Style Me Pretty shoot

So incredibly thrilled and overwhelmed by the opportunity to not only work with Chicago's finest, but to be featured on the front page of Style Me Pretty!  Pinch me! I have been waiting for this day for so long and I can't believe it's really happening.  We worked so hard on this incredible shoot and I'm so happy to share it with you all.  

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Planning: Taylor, Amelia Cole Events @ameliacoleevents
Photographer: Tara, Roots of Life Photography @rootsoflife
Venue: Chez Event Space @chezeventspace
Hair & Makeup: Ioana + Jen, Rare Bird Beauties @rarebirdbeauties
Stationary + Paper Goods: Emily, Emily Rose Ink @emilyroseink
Floral: Tajalli, The Petal @thepetalchicago
Cake + Sweets: Toni Patisserie, @tonipatisseriecafe
Dress + Accessories: Mira Couture @mira_couture
Dress Designers: Pronovias, Justin Alexander & Lucian Matis
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bubbling Brides @bubblingbrides
Menswear: The Black Tux @theblacktux
Table + Bar: Tablescapes @tablescapeschgo
Draping + Chandeliers: Concept Effects @concepteffects                                            Lounge: Bowery & Bash @boweryandbash                                                                          Ring Box: The Mrs. Box @the_mrs_box
Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon Co. @bellameribbon                                                                Candles & Candle Holders: Creative Candles @creative.candles

 

 

 

 

 

Vanessa + Edgar

How have I not yet posted this gorgeous wedding on my blog yet I have no idea.  Vanessa and Edgar are the sweetest couples.  One of those couples that when they look at each other you can just see the love in their eyes and in their hearts.  I had so much fun working with them to create the perfect fall Chicago wedding at a local venue, The Carleton of Oak Park.  Vanessa wanted tons of greenery, moody blooms, and plenty of candle light.  I think we achieved all of those things.

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Photographer: Loren Weddings

Venue: The Carleton of Oak Park

Top 5 bouquets of 2017

I seriously can not believe how quickly this year went!  I remember being so excited for all the wonderful weddings I had planned for 2017 and then I blinked and it's December. 

What a great year filled with gorgeous weddings, wonderful clients, amazing support, fantastic venues, and of course tons of flowers.  I'm so grateful for an amazing year and I can't wait for 2019!!  Here we go!  

Since it's the end of the year I thought I'd share with you my top 5 bouquets created this year.  So here they are in no particular order.  I can't pick a favorite, can you?

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Cassie + Josh

A rainy day in April didn't stop these two from having a stunning wedding at the incredibly gorgeous South Shore Cultural Center.  And can I just take a second to gush over these photos by Hello Rose Photography, I mean seriously!!  They are absolutely dreamy.  

Photographer: Hello Rose Photography

Venue: South Shore Cultural Center

Floral Design: The Petal

Dress: Hayley Paige

Spring Styled Shoot

My floral dreams came true for this spring styled shoot I did with a couple of amazing partners.  When Christy Tyler Photography approached me to be a part of her Lighting Workshop for Photographers I was thrilled.  I decided that I was going to totally go for it and create what I've been wanted to do for a while.  A romantic, whimsical inspirational shoot filled with soft florals and gorgeous candles.  This was my first time working with so many incredible people.  Everything was so perfect!  

Big shout out to all the amazing people who worked on this styled shoot.  It couldn't have happened without all of your talents. 

 

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Photographer: Christy Tyler Photography                                                                 Model: Aimee Mazzenga
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Venue: Chez Event Space
Florals: The Petal
Dress: Alice in Ivory
Hair & Makeup: Debra Petrielli Freelance Hairstylist & Makeup Artist
Paper goods & ring box: Jenn Heller Design Co
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals: Chicago Vintage Weddings
Video: Robert Cawthorne Wedding Films

Jennifer + Gabe

How incredible is it to have twenty of your closest friends and family join you for an intimate ceremony and reception at the beautiful Waldorf Astoria Chicago for a dreamy winter wedding.  And to top it off the bride was totally laid back and ready to enjoy her day.  She wanted everything to be clean, simple, elegant, and timeless with white blooms and rich greenery.  We went with two beautiful white arrangements and a candle lined aisle for the ceremony and a lush cascading garland of greenery accented with a few white blooms for the long reception table.  Thank you so much Jennifer and Gabe for including us on your wedding day!

Spring fever

My sister had a lovely engagement party with friends Sunday night and of course I couldn't show up without bringing flowers.  This arrangement had all the colors my sister has been dreaming of for her wedding day...let's just call it a preview.  I'm so incredibly happy for them, they are an amazing couple.  Let the wedding planning begin! 

Side note - don't mind that one wilted scabiosa in the middle.  The arrangement was on the table next to several hot trays and that little guy just had enough.

Molly + Kevin

There is something magical about a winter wedding and Molly and Kevin's December wedding was no exception.  Stan Mansion was the perfect venue for this classic, timeless wedding.  We went with clean and simple arrangements of crisp white florals and gray accents with the exception of the bridal bouquet which had pops of blush and peach (to match the bride's amazing blush shoes of course).  

I am completely obsessed with the incredible photos Christy Tyler Photography captured from this wedding! And, I'm not going to lie, the cake was truly my favorite for this one!  The bride gave me free rein and I couldn't be happier with the way it came out!   

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Caroline + Adam

Sometimes you get insanely lucky as a floral designer to meet a bride who puts complete trust in you and your designs.  And when that happens, magic happens.  I had so much fun creating a modern, elegant wedding for Caroline and Adam at The Dawson.  We were pleasantly surprised by the unseasonably warm November day which made this fall wedding truly perfect.

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Venue: The Dawson

Photographer: Pamela Yasuko

Happy New Year!

Bring it on 2017!  

This year was incredible.  I honestly couldn't have done it without the support of my family and the amazing clients I've worked with.  Seriously though, I have the BEST clients!  So honored they let me be creative and to make magic on their wedding days.  

I've learned and grown a lot this year and I can't wait to see what's in-store for 2017.  Growing as a florist and a business has been a process, but after 2 years of The Petal I can finally say I'm completely confident and happy with where my brand is going, who I am as a designer, and all the possibilities for the future.  

Here are some highlights from this year.  

Amanda + Max

It's freezing outside, so I'm just going to chill in front of my computer and look at pretty pictures of flowers and happy couples.  Amanda and Max were a pleasure to work with.  When I heard she wanted an Italian Mediterranean theme for her big day I was all over it.  Here are a few photos from the amazing photographer Sally O'Donnell Photography and some taken by yours truly.  

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