Monthly Archives: November 2015

Outstanding Central Illinois Wedding Vendors

 Autumn Harvest Themed Wedding

Garrett and Maggie Zano were married in an outdoor ceremony at Ewing Manor on October 24, 2015.  The  windy day, holding a threat of rain, provided some challenges, but thanks to these great vendors, this couple was in good hands!  They were thrilled with Greg Linder Photography, Palace Events, Baxter’s, Fancy Florals By Nancy and of course the enchanting Ewing Manor.
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Garrett and Maggie love the outdoors and woods in particular.  Maggie was born in October and adores the color of the trees turning, crisp cool air and decorations including pumpkins.  They are also very big fans of the Renaissance Fairies and wanted to incorporate the medieval/renaissance feel which made Ewing Manor and the harvest theme perfect.  She explained that it also birthed the idea for her flower crown which she felt was the perfect touch for their special day.
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When we asked Maggie what made her fall in love with Garrett, she stated that she knows everyone says this but for her it’s absolutely true – she fell in love with him the night they met!!  “I fell in love with his voice first as we shared a stimulating conversation by skipping over superficial topics like food and favorites, and diving right into deep discussions of space and time, life on other planets, and other oddities of the universe.  He both challenges and comforts me!”
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Garrett had planned a special surprise for Maggie complete with a fairy-tale picnic with champagne at Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.  He had the day off of work, but not Maggie so when he picked her up after work she was exhausted and declined his offer of a drive and picnic.  After arriving home, she noticed the champagne in the fridge, and the cogs in her head started to turn….She quickly threw on her favorite dress and pushed Garrett out the door.  By getting a late start, the sunlight had closed for Skyline Drive, so they went to Great Falls National Park and took a hike that seemed to take forever to Maggie.  Coming to a clearing, Garrett finally got down on one knee and said the four magical words.  Maggie was crying too hard to answer, but Garrett understood her sobs were a yes!!  Engaged!!!
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Maggie shared that all of her vendors did such a great job!  “I used Palace Events for my tent and other rental equipment and they were wonderful.  They work with you every step of the way and do set up and take down.  The tent was magical and the tables just right.  Fancy Florals By Nancy created breathtaking wedding bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and a perfect floral crown.  Nancy also did last minute floral touches to our DIY table decor when we found some extra money in the budget!!  Baxter’s event planner Natalie was amazing to work with – I had many last minute changes which she catered to and the food was incredible!
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Maggie loved her wedding photos by Greg Linder – the above pose is her favorite!!  Her advice for newly engaged couples?  Enjoy it together; go on tastings, visit vendors together – you will fall even more in love.  Don’t try to micromanage and let little things upset you because in the end they really do not matter!  Her most important advice?  Eat before you go – you are filled with nerves and happiness so hunger is a second thought.  I think I only sat at my plate for two minutes!  

What’s Trending In Wedding Style?

 “Lavish” – romantic garden gorgeous!!

IFD recently released it’s flower trend forecast.  Our favorite is Lavish….this is what it looks like.

Style:

Sophisticated garden style with rich textures.

Garden Style Bouquet
Vessels: Vintage glass, gold metals wood with clean lines and pottery with gold accents.
Gold accented vases
Elements: Gold and brass accessories, lanterns, velvet & linen.
Gold accents with marsala bow
Flowers: Wedding bouquets designed with sumptuous blooms of peonies & garden roses, hydrangea & dahlias in soft pinks & peaches contrasted with rich plums & crimson adding textured fillers like seeded eucalyptus and pepperberry give the “lavish” look.
Burgundy Bridesmaid Dresses
Does this look like a style you would love for your wedding?  Call, text or email Fancy Florals By Nancy today for your free consultation  309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com to discuss your options for your wedding bouquets, reception centerpieces, and much more.

Do this to make sure your wedding day goes smoothly

Nick and Sondra Urish were married August 22, 2015 at the lovely Metamora Fields Golf Club in a beautiful outdoor ceremony.  These stunning photos were taken by Kara Kamienski Photography.  As far as the couple knew, everything went perfectly smooth thanks to their team of family and friends who were there to make it happen!!  Sondra’s advice to couples planning their own weddings is to make sure multiple people know your plan for the day so that when vendors arrive and have questions they can help out and you can relax and focus on getting ready.  Designate family and friends to help out in the days prior and the day of so you can enjoy every bit of the day.
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Sondra also encourages engaged couples to not stress over all the planning, and to make sure you have fun with it!  She found it helpful to have an account on Wedding Wire and used their to-do list to help her keep track of what should be done and when.
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Among the moments that stick out in her memory were seeing her husband’s emotion when he saw her for the first look orchestrated by the photographer.  She stated how much they enjoyed having those first few moments to themselves.  Second was when they sealed the deal with a kiss.  Third was taking photos with their awesome bridal party & photographer.  And fourth was their reception and seeing all of their guests having such a great time.   Everyone understands how quickly the wedding day goes by so enjoy every minute of the day with your friends and family and most importantly with your groom.  Make sure you take some time for a SECOND slow dance with your husband and to enjoy the day and moment in time with him!!
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Nick and Sondra met at U of I in agronomy club.  They are both from die-hard Illini families, so Nick planned his marriage proposal to Sondra to coincide with Illini 2014 Homecoming.  As they both currently had siblings attending U of I, Nick gathered them and their friends together for dinner and drinks.   They walked back to the quad where Nick had lined up the perfect spot to propose – in front of Foellinger Auditorium on the south side of the main quad.   He had his brother delay the group with a stop to see the newly renovated Lincoln Hall, so they could wait until everyone else was off the quad where Nick was planning to propose.   After Sondra said “yes” Nick informed her that he had lined up her parents and sister along with his parents to join them all in celebration at tailgate.  The Illini even squeaked out a win at the big game!  It was the perfect spot for the proposal because they both began their journey to where they are today as a couple at the U of I and would never have met each other if it wasn’t for their ties to agriculture at the university.
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The reception was held at the gorgeous Fields Ballroom on the second level of Metamora Fields Club House where the seating capacity is 400 and the staff does an excellent job.  The DJ was Buster from Extreme DJ’s & Lighting who provided a fun evening for everyone.  Flowers were done by Fancy Florals By Nancy.  Sondra chose shades of peach and cream for her bridal bouquets to offer a contrast to the navy blue bridesmaid dresses.  She also chose some choice blooms in cream and peach for reception centerpiece arrangements.
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“Nancy truly goes above and beyond on her floral work and you can put all of your trust in her to design the floral pieces of your dreams for your special day!”  Sondra Urish
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Fancy Florals By Nancy is a wedding florist serving all of central Illinois.  Call, text, or email today to receive your free consultation to plan for your wedding flowers, wedding bouquets and wedding centerpieces.  309-212-6570   fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com