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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!!

 bride holding bouquet  wedding dress photo

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.

 dark green bridesmaid dresses

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!!

 bride and groom photo  boutonniere

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.

 wedding ceremony

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!

 Geometric vector vase  geometric diamond flower holder

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!”

 Starved Rock Lodge reception

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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

spring wedding bouquet

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

 pink peony wedding bouquet  peony wedding bouquet

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

 iris bouquet, purple wedding bouquet  Blue iris bouquet

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.

9 Top 2017 Wedding Trends To Love

2017 is shaping up to be a fun year for us with 20 weddings already booked and as we looked over the Bridal Guide’s Hottest New Wedding Trends blog, our booked 2017 central Illinois weddings are right in style with the following trends!

1.  Vintage/Glamour – whimsical mix of old and new.

Industrial warehouse venues; strands of twinkling lights and glowing candles are a hot look for 2017.  The photo below was from one of our wedding at the Waterhouse in Peoria last September.  Photo courtesy of Josh Johnson Photography.

 

2.  Hottest wedding color – Blush!

Blush pink is “it” in weddings for 2017.  The bouquet below is a blend of the beautiful blush pink Quicksand rose and the specatular White O’hara garden rose from one of our weddings this past October.  Blush has been our most popular color in 2016 and from our weddings booked for 2017 it looks like it will be our most popular color again.

 Blush Flowers, Blush Bouquet, Blush Wedding

3.  Metalics – copper, rose gold and pewter remain big.

Metalics add a touch of elegance but be sure to use shine strategically such as a head table or a display table.

   

4.  Neutrals  – you can’t go wrong with a neutral color palette.

While blush was a popular choice, the neutral palette was also big in 2016 with lots of greens such as this mixed green garland for the head table decor from one of our May weddings.  Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lee Photographee.

 Neutral color scheme, neutral reception decor

5.  Swoon-worthy blooms!

Peonies, garden roses, ranunculus and dahlias are top requests from coast to coast.  These wonderful full petaled blooms epitomize romance.  They are being used in bridal bouquets, centerpieces, placed along garlands and cakes.  Another hot trend is loose rose petals with floating candles.  The small cake below with peonies and rose is from one of our June weddings.

 Peonies, garden roses

6.  Tall elegant centerpieces.

Trumpet vases are making a comeback and allow for large lush floral centerpieces.  The photo below was from one of our June weddings held at Allerton Mansion in Monticello and contains a mix of peonies which are in season in May & June and a mix of garden and standard roses with seasonal and textural elements.  Be sure to use a few of these grand centerpieces to make an elegant statement.

 Tall Trumpet Vase

7.  Mix It Up!

Many brides are choosing to forgo the perfectly organized look and are creating a more eclectic feel with a variety of centerpieces and  mix of containers bringing a more personalized look to their wedding decor.  Photo (below and two above) courtesy of Wright Photographs.

 Reception centerpiece decor

8.  Hanging Floral Centerpieces.

We’ve had our first request for a hanging floral centerpiece for one of our wedding booked in 2017 and we are looking forward to creating one of these.  What a way to add an instant WOW!!!

 Hanging Floral Centerpiece  Hanging Floral Centerpiece

9.  Surprise Settings.

Unique venue choices are offering couples a way to surprise their guests with wonderful views  giving the couples a way to make their special day something unique and different.  This is from one of our wedding last May held at the beautiful Point D’Vine Vineyard in Quincy.  Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lee Photographee.

 Unique reception venue

Thank you to all of our wonderful 2016 brides for leaving us awesome reviews and leading us to win The Knot Best of Weddings 2017!  We are so honored to have been chosen to be part of your special day!!

The Knot Best of Weddings 2017

Which of these trends would you use in your wedding?

Are you planning a 2017 wedding or beyond?  Call, text or email us for your free consultation at 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com