Archives for January 2011

Wedding Jargon: Collection Centerpiece

When you go in for your first floral appointment, you’ll hear a lot of new words or terminology that may as well be a foreign language to you. For example, what is a Pavé (pah-vay) floral arrangement?

One of the hottest wedding centerpiece trends at the moment is the “Collection” centerpiece. Uhm, what does that mean exactly? It is literally a “collection” of small floral (and sometimes non-floral) mini arrangements that are grouped together to form a more dramatic centerpiece.

Let me show you a few examples!

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Thorsen Photography; Florals by Petal Play Design

Collection centerpiece Scarlet Petal Chicago
Imaginative Studios Photography; Florals by Scarlet Petal

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Laurie Peacock Photography; Florals by The Flower Firm

Steve Steinhardt Photography via Style Me Pretty; Florals by Holly Flora

Tony Chan's Pics
Second Print Productions; Florals by Vale of Enna

Jessica Strickland Photography; Florals by Vale of Enna

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Jonathan Canlas Photography via Snippet & Ink; Florals by Amagansett Flowers by Beth

What do you think of the “Collection” look?


P.S. What sparked this blog post is seeing some lovely collection centerpieces at the SAG Awards tables!

Pure Kitchen Catering: Yummy Tasting Event!

One of the best perks of my job is that I get to attend fun industry events and eat lots of delicious food! :) Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a tasting event hosted by one Chicago’s newest catering companies, Pure Kitchen Catering, who focuses on seasonal, local and organic cuisine. The event took place at Kitchen Chicago, a new shared-use kitchen space/venue that can also be rented for events!

We were welcomed with yummy strawberry mojitos and a gorgeous tablescape.



Cured lake trout, pea shoot-mint salad, roasted almond vinaigrette, and grilled pizza crust. I thought this looked like smoked salmon, but it was SO much better!

Carrot soufflé, baby carrots, picked red onion, dill, puffed rye berries. I’ve never had carrot soufflé, so I didn’t know what to expect… but I scraped my ramekin clean and wished there was no one around so I could lick the bowl, hahaha.  P1030712

Time for the family-style main course: Whole roasted chicken with oregano-thyme rub. I’m not a huge fan of chicken and never usually order it at a restaurant, but WOW, seriously tender and deeelish!!P1030714

Boiled red potatoes. Hands down, the best potatoes I’ve ever had. Don’t think I throw out sentiments like that lightly… it had something to do with using the freshest local potatoes and amazing butter. This bowl below was intended to share, but I secretly wanted to inhale the whole thing by myself :)

Cornbread cake, roasted apple, pumpkin cream, honey-bourbon butter sauce. I’ll admit that the bourbon sauce was a bit strong for my liking… I prefer my alcohol to NOT taste like alcohol (I’m a wimp). But I like pumpkin-anything, so I was A-OK with the cream :)P1030719
(All images above by me)

What makes Pure Kitchen Catering so unique? I think their whole philosophy on keeping things local and eco-friendly truly sets them apart.


What are your thoughts on eco-friendly caterers?


January 29th: Bridal Shower Soiree

Hey Chicago Brides-to-be and Bridesmaids-to-be! Indiewed is not the only wedding event in town this coming Saturday January 29th (although I’ll be there too from 12 – 2pm, manning the Wish Upon a Wedding booth!)!

Come to the FREE event at the Kenmore Live Studio, and they’ll show you how to put together the perfect bridal shower. The Bridal Shower Soiree will feature delicious, bridal-inspired hors d’oeuvres, cooking demonstrations from Chef Lovely of Hell’s Kitchen, a “Registry 101” expert (THAT’S ME!!) and shower-themed activities, exciting Kenmore giveaways, including small kitchen appliances and the chance to win a $500 Sears gift card.

Register HERE for your complimentary admission! Hope to see you there :)

Kenmore Live Studio
678 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654

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