Marsala Fall Wedding at The Marriot- Pollen and Pastry Bloomington-Normal Wedding

We are suckers for any wedding that features deep, rich hues of burgundy and marsala and our bride, Hilary, absolutely hit the color combo jackpot! With pops of gold and blush mixed in, this event was one for the books.

Hilary wanted her flowers to be “fun, personal, and unique” and we think that bouquet says it all!

And as if we weren’t already swooning, these delicate detail shots of the groom’s boutonniere and the flower girl’s crown definitely did us in. I mean… look at how precious those escort card scrolls are!

If you’re going to do an altar piece, it better make a statement! We had so much fun playing with branches and handfuls of different textures to make those blush garden roses and marsala carnations pop even more. These arrangements were set on top of our gold vase rentals to make this ceremony backdrop instantly picture-perfect!

Don’t forget dessert! What is a wedding without a delicious, gold-dusted cake to match each table’s compote centerpieces?

Hilary’s bridesmaids were decked out in the most beautiful marsala dresses, each holding their own simplified version of the bride’s bouquet.

What a joy it was to create some floral specialties for Hilary and Grant’s wedding day. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Wahlheim!

Phenomenal photos, by the one and only Tiffaney Childs Photography!

Forest Elopement- Pollen and Pastry Destination Wedding

WARNING: This private, forrest elopement will have you instantly rethinking your 200+ guest wedding.

By forgoing the traditional “I do’s”, Inga and Gary chose to focus on the things that mattered most to them and forget about all the rest. Their wedding was small, with only the bride, the groom, and the photographer in attendance. But by looking at the love captured here, it turns out you really don’t need much else.

Well, except maybe one incredibly beautiful bouquet ;)


And this is where we cried for the second time…

Inga and Gary, we are ever so thankful that you chose us to be the florist for your elopement. May marriage be the greatest blessing to you!

Photos captured and shared by the talented and incredible, Pam Cooley Photography!

Intimate and Elegant Wedding - Pollen and Pastry Washington D.C. Wedding

Richard and Jenny’s wedding was the epitome of class and simplicity, done the right way. Keep scrolling and you’ll see exactly what we mean.


Richard proposed to Jenny in the exact spot where they first met- right outside the Petworth metro station in Washington DC. So it was only fitting that their wedding would likewise be full of sentimental details.


The pair described their wedding vision as being “unique, classy, and elegant” and if these two are anything other than classy, we don’t know what is!

As requested, Jenny and her bridesmaid’s bouquets were full of forest green textures and just the right amount of color: a simple splash of deep cabernet, accompanied by some burgundy and the lighter hues of seeded eucalyptus. We love how well the greens paired with those lovely burgundy dresses!

Richard and Jenny’s reception was equally lovely and simple in every way. We arranged a statement garland to be displayed over the mantle, serving doubly as the ceremony altar and reception backdrop.


Check out these hand-lettered table numbers by the bride’s sister, surrounded by our very own hand-tied garland and bud vase centerpieces. This type of table arrangement is so ideal for the bride or groom who wants something elegant, yet simple.


This greenery-filled staircase is one of our favorite pieces we have ever had the pleasure of styling. The old, natural beauty of this venue simply took our breath away!

Richard and Jenny, thank you for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day. Best wishes to you both!

Huge thanks to Shawnee Custalow for such striking photography!

Venue: Josephine Butler Parks Center- Washington, DC

Marsala and Blush Fall Wedding at Pear Tree Estate: Pollen and Pastry Champaign Weddings

Jonathan and Victoria were an absolute pleasure to plan a wedding with! Victoria planned the entire wedding while juggling Vet Med School and a busy life and she did it all with grace! So glad we could work with this sweet couple. 

Greenery Welcome Sign
Ceremony Flower Arbor

This simple arbor from Spruce Wedding Rentals was the perfect base to attach our lush florals to. 

Fall Wedding Ceremony Pollen and Pastry
Ceremony Fall Flower Arch
Grooms Boutonniere- Pollen and Pastry
Fall Cascade Bouquet- Pollen and Pastry

Victoria's cascade bouquet was full of gorgeous fall tones. Pepperberry and hanging amaranthus gave the perfect cascading effect. 

Fall Sweet Heart Table- Pollen and Pastry
Fall Wedding Place Setting- Pollen and Pastry
Wedding Sweet Heart Table-Pollen and Pastry
Fall Wedding Greenery Garland- Pollen and Pastry
Fall Garland Centerpiece- Pollen and Pastry

The reception, held at Pear Tree Estate (one of our favorite venues!), was decorated with lush garlands and candlelight down each table. So much drama! 

Fall Greenery Garland Centerpiece- Pollen and Pastry
Hanging dessert table fall wedding

Extra greenery and flowers take this hanging dessert table up another notch. As if it wasn't awesome enough already! 

Many thanks to Meredith Washburn Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos! 


Jewel Tones for Fall: Pollen and Pastry Chicago Weddings

I was in love with Jenna's jewel tone color scheme from the second she filled out her questionnaire! Those shades of blues, purples and reds were really the perfect color scheme for an October wedding. And let's be honest, I was dying to use my collection of vintage jewel toned pieces to complement this wedding. Flea market hunting is one of my favorite past times!

Jewel Toned Wedding Party

The colors popped so well against the gorgeous marsala dresses the bridesmaids wore!

Jewel Toned Bridesmaids
Jewel Toned Wedding Boutonniere

Jenna's bouquet was full of purple hydrangeas, stock and lisianthus, blue eryngium, and burgundy ranunculus, carnations and cymbidiums. Several types of greenery added some fun texture to the bouquets!

Jewel Toned Bridal Bouquet
Jewed Toned Wedding Boutonnieres
Jewel Tone Wedding Centerpiece Compote

The centerpieces were a combination of tall vases with branches, our small jewel toned glassware filled with flowers and emerald compote vases filled with similar flowers. 

Jewel Tone Orchid Wedding Cake
Jewel Tone Wedding Cake
Jewel Tone Bud Vases

The couple's cake was one of my favorites of 2017. We started with a simple buttercream covered cake and added florals and greenery to bring it to life. 

Jewel Toned Wedding Cake

Couldn't have asked for a sweeter couple to work with! 

Photography: Kara Kamienski Photography

Venue: Tuscany Falls Banquets

Flowers and Cake: Pollen and Pastry

Colorful, Outdoor Fall Wedding: Galesburg, IL- Pollen and Pastry

Alexandra's September wedding was certainly one of our favorites in 2017! From the moment I saw her vision board, I was in love with Alex's vision for the wedding. Her chosen shades of purple, berry, burgundy with hints of blush brought this non-traditional fall color scheme to life. 

The wedding took place at the bride's beautiful childhood home in Galesburg and it turned out to be a gorgeous fall day, albeit just a bit warm to start the day. The girls at So Chic Events made sure every last detail was taken care of!

Corsage Cuffs- Pollen and Pastry

Alex chose our modern gold cuff bracelets for the mothers and grandmothers to wear. Rotarski Photography captured them beautifully!

Colorful Bridal Bouquet- Pollen and Pastry
Bridal Bouquet Portrait- Pollen and Pastry
Bouquet with Hanging Ribbons- Pollen and Pastry

The bouquet was a large, garden style bouquet filled with several varieties of garden roses, deep berry ranunculus, scabiosa, purple clematis and several colors of gorgeous lisianthus. Sprawling jasmine vine, several other types of greenery, and the bride's chosen silk ribbon gave the bouquet lovely movement in the fall breeze.

Colorful Fall Bridal Bouquet- Pollen and Pastry
Mismatched Bridesmaids Bouquets- Pollen and Pastry

I just loved the mismatched bridesmaid's dresses!

Rustic Wedding Arbor- Pollen and Pastry
Rustic Flower Arbor- Pollen and Pastry
Rustic Outdoor Wedding Arbor- Pollen and Pastry

The rustic wooden arbor for the ceremony was built by the family and we adorned it with lush smilax greenery and roses. 

Outdoor Wedding Reception- Pollen and Pastry
Outdoor Wedding Compote Centerpieces- Pollen and Pastry
Vintage Wedding Candlesticks- Pollen and Pastry

The gorgeous farmhouse tables filled the tent and were topped with sprawling compote style centerpieces. My absolute favorite to make! Our vintage candlesticks with gray candles added a great ambiance to the evening. 

Rustic Outdoor Wedding Centerpieces- Pollen and Pastry

Thank you again Alex and all the amazing vendors who were involved in this special day!

Photography: Rotarski Photography

Planning/Coordination: So Chic Events

Florals: Pollen and Pastry