We're so delighted to see the talented work of Scarlet Petal's Lead Designer, Sarah Anderson, be showcased on Cafe Brauer's blog this week! Click here for the full story and additional detail shots. Our dynamic duo, David Snyder and Sarah, make magic happen below in this stunning table display.
I just love it when flowers come in looking spectacular! Florists heavily rely on growers throughout the world to procure their flowers. Unlike a manufactured product, the same flower grown in New Zealand can look entirely different if grown in California. We keep our fingers crossed each week and hope for the best.
The flowers that arrived for Liz and Eric's wedding at Cafe Brauer were picture perfect! Speaking of which, Alaina Bos Photography captured the most beautiful and romantic images of the bridal bouquet, chuppah, and centerpieces to name a few. Below are a few from Elizabeth Anne Designs' blog post. Click here to view the entire spread.
My apologies again for the long lag time between posts. I'm happy to say that we're finally settled in our new place! Come visit us at 1621 West Carroll, just 2 blocks away from our old studio.
Wednesday of last week I was pleasantly surprised when I received word that Scarlet Petal was featured again in Style Me Pretty! It's always an honor for our work to be noticed, especially when it's picked up by a popular national blog like SMP.
They featured one of our recent weddings at Cafe Brauer filled with sunshine and elegant accents. Below are a few photos for you to see. Click here for the full feature.
One of my favorite wedding blogs to follow is Style Me Pretty. I'm always drawn to understated elegance, simple blooms in petite vessels, and organic presentations as though you hand picked them out of a wildflower garden.
Our lovely couple, Catherine and Jeremy came to me with the same vision! They wanted to pull in vintage elements like old windows, mercury glass, and hints of baby's breath in their arrangements. I was so inspired, that I made friends with one of my window repairman just to find the best "used" windows.
Cassandra Eldridge took the most gorgeous photos (as shown above) I have seen to date of our work from their special day. Thank you, Cassandra!! Click here for more from Cassandra's blog.
Congratulations, Catherine and Jeremy!! Thank you for allowing us to make your vision come to life!
When the mother of the bride Kathleen called me a year ago to the date, I knew this was going to be a spectacular event! Our initial conversation went late into the evening. Kathleen was looking for an “out of the box thinker.” She wanted a florist who could really create a unique and cozy ambiance for her 200+ guest count. After much iteration, we were so excited when Kathleen and her daughter Anne officially made us a part of their wedding day!
I think if it were up to Anne, she would have been married in the middle of an enchanted forest. Given we do not have many of those in Chicago, she and her mother opted on Café Brauer for both the ceremony and reception. The natural surroundings of Brauer inspired me to bring the outdoors inside!
There was also a hint of Art Deco present in the elegant chandeliers installed by our partners at Frost Lighting, along with our lantern set upon the tabletops. Overall, this really was a stunning event to remember.
Kathleen and Anne, thank you for allowing us to bring our collective ideas to life. It truly was one of our best.
Congratulations, Anne and Andrew!!
Below are some gorgeous shots captured by Life on Prints. Thank you for sharing these with us!
Another beautiful creation by Mary of Take the Cake!!
Another beautiful wedding at Cafe Brauer and the Foreman Pavilion! Elaine and Clarence were such an adorable couple - it was a pleasure working with them! I just fell in love with the saturated purple color found in our noorah blue mokara orchids. It was the perfect match with Elaine's invitations.
If you're planning a wedding from another state or country, I can imagine the challenges you must be facing. The upside is that we're living in a highly advanced technological society. Photos can be exchanged via email, chatting can be done live via Skype, and if time permits, even swatches can be sent overseas for a perfect match. You might run into a bit of trouble tasting your food, but hopefully you'll be able to plan a trip to your destination before your wedding day.
Liz and I initially exchanged emails prior to her visit back to the states from England. We scheduled a consultation around the holidays and met for a little over an hour to chat about flowers. From that point on, all communication was done via email and a few phone calls. In the end, it turned out to be a beautiful and happy day for the couple!
Were any of you inspired by the royal wedding? Well, recent bride Jodi sure was. When Jodi and I met last year (thanks to the fabulous Laura Patterson of The Ideal Day), she had a very clear vision of what she wanted for her floral decor. She even went as far as to create storyboards to illustrate everything from color palette to style and design. For those of you that have the motivation to do such a thing I say go for it! It's the best way for a designer to not only understand your vision, but it also serves as a source of insipration.
Jodi wanted a crisp white wedding with accents of chartreuse green. She loved clean lines and modern floral scapes. After the royal wedding, she was so impressed by the tree lined processional aisle that she called me up shortly after to see if we could do something similar. My suppliers managed to provide us with four beautiful 14' River Birch trees. They looked perfect within Cafe Brauer's Great Hall. What's even better, Jodi donated the trees to the zoo after her wedding. They will be planted around the lake for people to enjoy for years to come!
Below are a few beautiful photos captured by the ever so talented Laurie Peacock. You can visit her site to view more of Jodi and Justin's happy day.