Wedding Profile: Fall Wedding at The University Club

Since getting into the wedding flower business, I’ve become a big fan of the old school private clubs in Chicago. The architecture and artwork is usually jaw-dropping, and the University Club of Chicago is no exception!  Big thanks to our clients, M&M, and to Christy Tyler Photography for sharing their gorgeous images.  I’m focusing on the flowers here, but you can get a feel for the whole day on Christy Tyler Photography blog post. It’s definitely worth checking out their blog to see the bride’s amazing headpiece!

I love wedding color palettes that include a range of colors, rather than the traditional palette of two-colors-and-a-neutral. For M&M’s fall wedding, we featured soft, neutral colors to complement the bridesmaids’ dresses, which were in varying shades of muted blue, grey, and dusty purple as our starting point.  Through the flowers, we added in soft, antique tones of blush, dusty lilac, muted peach, steel blue, grey and ivory.  We included both soft and fluffy blooms, such as garden roses, Japanese anemone, stock, and spray roses, with more textural dusty miller, blue thistle, and silver brunia.

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How about the blue thistle in the boutonnieres?

wedding flowers groom boutonniere with spray rose, blue thistle, fern

The ceremony was held at the University Club of Chicago’s Cathedral Hall, which has a very old world feel to it, with stone walls, a vaulted wooden ceiling, and gothic arches with stained glass windows.  We softened the space for the ceremony, “pre-use”-ing the centerpieces down the aisle, displayed on Pollen’s simple white pedestals. An aisle runner defined the aisle, along with clusters of candles.University Club of Chicago wedding ceremony aisle University Club of Chicago wedding flowers

University Club of Chicago wedding ceremony in Cathedral Hall

A foliage garland, candles, and white flowers decorated the stone fireplace.University Club of Chicago fireplace in Cathedral Hall The very tall ceilings of Cathedral Hall ask for tall centerpieces.  We created a mix of tall and short centerpieces for variety throughout the room, incorporating pieces from the clients’ antique silver collection into the centerpieces, supplemented with our containers.University Club of Chicago Cathedral Hall tall wedding centerpieces University Club of Chicago Cathedral Hall wedding centerpieces flowers University Club of Chicago Cathedral Hall wedding reception

Many thanks again to Christy Tyler Photography for  so generously sharing their photography with us and for making us look good!

Venue: University Club of Chicago

Photography: Christy Tyler Photography

DJ: Rachel of Toast and Jam

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!