Wedding Profile: Vintage and Gardeny in Muted Shades of Blush and Grey

First and foremost, thanks to the very talented Tim Tab Studios for the gorgeous photos from Paige and Robert’s fall wedding at the Racquet Club of Chicago.  We loved working on this fall wedding for so many reasons: a super sweet couple, loose and gardeny floral design (our favorite style), and we got to work in a beautiful historic venue we had not worked at before.  When Tim Tab Studios generously provided these photos, we had even another reason to love it!  Tim and Bethany beautifully captured our flowers as well as all of the special moments of the day.  Visit the Tim Tab Studios blog post to see more of the lovely details.

The color palette of the flowers was soft, muted tones of blush, peach, ivory, grey, and champagne with pops of coral.  We got to use some of my very favorite flowers of fall: cafe au lait dahlias and coxcomb celosia.

Bride holding her bouquet of flowers in blush, grey, and ivory flowers with with cafe au lait dahlias.

Photo by Tim Tab Studios. www.timtabstudios.com

Paige’s bouquet featured amazing locally-grown cafe au lait dahlias as the focal flowers.  Astilbe, bay leaf, jasmine vine, and dusty miller loosened up the bouquet, which was tied with a gorgeous blush satin ribbon that Paige provided.

Bridesmaids' bouquets in peach, coral, grey with black and white striped ribbon. Dahlias, coxcomb, dusty miller, astilbe, and spray garden roses.

Photo by Tim Tab Studios. www.timtabstudios.com

 The bridesmaids’ bouquets were in a color palette of muted tones like the bride’s bouquet, but with pops of coral.  Black and white striped ribbon added a graphic touch, and coordinated with the bridesmaids’ black dresses.

Bridesmaid in black dress holding a bouquet in peach, blush, coral, and grey.

Photo by Tim Tab Studios. www.timtabstudios.com

Wedding centerpiece in milk glass container.

Photo by Tim Tab Studios. www.timtabstudios.com

The centerpieces played off of the historic feel of the Racquet Club.  Vintage milk glass containers displayed loose, gardeny floral arrangements of dahlias, spray roses, scrub ivy,  hypericum berries, and stock.  Check out the adorable birch table number holders!

Bride and groom kissing outdoors under windswept veil.

Photo by Tim Tab Studios. www.timtabstudios.com

Personal touches included Robert’s wheat boutonniere, which was a nod to his roots.  Congratulations, Paige and Robert! And thank you for working with us!

2013 Recap: Summer Wedding Flowers

Continuing our recap of last year by season, below are some highlights we captured of our wedding work last summer.  Summer ushers in some of my favorite local blooms such as dahlias, coxcomb, and cosmos.  Some of my favorites from the neighboring seasons are also available, such as peonies from spring and berried branches from fall.

White and green summer floral centerpiece.

Summer gardeny centerpiece with hydrangea, roses, ranunculus, and cosmos.

Summer focal floral arrangement.

Summer focal floral arrangement with hydrangea, viburnum berries, roses, and cosmos.

Summer bridal bouquet.

Summer bridal bouquet with hydrangea, ranunculus, dahlias, and roses.

Summer centerpieces at South Branch Tavern

For longer tables, a pair of arrangements down their length is more appropriate than a single centerpiece. These tables at South Branch Tavern were decorated with low and lush arrangement in white, featuring hydrangea and peonies.

Colorful summer centerpieces.

These bright and cheerful centerpieces at Uncommon Ground decorated the tables. Summer bloom such as sunflowers, hydrangea, and cornflowers provided a pop of color.

Closeup of colorful summer floral arrangement.

Closeup of summer floral centerpiece in a mason jar.

Terrarium with succulents and sunflowers.

For the head table, we created terrariums with succulents and a sunflower, which the mothers of the bride and groom kept as a memento of the wedding day.

Escort card table with vintage bottles and wheat grass.

A variety of elements comprised the tablescape for the escort card table at this wedding at Room 1520. Vintage bottles with blooms and vintage boxes with wheatgrass added a cozy touch.

Summer corsage.

Summer corsage in purple and orange with lisianthus, rosemary, and gomphrena.

Summer boutonniere with succulents, berries, and rosemary.

Summer boutonniere with succulents, berries, and rosemary.

Summer wedding bouquet in coral, yellow, and blue.

Summer wedding bouquet in coral, yellow, and blue with coxcomb, dahlias, tansy, blue thistle, and feverfew.

Compote centerpiece with summer flowers.

This summer wedding centerpiece in a vintage compote included peonies, ageratum, berries, hydrangea, and godetia.

Wedding ceremony flowers at the 19th Century Club in Oak Park.

Wedding ceremony flowers at the 19th Century Club in Oak Park.

Summer wedding ceremony floral arrangement.

Closeup of summer wedding ceremony floral arrangement.

Next up will be a recap of the wedding flowers we did in the fall of 2013.  If you missed it, also check out our previous recaps of wedding flowers from winter and spring.

Pollen Joins Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book!

We’re excited to announce that Pollen has joined Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book, an invitation-only directory of wedding vendors, handpicked by Style Me Pretty.  Our portfolio conveniently lists all of the Style Me Pretty blog posts to which we’ve contributed, a photographic sampling of our work, and how to get in touch.  We’re excited to be a part of the SMP Little Black Book community!

Style Me Pretty Badge

 

Support Local Florists for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day.  After 10 years working for others in retail floral, I gotta say, I don’t miss it.  Well, maybe a little.  But we don’t do Valentine’s Day at Pollen.  Just full-service weddings and events.

Today, I changed Pollen’s answering machine message to say that we don’t do gift deliveries.  Answering machine, you ask?  Yep, answering machine.  I got a land line when we moved the studio.  The anxiety of having my cell phone ring on a Sunday was starting to get to me.  (Should I answer?  Shouldn’t I?)  So I got a land line.  Unfortunately, the phone number I got with the land line belonged to a restaurant that too-recently shut down.  I should start selling pizzas on the side, with all the calls I get for food orders.

I’ll be honest, I’m going to be screening calls this week, especially on Friday.  If you want to reach me this week, send a message through the contact page here, email me, or call my cell phone if you have the number.

As I was saying, we don’t do Valentine’s Day, but I highly recommend you work directly with a florist located in the area that you would like delivery.  I while back, I provided the reasons why.  Here are some of my favorite local retail flower shops (in alpha order):

I love our floral community.  Lots of very talented florists to choose from in the area!

Indie Wed 2014

We were excited to participate on once again in Indie Wed, held on Saturday at the Ravenswood Event Center!  Indie Wed is “THE alternative to traditional wedding expos.”  Traditional wedding expos are not our thing, so we’re happy to have this opportunity to meet potential clients who also have a more independent spirit.

Pollen's 2014 Indie Wed display

Pollen’s 2014 Indie Wed display

Amanda joined me (Lynn) again to person our booth.  Our grey backdrop was accented with flowering branches framing the structure.  On display, we featured three different wedding looks, with a centerpiece and bouquet for each.  All three were in our signature gardeny style, some more whimsical than others!

Bouquet in purple, orange, and pink, with Dark Milva roses, purple lisianthus, scabiosa, allium, and jasmine.

Bouquet in purple, orange, and pink, with Dark Milva roses, purple lisianthus, scabiosa, allium, and jasmine.

One look was gardeny and bright, in tones of purple, orange, and pink.  Ornamental kale, dahlias, and roses were the focal flowers, with scabiosa and hanging amaranth adding interest.  I created a loose, tall piece in a clear vase, as well as a bouquet in a a complementary style.

Another vignette was soft, romantic, and vintage-y, in a muted color palette of grey, peach, and ivory.  A low centerpiece of spray roses, dusty miller, amaryllis, and anemone in a gold mercury glass compote was accompanied by a bouquet, boutonniere, and mercury glass votives.

Centerpiece with artichokes

Centerpiece with artichokes

The third set was a bit more dramatic, with artichokes, ranunculus, and scented geranium in a dark, rich color scheme.  The centerpiece’s container was a bronze footed urn.  I ended up wearing the boutonniere I made for this vignette.  I unintentionally wore an outfit that matched it quite perfectly!

Thanks to all who stopped by!  If you missed us at Indie Wed, we’ll be at Committed at the end of the month.

2013 Recap: Spring Wedding Flowers

In this blustery winter weather, it’s refreshing to see these photos from last spring!  Spring wedding flowers offer up delightful blooms such as peonies, ranunculus, anemones, tulips, narcissus…  And I love flowering branches of all types: lilac, forsythia, cherry blossoms, crabapple, quince, and snowball viburnum, to name a few.  Admittedly, a couple of these weddings were technically in early summer, but the flowers are more characteristic of spring.

spring centerpiece for corporate event

Spring floral centerpiece for a corporate event at Venue Six10.

Spring wedding flowers at Chicago History Museum.

Escort card table arrangement at the Chicago History Museum.

Spring wedding floral centerpieces.

Tall and short spring floral centerpieces at the Chicago History Museum.

Spring flowers on a wedding cake at the Chicago History Museum.

Spring flowers on a wedding cake at the Chicago History Museum.

Spring wedding flowers at the Quadrangle Club.

Spring wedding flowers on the entry table at the Quadrangle Club (University of Chicago).

Spring wedding flowers at the Quadrangle Club.

Highboys with gold mercury glass votives and spring wedding flowers at the Quadrangle Club.

Spring wedding centerpiece flowers at the Quadrangle Club.

Spring wedding centerpiece flowers at the Quadrangle Club.

Escort card table arrangement at the Chicago History Museum.

Escort card table arrangement at the Chicago History Museum.

Low centerpieces of spring flowers at a wedding at the Chicago History Museum.

Low centerpieces at the Chicago History Museum.

Spring ceremony flowers at Loft on Lake.

Spring ceremony flowers at Loft on Lake.

Spring cake flowers at Loft on Lake.

Spring cake flowers at Loft on Lake.

Gardeny spring wedding ceremony arrangement.

Gardeny spring wedding ceremony arrangement. I loved the flowers for this intimate wedding at the Conrad Hilton.

Spring wedding centerpieces with peonies, roses, clematis, astilbe.

Spring wedding centerpiece at the Conrad Hilton.

Spring head table centerpiece.

Spring head table centerpiece at the Conrad Hilton.

Spring wedding centerpiece at Room 1520.

Spring wedding centerpiece at Room 1520.

Want to see more from 2013?  Check out our winter recap here.

Website Issues

Update 1/16/2014: The website’s back to normal! Woo hoo!

Well, when I posted the previous blog entry I updated WordPress and the site’s plugins, which made the site all wonky.  If you sent an inquiry on 1/13/2014 or 1/14/2014, I did not receive it.  My apologies!  I have since fixed the contact page.  If you haven’t heard back from me, please resend any inquiries either through the contact page or shoot me an email at lynn@pollenfloraldesign.com.  I’m still working on getting the images to display correctly.  Bear with me!

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2013 Recap: Winter Wedding Flowers

2013 was an amazing year at Pollen!  We worked on some truly lovely weddings, and got to work mostly in our signature style of loose and gardeny design (with a touch of whimsy).  I just love working in a style that “goes” without being too matchy-matchy.

In the hustle to get our work out the door, I often don’t have the chance to take photos of our work, but below you can see a few snapshots I did manage to catch, both at our studio and on site.  In this quick series of posts, I’ll be highlighting our work from each season of 2013.  And in yet another future post blog post, we’ll feature some of the professional photos from our 2013 weddings.  In the meantime, my snapshots will have to do!

Below are some examples of our floral design for weddings and other events (and some just for fun!) in the winter of 2013.

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pinned boutonniere

Winter floral design.  Tall and short centerpiece. Muted winter wedding bouquet.1357337978147 Loose and gardeny floral centerpiece in muted tones.

 In the next post, I’ll share some examples of our spring 2013 work.

Second Annual Floral Design Workshop

Update 8/6/2013: The workshop is sold out.  To get first dibs next year, “like” Pollen’s Facebook page!

We at Pollen are excited to offer for the second time our Client Appreciation Floral Design Workshop, exclusively for past and present Pollen clients!  It’s a chance for us to say “thanks” to our clients and to catch up.  This year’s workshop will be held at our new studio in Avondale on Sunday, August 18th from 11AM – 1PM.

workshop setup

Pollen clients can bring a friend, drink some mimosas, and design an arrangement with locally grown flowers.

The introductory two-hour class will cover:
- flower selection,
- cut flower care, and
- the basics of floral design.

Instruction will have an emphasis on working with seasonal farmers market flowers.  After some instruction and demonstration, each student will design a floral arrangement to take home.  Students are encouraged to bring the vase they use most often, but should only bring vases that are under 10″ tall and with openings 5″ wide or less.  I’ll be demonstrating in a 5″ x 5″ cylinder to create a low and lush table centerpiece.  These same cylinders will also be available to those who don’t have an appropriately sized vase.

To offer the most interactive instruction possible, the class is limited to 16 people, and therefore clients are limited to one additional guest.  Registration is $15 per person, and includes instruction, refreshments, flowers, and the use of tools.

Last year was a blast, and we’re excited to be able to include a few more people this year in our bigger space.  I’m so looking forward to it!  Past and present Pollen clients can get more information and register here.

We’ve Moved!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve moved!  Our studio now is located at 2918 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood.  Where’s Avondale, you ask?  We’re just north of Logan Square.

What’s new at the space?  It’ll be a work in progress.  We have a little yard in back that we’ll be planting up with some of our favorite things.  There will soon be a studio dog or dogs (EEP!).  And of course there’s more space.

We still are open by appointment only to potential and current clients.  Although this is a commercial location, we will continue to operate as a floral design studio, not a retail storefront.  We remain focused on providing flowers for weddings, corporate events, and social events, and do not offer delivery of individual floral arrangements.

I’ll post some fun before and after photos as we make progress on the new space, but it being June, we have to keep charging ahead with wedding season!  So please pardon our dust as we make our new home our own!