Tammy and I had the pleasure of meeting with Kristina Carter, owner of Vrai Photography last week.  We talked for quite some time and shared views on business and green initiatives in the special event industry.  Kristina is a charming and truly talented photographer with a passion for spreading the word about all things “green”.   Kristina emphasizes customer experience as a key element of her services and her artful eye and photographic technique capture memorable moments in a truly unique way.  We are thankful that Kristina has taken the time to post a wonderful vendor spotlight post about Flowers With Feeling, Inc. (http://vraiphoto.blogspot.com/2009/04/impact-tipvendor-spotlight-flowers-with.html).  You can find out more about Kristina’s work at her website at http://www.vraiphoto.com  or the Vrai Photography Blog at http://www.vraiphoto.blogspot.com/.

Vrai Photography Blog: Vendor Spotlight / Green Chicago Florist

Vrai Photography Blog: Vendor Spotlight / Green Chicago Florist


Frank Andonoplas of Frank Event Design hosted the Association of Bridal Consultants Meeting on March 10th, 2009 at the historic Drake Hotel Chicago.  This sold out event was a smashing success and brought together some of Frank’s favorite wedding vendors, wedding ideas and wedding sources.  Read more about this event and “Frank’s Favorite Things” at http://frankeventdesign.com/frankblog/?p=27.

Flowers With Feeling, Inc.: Brides Choice Awards Honoree 2009

Winter Wedding Centerpiece / Wedding Reception at the Palmer House Hilton Chicago. (Photography by Bartelt Studios Photography)

Winter Wedding Centerpiece / Wedding Reception at the Palmer House Hilton Chicago. (Photography by Bartelt Studios Photography)

Barbara and Greg were first introduced to Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago by Frank Andonoplas of Frank Event Design in November 2008 in preparation for their January 2009 wedding (Ceremony:  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church / Reception:  Palmer House Hilton Chicago).   Frank has designed social and corporate events since 1992 earning numerous honors and professional designations, and has become known as one of the premier experts in his field (click here for Frank’s Bio).   Barbara and Greg had impeccable taste and wanted to achieve an elegant yet understated winter feel, reflective of their personalities.

Calla Lily Bridal Bouquet. (photography by Bartelt Studios Photography)

Calla Lily Bridal Bouquet. (Photography by Bartelt Studios Photography)

Wedding Centerpieces / Wedding Reception Flowers:  Low, tabletop wedding centerpieces were tailored to reflect Barbara and Greg’s style preferences using seasonal flowers including Green Goddess Amaryllis (white), Vivian Spray Roses (cream), white stock flower, fragrant white wax flower, Hawaiian Dendrobium Orchids (white) accented with touches of white pine tips and cedar. Each wedding centerpiece design was placed directly atop dinner tables and completed with three flickering cylindrical votive candles.  For added effect, Frost Lighting Chicago was contracted to pin-spot each wedding centerpiece at this simple yet elegant Palmer House Hilton winter wedding reception.

Bridal Party Flowers:  Barbara’s bridal bouquet maintained a simple, loosely designed aesthetic incorporating 40 white Calla Lilies accented simply with fragrant white pine tips.  Pine tips were inserted neatly between each Calla Lily to maintain separation and to achieve the desired airy feel Barbara desired.  A simple Vendella Rose (10) bouquet was created for Barbara’s Matron of Honor.  White pine tip touches completed this clutch style bouquet design.  Female attendants and family members were each presented with single White Cymbidium Orchid bloom corsage accented with pine for continuity and fragrance.  Gentleman wore simple but striking miniature white Calla Lily boutonnieres.

White Calla Lily boutonniere accented with white pine tips. (Photography by Bartelt Studios Photography)

White Calla Lily boutonniere accented with white pine tips. (Photography by Bartelt Studios Photography)

About the Flower Palette:

Amaryllis:  Amaryllis originate from South & Central America and the Caribbean and are also known as Hippeastrum which means “night star”. Amaryllis’ main season extends from September to April. Due to the large bloom size, a rigid stick is normally inserted into the hollow stem during processing to ensure stem stability during design and handling.

Stock:  Stock originates in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands and is also commonly known as Gillyflower.  Stock’s peak season is between March and August but can normally be sourced year round.  Stock means lasting beauty, bonds of affection and promptness.

Vendella Roses:  Vendella Roses are a pale cream variety available in lengths from 40 cm – 70 cm.  Suitable substitutes for Vendella Roses are” Timeless”, ” Ivory” and “Renate” Roses and are also available in a wide variety of solid and bi-color varieties year round.  Roses are typically hand wired during processing for additional bloom support and longevity.  Trivia:  In the 19th Century, scented roses were often used to make jelly.

Waxflower:  Waxflower is best characterized by its woody stem and small waxy yet delicate looking fragrant blooms.  Waxflower is generally available year round and is one of the most popular flower choices in the floral industry.  Waxflower is typically used as a “filler” flower and is used to enhance, soften and to add texture and fragrance to floral designs.

Hawaiian Dendrobium Orchids:  Hawaiian Dendrobium Orchids are a premium Orchid variety that has desirable characteristics including stem length often in excess of 36″ and open blooms that extend to the stem tip.  Thailand Dendrobium Orchid varieties normally bloom from the stem base upward, transitioning to closed buds near the stem tip.

Frank Andonoplas of Frank Event Design assists groom with boutonniere pinning. (Photography by Bartelt Studios Photography)

Frank Andonoplas of Frank Event Design assists groom with boutonniere pinning. (Photography by Bartelt Studios Photography)

Wedding Service Providers:

Wedding Flowers:  Flowers With Feeling, Inc. Chicago
Wedding Coordinator:  Frank Event Design Chicago
Lighting:  Frost Lighting Chicago
Wedding Photography:  Bartelt Studios Photography Chicago
Wedding Reception:  Palmer House Hilton Chicago 
Wedding Ceremony:  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

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The Drake Hotel Chicago is one of Chicago’s classic gems.  Hosting nearly 100 weddings each year,  The Drake Hotel Chicago has long been one of Chicago’s ‘A’ list wedding venues.  It’s classic 1920s Italian architecture, panoramic city views, grand ballrooms and intimate spaces makes the Drake Hotel Chicago a unique and memorable setting for weddings of all sizes. (video brought to you by http://www.smartbride.tv)

Preview Cafe Brauer Chicago, a unique and character rich wedding and special event venue centrally located in Chicago’s near north Lincoln Park. (brought to you by Flowers with Feeling, Inc. Chicago 312-829-1141) For more videos and Chicago venue tours click here

This wedding took place at the Westin River North Chicago. This look features a triple-wide linen runner, inner litter mirrored risers and centerpieces elevated atop crystal classic columns and flared trumpet vases. The aisle is deliniated with flickering pillar candles and scattered rose petals. The stage area is backed by a 14 ft. satin / chiffon draped backdrop accented with a trio of multi-tiered floral designs framing a flat-top draped chuppa. Complimentary asymetric floral clusters complete the canopy. Inner lit flare drop legs and dramatic accent lighting complete this stunning and elegant look.(www.flowerswithfeeling.com)