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!  

Married at City Winery

The City Winery in Chicago is one of the most beautiful places to hold a Summer wedding.  Their outdoor patio space provides the perfect amount of greenery to escape the concrete city. Tara and Mitch started their official married life beneath a birch arch spilling roses, peonies, dahlias and greenery from above.  Tara carried a beautiful bouquet of Summer blossoms including garden roses, anemones, poppies, dahlias, ranunculus, succulents, dusty miller and berries.  It suited the slight boho feel of her dress and the flower girls floral headpieces. 

Inside the winery, cocktail tables held single succulents (an eco-friendly florists favorite) in vintage brass and mercury glass vessels.  Reception tables dawned the garden feel with over-flowing gold compote vases of roses, berries, olive branches, ranunculus and more surrounded by glowing votives.  Three words- Vintage, Garden, Romantic.  

Special thank you to Matushek Photography for photographing this special wedding and sharing these beautiful moments with us!  Thank you to City Winery for providing a great Chicago Wedding space. And Thank you to Carlene with Naturally Yours Events for planning and executing all the deets of the Wedding- you rock! 

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  http://www.artofimagination.com/

Photography by Liesl Diesel Photography  http://liesldieselphoto.com/

Event Planning by Naturally Yours  http://naturallyyoursevents.com/

Event took place at Centered Chef  http://centeredchef.com/