Tuesday, March 27, 2012

...and this is what it's all about.

Today has been a HUGE day for my budding lil' biz! More on that soon, but let's just say that certain opportunities have arisen that required me to go back through my archives of photos from weddings.

That's how I happened upon this gem, captured by David Turner Photography. It's Jina - one of my favorite brides of all time - wrapped up in a truly blissful moment just after she tied the kno(d)t.

This image sums up exactly why I do what I do. ¡Viva amore!

Monday, March 26, 2012

United we [stop and smell the flowers].

Sneak peeks are in from last week's corporate event - the 88 Brand Partners launch party. A million thanks to Cage + Aquarium for capturing some great shots of the flowers! 

I had so much fun with these. Basically, 88 is a creative agency in River North with a groovy new brand and something new to say to Chicago's advertising world: "United we brand". So they hired on Cage + Aquarium to spin and manage a super fun photobooth, Hearty Boys to serve up massive amounts of creative deliciousness, and yours truly to add even more color to an already vibrant office space.

I decided on seriously bright arrangements of orchids, dahlias, delphinium and craspedia. Maybe an anemone or two, and a coupla ranunculus. How could I not capitalize on their bold color palette, contrasted with black? Also of note - the cute "magic 88" balls!

Here are a few sneak peeks. More to come as the images keep rolling in!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Save the Date fun!

I am SO excited! Our Save the Dates just arrived!

You might remember me gushing in an earlier blog about Mike Hirshon, a professional illustrator whose wedding flowers I'll be doing this summer. Well, he just finished our Save the Dates, and is now working on our invites! (Can't WAIT to see those!)

The whole process was so painless. I just wrote him an email telling him about JP and me...the things we like, what we do, how obsessed we are with Maddie...and he drew up a couple sketches. I chose one route, and we took a few days making refinements. Then? VOILA! Check 'em out:

 Front and back. I'm in love!

 Look! He captured Maddie's likeness perfectly! He even gave her a Chicago Cubs bandana!

Brides, if you're on the lookout for cool alternative options for your save the dates, check this guy out. I'm just thrilled - he really personalized these for us. They're little original artworks! Now, I just have to address them all. Eeeesh. :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Wait for it...

Today at 6:00 pm, rojo foto // design will announce the winning couple for the Love Never Fails Giveaway! I'm so excited to be a part of this. All of the couples who entered had fantastic love stories, and it was so much fun to read through them. Yay love!

To keep things extra-super-duper-fair, Robert and I recruited a few guest judges to help us choose.

Amanda makes the most amazing personalized invitations and things...she's a brilliant designer and an expert with paper types and printing techniques. She really understands how to bring a couple's personality to life through design, so we knew she'd be able to provide excellent insight!

Tanya's custom creations shop operates out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. And when we say custom, we mean it! Not only is she a genius at making classic cakes, she's not afraid to give a couple exactly what they want! Death Star cake? Sure! Starry Night cake? No problem! Check out her blog for some super sweet photos.

Meghann VanderBaan: Blush & Bashful Event Boutique

Getting to know couples and what makes them tick, is Meghann's specialty -- and how she makes her living! She works with brides and grooms to plan and customize every little detail of their wedding, and she does it so well. We knew she'd be a great addition to the Lover Never Fails team of judges!

The five of us together gave lots of time and attention to every submission we received. Can't wait to announce the winners, and get started planning their dream wedding flowers!