Greenery for your wedding

With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, I’m paying homage to one of my favorite colors—green. It’s a great hue to add to your wedding color palette. After all, it represents new beginnings. Adding lush greenery gives your wedding decor a natural, organic vibe. And it's on trend too with Pantone announcing it as 2017's color of the year. Here are some ways past brides and grooms I’ve worked with have incorporated green into their wedding color palette.  

 A bundle of seeded eucalyptus tied to church pews (photo by  Katie Ricard )

A bundle of seeded eucalyptus tied to church pews (photo by Katie Ricard)

 On the left is a garland of Italian ruscus and roses over the welcome sign (photo by  Kathy Davies ). On the right is a simple, three-tier cake accented with olive branches (photo courtesy of  Keren Sarai ). 

On the left is a garland of Italian ruscus and roses over the welcome sign (photo by Kathy Davies). On the right is a simple, three-tier cake accented with olive branches (photo courtesy of Keren Sarai). 

 The left is a ceremony arch draped with chiffon fabric and garlands of eucalyptus and roses (photo by  Cassie Anna ). On the right is a mantle adorned with a simple garland (photo by  Roots of Life ).

The left is a ceremony arch draped with chiffon fabric and garlands of eucalyptus and roses (photo by Cassie Anna). On the right is a mantle adorned with a simple garland (photo by Roots of Life).

 A lush runner of seeded eucalyptus with minimal accents of orange roses decorating the head table (photo by  Roots of Life ). 

A lush runner of seeded eucalyptus with minimal accents of orange roses decorating the head table (photo by Roots of Life). 

 A centerpiece of books and candles is enhanced with a minimal pop of greenery (photo by  Christian Wilson )

A centerpiece of books and candles is enhanced with a minimal pop of greenery (photo by Christian Wilson)

 Reception chair decorated with eucalyptus and roses (photo by  Oh So Lovely ) and a bridal bouquet featuring mostly camellia foliage (photo by  Roberta Smi ). 

Reception chair decorated with eucalyptus and roses (photo by Oh So Lovely) and a bridal bouquet featuring mostly camellia foliage (photo by Roberta Smi). 

How do you plan to add hints of green to your wedding? 

A year in review | 2016

2016 was a great year for May Floral! I’m pleased as punch with our business progress from the past year. Heartfelt thanks to our clients, trusted friends and colleagues. It’s my privilege to get to work with you. 

In January, our work was featured in Style Me Pretty alongside some of my favorite vendors. It was an absolute DREAM TEAM. 

 Photo by  Roots of Life

Photo by Roots of Life

Later that month, a stunning and unique editorial shoot with Kristin La Voie was published in Hey Wedding Lady!   

In early February, we participated in Indie Wed, a one-of-a-kind wedding show featuring some of the most talented and independently-owned wedding pros in the area. We'll be there again on this year on January 28. For more info about the event, check out their website.  

Karina Metts from Metts Photography had a birthday party for her daughter, Elena, and she had me teach the children how to arrange flowers. Teaching flowers is so fun for me, and I was filled with delight to be a part of Elena's birthday celebration.

We kicked off the 2016 wedding season this month with beautiful weddings for Emily and Bryan and Jill and Scott.

A styled shoot we participated in was published on Glamour and Grace. I collaborated with some wonderfully talented peeps on this shoot. Be sure to check out the gorgeous details and photos.

 Photo by  Roots of Life  

Photo by Roots of Life 

In March, the Martha Stewart wedding party came to Chicago. I helped my friends Feast and Imbibe enhance their booth with some florals. They serve the yummiest food. Simply the best caterer in the Chicago area.  

The talented and sweet duo of K+B Photography held a happy hour/networking/head shots event along with Fig Catering, and I helped with decorating the space with flowers. 

 Photo by  K+B

Photo by K+B

We had two great weddings - Sam and Kyle’s at Firehouse Chicago and Dawn and Rudy’s at Ovation.

March also brought another stunning collaboration with Kristin La Voie with a fun boudoir shoot, which was later published in Magnolia Rouge.  

In April, I had the honor of participating in Form, an annual event that raises funds for Snow City Arts. This year's event will take place on April 11 at Bridgeport Art Center. Check it out if you like art, flowers and supporting a great cause. 

I got to be a part of Jaynee and Allan’s wedding (as a florist and guest!) this month. This one was special because our families are close friends. 

A truly stunning editorial shoot inspired 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year was published in Utterly Engaged

 Photo by  Kristin La Voie

May means the anniversary of our launch date (and my birthday month too), so it’s my favorite month! In May, we had four wonderful weddings: Patricia and Alex, Chanelle and Alex, Haley and Jonathan, and Denae and Brandon. May means abundant peonies, and of course, we used them in all four wedding!

 Photo by   Christian Wilson

My husband and I took a weekend-long trip to Austin for some adventure and relaxation. What a special city! Highly recommend it. 

The months from June to September means busy wedding season. During these months, we worked on 31 weddings and didn't have much time for anything else besides working! It was busy, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I know I'm lucky to have a job in which I get to create beauty and be part of a significant day in people's lives.

 Photo by   Matt Haas

Photo by Matt Haas

October brought me the pleasure of being a part of weddings for four great couples: Megan and John, Lucy and Paul, Erin and Danny and Kira and Joe.  

I was able to take two wonderful trips too. One was to New York City for a workshop with Shane Connelly, the florist for the British royal family! His team did the flowers for Prince William and Duchess Kate's wedding. I'll be sure to share what I learn from him in a future post. It was an honor to learn from him. The other trip was to beautiful Zion National Park for a weekend of hiking and relaxation.  

 Photo by   FlowerSchool NY

November marked the end of wedding season for me with three beautiful weddings for Joanne and David and Rachel and Brett and Jaclyn and Brian.

With help from my friend Abby with Heirloom Event Co., one of my old ideas turned into a reality. We made bouquets and boutonnières and then went to city hall and gave them out to brides and grooms getting married. It was so fun and the couples who received the flowers were so appreciative.

Trendy Bride Blog published one of my favorite weddings from 2015 - Hope and Jason's at Studio Manarchy. 

 Photo by  Katie Ricard

Photo by Katie Ricard

December is holiday season which means lots of flower deliveries for parties and as gifts. I also made and deliver gift boxes on behalf of my friend Karina. 

What a year! Thank you for reading! Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017 for all!   

Modern Heirloom Styled Shoot at The Guest Room

Look who decided to show up and update her blog! It's been a while, no? Wedding season has  been a bit busy, stressful, gorgeous and fun, all at once! For my first post since July, I'm highlighting one of my favorite days this year. Every once in a while, I get to work on a styled shoot. It's a lot of work planning and executing but always a blast to get creative and work with some very talented people. When Abby from Heirloom Event Co. approached me about a styled shoot, I immediately said yes. You see, she is a fantastic person whose design aesthetic is impeccable. To top it all off, I love her company's mission to "make the pretty mean something." The other wedding pros involved were amazing, and I was astonished at the creativity and talent everyone brought. Look for links to their website below to see more of their beautiful work.

gorgeous gown from Alyssa Kristin and Joanna from Joanna B Artistry made Tara from The Art in Tara even more stunning with the make-up 

The shoot took place at The Guest Room, an event space above Antique Taco. It's the perfect space for an intimate gathering. 

Emily from Emily Rose Ink provided all the amazing paper goods! 

Hope you enjoy these beautiful photos from Nikole from Nikole Marie Photography!