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Natural Beauties Floral
212 N Sangamon St, #3C
Chicago , IL  60607
Phone: (312) 243-2690
Monday
Jan182016

Chic, Chic, Chic at The Newberry Library


Classic elegance filled every corner of the Newberry Library for this fabulous and timeless wedding in black, white and gold.  The atmosphere created by a library venue is inherently magical; there is a sense of tradition, romance and ceaseless dreams that infuses the air.  We love the playful and whimsy use of the old card catalog as a vessel to hold florals on the escort table, those tiny drawers that have held within them such a wealth of information, creativity and imagination.  All the endless possibilities that lie ahead of the newly married couple are emulated by the limitless abundance of options to explore at the library.  What a romantic thought that is.

These all white florals are perfect; delicate blooms of ranunculus, sweet peas, orchids and hydrangea contribute to the dreamy atmosphere and timeless ambiance.  Simple black linens and gold chargers round out the look with elegance and just the right amount of formality to remind guests they are a part of a truly special evening.  Guests left the library with dreams of romance, adventure and everlasting memories.  

 xxoo,
natural beauties floral 

Thursday
Dec172015

Modern Luxury Brides, Jan '16  Editorials

Thursday
Dec032015

Floral Thoughts…

Tuesday
Dec012015

Kumquats and Peonies…What else could you ask for on your wedding day?

 

 

This wedding is a shining example of everything we love about vintage romance.  Germania Place is a perfect venue for this type of aesthetic and it worked flawlessly for this bride and groom.  Everything from the tall arched windows; the grey, green and gold wainscoting; the vintage crystal chandeliers, was completely and amazingly in sync.  The use of greenery as a base for the floral arrangements in this space was brilliant. Between the height of the ceilings and the lightness of the room, it would have been easy for a lighter arrangement to be overwhelmed by the grandness of the room and lost.  The eucalyptus base for these arrangements gave the space a very natural, romantic garden feel and really made the arrangements pop against their surroundings.  There was a lot of play with texture here with the dahlias, astilbe, queen anne’s lace, berries and of course – kumquats!  What could be more fun?  These sweet little orange fruits brought an element of playfulness and added to that natural aesthetic that made this reception so beautiful.  The color palette and variety of florals was elegant but fun - with rich, luxurious burgundy peonies, ivory spray roses, dusty champagne roses and peachy garden roses accented with whimsy lace, berries and ferns to add texture and movement – it all came together in a truly stunning way.  All in all, this wedding is a perfect reminder of the timelessness of vintage romance.   
xxoo,
Natural Beauties 

 

Tuesday
Dec012015

Floral Thoughts…

Tuesday
Dec012015

Spring Beauties inspired by Zimmerman SS16

Have we ever mentioned how much we love to see floral inspiration in fashion?  The textures, the colors, and the manipulation of natural movement – all these elements are so fun to play with and can be used to create such beautiful and unique designs in both the floral world and the fashion world.  Zimmerman’s Spring Summer 2016 line reminds us once again of our passion for floral in fashion and how well it can be done.  We couldn’t help but feel inspired to create this beautiful bouquet to compliment his incredible designs.

This year’s Spring Summer line by Zimmerman is full of girly, romantic textures with playful embellishments paired unexpectedly with very sophisticated and chic silhouettes.  A look that makes a girl feel flirty but strikingly confident.  These two particular pieces feature the ruffly details that are showcased throughout her line, the youthful personality that we love, strong lines and the palette that can transcend seasons.

We created a bouquet to compliment these two looks with frilly texture, playful pops of color and natural movement.  White hydrangea serves as the base for the bouquet as the delicate white fabric does in these two dresses.  The lacey dusty miller and blue thistle beautifully mimic the girlish frills that decorate the skirts, adding a delicate natural movement.  We added very intentional pops of color with the tulips and ranunculus, not a uniform pattern but a natural sort of sprinkling of colorful blooms.   

xxoo,
natural beauties 

Sunday
Oct252015

Modern Chicago Wedding at Venue Six10

Modern chic at its best - this wedding at the Venue Six10 was one for the books. The bride’s dress was an unbelievable princess gown with a gorgeously textured skirt.  It was amazing how the texture of her skirt complimented the texture of the floral arrangements for the reception – absolutely fabulous.  She carried a beautiful, one-of-a-kind bouquet of cascading phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids.  Her bridesmaids’ dresses were blush pink and had fun, short, textured skirts that paired perfectly with the bride’s gown.

It can be difficult to create an ambiance that feels timeless while employing the crisp, simple, minimalist characteristics of a modern atmosphere, but they managed to nail it here.   All white florals in an all white space set the stage with a clean, contemporary palette while the dove gray linens add that subtle touch of warmth and depth that is needed.  The low, lush arrangements were designed in a beautiful zoning style, a modern technique, using a combination of both classically delicate and modern florals.  We love the choice of baby’s breath for the tall arrangements, another perfect way to introduce a traditional element in a modern way.  The sweetheart table is one of our all time favorites– how could it not be?  The draping phalaenopsis orchids are arranged in such a perfectly romantic way.  The bridesmaids’ bouquets of peonies lining the front of the table add a luxurious and feminine touch that just takes it over the top.  A night to remember!

Photos: David Lai Weddings

Sunday
Oct252015

Floral Thoughts….

Tuesday
Oct132015

Blushing Beauty at the Chicago Waldorf Astoria

It doesn’t get more glamorous than this, ladies.  This wedding at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago was absolutely dripping in luxury.  The venue was a flawless match for our bride - the extravagant crystal chandeliers, beautifully detailed high ceilings, immaculate marble floors, antique mirrored walls, abundance of natural light – each and every feature was perfection, like a modern day castle fit for a queen.  The bride’s gown was equally breathtaking, a timeless beauty with a perfect silhouette and subtle detailing, paired with an all white, extra-lush, textural bouquet.  We love how complimentary the bridesmaids’ gowns were with their sweetheart neckline and floor-length glamour, nothing short of picture-perfect.  The girls’ bouquets offered a gorgeous accent against all the black and white; white florals with the softest, most romantic shades of blush.

This king and queen know how to throw a party and it shows in the details of their reception.  Creating a celebratory atmosphere while maintaining the glamour and class can be tricky, but these two struck the perfect balance.  The glimmering elevated candlelight along with the glow of the crystal chandeliers maintain the romance and luxuriousness while the subtle pink up lighting create a party vibe.  Elegantly draping tulips and orchids accented with hanging crystals embellish the extra-lush, tall arrangements.  With bottle service at every table, guests were encouraged to embrace their VIP status for the night and indulge in the celebration.

 xxoo,
natural beauties 

Photos: Miller + Miller Photography

Tuesday
Sep292015

Modern Luxury and Aerin Lauder make a bold statement with Fuchsia at the 2015 Women of Style Luncheon

We were so thrilled to be a part of the 2015 Women of Style Luncheon hosted by Modern Luxury in collaboration with Aerin Lauder at The Ivy Room in Chicago.  We believe that integrating your own style into every aspect of your life is so important and empowering; it is something worth acknowledging and celebrating.  The way you decorate your home, the way you dress yourself and the way you present yourself to others are a reflection of what lies beneath the surface and all have significant impact on the impression that you make on the world.  Owning and cultivating your own style gives an individual a special sense of confidence and self-assurance that is quite liberating.

The styling of this lunch was just fabulous; the ambiance was understated but bold, elegant and feminine while maintaining an undertone of strength and conviction.   The beautifully packaged Aerin Lauder products make up a stunning display beside vibrant pink florals that are daring, playful and luxurious.  The dark leather chair covers give a perfect touch of masculinity to the atmosphere, a dynamic that we absolutely adore.  We absolutely loved contributing to this fantastic event.

Thursday
Sep242015

Flowers + Fashion: A Bouquet Inspired by Luisa Beccaria Spring 2016

A celebration of the designer’s love of florals, Luisa Beccaria’s Spring 2016 line is an exquisite use of floral inspiration in fashion.  Many of the pieces in this collection are totally wearable, like this amazing silk organza dress.  Perfectly delicate, feminine, soft and romantic, this is the kind of dress that just makes a girl feel pretty.  The gentle, flowing silhouette and subtly layered organza creates an ethereal and somewhat retro look.  The pink floral appliqué embellishments give this dress energy and life, accentuating the garment’s airy movement.

After falling in love with this dress we were inspired to create the perfect accessory to pair with this dress – a feminine, layered, textural bouquet of pink stock, white ranunculus, pink lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, olive leaf, spray roses and garden roses.  The pops of pink emulate the appliqué adornments, sporadic and adding different elements of texture.  The greenery and lisianthus add natural movement and depth to the bouquet.  These two make an absolutely lovely pair. 

xxoo,
natural beauties 

Friday
Aug212015

Floral Thoughts…

Friday
Aug212015

Pop Art Chicago Wedding at Adler Planetarium

This vibrant couple’s wedding at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium was an invigorating breath of crisp, fresh air.  The bright color palette and bold floral designs highlighted the life and personality of this great city and this beautiful couple in such a perfect way.  Every detail was a reflection of the bride and groom’s bright and bubbly energy and their excitement on their special day.

What an incredible backdrop for a wedding ceremony - Lake Michigan and the entire Chicago skyline in the distance, at one of the city’s most prized historic landmarks; the nation’s very first Planetarium.  No better way to showcase the beauty, excitement and dynamic culture of our city.  The bride’s gown was spectacular and so fitting for the venue.  Subtle beading mimicked a twinkly, starry night and the asymmetrical tiered skirt was reminiscent of the bold architecture of the city and the Planetarium.  The shade of purple for the bridesmaids’ dresses was perfect in the way that it popped against the expansive backdrop – no five-star view was stealing their thunder that day.  The groomsmen looked perfectly dapper for the ceremony, sans suit jackets, accessorized with bow ties and suspenders.  The playful energy and the genuine excitement for the couple radiated from the smiles and laughter of the bridal party all day long.

The reception was adorned perfectly with florals and pops of purple that accentuated the unique space through lighting and decorative paper lanterns.  Arrangements of hydrangea, orchids, stock flower, calla lilies and roses in varying shades were arranged in stunning asymmetrical designs that gave depth and dimension to the space and highlighted the curve of the windowed walls and the astronomically high glass ceilings.  Guests were absorbed by the energy and joy of the evening and spent the night dancing under the stars.

xxoo,
natural beauties 

Photography: Steve Koo Photography

Monday
Aug102015

Floral Thoughts….

Thursday
Aug062015

Romantic-Chic Chicago Wedding

Sweet, sweet romance; this wedding at the Bloomingdale Golf Club will give you a toothache.  The sweetest of couples in the sweetest of settings.  A more perfect gown for this bride does not exist, the traditional lace bodice and classic silhouette are beautiful and are complimented so well by the flowy, girlish, somewhat playful skirt.  The twinkle in the bride’s eyes and the warmth of the couples’ smiles was positively heartwarming; it was impossible not to feel the love in their presence on their wedding day, and all of their guests were lucky to bask in it.

The bride fluttered gleefully down the aisle towards her groom, smiling ear to ear, carrying a gorgeous all-white bouquet of peonies, gardenias, ranunculus and garden roses.  Her excitement was contagious, giving the bridesmaids butterflies and causing them to grasp their bouquets with a little extra intention.  The groom stood patiently, handsomely, and beamed back at his bride-to-be as she inched closer, anxious to hold her delicate hands in his own.  With the look in their eyes and on their faces and the feeling that filled the room, these two effortlessly let it be known that they are made for each other. 

At the reception, guests were enveloped by the romantic ambiance; pure and beautiful and dripping with sweetness.  Soft romantic candlelight, lush white florals accented gently with eucalyptus, perfectly implemented pops of burgundy, just the right mix of depth and texture, and to top it all off – individually wrapped chocolate treats at each place setting for guests to bring home.  Sugary sweet to the very end.

xxoo,
Natural Beauties 

Planning: Five Grain Events
Photography: Christy Tyler Photography

Thursday
Aug062015

Floral Thoughts….

Tuesday
Aug042015

Cloud 9 at the University Club of Chicago

This wedding at the University Club of Chicago is what dreams are made of – a fairytale come to life.  From start to finish, every last detail added to the romantic, dreamy, timeless ambiance that enveloped guests at both the ceremony and reception.  The bride was utterly radiant in her princess gown, carrying a simple, romantic lush bouquet of all white peonies.  The joy glimmered in her eyes as she floated down the aisle of the church.  Soft afternoon light shone down on the couple through the incredible stained glass mosaics, amplifying the height and beauty of the intricate vaulted ceilings and casting a romantic glow.  

When guests arrived they enjoyed cocktails in the library, which is ever so fitting, surrounded by classic novels, rich history, and stories that paint beautiful pictures in our heads and weave the cloth of our dreams.  The escort table was like a walk through a beautiful enchanted garden, decorated with natural moss and romantic white and blush blooms, giving it a whimsical and ethereal feel. 

The University Club itself is an image straight out of a fairytale, like walking into a great old stone castle.  Large ballrooms lit by great big iron chandeliers that hang from vaulted ceilings as high as the sky give you the feeling that you have traveled back in time.  The grand rooms are adorned with great big fireplaces, stained glass windows and all the charm and tradition you can imagine.  The reception was absolutely beautiful with two different centerpieces arranged with florals in white, ivory and just a touch of blush.  The tall Manzanita branches embellished with hydrangea and tea lights were a perfect way to add dimension and height to the centerpieces.  The second style featured submerged dendrobium orchids topped with floating candles and surrounded by three vases of lush hydrangea, tulips, garden roses and ranunculus.   Full of elevated candlelight and lined with the bridesmaid and bridal bouquets, the head table was fit for royalty, a storybook feasting table.  From beginning to end, every enchanting, romantic detail was immaculate.  A perfect fairytale.

Planning: Five Grain Events
Photos: JLB Weddings 

xxoo,
natural beauties 

Friday
Jul312015

Valentino F/W '15/16 Bohemian/Couture Bridal Fashion Inspired Floral Bouquet

This Valentino gown is absolutely irresistible. We don’t know how he does it, but this gown is a perfect blend of Romantic Bohemian and Haute Couture, and it is to die for. The delicate, sheer white fabric gives it a soft and feminine feel, while the silhouette is highly structured and almost has an “of the future” quality about it. The ethereal movement of the skirt and the seemingly unfinished hem are everything we love Bohemian; free-spirited, ruffly and girlish. The neckline and perfectly complimentary sleeves are all Couture; daring, bold and unique.  The harmony between the two aesthetics is exquisite.   

There is no better flower to pair with this gown than the Stephanotis beauty. It is so dynamic, just like Valentino’s gown, the dainty blooms are delicate and feminine while maintaining consistent structure and shape. The eye of each perfect flower is brilliantly defined; creating an aesthetic that is reminiscent of the embroidery that can be seen in the gown’s fabric. This beautiful bouquet and stunning gown are a match made in heaven.

Wednesday
Jul082015

Ombré Chicago Wedding at the AIC

What a stunner – this June wedding at the Art Instutute of Chicago was the epitome of modern chic.  Clean lines, a crisp white backdrop, impactful pops of color and just the right touch of romance; simplicity at its finest.

This couple absolutely could not have selected a more perfect site than the AIC’s modern wing for their wedding ceremony; fresh, beautiful and pure.  The bride carried a lovely bouquet of white calla lilies, which gorgeously complimented her simple, elegant gown. The space was enhanced with just the right touches, nothing overpowering, just accents that subtly transformed the museum throughway into a lovely backdrop for the couple’s vows.  The impeccably arranged callas arched towards one another, simulating the natural pull that brought this stunning couple together, soulmates united.

The bridal party was done up to compliment the bride and groom in textbook fashion, wearing black suits and dresses, a continuation of the simple and modern overall look.  The bridesmaids carried bouquets of bright pink peonies that popped energetically against their black dresses, adding just the right dose of fun and dimension. 

Terzo Piano knows the name of the game – simple clean lines – and was transformed into a stunning vision for the reception that radiated class and sophistication while emulating a modern work of art.  The monochromatic purple florals were arranged within an ombre style were vibrant and impactful against the chic, modern and airy space, truly bringing it to life.  The Moon Series Carnations that were used for these arrangements were the ideal medium; offering an incredible array of color and amazing texture.  Absolute perfection.

Although these arrangements scream “simplicity”, actually designing them is quite a bit more involved than what one might think.  There were nearly ten thousand individual stems that went into the centerpieces for the reception.  That’s right!  Nearly ten thousand stems, individually given a fresh cut and arranged one by one into each vase.  Seeing it all come together in the space was incredible, and this wedding was a fantastic example of how florals can truly transform a room, giving it life and infusing it with a cohesive look and feel throughout the space.  Stunning.

Photogrpahy: Olivia Leigh Photogprahie

Wednesday
Jun172015

Floral Thoughts….