Wedding Profile: Spring Wedding in Coral and Deep Teal at Salvage One

Revisiting M&M’s late June wedding from last year puts a smile on my face!  As always, Tim Tab Studios captured the wedding beautifully.

For the bride’s garden-style bouquet, coral peonies, poppies, ranunculus, and garden roses were the focal flowers in a loose yet lush style of bouquet.

Spring bridal bouquet with coral peonies, poppies, and garden roses.

Coral ranunculus boutonniere, ninebark, bowtie

Spring bridal bouquet, coral peonies, poppies, garden roses

The wedding party’s bouquets in coral, orange, fuchsia, and yellow complemented deep teal dresses.

Summer bridesmaid bouquets, coral peonies, garden roses, turquoise ribbon An eclectic mix of vintage-y containers perfectly suit Salvage One’s vintage and funky vibe.Summer wedding centerpiece, coral peonies, local zinnias, green hydrangea

Spring wedding centerpiece. Vintage glass compote, coral peonies, green hydrangea, geranium

Creative Team:

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


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: 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.

Wedding Profile: Eco-Examples

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…

Thoughtful 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.



Naturalistic Wedding in White, Brown and Navy {Fall Wedding}

I love texture.  And unusual, non-floral elements.  So I had a blast working on Erin and Dan’s wedding at the end of November.  Erin wanted her flowers to be a little unexpected, while still soft and natural.  Her color scheme of white, browns, sage green, and navy was tastefully understated.   Incorporating herbs, fiddleheads, berries and kale was a nod to the couple’s shared love of cooking.

Erin’s bouquet was mostly white, with navy berries, brown fiddleheads, and green herbs.

Fall Wedding Bridal Bouquet

The boutonnieres picked up the more interesting elements from the bouquets.

Fall Wedding Groom's Boutonniere

For the centerpieces, each one was a little different from the other, but still coordinated–a look I often refer to as “cousins”.  Check out the fantastic city views from the Wolf Point Ballroom at the LEED-certified Holiday Inn Mart Plaza.  (Oh, and that has to be some of the best ballroom carpet I’ve seen yet.)

Fall Wedding Centerpiece

This wedding was definitely one of my favorites from 2010!  Thanks, Erin and Dan!