Monthly Archives: June 2015

What Was This Bride’s Biggest Wedding Planning Challenge?

Planning An Out-Of-State Wedding

Kurt and Kristina pulled off a beautiful, elegant wedding and overcame special challenges of out-of-state planning and drenching rains on their wedding day!  Photographs by Tyler and Christina Hoff of  “T & C Photographie
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What was your biggest challenge?

Planning a Central Illinois wedding from Virginia was definitely a challenge!  I knew early that I needed to find vendors with good communication skills as the majority of our conversations would be through phone or email.  I made sure to reach out to vendors that I was interested in working with soon after getting engaged.  This gave me a chance to look through portfolios of their work, find out about pricing, and get a feel for their communication styles.  Selecting vendors I was really comfortable with made the planning process much easier.
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Kurt and Kristina chose to get married at the gorgeous Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois and were hoping for an outdoor wedding on the beautiful grounds of the park and then move inside the mansion for the reception.  The weather had other ideas for that day however!  We love her black rubber boots which saved her gold slippers from the mud (see below).   Thankfully the rain stopped long enough that they could take photos outside.
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Would you do anything different?

If I could control the weather, my answer would be, “Have it not rain all day!”  Thankfully we had a rain back-up plan, so the ceremony was moved inside and the venue staff did a great job coordinating that change.  Other than the rain, we ran into surprisingly few mishaps the day of!
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Kristina had many great ideas and was meticulous in her details & planning.  For her wedding flowers, Kristina chose coral peonies, pink & blush garden roses, stock, wax flower and assorted ferns & greens.  Fancy Florals By Nancy, a Fairbury wedding florist, delighted Kristina with her  wedding bouquets and wedding reception decor including hand-wired garlands to decorate the mantle, chalkboard and bride & groom chairs.
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What did you enjoy the most?

 I loved getting to see all the details come together and the vision I had for the wedding brought to life.  We had some traditional elements to the day, but having special touches that incorporated unique elements of our relationship made the day that much more meaningful.  A few of my favorites were our signature drinks named after our three dogs, popcorn favors (one of our favorite treats!), and the giant monogram we used as a guest book and now have on display in our home!
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Other venders included:   DJ  – Tim Taflinger “Absolute Light & Sound , Shelly Albee “Sweet Cakes” for their wedding cake and Fancy Florals By Nancy for their wedding flowers.  For more information on Fancy Florals By Nancy  wedding flowers, wedding bouquets, and reception centerpieces, call, text or email to get your free consultation.  309-212-6570  –

What Is This Bride’s Favorite Wedding Memory?

 Experience Pontiac, Illinois!!

We like how the flavor of Pontiac shines through in these wedding photos taken by photographer emily m.   The Vermilion River and the Pontiac Trolley are used as backdrops for some of the photos, and the reception was held at Pontiac Elks Country Club.  

Janelle’s Favorite Memory

Andrew and Janelle Navis were blessed with a beautiful sunny day for their wedding at Pontiac United Methodist Church last August.  Her favorite memory from the day is walking down the aisle on her Dad’s arm and seeing all her family and friends together in one place and feeling such a special love fill the room!
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Janelle met Andrew when they were both Crop Sciences majors at U of I and she lived at the 4-H House as did two of Andrew’s sisters.  She needed a date to a winter formal the 4-H House was having, so she asked him to go and they had a great time!

Sunflower Wedding

Janelle has always liked sunflowers and has special summer memories of enjoying their bright yellow color against the blue sky in her mother’s garden.   She wanted sunflowers in her wedding bouquet along with other bright colors to add a cheery contrast to her favorite color of robin’s egg blue which she chose for her bridesmaid’s dresses.
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Her best advice for wedding planning is to tackle the big items first – picking the date – reserving a church and reception site; then concentrate on one thing at a time like the guest list, food, cake, flowers, etc. so you don’t feel overwhelmed and get burned out.
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Andrew and Janelle’s reception was at The Elks Club in Pontiac, IL  where Mollie Rosander is helpful and great to work with.  They were also happy with DJ Jayme Bland of Soundsations  from Hudson, IL.  Linda Veatch, Designer Cake Shop from Roanoke, IL did a great job on the wedding cake, even making a “grooms cake” replica of Andrew’s old blue truck!   Wedding photos by emily m. (Emily Manker, photographer) .
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Flowers by Fancy Florals by Nancy.  We are a full service wedding florist located in Fairbury, Illinois.  We custom create bridal bouquets, bouts, corsages, altar arrangements, pew decor, centerpiece arrangements and more to reflect your style.  Call, text or email today to receive your free consultation.  309-212-6570