Eco+Elegant Spring Wedding

Erika and Doug’s wedding took place on one of the first bright spring days in April. Their ceremony and reception at Greenhouse Loft was full of natural light, soft floral decor, and lots of love from family and friends.

The bouquets contained fresh spring peonies, roses, sweet pea, orchids, ranunculus, and eucalyptus. The blush, ivory, and pale yellow floral added an organic feel to the ceremony, and accented the bridemaids’ mauve dresses. The men wore ivory spray rose boutonnieres with just a touch of greenery.

Glass bud vases with roses, stock, sweet pea, orchids and ranunculus lined the windows during the ceremony. These flowers beautifully framed the couple as they said “I do”, and then were repurposed as centerpieces during dinner to add an eclectic, natural look to the tabletops. Soft candle lighting lit the room as the couple danced the night away and started their lives together in style!

The beautiful pictures in this gallery were taken by Jamie & Eric Photography. Thanks to them, the couple, and the entire vendor team for creating such a beautiful day!

Vibrant Vintage Vibes

This elopement styled shoot was was created to inspire couples that have unique, colorful, vintage taste. Several Chicago weddings vendors collaborated with Tina Skiver- the event planner,  in order to bring this boho wedding look to life. 

The flowers were chosen to echo the vibrant, vintage reds and blues of the Rifle Paper wallpaper behind the sweetheart table. The bride's crown and bouquet have bright pops of blue delphinium and bright red dahlias. The more neutral tones in the ivory spray roses and peach ranunculus soften the look. 

Paired with the macrame by Ket Mercantile, the bridal bouquet and ceremony arch have a vintage flare that is perfect for this couple. Dark blue privet berries and baby blue eucalyptus add texture and asymmetry, which captures the classic, yet edgy style that suits unique couples. 

Special thanks to the following artists/vendors for their hard work and creativity on this shoot:

Planner/styling: Tina Skiver

Photographer: Laurel and Prairie -Sarah Yoder

Venue/ furniture rentals: Elements Preserved Vintage Rental

Hair and makeup: Bella Bridal Hair and Makeup Artistry

Vintage china: Something Borrowed: Special Occasion Vintage China Rental & Sales

Bridal gown: Alice In Ivory

Videographer: Aethereus Media

Cake: The Sugar Path

Bride and Groom: Taylor Nicole VanLeeuwen and Christopher King

Chicago Botanic Garden Wedding

I have to say, setting up a wedding at the Botanic Garden was so pleasant, it hardly felt like work.  There was a slight breeze, it was about 75 degrees out and the sun was shining.   Kristen and Chris were married in the English Walled Garden and then partied all night in the huge white tent overlooking the pond. 

There were some really cute details in the decor that I'd like to point out.  We did a sort of ombre effect with the flower colors through the course of the evening.  The bridesmaid's bouquets were soft ivory and Kristen's was soft pastel tones of peach, pink and ivory.  Then, the ceremony arrangements featured a little more pop of color and then by the time guests walked over to the reception, they were splashed with deep reds, pinks, and peaches in the centerpieces.

We used intricately painted Chinese pottery for the centerpieces and featured some seasonal flowers such as coxcomb, dahlias, hanging amaranthus, godetia, and ranunculus.  

The Bride and groom chair swags made of seeded eucalyptus and olive tree foliage were pretty adorable as well as the Magnolia leaf escort cards ( a Naturally Yours Events original). 

A special thanks to Melissa Hayes Photography for these stunning images!

Other vendors that made this evening spectacular:

Planner: Naturally Yours Events

DJ: Toast and Jam

Venue and Caterer: Chicago Botanic Garden

Hair stylist: Nika Bridal Artists

Makeup: Fine Makeup Art

Videographer: I do Films

Cake: Deerfields Bakery

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...

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

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!).