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!  

One Couple, Two Weddings

It was a very typical October weekend when a beautiful untypical couple were wed; not once, but twice.  Megan and Jay decided rather than choosing one culture, they would embrace both with whole hearts.  

Jay's Indian heritage was celebrated with a colorful wedding ceremony on Friday evening at Gorton Community Center .  We created a simple yet colorful Mandap with rich logs for the Bride, Groom and close relatives to be seated under.  Floral garlands of Roses and Marigolds were presented to the couple by guests of honor and fresh Rose petals were used in several of the cultural traditions.  It was an experience we are so thankful to be a part of.  

Saturday, the traditional Christian wedding took place at Elawa Farm.  Megan carried a loose, yet manicured bouquet loaded with garden roses, thistle, dahlias, celosia, dusty miller, stock and ranunculus. Jay and his groomsmen wore electric clusters of orange, peach and blues.  The aisle chairs were accented with clusters of floral tied with natural linen ribbon. The couple was flanked by two statement pieces of seemingly blooming willow branches surrounded by pumpkins as a nod to the season.   

The reception tables also had mixed taste.  Half of the tables had clear glass vases holding bright floral blooms, while the other half featured a green garland with curly willow running down the center of the table.  Insert clusters of pillar candles and a look of bringing the garden indoors was achieved!  

All of these beautiful, detailed, breath-taking photos are curtesy of Zac at zplusv photography!  Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing!  Also the beautiful and delicious cake was made by Elysia Root Cakes (check out the little dog taking a bite out of it!) Big shout out  to Carlene and Jessie with Naturally Yours Events for organizing two amazing weddings in one weekend!! 

Hydrangea Love

It was late September, a seasonally warm day with the sun shinning and love filling the air.  Two beautiful woman, Claire and Lyndsay, tied the knot holding bold bouquets of roses, hydrangea, ranunculus and orchids  in complementing purples, pinks and ivory.  

Floating World Gallery was decorated with multi-level glass cylinders filled with pink, deep purple, and periwinkle blue submerged hydrangea topped with white floating candles for a touch of elegance.  Submerging flowers is a great way to attain a clean, and modern look while still having tons of color and texture on the table.  

Thank you to the talented Cage and Aquarium for the photos! Congrats Claire & Lyndsay! 

Classy in the Country!

A sunny May day with lush green trees and smiling faces was the ideal back drop for Shannon and Braden's Wedding Day.  The picture perfect County Line Orchard gave us plenty of rustic inspiration from the bohemian floral head wreaths  and ceremony arbor flowers to the wooden box vases for the centerpieces. The reception took place in their restored apple barn with floor to ceiling wooden planks and majestic hanging chandeliers- so pretty!

Couple of Dudes Photography captured each detail beautifully.  Shannon's bouquet defined Spring with peach, coral, orange and pink blooms featuring peonies, roses, ranunculus, anemones and more.  The Flowers girls wore crowns of clustered roses and ranunculus in bold pinks surrounded by greenery.  One of our favorite touches was the ceremony arbor made of apple tree wood.  We decorated it with lush green eucalyptus garlands and tons of fresh peonies, roses and other spring floral.  

This wedding was one classy shin-dig!  Thank you for letting us be part of it! 

One more thank you to their wedding planner Taia Alvarado from White Willow Events.  She made everything run so smoothly!


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. 

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