Berry-Toned Wedding Flowers | Arrowhead Golf Club Wedding | Wheaton Wedding Florist

Becky and Bill’s wedding at Arrowhead Golf Club with one of our favorite photographers, Sprung Photo, was just amazing! Berry-toned goodness–from the dresses to the flowers to the lighting–purple, fuchsia, magenta and red were all around! Talk about a POP!

orchid calla magenta fuchsia bouquet

Flowers included orchids, lisianthus, roses, spray roses, stock, hydrangea and callas. Three varieties of orchids were used including mokara, vanda, and dendrobium.

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There were three styles of centerpieces–a framed quad of vases with floating candles surrounded by a floral rim; a mixed arrangement in a square vase; and a trio of submerged flowers in cylinders with floating candles. I love when clients do multiple styles! It always looks so chic and is more visually interesting than having the same thing on every table.
The bouquets totally POPPED off of the dresses. What a BOLD statement indeed!

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We loved working with B&B at one of our favorite venues with some of our favorite vendors! Such a pleasure!

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Botanical Necklaces Boudoir Shoot | Floral Wearables| Naperville Wedding Florist

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I love when my friend Kristin of Kristin La Voie Photography asks me to make pretty things for her boudoir shoots…here are the results of one of the collaborations we did earlier this year…
I fashioned two botanic wearables–one was an actual botanic necklace, and one was more of a floral boa…but both looked awesome on the beautiful model. Also, totally love the heirloom veil she wore in some of the photos!
The necklace was constructed with real jewelry-making materials–clasps, leather cord, and felt backing with freesia, kale, succulents, helleborus and anemones used as the fresh floral materials adhered with cold floral adhesive.
The boa was made using a completely different method; magnolia leaves were hole-punched and strung together using wire and then ruscus, dianthus, garden roses, and dendrobium orchids were woven around the leaf ring tightly to form the boa.

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I LOVED making these botanic wearables and cannot wait to make more!

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Ivory, Navy, Gray and Gold Wedding | Willis Tower Metropolitan Club Wedding | Chicago Wedding Florist

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Olivia and Bryan’s wedding at The Metropolitan Club at Sears (Willis) Tower was pure elegance! So glad that my friend Stephanie of Stephanie Maurie Photography was there to capture it. The navy, ivory, gray and gold color palette was so chic, the flowers were gorgeous and the views from the venue were out of this world!

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The flowers were all whites and ivories with some gray and gold-dipped foliage accents. Flowers included roses, callas, stock, hydrangea, spray roses and foliage included gold-dipped seeded eucalyptus, gold-dipped salal and regular dusty miller (with is naturally a grayish green color). The girls wore navy bridesmaid dresses and the linens in the reception room were gray–the perfect contrasts to the all white/ivory + gold flowers. Everything looked chic and timeless!

The ceremony setting was beautiful. We used our clean museum pedestals as the “altar” area and displayed 4 of the tall centerpieces on them. We also placed our lanterns from our other centerpieces down the aisle and ribboned-off the back aisle. Plus we also had the view from the 65th-ish floor which is like nothing you’ve ever seen–it was the perfect backdrop for their nuptials!

We also did a very clean and chic escort card table display. Pedestal candlesticks with wire and floating candles, a couple of small lanterns and petals really looked fabulous there!

tall altarpieces

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The bridal bouquet was timeless ivory roses and white callas, and the groom bout of one single calla matched perfectly. I just love how it all came together!

Thanks again to Stephanie and her team for these fabulous photos and to Olivia and Bryan for being such a wonderful couple to work with!

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Newborn with Flowers | Newborn Baby Photography | Naperville Event Florist

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I recently had my second daughter on 8/15/15 and we are totally in love with her. Our sweet baby Vivian is the perfect addition to our family and she is a great baby and has even adjusted well to coming to work with mommy. I was back at work right away after having her, but before I went back we were lucky enough to have my friend Jenny at Jennifer Kaye Photography capture her first week of life with beautiful newborn photography. Of course, Jenny and I love a good creative collab so I brought the baby and a bucket of flowers and some family heirlooms and worked with her props to create some beautiful settings for my beautiful little baby to pose in.

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I also whipped up not one, but TWO floral crowns. The first was a very simple but chic ring of hyacinth blooms. The second was a big, fancy mix of blooms and foliage that included Veronica, zinnias, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and my current favorite flower: Pieris Japonica. While I loved the floral crowns on her, the pièce de résistance was Jenny’s twig basket that I ringed with flowers + foliage. Vivian fit perfectly within the ring of pink and white zinnias, spray roses, pieris, snapdragons, lisianthus, Veronica, ivy, seeded eucalyptus and other blooms.

My favorite non-floral newborn vignette was our “generations of awesome women” setting. We placed Vivian in a box atop my vintage baby quilt from my late Grandma Norma and covered her with a baptismal gown sewn and embroidered by my late Grandma Vivian (for whom my daughter is named). The box was surrounded by other pieces of significance–the vintage teddy bear belonged to my mother Patricia, the vintage Barbie (from Barbie’s 2nd year in production) belonged to my mother-in-law Mary and it was wearing clothes knitted by her late Mother Wilma. The blue snuggle bunny belonged to me and I cuddled with it all the time in my first few years of life and the final generation represented of course was the baby…I love that I could pay homage to all of these amazing women in one photo.

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Perhaps my favorite images though, are those of my two daughters together. We took these “sisters” photos a few days after the original newborn images and Jenny even captured a few of the three of us Janes gals together. Aria really loves her little sister Vivian and is an awesome big sis!
I love my girls, I love these photos and I loved having my talented friend Jenny capture Vivian in her first week of life. I highly recommend getting newborn photos done–and highly recommend Jennifer Kaye Photography.

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Bright and Bold Wedding Flowers | Bright Chicago Wedding | Chicago Wedding Florist

Joyce and Scott’s wedding at Holiday Inn Mart Plaza was bright, bold and beautiful. Luckily, Colin Lyons was there to capture it all!

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The wedding palette was black + white with green, magenta, purple, fuchsia and orange. It was almost as fun as the couple and their bridal party. Almost.

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Orchids, roses, geranium leaf, spray roses, spider mums, gerbera daisies, hydrangea, stock and lisianthus made up the assortment of the flowers and foliage we used for their bouquets + centerpieces. Joyce and Scott were married under our simple brown wooden post chuppah.

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We LOVED working with these clients! They were a total joy and they had a really fun and beautiful wedding.

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