Rich hues of an autumn sunset defined the essence of this dreamy style shoot. From splashes of fiery pepper reds in the sky to the final glimpse of the golden sun setting in the distance, our imaginations began to overflow with beaming visions. We selected vibrant cherry blooms and crisp tangerine beauties, in various textures, forming a radiant color scheme. The apricot undertones brought softness to the bold crimson beauties creating a harmonious balance throughout the floral designs. Dashes of sweet blackberries and red/black anemones added a hint of edginess to the overall designs. The tablescape was set under the sway of the trees and illuminated by ivory tapers for a romantic ambiance. Luscious velveteen garden roses embellished each place setting as the guests said their ‘Cheers’ to the bride and groom.
Rustic romance; it sounds like an oxymoron but when it’s done right, it works! Very much like love, this wedding includes the raw, real and not always ‘conventionally’ beautiful. As with love, there is also the element of intrinsic, unimaginable and undeniable beauty. This wedding embodies much of what love is all about – a harmonious balance of many things. The bride’s gown and bouquet have a lovely organic feel to them, with natural movement, texture, and variation. The tablescapes for the reception make use of the perfect florals paired with just the right vessels and accents; it’s like stumbling upon a romantic secret garden in the depths of the woods. While each centerpiece has multiple components that are very artfully and purposefully arranged, there is a very natural, no-fuss aesthetic that feels beautifully earthy and whimsical. The succulents, driftwood and wrought iron give that natural touch while the soft peach and ivory pallet with navy and deep purple accents amp up the romance. Using a variety of different collections on each table also contributes to that secret garden feel, it is all completely cohesive but each table is its own unique setting. There are many intricacies to be discovered, much like in love, and the exploration and discovery of those intricacies is magical.
You really can’t go wrong with the classic color combination of navy and blush, but with this wedding it’s not just done right, it is done to perfection. The romantic chic aesthetic is uniquely infused with a gardenesque touch that makes the heart flutter. The variety of florals used in the bouquets gives them so much texture and personality while the soft color palate and rounded design style maintain that romantic chic feel. Luxurious blooms like garden roses and dahlias are mixed with surprises like thistle and succulents to create distinctive and stunning bouquets.
The blushing bride in her gorgeous princess gown is a vision, all eyes on her as she makes her way down the aisle lined with floating candles and both elevated and low lush arrangements. The elevated arrangements with crystals add just the right touch of glamour to the romantic, candle-lit space. The final fabulous touch is the custom backdrop for the couple to recite their vows in front of, with draping, sheer white fabric and delicately strung orchids. The couple themselves draped in chic romance, they were an image of perfection as they declared their love for one another. A picture of perfection.
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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.
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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.
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
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.
Photos: Miller + Miller Photography
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.
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.
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.
Photography: Steve Koo Photography