Archive for July, 2011

White and Yellow at the Crystal Gardens in Navy Pier

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Erin and Miles got married this past weekend at the Crystal Gardens in Navy Pier. I have to confess the Crystal Gardens needs very little to make it look great. It’s a bright space, with lots of greenery and one heck of a skylight. As a backdrop you have the city skyline on one side, the ferris wheel behind you and the lake on the other side. But even with all that we made it a little brighter with some white spray roses, yellow billy balls (or craspedia), elephant mums and  a few yellow gerber daises.


Bridal bouquet of white and yellow spray roses, white vendela roses, ivory stock, white fressias and yellow billy balls

The maids carried a bouquet made of yellow elephant mums, pink and yellow spray roses, yellow gerber daises and bupleurum

Indie Wed ~ Floral Free Form

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Liz Sisson from Studio Starling is a good friend of mine. We’ve done countless of weddings together. You can say in the short list of favorite photographers she is right there with the top three. So when she asked me a while ago to put some flowers together for her booth at this summer’s Indie Wed I just couldn’t pass up on the opportunity and more than anything I was happy Liz asked because she knows a lot of good florists.

The surprising thing with this request is Liz’s style and mine are very different from each other. I’m not a leaves kind of girl, and let it all lose kind of girl. But I knew Liz is. If there is anyone I know that is Indie… it’s Liz. I think that is why we work so well together. We are the Ying Yang when we work together.

Liz wanted a lot of free form…. LOTS! So we went ahead and used the so called “wildflowers” which really aren’t. Dahlias, zinnias, privet berries, olive leaves, astilbe, Queen Anne’s Lace, geranium leaves, grass and astarantia were my go to choices.  It’s all about how to design them. So this time around I let the flowers speak for themselves just in a “Liz kind of way”.

We used white milk glass for all the designs. It suits the designs well and of course, we got lots of it in different sizes, shapes and heights.

Love all the privet berries on this design. The tiny blue berries gives it that extra texture we are looking for and it’s leaves helped us achieve exactly what we wanted.

Lucky me the farmer’s market had zinnias this time around! So we used them along with a few black eyed Susans, Queen Anne’s Lace, Olive Leaves, asclepsia and a few touches of white wax flowers

And of course, why stop now? I just had to do two bouquets.

Notice the little detail of burlap and twine for the bouquet handle. We loved it.


Couldn’t leave the bridesmaids behind. So I created something with lots of wax flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace and asclepsia.


Best part of it all, I get to work with Liz, Nicole (Liz’s partner at Studio Starling) and the delightful Emily on two weddings this coming August!

Manzanita Branches at the Met Club

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Our first Monday wedding in a long time. It took place at the Met Club at the Willis Tower (or for the rest of us old school folks the Sears Tower). Our bride Jennifer had visions of pink mokara orchids, manzanita branches and crystals to recreate cherry blossom branches. So we created a beautiful centerpiece that went along with her theme.


Our bride carried a bouquet made out of pink peonies, white garden roses, Yves Piaget roses, light pink cymbidium orchids and white cymbidium orchids. The fragrance from this bouquet was lovely. Our bride was pleasantly surprised that we were able to find peonies in mid July.

A little something blue…

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Happy Monday to all! As we get ready to setup another wedding today Monday (yeahy for Monday weddings), here is a little something blue from the last Saturday.


Botanical Brouhaha

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

We were happy to learn we were included in this post by Botanical Brouhaha for our design of parrot tulips, hellebores, mimosas and dusty miller during our trip to NYC this past March. It’s a great website for inspiration from designers all over the world.

Photo Credit: Vicki Grafton Photography