Banjos & Blooms

Remember Pip & Brian?

Well, they're all done & hitched, living the newlywed life!  I truly mean it when I say this couple is just outstanding.  Looking through their flowers I mostly remember the smiles they both wore all day long.  They couldn't have been happier.

Here are just a few teasers from Jamie Hartley Photography.  Her new website will be up soon!

All the centerpieces were arranged in milk glass pedestals.  So pretty!!  My milk glass collection is a bit crazy, and rather than pack them all away in boxes, they are stacked on a shelf in our prep room so they can be admired all day long.

And even though it's December, I don't think it's too late (or early?) to look at images of these gorgeous Toulouse Lautrec yellow garden roses.  And those beautiful dahlias!

They're so beautiful, I can't wait to see them again next year!!  We were squealing every time these dinner plate sized beauties arrived.  And they're grown locally.  :)

And this boutonniere makes me so happy.  Filled with little buttons Pip provided, because her nickname for Brian is button. <3

The ceremony was at the Columbus Park Refectory which offers such a regal and elegant back ground for the ceremony (The link right there shows images from Vrai Photography of another wedding we worked on at the space!).

Pip's bridal bouquet is one of my favorites!  Those roses are just outstanding and I love the touch of blue tweedia scattered among the orange and yellow.

And of course, I have to show you a photo of this banjo (no, it's not mine).  Pip & Brian hired an incredible bluegrass band for the ceremony and reception.  I'm always a sucker for a banjo.


Megan and Aaron

Occasionally there are those weddings where everything really comes together just absolutely perfect.  Megan and Aaron's wedding falls into that definition.  This couple, bubbly and adorable, created the most fantastic garden party themed wedding you can imagine at one of my all time favorite wedding venues in Chicago, Salvage One.

If you don't believe how fun this wedding was, you can take a peek at Style Me Pretty's little write up about it from this past weekend.  That can be found here.   The flowers were beautiful, the perfect weather, the gorgeous heirloom chuppah and as an added bonus, I worked with Sara from Five Grain Events.  Enjoy these beautiful photos by Laura Witherow!

Megan's bouquet featured gloriosa lilies, garden roses, peonies, nerine lilies and phalaenopsis orchid florets.  Stems were hand tied and bound with ivory ribbon finished with a criss cross of pink organza and pearl pins.

And the bridesmaids carried roses, peonies & waxflower.

The ceremony was held in the back patio of Salvage One, where the couple was surrounded by a moat of blooms.

Sometimes there is nothing I like more than a beautiful Chicago wedding.

Make sure you check out the rest of the photos at Style Me Pretty!

Congratulations to Megan and Aaron!!

Pip and Brian (part 2)

Remember those amazing photos a few posts back from Pip and Brian's engagement session?  I didn't want to ruin the surprise by giving away too many, because they were featured on Style Me Pretty.  Take a peak, it's just gosh darn adorable! Jennifer Kathryn & Jaclyn Simpson took these wonderful photos at Videnovich Farms.  Pip & Brian were so much fun to work with.  And we also set up a mock up of some potential ideas for a weddings table.  Ranunculus, garden roses, billy balls, lilac doubled tulips, smoke bush, fever few and a few additional wildflowers formed a bouquet, boutonniere and filled vintage blue vases.  Lace and yellow ribbon draped across the table with yellow goblets for drinks.  Blue mason jars completed the flowers with additional votive candles.  The blue, yellow & white color palette is so much fun to work with.  The mixture of cool and warm palettes paired with neutral white leave the atmosphere as being almost void of season.  You can really used it any time of the year.

So, enjoy this post and be sure to look at the others featured at Style Me Pretty for more.

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend and enjoy the days as summer slowly moves into autumn!

~ xo ~

Dean Thorsen Photography

I can't boast enough about these photos from Dean.

These are the professional photos from Therese and Dan's wedding just a few weeks back.  They are a m a z in g.

This wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty, so please take a peek!

Yellow peonies = bliss!!!

Dan's bout had a little cotton added into it.

Those might be the most comfortable bridesmaid shoes ever.



These photos are amazing.  It was so difficult for me to choose which to feature!!





A special thanks once again to Thorsen Photography, Lola Event Productions, & Prairie Productions.