Trying to create a certain style or atmosphere with décor hinges on choosing the right floral. Each flower has its own creative look that can be used to enhance a certain mood. See our inspiration boards below on the many types of flowers and plants that can help create the specific vision you foresee.

 

On Cloud Nine: whimsical, airy, lush, soft, dreamy
gardenia, ranunculus, hydrangea, babys breath, calla lily, larkspur, peony, dahlia, queen anne’s lace, snapdragon, peony, stock, bianca rose, stephanotis, delphinium, lily of the valley, lisianthus

 

Down to Earth: unique, natural, woody, textured, wild, boho
silver brunia, hanging armaranthus, horsetail bamboo, jade rose, super parrot tulip, fern, bells of Ireland, ornithogalum, eucharist lily, green goddess calla lily, black calla lily, bear grass, succulents, dahlia, daisy, scabiosa pods, zinia

 

Into the Tropics: Spicy, funky, unexpected, bold, offbeat, rare, unique,
anthurium, hanging heliconia, pincushion proteary, monster leaf, chili pepper, ornamental pineapple, ginger flower, pandanus leaf, lady’s slipper orchid, nerine, areca palm, upright heliconia, crocasmia, psittacorum,

 

The Royal Treatment: classy, refined, sophisticated, elegant, swank,
peony, garden roses, dendrobium orchid, nerine, phalaeropsis orchid, vanda orchid, hydrangea, rose, stock, dahlia,

These two high school sweethearts, Abby and Blake, met in homeroom and never looked back. After Blake popped the question in the most memorable way (he had her stop a watch to remember the moment forever before dropping to one knee), they hired Naturally Yours Events to start the planning process. They knew they wanted a classic color palette with blush, ivory, and gold and we filled in the rest. Scroll through their beautiful wedding at The Lakewood to see touches of personality, romance, and fun!  These photos were captured by the amazing Amanda Megan Miller photography.

The two officially tied the knot at Assumption Catholic Church, including a Filipino tradition of wrapping the couple’s shoulders with a decorative silk cord as a sign of everlasting fidelity.

The couple opted for an eco-friendly favor of potted succulents for each guest. They also doubled as their escort cards and meal indicators!

Gobo lights  from AEG were used to project imagery of forrest trees to bring a bit of the outside in and expand the natural feel.

There were three styles of centerpieces- gold compotes filled with seasonal floral and surrounded by gold votives, a glass lantern filled with a candle trio, complimented with a bud vase overflowing with ivory and blush blooms, and a bundle of varying height candles with greenery. All floral decor is provided by the amazing Jori with Fab Flora. 

The couple’s personalities and travels were brought in through the details. We customized the table “numbers” to show places the couple has visited together with a snapshot of each location. It gave the guests fun facts to read and discuss during dinner.

Cake cake cake! This classy showstopper was a creation of Bittersweet bakery. Their European style sweet treats are simply amazing!

Congratulations Abby & Blake! Cheers to all the years to come of healthy and happiness.

All Vendors Involved:

Photography- Amanda Megan Miller Photography
Church- Assumption Catholic Church
Venue- The Lakewood
Caterer- Paramount Events
Video- Charlie Hilbrant Films
Flowers- Fab Flora
DJ- Cage & Aquarium
Lighting- Atmosphere Event Group
Bakery- Bittersweet
Photo Booth- Magbooth
Hair & Makeup- Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists
Transportation- M&M Limousine & Bus
Rentals- Chicago Vintage Weddings
Interpreting- AG Interpreting

We met Alex & Joanna at Indie Wed last February and discovered they wanted to get married in that year. Many of the venues they were looking at were booked and they were feeling discouraged. Seeing as we know all the hot new spots to say your “I dos” we told them to check out The Joinery. They left Indie Wed, drove right over, booked their venue, and now had a few months to bring it all together. Needless to say, they for sure needed some of NYE’s planning power!

Together, we were able to pull together a beautiful spring wedding where soft colors met industrial touches, elegance endured a pizza party, and laughter mingled with love. The day was captured by Jim Vondruska Photography– scroll through for more details!

What’s not to love about this steel grey, two-piece gown by the amazing Kpoene at Mignonette Bridal.

This textured, yet soft bouquet was the perfect amount of boho beauty for the Bride to carry. All florals for the day were provided by Field & Florist. Fun Fact: they have an amazing farm in SW Michigan that allows them to use mostly local grown flowers for all event designs!

Shout out to NYE team members- Lauren (lead coordinator) and Carlene (owner/assistant for the day)- hard at work to capture the perfect Instagram shot.

The couple wanted to embrace the wood working origins of The Joinery, an old cabinet making facility. We utilized industrial touches in all the decor like this “foreman’s checklist” of clip boards as an escort card table.

We kept the wooden top farm tables exposed and added candles for warmth.

Yes- we had a pizza party. A very classy pizza party! What’s Chicago without some delicious pie? The spread and staffing was provided by Reno Chicago.

Of course we had Bang Bang Pie for dessert too… and Stan’s donuts…and popcorn. Our sweet tooth has been satisfied.

Congratulations Alex & Joanna and thank you for letting us be part of your special day!

All Vendors Involved:

Naturally Yours Events: Lead Planner- Lauren West, Assistant- Carlene Smith
Venue:The Joinery
Photography: Jim Vondruska Photography
Dress: Mignonette Bridal
Florist: Field & Florist
Catering: Reno Chicago.
Dessert: Bang Bang PieStan’s donuts
Hair & Make up: We Only Do Pretty
Rentals: Tablescapes
Alcohol: Bottles and Cans
DJ: Adam Peindl

It’s official- Emily is on the blog!! After working more events than we can count on fingers and toes, we are so excited to formally show her off here with our readers. Emily’s creativity, passion, and experience has made her a perfect fit for our NYE team. She sees beauty and opportunity in every challenge and has the resourcefulness to troubleshoot even the most difficult of situations. Get all the deets of our Associate Event Planner, Emily, with this Q&A:

How would you describe yourself? I would say that I am a cross between Amy Poehler and Nicki Minaj. Or maybe that’s just what I aspire to be. Either way- I’m an outspoken, assertive, funny, creative, and strong woman.

What is your definition of “happiness”? I feel happiest when I can express myself freely and am accepted for who I am. And also- ice cream, my kitten, a good friend or two, fresh air, and making music.

If you had to pick one, which animal fits your personality?  I would say a wild horse. They are so graceful, peaceful, and have a really strong herd/family bonds. They’re also really smart and have highly attuned instincts.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? I would love to be better at drawing and/or painting. I’ve always been able to do tactile arts like sewing or floral design, but 2D things are so confusing to me. I took a drawing class once and, while I didn’t suck, it was such a stretch for me to see space and colors like visual artists do. I really admire those who can do it.

What’s the farthest from home you’ve ever been?  Ho, Ghana! In the summer of 2006 I went with an organization called Cross Cultural Solutions to live in a small town in rural Ghana. I volunteered with local NGO’s on healthcare and wildlife preservation initiatives. It totally changed my life and perspective in so many ways.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  I love to sleep/rest. I know it’s not fancy, but I’m telling you- it makes me so happy. I’m very busy and love what I do, but I try to stay balanced by taking time to myself to rest and enjoy what I have.

2017 was our busiest year yet! The team at Naturally Yours Events planned over sixty events, including a destination wedding in Belize, a Harry Potter themed wedding, the annual beer fest/wedding show hybrid Wedtoberfest, and even a “farm to school” event. Have a glimpse into our year at Naturally Yours Events:

Wedding at the Morton Arboretum, Sarah and William

Photo by Timothy Whaley & Associates

March 3rd Farm to School Event

Photo by Tuan B & Co.

Wedding at Artifact Events, Camila and Solomon

Photo by Megan Saul Photography

Wedding at The Dawson, Morgan and Ben

Photo by George Street Photography

Wedding at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom, Liz and Ian

Photo by Artisan Events

Wedding at the Ka’ana Resort in Belize, Ed and Nicole

Photo by Leonardo Melendez Photography

Wedding at the School of the Art Institute, Kate and Barry

Photo by Mike Staff Productions

Wedding at the Carlton of Oak Park, Jessica and Vincent

Photo by Cage & Aquarium Productions

Wedding at the Chicago History Museum, Jennifer and Frank

Photo by Allison Williams Photography

Wedding at ZED 451, Christel and Patrick

Photo by Mike Eck Photography

Wedding at The Joinery, Alex and Joanna

Photo by Abby Fox Photography

Wedding at Artango, Nicole and Francisco

Photo by Feather Print Photography

Wedding at Lacuna Artist Lofts, Christina and Neil

Photo by Jordan Quinn Photography

Wedding at Unity in Chicago, Theresa and David

Photo by Roni Rose Photography

Wedding at Lacuna Artist Lofts, Krista and Ben

Photo by Sally O’Donnell Photography

Wedding at DANK Haus, Kelly and Nick

Photo by Micah Sedmak

Wedding at the Garfield Park Conservatory, Mollie and Jamie

Photo by Jessica Eileen Photography

Wedding at the Columbus Park Refectory, Katie and Evan

Photo by Matt of  Tuan B & Co.

Wedding at Lacuna Artist Lofts, Alexandra and Alex

Photo by Ed & Aileen Photography

Wedding at Bridgeport Art Center, Mary Kathleen and Graig

Photo by City Savvy Imaging

Wedding at Kitchen Chicago, Danielle and Brad

Photo by Dave Pavlina Photography

Wedding at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom, Natasha and Jimmy

Photo by Jeremy Lawson Photography

Wedding at Pinstripes Chicago, Dustin and Danielle

Photo by Allison Williams Photography

Wedding at Hairpin Arts Center, Eleanor and Kirsten

Photo by Jordan Fuller Photography

Wedding at Old St. Pat’s Church, Kathleen and Sal

Photo by Gerber + Scarpelli Photography

Wedding at The Showroom on Hubbard, Katie and Robert

Photo by Roni Rose Photography

Wedding at Venue SIX10, Caitlin and Lavon

Photo by Artisan Events

Wedding at The Lakewood, Abby and Blake

Photo by Amanda Megan Miller Photography

Wedding at Floating World Gallery, Kimberli and Geoffrey

Photo by Carah K. Photography

Wedding at The Smart Museum of Art, Patience and David

Photo by Adam of Tuan B & Co.

Wedding at Garfield Park Conservatory, Anastasia and Chris

Photo by Dan Dalstra Photography

Wedding at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Zach and Annmarie

Photo by Peter Gubernat Photography

Wedding at the Garfield Park Conservatory, Sarah and Tyler

Photo by Hello Love Photography

Wedding at St. Lambert Catholic Church, Kasia and Trevor

Photo by Friends First Photo

Wedding at The Landing 1841, Beth and TJ

Photo by Steve Scap Photography

Wedding at the Chicago Illuminating Company, Fone and Arm

Photo by This Is Feeling Photography

Wedding at Victor Hall, Natalie and Pete

Photo by Redwall Photo

Wedding at the Chicago History Museum, Marissa and Bill

Photo by Angela Renee Photography

Wedding at Roof at theWit, Thomas and June

Photo by Timothy Whaley & Associates

Wedding at Savage Smyth, Janel and Gareth

Photo by ThePros.com

Wedding at Ignite Glass Studio, Erin and Chris

Photo by Gina & Tony Photography

Wedding at Meson Sabika, Lisa and Blake

Photo by Britta Marie Photography

Wedding at the Blackstone Hotel, Jess and Tom

Photo by Daniela Cardili Photography

Wedding at Trigger Chicago, Audrey and Aaron

Photo by Victoria Sprung Photography

Wedding at Artifact Events, Jamie and Philippe

Photo by Ann & Kam Photography & Cinema

Wedding at Firehouse Chicago, Emily and Michael

Photo by Anna Zajac Photography

Wedding at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Holly and Tasos

Photo by Metts Photo

Wedding at Honky Tonk Secret Garden, Lawren and Ben

Photo by Angela Renee Photography

Wedding at The Library, Gina and TJ

Photo by Aubrey Jane Photo

Wedding at Harold Washington Library, Kim and Sean

Photo by Elizabeth Nord Photography

Wedding at the WMS Clark Park Boathouse, Tara and Frank

Photo by Christine Ciszczon Photography

Wedding at Hubbard Inn, Samantha and Dan

Photo by Angela Renee Photography

Wedding at the Ivy Room, Hannah and Joe

Photo by Tim Tab Studios

Wedding at Lytle House, Alicia and Christopher

Photo by Ryan Moore Photography

Wedding at Garfield Park Conservatory, Rachel and Grant

Photo by Abby Fox Photography

Wedding at Lillstreet Loft, Megan and Jason

Photo by Meghan Brosnan Photography

Wedding at DL Loft, Jamie and Jeff

Photo by Michelle Lytle Photography

Wedding at Catalyst Ranch, Patricia and Fidencio

Photo by Cage & Aquarium Productions

Wedding at Low Res, Leah and Amanda

Photo by Ingrid Bonne Photography

Wedding at Blackberry Farms, Amanda and Joe

Photo by Essence Photography

Wedding at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Colleen and Joe

Photo by Ryan Moore Photography

 

Cheers to all the clients and vendors we worked with in 2017. We are looking forward to another year of event planning ahead! Cheers to 2018!