If we’re being completely candid, over the 8 years that Life In Bloom has been in business, we’ve had many couples come to us to help design their winter wedding and while they start with a vision that embraces the season, by the time we get closer to the wedding, doubt creeps in and they abandon ship and trade in their vision for one that is more universal and generic that could exist in nearly any season. This was not the case for Whitney and Josh. Not only did they want their wedding to feel like Winter, but they wanted it to feel like Christmas! I mean, their hashtag was #ChristmasWithTheCamps. So how did we deck the halls at The University Club of Chicago you might ask?
The week of Whitney and Josh’s winter wedding, our studio looked and smelled just like Christmas. Evergreen foliages consisting of Pine, Juniper, and Cedar were abundant. For blooms we used a heavy dose of Red Amarylis, Burgundy Dahlias, Red Piano Garden Roses, White Majolica Spray Roses, and Queen Anne’s Lace. Pepperberry, Seeded Eucalyptus, Red Amaranthus and Pinecones were used for extra texture. A perfect floral palette for a winter wedding in Chicago!
For this winter wedding, we knew the centerpieces had to feel textural and festive! Elevated evergreen hedges with hanging tea-lights graced the bridal party tables which flanked the sweetheart table. The rest of the tables were broken up into two styles of centerpieces. On the round tables, we designed the most beautiful and textural winter-inspired arrangements in our tall gold vases. At the base of these arrangements, were a collection of pillar candles, votives, and ornaments. On the remaining tables, we designed an evergreen garland that poured over the table to the floor. we tucked pinecones into the garland and added a heavy candle treatment running the length of the tables.
Spreading Christmas Cheer
Beyond just flowers, there were countless other details that made this wedding the most festive of them all. Starting with red candles and accents of holly in cocktail hour. And the drop-dead gorgeous escort card wall which we wrapped in a seasonal garland. And of course the details that made each table so perfect: Red velvet napkins at each place setting, ornaments at the base of the tall arrangements, beautifully festive menus with strikingly red details.
Enough of us trying to describe this festive beauty. We’ll let these stunning photos from Hannah Crabb do the caroling! It was a joy working alongside hannah and Kristina Taheri to bring this winter wedding to life!