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Planning A Champaign, IL Wedding From Texas!

Like many couples today, Clint and Delaney had re-located out of state, but wanted to have  their wedding back home so their family and friends wouldn’t all have to travel.   Delaney generously shared her experience  of planning their gorgeous autumn Pear Tree Estate, Champaign, IL wedding to help other couples planning an out-of-state wedding.  Photo credit:  Rebekah Albaugh Photography

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Is there anything you learned in the process that would help other couples plan an out-of-state wedding?

Delaney – We were lucky in that we have family who live in Champaign that we could trust with helping with tasks that we weren’t able to do ourselves from a distance.  If you don’t have a trusted family member or friend who lives near where you are getting married, I would recommend hiring well reputed vendors and touching base with them frequently!  Our vendors were amazing and always available by phone and email which made out-of-state planning much easier.  Trust your vendors -they are there to make your day beautiful and will do everything in their power to make it so!!

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Is there anything that you would change if you had it to do over?

Delaney – Honestly, the only thing I think we would change would be to hire a videographer!  Your wedding day FLIES by no matter how “present” you stay throughout your day.  We didn’t think we had the  budget, but wish we would have worked it in so that we could forever “re-live” those memories on video!

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What was the most difficult part of wedding planning for you?

Delaney – The most difficult for me was managing everyone’s opinions.   My family was gracious enough to help us pay for the wedding so of course, they got a say!  I am a people pleaser and I definitely ran into some stressful moments where our opinions differed, but I was afraid to speak up.  Make sure you advocate for what you want, but also be gracious about accepting advice or opinions from people who are helping to foot the bill!!!

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What was the  most enjoyable part of wedding planning?

Delaney – The most enjoyable part (besides knowing I would be married to the love of my life at the end) was seeing everyone from various parts of our lives come together and form new friendships.  By the end of our wedding weekend, I had friends from grad school making plans with my childhood friends to grab dinner!  It made me so happy to see people from different walks of life come together like that.  It just re-affirmed that I really do have the best friends ever!

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Do you have any words of wisdom for a newly engaged couple?

Delaney – Everyone says this, but it really is true!  Enjoy every moment of the wedding planning process.  It’s such a short period in your relationship and can get super stressful, but you are planning what will hopefully be one of the best days of your lives when your friends and family all come together to celebrate your love!  It’s easy to get caught up in the small details but in the end it’s not worth too much stress.  No one notices what color the napkins are – look at the big picture when you are feeling stressed.  You get to spend your life with your favorite person – that’s pretty awesome!!

 

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Delaney was a joy to work with!  After our initial consultation in person, we communicated mostly through email as she was in Texas and we were in Illinois.  She wanted fall colored flowers to coordinate with her deep raspberry colored bridesmaid dresses, yet show up against the dresses so we pulled in pink garden roses and apricot colored ranunculus to brighten the burgundy dahlias in her bridal bouquets and reception table centerpieces.

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Delaney said – “Nancy was absolutely one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process. We planned our Champaign wedding from Austin, TX – no small feat! Nancy made the time to meet with us while we were in town, and was very accommodating with me being an indecisive bride. I literally had no idea what I wanted besides one inspiration picture, but Nancy took that and made me my dream wedding bouquet out of it. She knew what I wanted before I did! She is so sweet and was happy to answer my emails any time I had a question. I would absolutely recommend her to  anyone. Thank you Nancy!!”

Central Illinois Wedding – Pear Tree Estate – Ryan and Cara

Ryan and Cara Friedman were married at Pear Tree Estate  in Champaign, Illinois last September 9th.  It’s always a pleasure to deliver to Pear Tree where the staff is pleasant and helpful.  The weather was beautiful and to top it off, Ryan and Cara had booked an excellent photographer, Rachael Schirano who captured these gorgeous images of Ryan and Cara’s special day.

1. How did Ryan propose?

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Ryan planned a special day in Chicago for my birthday.  We visited the city museums in the morning and as we were leaving, Ryan told me the next stop was really for him, a tour of Wrigley Field (he’s a huge Cubs fan).   We were running a little late, and it was snowing (in April!) I was frantically rushing to find the spot where we were to meet the tour guide and trying to explain to Ryan we were going in the wrong direction.  Ryan stopped  at the front of the building where we first met (one of the Cubs Rooftops) and said, “there is no tour –   I just wanted to bring you back to where we met and this all began!”  He got down on one knee and proposed.  I was so thrown off I don’t think I ever actually said yes!!  He had the rest of the evening all planned with dinner at a well-known steakhouse, meeting our parents for drinks at Harry Caray’s and then walking (in a blizzard) to the Trump Tower where we checked in and celebrated with champagne!

2. What did you enjoy most about wedding planning?

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As cheesy as it sounds, I really enjoyed the time bonding, not only with Ryan, but my mom and my sister!  We had to make some big financial decisions together for the first time which tested the waters of how we could handle that in a marriage.  Luckily we seemed to align pretty well!!  As I am an indecisive person and change my mind a lot, I really appreciated my mom and sisters help in planning and depended on their opinions to help me make decisions.  As I lived at home until we married, it was really nice to have the last year so close with my mom and sister who is still in high school.

3.  Would you change anything if you could do it over?

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Throughout the process, there were times we would question why we were having such a big extravagant event – we really just wanted to be married!!  There were times we thought, “lets just cut out all this stress, cancel the venue and go to city hall.  But as most girls, I had thought about my wedding day for a long time and wanted to give that day to my parents and close friends and have them there to share it with us.  I feel like some people would say they would do without the small details, that they wouldn’t be remembered, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing – I loved all of the decor!!  I would change my hairstyle though  –  I loved my “messy braid look” when it was fresh at the beginning of the day, but it fell quickly and didn’t look as it had when it was fresh!

4. How did you decide on your vendors?

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Deciding on vendors was a little tricky for me as neither of us was from the Champaign area.  We relied heavily on online reviews from The Knot and Wedding Wire, along with personal references from friends.  Since the venue was the first thing we booked, we asked the ladies at Pear Tree for recommendations.

5.  What did you find most difficult in wedding planning?

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Logistics!  It was difficult trying to figure out rides to and from the venue/hotel for things like our first look and bridal party photos.  There were times we needed cars & overnight bags at certain places, or when family needed to be there early, yet they didn’t want their cars at the venue because they wanted to take the shuttle back after the party.  My recommendation is to write out a timeline so that no steps are missed!!

6.  What is your advice for newly engaged couples?

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Right after we got engaged, we took about a month to just enjoy being excited about our engagement without having the stress of starting to plan and make decisions right away.  I would advise newly engaged couples to do the same –   arrange for time to sit back and enjoy being engaged for a bit before starting to make plans.

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Nancy was amazing from the knowledge & expertise that she shared at our consultation to the time and effort that she took to help set everything up the morning of the wedding.  Our wedding florals were so much prettier than we even hoped for! Everything was perfect – the types of flowers, colors that she suggested and centerpieces.  Would HIGHLY recommend Nancy for all brides in the area! – Cara Mulheran Friedman

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Fall Boho Chic Wedding Inspiration

When Lauren invited us to join in this fall boho chic photo shoot, we only hesitated because we already had two weddings booked for that weekend.  However it sounded so fun, we knew we had to do it and we are glad we did.  This girl’s got talent ~ Lauren F.otography!!

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Lauren asked for a bridal bouquet & floral hair crown, groom’s bout, two table centerpieces and a mixed green garland.  Her colors were burgundy, mustard yellow and a touch of blue.

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She provided us with inspiration photos of the boho-chic look she was going for and this is what we created for her!!

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You never know what the weather will be like in Illinois, but we were thankful the weather held for the photo shoot in late October.

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Spencer Jacobson and Kate Ioerger were the models and you can see more photos at Laurenfotography.com/spencer-kate-fall-boho-chic-wedding-inspo/

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Event Rentals – Something Old Event Rentals – Florals – Fancy Florals By Nancy – Suit – Men’s Warehouse – Hair/Makeup – Ashlin Goreth of Corpo Bello Salon Day Spay and cake – Bojeannies – Tessa Herr

Outstanding Central Illinois Wedding Vendors

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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!

 

How Did This Groom Propose?

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Erin received a romantic surprise while vacationing with Luke’s family at their lake house in Michigan and while playing a game of golf with Luke’s brother and sister-in-law.  As the game progressed to the 7th hole, which was a beautiful spot overlooking the lake, Erin wondered what was going on as Luke’s brother played out of turn and rushed off the green leaving Luke to get down on one knee where he popped the question!!   Erin  joyfully accepted as Luke’s sister-in-law was capturing the entire scenario on video.  Erin was further surprised as they brought out champagne for all to celebrate the happy occasion!!

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Luke and Erin met at Wesleyan University and were friends for three years before having their first date at Destihl.  They currently both work in downtown Chicago; Luke as an attorney for government licensing and Erin in research at NYU.  Erin said she had been planning her wedding for four years pinning photos of her dream wedding to a secret Pinterest board.

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What is Luke and Erin’s advice to couples just getting engaged?  No other than a famous Chicago voting mantra, “start early and often”!!  First of all, get your date picked, then create a timeline check-off and get planning!   “All of our friends are getting married” Erin explains.  “We had 5 weddings to attend (including our own) in 7 weeks time from SW Michigan, Chicago to Boston, which made us very, very busy attending bridal showers and related events.  We were so glad that we had so much done for our wedding ahead of time.

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The wedding was held at the Evelyn Chapel where Erin chose simple white containers of baby’s breath to complement the pristine beauty of the Chapel on the campus where they met.  Congratulations to this happy couple!

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 Beautiful reception held at The Chateau Bloomington

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When we met with Luke and Erin, they had a clear idea of their vision for their wedding flowers.  By using the peacock feathers with the teal bridesmaid dresses, we decided on the rich deep shades of purple, magenta & blue with pops of fresh green to brighten and add contrast to the deeper colors for the bridal bouquets, boutonniere and reception centerpieces.  Erin wanted some of her reception centerpieces to be big, bold and over-the-top, so we created the tall arrangements with showy blooms to make a statement in the venue.

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The reception was held at The Chateau Bloomington , a gorgeous, elegant venue where the staff was helpful and easy to work with.

Photographs by Mark Romine of Romine Weddings ~ what a great photographer!!

Wedding flowers ~ Fancy Florals By Nancy ~ a central Illinois wedding florist located in Fairbury.

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Gorgeous Autumn Wedding Bouquets

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For those brides finding themselves planning an autumn wedding, there are many flowers to choose from beyond the obvious oranges, golds and browns which we traditionally think of.  With the popularity of the garden style bridal bouquet, a delightful mix of colors and textures can be gathered together and look fantastic  in this casual style!

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But, hey there is nothing wrong with the traditional rich colors of oranges, golds & dark reds especially mixed with wonderful textural elements such as the rose hips & leucadendron foliage.  We love the movement the curly willow gives this  bridal bouquet and it is anything but boring!!

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Want a softer look?

So the traditional fall colors aren’t what you envisioned for your wedding bouquet?  You can still achieve a look of autumn by using some of the deep tones in the color family you choose.  The burgundy anemones along with the claret callas and dahlia give  depth and a feeling of fall to this predominately blush pink and peach bouquet.

 

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A Little Wild!

An autumn wedding is the perfect time to gather together a wild and informal looking wedding bouquet by raiding all of those last blooms of summer before frost hits!  This relaxed and carefree bouquet would be wonderful for that outdoor fall wedding or bring a rustic touch of the outdoors inside.

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Fancy Florals By Nancy, a Fairbury wedding florist, would be happy to meet together with you to discuss your wedding flowers.  Call, text or email us today to receive your free consultation at 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com    For more information visit our website www.fancyfloralsbynancy.com