Wedding Floral


Guys, its been a minute since I've done this whole blogging thing. A few of you may not even know who I am, or how you got here. So hello! I'm Kim, and I own Allium Floral Designs in Lombard, Illinois. We're a home-based floral design studio specializing in weddings and events in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. 

Photo: Grace - True Grace Photography | Make-up: Carly Palmer - Carly Does Makeup | Hair: Amanda - Fringe of Lombard

Photo: Grace - True Grace Photography | Make-up: Carly Palmer - Carly Does Makeup | Hair: Amanda - Fringe of Lombard

That's me, and my fiancee, Sam -- this lovely shot was taken by Grace Gruwell of True Grace Photography for our engagement session this past May. We're walking down the aisle this September, hence why the business has been a bit MIA. 

Allium may appear to be dormant, but I promise, its been a calculated, quiet, season intentionally. The goal for 2018 wasn't growth, but to establish one thing: Process. 

From the start of this business in 2013, I've flown a bit by the seat of my pants. Pulling from my prior experience in another well-known Floral Shop, and my time in retail, I have created a long list of desires & dreams for my business, but had little time while working full-time, to make them a reality.

The time for those dreams is now. Slowly, piece by piece, wedding by wedding, I've built a brand that I believe in, and am excited to begin investing both the time, and energy, it deserves. I want to stress that all of my/our collective energy goes into the events we have booked, beyond that, items like the website, and our facebook go to the back-burner. I've embraced our Instagram (follow-us... its a daily shameless plea from me to the world to secure a #dunkindonuts sponsorship) page to keep everyone up to date on the things we are doing to keep this business moving forward. 

Thanks for coming along on my journey -- more beauty to come in the upcoming months, I hope you'll stay tuned!!


Kim Stanke

AFD Real Weddings | Kim & Michael - Shedd Aquarium, Chicago IL

In the Summer of 2016, a small crew and I packed up 3 vehicles to the brim with white and lavender blooms, and headed into the city for the Shedd Aquarium, from our humble home-based studio in Lombard, for Kim & Michael's wedding. Their ceremony was like none I had ever witnessed, complete with a dolphin show! Pair that with the cocktail hour skyline view, and a private reception in the great hall, this was truly a unique event from start to finish. 

Photo by Tim Tab Studios

Photo by Tim Tab Studios

Photo By: Tim Tab Studios

Photo By: Tim Tab Studios

For her palette, Kim and I designed a blend of lush, full, blooms in whites and lavenders. We settled on white peonies, fresh cut lavender, light purple scabiosa, gorgeous mid-purple spray roses, 'cool water' roses, white hydrangeas, Italian ruscus, and accents of grey dusty miller. 

Photo by Tim Tab Studios

Photo by Tim Tab Studios

It's hard to pick a favorite part of their wedding, as the reception was centered around a caribbean reef fish tank. It's not wonder the details of the day were picked up by Artfully Wed, you can see the publication here

It was a pleasure to work with such an easy-going couple, and amazing vendors. It is definitely one of those weddings that will remain in our Hall of Fame for years to come!


Full list of vendors below:

Florist: Allium Floral Designs, Lombard IL

Photographer: Tim Tab Studios

Event Planner: Anticipation Events

Ceremony & Reception: Shedd Aquarium