Indian Fusion Wedding at Chicago Cultural Center

Infusing a couple’s culture into their day allows us to have a lot of fun with their wedding flowers. Charlotte and Abhit’s wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center was colorful, natural and certainly made a statement.

Charlotte carried a bouquet with lots of texture and natural floral elements including anemones, coral peonies, white garden roses, red ranunculus, blush bouvardia, bridal spirea, and various hues of greenery. Bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets with lots of greenery and ivory & blush blooms. As a part of Indian tradition, Charlotte and Abhit exchanged floral neck garlands of white carnations and red roses. This act symbolized the union of their spiritual energies in their marriage.

For their ceremony backdrop, we followed the shape of the Cultural Center’s arches and created a focal point with a metal arbor adorned with an abundance of Smilax greenery and colorful blush, coral, dark pink and ivory blooms.

A tall floral arrangement with colorful blooms and branches of boronia in a gold fluted vases anchored the couples’ escort card table in the center of the venue’s beautiful GAR Rotunda. After cocktail hour, guests moved back into Preston Bradley Hall for dinner. Reception tables were decorated with one of three different centerpiece designs creating multiple unique looks for guests.

One group of tables featured a low and lush arrangement in a gold compote vase. Another had a gold geometric terrarium filled with colorful flowers. The final set was decorated with clusters of gold and clear hobnail candles. Each table was accented with elegant gold votives. The couples head table was long and made a statement with plenty of candlelight and a lush garland popping with color. We provided gold vases to repurpose the bridesmaids’ bouquets as a part of the table’s design. We also were able to relocate the ceremony arch behind the bride and groom’s table that was perfect for their reception entrance!

Sam Hurd Photography captured this colorful wedding day and we can’t stop looking through the photos. Charlotte and Abhit were such a wonderful couple to work with and we were lucky enough to also provide decor for their rehearsal dinner. The design was more simple as to not overshadow what guests would see the next day but still nodded to overall aesthetic with lots of greenery and candlelight. It’s so fun when we get to provide multiple looks for our couples!

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...

Kendall College Wedding

May is one of the best flower months in my opinion.  You get all of the beauties of spring....lilacs, tulips and peonies.  This is reason enough to get married in May!  Kenna and Jason tied the knot on a sunny day of Memorial Day weekend at Kendall College in Chicago. 

Everything went smoothly except for the Memorial Day parade blocking just about every street downtown while I was trying to deliver their bouquets to the Swissotel.  Oy vey!  I almost cried...but I didn't!  I held it together and got there just in time.  I was lucky enough to experience the classic moment of handing over the bouquet to the bride and seeing her ooh and aww.  It was great!  Phew!

All was calm over by Kendall (no parade mumbo jumbo!). The space at Kendall has a very cool industrial look with tall ceilings, exposed beams, brick, metal and huge windows.  Purple and white blooms in mercury glass vases blended perfectly with the room. 

Kenna's bouquet featured peonies, lilacs, lisianthus, and roses while her bridesmaids carried a simple white puff of peonies and roses.  The centerpieces were divided among three different styles: tall vases with curly willow and delphinium, a cluster of three silver vases with one type of flower in each, and a stunning mercury glass compote overflowing with purples and whites. 

Kenna and Jason were such a pleasure to work with, so easy going and trusting of my creations!  Couldn't ask for better clients.  I wish them all the love and happiness in their new marriage. 

I also really need to say a big thanks to their photographer Jennifer Jackson of Jennography.  She did an amazing job capturing the details of the day (especially the flowers!).