Wedding Profile: Green and White Winter Wedding at Skyline Loft

I’ve been thinking about the photo below (by Tim Tab Studios) for the past year or two.  The composition, the feeling of anticipation, the gorgeous dress… and that bouquet isn’t so bad, either, if I do say so myself. And while I generally don’t show photos where people faces are recognizable, I’ll tell you that this wedding was full of beautiful people.  And so kind, too!  You can get a more well-rounded look of the wedding on Tim Tab Studios blog, but I’m going to focus on the flowers, of course.  

The details:  February wedding at Bridgeport Art Center’s Skyline Loft in Chicago.  Color palette: White and green, with touches of blush and navy.  Flower palette: Peonies, viburnum berries, ranunculus, White Majolika spray roses, hellebores, Southern smilax.

But enough talk.  On to the photos!  The bride’s bouquet was a bit loose and gardeny with white peonies as the focal flowers and viburnum berries, camelia and Southern smilax added for depth and movement.

Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Bride with wedding bouquet.

Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Detail shot of winter bridal bouquet with white peonies and viburnum berries.

The groom’s boutonniere featured a white ranunculus bloom, with a touch of olive foliage and white hypericum berries as an accent.
Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Groom in black tux with white ranunculus boutonniere.

Guests were welcomed to Bridgeport Art Center with a silver dollar eucalyptus-draped welcome sign.Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Wedding welcome sign with silver dollar eucalyptus garland.

Even the elevator got some attention from us!  The chandelier was decorated with sprawling foliage.Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Skyline Loft elevator chandelier with smilax foliage garland.

For the escort card table, a loose and foliage-heavy arrangement provided a focal point.
Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Escort card table centerpiece with panda anemone, cafe au lait dahlias, white majolika. Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Detail of escort card table.

The centerpieces served double duty at the ceremony, with the shorter centerpieces displayed on simple white pedestals down the aisle.Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Wedding centerpiece on pedestal for ceremony aisle decor.

We installed a suspended garland, dotted with flowers, above the ceremony area.Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Ceremony at Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft in Chicago. Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Bridesmaids with bouquets. For the cocktail hour, precious floral arrangements designed in vintage brass goblets decorated the highboys.
Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Highboy floral arrangement in vintage brass goblet.

During cocktail hour in the adjacent room, we transitioned the ceremony space to the dining space.  A mix of tall and short centerpieces provided variety throughout the room.  In this space, tall centerpieces draw the eye upward to the timber beams, wooden ceiling, and skylights.Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft wedding reception.

Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Garden style tall centerpiece in a gold vase

Foliage garland, pillar candles, taper candles, and votives lined the head table.
Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Head table with garland and candles.

Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Detail of wedding menu.

The suspended garland from the ceremony served double-duty, hanging above the bride and groom at the head table for the reception.Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Skyline Loft in Chicago head table with suspended garland.

A simple and elegant cake, simply and elegantly decorated with white peonies in top.Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios. Wedding cake with peonies on top.

The suspended foliage garland was all about this shot, don’t you think?  Thanks to Tim Tab Studios for capturing this moment so perfectly!
Flowers by Pollen. Photography by Tim Tab Studios.. Skyline Loft Bridgeport Art Center wedding in Chicago.

Creative Team:

Photography:  Tim Tab Studios

Coordination:  Liven It Up Events

Catering:  Catered by Design

Venue:  Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft


Wedding Profile: Salvage One Winter Wedding in Blush and Gold

As winter comes around again, I’m reminded of the streak of lovely winter weddings we had at Salvage One early this year!  Many thanks to Anna Guziak for the beautiful photography and to Five Grain Events for their seamless organization of Lauren and Kevin’s wedding.  Their wedding flowers and decor had a vintage, elegant look, in blush, champagne, ivory, gold and silver.  The bridesmaids wore amazing sequined dresses and carried coordinating but not identical bouquets in ivory, champagne, blush, and grey.

Blush and ivory winter bridal bouquet with peonies, anemone, astilbe, garden roses

Blush bridesmaid's bouquetBlush bridesmaid's bouquet with garden rosesBlush and grey bridesmaid's bouquetBlush and grey bouquets with sequin wedding dresses.Winter boutonniere with berries and rosemary.

Mercury glass decor on wedding escort card table.

Salvage One wedding ceremony space with candles down the aisle.

The reception flowers were a soft, gardeny mix of flowers, berries, and foliage in mercury glass containers.  A mix of candles and vintagey containers played off of Salvage One’s eclectic aestetic.

Wedding flowers centerpiece at Salvage One.Vintage tablescape at Salvage One winter wedding.Mercury glass candles at Salvage One winter wedding.Salvage One winter wedding reception flowers

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.

Indie Wed 2012 Recap

Wow…  I’m so honored to have participated in another winter Indie Wed (year 3!).  I had an especially good time this year.  I got to catch up with a few past clients, see a few current clients, and meet potential future clients!

I was excited to meet some vendors with whom I have been hoping to cross paths.  And I got to see some friends’ new(ish) businesses, such as Plate, Crafty Broads, and Pink Cottage Pastry.  Kudos for taking the leap!

Thanks to friend/floral designer/interior designer Paul, who was at my side while putting together the display and on the day of Indie Wed.  Here’s the final display:

A couple of weeks prior to Indie Wed, Paul and I scoured The ReBuilding Exchange for inspiration, without too much of an idea of what we would do for the display.  We picked up some folding doors and somehow came up with the idea of attaching pussy willow branches to the doors.  The overall effect of the pussy willow was of a somewhat random pattern… neutral but natural.  We went with Pollen’s colors of dark brown, mossy green, and raspberry (picked up in the flowers).

I wanted to use furniture from the studio so that the display “felt” like Pollen.  The pedestals were locally made a few years back by my talented carpenter friends Carson and Dave.  The table was a craiglist find (with a little revamping to change the tabletop from orange to white and expose the layers of plywood).  And the chair is one of four Heywood Wakefield school chairs I picked up at the Kane County Flea Market.  (Have you been?  You must go!)

The display showcased our favored naturalistic style.  On display were a bouquet, a floral centerpiece, a planted centerpiece, a boutonniere, and a showier piece, like might be used at the guest book table or bar at a wedding.  The flowers all went together, but weren’t too matchy-matchy.

The designs kept with our eco-friendly focus, eschewing floral foam (a non-biodegradable petroleum product).  The focal arrangement was designed in a recycled glass vase.  The smaller floral centerpiece was designed in a vintage glass container.  While our first choice is to work with locally grown product, during Chicago’s winters that just isn’t possible.  So we hand-selected a combination of sustainable, domestic, and Dutch floral product.

photo by Lily Red Studio (©Lily Red Studio 2012)

The bouquet was loose and sprawling, and wrapped with a plant-based ribbon.

photo by Lily Red Studio (©Lily Red Studio 2012)

The planted centerpiece, a low container of succulents, showed an example of a centerpiece that can have a life beyond the day of the wedding.

The flowers used included the following:

  • from California, acacia, scabiosa, blackberries, and viburnum;
  • from the Netherlands, kale, anemone, muscari hyacinth, cymbidium orchids, snowball viburnum, ranunculus, hellebores, and bullet allium; and
  • from a certified sustainable grower in South America, blue thistle and hydroponically grown roses.

Paul “person”-ed the booth while I joined fellow Green Wedding Alliance members Nina from Tweedle Press and Molly from FIG Catering to give a short workshop on green wedding tips.

Thanks to all who came out to Indie Wed and stopped by to say “hi.”  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Cozy, Wintry Wedding {Winter Wedding}

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:

white winter bouquet

The bridesmaids’ bouquets:

White Winter 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:

White Wedding Cake Decorated

Sweet, simple, and natural.

Jewel-Toned Wedding in Purple, Fuschia and Blue {Winter Wedding}

Along with blogging more, I resolved to take more photos of my work this year.  So while I didn’t get photos of Saturday’s wedding while in the studio, my bride, Jennifer, was kind enough to offer to pose for photos of her bouquet!

The bridal bouquet…

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And one of the bridesmaids’ bouquets…

Jewel Tones Bridesmaid Bouquet

I was so ready to design with these saturated colors, after some gloomy winter days!  After a couple of wedding-less work weeks, it was exciting to put these together for this wonderful bride!