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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?

 Tall centerpiece design  Head table decor

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

Call 309-212-6570, text or email today to receive your free consultation fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com

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.

 Wedding aisle decor, garland  Altar arrangement, wedding decor, wedding flowers

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.

10 Ways To Use Garlands At Your Central Illinois Wedding

Garlands are very popular with our brides getting married this year.  They add a beautiful touch of nature indoors and are wonderful for decorating the outdoor wedding also.  Here are our top 10 ways to use them at your wedding.

reception table garland
  1.  Reception tables

Wedding Aisle Garland

2.  Wedding Aisle

Garland Wedding Backdrop

3.  Wedding Backdrop decor

Wedding Chair Garland

4.  Chair back decor

Wedding Welcome Sign

5.  Embellish and decorate your wedding signs.

Wedding Entry Garland

6.  Wedding tent or doorway entry

Cocktail Table Garland

7.  Gather around cocktail tables.

Wedding Cake Greenery

8.  On the wedding cake and behind the wedding cake.

Wedding Garland Decor

9.  Hung from the ceiling or over a courtyard.

Get-Away car garland

10.  Get-Away Car

We  Fancy Florals By Nancy, a central Illinois wedding florist, custom create our own garlands using a mix of greens to create your vision for your Illinois wedding decor.  Call, text or email us today to receive your free consultation at 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com.

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Thanks,

Nancy

How To Have A Gorgeous Central Illinois Winter Wedding

Winter Wedding Inspiration

When we first met Sarah to discuss her wedding flowers, we knew this wedding was going to be unique and different than anything we had done before!  Nelson’s parent’s grow wheat on their farm in Colorado and Sarah wanted to personalize her wedding bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages with the wheat her future mother-in-law had given her from their Colorado farm.  She was ready to embrace the current trend of mixing metals, silver, gold and copper, so we decided we would spray the wheat silver.  For the bouts we used the silver wheat, mini pine cones, evergreens and wrapped them with copper wire.

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She loved the look of white garden roses and anemones, which blended perfectly with her winter white bridal dress from Adore Bridal Boutique, and to pull in the silver we used dusty miller and lightly sprayed the seeded eucalyptus and evergreens silver.  Rounding out this winter wedding bouquet were pine cones which coordinated with the pine cone boutonniere and the bridesmaid’s pine cone bouquets.

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Sarah found her inspiration for her bouquets & bouts from Pinterest and showed us a photo of how she wanted her pine cone bouquets to look.  It was our first time to create these unique bouquets – and we do love a challenge and doing something different!! We covered a bouquet holder with baby’s breath and silver sprayed eucalyptus seeds to create a base; then inserted a pick into the pine cones and secured them in the holder.

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The hunter green bridesmaid’s dresses  from Adore Bridal Boutique had a sparkly silver inset in the bodice and who would have thought the grass would be so green in the middle of December in central Illinois?!  However no one was complaining about the mild weather and Kara Kamienski was able to capture these beautiful outdoor photos at Ewing Manor.

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The reception was held at Mariott Downtown Normal where Cake Crumbs Ltd.http://mommybakes.webs.com/ created a pine cone bride and groom for topping the wedding cake.  They added the white garden roses, mini pine cones and silver sprayed eucalyptus along with more of the silver sprayed wheat for a beautiful winter inspiration wedding cake!

Winter wedding cake

To have your own gorgeous winter wedding, click on the links of the above listed vendors.  Are you looking for something different and beyond the ordinary for your wedding flowers?  Call, text or email Fancy Florals By Nancy today to receive your free consultation – 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com

Nancy is an amazing florist and person! She is organized, professional, creative, and one of the sweetest ladies you could ever hope to meet. My mom and and I drove to Fairbury to meet her and I could immediately tell she was not only talented, but someone I could count on to deliver the vision I had for my wedding flowers. She listened to my ideas and added her own creative style. Her attention to detail, excellent taste/style and dedication to her craft make her a true gem. The flowers could not have turned out more beautifully and I would recommend Fancy Florals by Nancy to anyone looking for truly magnificent floral creations. The pictures don’t lie – take a look and work with Nancy. You won’t be disappointed. She is the best! – Sarah Peters Hevner

For more information, visit our website www.fancyfloralsbynancy.com

Was this inspiring?  Leave a comment!  Thanks – Nancy