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2. June 2014 16:26
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Beautiful Ballroom Wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago

2. June 2014 16:26 by Phillip's Flowers | 0 Comments

Jodi and Michael's Chicago wedding combined understated elegance with the grandeur of the Ritz-Carlton ballroom. After a "first look, no-look" photo, this wonderful couple exchanged their self-written vows under a simple white draped chuppa, surrounded by their families and closest friends. After the ceremony, there was time for photos and a lovely cocktail hour, before the stunning reception set against the rich gold, purples, and greens of the grand ballroom. Floral designs by Phillip's featured roses, hydrangea, calla lilies, and orchids, with miniature succulents and romantic candlelight, too. Guests dined and danced the night away at this picture-perfect wedding and reception captured by Julia Franzosa Photography and featured on Style Me Pretty, which called it a "fairytale stunner from start to finish." Thank you Jodi and Michael for letting us be a part of your amazing day!

Bride and Groom

Bouquet and Boutonniere

Bridal Party

In Love

Ballroom Wedding Aisle

Wedding Ceremony

Table Setting

Wedding Reception

Ritz Carlton Ballroom

Wedding Celebration

The First Dance

Credits: Wedding Gown by Anne Barge, Photos by Julia Franzosa Photography, Video by XO Pictures, Ceremony and Reception at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, Bouquets and Decor by Phillip's Flowers, Wedding Cake by Cake Chicago, Music by One Night Band, Hair and Makeup by Bridal Beauty Chicago.

30. May 2014 15:44
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Medinah Country Club Wedding

30. May 2014 15:44 by Phillip's Flowers | 0 Comments

Rachel and Eric met in graduate school at DePaul University and wanted their wedding to be simple yet elegant. They selected historic Medinah Country Club, with its marble columns, for both the ceremony and reception. The reception was decorated with clusters of white roses in glass vessels surrounded by shimmering candlelight. “I always thought that less is kind of more, so I definitely wanted just simple and elegant” said Rachel. Guests said farewell to the happy couple at the end of the evening with sparklers gently lighting their way, as Rachel and Eric headed off to New York and later Thailand. What a simple, elegant, and romantic evening! See more at

Rachel and Eric

White Wedding

Exchanging Rings

Medinah Country Club Wedding

Medinah Country Club Reception

Wedding Sparklers

Medinah Country Club Grounds

Credits: Photos by Redwall Photography, Gown by House of Brides, Hair by Platinum Salon, Floral Designs by Phillip's Flowers.

29. May 2014 15:34
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Vintage Travel Theme Wedding in St. Charles, IL

29. May 2014 15:34 by Phillip's Flowers | 0 Comments

Meghan and Shane met in Dublin, Ireland. So, it's no surprise that their Chicago area wedding echoed the romance of travel. As a journalist with a special interest in photography, Shane may have inspired the antique cameras and vintage typewriter, but Meghan planned every detail of the day, while completing her master's degree in Washington state. Decorations included old weathered planks from a fence in Tacoma where they once lived and a Seattle-based non-profit farm where they both volunteered, a collection of vintage vases from a variety of sources, and postcards from many of the couple's most memorable travel destinations. Gorgeous pink peonies and other fresh garden flowers helped complete the romantic vintage theme for the ceremony in Wheaton, photos at Fabyan Gardens, and a fun-filled reception at the Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles. Even the happy couple's exit had a touching travel theme, thanks to a bright yellow '74 Volkswagen Thing that was owned by the bride's departed father. Meaningful, memorable, romantic, and fun, see it all at Style Me Pretty, because you never know where your travels may take you.

Pink Peonies Wedding Bouquet

Travel Themed Wedding

Bride & Groom

Wedding Party

Flower Girl

Flower Girls

Wedding Ceremony Departure

Waving Goodbye

Credits: Photography by Hanna Persson Photo and Julie Valkanet, Ceremony at St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheaton, Reception at Royal Fox Country Club, Stationary by Todd Studios, Floral Designs by Phillip's Flowers, Makeup by Beth Follert, and Music by Lisa Rene Band.

24. March 2014 15:06
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New Year's Eve Celebration

24. March 2014 15:06 by Phillip's Flowers | 0 Comments

With the sparkle of snow and the promise of new things to come, Julie and Dan's Chicago wedding made for a spectacular New Year's Eve celebration. The couple tied the knot on December 31st at St. Michael's Church in Old Town, with it's towering Romanesque architecture, then hosted a fun-filled reception at Germania Place on the Near North Side. For her bouquets and centerpieces, Julie selected a romantic combination of blush pink roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, garden roses, and other fresh flowers, with accents of dusty miller for a vintage touch. "It was a beautiful wedding and fun way to spend NYE," said Chicago photographer Elena Bazini, who graciously shared these beautiful images. Congratulations Jule and Dan, and thanks for a truly meaningful New Year's Eve Celebration.

New year's Eve Wedding

Chicago Bride

St. Michael's Church

Chicago Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Kiss

Bride and Groom

Wedding Reception Centerpiece

Reception Tablescape

Chicago's Old Town

Winter Wedding in Chicago

Credits: Photos by Elena Bazini Photography, Floral Bouquets and Decorations by Phillip's Flowers

13. December 2013 16:30
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Something Borrowed, Something Blue

13. December 2013 16:30 by Phillip's Flowers | 0 Comments

Combining elegant navy blue, vintage silver accents, and shades of soft pink and magenta, Stephanie and John's wedding was sophisticated and stylish with a warm, lighthearted touch. As many of the guests were flying in from out of town, the couple selected St. Eugene Catholic Church near O'Hare, the groom's family's parish, for their ceremony. The reception was at the outdoor patio and recently renovated ballroom of the nearby Crowne Plaza O'Hare. The bride looked amazing in a stunning gown by Justin Alexander. "I remember getting ready to walk down the aisle and it finally hitting me that I was going to marry my best friend," she later commented. The couple's wedding flowers included garden peonies, a variety of roses, and gorgeous white hydrangeas. "The flowers were important to me because I wanted to bring a fun splash of pink into the navy wedding decor," said Stephanie. "We used a wide range of pink shades and a variety of flowers to create a beautiful and fun look." The elegant wedding cake by Oak Mill Bakery echoed the navy and pink theme deliciously. See it all at Style Unveiled with images by Angela Renee Photography. What advice does Stephanie have for other couples? "My biggest piece of advice for brides and grooms is just to relax," she said. "If you get caught up in the details, you will miss all the fun!"

Justin Alexander Wedding Dress

Pink and White Bridal Bouquet

Pink Peonies Bouquet

Wedding Stationary by Starglow Studios

Reception Centerpiece

Navy Blue and Pink Reception

Reception Menu

Wedding Cake by Oak Mill Bakery

Bride and Groom

Credits: Photography by Angela Renee, Wedding Gown by European Bridal - Justin Alexander, Stationary and Invitations by Starglow Studios, Floral Decor by Phillip's Flowers Weddings and Events, Wedding Cake by Oak Mill Bakery, Reception Venue Crowne Plaza O'Hare, Linens by Covered Affairs, Music by Standing Room Only

30. November 2013 15:25
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Out of the Park Palmer House Wedding

30. November 2013 15:25 by Phillip's Flowers | 0 Comments

Kelley and Brian's Chicago wedding wasn't easy to plan. Brian was traveling as an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs at the time, and Kelley was still living in her hometown of Houston. Fortunately, Brian's sister and other family members in the Chicago area pitched in. The result was truly a classic celebration of romance. Kelley and Brian met at Tulane University, where Brian was both a pitcher and outfielder on the baseball team. He went on to play for the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs. She became an attorney. For their November wedding between baseball seasons, they selected Chicago's Palmer House Hilton for it's rich, romantic decor. But, Kelley wasn't bound by tradition, opting to have both her parents give her away at the ceremony. She also surprised each guest at the reception with a different personal note of thanks and appreciation. Kelley's bouquet by Phillip’s featured Black Magic roses, red roses, red amaryllis, hypericum, and cherry peppers. Centerpieces at the reception included roses, antique hydrangea, heather, floating candles, and botanical Autumn accents such as apples, grape clusters, and seeded eucalyptus. Wow, what a wonderful couple and a beautiful day. See more at, or see it all at Cathy and David Wedding Photographers. Congratulations Kelley and Brian; we wish you all the joy in the world.

Chicago Wedding Couple

Kelley and Brian

Brian Bogusevic Wedding

Bride and Parents

The Happy Couple

Chicago Skyline Wedding Photo

Credits: Photos by Cathy and David Photography, Gown by Winnie Bridal (Houston, TX), Tuxedo by Jim Kole (Houston, TX), Floral Designs by Phillip’s Flowers in Hinsdale, Music by Entourage of Arlen Music Group, Hair by Bia Mia LaMantia, Makeup by Looks, Ltd, Cake by Take the Cake.