flower arrangements

Classic and elegant wedding

I love the feeling of opening my email and seeing photos from a wedding I've done.  Elizabeth and Keith had a classic and elegant wedding filled with gorgeous peonies and hydrangeas at the Metropolitan Club of Willis Tower.  What a view!  The venue was gorgeous and this couple is so sweet. 

Photo credit: Dennis Lee Photo

Rustic, Outdoor Fall Wedding

This past weekend I was lucky enough to do the flowers for a rustic, outdoor fall wedding to a wonderful couple.  Although the weather wasn't ideal the flowers really captured the overall feel of the wedding.  

Ceremony aisle

Ceremony aisle

Ceremony

Ceremony

Babys breath in mason jars tied with twine

Babys breath in mason jars tied with twine

Babys breath centerpiece

Babys breath centerpiece

Mason jar centerpiece with garden roses, roses, dahlias and wax flower.

Mason jar centerpiece with garden roses, roses, dahlias and wax flower.

Head table flowers in whitewash wood box.  

Head table flowers in whitewash wood box.  

A close up of the head table flowers

A close up of the head table flowers

The bridal party bouquets add a great touch to the head table

The bridal party bouquets add a great touch to the head table

Mums the word

One big trend in weddings this year is clusters of flowers at different heights.  I put together a few arrangements to showcase this trend with mums and snapdragons.  Mums are so versatile and they last a long time so you get to enjoy your flowers longer!  Chrysanthemums are gorgeous large blooms that can stand alone and really make a statement as well.  Is this a trend you would try?

Chrysanthemums, mums, snapdragons, and ornamental kale.

Chrysanthemums, mums, snapdragons, and ornamental kale.

A single chrysanthemum enhances any table

A single chrysanthemum enhances any table

Flower girl

My daughter was the perfect little flower girl for me today :)  I made a small hand-tied bouquet of gerberas that are the perfect size for her to hold.  Instead of a traditional ribbon I tied it off with some twine.  And who said flower girls have to carry a basket of flower petals when they can hold an adorable little bouquet?  Let me know what you think!

She had a lot of fun holding the bouquet.  cutie.

She had a lot of fun holding the bouquet.  cutie.

More love for peonies...

I went back to my favorite vendor (www.petalsfarm.org) at the Oak Park Farmers Market this past weekend and got more gorgeous peonies.  How can I resist, really!?  I'm kind of obsessed with this last arrangement and may have taken too many photos, so please forgive me.  And, I got these really cool icy-blue frosted vases that were perfect with the flowers I got.

Some of the arrangements are just peonies then I started to add.  One is ranunculus and peonies and the other has ranunculus, peonies and some greenery. What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

Peonies, ranunculus, and some greenery

Peonies, ranunculus, and some greenery

Peonies, ranunculus, and some greenery

Peonies, ranunculus, and some greenery

Peonies and ranunculus - the perfect pair

Peonies and ranunculus - the perfect pair

Hand-tied peony bouquet with twine

Hand-tied peony bouquet with twine

And now for the close-up

And now for the close-up

Peonies, ranunculus, and some greenery

Peonies, ranunculus, and some greenery

Farmers Market flowers

This past weekend I went with the family to the Oak Park Farmers Market and found some amazing locally grown flowers from the wonderful people at Petals Farm in Huntley, Illinois (check them out: www.petalsfarm.org).  They had the most beautiful allium which I LOVE but never really get to work with.  I brought them home and had a little fun.  Here are some photos.  Enjoy!

Delicate bouquet of allium, baptisia, lisianthus, and lilac.

Delicate bouquet of allium, baptisia, lisianthus, and lilac.

Forgive the photo it really doesn't capture the vibrant color of the allium, but I love the purple flowers in the green vase.  They were meant for each other.

Forgive the photo it really doesn't capture the vibrant color of the allium, but I love the purple flowers in the green vase.  They were meant for each other.

It's peony season!!

Peonies are so beautiful and highly fragrant - not to mention one of my favorites.  They aren't around for very long so as soon as they are in season I make sure to always have some around.  I thought I would play around with some more romantic bouquets that are also a bit more rustic.  Different vases help change the look from rustic to romantic.  Enjoy!

Peonies, roses, lisianthus, and seeded eucalyptus

Peonies, roses, lisianthus, and seeded eucalyptus