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.
A. had the pleasure of assisting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana at their annual Big Mac Under Glass Gala held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers with boutonnieres and wrist corsages for the Board of Directors. The theme for the evening was Masquerade Ball. A. & P. incorporated red hearts roses and lemon leaf into the design since they were also used throughout the event space. They added black feather accents to play up the “Masquerade” theme and thin red wire for a bit of sparkle. Here is Ryan Baker, CBS 2 Chicago sports anchor and his beautiful wife Jessa.
Last summer, Pockets Filled With Posies created small cocktail table centerpieces for the then 19th Illinois State Senate candidate Mike Hastings. This January, we were thrilled to help him after his Inauguration ceremony by creating centerpieces for his celebratory dinner at the Illinois Governor’s Mansion as well as sitting on the Inauguration Committee formed to plan this historic (Mike is the youngest elected Illinois State Sentator in history) occasion.
The Governor’s Mansion (added to the National Register of Historic Places back in 1976) was built in 1855 and is filled with parlors, sitting rooms, and libraries. It is decorated much like it would look in the 19th century, complete with gold gilded accents, beautiful china, grand winding staircases, and sparkling crystal chandeliers.
Mike was on a strict budget and A. also had to worry about transporting centerpieces day-off down to Springfield in the cold January weather. A. decided to get “the most bang for her buck” by using the same flower “en masse” to create a full, seamless look. She borrowed muted metal urns from her incredibly creative friend and colleague Kristen Janes of Kio Kreations and created domed centerpieces to keep with the historic feel of the Mansion yet give it a modern and new edge (that the youngest IL State Senator brings to the state capitol). A. added gold wire accents (candles weren’t allowed in the historic venue) to compliment the gold in the room and add sparkle and interest.
Congratulations Senator Hastings, make us proud!
This is what 750 stems of white carnations look like all packed up and ready for the trip to Springfield!
Carnation domed centerpiece in small black urn with gold wire accent (to compliment the gold throughout the Mansion).
large black urn
Abraham Lincoln’s pondering how amazing the centerpieces look on such a small budget!
It was A.’s idea to give Mike’s guest oversized chocolate penny’s with Illinois’ most famous politician emblazoned on the front as parting gifts
P. is first generation Irish on her mother’s side so St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal. P. had the whole family over for a traditional Irish meal and created this multidimensional centerpiece that incorporated orange astromara, moss, peat covered rocks and 2 pots of clovers to represent shamrocks and the thousands of shades of green that the beautiful emerald isle contains (and a mischievous leprechaun and his pot of gold for a little added fun!).
Adding to the tablescape are P.’s antique store candelabra finds- which were covered in years of wax, dust and grime but transformed into a sparkling delight with a little elbow grease!
J. and L. didn’t need much for their winter wedding, just boutonniere’s for the ‘gents and wrist corsages for the Mom’s. Bride L. had planned on using a all- ribbon flower bouquet made with love by a bridesmaid and didn’t need a bouquet. Wedding planner extraordinaire Lauren Housley of Ryan Alexander Events had a different vision. Knowing how special it is to have a bouquet on your wedding day to make you feel extra beautiful and radiant, she hatched a plan with Groom J.- Pockets Filled With Posies would create a bouquet incorporating a ribbon flower and J. would surprise L. with it, along with a note explaining just how special L. was to him on the morning of the wedding! SO SWEET!
We used white and ivory vendela, garden and spray roses, ranunculus, dusty miller and silver brunia to create a romantic and chic feel for the J. and L.’s special day- and I was told there were tears when L. read the note and saw the bouquet!
Mother of the Bride Wrist Corsage
Father of the Bride ’bout
Despite the poor quality of the photo- you can still see the silk ribbon flower attached to the bouquet’s handle- giving the bouquet that final personal touch!
B. approached Pockets Filled with Posies to help her shower her niece with love at her “Bridal Shower Tea.” The colors chosen were pinks and apple green. The shower was held in the party room of a condo in the heart of the Goldcoast with amazing views of the city and lake.
B. was interested in a soft, feminine, classic and vintage vibe, and was planning on using a family heirloom silver tea set as a showpiece for the celebration. Once A. and P. heard the words vintage and feminine- they knew immediately what they would use- their vintage milk glass collection!
Moss, pink and white garden roses, pink spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, belles of ireland, white dhalia’s, pink rennaculas and green hypericum berries were chosen to create a 5 bud vase cluster on each table as well as a cluster for the serving table and a couple extra arrangement that were scattered around the room (and yes, we STILL had milk glass left over! We. Love. It.)
Special thanks to Maureen West of Maureen West Catering for introducing B. to Pockets Filled With Posies!
Vintage milk glass mixed with soft pink hues and green creates a feminine “Bridal Shower Tea” floral story board.