In June we did an absolutely beautiful wedding for Celia and Julian at Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford with a reception at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington. It was beautifully captured by Tamara Gruner Photography who was gracious enough to share a bunch of fabulous images with me–so please enjoy!
Celia and Julian chose a purple, lavender, yellow and white color palette for their wedding and flowers included hydrangea, roses, billy balls, yarrow, spray roses, garden roses, lilac, lisianthus, stock, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus, snapdragons, phaleanopsis orchids, brunia, lavender herb, peonies, ranunculus, and baby’s breath.
My favorite pieces from the wedding have to be Celia’s amazing bouquet and the fabulous wedding cake! I also loved BOTH of the arches–our pave floral one that was used for the ceremony, and the 4-post canopy arch that was used over the sweetheart table at the reception.
Everything was just so lovely and came together beautifully. Celia was so trusting of us and knew that we could make her vintage romantic rustic feel come to life. We are so glad that we got to be a part of this beautiful wedding. It was unforgettable!
Thanks again to Tamara Gruner Photography for these beautiful images.
Becky and Jon’s bold and beautiful wedding at Danada House in Wheaton was absolutely amazing! Luckily, Robb Davidson Photography captured it wonderfully…(this shot of Becky ascending the stairs is just blowing my mind!)
Becky and Jon had totally unique colors–raspberry/fuchsia, yellow and silver/gray. We’ve never done a color palette quite like this before–and it looked great! Becky’s bouquet was probably my favorite detail of the day. It was made of peonies, callas and some spray roses in mostly white with a few pops of fuchsia and yellow throughout.
I loved working with this wonderful couple and am so glad they continued the “family tradition” of using me as their wedding florist! I actually did Becky’s brother’s wedding 3 years ago and it was also really awesome. Check out the gallery for that one here. I cannot tell you how happy referrals make us! Happy clients get us more happy clients and we really, truly appreciate all of the love! Thanks & congrats Becky and Jon!
I love this yummy bouquet, so much so that I’ve now featured it twice on my blog! It had the perfect combo of white ranunculus, peach Juliet garden roses, Coral Charm peonies, white peonies, Ilse spray roses and minty green succulents! Love it so! And it fit in perfectly at The Morton Arboretum too.
Love this look for late spring/early summer weddings!
Image by George Street Photography]]>
We are so proud of our Poppy French Impressionism Ballet-Inspired photo shoot getting published on Green Wedding Shoes this month! So many wonderful vendors were involved in this “labor of love” and it was expertly and beautifully captured on old school FILM (not digital) by Kristin La Voie Photography.
Kristin and I love working together so we met up, brainstormed and came up with this totally unique wedding theme. We were first inspired by poppies…a flower that I have always wanted to use more in weddings because of its unique shape and the array of colors it comes in. We talked about how a poppy’s soft petals look like a ballet tutu–which then took us down the path of ballerinas…We also talked about how poppies bend and go in various directions when used in a design, which reminded me of still life paintings of bouquets by the French Masters. We decided French Impressionism was a great source for drawing both ballerina and floral inspirations from. We knew we wanted a painterly style to come into play as well somewhere in the shoot…so we included it on the invitations, ceremony backdrop and in the favors. So that is a little about our process…the next step was to find the perfect team of vendors for this inspirational wedding shoot…which we did!
Our “dream team” of vendors:
Photography: Kristin La Voie Photography
Florals, Favors + Backdrop: US! Kio Kreations
Venue: Ola la Ijorere
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Cristine
Cake: The Sugar Path
Makeup: Sheri Cox MUA
Hair: Dual Attraction
Dresses: Mignonette Bridal
Linens: The Chair Couture
There are just so many details in this shoot! We are so pleased with how it all came together! Be sure to scroll all the way down to see it all!
I loved making the bouquets for this shoot. For the bride, I did a presentation-style arm bouquet as a nod to the kind of bouquet a ballerina would receive after a performance. For the maid of honor, I designed a textural nosegay with a tulle tutu around it to play up another aspect of the ballerina theme. Both fit perfectly with the gorgeous attire.
Please check out more from this amazing shoot over on Green Wedding Shoes (including DIY instructions on how I created the painted embroidery hoop backdrop for the ceremony!)]]>
Fabulous bride Stacy wanted all purple bouquets for her bridesmaids and that is just what we made! So glad Jennifer Kaye Photography so expertly captured them! This one was filled with all purple blooms–dark lavender roses, vanda orchids, dendrobium orchids, and some dark purple lisianthus. So chic! Loved these!]]>
My good friend Czarina of The Chair Couture tied the knot on 12/13/14 and we were lucky enough to get to do the flowers for her wedding. I made her a dreamy bouquet of mostly white phaleanopsis and cymbidium orchids and purple vanda orchids, with some white callas, peonies and ranunculus, and a few purple dendrobium orchids. The handle was accented with bling and a large rosary. It was so very chic!]]>
Lindsey and Brendan’s Fall Rustic Glam wedding at Eaglewood Resort was AMAZING! Thankfully Genevieve Lauren Photography was there to capture all of the glitzy autumnal glory! This wedding was like anything we’ve done before. Lindsey was a unique bride with a vision…and we hit it off immediately. We quickly realized she wanted glitter + glam but with fall tones and some purple worked into the mix. And some pumpkins…and branches…and other more “rustic” things. Could all of these ideas combine together and actually look cohesive…I certainly thought so!
The bouquet was the star of our rustic glam theme–mostly ivory blooms were accented with some Picasso callas (which are ivory with a deep purple throat) and gold seeded eucalyptus was worked throughout the bouquet and perfectly coordinated with the gold glitter-dipped succulents. It was amazing. A ruffled handle and brooch finished the rustic glam look.
The couple was awesome to work with and were really open to all of my random ideas to make things look really awesome. The tall centerpieces consisted of gold-sprayed curly willow branches, some gold-dipped seeded eucalyptus and some fluffy dark purple hydrangea with bubble votives hanging from the branches. There were 2 shorter centerpiece styles as well: one was a cylinder with a submerged orchid + coiling gold wire inside with a purple carnation orb/pomander (we reused from the ceremony pews) that was wrapped in gold bouillon wire for some more shimmer; the other was our signature “framed” centerpiece style–a gold frame filled with 3 varying height cylinders with bold orange petals and a bunch of blooms + foliage. It was the only centerpiece style that showed off some accents of orange and it was just enough for the space!
The cake was another total show-stopper! Purple Vanda orchids, gold succulents, gold seeded eucalyptus and wild gold curly willow placed perfectly around the cake made it one of the most awesome cakes we’ve ever decorated!
What a totally fun and unique wedding to be a part of! We LOVED it. We can’t wait for more fun fall weddings like this one!]]>
We loved being a part of Sarah and Nick’s Wedding at Hyatt Lodge last summer. This lovely affair was captured beautifully by EN Productions. For this wedding, tones of light pink, blush, peach, ivory and champagne were perfectly accented with touches of blue which appeared in the form of tiny blooms and in the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Our rustic natural branch arch decorated with flower and foliage clusters served as the perfect ceremony backdrop along with the beautiful lagoon behind the venue.
Full and fluffy blooms including garden roses, dahlias, hydrangea, roses, spray roses, wax flower, stock, and lisianthus were used throughout the floral designs along with some green seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus and gold-dipped seeded eucalyptus foliage accents.
This wedding was just perfection from start to finish and we really enjoyed being a part of it!]]>
So proud and happy to be featured on EquallyWed today with this stunning photoshoot we did with Kara Schultz, Blend Beauty and Windy City Dinner Fairy at Arrowhead Golf Club! It was just so dreamy!
Inspired by the timeless elegance of Old Hollywood, we used classic black, white and mixed metallics and a touch of emerald green to create a beautiful setting at Arrowhead Golf Club to celebrate Nicole and Allison’s nuptials. To enhance the beauty of the brides, the makeup was kept simple and neutral with an emphasis on the lips. The bright coral lip of Allison and the berry lip of Nicole complimented each other perfectly. Nicole’s long romantic waves were accented with a beautiful rhinestone brooch hair clip while Allison’s lovely blonde locks were tucked under and made into shorter hairstyle of soft curls accented with some white orchids bringing their timeless looks together perfectly to fit the theme. Nicole wore a stunning Marisa Bridal gown while Nicole looked chic in a custom suit by Tom James Company. The invitations featured an emerald green art deco fan motif, black and ivory stripes, gold glitter accents and a mixture of Art Deco fonts.
This motif also adorned the table numbers and wedding signage. One of our favorite details was the “Pick Your Poison” bar cart display that featured delicious Grasshopper cupcakes, vintage cigar boxes filled with chocolate cigars and candy cigarettes and a scattering of silver chocolate coins and emerald green foil-wrapped Andes mints. The flowers were just stunning—there were two totally unique bouquets designed for the brides. One of the bouquets featured garden roses, sweet pea, spray roses, ranunculus, anemones, surrounded by a collar of black plumosa foliage and feather accents. The handle was wrapped in ivory satin with a black lace overlay and ivory pearl detail. The other bouquet was equally as beautiful and featured two varieties of roses, freesia, cymbidium orchids, gold-dipped seeded eucalyptus, pearl-rhinestone accents and a cascade of phaleanopsis orchids in a gold deco bouquet holder.
The centerpieces for the reception featured three tall looks: the first was a black pilsner with monstera leaf, palmetto, dendrobium orchids, tall callas, ruscus, gold plumosa and some ivory ostrich feathers. Another look featured a clear contoured vase with fluffy mixed arrangement of ivory hydrangea, green mini hydrangea, viburnum, garden roses, roses, trachellium, and tulips. And the final style featured hydrangea, Casablanca lilies, roses, ruscus, gold-dipped seeded eucalyptus, silver plumosa, dendrobium orchids, and magnolia foliage in silver candelabras with taper candles and drop crystal bobeches. All were surrounded by mixed mercury glass and patterned gold and silver votives and placed atop beautiful damask linens in combos of gold and black and silver and black. Gold and silver chargers and chiviari chairs completed the glamorous, timeless look. We absolutely loved doing this gorgeous Art Deco-inspired Hollywood glam wedding shoot with the most beautiful (and recently married) couple!