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Inspiration Files: Outdoor Weddings

8/21/20

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 role in marking such a monumental day. Looking ahead at 2021, the uncertainty continues and so, here is an Inspiration File on outdoor weddings to support you in creatively (and safely) dreaming up what your day may look like. Note: the following weddings are from pre-covid times, hence the closer seats than what is currently being done.

Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden ceremony with metal altar, sprawling foliage, and floating flowers of ranunculus and stock.

First up, a soft-toned wedding on a beautiful late-September day at Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden. Photography by Dana Ann Photography.

Outdoor late summer wedding ceremony at Bridgeport Art Center Sculpture Garden with hanging aisle decorations of pale pink stock, ivory spray roses, pale green hydrangea, and daisies -- elegant pillar candles lined the aisle.
An elegant late summer wedding ceremony reception in Bridgeport Art Center's Sculpture Garden, featuring a chuppah with a hanging flower installation of ranunculus and stock.

Here’s a close-up of the couple’s chuppah with floating flowers and wispy greenery. The full wedding feature, with many more beautiful photos, can be found here.

Late summer Chicago wedding outdoor ceremony with eucalyptus garland.

Here are some serene moments from the outdoor reception of this late-September ivory wedding at Exmoor Country Club, which featured long swags of eucalyptus with white hydrangea. Photography by Avant-garde Photography.

Late summer outdoor ceremony in Chicago with ivory spray roses, blush dahlias, and eucalyptus.
Late summer outdoor ceremony in Chicago with ivory spray roses, blush dahlias, and eucalyptus.
July outdoor summer wedding at Adler Planetarium with chair swags and silver lanterns lining the aisle made from blue hydrangea and ivory garden roses.

An outdoor reception for a soft-toned July wedding celebrated at Adler Planetarium, with a celestial theme to match. Photography by Katie Kett.

Chair swag on white chair for outdoor July wedding at Adler Planetarium with blue hydrangea and ivory garden roses.
Altar arrangements for outdoor July wedding at Adler Planetarium with blue hydrangea, yellow spray roses, buttercream stock, and ivory garden roses.

The reception was filled with creative details unique to the couple and can be found in the full wedding feature.

Summer wedding glass bottle arrangements with pink zinnias and eucalyptus.

Simple and elegant details at this summer wedding at Chief O’Neills. Photography by Dawn E Roscoe Photography.

Pale pink dahlia with Queen Anne's lace at summer wedding in Chicago.
Late summer outdoor wedding in Chicago at Columbus Park Refectory  with foliage and ivory rose lined aisle at the ceremony.

This late summer wedding at Columbus Park Refectory, with its palette of mauve, blush, and ivory, was memorable it its total elegance. Photography by Redwall Photo

Late summer outdoor wedding reception in Chicago at Columbus Park Refectory with blush, mauve, and ivory centerpieces of tardiva hydrangea, Japanese anemone, and scabiosa.

More lovely moments of this park wedding can be found in the wedding profile, here.

Romantic tented outdoor wedding reception at Chicago Illuminating Company with brushed gold Chiavari chairs, pale linens, globe string lights, and garden inspired bouquets of ivory garden roses, pale pink peonies, and flowering branches.

With a soft-hued palette and an eye for details, this couple’s early summer wedding ceremony at Holy Family Parish was followed by a garden party reception at Chicago Illuminating Company. Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Romantic outdoor tented summer wedding reception in Chicago with a classic and romantic sweetheart table with a pale arrangement of blush peonies, ivory garden roses, and hydrangea.
Romantic outdoor tented summer wedding reception in Chicago with four-tiered vanilla cake and cascading ivory roses with foliage, garden inspired arrangements, brushed gold bamboo chairs, and globe string lights.

The peonies in this wedding were something special and can be found in the full wedding feature, here. Photography by Tim Tab Studios.

Hanging flower ceremony altar for outdoor fall wedding with garden roses, hydrangea, and burgundy and ivory dahlias.

A lush ceremony altar with draping flowers was just the beginning of this romantic wedding, which was followed by an opulent reception in Galleria Marchetti‘s tented pavilion. Photography by Adam Novak Photography.

Hanging flower ceremony altar for outdoor fall wedding with garden roses, hydrangea, and burgundy and ivory dahlias.
Outdoor fall wedding with hanging flowers of ivory and lilac delphinium.
Romantic tent wedding reception in Chicago with small centerpieces of majolica roses in ivory and garden roses in blush.

If you’re curious to see more moments from this romantic wedding, head over here.

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