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Starved Rock Lodge Wedding – Karl and Sara

Karl and Sara’s Starved Rock Lodge wedding took place on September 16th during hurricane season.  Ironically Sara works in the disaster field so when the massive Hurricane Irma shut down the flower imports in Miami, her wedding flowers that we had so carefully sourced and ordered weeks in advance couldn’t all be delivered.  We were left scrambling to find substitute wedding flowers that were already in stock at wholesalers locally and in California.  If any bride would understand this situation, it was Sara!!  Bless her heart, she was working over-time right up to her wedding day helping the recent hurricane victims!!

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Deciding on a color palette and theme was extremely difficult for Sara, but in the end she and Karl went with their gut instincts and decided to incorporate things they enjoyed such as agates, geodes, wood and geometric containers.  They chose colors that went well with these elements and that also felt vibrant and organic.  The garden roses were among the wedding flowers that didn’t arrive so we  found miniature garden spray roses  out of California to substitute in the wedding bouquets.  As soon as we heard the hurricane could possibly affect Miami, we went to the local wholesaler and bought what they had in stock to replace the flowers that wouldn’t be able to be delivered.

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Karl completely surprised Sara when he proposed at the Field Museum.  They were walking around when he asked if she would like to look at the Grainger Hall of Gems.  As they viewed the gems and talked about which ones they thought were pretty, Karl directed Sara to a small case on the wall that contained a beautiful ring and note.  It was such a beautiful and surprising moment, she actually asked Karl if it was real!!

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Sara especially loved the process of wedding planning and started a text chain she shared with her bridesmaids (who were all family) so she could share her ideas and they could send her inspiration.  Karl was smart about sharing the things that were important to him and they worked together to find ways to incorporate the designs and ideas they loved into their wedding.  Sara shared her inspiration photos with us and brought us the colorful agates to incorporate into the boutonnieres.

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The major hurricanes that hit in the last two months before their wedding made it difficult for her to be fully engaged as she was working 6 days per week (12 hour days) from the disasters.  She felt like her head was spinning but Karl took care of some very important last minute wedding planning and close friends helped them create and craft things they had dreamed of doing in the last few weeks.  They found themselves crafting at odd hours of the evening and the very rare day off!!  Sara’s wedding planning advice to engaged couples is to –  DO YOU!!  Don’t adjust your wedding to fit everyone else – make it truly personal to you!

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They found that what they enjoyed most was that they had planned a “wedding weekend” as guests traveled from across the world to Chicago, then had a 2-hour drive to Starved Rock Lodge.  They were fortunate to host all of their guests on Friday for a welcome party giving them the opportunity to spend some relaxing time with everyone.  Her favorite memory from the wedding was a few quiet moments after the ceremony with photographer Seth Morris Photography who pulled them aside for a few photos together while the guests headed on to the cocktail hour.  It was an awesome moment of reality for them where they realized their marriage was “official!”

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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!