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

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



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. 


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?


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  


Floral Thoughts…


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!


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


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." 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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!



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.


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.

Jan + Jillian 


Luxe White Wedding Flowers at The Drake Chicago

On the beautiful April day pictured above, the bride, Meggie, and groom, Jeff, gathered friends and family for their chic themed timeless wedding. The wedding party took pictures at the Lincoln Park Zoo's South Pond Pavilion, though the Drake's Grand Ballroom housed both the ceremony and the reception. For the ceremony, a custom strung orchid backdrop complimented aisles lined with white rose petals and ivory pillar candles.

Meggie carried a bouquet of garden roses, ranunculus, peonies, and gardenias, while her bridesmaids all carried mini white calla bouquets. At the reception, the bridal party's bouquets were refashioned and elevated all at different heights for the head table. There were three styles of centerpieces, all involving hydrangeas, roses, spray roses, ranunculus, dendrobium orchids, and stock. The first style involved an elevated lush chic design surrounded by pillar candles and petite satellite arrangements. The second design was a lower lush design with a elevated trio of candlesticks, and the third design showcased submerged florals with floating candles.

 A classic white wedding brings an ageless charm and magic to any season, and Meggie and Jeff's wedding is the perfect example of a chic wedding. Meggie and Jeff, from the ladies at Natural Beauties Floral, we wish you the best!


Wedding Fashion: The Dapper Groom

With countless articles available surrounding bridal fashions and dress trends each fashion season, articles detailing groom fashion trends are few and far between. Whether you are trying to channel your inner Wolf of Wall Street or James Bond on your big day, the wide expanse of trends in men's fashion allow for a number of suit or tuxedo options.

Tapping into men's fashion trends from 2014, grooms have started to consider more distinctive accessories. Whether it's a bold watch, large cuff links, or in many cases, a textured or patterned bow tie, flashy accessories bring more attention to the groom. Another talked about men's fashion trend is the variety in lapel style. Whether it is an understated notch lapel, flared peak lapel, or smooth, rounded shawl lapel, there is no standard choice anymore. Though there are some pros and cons to each lapel (shawl lapels can look odd on broad shouldered men), much of the lapel choice should depend on the cut and color of the suit itself.

A slate or midnight blue suit for compliments a romantic or vintage weddings, though this look requires a more tailored look ie with a slim cut jacket and trousers. Similarly, gray suits also benefit from a slim cut, though it is best to keep gray suits traditional in every other sense so as to not overwhelm the look. In terms of lapel color, contrast lapels are the up and coming trend: grey suits with black lapels, white suits with black lapels -- as long as the colors are understated, they can be paired together. For a chic or avant-garde wedding, it is best to keep the suit or tuxedo a classic black or white. While there's nothing wrong with a black suit, trends change, and whether it be accessories, suit color, lapel style or suit cut, there are numerous options to spice up your wedding day look!

Jan + Jillian


Free Spirit Style Shoot

A Bohemian is often defined as, “a person living an unconventional life usually in a colony with others.” In a recent photo shoot with Cassandra Eldridge, convention was set aside, as the emphasis of a bohemian lifestyle is the importance of the company you keep. Deviating from wedding shoots and bridal portraits, this photo shoot still can prompt fun ideas for bridal luncheon or rehearsal dinners for rustic weddings. Stemming from heavy musical and artistic influence and employing free spirited thinking, Bohemian style still draws from romance, and can be the perfect theme for a wedding, event, or even a small get together with friends.

When considering a Bohemian theme, a few components can help anchor the look with a free-spirited feeling, while also allowing your own creative interpretation of Boho. With a heavy emphasis on setting, Bohemian themes often use a singular pop-up color that appears throughout fabrics, florals, and dress. Worn or decorative textured pieces paired with metallics fuse two different design components; for example, the gold tipped feathers hanging from the willow tree unite the transience of a feather with the weight of the gold. The tie dye pink tent is nestled within an open field; it showcases the scenery and nature around it, yet, like the gold feather, mixes ideas and materials not often used collaboratively.

Upholding the laid back and open minded ideals of the Bohemian lifestyle, the florals in this shoot convey the same sweetness and affection often held between friends. The floral arrangements include: Clematis, Scabiosa, Protea, Astilbe, Ranunculus, Peonies, Jasmine Vine, Anemones, and Spray Roses; the vast array of pink hues and textures blend to create a unusual, yet beautiful arrangement. With open blooms and open hearts, the Bohemian theme can fit any decor, style or event, just remember to bring an open mind!

Photography & Styling:
Cassandra Eldridge

Floral & Styling:
Jillian and Jan Yuhas of Natural Beauties Floral

Free People

Kelly Rizzo, Kiley Netzer, Jan Yuhas, Jillian Yuhas

Make Up & Hair:
Adrienne Baker

Private Property

Handmade by stylists Jillian and Jan Yuhas

Urban Outfitters & thrifted

Elysia Root Cakes

Festive Frog

Burlap Linen:
Private Label Linen

Invitations & Menus:
Heather Long of Simply Designed  


The Bouquet and The Dress: Hayley Paige Gown and A Romantic Bouquet

Delivering bold, innovative new dresses every season, Hayley Paige lives up to the beginning of her personal statement: “Fresh, lively, and confident, Hayley Paige embraces sweet femininity with a touch of edginess...” The “Kadence” dress from the Spring 2014 collection embodies Hayley Paige's ideals through the interplay between hard and soft. The alencon lace brings a delicate elegance to the dress, while the fabric as well as fit to flare shape of the dress highlights the shape of the bride. The jeweled neckline and crystal and alabaster bolero bring a sense of complexity, the sharpness of each jewel a compliment to the pattern of the lace. With the option to detach the bolero, this dress can be both bold or understated, allowing the bride style agency.

Like the relationship between a bridal bouquet and the larger floral selections for the wedding, the balance between the bridal bouquet and gown is similarly linked. In the pairing pictured above, both the bouquet and the dress embody a contrast of hard and soft, a dynamic combination that provides dimensionality to any look. Echoing the fit to flare shape of the dress and the sweetheart neckline, the gentle blooms of the white Phalaenopsis Orchids and light pink Peonies provide curvature to the bouquet. These flowers add to the cool color palette of the Ranunculus, Tulips, and Garden Roses, a subtle echo of the lace's ivory hue. The darkened center of the Anemone hints at the dress's edge, its splash of dark among the light a refreshing variation.

Comprised of countless components, the relationship between the bridal gown and the bouquet is a union in and of itself. Taking palettes, textures, and shape of both the dress and flowers into consideration ultimately provides a more cohesive look. With that in mind, like the choice to include or exclude the detachable bolero, the relationship between the bridal gown and bouquet is a matter of style and preference.  


Pantone Fall 2014 Color Inspiration

While the New Year's Eve countdown brings eager thoughts of new beginnings and resolutions, for those in design, the wait for the PANTONE Color Institute's announcement of its “Color of the Year” brings similar anticipation. The PANTONE Color Institute rang in 2014 with “Radiant Orchid,” its “Color of the Year,” and a member of the purple family that provides elegant depth and dimension to interior design, clothing, or florals.

Radiant Orchid comes from what Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of PANTONE Color Institute, described as a long tradition of purple as a “magical” color that enhances creativity and brings a “touch of uniqueness.” In her decision to select Radiant Orchid, Eiseman highlighted the color's “beguiling charm,” and undertones that easily work with other colors. To supplement Radiant Orchid, the PANTONE Color Institute also highlighted pairings with Royal Blue, Aluminum, Aurora Red, Misted Yellow, Sangria, Mauve Mist, Cognac, Bright Cobalt, and Cypress. Drawing from undertones of fuchsia, pink, and purple, Radiant Orchid blends with warm and cool colors, an asset when arranging florals or planning color palettes in home or event design.

In the floral arrangement pictured, Radiant Orchid appears both in the Spray Roses in the center, as well as the surrounding Dendrobium orchids. This arrangement features Radiant Orchid's ability to play with both warm and cool color palettes; the cool blue of the Anemone and the warm red Bouvardia seem perfectly weaved together, as the undertones of Radiant Orchid bring the colors together. Whether it be incorporating Radiant Orchid into a floral arrangement for a Fall wedding, or using it to bring two seemingly mismatched pieces of furniture together, Radiant Orchid proves both innovative and complex, its versatility a treasure to any designer.