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Natural Beauties Floral
212 N Sangamon St, #3C
Chicago , IL  60607
Phone: (312) 243-2690
Monday
Jul072014

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

Dresses:
Free People

Models:
Kelly Rizzo, Kiley Netzer, Jan Yuhas, Jillian Yuhas

Make Up & Hair:
Adrienne Baker

Location:
Private Property

TeePee:
Handmade by stylists Jillian and Jan Yuhas

Jewels:
Urban Outfitters & thrifted

Cake:
Elysia Root Cakes

Tableware:
Festive Frog

Burlap Linen:
Private Label Linen

Invitations & Menus:
Heather Long of Simply Designed  

Monday
Jul072014

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.  

Saturday
Jun072014

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.

 
Friday
Jun062014

BEAUTIES & BYOB

Tuesday
May202014

Secret Garden Style Shoot

 

 

 

Credits

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Event Design: MatchMade Event Co. (http://www.matchmadeeventco.com)

Photographer: StudioThisIs (http://www.studiothisis.com/)

Floral & Event Design: Natural Beauties (http://www.naturalbeautiesfloral.com/)

Wedding Cake: Elysia Root Cakes (http://www.elysiarootcakes.com/)

Dessert Table Treats: Calihan Catering (http://www.calihancatering.com/)

Invitation & Paper Goods Design: Spilled Ink Press. (http://www.spilledinkpress.com/)

Venue: Gallery 1028 (http://www.gallery-1028.com/)

Bride’s Attire: with hair down - Jenny Yoo (http://www.jennyyoo.com/), with updo - Dimitras Bridal (http://www.dimitrasbridal.com/)

Groom’s Attire: Express (http://www.express.com/)

Hair: Erin Graham (http://www.eringrahamhair.com/)

Makeup: Rebekah Veen (http://www.rebekahveen.com/)

Furniture Rental: Shadow Box Dreams (http://www.shadowboxdreamsvintagerentals.com/)

China: Plate (http://www.vintageplaterental.com/index.html)

Cake Stands & Hanging lace parasols: (http://nimblewell.rwelephant.com/)

Clothing Stylist: Kit This (http://www.kitthis.com/)

Prop Stylist: May Boury Design (http://www.maybourydesign.com/)

Linens : La Tavola Fine Linen Rental (http://www.linens.latavolalinen.com/)

Male Model: Kristjan Dhima

Female Model: Beata Komoni

Wooden Swing: Wood Tree Swings (https://www.woodtreeswing.com/)

Wooden Table Numbers: FramedinLove (http://www.etsy.com/shop/FramedinLove

Monday
May122014

FORM: ART + floral (Geometric 2014)

This year FORM partnered up with the non-for-profit organization Snow City Arts in order to raise money for the education of arts to children whom are hospitalized in the Chicagoland area.

FORM is hosted by Loreen of Reenie Rose along with Jan and Jillian of Natural Beauties Floral

Thanks to Elysia Root Cakes for providing sweets to all our guests!

Artwork by children in the Snow City Arts program.

Thank you to Pure Kitchen for providing small nibbles throughout the evening.

This artistic interpretation was created by us!

A big THANK YOU to all our participants and sponsors!  See y'all next year.

Jan and Jillian

Wednesday
Apr232014

NBF Lifestyling: Our Favorite Al Fresco Cocktails

Warm weather is finally upon us in Chicago.  This means it's time for al fresco dining on the patios!  Since, this is one of our favorite things to do during the summer months we thought we would share with you a few of our favorite speciality cocktails.  Cheers!

Gluten Free Moscow Mule

  • Fill you favorite mug or glass with crushed ice.  
  • Add 2 oz of potato vodka
  • 1 oz of lemon infused simple syrup
  • Top with 4 to 6 oz of ginger beer or in this case ginger soda to keep it gluten free.
  • Stir and enjoy!

Watermelon Jalapeno Martini

  • Start by pureeing watermelon in a blender or juicer.
  • Next, make the jalapeno simple syrup.  Combine 1 cup of water, 3/4c of sugar and a few slices of jalapeno and bring to a boil.  Once it reaches a boil, then turn it off and let it cool.
  • In a martini shaker, combine 6 oz of watermelon juice, ice, 2 oz of vodka, and 1 oz of jalapeno simple syrup and then shake.
  • Pour into a martini or glass of your choice.
  • Garnish with a slice of jalapeno.

Raspberry and White Peach Sangria

  • Dice 3 to 4 organic white peaches
  • Pour your favorite white wine into a decanter.  We chose a Riesling for our sangria.
  • Stir 1/4 c of sugar into the wine until it dissolves.
  • Add the diced peaches and raspberries to the wine mixture.
  • Let the wine and fruit marry in the refrigerator for 3 hours prior to serving.  
  • Prior to serving add 12 oz of soda water

 

Tuesday
Apr152014

Modern Architectural Chicago Style Shoot

This styled shoot was inspired, simply put, by our beautiful city. The architectural landscape of Chicago’s skyline is incredibly stunning and we chose Venue SIX10 to showcase the cities architecture and give us the modern and clean backdrop we wanted for the shoot. From the towering skyscrapers to the city’s structural landmarks, the Chicago skyline embodies a pretty masculine form so we challenged ourselves to make that work with the softness and beauty of a wedding day. We used modern elements to convey sophistication and luxury such as the venue itself, stark white and angular with an amazing view. Choosing a modern dress and cake that were both a bit asymmetrical and creating a ceremony backdrop that was conceptualized using glass spheres to create a modern illusion added plenty of modern and chic to the shoot. We paired those elements with all white flowers, white linens and slate grey napkins, classic and clean stationary and those gorgeous ghost chairs for a dose of classic timelessness that will never look dated. The masculine lines of the city’s structural buildings combined with the soft and feminine orchid blooms at centerpiece of the design worked together to give us the city-chic ambiance that as Chicagoan, we know will never go out of style!


Floral/Styling: Natural Beauties Floral | Photography: Heather DeCamp Photography | Planner: Anticipation Events | Venue:Venue SIX10 | Cake: Elysia Root Cakes | Stationary: Too Chic Little Shab | Linen: Private Label Linens | Rentals: Tablescapes| Dress: Jenny Yoo

Tuesday
Apr152014

The Bouquet and The Dress: Lela Rose and Romantic Blush Bouquet

The simplicity and uniqueness of this Lela Rose gown is stunning. The dress is constructed of a beautiful embellished fabric with a faint pink tint. The color tone and luxurious fabric speak from themselves, therefore keeping the cut simple and clean. 

We have hand selected our gorgeous fragrant blush bouquet to coordinate with the Lela Rose gown. The lovely fragrance derives from luscious peonies, garden roses, hyacinth, sweet peas and gardenias. Its like carrying a bouquet of perfume; making it an unforgettable memory, as one's strongest tie to memory is smell. The bouquet consist of a few other novelties such as lisianthus, ranunculus and spray roses creating an overall romantic bouquet. 

Jan & Jillian

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