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.
How about the blue thistle in the boutonnieres?
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.
A foliage garland, candles, and white flowers decorated the stone fireplace. 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.
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