Category Archives: Summer Weddings

Where Do Today’s Brides Get Wedding Inspiration?

Many of today’s brides are getting their inspiration from Instagram.   Lauren’s vision for wedding decor came from a mixture of research and having personally attended a lot of weddings.  She knew her “must-haves” included an abundance of gorgeous wedding flowers, a classic color scheme and wedding decor that carried a vintage feel.  For inspiration, she followed a lot of wedding resources on Instagram such as Style Me Pretty and Ruffled Blog.  Five years ago when we asked brides this question they all answered Pinterest.  We have found Instagram is equally as important today as Pinterest for wedding inspiration.  You can follow us on Instagram here
Lauren and David met while students at Illinois State University in 2010 and were introduced by mutual friends.
Lauren had decided on the classic all-white color palette for her wedding flowers to create an elegant feel and contrast with the black tuxes and black bridesmaid dresses for their July 1st wedding date.  Because the wedding took place just days before 4th of July, she later decided to add a pop of dark red with blush to the bridal bouquets and looking back over these gorgeous wedding photos by Caitlin and Luke Photography, we are glad she did!!
When we asked Lauren what her and David’s favorite memory was from their wedding day, she responded “It would have to be listening to the speeches given by our siblings at the dinner reception.  We both had tears in our eyes as we laughed and reminisced about childhood memories as well as moments we have shared together in adulthood and how they felt about us as a couple.”  “The entire day was a great reminder of all the great people in our lives!”
  Lauren’s most enjoyable part of wedding planning was being able to cross things off her list for that meant she was getting closer and closer to her wedding day!!   She explained that finding herself very detail oriented, it took her a long time to make decisions as she wanted to ensure everything complimented her overall vision.
She stayed with the all-white flower color scheme for her reception centerpiece decor and brought in gold accents with vintage style accessories such as the table number frames, candle holders and gold & black fabric under the centerpieces which she rented from Old Oaks Vintage Rentals.  A third of the centerpieces were lush mixed greens & white blooms in our gold compote vases.
Another third of the table centerpieces were created again with lush mixed greens and a mix of white hydrangea, peonies, roses, tulips, snapdragons, astrantia and button mums on our elevated antique gold stands.  The final third of the tables held our antique gold candelabras with mercury votive holders and four matching votive filled with mini white bouquets scattered under the candelabras.
The harvest tables and gold chiavari chairs rented from Palace Events completed the magic scene against the charming warm brick walls of Epiphany Farms and Anju Above Restaurant.
David and Lauren found the key to overcoming wedding planning challenges was “compromise!”  Their biggest challenges stemmed from deciding on a budget and other major decisions such as the location of the venue and crafting the guest list.  Like all couples they had some different wants and opinions and being able to be flexible and compromise with each other is such a valuable start for a successful, happy marriage!!  We were honored to be a vendor in this beautiful wedding and offer our sincere congratulations to this couple!!

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A “Romantic-Vintage” Wedding Styled-Shoot!

This vintage styled photo shoot was born from my desire to do some re-branding for our wedding floral business.  I think because I have been a gardener for so long I am drawn to the natural, lush garden style bouquets that are becoming so popular.  A styled-shoot was a good way to try out this vision, get some photos as well as work on getting published.  I didn’t need to look far for a photographer as I had worked with Lauren on a shoot last fall and knew first hand what a talented photographer she is.
Because both Adore Bridal Specialty and Spruce Wedding Rentals (formerly Something old Event Rentals) had agreed to partner with us we realized the shoot would best take place close to the Washington/Morton area.   As we scouted around, we were delighted with what we found – in a Washington park this arching branched tree to decorate as a backdrop and the Danforth House with it’s lovely large porch which we initially chose as a rain back-up plan.
The vision for the wedding flowers was pastel, romantic blooms like Quicksand, White O’hara and Upper Secret roses with soft green helleborus to create a soft blend of color.  We added some contrasting darker blooms like black scabiosa, burgundy peonies and blue clematis tucked in for depth and a touch of mystery.   Ferny white nigella added great texture and the addition of white sweet peas and cascading green foliage finished it into a lush garden style bouquet.  Mixing these luscious blooms together was like putting together ingredients for a yummy desert!!
Andrea from Adore Bridal was so nice and helpful.  We sent her our inspiration board and described the vintage feel we wanted for our shoot.  We fell in love with the first gown she brought out for us to view!    Altar Ego Spalon did the girls hair and make-up for a beautiful effect.
Lauren had a great experience with Bremer Jewelry and Spruce Wedding Rentals from her last photo shoot so we were happy they partnered with us again.  The table and mismatched chairs are part of Spruce Wedding Rentals extensive collection.  
  East To West Studio custom created this lovely one-of-a-kind stationary just for us.
Thank you so much to our models who endured the 90 degree heat and did such a great job!  Our bride and groom Jeni & Stan got to practice for their real wedding which will happen in September.  Emily (blue gown) got married on New Years Eve last year and Lauren (mauve gown) took time from her own wedding planning to help.  She was married just a few weeks after the photo shoot.  All of the models are/were our future/past clients.
The blue and mauve bridesmaid gowns caught our eye in the window of Adore Bridal and were exactly the soft colors and filmy fabric we had envisioned for our vintage, romantic styled shoot.   The bridal bouquets photographed beautifully against these gorgeous gowns and they went perfectly with flowing hand-dyed silk ribbons adorning the bridal bouquets.
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  Tessa Herr of Bojeannies created this beautiful gilded wedding cake and the gold bar cart  from Spruce Wedding Rentals was perfect  to display and serve from.
We had a beautiful rain-free day for our photo shoot and didn’t really need our rain back-up plan, but who could pass up the opportunity to take photos at the beautiful Danforth House which the Martin’s so graciously extended to us .  The porch and wicker furniture also made the perfect backdrop to photograph the vintage carrom board game.
Doesn’t this look enticing to have time to sit on this beautiful porch and play games – so reminiscent of simpler times.
The carrom board was my grandmother’s and the vintage croquet set as well as the vintage glassware  was handed down from my husband’s family.  It was a great opportunity to pull these old items out of storage and put them to use!
Who can resist a game of croquet on the lawn??
Every side of the Danforth House had another pleasant surprise and photo opportunity to photograph the models with their bridal bouquets.
The grande finale came when Mr. Martin offered to start up one of his vintage cars and bring it around for a fantastic get-away-car photo!!  How could it get any better?  It was like the icing on the cake!!
The whole evening was a magical experience for us and we had great fun.  Thanks again to our vendor team, models, and our support helpers,  Kendra & Laine Fehr and Betsy Zimmerman – everyone did such a great job!! Vendor credits : Photography: Lauren f.otography,  Jewelry: Bremer Jewelry, Gowns/Tux: Adore Bridal,  Furniture: Spruce Wedding Rentals,  Hair/Make-up:  Altar Ego Spalon, Flowers:  Fancy Florals By Nancy,   Cake:  Bojeannies,  Stationary:  East To West Studio

10 Best Flowers For An Outdoor Summer Wedding

If you are planning an outdoor summer wedding be sure to choose flowers that won’t wilt in the heat.  Here are our top ten flower recommendations for a beautiful bouquet that will stay fresh all day!

1. Tropicals

Tropical flowers love the heat!  Anthuriums and proteas are popular choices for wedding bouquets.  The  protea on the left has soft feather-like petals while the pincushion protea on the right adds a spiky texture.
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2. Roses

Standard roses are hardier than many people realize.  They hold up very well and are easy to use alone  for a more formal look or mixed with other flowers for a garden or casual style.  They are available in about any color you would desire except there is no true blue rose.
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3. Callas

The calla is able to last a long time without a water source.  It also is available in many shades and along with the rose is a popular choice for boutonnieres .  It too makes an elegant bouquet by itself or mixes beautifully with roses and other flowers.
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4.  Sunflowers

Nothing can beat a sunflower for a bright cheerful bouquet!  Sunflowers are also a good choice for  a rustic themed wedding.
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5. Succulents

Succulents have become very popular in the last few years for wedding bouquets.  Because they hold water in their thick fleshy leaves, they are a perfect solution to replace flowers in a hot dry location.  They mix in well with other greens and flowers and come in several shades from green, blue/gray to purple.
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6.  Zinnias

The  zinnia is a bright, easy to grow, heat loving flower that resembles a dahlia without the price tag!  There are many beautiful shades and different varieties of zinnias from tiny to full and double.  These are perfect for mixing with other heat-loving garden flowers such as celosia, gomphrena, eryngium, statice, craspedia, etc. to create a wild flower look.
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7.  Orchids

Even though orchids could have been included with the tropicals, we put them in a class by themselves as they are so versatile and are used in many design styles from  classical and elegant to casual and tropical.  They are perfect also for boutonniere and corsage work as they are so long lasting.  If your budget allows, you should for sure mix some of these exotic beauties into your summer bouquet.
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8.  Chrysanthemums

With so many varieties and colors of mums available and their relatively low cost, it makes perfect sense to include them in bouquets.  The large football mums in the photo to the left are becoming very popular again.  The button (green) and cushion (plum) mums in the photo on the right show how beautiful they are mixed in with roses and other flowers.
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9.  Dahlias

Starting in July dahlias become available locally in Illinois making them a more affordable choice then when they are out of season.  They are available until the first frost which is usually the middle of October here in Illinois.  They have big showy blooms and are a popular choice for adorning the cake.
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10.  Carnations

Last on our list, but certainly not least is the carnation.  Snubbed by some brides, which is a shame as they can be tastefully designed into a beautiful bouquet and are very long lasting .  They hold up so well, they can even be strung on fishing line to create a floral backdrop.  Using all one color and massed together (bouquet on left) they look very elegant and even resemble garden roses with their ruffled petals.  There are so many beautiful colors available, by carefully blending shades of one color, a very beautiful effect is achieved. (Photo on right)
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By using the right flowers, you can still have a hand-tied bouquet that will last through the heat of a summer day!  If you have your heart set on a hydrangea, anemone or other heat sensitive flower, a silk bloom can be mixed in with fresh flowers and no one will know difference.

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Groom Designs Boutonnieres For This Central Illinois Wedding

The Hunt Is Over – Kyle and Emily Gregg – June 4, 2016

Kyle and Emily both love to hunt so when they chose their wedding date of June 2016, one reason was to avoid all hunting seasons.  Another reason was the hope of having beautiful weather which they did!! When Emily came for her consultation in January, the weather was cold with blowing snow.  As we listened to her describe their vision for their wedding flowers we were intrigued when she said we would not need to make boutonnieres for the guys as her fiance Kyle was making them!!  

Kyle Explains The Process

While brainstorming for ideas for decorations for the wedding, Emily showed me several pictures of “rustic” weddings, in which the boutonnieres were made of deer antler, a bird feather of some sort, or a spent shotgun shell casing. I decided with both of us enjoying the outdoors and hunting, that a combination of deer antler and turkey feathers would fit our theme perfectly.
After contemplating various ideas, I settled on using the tips of the tines from deer antlers and the smaller wing feathers from a turkey wing. With my dad’s help, the tips of the deer antler were cut to lengths of approximately 4-5 inches long. Then the wing feathers were cut so they were approximately 3-4 inches long, and then trimmed so the base of the feather could easily be hidden behind the antler. We utilized 2 feathers per boutonniere. They were then hot glued to the back of the antler. After this, We cut smaller flowers from artificial flowers which were purchased at Hobby Lobby, and hot glued them to the front of the antler. We then cut lengths of twine, approximately 12-18 inches long, and dipped them in wood stain, I believe the color was walnut, to darken the twine. After the twine dried, we wrapped it around the base of the antler to help hide the bases of the turkey feathers as well as the bases of the flowers, and to add something to the overall look.
After all of this was completed, we used “tie tacks” purchased from Hobby Lobby, with a circular base. We bent each base individually to fit better around the specific antler it was being used on, and hot glued it to the back in order to be able to attach the boutonnieres to the suit jackets.

Emily’s Advice

1.) Before you set a “for sure” date, go venue “shopping” first! We found our hotel venue and church venue in the same day. I am from St. Joseph, IL and Kyle is from Waverly, IL, with this we chose Bloomington, IL so our families could meet in the middle.  Once you pick your venues then you can set your date for sure.
2.) Go to bridal shows! This is how I found Sugar Mama Bakery and of course, Fancy Florals by Nancy!!! Kyle and Emily incorporated their love of hunting into their reception centerpiece arrangements with antlers.  We arranged the flowers in our wire-handled hob-nob vases to blend in with the rustic hunt theme.
3.) Make a spreadsheet! We had two different spreadsheets…One with all our guests, a column for their RSVP (formulating a total at the bottom will help keep track a lot easier), a column for their gift, and one to mark that we sent a “thank you.”  The other spreadsheet was the budget! Keep track of every deposit you put down, the remaining total and when it is due! You may think you can remember all of it but those dates sneak up on you! Go back to it often the last couple months so you can plan ahead. You’ll also want to re contact all your vendors the last couple months to make sure you all are on the same page. Wedding photos by T & B Photographpy.
4.) Pinterest is your friend! Many vendors love pictures to envision what you have in mind. Color swatches are also helpful to carry around. (I got mine at David’s Bridal.) To coordinate with their peach/mint color palette, we used a blend of peachy pink roses, orlaya, peach hypericum, succuletns and  eucalyptus for the bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets and reception centerpiece arrangements. The bridal bouquets were wrapped in burlap and tied with twine in keeping with the rustic theme.
5.) Don’t procrastinate! Get everything you can get done as soon as possible.  Kyle and I did good with this but I can also tell you that it doesn’t get rid of the stress as you get closer to the date! So if we were stressed by being on top of things, I can’t imagine waiting to do things at the last minute!
6.) Try to remain calm, everything will come together.  Enjoy the day because it goes by fast!

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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
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

Shades Of Yellow And Grey Decorate This Wedding

First Look Is Bride’s Favorite Memory

Photographer  Sara Maurer took Sean and Amy to McGraw Park and captured the first look in front of this beautiful fountain.  When we asked Amy if she had a favorite memory from her wedding day, she explained it was hard to pinpoint because everything was just perfect but seeing her husband the first time really stands out!  She credits Sara for making them feel so comfortable that they could be perfectly natural in front of the camera.
First Look
Amy decided on her color scheme for her wedding when she was still in college.  She loved the shades of yellow and grey and how they complement each other.  She also felt it was something a little different than she had seen a lot of.  She found her biggest challenge in planning her wedding was second guessing herself as she would compare her wedding plans to all the weddings on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram and then want to make changes right up to the week before her wedding!!
Yellow and Grey wedding
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Because Amy’s grandfather died just two weeks before her wedding, she honored his memory by having her bouquet wrapped with one of his ties.
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The wedding and reception were held at Doubletree in Bloomington where Kaitlin and her staff took care of all the details.  The wedding was in the courtyard and was decorated by Fancy Florals By Nancy with a decorated wedding arch, ferns, aisle runner and jars of flowers running the length of the aisle.  The tables were decorated with painted wine bottles filled with yellow and cream roses and dahlias and roses under wine glasses with votives on top.  Bojeannies provided various sizes of delicious cupcakes for her guests sweet tooth and Absolute Light and Sound provided a good time for everyone with their selection of songs.
Amy’s advice is what we hear brides say over and over;  Start planning as soon as possible and don’t wait until the last minute to get things done!
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Fancy Florals By Nancy is a central Illinois wedding florist delighting brides with beautiful wedding bouquets, boutonniere, corsages, reception centerpieces and much more!

Don’t Forget To Do This On Your Wedding Day

Ben and Caroline

When we asked Caroline what one of her favorite memories of her wedding day was, she stated that (of course besides marrying Ben) being able to see everything come together.  “After spending so much time and effort in planning the wedding, it was really neat to see my vision come to life!”   Her advice to brides is to be sure and take the time to look around and to really take it all in!!  That is why having a good wedding photographer is so important… You can look back and see it in the years to come.  These awesome photos are by Giving Tree Photography.
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Caroline’s favorite color is blush, but not wanting the wedding to be overly feminine, she opted to go with a palette of shades –  dove grey, dusty rose, sage green and lavender which projected the desired soft  and ethereal effect.  Her wedding bouquets contained a soft blend of these shades using garden roses, stock, veronica, ferns and mixed greens.
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Ben and Caroline dated for 6 years before Ben popped the question.  They were engaged in July of 2014 which gave them  one year to make wedding plans.  Caroline gained much of her inspiration from Pinterest, but she cautions new brides not to get too overwhelmed with over-pinning!  She was selective in what she pinned which really helped her realize her style and vision for her wedding day.
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The couple was married outside in the family property wooded area and the wedding pergola as well as the backdrop at the reception were made with trees from the family’s wooded area.  She decided to use the woodland theme in her reception decor with the wooden box planters as her centerpiece arrangements.
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Caroline absolutely loves flowers and wanted flowers to be the main focal point of her wedding.  She chose Fancy Florals By Nancy, a central Illinois wedding florist, to create her wedding bouquets, boutonniere, corsages, aisle decor,  to decorate the pergola and reception backdrop as well as the reception centerpiece arrangements.
I could not have been happier with my wedding flowers! Nancy was so easy to work with. She was so accommodating and communicated very well (which is very important for a bride). I wanted lots of flowers at my wedding, so this was a very important aspect for me. Basically all of my decorations were flowers! I brought in pictures of what I liked, and Nancy was able to create everything from there. I had so many requests for her throughout the whole wedding planning process and she managed to do everything. She was insightful and really knew her stuff! When the wedding day came, my vision had been fulfilled. I highly recommend Fancy Florals by Nancy!
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Why Get Married In Fairbury, Illinois?

Why did this Bloomington family choose Fairbury??

When Trey & Hollie were planning their wedding and looking for a venue, they found that the venues that were  available locally on their wedding date of June 13th were not large enough to accommodate their many family and friends.  They were happy to find that Fairbury’s  Walton Center and First Baptist Church both had seating for 450 people.
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June 13, 2015 was a lovely warm day, so Megan Ranae Photography was able to capture some beautiful photos in the serene rural countryside around Fairbury.  View More:
The Walton Center, a central Illinois venue, is a wonderful charming old building with a rich history in the heart of down-town Fairbury.  It is enjoying renewed popularity as a venue for large gatherings and is a beautiful location for weddings and receptions.
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Another Fairbury vendor, Bojeannies, provided a mouth-watering assortment of cupcakes for the reception. The historic Walton Center dazzled with added charm for the event after being decorated by the bride’s mother’s  vintage  collection of glass bottles, cameras, suitcases and much more!!
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Fancy Florals By Nancy, a Fairbury wedding florist, provided the bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, altar centerpieces as well as peonies and roses for the reception centerpiece decor.
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Fancy Florals By Nancy specializes in weddings and delights brides by using an array of color and texture to bring their wedding flower vision to life.  Become our next delighted bride by calling, texting or emailing to receive your free consultation.   309-212-6570
Nancy was outstanding to work with! She took oodles of time to understand our vision, advise and educate us on flowers, and help us stay within our budget. Her communication was excellent. Her service was a 10 on a scale of 1 – 5 And Our flowers were absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Exactly what we had pictured, and even better!! We took outdoor pictures in VERY hot weather before the wedding. Nancy happened to stop by the church and saw that a couple of the flowers in the brides bouquet were drooping just a bit. She took the bouquet, replaced flowers, and had it back to us before the ceremony. Definitely above and beyond. Nancy is an extremely talented and a joy person! We HIGHLY recommend Fancy Florals by Nancy. -Sherry Semlow June 13, 2015

Where Did This Bride Get Her Wedding Inspiration?

Pinterest Wedding Inspiration

Tom and Emily Comberiate were married at St. Patrick Church of Merna, June 20, 2015, blessed with a beautiful day.  Emily started planning for their wedding day months before, getting most of her inspiration for her wedding colors and decor from Pinterest.  She stated, “I found myself continually pinning images that had soft, feminine and classic themes. I was also drawn toward things that had a vintage and timeless feel to them.
Wedding Photos by “Sur La Lune” Photography
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How We Met

We first met on a Catholic retreat through the Newman Center at the University of Illinois.  Although we knew of each other, it took two years before we reconnected at a back-to-school BBQ hosted by Tom and his roommates.  That’s really when our love story began!!
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Our Proposal

We had a mostly long distance relationship.  After I had completed a very tough semester of grad school, Tom said he wanted me to visit him in Maryland and celebrate my completing graduate school classes.  My feminine intuition had me on high alert as I waited for Tom to get home from work and reveal what kind of a celebration he had planned!  We first stopped by a local vineyard and winery, and as we got back in the car, Tom tried to play it cool by saying that we had some time to kill before our next stop and he wanted to take me to the Franciscan Friary he loves.  As we walked around the gardens, we stopped before a beautiful statue of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and Tom explained that he was a Catholic priest who volunteered his own life in place of a father and husband in Auschwitz.  Tom explained that he had been coming to this spot to pray for us, and that in marriage, each spouse is called to lay down one’s life for the other.  It was a truly beautiful and memorable moment!!
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Favorite Wedding Memory

This  might sound cliche, but one of my favorite moments was walking down the aisle towards my future husband; we kept eye contact the entire time and even though there were hundreds of people watching, it only felt like the two of us were there.  I also enjoyed our car ride out to the reception as it was one of the few  moments that we were alone and could catch our breath and let the ceremony soak in.  I would suggest finding a time like this in the middle of the day to any bride!!
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Advice For Future Brides

Although the planning is exciting and fun, don’t let it overwhelm you.  At the end of the day, no matter what happens, you’ll still be married to the one God intended for you and nothing else will matter!  Things that may seem like a huge deal the day before the wedding (like not having enough favors for all the guests) will not seem as big of a deal on your actual wedding day…and most likely none of your guests will even notice whatever it is that goes wrong!!  Have fun with the planning process and let your own personal style shine through.  Take time in choosing vendors who will work with you and provide the perfect amount of expertise while still allowing you to incorporate your own style.
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Tom and Emily’s wedding reception was held at Crestwicke Country Club in Bloomington, Illinois

Wedding flowers provided by – Fancy Florals By Nancy – a central Illinois wedding florist.

  Nancy did an amazing job helping my visions for the wedding come to life! Not only is she very talented and offers a lot of ideas, she is also very personable and is willing to work within your budget. Of all of my wedding vendors, she was always one of the fastest to respond to questions or new ideas that I had as the planning process took place. All of the flowers turned out better than I could have imagined! Everything was fresh and stayed fresh all day…our bouquets even lasted for a few days after the wedding and we were able to enjoy them longer than the wedding day itself! I would highly recommend Fancy Florals by Nancy to anyone looking to work with a sweet and talented florist. – Emily Plattner Comberiate
For more information on wedding flowers, wedding bouquets and wedding centerpieces, call text or email today to receive your free consultation  309-212-6570

Why No One Will Forget This Wedding!!

Bohemian Style Wedding

The first time I met together with Pam she described her vision for a simple eco-friendly, bohemian style wedding to be held outdoors at Darrell’s country home and also his place of business “Fairbury Fastener & Supply.”   As she showed me the cotton and lace dresses she found for herself and the bridesmaids (their daughters),  told me about the old church pews they discovered and how Darrell was building a pergola for them to be married under, I could see  this wedding was going to be fun and unique!!
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Pam had a large collection of vintage aprons, doilies, table cloths and other decor handed down from their families and from yard sales & antique stores that they wanted to incorporate into their wedding.  The pergola which Darrell built holds grape vines that were planted by Darrell’s late father, Gilbert. Darrell & Pam  met with the help of EHarmony and were matched according to a very extensive questioning process.  “Darrell was the first man I dated and…well…it was obviously a good match!” explained Pam.  They had their first date at Famous Dave’s and so decided to have Famous Dave’s cater their wedding reception.

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Rain Clouds Gather!

We really believed that the rain would miss us and so we carried on as usual the morning of the wedding.  We had decided that we would get married under the pergola regardless of the weather and we did put up a few tents for guests to stand under even though we had beautiful old church pewsto sit on – which some hardy guests did sit on in the rain with their umbrellas!!
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Work Together, Love Together, Play Together

Our motto as a blended family is that we will all work together, love together,  play together and persevere  no matter what is thrown our way!  It was a great lesson for our children when the rain was pounding down and it was time to walk to the pergola for the ceremony –  There were asking, “What should we do?”  We said, “Just keep walking; we are getting married outside as planned!!”  LOL!!  They all loved it and had such a good time.  A wedding nobody will forget!

Rolling With The Punches

Because of the rain, plan B was put to use and instead of a nearby meadow, the photos were taken in and around Darrell’s place of business ” Fairbury Fastener.”  We think “Images By Whitney” did a wonderful job and the tool shed shop photos added a unique flavor as well as kept the guests dry as they enjoyed the reception!
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Wedding Flowers

For her wedding bouquet Pam chose a mix of sophisticated and simple flowers –  using garden roses, stock, Queen Anne’s lace and feverfew.  Feverfew and Queen Anne’s lace made up the bridesmaid’s bouquets and the boutonniere for the guys were made from baby’s breath wrapped in twine.  They used mini green hydrangeas, stock, roses and baby’s breath to fill old bottles and containers to decorate their tables.  The combination of the electic decor, the drenching during the ceremony, and all of their thoughtful touches make this a wedding their guests won’t soon forget!!
Fancy Florals By Nancy, a Fairbury wedding florist, was thrilled for the opportunity to create their wedding bouquets as Nancy grew up a mile down the road from where Darrell grew up and currently lives and is the location for Fairbury Fastener & Supply.  Nancy met Pam when she was the winner of our gift card at the 2014 Prairie Central FFA Home Show.  For more information please visit our website at or visit our Facebook page at
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