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J & D’s wedding at 19 East featured spring flowers in white and blush, including some of my favorites: anemone, ranunculus, hellebores, and allium. Late March offers some gorgeous blooms and flowering branches!
The gorgeous ceremony set up at 19 East played off the clean, contemporary look of the venue. Petals lining the aisle, a pair of focal arrangements, and a scattering of pillar candles decorated the ceremony space.
Sweet arrangements in vintage vessels decorated the escort card and guest book tables.
I loved the mix of farm tables and round guest tables. The centerpieces varied from table to table, some with a collection of arrangements and others a single focal centerpiece.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
We were just thrilled to be a part of an amazing creative team of Indie Wed vendors who contributed to this styled photo shoot of Geometric Wedding Inspiration on 100 Layer Cake’s blog. Thanks to Kelly at Indie Wed for inviting Pollen to be a part of it! And thanks to Amanda Megan Miller Photography for capturing everything so beautifully! Here’s a sample of the loveliness to be found in the full post.
I absolutely loved Colleen’s description of the look she was going for with her wedding flowers: refined roadside. Love, love, loved it. AKA: English garden gone wild. Thank you to Dawn E. Roscoe Photography for the beautiful photos!
The bridal bouquet featured some of my very favorite blooms of spring. Flowering dogwood in a bridal bouquet? Yes, please! Also, Juliet garden roses, peonies, stock, dusty miller, and lily of the valley. Colleen loved lily of the valley, and I was so excited when the season cooperated and I was able to snag locally grown lily of the valley for her bouquet and Onur’s boutonniere. The season for it is so very brief, but we got it!
The bridesmaids’ bouquets had a bit more color to them, and they contained spray roses, Juliet garden roses, peonies, dahlias, scabiosa, and stock. I love the color scheme, or lack thereof.
The centerpieces were low and sprawling displays in recycled glass containers.
Congratulations to Collen and Onur! For more photos of the wedding, visit the post on Dawn E. Roscoe’s blog.
Rachel and Jason’s wedding at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum reminded me that there are many little things, easy to overlook, that we at Pollen do to minimize the ecological impact of our clients’ weddings. Some are more obvious, liking working with locally grown flowers whenever possible. Others are less obvious. Here are a couple of the easy-to-miss things we do to be more eco-friendly, illustrated through yesterday’s wedding.
Avoiding Floral Foam:
This is a biggie. We have nearly entirely eliminated our use of floral foam, and yesterday’s wedding was another step toward foam-freedom. Why avoid floral foam? It’s a petroleum product, and we don’t need more reasons to be digging around for oil, do we? Floral foam doesn’t biodegrade. And it contains formaldehyde. When cut while dry, it creates a dust that the person cutting it can’t help but inhale. My fellow florists can attest to the evidence of this inhalation, seen when one blows his or her nose after cutting dry floral foam. Gross, yes, but illustrative, no?
There are just a few applications left that I haven’t yet been able to figure out how to avoid using floral foam. One of those was to decorate structures, such as chuppahs. What to do? I went old school: chicken wire. I bundled up some chicken wire, secured it to the chuppah, and added the foliage and flowers on site.
Another application requiring some trial and error in order to avoid floral foam was in designing tall centerpieces. Usually those are designed in floral foam that is taped to a tray, then the tray then is set on top of the tall vase. Instead of going this route, I’ve been using a tall vase and designing directly in the vase, with the stems in water. Getting a perfect sphere of flowers is tricky with this technique, but most of my clients are looking for a looser outline, which works out perfectly!
And yet another challenge is when designing in low bowls. In this case, I went old school again and used floral frogs in the containers. Floral frogs come in a few different forms, including glass ones with holes in them and metal ones that look like a bunch of pins sticking up. I used the latter in these low glass bowls, then put in some small rocks to camouflage the frog.
Below you can see a low centerpiece, as well as the tall centerpieces in the background.
On the table, we provided soy wax candles to provide soft light once the sun set. We also lined the window ledges with votive candles. Speaking of our candles…
The clients chose Pollen to provide the candles because we offer soy wax votive candles, which we have refilled by Bright Endeavors. Most candles are made from paraffin wax. You guessed it: another petroleum product. Soy wax votives burn cleaner and are plant-derived.
Many times after weddings and events, the votive candles simply get thrown out. It’s cheaper to buy new ones than the cost of having someone remove the stubborn paraffin wax from spent candles. Soy wax, on the other hand, is quite easy to remove. Pollen partners with Bright Endeavors, a social enterprise that provides job skills training to women at risk for poverty while producing eco-friendly bath and candle products. Bright Endeavors offers a votive refill program that allows us to bring back our spent votives again and again to be refilled with soy wax.
Even for our clients that don’t prioritize sustainability in their wedding planning, we’re working in ways that minimize waste in our business, and therefore at their weddings. For those who place value on sustainability, Pollen is the perfect florist to work with to host a greener wedding.
MegAnn and Jim’s wedding was on a gorgeous summer day at the Chicago History Museum. In a color palette of purples and greens, the floral designs were lush and romantic. Amanda Hein Photography captured the day beautifully!
MegAnn’s bridal bouquet was lush and rounded, in shades of purple and green. More traditional wedding flowers, such as roses and hydrangea, were complemented by unexpected textures and shapes, which came in the form of scented geranium, bullit allium, purple stock, and purple trachelium. The deeper purple, ruffly flowers are lisianthus–one of my favorites.
The ceremony was held outside on the Museum’s terrace. Pollen provided floral swags for the chairs, aisle petals, and a pair of arrangements to frame the ceremony area, featuring sustainably grown delphinium and organically and locally grown hydrangea.
For the reception, a simple yet striking escort card table arrangement of delphinium and hydrangea greeted the guests. How beautiful is this room?!?!?
Low and lush arrangements on the guest tables coordinated with the bridal party’s flowers.
The cake, provided by Tipsy Cake, was simply decorated with gatherings of purple lisianthus and Cool Water roses.
Thanks again, to Amanda Hein Photography, Greatest Expectations Events, and the Chicago History Museum. And let’s not forget Pollen’s Lee and Amanda, who helped me to install this lovely wedding! Congratulations to MegAnn and Jim! You were wonderful to work with!
I recently had the pleasure of working with Kelly from Paper Stories and Indie Wed, Stevi from Avery House, and Lauren from Ryan Alexander Events on an entry for the Inspired Creations Contest sponsored by The Sweetest Occasion and Elizabeth Anne Designs. Thanks to Room 1520 for providing the location and the model (thanks, Haley!) and to Shannon of Plate for her assistance and for lending out some of Plate’s vintage plate collection!
This was an exciting chance for me to explore some new techniques, such as using a floral frog for the centerpiece (actually a very old technique!). Also, I got to work in the naturalistic style which I have come to love.
Please visit the Sweetest Occasions blog to see more and leave comments! The winner will be selected on criteria including the comments left on the Sweetest Occasions blog (*hint, hint*)
When Courtney and I first met, the word she used to describe the feel she was going for with her wedding was “cozy.” I really liked using “cozy” as a jumping off point. The venue, Salvage One, provided a warm, eclectic atmosphere. The petite bouquets incorporated a variety of evergreens, and a simple flower palette in white. Wintry, and a little woodsy.
The bridal bouquet:
The bridesmaids’ bouquets:
My favorite item, much to my surprise, ended up being the cake! The lovely ladies at Flour Cake and Pastry created a simple, tasteful cake, which I dressed up with evergreens and ranunculus.
The cake before and after adding flowers:
Sweet, simple, and natural.