Glamorous Wedding at the Historic Palmer House

A’s favorite historic hotel in Chicago, The Palmer House,  was the backdrop to this elegant wedding last year.  The bride wanted to use ivory roses exclusively throughout the wedding, with gold accents to compliment the gilding throughout the Empire Room.  A. and P. sprayed fiddle head ferns gold to add a bit of flair, wrapped gold wire around cylinder vases for sparkle, and used gold curly willow for accents on the tall pieces.

Grooms bout with gold fiddle head fern. Photo courtesy of Vrai Photography

Grooms bout with gold fiddle head fern. Photo courtesy of Vrai Photography

Additionally, the bride wanted to incorporate brooches into her bouquet a first for Pockets Filled With Posies but certainly not last!

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Photo Courtesy of Vrai Photography

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For the 2 very special flower girls, we created “wands” just like fairy princesses using roses, hydrangea and hypericum berries.

Flower Girl wand

Flower Girl wand

Father of the Bride's bout

Father of the Bride’s bout

Groomsmen bout

Groomsmen bout

Cluster of ivory floating candles wrapped in wispy gold wire for sparkle

Cluster of ivory floating candles wrapped in wispy gold wire for sparkle

Tall vases filled with gold curly willow, topped with roses, hydrangea, hypericum berries and eucalyptus leaves with small curly willow branches

Tall vases filled with gold curly willow, topped with roses, hydrangea, hypericum berries and eucalyptus leaves with small curly willow branches. Photo courtesy of Vrai Photography

Tall centerpiece with gold curly willow base

Tall centerpiece with gold curly willow base

tall centerpiece close up

tall centerpiece close up

Sneak Peak view of the wedding celebration and main table.  Photo courtesy of Vrai Photography

Sneak Peak view of the wedding celebration and main table. Photo courtesy of Vrai Photography

Special thanks to Vrai Photography for some of the photo’s!

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Modern, Sleek Loft Wedding

A. has known bride L. since they were sorority sisters over 10 years ago (don’t do the math, it is depressing!), and after they ran into each other at an event and A. met L.’s bride-to-be N., A. offered to help create a modern, sleek look for their wedding at the beautiful and artsy Kitchen Chicago, a space that doubles as event space and rental kitchen space for the new wave of Food Trucks to recently hit Chicagoland.  Kitchen Chicago is an awesome blend of industrial, modern, soft and bright with tall, lofted ceilings and beautiful exposed brick walls.

The brides colors were brown, cream, and green.  They particularly loved the texture of burlap (which mimicked their invitations) and wanted an organic and relaxed yet sophisticated and modern look for wedding.  Additionally, since L.’s Mom grew up in Japan, L. wanted to incorporate as many white cranes as possible into the cocktail and heavy appetizer affair.  The budget was small (they had originally planned on DIY), but that didn’t stop A. & P. from coming up with BIG plans!

Kitchen Chicago had gorgeous long reclaimed wood tables with bench seating that were too gorgeous to cover up, so A. made simple burlap runners for each table. Two trio’s of modern arrangements with orchids, grass, curly willow branches and stone were placed at each table separated by glowing candles.  To flank the ceremony site, the brides hung cranes and A. & P. added tall vases filled with curly willow branches, hanging votives, and orchids. 099long tables087080088106hemphill3