The fourth annual Committed, that took place this past Sunday at the Greenhouse Loft, was a big hit! Committed is an avant-garde wedding show that features vendors from the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance. That means couples are able to find tons of eco-friendly wedding vendors – from photographers and caterers to dress designers and planners – all in one place. Everyone at Committed is all about the green movement, so we were excited to see so many fabulous couples interested in making their wedding days eco-conscious as well. Check out photos of our booth below.

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NYE shared a booth with Tuan H. Bui, Photographer, with whom we also share our office. We essentially brought our office space to Committed – fireplace mantel and all!

Photo Feb 22, 12 25 21 PMOne of the many cool aspects of Committed was the Rumpus Room – a place where couples could get away from the wedding show to just play around and have fun with various interactive activities. Naturally Yours contributed party crackers (decorative party favors consisting of decorated cardboard cylinders holding candy, a wedding quote, and a crown). They were really cute and festive.

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The team had a great time at Committed, and we look forward to an event just as successful in 2016!

Lindsey and Martin got hitched one year ago today at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church in Bloomingdale, Illinois. See photos of their lovely day below by Sara Johnson Photography.

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Their reception was gorgeous: bistro lights hanging from the ceiling, beautiful vintage vases displaying pops of flowers, and each table featuring framed images of family members on their wedding days.

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Lindsey and Martin’s awesome cake was adorned with a personalized cake-topper made by grandma: the happy couple riding on a motorcycle with Toby at their side.

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It was a wonderful evening full of dancing, love and laughter. Congratulations on your first year anniversary, Lindsey and Martin!

Stop and smell (or see) the roses! This week’s vendor highlight features one of our fellow Chicago Green Wedding Alliance members: Fab Flora. Their unique style can be described as bohemian mixed with vintage chic. Learn more about this fabulous florist by reading the Q&A with Naturally Yours Events and Jori Foreman of Fab Flora below. Feast your eyes on these beautiful arrangements!

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NYE: Tell me about your business. What do you specialize in?

Fab: We specialize in unconventional, artistic and earthy weddings.  Our typical client is a city-dweller who wants something unique to represents their quirky, fun, creative personality.  We also cater to the eco-conscious couple.

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NYE: How did you get started- what inspired you?

Fab: I have always been involved in something creative. I studied fine arts in college and wanted to be able to use my artistic talent in a way that makes other people happy. A long time ago, back in high school, I took a career test and it actually told me I’d be a good florist! So I decided to try it and turns out, I love it!

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NYE: What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?

Fab: It’s hard to say just one so here’s a few: the really cool couples I get to meet, the feeling after dropping off the bridal bouquet and seeing the bride all teary-eyed, working from home in my sweatpants, and all the other amazing wedding vendors I’ve met who I now can call friends.

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NYE: How far in advance should clients book your services?

Fab: It’s best to book us about 6 to 12 months prior to your wedding. First get a planner, then a venue, and then call me!

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Photo by Will Nunnally Photography.

 

NYE: Where does your inspiration come from?

Fab: Pinterest, duh! No, honestly I follow some blogs and some really cool floral designers across the world. I especially fancy the work of a flower and farm in New York called Saipua. I also gain inspiration from my walks with my dog Lenny and our camping trips every summer.

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Photo by Greenhouse Loft Photography.

 

NYE: Do you have any green initiatives you’d like to share?

Fab:

  • We use local flowers during the Midwest growing season to support local farms and reduce shipping energy
  • We own a fuel efficient delivery vehicle
  • We use Earth-friendly cleaning supplies to tidy our studio and flower buckets
  • We compost all of our scraps!
  • We sign all contracts electronically, zero waste
  • When local is not an option due to the season, we prefer to use Veriflora, Rainforest Alliance, Organic and Fair Trade certified flowers
  • We love renting out our own collection of vases or using vintage rental companies

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Photo by Rojo Foto Design.

 

NYE: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

Fab: I enjoy painting, looking at art, hanging out with my dog Lenny and my boyfriend Joe, reading funny books, hiking, camping, meditating, and spending time with my family and friends.

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NYE: What is one piece of advice you think all couples would benefit from knowing?

Fab: Relax! It’s supposed to be fun, remember?

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Photo by Melissa Hayes Photography.

 

NYE: How can clients connect with you?

Fab: By email, Facebook, Instagram, or phone (847-363-0798).