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Natural Beauties Floral
212 N Sangamon St, #3C
Chicago , IL  60607
Phone: (312) 243-2690
Tuesday
Apr152014

Bridal Fashion Spring/Summer 2015 NYC

Did you ever think you'd be looking at wedding dresses and say "I want those socks"  Say What?  Yes, we are obsessed with Marchesa's lace socks and frocks this season.  This hip new look of cropped wedding dresses and dainty lacy socks paired with louboutins is callin' our name.  Not sure if you are ready to take the fashion risk? Perhaps, this could work as your second dress for the reception makin' your dancing feet quite the style statement.

The 90s heroin chic iconic silhouettes are back!  Houghton's, an unfamiliar household name, is really starting to make a name for itself.  We fell in love with this designer over a year ago when we stumbled upon them in search of a modern, unique wedding dress for a style shoot.  Needless to say it didn't work out, but we love them anyways!  Their sleek, minimalist dress is perfect for the slender, lengthy bride who is modest about her gown but huge on style.  Sexy is back!

Naeem Kahn's Spring 2015 line featured lavish beaded beauties.  The figure forming gowns are overflowing in intricate detailed patterns and are perfect for a girl with curves.

Do you DARE to BARE?  Lots of designers featured mid drift bridal gowns down the runway this Spring.  These gowns are perfect for the untraditional bride or perhaps a destination wedding.  Honolulu here we come!

And, if you are looking to get toned up before the big day, check out the best nutrition tips from our dear friend Kara Stout.  She is sure to get you in shape in no time!

Something blue? We are in awe of this romantic blue hued gown.  Monique lhuillier featured a variety of silhouettes for her Spring line. Our favorites from her line were the traditional, princess ball gown.  We loved the full skirt style and her "something blue" gown.

If a colored gown isn't your cup of tea, then how about Gothic Chic?  Vera Wang took a huge risk implementing this gauzy goth look.  We are in awe of the textural elements from her line; however, we are not sure they are the perfect gown for the aisle.  Needless to say Vera is always fashion forward and we love her style.

Calling all lace lovers!  Intricate lacy details had us swooning over Temperley SS 2015 bridal gowns. This line is great for a free spirit soul tying the knot with her beau in the countryside. 

Friday
Apr112014

A Charming Chicago Winter Wedding

We love a romantic lace wedding gown, especially when it is paired with a vintage fur.

The lady's wintry slate dresses were complimented by soft, romantic blush beauties with grey accents.

The gents looked quite dapper in their black tuxedos accented by a blush garden rose and slate greenery.

Guests were greeted by custom illuminated "Mark" and "Eliza" candles and sweet lush florals.  They gathered for cocktails in an outdoor (heated) garden.

The bridesmaids' bouquets featured beauties of garden roses, ranunculus, silver brunia berries, stock, spray roses and dusty miller.  The bride's romantic bouquet was a designed with ranunculus, garden roses, silver brunia berries, stock and dusty miller. 

All the bouquets were repurposed down the head table along with romantic style centerpieces.

The reception tables featured a trio of designs at varying heights.  

How sweet is this gold and blush cake by our dear friend Elysia Root?  Yum!

After a long night, a nap was in store.

Photos by Susan Ryan Photography

 

Monday
Mar032014

Vintage Woodland Style Shoot

Couture Woodland Romance - Inspiration Shoot from Amelia Street Studio on Vimeo.

Shoot Details: A woodsy garland of riche beauties and organic pheasant feathers embellished the primitive tablescape.  Luxe blooms in shades of burgundy, peach and coral accented with noir and metallic details created the perfect earthy palette.  The bride carried a flowy, romantic style bridal bouquet wrapped in deep black sateen and sweet ivory lace.  The ceremonial backdrop of budding Manzanita branches had us dreaming of a beautiful spring day.  At the night commenced, guests cheersed to dapper whiskey cocktails and noshed on rhubarb pie.

Credits: Planning, Design, Styling – A Splendid Occasion // Flowers, Antlers, Deer Skull, Fur- Natural Beauties Floral // Photographer- Photography by Karissa // Pies- Bang Bang Pie Shop // Rentals-Rent Vintage Chicago &  Aged Vintage Rentals // Treat bags- Fox and Hound Paperie // Invitations- Tweedle Press // Calligraphy – jilly ink // Hair & Makeup- Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists // Dress – Nearly Newlywed // Hairpiece –Danani Handmade Adornments // Men’s Attire – Bonobos // Video – Amelia Street Studio // Venue – The Keith House 

Tuesday
Feb182014

Blush and Navy Chicago History Museum Wedding

Planning: Clemetine Custom Events

Photography: Jason Brown Photography

Venue: Chicago History Museum

This romantic wedding at Chicago History Museum was styled with a navy blue, green and blush color palette. The color combination works beautifully together for a summer wedding. Our bride truly loved white stephanotis for her bridal bouquet. The tiny star-like blooms are stemless and require a bit of patience in order to design the perfect bridal bouquet. On average it takes about 200 blooms, which are precisely placed to create a chic composite. And the saying goes...something blue? How unique are the brides heels for good luck? 

The bridesmaid's bouquets were hand crafted with cafe au lait dahlias (pure heaven), porcelina spray roses, blush ranunculus, green buplerum, blush stock and navy berries. The composites were completed with navy blue ribbon to compliment the ladies dresses. The escort table featured a large manzanita branch embellished with blush pomanders for a modern elegance. As the guests entered the reception, two style of centerpieces flourished in the center of the tables. Style 1 was a low, lush romantic centerpiece featuring romantic blush and green blooms popping off the navy linens. Style 2 featured an elevated design, similar to style 1, along with branches embellished with blush ranunculus creating our very own unique blooming branches. 

Its always important for us to incorporate style, color theory, and a dreamy vision to meet our client's requests. We strive to achieve excellence in our craft. If a particular product isn't available, we go beyond to do our best to achieve the style and vision for the big day.  

Tuesday
Feb182014

A Snowy Chicago Wedding at the Palomar Hotel

A winter wonderland wedding....

Bridal Bouquet: ranunculus, peonies, spray roses, mini callas, liisisathus, and stephanotis.

The bouquet was elegantly wrapped in chic white sateen and adorned with shimmering crystals.

The umbrellas were the perfect pop of color to this grey, snowy winter day.

The B'Maids carried blushing beauties of ranunulus, roses, lisisnathus and slate brunia berries.

The gents were dashing in elegant mini callas.

A room view at Hotel Palomar

The tables were embellished with winter white and blush florals adorned with woodsy pinecones.

Shining bright in the city lights.

Florals: Natural Beauties Floral

Photography: Gerber and Scarpelli

Venue: Hotel Palomar

Friday
Feb142014

Spring Floral Trends: Botanicals


 

Botanicals are are huge trend this spring for fashion and we are all over it!  We know what your thinking if you live in Chicago....will Spring ever arrive?  These snowy days have given us cabin fever and we are dreaming of summer festivals where we get to rock bohemian black florals.  What to pair with your floral sundress?  The perfect art deco earrings, T-strap sandals, sunnies and a pop of coral on the lips will have you ravishing in the sun.  

Since we are so obsessed with black florals we have created the perfect bouquet to compliment this spring fashion trend.  The bouquet above was designed using coral snapdragons, mini pick callas, silver brunia berries, sage succulents, coral spray roses, peach hypericum berries, and black plumosa fern (our signature floral).  The bouquet was wrapped in coral and black architectural print ribbon.

Florally,

Jan + Jillian

Tuesday
Jan282014

The Bouquet and The Dress: Berta + Bohemian Romance Bouquet

Truly, madly, deeply in love with this bridal gown by BERTA. The designer's dresses are beautifully crafted for brides who love romantic lace, yet an elegantly chic cut. If today, was the day I was tying the knot, I would be walking down the aisle in a Berta. The details to each gown are precisely innovative and stunning. Yes, I'll say it again....I'm in love. 

To have to hold, I would carry a bridal bouquet featuring soft round blooms to compliment the romantic essence in style. The round blooms resemble the softness of femininity and gracefulness. In the bouquet above, I used romantic blooms of lisianthus, ranunculus, spray roses and hellebores. Additional flowers throughout the bouquet have various shapes to provide line movement and volume: stock, parrot tulips, cymbidium orchids, sword fern, and clematis vine. To complete the over composite by incorporating the wedding colors, the bouquet was embellished with ribbon treatment of yellow, navy, and white. I used multiple textures of ribbon, such as grosgrain, satin and lace for a layering effect. 

 

Monday
Jan272014

White and Yellow Summer Chicago Wedding

A romantically chic white bridal bouquet designed with phalaenopsis orchids, dahlias, japhet orchids, mini callas, freesia, and peonies.  The bouquet was elegantly wrapped in white sateen.

Cristi's wedding gown and shoes were romantic and with a touch of bling.

Cristi and Jeff's aisle was embellished with chic annabelle hydrangeas for a classic look.  Her ruffled textured bouquet complimented the train of her gown perfectly.

The ladies carried sunny bouquets of orchids, callas, freesia and ranunculus.

The bridal party

How lovely is this purple field of flowers?  I would love to just sit and daydream all afternoon in the summer sun listening to the sound of mother nature and while the butterflies dance above my head...Okay back to reality...

The gents in chic mini callas accented with lily grass loops.

The reception featured three styles of centerpieces.  Style 1 was a lush, low design of white hydrangeas, white phalaenopsis orchids, yellow freesia, and butterceam ranunculus.

Style 2 was an elevated design of elegant, large callas.  

Centerpieces style 3 glowed through out the night featuring submerged white orchids.

Photos: Victoria Sprung 

Wednesday
Jan222014

Will She Say YES??? A Chicago Winter Wonderland Proposal

 

Roy + Stacey: A Chicago Proposal from Amy Johnson, One Fine Day Prod. on Vimeo.


This romantic-chic aisle was designed for one lucky girl's proposal.  Stacey mesmerized by the snowy winter season, we created the perfect setting for her and Roy's engagement.  We illuminated manzanita branches and embellished them with strung white orchids to resemble the dreamy snow falling outside.

The aisle was adorned with Lucite pedestals embellished by chic white florals and glowing candlelight.

Roy proposed to Stacey under a sheer canopy with custom orchids strung overhead.  We loved this special touch.

Details

Roy got down on one knee to propose to Stacey.  Will she say YES???

How gorgeous is Stacey's ring?

Lovebirds :)

Chic florals and candlelight set the ambiance for this magical day.

We wish these two a lifetime together!

Planning: Vision's Wedding and Event Boutique

Photography: Evan Hunt

Tuesday
Jan212014

Giambattista Vialli Spring 2014 Floral Frock in Radiant Orchid and Coral

Those of us in the design field are always anxiously waiting for the Pantone color of the year to be released, this year it is Radiant Orchid.  You ask what is radiant orchid?  It's not purple like most people are calling it, but rather a cousin of purple.  It's as if magenta and lavender had a baby.  Radiant orchid is a dusty shade of lavender with a hint of deep hued magenta combined to create a pale plumish color....just in case you wanted to get technical ;).

While radiant orchid is trending, so is the color coral.  We have had many brides requesting coral hued florals as well as variations of coral, like peach, for their in 2014 nuptials.  And, if you happen to be a fan of both colors, then why not have a wedding featuring coral and radiant orchid like the design above.  The vibrant bouquet features blooms of mokara orchids, spray roses, genistra, stock, dianthus and stock in a hobnail mercury vase.  With colorful arrangements like these, your wedding is sure to make a bold statement.

With radiant orchid and coral being trending colors of the year, what could be better then this sexy little number Giambattista Vialli featured on the Spring Runway.  Um, yes please I'll take two...one for me and one for the sis! Yes, we still like to dress as twins now and again, typically unintentional though.  We cannot wait for Spring as floral frocks are going to be must have for anyone's wardrobe.

Florally,

Jan + Jillian

 

Tuesday
Jan142014

January Flower of the Month: Hellebores

Hellebores are a rare unique breed.  Although they are not commonly known, they one of the most loved flowers in the design field.  This little Dutch beauty, the size of a silver dollar, makes our hearts sing with glory!

In fact, lots of people ask us what is your favorite flower?  I'm often puzzled on how to answer that cause I can't choose just one, but this flower has stolen our hearts forever.  We are soul mates!  They have the most fascinating coloring and they are so unusual you can't even conjure up a color name. ObSeSsEd!  To all the romantic brides out there this one is a must have for your Spring wedding.

Florally,

Jan + Jillian

Monday
Jan132014

Romantic White Chicago Wedding at Galleria Marchetti

Annie Sturgis Photography

Annie Sturgis Photography

Carolyn's romantic bridal bouquet was a ruffled composite of white ranunculus, lisianthus, scabiosa, japhet orchids, sweet peas and garden roses.  The lush bouquet was embellished with white sateen.

Annie Sturgis Photography

Karl's boutonniere was a delicate beauty of white lisianthus wrapped in black sateen.

Natural Beauties Floral

We are totally in love with Carolyn and Karl's romantically-chic centerpieces.  Their guests' dinner tables featured two complementary centerpiece styles.  Style 1 flourished with romantic beauties of white hydrangea, ranunculus, stock, scabiosa, lisianthus, garden roses and spray roses creating the most luscious design.

Natural Beauties Floral

Style 2 featured a trio of silver mercury vases designed with delicate, luxurious beauties.

Natural Beauties Floral

Carolyn and Karl's chicago wedding was embellished with dreamy cafe lighting above the dance floor at Galleria Marchetti for an enchanting evening.

Natural Beauties Floral

Another shot of centerpiece style 2.  How unique are these mercury vases?  We love combining textures of vessels and beauties throughout our wedding designs as they add the most intricate details. 

Annie Sturgis Photography

Photography: Annie Sturgis Photography / Natural Beauties Floral

Planning: Five Grain Events

To see more photos of this wedding, you can check it out on Snippet & Ink

Monday
Jan062014

Romantic Jewel Wedding at the Palmer House Chicago

Kim's romantically-chic bouquet was designed with roses, mini callas, stock, lisianthus, phalaenopsis orchids, spray roses, and garden roses.  The bouquet was wrapped in white sateen for a crisp, clean look.

Her bridesmaids carried romantic jeweled posies of dianthus, stock, mums, spray roses, and roses.  They were elegantly finished off with plum sateen.

Love this shot!

The bridal party

May their LOVE last a life time!

The ceremony was embellished with elevated and low pedestals, each featuring beautiful jeweled designs. Romantic candlelight provided a warm, glow setting the ambiance for Kim and Todd's vows.

The ceremony begins....

The centerpieces featured riche beauties of roses, hydrangea, stock, dianthus, and spray roses.  

I do!

The elegant ballroom at the palmer house in regal tones of black and gold was the perfect setting for this jewel-toned wedding.  The elevated designs of royal beauties adorned the guest's tables so perfectly!

Venue: Palmer House 

Planning: Five Grain Events

Floral and Decor: Natural Beauties Floral

Thursday
Jan022014

Winter Style Shoot on an Evergreen Farm

Photos: Cassasdra Elderidge Photography

Site: Natures Best Trees

Papery: Joliemade of Brim

Cake Stand: Nimblewell

We provided the florals, of course!  And the hand-made peppermint chocolate silk pie, or as I would like to call it "Double Your Thigh Pie" since it contains tons of butter....Holy moly heart attack!

You can find the recipe for the pie at this link.

Florally,

Jan + Jillian

Monday
Dec302013

NBF Lifestyling: Winter Hair Care

Does your hair feel and look like straw in the winter? Do you have the frizzies?  Well then you are in luck because we have the perfect solution!

To get started you'll need a jar of coconut oil and a comb.  Simple right?  

Tip: You can purchase coconut oil at your local organic grocer.

Once you work the coconut oil into your hair, then braid or wrap your hair up in a bun for about 2 hours. We recommend this process to keep the oils from entering onto your clean face. (In addition, we highly suggest avoiding placing the treatment on your roots to prevent oily hair later on.) After you to let the coconut oil finish setting in your hair, shampoo and condition your hair.  

TIP: You may need to shampoo your hair twice to get all the oil out. (Avoid this hair care technique before a hot date!)

Fresh white tulips are simplistic and can bring serenity to your home.  They are perfect for an in-home spa day :).

Now that you have completed cleansing and drying your hair, style it to your desired look.  Your hair will feel so soft and look healthy.

Happy Spa Day!

Florally,

Jan and Jillian

 

Monday
Dec302013

Natural Beauties Floral is featured in CS Brides Spring/Summer 2014

Friday
Dec272013

Bohemian Wedding Style: Coral, Ivory, & Blue

The perfect sunlight captured the love on this fall wedding day.

Bohemian blues...The bridal party

The bride carried an ivory bouquet of garden roses, ranunculus, roses, and delphinium...for a little something blue.

The ceremony featured and ivory sheer and birch backdrop adorned with florals in shades of ivory, pale blue, coral, and navy.  The aisle was also embellished with florals creating the perfect romantic setting.

Elevated centerpieces of pale blue hydrangea, delphinium, curly willow, coral spray roses, ivory mums, garden roses, navy berries and slate dusty miller created the perfect bohemian vibe for this fall wedding at Germania Place.

The head table featured ivory floating candles and the girls' bouquets were re-purposed.

Low romantic, lush centerpieces were designed using identical beauties as the elevated designs.

Photos: Robb Davidson

Friday
Dec272013

The Bouquet and The Dress: Marchesa / Winter inspired Bouquet

Are you a winter bride?  If so, then you'll love this romantic Marchesa dress as much as we do!  The touch of wintery blue in the beading on the gown is perfect for winter wedding.  

To compliment the dress, we created this wintery romantic bridal bouquet of deep burgundy hues with touches of blush, champagne and slate blue.  The flowers used to create this one-of-a-kind beauty were peonies, ranunculus, sea holly thistle, amaryllis, roses, spiral eucalyptus, evergreens, anemones and sweet william. 

Happy Wedding Planning!

Florally,

Jan and Jillian

Friday
Dec272013

Fall Chicago Wedding at the University Club of Chicago

The bride carried a bouquet of ivory roses, gardenias, white callas, lisianthus, veronica, and garden roses.  The groom wore a boutonniere of a mini white calla accented with veronica.

Kate and Morgan!

Kate's bridesmaids carried autumn inspired bouquets of cockscomb, seeded eucalyptus, mini callas, spray roses, scabiosa, and cymbidium orchids.  Morgan's groomsmen wore plum mini callas accented with orange montbretia and naked seeded eucalyptus.

The bridal party

Kate and Morgan took their vows at University Club of Chicago.

The aisle was adorned with golden rose petals and hand-ties of plum stock, circus roses, and burgundy mokara orchids.

Centerpieces style 1 featured lush beauties of hydrangea, spray roses, cockscomb, scabiosa, mokara orchids, cymbidium orchids, roses, and naked seeded eucalyptus.

Style 1 centerpiece featured bundles of fall branches and various shades of orchids.

A room shot of the reception

Photos: Cage + Aquarium

Tuesday
Dec172013

December Flower of the Month:  Ranunculus

Ranunculus is by far one of our favorite flowers!!  We cannot get enough of these little guys.  While they are sweet & petite (only the size of a quarter), their beauty is irresistible.  This flower is best suited for romantic and vintage styled weddings.

Note to Brides:  Ranunculus is typically available November through May.