Wedding Profile: Spring Bridegport Art Center Skyline Loft Wedding

E & S’s beautiful wedding at Bridgeport Art Center’s Skyline loft captured spring just beautifully, with loose and gardeny floral arrangements in shades of green, dusty purple, and pink with peonies, flowering viburnum, clematis, scabiosa, olive branches, and grasses.  All photography by the very talented Kent Drake Photography.

Garden style wedding bouquet in pink and purple with peonies, viburnum, scabiosa, olive, and clematis.Spring bridesmaid's bouquet with peonies, lavender, and olive with dusty purple bridesmaid's dress. Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft wedding ceremony birch arch Bridgeport Art Center wedding ceremony aisle arrangements. Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft escort card table. Bridgeport Art Center wedding. Herb arrangements on the highboys. Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft farm tables. Wedding head table garland, brass candlesticks, wooden table number. Centerpiece in gold mercury glass compote.

Creative Team:

Photographer: Kent Drake Photography

Day of Coordination: An Event Less Ordinary

Venue: Bridgeport Art Center Skyline Loft

Catering: Hearty Boys


Featured In: Style Me Pretty

We’re so excited to be featured once again on Style Me Pretty!  Below I’ve included a few of my favorite photos by Britta Marie Photography of Becca and Andrew’s spring wedding at River Roast Chicago.  You can view the entire dreamy spread on Style Me Pretty here.

spring wedding bouquet with peonies, ranunculus, clematis

Photo Credit: Britta Marie Photography.

Spring bridesmaid's bouquet with Wedding Spirit roses, peonies, clematis

Photo Credit: Britta Marie Photography.

Highboy floral arrangement in vintage brass goblet.

Photo Credit: Britta Marie Photography.

Head table garland and candles

Photo Credit: Britta Marie Photography.

Elevated centerpiece with eucalyptus and roses in tall gold vase.

Photo Credit: Britta Marie Photography.

Low centerpiece with peonies, poppies, eucalyptus

Photo Credit: Britta Marie Photography.

Wedding Profile: Spring Wedding at 19 East

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!

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Spring wedding bouquet with anemone, ranunculus, allium.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Wedding party bouquets. Navy dresses, white and blush flowers.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Spring boutonniere with ranunculus and berries.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

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.

Wedding ceremony at 19 East in Chicago.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Wedding ceremony at 19 East in Chicago.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Sweet arrangements in vintage vessels decorated the escort card and guest book tables.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

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.

Wedding reception at 19 East in Chicago.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Photography by Tim Tab Studios.


Photography by Tim Tab Studios.


Photography by Tim Tab Studios.


Creative Team:

Photography: Tim Tab Studios.
Venue: 19 East.
Catering: Food for Thought.
Coordination: Two Kisses Weddings and Events.

Wedding Profile: Salvage One Spring Wedding in Tangerine, Peach, and Fuschia

For more of this gorgeous wedding, visit Cassandra Eldridge’s blog.

Spring wedding bouquet with ranunculus, poppies, snowball viburnum, jasmine

Photography by Cassandra Eldridge Photography.

Spring wedding bouquet with snowball viburnum, ranunculus, garden roses, jasmine, scented geranium

Photography by Cassandra Eldridge Photography.

Spring wedding bouquet with poppies, snowball viburnum, garden roses, ranunculus, tulips, jasmine, scented geranium.

Photography by Cassandra Eldridge Photography.

Photography by Cassandra Eldridge Photography.

Spring wedding ceremony at Salvage One

Photography by Cassandra Eldridge Photography.

Salvage One Chicago wedding reception.

Photography by Cassandra Eldridge Photography.

Salvage One wedding centerpiece.

Photography by Cassandra Eldridge Photography.

Photography by Cassandra Eldridge Photography.

Photography by Cassandra Eldridge Photography.


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

Which Weekends Book First for Wedding Florists?

What a busy summer!  On top of each weekend’s wedding work, I’ve been meeting with potential 2015 clients to talk about their wedding flowers.  We’re beginning to fully book up for some weekends for next year, which got me to thinking that I could provide some insight as to which weekends typically book up first for wedding florists.  If you’re planning a wedding any of the following weekends, you’ll want to secure your florist as soon as possible.

Valentine’s Day Weekend (February 13, 14, or 15th, 2015)

This is the busiest weekend of the year for many florists.  Because of the volume of business and potential issues with both availability and quality of product, florists may be hesitant to take on wedding work on Valentine’s Day weekend.  Some retail florists do not take any wedding work that weekend, which makes it more difficult to find an available florist.  More business is directed to event florists (who do just weddings and events, not individual gift deliveries), which makes event florists book up more quickly, too.

Mother’s Day Weekend (May 8, 9, or 10th, 2015)

Just as with Valentine’s Day, this is an extremely busy weekend for retail florists, so some will intentionally not book weddings or will book fewer weddings than on a typical weekend.  This, compounded with the start of wedding season, makes Mothers’ Day weekend one that books up quickly.  We’re already fully booked that weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend (May 23, 24, or 25th, 2015)

Any long weekend will be a popular weekend for weddings.  The more popular the weekend, the more quickly all types of wedding vendors will book up.

4th of July Weekend (July 3,4, or 5th, 2015)

Same reason as Memorial Day weekend

Labor Day Weekend (September 5, 6, or 7th, 2015)

Same reason as Memorial Day & 4th of July weekends.

And any catchy number sequences.  This year we have 12/13/14.  I haven’t come across any yet for next year, but I’m sure there’s something!

And I’m seeing an increase in popularity of September weddings.  Did I miss any popular weekends???  Feel free to chime in in the comments.

Annual Client Appreciation Workshop

Pollen is hosting our annual Client Appreciation Workshop on Sunday, August 10th, from 11AM – 1PM.  Drink mimosas, learn about floral design, and create an arrangement to take home!


This workshop is exclusive to past and current Pollen clients and their guests. The introductory two-hour class, taught at Pollen’s floral design new studio location, 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 please 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.  These same cylinders will also be available if you don’t have a favorite vase you’d like to learn to work with.

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 $12 per person, and includes instruction, flowers, and the use of tools.

Tickets are $12 per person (just to insure those who register do attend) and can be found at:

Happy Earth Day!

What better time than Earth Day to explain our sustainable approach to floral design!  I started Pollen specifically to offer an eco-friendly floral design option to couples planning their weddings.  In both our operations and in our sourcing of materials, we operate in as eco-friendly of a way as possible.  It’s been an evolving process, finding workarounds to the traditional ways of doing things as we go.  Here are a few of the things that we are doing differently…

We avoid using floral foam.  Floral foam is a petroleum product, never biodegrades, and contains formaldehyde.  The less of it we are putting out there, the better.  Instead of using foam, we design our arrangements in water, using chicken wire and/or tape if necessary to provide some support to the arrangement.

summer locally grown wedding bouquetWe work with local flower farmers as much as possible.  In the Chicago area, for about half the year we have access to beautiful locally grown product. During the growing season, we work with these local blooms as much as possible.  This means the product doesn’t have to travel as far (less fossil fuel required), we’re supporting the local farming community, and our designs reflect the seasons!

Throughout the year, we have several partners we lean on for our sustainable approach.

Bright Endeavors

I met the folks at Bright Endeavors when Pollen and Bright Endeavors were located in the same building in Ravenswood.  Bright Endeavors is a social enterprise that makes eco-friendly candles and bath products while providing job skills training to women who are at risk for poverty.  They have a votive refill program, where I am able to bring back my votive candles again and again to be filled with soy wax.  (Pssst…They also have products appropriate for wedding favors!)

Collective Resource

Collective Resource swings by each week to pick up our compostable materials.  They transport all of our leaves, stems, and spent flowers to a commercial composting facility. And. yes, Collective Resource offers this service for home food scraps as well.  They can also help you plan a zero-waste event!

Chicago Green Wedding Alliance

Chicago Green Wedding Alliance approved vendorThis group of wedding vendors began as a grassroots effort, formed by myself and a few other like-minded business owners wanting to encourage greener weddings and make it easier for couples to find eco-friendly wedding vendors.  We’ve grown to a membership of 40+ businesses, hosting an annual wedding show as well as other educational and fun events.  This Sunday, April 27, 2014 we’re holding our second annual Wedding Recyclery, a tag sale for couples to sell and buy gently used wedding items.  More info on the Recyclery here.

What’s next as I continue to green the business?  This year, I’m trying out growing a few things right here in our own backyard at Pollen.  Also, I’m going to work harder this year to more consistently find new homes for the flowers we bring back from events.  (If you have an organization that would benefit from slightly used flowers, feel free to reach out.)  Heads up: I’ll be looking for a volunteer to rework our picked-up flowers and coordinate their delivery!

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.

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.

 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.

Wedding centerpiece in milk glass container.

Photo by Tim Tab Studios.

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.

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.