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Silver Candelabra

Elevated Wedding Centerpiece: Silver Candelabra (by Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago)

As part of our ongoing commitment to create, to share and to inspire, we are happy to present Flowers With Feeling, Inc.’s ‘Event Spotlight’.  Today’s spotlight shines on a recent garden wedding at one of Chicago’s premier wedding and special event venues, Galleria Marchetti  (featured on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Chicago – “Wedding Wars” ).  Floral décor was designed and created by Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago.

Nestled among flowering trees and seasonal blooms in this Tuscan inspired landscape, the Pavilion and the East Courtyard at Galleria Marchetti offered a magical setting for today’s featured wedding reception.  This unique oasis in the city presented an ideal canvas for inspired floral centerpieces and décor.

Floral centerpieces were created in an elegant high / low pave’ style using minimal foliage designed in a compact spherical form incorporating romantic soft white, ivory and champagne colored flowers including large open Virginia roses, champagne spray roses, large white Hydrangea, soft green Hydrangea, white stock flower, and white Hawaiian Orchids finished with cascading green Amaranthus. 

Elevated centerpieces are displayed atop sterling silver four arm illuminated candelabras completed with scattered Virginia rose petals and flickering candlelight at the base.  Low centerpieces are created in a coordinating fashion and displayed in the exclusive low ‘Marano’ candle stand.  The head table centerpiece consists of various components with a dramatic coordinating compact long and low centerpiece as the focal point.  Bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets were also placed in pre-positioned vases spaced strategically throughout the head table following the ceremony for added enhancement.  Watch the video below to see these wedding flower designs, created by Flowers With Feeling, Inc., on location at Galleria Marchetti Chicago. 


Ride along with Chicago florist Flowers With Feeling, Inc. as they design and execute floral and décor services for weddings and events at some of Chicago’s best known venues including the Chicago Yacht Club, Saint Josephat Church, the Palmer House Hilton, Wyndham Hotel Chicago and Café Brauer in Chicago’s near north Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Featured wedding and event decor locations also include the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, Drake Hotel Chicago, Chicago Hilton and Towers and Westin Chicago River North.  Subscribe to the Flowers With Feeling blog by email or in reader (RSS feed) for future editions of “on location videos”, Chicago floral, wedding and event décor features, ideas and trends. 

Wedding centerpiece by Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago

Whether your vision is classic or contemporary, creative and affordable lighting options can add vitality and ambiance to your event and give even a modest centerpiece depth and vibrancy.   LED lighting (light emitting diode) is more widely available than ever before and in many forms and colors.  In many cases brides and event designers are opting to replace traditional candles with equally affordable eco-friendly LED or combining LED with traditional or soy candles.   

Our featured design (right) by Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago, illustrates the combined use of both LEDs and traditional floating disk candles.  One of the clear advantages of using this technique is the dynamic feel and movement of flickering candlelight in combination with the warmth and color of the LED.  In this example, blue LED lights are masked beneath a soft cloud of white chiffon.  This somewhat traditional wedding centerpiece is brought to life by incorporating elements which by themselves might appear one dimensional but together result in a dynamic multi faceted presentation. 

These long lasting, affordable and compact reusable lights open avenues of creativity that were once limited to applications that allowed for large short lived battery packs and a limited range of colors.  Today the applications are nearly limitless and can inject an added dimension into your event that guests will surely enjoy. (www.flowerswithfeeling.com)

Organic Calla Lily centerpiece in recycled glass vaseWith the emergence of all things green, some are left to wonder how to incorporate eco-consciousness into the fabric of their lives.  For many, the decision to make eco-friendly choices is directly affected by the effort necessary to make a contribution.  In a result oriented society, some find it difficult to make decisions which, by themselves, seem insignificant.  Weddings and events offer the ideal opportunity make a contribution with minimal effort.  In the special event / wedding design industry, this budding concept has been widely embraced. 

With nearly 2.3 million weddings projected nationwide in 2007, many small contributions can clearly make a significant impact.  One popular choice being made by Chicago brides is the use of recycled glass vases.  Recycled glass vases, often used for centerpieces and wedding reception décor, are widely available in hundreds of forms, shapes and colors to accommodate a wide range of style and budget needs.  Recycled glass bowls, bottles or platters paired with seasonal organic, hand picked or locally grown floral can add the perfect finishing touch to any holiday table.  Growers of organic and transitional organic flowers, once overshadowed by the more abundant organic produce growers, now make available an ever expanding selection of “green” botanicals to complete your eco-friendly design without compromising style.  From Roses to Calla Lilies, rustic to formal, eco-friendly floral selections are more readily available than ever.

Recycled glass vases can be recycled an infinite number of times without loss of quality, require considerably less energy to process and conserve natural resources.  Recycling a single glass vase saves enough energy to operate a television for 90 minutes.  To put this in perspective, if each 2007 wedding chooses to recycle just one vase, enough energy would be saved to operate a single television continuously for nearly 400 years. 

Whether planning an elaborate wedding or simply sending a floral arrangement to someone special, making eco-friendly choices is easier than you might think. 

For more information on recycled glass vases and organic flowers for your next event call Flowers with Feeling at 312-829-1141 or visit them online at http://www.flowerswithfeeling.com/.

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Elegant pave style Black Magic rose centerpiece in silver compote.Green Events Chicago: Soy Candles by Jennifer VanDonsel, Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago

We all love candlelight, right? It’s romantic. It makes us look younger and more beautiful. Team it with the right bottle of wine and anything can happen… Now we can team our love affair with candlelight with our love for the environment. Thanks to nature’s cute, little soybean, there are many candles on the market for environmentally conscious consumers.

Unlike paraffin wax based candles, 100% soy candles burn cleaner. They don’t produce the soot residue and carcinogens that you find with paraffin wax and they are made with cotton wicks rather than lead. This healthier alternative will keep the air in your home as well as your walls, ceiling and furniture cleaner.

Consumers also have the added benefit of knowing that they can help support the American farmer. Consumers can purchase candles made from soybeans harvested right here in the Midwest, grown by farmers in America’s heartland.

So the next time you’re thinking of adding a little romantic ambiance with some candlelight, share the love with mother earth and light a soy candle.

Consider using soy candles for your next green event. What could be greener?

For more information or for assistance with designing your next event email jennifer@flowerswithfeeling.com or call 312-829-1141.

Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago: Floral / event design and plant rental for weddings, conventions,  meetings and more. Visit www.flowerswithfeeling.com.

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Green Events Chicago: Organic Flowers (https://flowerswithfeeling.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/chicago-green-events-organic-flowers/)

Chicago Special Events: Going Green  (https://flowerswithfeeling.wordpress.com/2007/03/29/chicago-special-events-going-green/)

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Flowers with Feeling, Inc. is proud to have been selected to provide floral services for the 90th Annual Lions Clubs International Convention 2007 held at various locations throughout Chicago.  Since 1917, Lions Clubs International has fulfilled the needs of communities in need throughout the world.  For more information about Lions Clubs International visit www.lionsclubs.org.

Flowers With Feeling has provided floral and plant rental services to many of Chicago’s best known conventions groups since 1986.  Lions Clubs International Convention brought together 18,000 members for a week of meetings and events at locations throughout the city including McCormick Place, United Center, Sheraton Chicago Hotel, Oakbrook Bath and Tennis Club and Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.  Floral decor requirements ranged from casual to formal for groups of 70 to more than 1800 and incorporated a wide range of design styles, color pallettes and floral selections.  For more information about Flowers With Feeling convention services or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.flowerswithfeeling.com or call 312-829-1141.

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Shedd AquariumThe John G. Shedd Aquarium Chicago is an extraordinarily unique venue which offers an engaging and inspirational atmosphere for private corporate and social events.  Dimly lit galleries feature rare and exotic aquatic species give the Shedd Aquarium a certain charm and character unlike any other Chicago special event venue.  The Caribbean Reef ,centrally located in the Grand Rotunda on the main floor, boasts a 360 degree view of an under-water reef community.  Typically the hub of many special events at the Shedd Aquarium, several galleries radiate from this center point and offer additional seating for larger events.  Each gallery presents a one of a kind dining experience enhanced by surrounding exhibits.   Buffet style service is common and allows guests to stroll and mingle among the exhibits.  The uniqueness and charm of this Chicago venue makes large scale events feel quaint and personal.  The aquarium can accommodate up to 1200 guests for a reception and 550 guests for a seated dinner in the Caribbean Reef Rotunda and adjoining galleries.In addition to the Grand Rotunda and surrounding galleries, the Shedd Aquarium offers the unique opportunity to hold your event on its outdoor terrace which offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s lakefront, Grant Park and Navy Pier.  For more information on the John G. Shedd Aquarium visit www.sheddaquarium.orgFor floral and event decor ideas, photos, videos and more visit www.flowerswithfeeling.com or call 312-829-1141 to schedule a free consultation. Whether planning a simple event, wedding, bar mitzvah or grand gala, or simply sending an arrangement (shop online) to someone special, Flowers With Feeling will strive to exceed expectations…Chicago’s full service florist since 1986.

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