Lavender, Pink and Green Wedding Flowers | Garden-Style Morton Arboretum Wedding | Lisle Wedding Florist

bridesmaid bouquet, roses bouquet

Dana + Dan’s Wedding at Morton Arboretum was just beautiful. It was the perfect mix of lush, gardeny texture with natural birch accents and glam touches.
The bride’s bouquet was something unique that had special meaning for her–it was yellow and white roses and garden roses with “mini daisies” in between. The maids carried lavender + pink bouquets with roses, stock, spray roses, and astilbe.
The cake was decorated to look like a birch tree with the bride and groom’s names “etched” in it and we added floral + foliage clusters to the top and tiers.

birch cake, white yellow rose daisy bouquet


Garden-style candelabras with overflowing flowers and foliage gave height to the space. The short centerpieces were jeweled lanterns in champagne frames with a surround of gardeny flowers and foliage that matched the talls. Everything looked fabulous in the Ginkgo Room!


Special thanks to Alicia’s Photography for these images.

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Jewel-tone Copper Wedding Inspiration | Warehouse 109 Wedding | Naperville Wedding Florist

SO PROUD that a labor of love between me and a bunch of talented vendor friends is being featured today on Midwest Bride blog. Please go check it out here.

What do you do in a warehouse venue filled with classic cars, vintage motorcycles and an old Airstream trailer?!…Throw the most elegant jewel-toned wedding with copper touches ever!

free form bouquet, wild bouquet, jewel tones

Our team did JUST that. The bride wore not one, but TWO gorgeous dresses by Essence of Australia including a sweetheart lace bodice gown with a tulle skirt and grosgrain sash for the ceremony and dinner and an A-line lace gown with sleeves was worn for the remainder of the reception. A braided bun served as the perfect hairstyle to highlight both the necklines of the gowns and the botanical necklaces the bride wore with each. A berry-toned lip was added for more drama in her evening look.

jeweltone wedding, botanic necklace

The botanical necklaces worn by the bride were total works of art. One featured floral “beads” and some hanging elements of pepper berry and amaranthus and the other featured copper-painted leaves with copper-dipped berries and vintage costume jewelry accents. Both were designed with leather cord and metal closures just like real necklaces.

A glorious garden-style bouquet complimented both of the looks the bride wore. It was made of a variety of textural flowers and foliages including protea, spider mokara, vanda, garden roses, spray roses, queen Anne’s lace, roses, leucadendron, silver dollar eucalyptus, copper salal foliage, blushing bride, pepperberry, privet berry, jasmine, and ruscus.

botanical necklace, creative escort cards display, textural bouquet

To juxtapose the venue’s eclectic decor an elegant spread of textural jewel-toned flowers, linens and paper items adorned the tables. Cakes and cupcakes adorned with flowers and fruits sat perfectly in front of vintage motorcycles. A floral chandelier hung from an arch over the sweetheart table, and a decadent tablescape of textural compote-style floral arrangements, lanterns, copper mercury glass votives, vintage botanical pages, china, goblets and beautiful paper items served as the perfect seating area for guests.

cool wedding backdrops, warehouse 109 wedding
Touches of metallic copper appeared in the invitations, ribbons on the champagne favors, programs, escort cards, bar menu, vases, votives and even in the cake! One of the cake’s tiers was actually painted with an edible copper metallic finish. It looked AMAZING!

jeweltone wedding, textural centerpiece, rectangle wedding table, lanterns

One of our most unique wedding decorations was the hanging ribbon escort card display. Navy diamond-shaped cardstock escort cards were handwritten in copper ink by a calligrapher and slotted to hang on the curtain-like ribbon display. Once the cards were taken, the ribbon display made for a beautiful backdrop behind the sweetheart table.

We tried to use every inch of this amazing venue…the retro bar was decked out with beer from the local brewery and Moscow Mules in copper mugs with mint leaf accents. The venue’s Airstream trailer made for the perfect photobooth. It is truly a one-of-a-kind wedding setting!

navy copper wedding, arch, arch with candelier

Big thanks to my amazing vendor team:

Photography: Elite Photo
Venue: Warehouse 109 (located in Plainfield, Illinois)
Florist/Styling: Kio Kreations
Stationery/Styling: Greenstar Paperie
Hair/Makeup: Blend Beauty
Bakery/Cake: The Sugar Path
Linens: The Chair Couture
Dress Boutique: White Satin Bridal
Alcohol: Werk Force Brewing Co.
Calligraphy: Letters From Lindsey

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Pink, White & Green Branch Wedding | Independence Grove Wedding | Libertyville Wedding Florist

Jessica and Daniel’s wedding at Independence Grove was just enchanting! So glad our friend Brian Kinyon was there to capture all of the beauty…

pink and white and green flowers, branch tall centerpiece

Blush, light pink, ivory, and green toned flowers and foliage including peonies, ranunculus, roses and viburnum were used to create a gardeny, romantic feel in the bouquets. Branches and more textural flowers and foliage were used for the centerpieces.

pink white wedding, independence grove wedding

There were three centerpiece styles: A framed lantern; A grapewood branch with floral clusters surrounded by pedestal candlesticks; and a tall hour-glass vase with a textural mix and a sculptural manzanita branch inside. All of them were fabulous and looked great throughout the room.

candy buffet vases blush wedding

Jessica and Daniel also used our candy buffet vases, scoops and custom signs to display late night treats for their guests.

pink white wedding flowers

There were so many beautiful details in this beautiful space! So glad we get to relive it through these beautiful photos!

peony bouquet, ranunculus bout

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Blue, White and Silver Winter Wedding | Winter Wonderland Wedding | Chicago Wedding Florist

I cannot believe it has been a year since Aimee + Mario’s wedding at Intercontinental Hotel Chicago. Their winter wonderland wedding was so unforgettable! We designed so many beautiful looks and I even created a one-of-a-kind piece at the request of the groom. This “floral boa” look wrapping around the candelabra was totally his request! He had seen it on blogs before and thought it was cool, so we designed one for the escort card table and it was breathtaking!

white and blue wedding flowers, winter wedding

Aimee’s bouquet was an all-white/ivory mix of garden roses, peonies, callas and phaleanopsis orchids. It was just stunning!
Pretty tall branch centerpieces with hanging bling and candles adorned some of the tables, framed cylinders surrounded with floral was another style and mixed arrangements surrounded by pedestal candlesticks also decked the table. The end result was a chic, albeit subdued, winter wonderland feel.

winter branches wedding

floral wrap around vase, winter wedding flowers

Thanks to Lex Alexander Photography for these photos!

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Jolly Holiday Mary Poppins Birthday | Aria’s 3rd Birthday Party | Naperville Event Planner

Somehow in the midst of our busy wedding season and having my second daughter Vivian, I totally forgot to post the amazing photos of my daughter Aria’s Jolly Holiday Mary Poppins-themed 3rd Birthday party that we had at the studio this August. The party was so awesome that it was featured on Hostess with the Mostess blog in September, which you can check out here. My awesome friend Jennifer Kaye Photography took the photos (as she does every year!) and it was such a fun, unique party–you have to check it out! It was so awesome it was ALSO was featured on Catch My Party Blog as well here!

mary poppins party

I love the classic movie Mary Poppins and am happy to report that my daughter loves it as well! We enjoy singing all of the songs together and she really loves the part where they jump into a colorful chalk painting and enjoy “a Jolly Holiday with Mary” while dancing with penguin waiters and racing carousel horses through the English countryside! I felt this would be an awesome party theme for her third birthday…“A Jolly Holiday with Aria!”

mary poppins DIY

I like to include a portrait or likeness of my daughter in all of her birthday invitations, so for this one I made a custom silhouette of her that reminiscent of Mary Poppins herself. I used this “cameo” for signage, stickers, seals, and even on some cupcake picks! There were 60 cupcakes so lots of decorative picks were created for them including 3-D paper rosettes, penguin ones, kite ones, and little birdies too. Decorations were very important to make it feel fancy in our otherwise messy floral studio space so I draped the shelves with curtains and covered all of the tables with tablecloths and made lots of floral arrangements in tea cups, cute signage and used vintage plates and glass apothecary jars to display food and favor items. The main floral piece was a gold candelabra on the gift table which looked like something the Banks’ family might have owned!

mary poppins party

A “chalk painting” was also needed to really nail this theme — so I did a chalk pastel piece inspired by the movie and had it blown up to be a photo backdrop. I decorated a carousel horse with a floral wreath and used it as the perfect “Jolly Holiday photo booth” for all of the guests to pose in front of. It was awesome to see all of the guests post their family shots to Facebook and Instagram! It was very well-received!

mary poppins birthday party

Food and drinks were also integral to the theme; I really wanted delicate tea sandwiches and other British-inspired items to be the main focus along with some delicious cupcakes and desserts! We also did a Mary Poppins-themed “favor buffet” with nods to the movie including boxes of sidewalk chalk, mini kites, rulers (to see how you measure up!), tuppence and other goodies! When there are a lot of different ages of kids attending our parties, I think a favor buffet is a great option so parents can pick things that are age-appropriate (and abide by their dietary standards) for their kiddos!

jolly holiday birthday

We also had some great Mary Poppins games and activities at the party. Including: “a spoonful of sugar (cubes) relay race,” “pin on the bowtie penguin” game, sidewalk chalk creative time, and we even had out 3 vintage Mary Poppins eBay finds: Mary Poppins Carousel Game, Jolly Holiday Jigsaw Puzzle and a Mary Poppins card game!

birthday party flowers, mary poppins, jolly holiday

Of course the guest of honor wore a Mary Poppins hat and gloves (for about 1/3 the party) and dressed in white to honor Mary’s Jolly Holiday attire. Aria had the best time ever at her party and everyone would agree it was practically perfect in every way!

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