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Within these uncertain times, plans in every area of life have certainly been turned on their side. Innovative problem solving has led couples to design weddings that respect social distancing measures, opt for a courthouse wedding for the time being, or re-imagine future wedding plans altogether. Whatever changes are planned, flowers continue to have a […]

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In one word, Chicago Athletic Association captures elegance. As an 1893 landmark, the space’s dark wood walls, stained glass windows, and antique sconces make for a traditional backdrop for contemporary weddings. Below are some standout moments of weddings that Pollen had the pleasure of working on, ranging from weddings held on sunny spring days to […]

A statement table resplendent with foliage and candles, long enough to sit your wedding party might be in your wedding vision, or a humble sweetheart table might be just the thing for you and yours. Whatever path you take, the inspiration is boundless. From floating foliage to bouquets turned centerpieces, mini arrangement to swags of […]

What can be said about the bouquet? It’s at the center of the magic that is a wedding! Whether loose and leafy or full and petite, bridal bouquets are an expression of your most personal taste. We love garden-inspired bouquets here at Pollen, ideally utilizing local and seasonal flowers for a bouquet that is not […]

The wedding cake…one of the many foundational decisions that has to be made when designing your special day. Here at Pollen, we add the finishing touches that help to make a wedding cake your wedding cake. Over the years we’ve seen a whole spectrum of styles: from the four-tiered to the single-tiered, the ornamental to […]

A seemingly small detail at first, boutonnieres provide just the moment for a pop of color or unexpected foliage, such as a fern. Here are some shots from Pollen’s Inspiration Files to help you make sense of the plethora of ideas, proving that boutonnieres offer one more way to make your day memorable, down to […]

As a florist, I’d love to have access to all the flowers all the time, but their ephemeral nature makes me appreciate what each season has to offer.  For my clients, working with the seasons when selecting their wedding flowers ensures they’ll receive the best quality flowers available for their wedding. Each season has blooms […]

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A Few of Our Favorite Wedding Shows in Chicago Booking season is underway! Many couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, leading to a jump in inquiries and consultations in late winter and early spring. Booking season for us! Planning season for you! If you got engaged over the holidays, you’ve likely started to […]

Part 2: Initial Contact and Narrowing the Search. In the first part of this series, I talked about how to research florists. Now, let’s say you have a handful of florists that you’re interested in working with. What next?  Give the florist a call or shoot them an email to find out a few important […]

About this series.  Your Guide to Wedding Flowers, from a Florist’s Perspective. Most of my clients are doing this for the first time. They’ve never hired a florist for an event, so they’re figuring it out as they go along, relying on internet research as well as the experiences of friends and family. I started […]

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