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A Winter's Tale

From table top to flower toss, one of Chicago’s chicest floral designers ties together seasonal wedding details.

For the bride’s bouquet, Hello Darling mixed white mini callas with frosted pinecones and mini pinecones, velvety dusty miller and silver brunia berries.

Rookery-inspired place cards, courtesy of Erickson Design, were nestled against mini cymbidium orchid blossoms at every place setting.

Sweet love notes, also by Erickson Design, were hung by guests on the white-painted birch branches of the newlywed’s wishing tree.

From a base of silver eucalyptus and frosted pinecones, Hello Darling draped more branches with dangling crystals.

Natalie Walsh, designer and proprietor at floral and event styling firm Hello Darling, is a pro at interpreting a couple’s intentions for an event. “For winter weddings, we’re getting a lot of requests for whites and metallics layered with natural elements like pinecones and evergreen boughs,” says Walsh, who recently spray-painted evergreen sprigs silver for a dramatic bouquet. For this cool-weather wedding at The Rookery, she chose to pair mini callas, dusty miller and eucalyptus with frosted pinecones and brunia berries. But given carte blanche in the future, she’d love to do something a little more masculine for a winter fête. “I can see it in my head... heavy houndstooth tailored around simple vessels fit with one main bloom like amaryllis or green trick dianthus, tall candelabras, compotes filled with sugared fruit and the smell of mulled wine in the air.”

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