Pretty and Purple at Loyola

Chicago's clear blue skies, sparkling lake, and towering skyline were picture perfect for Laura and Brett's September wedding.  Celebrating with a traditional ceremony at Madonna Della Strada Chapel on Loyola's Lakeshore campus, the venue provided beautiful art deco architecture and modern stained glass windows to flood the space with natural light.  Laura's ladies donned short silver and purple gowns, carrying bouquets of roses, dahlias, callas and orchids splashed with greenery.  The men's lapels we pinned with purple calla lilies to tie into the ladies' attire.  

The reception was held at Joan Schmidt Ballroom at Loyola, a hall suited for the 25 tables of guests and a dance floor to party!  The couple chose two styles of centerpieces to bring the room together.  One was a clear glass footed compote filled with white and purple seasonal blooms of hydrangea, stock, roses and dahlias loosely fashioned.  The second arrangement featured 3 cylinder vessels each filled with different purple or white flowers.  

All of these details were captured by Elena Bazini Photography- Thank you for sharing them with us!  

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!).