Archives for March 2012

Meet the Flowers: Anemones

Happy Rainy Friday! This dreary weather is a nice reminder that it is in fact, Spring! And not some bizarre hybrid Spring/Summer.

Today I’m featuring one of my favorite flowers: the Anemone! (Yes, spelled and pronounced just like the sea creature). They come in a beautiful rainbow of pastel and jewel tones, but what I love most is their black centers. So striking and dramatic, yet ruffly and feminine.

Via theknot


Pink-Anemones Via Exquisite Designs

Via Chiaroscuro

They are gorgeous en masse by themselves, or nestled as accents in a lush bouquet of spring bloom like peonies and ranuculous:

white bouquet anemone peony ranunculus
Branching Out Floral Design via Crooked Stove Top

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hitched: Meredith and Brad’s Architectural Artifacts Wedding – Part 1

Our last wedding of 2011 was Meredith & Brad’s wedding at Architectural Artifacts, one of the most unique venues in Chicago! (If you haven’t been to AA, you definitely should, it’s open daily to the public!) The husband and wife team of Pen Carlson were photographers on my *I WANT TO WORK WITH THEM* list for ages, and they did not disappoint! Asrai Garden created lush florals in shades of white and silver with pops of red.

Meredith was a stunning bride, rocking the bright red lips and an old Hollywood glam look… not everyone can pull that off, but she certainly did! Meredith and Brad were such a relaxed and gracious couple, we loved helping them pull together their wedding which was a wonderful reflection of their warm personalities … what a great way to end our 2011 wedding season!

1 Architectural Artifacts Wedding Pen Carlson Photography Sweetchic Events dress and shoe shot

I loved her white and silver bouquet of peonies, anemonies, garden roses, brunia berries and dusty miller!

Architectural Artifacts Wedding Pen Carlson Photography Sweetchic Events Asrai Garden white peonies, dusty miller, berries, silver anemones bouquet and Silver Berry Boutonniere

7 Architectural Artifacts Wedding Pen Carlson Photography Sweetchic Events Bride and Groom First Look Skyline

9 Architectural Artifacts Wedding Pen Carlson Photography Sweetchic Events Elevator Kiss first look

10 Architectural Artifacts Wedding Pen Carlson Photography Sweetchic Events bride and groom first look back of dress

19 Architectural Artifacts Wedding Pen Carlson Photography Sweetchic Events Father and Bride Walk Down Aisle

20 Architectural Artifacts Wedding Pen Carlson Photography Sweetchic Events Ceremony Reading

I love this Kiss shot!!

Part 2 coming up next week!

Venue: Architectural Artifacts
Photographers: Pen Carlson
Wedding Coordination: Sweetchic Events
Caterer: Hearty Boys
DJ: Rachel & Kate of Toast & Jam
Floral: Asrai Garden
Lighting & Draping: Chicago Lighting Design
Hair & Makeup: Tigerlilie Salon

Meet the Flowers: Orchids

For someone who is not a florist, I sure do talk about flowers a lot!! Only because I lurve, lurve, LURVE flowers!

One of my June brides and I had a meeting with her florist Fleur yesterday. We had a conversation about orchids… which made me realize that with so many varieties, brides are having a hard time determining what’s what! So here are the top 4 orchid varieties I see most frequently used in weddings. Keep in mind that there are thousands of varieties of orchids, and they are available in almost every color – and color combination – imaginable!

Dendrobium Orchids: Probably amongst the most cost effective and economical variety, but delicate and dainty with many blossoms to each stem


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Mokara Orchids: In my opinion, the mokaras look more tropical and exotic than the dendrobiums, with smaller petals and often with “speckles” all over


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Cymbidium Orchids: Available in a “mini” size as well as a larger size. Cymbidiums are super hearty with thicker petals and a deep colored speckled “throat” area

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Phaelenopsis Orchids: So many brides LOVE phaelenopsis orchids, and with good reason! But they come with a hefty price tag!!


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Are you an orchid fan and do you have a favorite?