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Natural Beauties Floral
212 N Sangamon St, #3C
Chicago , IL  60607
Phone: (312) 243-2690
Tuesday
Oct212014

Bridal Fashion Week NYC Spring and Fall 2015

The beauty of fashion week is that the second one ends, another begins for a new season. We're definitely not complaining- bring on the brides! For Spring/Fall 2015 Bridal Fashion Week, it's all about the T's: texture and tulle. The wedding dress keeps evolving every fashion season, and we are seeing a lot of innovative designs this fashion week.

The Victoria Kyriakides collection showcase not only bold color choices, but also intricate design work and a new interpretation of the bridal silhouette. On the left, Kyriakides combines a soft ivory, with a cool silver, banded together with black. This dress combines soft lace with a high thigh slit, creating a perfect balance of sultry and sophisticated. The texture and shape of the dress on the right is notable; the peplum style feels fashion forward, as does the blocky, geometric top, but the lace detailing of the bottom dress softens the look. Both dresses use delicate colors and romantic silhouettes to bring a sense of femininity and we're loving the floral patterned accents.

As the weather warms up in Spring, then evolves into a crisp Fall, we're seeing champagnes and blushes in dresses. These colors are warm enough to not look washed out on a Fall day, but don't overpower the bride on a bright Spring day. With pink and yellow undertones, these bridal colors fit perfectly for a bride who wants to stay close to classic wedding style, but is so over the “white wedding.” Similarly, with these warmer colors, brides are less likely to look pale in their dresses. We always enjoy unique takes on bridal dresses, more champagne please!

Delphine Manivet's runway is for the edgy bride who is completely bored with convention. Manivet's emphasis on separates, hats, white booties, and unusual dress designs bring a freshness to any bridal look. While it may require a mustering of courage to try, Manivet's look is relaxing yet styled, understated and cool. For a chic bride who doesn't want to try too hard, Delphine Manivet's dresses are the ones for you. These dresses look simple and easy to wear, and isn't that what any bride hopes for on the big day?

We're always loving Houghton's designs, and this fashion week was no different. Houghton emphasized texture this season, with knit separates and full, tulle skirts, giving depth to these looks. Contrasting chunky knits or plain white tops with intricately designed skirts already mixes hard and soft with these dresses. On top of that, you have the dimension that tulle brings, and the dress really pops with the variety of color and material. Judging by the sleeves and sweater material, Houghton has the Chicago bride in mind this Fall-- warm AND chic? We'll take two.

With her Spring/Fall 2015 collection, Galia Lahav emphasizes femininity and sleek silhouettes above all else. Using brocade in many of her design, Lahav outfits her dresses with delicate laces, smooth satin, and sheer panelling. These dresses do not waste fabric, with most of the designs gripping the bride's curves and focusing on the body's natural shape. Building of the dresses' natural definition of the female body, Lahav focuses on the soft, elegant bride-- you won't find any hard lines or geometric shapes here.

Inbar Dror's latest collection was simply breathtaking. Pairing sensual shapes and dress styles with romantic detailing and flowing skirts, Dror captured our favorite trend of 2015: the ethereal dress. With numerous necklines to choose from, these dresses shimmer with extraordinary beadwork against lace overlays. Like Kyriakides, Dror also includes floral images, ranging from small, barely there patterns, to bolder, more distinctive designs along the bottom of the dress. The soft tulle seems to float and glide as the bride walks, and this color palette effects an angelic appearance. Inbar Dror seems to have a look for every bride, what is there possibly not to like?

With a variety of bridal looks that spanned from vintage to futuristic, Fall/Spring 2015 Bridal Fashion Week did not disappoint. It seems that the two polar silhouette trends were the slinky, yet soft dresses, or the full skirted, tulle romantic dresses. Color-wise, if you're looking to spice up white, we're seeing champagne and blush as this season's trend. All and all, we gave this Bridal Fashion Week four thumbs up. Aside from the fact that Winter in Chicago is unpleasant, these Spring/Fall 2015 fashions are making us want to speed up time! 

 xxoo,

Natural Beauties Floral

Sunday
Oct052014

Romantic "Gossip Girl" Wedding at The Wit Hotel

When we think “Gossip Girl,” we think of New York's most fabulous socialites and beautiful people. Tapping into Gossip Girl's fashion forward costumes and chic representation of New York's elite, this September wedding at the Wit hotel in downtown Chicago was perfectly reminiscent of Blair's almost nuptials. With skyscrapers surrounding the Wit and the banquet room, this wedding was a page right out of Gossip Girl's book, and we loved it!

Softening the cityscape was the backdrop for this romantic wedding, the ceremony featured a sheer canopy with a romantic crystal chandelier. Bringing a modern twist, lucite podiums adorned the aisle way with elevated centerpieces and low centerpieces with candles. The contrast of white canopy, white aisle runner, and white seats for the guests created perfect pops of cool color, in the mostly warm hued room. The glittering candles paired with faint fuchsia lighting and lush floral arrangements reflected a romantic ambiance; the sheer canopy providing a beautiful white background to the bride and groom's vows.

Lining the aisle, and making their way to the reception as well, full floral arrangements brought a warmth to the affair. The reception featured romantic centerpiece designs of fuchsia and blush beauties; we used hydrangea, dahlias, phalaenopsis orchids, tulips, mokara orchids, dendrobium orchids, and garden roses for this wedding. With bright, attention grabbing arrangements, we designed for the cool, fashionable vibe of this Gossip Girl wedding. This wedding certainly would make any New York trend-setter jealous, as it balanced romantic and chic styles perfectly. You know you love it!

 xxoo,

Natural Beauties Floral

Sunday
Oct052014

Floral Thoughts…

Wednesday
Oct012014

Blushing Spring Beauty at the JW Marriott Chicago

 

 

Spring was in the air at this romantic wedding at the JW Marriott in Chicago. The lush floral designs of this wedding created an elegant atmosphere for this golf theme affair. Playing into the couple's love of golf (the groom was a former professional golfer), we designed the place card table to resemble a golf course, as well as small table table numbers of wheat grass, orchids, and spray roses to imitate golf holes. Gold mercury vases and glittering candles illuminated the reception room, creating a beautiful and intimate environment. 

On par with the romantic vibe of the wedding, we had full floral arrangements for the bride and bridesmaids' bouquets as well as the table centerpieces. For the bride's bouquet, we used japhets, pink ranunculus, white dahlias, white peonies, white lisianthus, pink garden roses, and white sweet peas wrapped in lace. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of white cymbidium orchids, blush garden roses, white peonies, white ranunculus, and ivory spray roses. The boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen were white ranunculus, while the flower girls had blush spray rose and eucalyptus flower crowns. For the table centerpieces, we included white hydrangeas, white ranunculus, blush garden roses, white cymbidiums, white peonies, and blush roses. The romanitc, sophisticated reception was a total hole in one in our book- we loved designing the florals for it! 

Photos by: Nakai Photography

xxoo

Natural Beauties

 

Monday
Sep292014

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2015 Floral lnspo 

Resort Wear initially was designed for upscale customers that never truly spent any time in cold weather. Flocking to warm climates for extended vacations, the client's demand for this style caused it to be designed year round. Oscar de la Renta's 2015 Resort Wear collection taps into this idea, the ageless elegance and bright colors creating a stylized vacation look that feels as warm as the weather surrounding it. The simple silhouettes of each design allow for intricate floral patterns that easy to wear, yet sophisticated. Resort wear spans from daytime looks, to cocktail or black tie attire, as evidenced by the more formal gown pictured above. Between the train on this dress and the oversized bow, this elegant design still feels light and natural. 

Based of the fun vibe of Oscar de la Renta's Resort Wear collection, we designed an arrangement inspired by the intricate floral designs and bright color palettes. We used succulents, pink snow berries, white tulips, white hydrangeas, pink proteas, bi-colored pink and white spray roses, and seeded eucalyptus to capture the youthful, radiant feel of the Resort Wear dresses. We love these lively, yet sophisticated looks, and we can't wait to see what de la Renta does next!

Monday
Sep292014

Floral Thoughts…

Thursday
Sep252014

Old Hollywood Glam at the Allerton Hotel Chicago

The Allerton Hotel in Chicago is the perfect setting for an Old Hollywood Glam wedding. The Art Deco design of the hotel, paired with the black and white classic color scheme, creates an atmosphere of glamorous and ritz. This wedding incorporated a monobotanic style to effect Old Hollywood, with red roses adding a pop of color throughout the black and white styled Tip Top Tap ballroom. The black, white, and red color palette showcased a classic look with a twist, and created the perfect Old Hollywood Glam environment. 

The boutonnieres of red roses complimented the bride's red rose bouquet, while the flower girl carried a red carnation pomander. Crystals wrapped the bride's bouquet of red roses, as well as the reception's lush table arrangements. Crystals were similarly wrapped around trios of cylinder vases that held red roses submerged below floating candles. Between the candles and the crystals, the Tip Top Tap ballroom glittered as the lights of the Chicago skyline peaked in through the windows. This classic Old Hollywood wedding used a beautiful color palette to create its look, as well as the perfect venue choice. Congratulations from Natural Beauties Floral!

Photos: Rebecca Marie Photogprahy

 

Wednesday
Sep242014

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Gowns

When planning a bohemian wedding, finding the perfect, understated dress can be hard, especially if you aren't looking for a basic sundress. Stop the search and check out Grace Loves Lace wedding gowns! Based in Australia, with all dresses handmade in their own studio, Grace Loves Lace champions the unique bride. Describing their dresses as "unique, free spirited, sophisticated, bohemian and luxe," Grace Loves Lace designs dresses for the bride who "always, always bets everything on love." These romantic, yet understated styles bring a natural vibe to any bride, and work perfect for any garden, barn, or rustic setting. 

With intricate lace detailing and patterns along the dresses, these styles can be paired with statement jewelry to mix hard and soft looks. The variety of necklines and dress silhouettes allow any boho bride to find a dress that fits her, with bolder looks including two piece dresses. Whether it is with a slouchy or high necklines, these dresses feel relaxed, yet elegant. Worn with a unique flowered or jewled headband, or braided hairstyle, these dresses are the epitome of free spirited. While it may be a little chilly for winter, Grace Loves Lace designs are beautiful, well crafted designs that bring a touch of bohemian to any wedding. 

Wednesday
Sep242014

Wedding Palette Inspiration off the Runway of Elie Saab

With "Dark Opulence," as the title of the fashion show, there was no doubt Elie Saab's 2014/2015 collection would be dramatic. Known for his feminine, glamorous looks, Elie Saab's designs this year balanced polar textures, colors, and styles. Pairing soft, feminine styles with hard lines and accessories, Elie Saab debuted an edgier look than in the past, showcasing more modern designs. With this collection drawing inspiration from Mark Rothko, Saab relies on an "ombre motif" to transition from a harsh black to a softer blush at the bottom. Similarly, the dress becomes more transparent as it gets closer to the bottom, adding a sense of drama and flair to the traditional ball gown model. 

The "ombre motif" allows a bride to have both a darker, more edgy color, but balances it with softer, more feminine colors. Not only does the "ombre motif" work perfect for autumn and winter events, but it also allows use of all the colors between the dark and light colors. This color gradation creates modern, glamorous color palettes that are sure to entrance any guest. We've included pictures of a black and blush ombre floral look as well as the dress we've highlighted above as inspiration. Whether it be for a wedding, a dinner party, or even interior design, the "ombre motif" lets you get the best of both design worlds-- the soft, feminine and the edgier, masculine. Who doesn't like that?

Wednesday
Sep242014

Enchanted Garden Wedding at the AIC

On a beautiful August day, Natural Beauties Floral took to the Art Institute of Chicago, excited to add some real flowers to the pictures of flowers painted by Monet and Van Gogh among others. In this Gardenesque wedding, we used white, peaches, blues, champagnes, and greens to create a natural ambiance that felt playful yet intimate. In addition to the birch and lace adorned chuppah, the moss and grapewood branches on the tables paired with the floral designs created a woodsy vibe, with the a perfect Michigan Avenue background that made the reception feel modern and elegant.

Adding a unique touch to the floral arrangements, cloches were placed over many of the designs. The ambient light in the reception area illuminated not only the cloche glass but also the milk glass and mercury vases, effecting a romantic and elegant feel. The textured arrangements created a garden atmosphere, with multibotanic designs that felt natural and whimsical. We used clematis, dahlias, queen anne laces, sea holly thistle, succulents, stock, spray roses, anemones, veronice, dusty miller, lisianthus, opium pods, sarracenia, seeded eucalyptus, and sword fern to craft this gardenesque look, and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Congrats to Julia and Phil from Natural Beauties Floral! 

Photo: Melissa Hayes Photography
Planning: Shannon Gail  

Wednesday
Sep172014

Floral Thoughts…

Thursday
Sep112014

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015: Floral Gown by Carolina Herrera

 

Described by the New York Times as "elegant and worldly without being fussy," Carolina Herrera's designs have graced Oscar red carpets, Jackie O's wardrobe, and countless Vogue spreads. Using flowers as her inspiration, Carolina Herrera's Spring-Summer 2015 collection for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week showcased unique designs and natural hues. Herrera crafted a runway that felt simultaneously high fashion and plucked straight out of a garden; the show's color palette was based off natural florals-- pinks, blues, purples, yellows, white, and grays. Though Herrera may have found inspiration from florals, she rooted her designs in modernity, creating a wearable, fashionable collection that has us at Natural Beauties Floral incredibly excited!

The more formal dresses (like the one pictured above) employ what Herrera calls a "broken vase" style. This deconstructed design created between mesh panels and white printed fabric effects the illusion of shattered glass. The broken image and geometric sections of cloth bring a futuristic feel to the look, and doesn't simply depict a flower. The hard lines of the silhouette contrast the delicate floral graphic, creating a balance of styles that give this dress its edge. At Natural Beauties Floral, we love seeing florals in fashion-- keep them coming, Carolina!

Thursday
Sep112014

Chicago Sun Times Splash Editorial: Ever After

The nuptials of Danielle Lutz and Glenn Richter are gracing the pages of Chicago Sun Times this week, and we couldn't have been happier to contribute to this beautiful day! Beginning at the Fourth Presbyterian Church for the ceremony, guests flocked to the historic Woman's Athletic Club for the reception. The Woman's Athletic Club, chosen for its similarity to the bride and groom's home, showcases antique chandeliers and metallic details that seamlessly blended with the wedding's decor to effect an air of elegance. Mixing vintage with art deco accents, the Woman's Athletic Club was the perfect choice for a romantic setting. 

The sophisticated styling of the wedding didn't stop at the bride's custom made gown or lilac bridesmaids dresses, it extended to the lush floral designs as well. Our floral arrangements included dusty miller, white hydrangeas, various shades of roses and spray roses, garden roses, dahlias, tulips, gardenias, phalaenopsis orchids, cymbidium orchids, dianthus, and mokara orchids. The Woman's Athletic Club looked romantic yet tasteful, and we loved contributing these full, elaborate arrangements. From all of us at Natural Beauties Floral, congratulations Danielle and Glenn!

*All images are courtesy of  Chicago Sun-Times Splash

For the full feature, check it out over on Splash: Ever After

Thursday
Sep112014

Pantone Spring 2015 Color Trends

With the wrap up of New York Fashion Week this week, fashionistas and design lovers alike were atwitter with the Spring 2015 trends. In lieu of the dramatic "Radiant Orchid," we're seeing cool, minimalist hues and warm, subtle neutrals from both New York Fashion Week and Pantone's announcement of Spring 2015's color palette. The emphasis on colors derived from nature pulls us away from Spring 2014's heavier, more stylized hues, and we're totally on board!

Called "En Plein Air," the Spring 2015 collection of colors works uses a calming, ethereal tone meant to take us away from the busy hustle and bustle of the outside world. These "quiet zones," blend both cool greens and blues with warmer neutrals to create the balance we all crave after a long day. The Spring 2015 fashion trends incorporate "En Plein Air"-- for perfect examples of the blending of the Spring 2015 colors, check out BCBGMAXAZRIA, Monique Lhuillier, or Betsey Johnson's runway looks.

We're expecting to see "En Plein Air" this Spring at Natural Beauties Floral. We're already planning weddings with muted palettes, creating a soft, natural look that makes simple, gorgeous arrangements for any bride. While black has always been a popular wedding color, we're definitely noticing a lot more of Pantone's "Glacier Gray," for bridesmaid dresses and fabrics. Blushes, whites, and cool blues are also gaining popularity for spring weddings, and we have Pantone to thank! Whether it's in your wedding, in your house, or in a floral arrangement, Pantone's motto of Spring 2015 is "Keep Calm and Carry On." 

Thursday
Sep042014

MOD Floral and Fashion

MOD fashion meets MOD floral

With a knack for drama and extravagance, Valentino revolutionized fashion. While we often think of his ball gowns, Valentino's creations go beyond just the red carpet. Tapping into 1960s Mod fashion, Valentino's 2014 Fall Runway brought androgynous silhouettes, geometric patterns, and emphasis on unique color back to life, and back into our wardrobes!

Valentino's homage to Mod highlights shapes and bold lines paired with gender neutral cuts, stressing the importance of technical design within clothing. The boyish cut of the clothing brings attention away from the figure, emphasizing the importance of the clothing itself, not the model wearing it. The bright colors bring a playfulness that channels the fun, funky 1960s. Valentino nails the Mod fashion look, and updates the 1960s feel for a 2014 ready to wear vibe. 

We've complimented Valentino's fashion with our own floral Fall look, using a warmer color palette of flowers to emulate the same Mod style. In this bold, lush arrangement, magenta garden roses, red spray roses, blush cymbidium orchids, white dianthus, and black succulents echo the same eye-catching style of Mod fashion. At Natural Beauties Floral, we love the fun variety of Mod fashion, but we're pretty okay with leaving the word "groovy" behind. 

Friday
Aug082014

Garden Glam Wedding at the Allerton Hotel Chicago



 

 

The Allerton hotel in Chicago, with its Art Deco decor and style is the perfect venue for glam weddings. This wedding had a gardenesque theme, which paired well with the glamorous styling of the venue and floral arrangements. The black bridesmaids dresses paired with white florals to create an elegant contrast that effected a sophisticated atmosphere. This wedding balanced a combination of styles perfectly, as both gardenesque and glam were equally represented. 

The lush floral arrangements included white stock, white peonies, white spray roses, white roses, white nigella, white cymbidium orchids, white peonies, white mock orange flowers, and white hydrangeas. The monochromatic gardenesque arrangements brought a dreamy ambiance to this wedding. 

Friday
Aug082014

Chanel Inspired Style Shoot

Chanel fashion is synonymous with classic elegance, and in our Chanel Inspired Style Shoot, we used Chanel's basic style tenets to create a romantic, yet chic appeal. Typically, Chanel uses black and white to create a classic vibe with the addition of a pop of color, generally a metallic or textured print. In this shoot specifically, we added gold to bring both a textured feel but also a splash of tasteful color. With our use of candlelight, not only did we highlight the metallic gold, but we also created a sense of intimacy and ambience. Enclosing the candles within bird cages gave the shoot a Parisian atmosphere, while the strands of pearls used as decor paid homage to Coco Chanel herself. 

For the florals, we used arrangements of blush ranunculus, white tulips, white anemones, blush viburnum berries, white sweet peas, white roses, ivory spray roses, white stock, and white hydrangeas. We used lush, romantic arrangements to highlight the elegance and classic style of Chanel, while still staying close to a wedding theme. With the black and white color scheme paired with gold accents, this shoot had an air of sophistication that is easily applicable to any romantic wedding. 

Thursday
Jul312014

A Regal Wedding at The Drake Chicago

The Gold Coast Room in The Drake Chicago hotel glittered as bold flowers and warm metallics created an atmosphere of pure elegance. Whether it was the intricate henna adorning the Bride's hands, or the patterns curling down the walls and canopy of the Gold Room, this detailed wedding was styled perfectly for a romantic wedding. The floating candles and the gold decor shimmered throughout the room, creating a sense of intimacy and warmth. With twinkling lights, lush floral arrangements and a stylized venue, this traditional Indian wedding is the perfect example of romance and elegance.

The “gold” in the Drake's Gold Coast Room is no misnomer; the stunning metallic sheen of the room worked perfectly with the wedding's romantic style. Playing off the gold coloring of both the room and the wedding decor, we created lush arrangements of roses, french tulips, jasmine, stock, phalaenopsis orchids, dendrobium orchids, spray roses surrounded by floating metallic gold candles to amplify the brightness of the room. The intricate design of the room, warm color scheme, and bold flowers all gave this wedding a majestic atmosphere, and this theme was completed by the Bride and Groom's amazing style. Congratulations to Sri and Brian from Natural Beauties Floral!

 

Wednesday
Jul232014

Our Free Spirit Style Shoot is Featured in Smitten Magazine Vol. 11

We are so thrilled to announce that Natural Beauties Floral's "Free Spirit Style Shoot" is featured in the elenth volume of Smitten Magazine. Smitten Magazine, one of the go-to inspiration guides for brides to be, features our shoot in the sections titled: "Free for all." While it's on newstands now, you can also look online at Smitten Magazine's website. Smitten has great ideas for wedding and bridal looks, and we're happy to be a part of the magazine's summer installment. Happy styling!

This style shoot was also featured on Burnetts Boards.

Tuesday
Jul152014

F/W 2014 Wedding Gown Trends

While the idea of dusting off jackets and putting away sun dresses brings cringes and tears, perhaps the only thing exciting about winter is Fall/Winter Bridal Fashion shows from our favorite designers. Whether it be Monique Lhullier, Naeem Khan or haute couture's darlings Christian Dior or Elie Saab, the look for Fall 2014 is bold, with a touch of bohemian to bring a unique approach to the cut, color, and design of the dress.

As temperatures drop, designers have been letting necklines rise, sleeves cover bare arms, and innovative silhouettes take over for the wedding day look. For Fall 2014, Naeem Khan premiered a slinky dress cut that clings to the body and defines a bride's shape. Christian Dior and Monique Lhullier both vary the length of their dresses with cuts falling above the knee, mid calf, and ankle prompting bold shoe style and color choices. Piggy-backing off unique dress shapes and style trends, Naeem Khan and Marchesa both premiered dresses with sheer sleeves and not a plunging neckline in sight. Paired with the lace or beading, these more modest looks can still bring drama and class to a dress.

While weddings regardless of season have a variety of themes, Fall 2014's feel is definitely bohemian. Boho dresses often have loose bodices without a daring neckline, belted or cinched waists, and long, flowing skirts. Lace and beading are generally minimal, with the emphasis being on the looser frame and flowing material and fabric.  

Though the bohemian feel of the Fall 2014 runways definitely prompted more understated dresses, Vera Wang, Dennis Basso, Theia, and Monique Lhullier all appealed to the dramatic bride with bold, colorful dresses for brides not concerned with a “White Wedding.” Vera Wang's runway highlighted pinks, blushes, and corals through textured ballgowns, while Dennis Basso also jumped on the trend, with an eye-catching red dress that captured both the peplum and fit and flare style. Slightly less theatrical, Monique Lhullier and Theia showcased gold shimmery and gray/silver gowns, bringing a more subtle twist to the ball gown look. 

When looking for a haute couture dress, look to Elie Saab for trendy styles framed in romantic, delicate dresses. With a Fall collection that contains, high necklines, long sleeves, dramatic beading and intricate lace designs, Elie Saab brings a variety of styles to fashion forward brides. Elie Saab never overwhelms with her bolder, fuller dresses, as she pairs sheer fabrics and tasteful embellishments to balance the look.

Though less traditional, Christian Dior provides any bride with a straight off the runway look, with ankle and mid-calf length dresses, bell shaped skirts, and sleek gowns that flatter but never overpower the bride. Dior's Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 show employed a white orchid wall as the backdrop for innovative figures and elaborate design work, as detailed stitching and fabric patterns contrasted the smooth petals and full blooms of the flowers decorating the catwalk.

Judging by the variety of styles that have graced New York, Paris, and London runways, there is no shortage of style directions to go for a Fall 2014 bridal look. Whether it's vivid and sensational, or bohemian and trendy, this season's high necklines and long sleeves allow for warm bodies as temperatures drop, and brides can enjoy their big day shivering only from excitement.

Florally,
Jan + Jillian