As we count down 2014, designers are ramping up their Spring/Summer collections for 2015. Marchesa skipped winter's chilly, cool colors for London Fashion Week's runway, giving a fun, flirty vibe that still remained styled and sophisticated. Marchesa's collection brought us a gorgeous display of hippy, bohemian dresses and flowing silhouettes that we can't get enough of!
We thought the skirt and top combination in the picture above was to die for; the combination of warm greens and pinks gave this outfit a floral feel without feeling fresh out of the jungle. With the cut of the sleeves mirroring the cut of the skirt, the symmetry of this look is a designer's dream, and we loved the stylized yet relaxed feel of this design. Using this outfit as a jumping off point, we created a floral halo that would complete the look. Keeping in touch with the free, bohemian vibe, we used phaleanopsis orchids, privet berries, fuchsia spray roses, camelia greens, and white astilbe for a floral crown fit for a queen. All hail Marchesa's Spring/Summer 2015 collection!
With twinkling candles suspended from Manzanita branches, the City of Lights itself seemed to relocate to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This Parisian Wedding tied French romance to high fashion, creating an air of sophistication and elegance. This glamorous wedding used a blush pink, ivory and white palette, reminding us of Paris in the springtime and we were happy to put away our parkas for the night.
For the reception, we used two centerpiece styles to create a French garden feel with lush arrangements, bird cages, and candles. The first style included elevated manzanita branches with hanging candles and strung orchids, surrounded by white hydrangea, dusty miller, pink cymbidium orchids, blush garden roses, ivory spray roses, and white stock. The second design was a collection design of vintage bird cages adorned with florals and petite vintage mercury vases of florals. The bouquets included the same flowers as above, but we swapped white hydrangea for pink astilbe to bring more warmth to the romantic bouquets. On the day of the wedding as we saw the look come to life, all we could think was j'adore!
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While it seemed pretty hard to outdo Radiant Orchid, Pantone has done it again with 2015's Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala! This color's warmth and versatility makes it the perfect design choice for men and women alike; Marsala is an easily matched interior design base color, and it's perfect for clothes and wearable makeup. The muted smokiness of Marsala is perfect to pair with warm and cool hues, you get the best of both color worlds! Not only can Marsala work with more similar color matchings of umber, amber, golden yellows, and browns, it also looks great with turquoises, teals and blues.
Aside from how well it pairs with other colors, Marsala embraces both feminine and masculine aspects of design. Named after the full bodied wine, Marsala captures the wine's similar richness and earthiness. Pantone states that Marsala, “encourages color creativity and experimentation,” and we couldn't agree more! Feeling inspired ourselves, we made an arrangement of kangaroo paw, snapdragons, callas, spray roses, and pepper berry to capture Marsala's drama and warmth. We love how Marsala can be both vibrant and subtle-- can't wait to see more of Marsala as we ring in 2015!
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The iconic Rookery building, located at 209 South LaSalle Street, is the perfect venue for a wedding that feels both chic and classic. With gold accented table décor, and lush floral designs, this wedding brought intimacy to the intricacy of the Rookery's design. The primarily black and white styled wedding brought a pop of color in its use of gold decorations, as well as blush and buttercream in the flowers.
For the centerpieces, we used three styles to bring some variety to each table. For the first style, we used pillar candles surrounded by petite designs of hydrangea, stock, garden roses, succulents, eucalyptus, and cymbidium orchids. For the second style, we designed a single short lush arrangement of hydrangea, stock, garden roses, succulents, eucalyptus, and cymbidium orchids. We kept it simple for the third style-- a deconstructed trio of vases containing hydrangea, stock, and garden roses.
The perfect way to compliment a black and white styled wedding is to bring color and warmth to your floral arrangements. The green of the eucalyptus and the pinks of the garden roses add a touch of romance to any chic wedding. The Rookery setting only brought more elegance to this already sophisticated and stylish wedding. Congrats to the bride and groom from all of us at Natural Beauties Floral!
Photos: Robb Davidson
We can't talk enough about Valentino. As one of the premier fashion houses, Valentino balances innovation with tradition each season, and Valentino's Resort 2015 collection didn't disappoint. Often using patterning and color to create fun, bright styles, resortwear collections bring a country club, cruise boat, vacation feel to runways.
Valentino's Resort 2015 collection paired light fabrics and flowy silhouettes with intricate, bold patterns. In the dress above, Valentino contrasts a chic high neckline with a whimsical floral design, a perfect mesh of work and play. While the solid banding of orange, green, and black along the bottom of the dress, sleeves, neckline, and waist provides weight, Valentino plays with contrast yet again, as the sheer fabric and loose skirt of the dress feel etherial and light.
At Natural Beauties, we wanted to design an arrangement that captured Valentino's Resort 2015 feel. We arranged succulents, fern, scabiosa, stephanotis, ranunculus, tulips, hydrangea, and trachelium in a copper urn to emulate how Valentino uses opposing fashion styles such cool and warm colors, light fabric and heavy design, intricate designs with simple silhouette. It may be in the 30s here in Chicago, but with Valentino's Resort 2015 collection, it's a nice reminder that summer isn't too far away!
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We got the privilege to design a fall/winter wedding floral arrangement for a photo shoot for Rachael Osborn Photography, and we adored the “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” feel!
This shoot combined a rustic theme with a winter vibe to bring a perfect marriage (pun intended!) of warm and cool colors. With the floral hues, the bride's fur, and the groom's navy blue suit, this photo shoot embraced warm colors to provide an intimate feel. The crisp, shimmering lace of the bride's dress, paired with the woodsy environment brought a wintery elegance to this photo shoot.
When creating the bouquet and boutonniere, we wanted to balance both warm colored florals (think coral, magenta, orange) with cooler, darker colors for a full, bright design. We used succulents, chinese laterns, hanging amaranths, rises, navy berries, eucalyptus, cockscomb, and pin cushion protea wrapped in a navy ribbon for the bridal bouquet. We created a warm, lush bouquet for the bride to compliment the cool, stylized design of her dress. For the groom, we used a single orange rose wrapped in a navy ribbon to bring out the orange in his paisley tie, as well as blend with the navy blue suit.
Designing for this photo shoot was a treat- we love fall weddings here at Natural Beauties Floral. After all, if love is all year round, shouldn't weddings be too?
All images by Rachael Osborn Photography
This shoot was featured on the Every Last Detail
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!
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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!
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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
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!
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
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.
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?
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!