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Bloomington, IL Bride’s Five Favorite Wedding Memories

Andy and Paige were married last November in Bloomington, Illinois.  The autumn leaves were late to turn so they were still very beautiful at Miller Park Pavilion on the first weekend of November for their central Illinois wedding as revealed in these gorgeous  photos by Melanie Anderson Photography.

Us – Do you have a favorite memory from your wedding day?

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Paige – (Not being able to narrow it down to one, she shared five!)

Driving up to Miller Park Pavilion and getting my first look at Andy;  then watching his reaction when he first saw me!

Walking down the aisle with my dad, staring at my future husband, and seeing for the first time just how many people (nearly 200) were there to share in our special day!

The Maid-of-Honor (my sister) and Best Man (Andy’s brother) speeches; everyone said there were some of the best they’ve ever heard, and I agree!

Dancing with friends, cousins, aunts,  uncles,  grandmas and grandpas –  all night long!

Walking through the sparkler tunnel on our way to our limo.  It was the most perfect way to end the night!

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Us – How did Andy propose?

Paige – All my family was gathered at my grandparents’ house to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday.  It was an unseasonably warm and beautiful fall day and because it was so pretty and the leaves were so colorful, I asked my sister to take our photo on the dock.  (I had no idea that Andy had a ring in his pocket!)  She took a couple of great photos, and then Andy insisted she take one more.  My sister hesitated just a bit, but as she took another photo, Andy dropped down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!  I turned to my sister in shock and we both started crying.  Hearing all the commotion the rest of my family came running from the house.  We celebrated with champagne and of course – a lot more photos!

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Us – Your father was very involved in planning your wedding which as you know is unusual for most bride’s fathers.

Paige – My dad is a very organized, hardworking person who loves to help others.  He knows how to bring a vision to life, so Andy and I were thrilled that he wanted to help with the planning and preparation for our big day.

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Paige’s color palette was burgundy and blush so we chose the deep red Hearts  rose and black mini callas along with the beautiful blush Quicksand rose, light pink astilbe, mauve astrantia,  navy privet berries and seeded eucalyptus for texture and a mix of greens/dusty miller for her bridal bouquet.  Paige’s mother surprised her and had us attach her late grandmother’s (as well as her own) wedding bands to Paige’s bouquet handle wrap.

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For the bridesmaid bouquets, Paige wanted mostly  white, blush and mauve blooms along with the textures and greens so the bridesmaid bouquets would show up against their berry colored dresses.

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Us – Is there any detail that you would change if you could do it over again?

Paige – No, everything turned out better than I could have ever imagined!  I would not change one detail!!

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The reception decor featured mixed green garlands hung along  the banisters with coordinating floral sprays.  For the table centerpiece decor we used silver $ eucalyptus stems, burgundy, blush and white roses and lots of candlelight for simple but beautiful look.  (This last photo –  by Nancy)

Paige said – “Nancy’s work is beautiful, and she is lovely to work with! She has great insight and recommendations and knows how to make a vision come to life.”

Call or text 309-212-6570, or email fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com to receive your free consultation and share your floral vision for your wedding flowers.

How Did This Groom Propose?

Luke and Erin ~ April 2014

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!!

 Romantic Proposal

 

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.

 Peacock Wedding Colors

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.

Evelyn Chapel Wedding

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

The Chateau Bloomington

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.

Wedding Reception Head Table decor, gold sparkly linens, peacock themed reception decor

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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