bride and groom inspiration

LeKeziah + Mike

This wedding had so many amazing details that really took the venue to a whole new level. And how can you go wrong with classic white and green? Not to mention the cake was seriously one of my all time favs - those greens were made for that cake. The couple was absolutely gorgeous and their intimate ceremony and reception was so lovely. I was so lucky to work with the incredibly talented Kristen Cloyd Photography who captured these stunning photos.

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Shanele + Andrew

This sweet couple was looking for an elegant, romantic wedding filled with varying shades of lavender and plum.  I don't typically work with these colors, so I was really excited to get my hands on something a bit different.  So happy with how everything turned out!  

Photographer: Event Tide Wind

Photographer: Event Tide Wind

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

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

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!

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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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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Catherine + Andy

I was so lucky to work with such a sweet couple for a wedding in spring of this year.  They were so happy and easy-going it made it so easy to work with them.  It was such a pleasure.

The bride requested rich, vibrant colors to compliment their traditional Chinese wedding.  The balance of the rich pinks, purples and blush tones complimented the venues red and gold accents.  And that archway!  Boy was it a pain to get it in and out of the courtyard of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, but it was totally worth it!  

All packed up and looking amazing.

All packed up and looking amazing.