Indian Fusion Wedding at Chicago Cultural Center

Infusing a couple’s culture into their day allows us to have a lot of fun with their wedding flowers. Charlotte and Abhit’s wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center was colorful, natural and certainly made a statement.

Charlotte carried a bouquet with lots of texture and natural floral elements including anemones, coral peonies, white garden roses, red ranunculus, blush bouvardia, bridal spirea, and various hues of greenery. Bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets with lots of greenery and ivory & blush blooms. As a part of Indian tradition, Charlotte and Abhit exchanged floral neck garlands of white carnations and red roses. This act symbolized the union of their spiritual energies in their marriage.

For their ceremony backdrop, we followed the shape of the Cultural Center’s arches and created a focal point with a metal arbor adorned with an abundance of Smilax greenery and colorful blush, coral, dark pink and ivory blooms.

A tall floral arrangement with colorful blooms and branches of boronia in a gold fluted vases anchored the couples’ escort card table in the center of the venue’s beautiful GAR Rotunda. After cocktail hour, guests moved back into Preston Bradley Hall for dinner. Reception tables were decorated with one of three different centerpiece designs creating multiple unique looks for guests.

One group of tables featured a low and lush arrangement in a gold compote vase. Another had a gold geometric terrarium filled with colorful flowers. The final set was decorated with clusters of gold and clear hobnail candles. Each table was accented with elegant gold votives. The couples head table was long and made a statement with plenty of candlelight and a lush garland popping with color. We provided gold vases to repurpose the bridesmaids’ bouquets as a part of the table’s design. We also were able to relocate the ceremony arch behind the bride and groom’s table that was perfect for their reception entrance!

Sam Hurd Photography captured this colorful wedding day and we can’t stop looking through the photos. Charlotte and Abhit were such a wonderful couple to work with and we were lucky enough to also provide decor for their rehearsal dinner. The design was more simple as to not overshadow what guests would see the next day but still nodded to overall aesthetic with lots of greenery and candlelight. It’s so fun when we get to provide multiple looks for our couples!

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

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!  

Little Wedding on a Prairie

Elburn, Illinois is home to the eco-chic Heritage Prairie Farms where Sara & Yuri said "I Do" last September.  Beneath the solid limbs of an old oak tree stood an aisle lined by white chairs with clusters of white and yellow blooms and green foliage tied to the end of the rows.  A birch structure with large hydrangea and garlands of greenery framed the couple.  Sara carried a loose bouquet of fluffy white dahlias and roses, bright yellow ranunculus and supple green succulents; Yuri had a succulent boutonniere tied with twine to match.  

The head table held a trailing green garland with lively white & yellow arrangements in rustic wood boxes and votive candles interspersed.  Guest's tables donned similar organic floral in wooden box vessels to compliment the prairie feel of the late summer night reception.  Flowers included: white dahlias, yellow football mums, white stock, dill flower, white polo roses, white spray roses and seeded eucalyptus. 

Big warm Thank You to Kina Wicks Photography for capturing and sharing these lovely memories- your attention to detail is appreciated!  Check out the pictures below. 

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!  

Green and White at Greenhouse Loft

November in Chicago was as mild and snowless as an early fall day.  With no white on the ground, we brought early wintery white floral to Laura and Eric's Wedding Day.  Laura held a slightly cascading bouquet featuring large white blooms and saturated greenery, while Eric sported a cluster of white ranunculus with a touch of leafy brightness.  Bridesmaids carried all white dahlias bouquets.

The late fall wedding took place at the beautiful Greenhouse Loft .  Each table was adorned with a different style of metallic vase filled with hydrangea, stock, garden roses, dahlias, magnolia leaves, italian ruscus and privet berries. 

Special and warm thanks to the lovely Jamie Davis and Steve Ewert for providing an eco-friendly space, amazing professional photographs, and photo booth fun for the guests- you guys have it all!  

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!! 

Betrothed & Bound at a Brewery

Picture this; an all American couple, cold beer pouring, and a family overflowing with love. That was the scene at Revolution Brewery in late October when Kari and Brad exchanged vows.  Their non-traditional personalities were displayed in little details of the day. For starters, Kari opted for a floral corsage composed of ivory, blush and peach blooms instead of a traditional bridal bouquet.  The wristlet complimented her lacy, backless dress, while her boho-braided up-do with a floral hairpiece set the mood of casual elegance.  

To highlight the rustic, natural beauty of the venue, we used mason jar chair hangers filled with electric pops of dahlias, roses, and lush greens.  Antlers accented the favor table arrangement of hanging amaranthus, garden roses, dahlias, bittersweet and ranunculus in different tones of fall colors.  Sprinkle in some mercury glass votives and this became one classy shin-dig! 

Much gratitude to Victoria Chukarov for shooting and sharing these amazing photographs!  They capture raw emotions better than most- Thank you!  

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!