63rd Street Beach Wedding

If you haven't visited Chicago 63rd Street Beach house, you should put it on your summer bucket list.  It is a gorgeous Classical Revival style pavilion built in 1919 which boasts lovely courtyards, fountains and arched verandas.  August 23rd was not the most beautiful of days to experience it (especially when the rain started coming in sideways and soaked all of the rented vintage furniture and dinner seating area), but the rain came to a stop about 30 minutes before the ceremony.  Oh outdoor weddings..... they can be so exhilarating!

Lindsay and Scotty chose a soft palette of whites and greens for their bouquets and boutonnieres and then added a pop of color for their dinner table centerpieces. They rented really cool vintage furniture from Shadow Box Dreams Vintage and wood farm tables from Chicago Farm Tables. We arranged flowers in different size ball jars to give it a vintage, and rustic feel.  Flowers included white polo roses, queen annes lace, dahlias, astilbe, ranunculus, stock, scabiosa, and hydrangea. 

Congrats Lindsay and Scotty!  May your life together be void of storms.

The lovely photographs were taken by HA Photography. 

Everything came together flawlessly thanks to Carlene and Jessie of Naturally Yours Events

I must also give a shout out to the people responsible for the most luxurious port-a-potties I've ever seen (and experienced)!  Thanks Ajax Waste, you were great! 

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

A Step Back in Time

Fab Flora was asked to contribute flowers to a styled photo shoot at the Pittsfield Building, a newly revealed event space in Chicago.  The Pittsfield Building was built in 1927 and is a gorgeous work of architecture.  The atrium of the building is now available to rent out for weddings or corporate events.  We were the first to have access and decorate the space to show others the potential. 

Old Hollywood and the roaring 20's have made a huge comeback in the wedding industry.  The glamor and elegance of that era are being appreciated once more.  The centerpieces featured white ostrich feathers, oriental lilies, dendrobium orchids, roses, hydrangea, agonis and palms. 

The bride and her maid of honor carried white bouquets with a natural free flowing look including draping feathers and a unique textured dark purple agonis.  The groom's boutonniere was a lovely white orchid bloom with a white feather and dark purple berries. 


Fab Flora was honored to be a part of this shoot. Take a look at the other contributors:

  The Pittsfield Building // Art of Imagination // DwJohnson Studio // Chicago Vintage Weddings // The Left Bank Bridal Beauty and Accessories // Elysia Root Cakes // BHLDN // Karen Marie Salon // Private Label Linens // Factor Women Models (Rachel W, Evie,and Adem) // Courtney Callahan // Hall’s Rental // Formally Modern Tuxedo