How to Host a Westernized-Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony

The significance of the Chinese tea ceremony as part of a wedding day is to pay respects to parents and close family members, and thank them for all their love and support throughout the years. Back in the “olden days”, the couple would only serve tea to the Groom’s parents… these days, both sets of parents are included in this important wedding ceremony!

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Erika & Phil's Zhou B Art Center Wedding - Part 2

We left off last year with Part 1 of Erika and Phil’s wedding at Zhou B. Art Center. I love the clean, white lines of the Art Center, with it’s white columns, polished cement floor, and large windows that let in all the light, even on a rainy day like that day in October. Erika really wanted a clean, modern, not too “feminine” aesthetic for her wedding reception, so we went with crisp white linens, clear acrylic chiavari chairs, and then tons and tons of exotic greenery and candles, with gold accents! She even wanted fun, “spikey” and unique flowers like King Protea, air plants, and ferns. Steve’s Flower Market absolutely nailed the design of the tablescapes. I absolutely love the outcome and overall look and feel of their wedding reception! The cafe lights over the dance floor added a dreamy glow to the night, as they danced the night away to Upbeat Orchestra. Mark Trela Photography really captured the subtle elegance of the decor, and fun vibe of the reception! Thank you Erika and Phil, for letting us be a part of your wedding day!

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Erika & Phil's Zhou B Art Center Wedding - Part 1

Erika and Phil seem very much like opposites when you first meet them. Erika exudes a playful, energetic vibe, while Phil is more reserved and quiet. But the two of them together play off their differences and are the perfect pair. They both envisioned a modern, stylish, and unconventional wedding that embraced their Chinese heritage at their unique venue, the Zhou B. Arts Center. They wanted floral arrangements with a loose and organic feel, with tons of texture and funky blooms, and Steve’s Flower Market really stepped up to the task of encapsulating their vision. “The funkier and spikier, the better!” said Erika, so we went with unique flowers like giant King Protea, air plants, succulents, whimsical yellow billy balls, tropical palm fronds, ferns, and tons of greenery.

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Summer Weddings - Strategies to Beat the Heat

You never know what kind of weather you're going to get in Chicago, which is why we always suggest having a solid Plan B! By having a summer wedding (or even fall!), chances are that it will be a hot and humid day. Of course the show must go on, but there are ways to make your hot wedding day more comfortable for you and your Wedding Party.

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Chris & Jennifer's Garfield Park Wedding - Part 2

Today we're picking up the blog to share Chris and Jennifer's beautiful wedding ceremony and reception at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

It was a warm July day, but not so hot that we couldn't hold the wedding ceremony outdoors on the Blue Stone Patio. The clouds timed their appearance perfectly to give a little cover to the guests. Judging by these pictures of lush green lawns and greenery, you'd never believe we're still in Chicago!  The rustic arch by Steve's Flower Market created the perfect backdrop for their ceremony, and rose petals sprinkled the aisle.  

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Chris & Jennifer's Garfield Park Wedding - Part 1

Jennifer & Chris envisioned a wedding set in an urban garden, and found the perfect venue at Garfield Park Conservatory. Many thanks to WS Photography for these beautiful images!

The team from Tamara Makeup and Hair Artistry made sure that Jennifer and her bridesmaids looked like absolute perfection (and stayed that way) despite the July heat. Jennifer looked stunning, but believe it or not, she looks that way every daySteve's Flower Market created the perfect bouquets with garden roses, spray roses, lisianthus, ranunculous, astilbe, and the perfect amount of greenery accents for that lush, romantic look.

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Chez Wedding Pop-up Recap

We were so thrilled when our friends at Art of Imagination asked us to partner with them on their vignette for the second annual Chez Wedding Pop Up! In case you're not familiar, Chez is one of the most unique, contemporary loft spaces in downtown Chicago, located in Streeterville. A perfect blank canvas with 17' ceilings and white spaces for you to create any type of look you envision! This is the second year that Chez hosted a Wedding "Pop Up" to feature their beautiful venue space, and also to highlight some of their favorite wedding vendors.

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