Monday, October 22, 2012

The Walnut Room

(The Walnut Room at the Allegro Hotel)

This past weekend Larkspur had the pleasure of creating floral arrangements and personal flowers for a wedding reception held at The Walnut Room in the Allegro Hotel.

We were totally blown away by the restored art deco space with original chandeliers and wall sconces!  We think it was the perfect setting for the "Classic-Chicago-Vintage-feel-with-a- Modern-twist" vibe that the bride and groom
were going for.

(original late 1920's perforated metal chandelier in the Walnut Room)

We were also blown away by the staff at the Allegro for making the load in and set up for the reception so smooth.  They were super organized and friendly- especially K.T. Thompson, who coordinated Jessica and Andy's big day. It's always a delight to work with a professional and organized staff.

(wall sconces affixed to the grand wooden walls)

The Walnut Room has a really interesting history as well, apparently the Allegro Hotel was originally named The Bismarck Hotel.  On December 5, 1933:  The Bismarck became the first place in Chicago to serve alcohol after Prohibition was repealed, tapping the first legal keg of beer just one minute after midnight. Revelers in the hotel’s Walnut Room donned beer mug-shaped caps with the slogan “Happy Days.”

The color story we worked with to create the floral arrangements was a mix of faded indigo, French blue, nude, gold and a pop of apricot.
 To infuse the space with a soft glow, we used lots of romantic tea candles housed in mercury glass votive holders and glass cylinder vases filled with curly willow branches and elegant floating candles.

(arrangements included garden roses, dusty miller, ranunculus, stock, light blue delphinium, 
pink stock, blue thistle and seeded eucalyptus)

Congratulations Jessica and Andy!