Mary at Flowers by COLOR Chicago did such a fabulous job on my wedding flowers. She listened to what I wanted then made suggestions for the the time of year and budget. Mary was in constant communication with me offering suggestions and opportunities to modifiy my plans up to the very last minute. Her manzanita and glassware rental program made the dream of custom centerpieces an affordable reality. I could not believe the transformation of our reception space by her personal touches. When my flowers were delivered to the home, I teared up! Mary understood my vision even better than I did! I cannot say enough about the personal attention that Mary and her crew are able to provide. She makes sure that she does no overbook so that her focus is on YOUR event. That was PRICELESS!!

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COLOR Bride, Karyn, wanted her vintage jewelry collection incorporated in her bouquet.  At COLOR we luv to incorporate pieces with fresh flowers.

At the reception we repeated the bling with custom made cylinders with floating candles. Karyn’s choice of a black and white damask table cloth was perfect.

To add height to the room we added the infamous COLOR Manzanita branches in a custom made box. The trees were decorated with our Mercury Glass votives, and Red ‘Freedom’ roses.

Black and White with an accent of Red is a timeless color combination


Perfectly matched with the Pink Hydrangeas, Tulips, Roses and Ranunculus the pink shades of these flowers enhances the soft gray color.

White Anemones in the bridal bouquet enhance the pink and gray. Some of the same flowers were carried by the bride in order to create a consistent design within in the wedding.

Add black and white pieces for a little modern fun at the reception.

And of course….beautiful creamy whites love to be paired with gray

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Lilly of the Valley is my favorite flower. I bought this pitcher at an antique store in Michigan City. I love to bring home treasures from our vacations in Long Beach. The simple hand painted pitcher started my new favorite color combination, green and white.

Paring white with light green is classic.

White David Austin Roses and White Tulips are paired with Pantones Color of the Year – Emerald.  Classic

Emerald and white can look vintage by adding Babys Breathe, and a vintage applique.

Adding Emerald Green accents shows how Emerald can be modern too.

Remember Mother Natures back drop is green, so no matter what color you choose for your wedding, green will go with anything!

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Expectations for 2013 are high at Flowers by COLOR Chicago. We’re bringing new excitement and energy to our clients.

We are looking forward to bringing you weekly COLOR inspiration. Next week  we’ll celebrate the 2013 Pantone color of the year: Emerald.

We’re continuing to see new trends; recliamed or repurposed vessels filled with bold, unusual flower selections. Earthy containers made from burlap, birch bark and natural wood.  We’ve added 4×5 and 5×5 caramel  stained reclaimed wood boxes and galvanized square containers to our ‘lend’ selections. These pieces bring a rustic flavor to events. Glassware can be wrapped with burlap and birch bark.  Of course, we will continue to offer Manzanita branches, cylinders, and glass squares.

The popularity of multiple smaller-scale designs in a mix of containers will remain strong. Let COLOR mix and match containers and flowers for a decor that is unique and custom.

Things that sparkle, things that are glittery, jeweled and shiny are still hot. We are still in love with rhinestone mesh as an accent to bouquet handles and glass ware.

For refreshing and artful event design contact Flowers by COLOR Chicago. We are looking forward to meeting you and brainstorming about your wedding vision.

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Shades of Purple Wedding

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Today is design day at COLOR Chicago.  Tomorrow’s wedding consists of  lavender and dark purple Stock flowers from Santa Paula, California. Purple Hydrangea direct from Holland. ‘Ocean Song’ roses, a beautiful lavender, from Columbia.

The pleasing clove-like scent of Stock fills the room. The perky Purple Hydrangea from Holland await their turn in the design room.

These flowers were harvested from all over the world  earlier this week.  Quickly they were flown  to Miami International Airport. By mid-morning they are  shipped to wholesalers throughout the Midwest. We pick up our orders on Wednesday or Thursday. Thursday and Friday are design days.

The ‘poetry’ of this industry is amazing! All to bring you the joy of flowers on your wedding day.

Stay tuned for pictures to be posted!

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Picture Perfect May Wedding

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This mid-May wedding was Picture Perfect. The bride chose Tulips in creamy yellow, light pink and white. Buttercream yellow roses added to the “Happy Spring” of the wedding.

The reception tables were accented with pale gray linens. The gray and pale yellow ribbon accents on the cylinders completed the look. Of course, since its Peony season, we used three floating Peony’s in a 10″ glass round.

COLOR worked with Aviana Banquets and That Special Touch Events on this beautiful wedding. Aviana Banquets was more than accommodating, Steve goes out of his way to keep things running smoothly. LaVerne at That Special Touch Events is one lady who is on top of her game (

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Beautiful Chuppah Canopy

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Cultural Significance at your Wedding

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Flower by COLOR constructed the custom Chuppah for Mere and Abbie.  Mere’s Aunt Bee created a custom canopy. Acknowledging the grooms culture; sari material was sewn as the border, two sari’s decorated the structure.

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This weekend I created custom designed floral arrangements for my friend Mary. Her daughter is getting married this fall. Mary is the banquet manager at Stony Creek Golf Course. This little gem of a venue is located in Oak Lawn. It’s a perfect place to have a party. The main dining room seats 100 pple. With the outdoor area (tented) your guest list can go up to 170. They have a beautiful gazebo to get married in.
A simple 5×5 box turned into a beautiful container for the flowers. I painted these boxes purple to match the bridesmaid dresses, and added a satin lavender ribbon, with a rhinestone belt buckle. The green button mums were embellished with lime green accent, the salal leaves held rhinestones.
To complete the look I added a paper mat to each table.

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