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How Beautiful Central Illinois Weddings Come Together!

How does a beautiful central Illinois wedding all come together?  It takes a team of vendors collaborating, communicating and planning with the bride & groom!!  We were thankful for Ephiphany Farms and Palace Events staff who worked smoothly with us for Alex and MacKenzie’s ceremony and successfully flipped the room for the reception!  What a knockout it turned out to be!! Alex and MacKenzie chose to have photos taken at the location of their first date Emack & Bolios in uptown Normal, IL.  Photos  by Micah McCoy Studio.
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On their first date they enjoyed ice-cream and then walked around uptown Normal for a couple of hours talking.  They quickly realized they had a connection and felt a sense of comfort and familiarity with each other.
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We custom created yards and yards of mixed green garlands for the tables and MacKenzie’s mom had a great idea to use them to line the aisle seats at the ceremony, then re-use for the reception.  They looked fabulous garnished with a few blooms and ribbons.
   
MacKenzie’s favorite part of wedding planning was dress shopping.  She stated, “Wedding dresses are made to make you look good and it was so fun to try on different styles/silhouttes!  I ended up choosing something completely different than I thought I would.  MacKenzie  had two handsome European ushers and she and her family were so delighted  that they could come from Germany and Italy for the wedding – they were former foreign exchange students who had lived with her family!!
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After the ceremony, which was held in the upper-level ballroom at Epiphany Farms, the guests were ushered into Anju Above for appetizers while Palace Events brought in their  beautiful harvest tables, and we placed the garlands and blooms of purple trachellium, White O’hara garden roses and Ocean Song lavender roses to decorate the tables.
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For her wedding decor and bridal bouquet, MacKenzie chose a mix of purple trachellium, stock, astrantia, lavender spray roses & wax flower and white ranunculus.  Her biggest challenge with wedding planning  was staying true to their vision when other close family and friends offered their opinions and even though she and Alex wanted them to feel included –  yet they wanted it to be what they had envisioned!!
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What is her advice to newly engaged couples planning their wedding?  “Remember to have fun!!  This is one of the best times in your relationship and it goes by so fast!  Try not to let things stress you out and if it starts to feel like work, take a break!”
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Become our next delighted bride by letting us help you plan your wedding decor.  Call, text or email us today for your free consultation 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com.

Cheers,

Nancy

   

Fresh Spring Bouquets For Your Central Illinois Wedding

March  is finally here and spring is just around the corner which finds us flinging ourselves back into wedding season!!  If you are planning a spring wedding, how wonderful to be able to include some of these gorgeous spring blooms.  We picked these bouquets from Pinterest to bring you the beauty of spring.

Lilac

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Lilacs are a flower best used when in season and oh how gorgeous they are.  If you are lucky enough to have a lilac bush you already know how delightfully their scent is carried on the breeze.  Their soft purple shades blend perfectly with other spring blooms to make a beautiful bridal bouquet for your central Illinois wedding.

Daffodil

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The daffodil has to be one of the cheeriest blooms to announce spring’s arrival and whether used more subtly with these peach parrot tulips and scented narcissus in the wedding bouquet (upper left) or bright and bold with the larger King Daffodils and yellow mimosa in the bridal bouquet (upper right), they definitely say spring!!

Tulip

 
Tulips rival the rose for the sheer magnitude of wonderful colors available –  from the bright jewel tones to the softest pastels and everything in between.  They come in a fascinating assortment including the fringed edge, lily & peony shaped. Other gorgeous varieties available are the parrot tulips (pictured  in the wedding bouquet – two above)  and the larger french tulips.  They look perfectly elegant mixed with garden roses  (upper left) and equally  charming in a wildflower bridal bouquet (upper right.)

Peony

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I have heard it said that the rose is jealous when the peony blooms and it must be true – just look at the abundance of petals – what could be more luxurious?!!  Even though peonies are now available almost year around, they are much  more reasonably priced and so perfectly beautiful when they are in season.  They range in shades from pure white, blush, pink, coral, hot pink, magenta, red and burgundy and look ever so elegant by themselves and so fabulous mixed with roses and other seasonal textures & greens to bring you a gorgeous and luxurious wedding bouquet.

Iris

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The smaller Japanes and Siberian varieties of Iris are dainty enough to mix with  coordinating blooms for a lovely spring wedding bouquet.  The purple bouquet (above left) is anything but boring with the blend of  lavender tulips & orchids, purple hydrangea and lisianthus offering a perfect backdrop for the purple iris.  What a perfect marriage of blue, green/gray & white shades and textures in the cascade styled bouquet (upper right)!!

Planning a 2018 spring wedding?

We are booking now for 2018.  To find out what other spring flowers are right for your central Illinois wedding, call or text 309-212-6570 or email fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com to schedule your free consultation.

What Was The Most Popular Wedding Color of 2016?

Burgundy

As we look back at our 2016 central Illinois weddings, wine-burgundy-cranberry shades of flowers were chosen by eight of our brides making it the most popular wedding shade out of the forty-five weddings we created bouquets for.  That is not surprising considering Marsala was 2015 color of the year and here in the midwest we aren’t as quick to embrace the newest style.
 

Plum

Coming in second place was plum with six of our central Illinois brides choosing plum colored blooms for their bridal bouquets.
   

Peach

We had three shades tie for third place – Peach, Pink and White.  Five of our 2016 brides chose peach shades for their wedding bouquets.  
   

Pink

Another five of our central Illinois brides chose pink flowers for their bridal bouquets.
 

White

Classic white is always in and five our 2016 brides picked all white blooms for their wedding flowers.
   

Blush

Coming in fourth place we have blush – this surprised me as it seemed like I had worked with blush roses most of the wedding season!!  We actually did use a lot of blush flowers mixed in with the burgundy colored bouquets and our favorite blush roses we used the most were Quicksand and White O’hara garden rose.   We had four brides choose blush shades of flowers for their wedding bouquets.
   

Blue and Rust

Blue and rust colored flowers tied for fifth place with three brides choosing each color.
   

Yellow, Coral, Red and Lavender

Yellow and coral tied for sixth place with two brides choosing yellow flowers and two choosing coral.   And last but not least we had one bride choose red and one bride choose lavender.
We so enjoyed working with each and every bride and creating their floral vision for each of them.  We are greatly humbled once again by the lovely reviews our brides took time to leave for us and in so doing winning us “The Knot Best Of Weddings 2017”!!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  While I loved many of the bouquets we created this year, I think my most favorite flowers I worked with this year was the antique lavender wedding – something rare and beautiful (see below right)!!!
 
We already have twenty weddings booked for 2017 and we are looking forward to spring and the returning wedding season.  However, after doing fifty events this past year,  many two and three per weekend, we are restructuring how we do business in 2017.   To be able to fully enjoy and give our full attention to each wedding, we are only booking one per weekend starting now in 2017;  thus we now have a $1,000 minimum to book with us.
We have met so many wonderful people and feel so blessed to be able to use our God-given talents to bring pleasure to others by working with God’s glorious flowers and to be able to use part of our profits to fund our mission trips to Mexico.
Happy New Year to all, Nancy

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!!  
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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6.) Try to remain calm, everything will come together.  Enjoy the day because it goes by fast!

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What Is The Favorite Wedding Moment For Central Illinois Brides?

When we ask this question to our brides after their wedding, most of them we have found will say doing a first reveal was their very favorite part of their wedding day.
  >br /> It was no different for Justin and Jackie.  She stated “I would have to say that my favorite memory was seeing Justin for the first reveal at my parents’ house.  The look on his face when he turned around to see me was priceless!
“If time allows and you’re not opposed to seeing your significant other before the wedding ceremony, I highly recommend doing a first reveal beforehand!  I loved that we got to spend some time together before the ceremony that was just focused on us, because we knew we wouldn’t get any alone time for the rest of the day.  It definitely helped calm my nerves!”
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Did everything go as planned?  “For the most part, everything went as planned (woo hoo!).  We were actually ahead of schedule for the majority of the day.  I’m a very go-with-the-flow type of person, so even if everything didn’t go as planned, it wouldn’t have bothered me.”
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Would you change anything if you could do it over?  “I don’t think I would change a single thing.  Everyone that we talked to had nothing but nice things to say about the wedding and reception!  Justin and I both enjoyed ourselves, and I wasn’t stressed the entire day.”
Any advice or tips for newly engaged couples?  “Just go-with-the-flow on your wedding day.  Understand that not everything will go exactly as you planned – which is totally fine!  Weddings have a lot of moving pieces – days like this usually go much more smoothly when you don’t have things planned down to the minute.  Even if something doesn’t go as planned, your guests will never know something was supposed to happen differently, so it really doesn’t matter!  Also, the day flies by, so take the time to notice and appreciate all of the details and people around you!”
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For her bridal bouquet, Jackie chose sunflowers with blue veronica, a touch of baby’s breath and cascading mixed greens.  For her bridesmaid’s bouquets she chose sunflowers with white stock and yellow solidago.
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Her floral crown was made up with white spray roses and baby’s breath and looked perfect on her!!  For the boutonniere we used Viking pomps to mimic mini sunflowers.
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The 8 Best Flower Girl Accessories

Trying to decide what to have your flower girl carry?

Perhaps you know exactly what you want for your bridal bouquet, ceremony decor and centerpiece arrangements, but just can’t quite decide when it comes to your sweet little flower girl ~ Here are our top eight suggestions for floral accessories for the flower girl – and it doesn’t have to be something to carry either!
Flower Girl Baskets
  1. Basket of petals is still the most popular choice our brides use for their flower girls, but sometimes the venue doesn’t want fresh petals on the aisle, or the bride doesn’t want to have to think about getting someone to pick up those petals ~  what to do then?
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2.  Floral pomanders or kissing balls, are becoming very popular and they can be as simple as baby’s breath, or made of colorful carnations, mums or roses.  The balls are available in small sizes for young and medium and large for older girls.
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3.  Floral garland for something different!  Of course, this only works if you have two flower girls.  If you want something other than the traditional flower girl posy bouquet or basket of petals – think about trying this!
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4. Floral wand – these are becoming increasingly popular also.  What flower girl wouldn’t love to carry one of these!!
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5.  Decorated Basket – If you love the idea of a basket, but aren’t sure you will be throwing petals, how about a basket filled with flowers, or ivy greens wrapped around a basket handle?  No work involved for your little miss, just carry and look pretty!!
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6.  Floral Crowns are becoming very popular these days for both brides, bridesmaids & flower girls.  They can be as simple and sweet as a baby’s breath crown or more elaborate with roses & wax flowers, or other blooms of your choice.
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7. Floral hair clips, combs & bands make an easy choice for an economical accessory for the little gal with enough hair to wear these.  Oh the possibilities are endless!
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8. Posy bouquets are still a very popular choice for little” miss divas” who want to emulate the bride and are often miniature versions of the bridesmaids.  These will leave your sweet gal dreaming of her own wedding someday!
Fancy Florals By Nancy, a central Illinois wedding florist, will custom create any of these accessories for your flower girl.  Call, text or email today for your free consultation ~ 309-212-6570   or  fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com  to discuss your vision for your bridal flowers.
Which of these ideas would you like for your flower girl?  Leave a comment!!  Thanks ~  Nancy