordination skills and to Bridgeport Art Center for hosting us in such a wonderful space. Congrats Claudia & Ryan! 

A Fall Wedding at City View Loft

I know, I know.... it's Spring!  But I'm just now getting photos back from our fall weddings and I want to share them with you!  We designed flowers for a lovely couple, Heidi and Matt, last September.  They were married at Kitchen Chicago which is a venue right below City View Loft , where they held their reception.  City View Loft has huge windows that wrap around the room exposing the entire Chicago skyline, hence their name!  Heidi wanted a very fall inspired palette with rich textures and seasonal blooms.  We used calla lilies, coxcomb, roses, dahlias, succulents, smoke bush, bittersweet, statice, limonium and spiral eucalyptus.  The centerpieces were simple and natural, adding just the right amount of color to the tables.  Thank you to Essence Photo for the beautiful images! 

June Showers.....Pastel Flowers

Malerie and Andy were married on June 21st at a little hidden gem in Logan Square called Chief O'Neill's Pub.  They have a gorgeous outdoor patio area complete with a gazebo and surrounding lush planters   The plan was to have the ceremony and reception outdoors until a nasty storm appeared on the radar.  Luckily their wedding planner, Tiffany from A Splendid Occasion, was there to make the call to postpone the ceremony and start with cocktail hour.  Why not drink first, am I right? So, the show went on...and the clouds parted for a brief moment to allow the couple to get hitched outdoors and then the party moved inside (all the chairs were wet). 

Malerie chose seasonal blooms in pastel colors to achieve a romantic and 'just picked' look.   Peach and white spray roses accented with seeded eucalyptus adorned the suits of the groom's and his attendants. The bridemaids carried a simple and linear bouquet of stock, feverfew,  waxflower and veronica.  Malerie's bouquet was rich with pink peonies, white garden roses, yellow feverfew, pink waxflower and peach spray roses.  We also loved the little white hairpiece we made for her very chic up-do!  The centerpieces were in my favorite type of vase- a footed compote- allowing for flowers to naturally drape.

I must also point out the fabulous oreo cookie cake...painstakingly stacked by Tiffany the wedding planner.  A true test of patience and will power! 

And last but not least, I have to thank the photographers Liz and Joe from Coach House Pictures.  They did an amazing job capturing the details!  THANK YOU!

Enjoy the picture gallery below...

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

Photography by Liesl Diesel Photography

Event Planning by Naturally Yours

Event took place at Centered Chef