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What Makes A Non-Traditional Wedding?

Isthier and Catherine knew from the beginning that their wedding would be non-traditional as they planned to combine some Chinese and Bengali wedding customs during their ceremony.  As Catherine explained they wouldn’t have it any other way as she had a bride’s man and Isthier had a best lady, as well as the fact that neither of them are religious yet their ceremony was performed by a rabbi who along with his wife are close friends of theirs.
 
On the day that Isthier proposed, they had planned on taking a trip to St. Louis Arboretum.  It’s a funny story now, but at the time Catherine was a little irritated that morning as they had to get up early and he asked her to change what she had on to something a little more fancy!   He found a quiet spot in the Japanese Garden as he knew she didn’t like attention focused on her.  She was so surprised and overwhelmed she doesn’t remember what exactly he said!!
 
Catherine settled on a soft pink palette for her  wedding flowers.  She felt that white was too stark and bright colored flowers would be distracting in photos so she wanted to keep her floral vision soft.  We used a combination of pastel garden roses along with stock and mixed greens for her bridal bouquet and wedding arbor backdrop.
 
The biggest challenge of wedding planning for them was simply getting started and finding a venue.  Originally they wanted to get married in Chicago.  After realizing how much more expensive that would be as well as inconvenient (as they are located in Champaign) they found the Walton Center on a wedding website and liked the character of the charming old building with the arches and large ballroom.  Once they had their venue booked, everything started falling in place.
For their wedding decor, they tried to focus on having unique aspects.  Because she enjoys bargain hunting and re-purposing things, they had fun finding small animal figurines which they spray painted gold to enhance the floral decor.  She offers this tip for brides, “Spray paint makes anything look amazing!!”  This turned out to be her favorite part of wedding planning.
 
Among their favorite memories from their wedding day were dancing and seeing friends.  They both swing dance and their first dance was “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra.  Two of her best friends finally met each other at the wedding.  They had been blogging pen pals in college but had never met.  When Catherine posted on Facebook about her new job, her childhood friend Stephanie realized that her college pen pal Sue worked there also and that helped break the ice between Sue and Catherine.  They became such good friends that Sue was one of her bridesmaids.  It was a pretty awesome moment for Stephanie and Sue to finally meet!!
 
Are you ready to plan your own unique decor for your wedding?  We are here to help you – call, text or email to schedule your free consultation – 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com

Where Do Today’s Brides Get Wedding Inspiration?

Many of today’s brides are getting their inspiration from Instagram.   Lauren’s vision for wedding decor came from a mixture of research and having personally attended a lot of weddings.  She knew her “must-haves” included an abundance of gorgeous wedding flowers, a classic color scheme and wedding decor that carried a vintage feel.  For inspiration, she followed a lot of wedding resources on Instagram such as Style Me Pretty and Ruffled Blog.  Five years ago when we asked brides this question they all answered Pinterest.  We have found Instagram is equally as important today as Pinterest for wedding inspiration.  You can follow us on Instagram here www.instagram.com/fancyfloralsbynancy/
 
Lauren and David met while students at Illinois State University in 2010 and were introduced by mutual friends.
   
Lauren had decided on the classic all-white color palette for her wedding flowers to create an elegant feel and contrast with the black tuxes and black bridesmaid dresses for their July 1st wedding date.  Because the wedding took place just days before 4th of July, she later decided to add a pop of dark red with blush to the bridal bouquets and looking back over these gorgeous wedding photos by Caitlin and Luke Photography, we are glad she did!!
 
When we asked Lauren what her and David’s favorite memory was from their wedding day, she responded “It would have to be listening to the speeches given by our siblings at the dinner reception.  We both had tears in our eyes as we laughed and reminisced about childhood memories as well as moments we have shared together in adulthood and how they felt about us as a couple.”  “The entire day was a great reminder of all the great people in our lives!”
  Lauren’s most enjoyable part of wedding planning was being able to cross things off her list for that meant she was getting closer and closer to her wedding day!!   She explained that finding herself very detail oriented, it took her a long time to make decisions as she wanted to ensure everything complimented her overall vision.
   
She stayed with the all-white flower color scheme for her reception centerpiece decor and brought in gold accents with vintage style accessories such as the table number frames, candle holders and gold & black fabric under the centerpieces which she rented from Old Oaks Vintage Rentals.  A third of the centerpieces were lush mixed greens & white blooms in our gold compote vases.
 
Another third of the table centerpieces were created again with lush mixed greens and a mix of white hydrangea, peonies, roses, tulips, snapdragons, astrantia and button mums on our elevated antique gold stands.  The final third of the tables held our antique gold candelabras with mercury votive holders and four matching votive filled with mini white bouquets scattered under the candelabras.
 
The harvest tables and gold chiavari chairs rented from Palace Events completed the magic scene against the charming warm brick walls of Epiphany Farms and Anju Above Restaurant.
David and Lauren found the key to overcoming wedding planning challenges was “compromise!”  Their biggest challenges stemmed from deciding on a budget and other major decisions such as the location of the venue and crafting the guest list.  Like all couples they had some different wants and opinions and being able to be flexible and compromise with each other is such a valuable start for a successful, happy marriage!!  We were honored to be a vendor in this beautiful wedding and offer our sincere congratulations to this couple!!

Let us create your floral vision for your wedding – call, text or email today for your free consultation at 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com

A “Romantic-Vintage” Wedding Styled-Shoot!

This vintage styled photo shoot was born from my desire to do some re-branding for our wedding floral business.  I think because I have been a gardener for so long I am drawn to the natural, lush garden style bouquets that are becoming so popular.  A styled-shoot was a good way to try out this vision, get some photos as well as work on getting published.  I didn’t need to look far for a photographer as I had worked with Lauren on a shoot last fall and knew first hand what a talented photographer she is.
 
Because both Adore Bridal Specialty and Spruce Wedding Rentals (formerly Something old Event Rentals) had agreed to partner with us we realized the shoot would best take place close to the Washington/Morton area.   As we scouted around, we were delighted with what we found – in a Washington park this arching branched tree to decorate as a backdrop and the Danforth House with it’s lovely large porch which we initially chose as a rain back-up plan.
The vision for the wedding flowers was pastel, romantic blooms like Quicksand, White O’hara and Upper Secret roses with soft green helleborus to create a soft blend of color.  We added some contrasting darker blooms like black scabiosa, burgundy peonies and blue clematis tucked in for depth and a touch of mystery.   Ferny white nigella added great texture and the addition of white sweet peas and cascading green foliage finished it into a lush garden style bouquet.  Mixing these luscious blooms together was like putting together ingredients for a yummy desert!!
 
Andrea from Adore Bridal was so nice and helpful.  We sent her our inspiration board and described the vintage feel we wanted for our shoot.  We fell in love with the first gown she brought out for us to view!    Altar Ego Spalon did the girls hair and make-up for a beautiful effect.
Lauren had a great experience with Bremer Jewelry and Spruce Wedding Rentals from her last photo shoot so we were happy they partnered with us again.  The table and mismatched chairs are part of Spruce Wedding Rentals extensive collection.  
  East To West Studio custom created this lovely one-of-a-kind stationary just for us.
Thank you so much to our models who endured the 90 degree heat and did such a great job!  Our bride and groom Jeni & Stan got to practice for their real wedding which will happen in September.  Emily (blue gown) got married on New Years Eve last year and Lauren (mauve gown) took time from her own wedding planning to help.  She was married just a few weeks after the photo shoot.  All of the models are/were our future/past clients.
The blue and mauve bridesmaid gowns caught our eye in the window of Adore Bridal and were exactly the soft colors and filmy fabric we had envisioned for our vintage, romantic styled shoot.   The bridal bouquets photographed beautifully against these gorgeous gowns and they went perfectly with flowing hand-dyed silk ribbons adorning the bridal bouquets.
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  Tessa Herr of Bojeannies created this beautiful gilded wedding cake and the gold bar cart  from Spruce Wedding Rentals was perfect  to display and serve from.
We had a beautiful rain-free day for our photo shoot and didn’t really need our rain back-up plan, but who could pass up the opportunity to take photos at the beautiful Danforth House which the Martin’s so graciously extended to us .  The porch and wicker furniture also made the perfect backdrop to photograph the vintage carrom board game.
 
Doesn’t this look enticing to have time to sit on this beautiful porch and play games – so reminiscent of simpler times.
   
The carrom board was my grandmother’s and the vintage croquet set as well as the vintage glassware  was handed down from my husband’s family.  It was a great opportunity to pull these old items out of storage and put them to use!
 
Who can resist a game of croquet on the lawn??
 
Every side of the Danforth House had another pleasant surprise and photo opportunity to photograph the models with their bridal bouquets.
The grande finale came when Mr. Martin offered to start up one of his vintage cars and bring it around for a fantastic get-away-car photo!!  How could it get any better?  It was like the icing on the cake!!
The whole evening was a magical experience for us and we had great fun.  Thanks again to our vendor team, models, and our support helpers,  Kendra & Laine Fehr and Betsy Zimmerman – everyone did such a great job!! Vendor credits : Photography: Lauren f.otography,  Jewelry: Bremer Jewelry, Gowns/Tux: Adore Bridal,  Furniture: Spruce Wedding Rentals,  Hair/Make-up:  Altar Ego Spalon, Flowers:  Fancy Florals By Nancy,   Cake:  Bojeannies,  Stationary:  East To West Studio

What Was The Most Popular Wedding Color of 2016?

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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

Five Central Illinois Wedding Vendors Make Dreams Come True!

Ryan and Kelly Maki were married on April 23rd, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and their reception was held at The Elks  in Pontiac, Illinois.  It was a gorgeous spring day for this happy couple which set the stage for their vendors to make their dream wedding come true. Here is how five central Illinois wedding vendors helped them achieve their vision for their special day.

1.  Their wedding photographer, The Art Photographic captured these beautiful images for them to enjoy looking back on with fond memories of their wedding day.

The top three photos were taken at Humiston Woods where the bluebells created a sea of blue!!
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2.  Fancy Florals By Nancy  from Fairbury, IL custom created the bouquets, bouts and corsages as well as church decor and reception table centerpieces and garlands for the head table and dessert tables.

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3.  Fabulous Affairs did  the event planning as well as doing a fabulous job with set-up, decor and designing the stationary including invitations, name cards, etc.  Visit them at their uptown Normal shop for all your stationary and paper needs and unique items for your events.

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4. Palace Events , Bloomington, IL provided and set up the linens and chair rentals.  They offer a full line of event rentals as well as planning services.

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5.  Bojeannies , Fairbury, IL catered the dessert table with beautiful cupcakes which taste as good as they look.

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Advice from Kelly – “The wedding day goes incredibly fast, everyone will tell you that, but it’s so true. The best advice I can think of is to try to take a step back and enjoy the moment. It’s such a special day surrounded by your closest family and friends. I don’t remember feeling stressed once. I would take a step back and look around and would see my best friend I was marrying, surrounded by our best friends and family, and felt so much happiness and love 🙂 Your wedding day will be a perfect day regardless of any little things that might not go as planned.”
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If you are looking for superior service and quality for your central Illinois wedding, be sure to contact these vendors to help you achieve your vision for your special day.

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10 Best Flowers For An Outdoor Summer Wedding

If you are planning an outdoor summer wedding be sure to choose flowers that won’t wilt in the heat.  Here are our top ten flower recommendations for a beautiful bouquet that will stay fresh all day!

1. Tropicals

Tropical flowers love the heat!  Anthuriums and proteas are popular choices for wedding bouquets.  The  protea on the left has soft feather-like petals while the pincushion protea on the right adds a spiky texture.
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2. Roses

Standard roses are hardier than many people realize.  They hold up very well and are easy to use alone  for a more formal look or mixed with other flowers for a garden or casual style.  They are available in about any color you would desire except there is no true blue rose.
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3. Callas

The calla is able to last a long time without a water source.  It also is available in many shades and along with the rose is a popular choice for boutonnieres .  It too makes an elegant bouquet by itself or mixes beautifully with roses and other flowers.
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4.  Sunflowers

Nothing can beat a sunflower for a bright cheerful bouquet!  Sunflowers are also a good choice for  a rustic themed wedding.
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5. Succulents

Succulents have become very popular in the last few years for wedding bouquets.  Because they hold water in their thick fleshy leaves, they are a perfect solution to replace flowers in a hot dry location.  They mix in well with other greens and flowers and come in several shades from green, blue/gray to purple.
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6.  Zinnias

The  zinnia is a bright, easy to grow, heat loving flower that resembles a dahlia without the price tag!  There are many beautiful shades and different varieties of zinnias from tiny to full and double.  These are perfect for mixing with other heat-loving garden flowers such as celosia, gomphrena, eryngium, statice, craspedia, etc. to create a wild flower look.
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7.  Orchids

Even though orchids could have been included with the tropicals, we put them in a class by themselves as they are so versatile and are used in many design styles from  classical and elegant to casual and tropical.  They are perfect also for boutonniere and corsage work as they are so long lasting.  If your budget allows, you should for sure mix some of these exotic beauties into your summer bouquet.
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8.  Chrysanthemums

With so many varieties and colors of mums available and their relatively low cost, it makes perfect sense to include them in bouquets.  The large football mums in the photo to the left are becoming very popular again.  The button (green) and cushion (plum) mums in the photo on the right show how beautiful they are mixed in with roses and other flowers.
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9.  Dahlias

Starting in July dahlias become available locally in Illinois making them a more affordable choice then when they are out of season.  They are available until the first frost which is usually the middle of October here in Illinois.  They have big showy blooms and are a popular choice for adorning the cake.
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10.  Carnations

Last on our list, but certainly not least is the carnation.  Snubbed by some brides, which is a shame as they can be tastefully designed into a beautiful bouquet and are very long lasting .  They hold up so well, they can even be strung on fishing line to create a floral backdrop.  Using all one color and massed together (bouquet on left) they look very elegant and even resemble garden roses with their ruffled petals.  There are so many beautiful colors available, by carefully blending shades of one color, a very beautiful effect is achieved. (Photo on right)
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By using the right flowers, you can still have a hand-tied bouquet that will last through the heat of a summer day!  If you have your heart set on a hydrangea, anemone or other heat sensitive flower, a silk bloom can be mixed in with fresh flowers and no one will know difference.

Leave me your questions or comments!

Nancy

How To Infuse Your Personality Into Your Wedding

For Chris and Amanda Highland, having their reception at Hancock Stadium Club was a given considering Chris played football for the Redbirds.  However when we asked Amanda what her advice would be to other couples planning their weddings, she replied “Find ways to infuse your hobbies and personalities into your special day even if it means abandoning tradition; Come up with your own personal traditions!”
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Chris and Amanda personalized their wedding reception with hand-crafted items they made from wood pallets.
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Among the items they created were boxes which they brought to us to fill with flowers and place lanterns on.
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They also created a backdrop for their cake table and a picture display board.
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The wedding photos were taken by Vivid Studios.  They didn’t let a little rain stop them or dampen their joy and it worked out perfectly that the rain stopped between the ceremony and reception and they could take photos on the field.  The table linens were by The Event Experience.
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The Hancock Stadium Club is a wonderful venue for a wedding reception and the staff is great to work with. From a vendor’s perspective it is one of the easiest set-up locations with their large elevator and carts and the staff pitched right in and helped load and unload!  We really appreciated this as those wood boxes with the wet foam and flowers weighed in at 25 pounds!!
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We were so excited for Chris and Amanda when she informed us just a few days after their wedding that Chris had been drafted by the New Orlean Saints!!
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For her bridal bouquets Amanda chose a mix of freesia, stock, roses and eucalyptus. It’s such a joy for us when brides are so excited over their wedding flowers and Amanda was no exception; it was so much fun to present her bridal bouquet to her!!  Amanda’s mother brought us lace from her own wedding dress which we wrapped Amanda’s bridal bouquet with.
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Words of wisdom from Amanda –  Brides, share you wedding vision early on with those who will be helping plan (MOB, MOG, MOH, Groom, etc.) Be sure to have your wedding planners (official or unofficial) at the meetings with your vendors so they can build relationships. Your bridal party and family want your day to be perfect but they all have their own idea of what that means. Come together for a meeting of the minds to discuss how you envision the day going, specifically a hour by hour breakdown.
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Do this to make sure your wedding day goes smoothly

Nick and Sondra Urish were married August 22, 2015 at the lovely Metamora Fields Golf Club in a beautiful outdoor ceremony.  These stunning photos were taken by Kara Kamienski Photography.  As far as the couple knew, everything went perfectly smooth thanks to their team of family and friends who were there to make it happen!!  Sondra’s advice to couples planning their own weddings is to make sure multiple people know your plan for the day so that when vendors arrive and have questions they can help out and you can relax and focus on getting ready.  Designate family and friends to help out in the days prior and the day of so you can enjoy every bit of the day.
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Sondra also encourages engaged couples to not stress over all the planning, and to make sure you have fun with it!  She found it helpful to have an account on Wedding Wire and used their to-do list to help her keep track of what should be done and when.
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Among the moments that stick out in her memory were seeing her husband’s emotion when he saw her for the first look orchestrated by the photographer.  She stated how much they enjoyed having those first few moments to themselves.  Second was when they sealed the deal with a kiss.  Third was taking photos with their awesome bridal party & photographer.  And fourth was their reception and seeing all of their guests having such a great time.   Everyone understands how quickly the wedding day goes by so enjoy every minute of the day with your friends and family and most importantly with your groom.  Make sure you take some time for a SECOND slow dance with your husband and to enjoy the day and moment in time with him!!
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Nick and Sondra met at U of I in agronomy club.  They are both from die-hard Illini families, so Nick planned his marriage proposal to Sondra to coincide with Illini 2014 Homecoming.  As they both currently had siblings attending U of I, Nick gathered them and their friends together for dinner and drinks.   They walked back to the quad where Nick had lined up the perfect spot to propose – in front of Foellinger Auditorium on the south side of the main quad.   He had his brother delay the group with a stop to see the newly renovated Lincoln Hall, so they could wait until everyone else was off the quad where Nick was planning to propose.   After Sondra said “yes” Nick informed her that he had lined up her parents and sister along with his parents to join them all in celebration at tailgate.  The Illini even squeaked out a win at the big game!  It was the perfect spot for the proposal because they both began their journey to where they are today as a couple at the U of I and would never have met each other if it wasn’t for their ties to agriculture at the university.
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The reception was held at the gorgeous Fields Ballroom on the second level of Metamora Fields Club House where the seating capacity is 400 and the staff does an excellent job.  The DJ was Buster from Extreme DJ’s & Lighting who provided a fun evening for everyone.  Flowers were done by Fancy Florals By Nancy.  Sondra chose shades of peach and cream for her bridal bouquets to offer a contrast to the navy blue bridesmaid dresses.  She also chose some choice blooms in cream and peach for reception centerpiece arrangements.
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“Nancy truly goes above and beyond on her floral work and you can put all of your trust in her to design the floral pieces of your dreams for your special day!”  Sondra Urish
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Fancy Florals By Nancy is a wedding florist serving all of central Illinois.  Call, text, or email today to receive your free consultation to plan for your wedding flowers, wedding bouquets and wedding centerpieces.  309-212-6570   fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com

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!!
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  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.
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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.
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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

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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.

Call, text or email today to receive your free consultation for your wedding flowers 309-212-6570 or

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Why No One Will Forget This Wedding!!

Bohemian Style Wedding

The first time I met together with Pam she described her vision for a simple eco-friendly, bohemian style wedding to be held outdoors at Darrell’s country home and also his place of business “Fairbury Fastener & Supply.”   As she showed me the cotton and lace dresses she found for herself and the bridesmaids (their daughters),  told me about the old church pews they discovered and how Darrell was building a pergola for them to be married under, I could see  this wedding was going to be fun and unique!!
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Pam had a large collection of vintage aprons, doilies, table cloths and other decor handed down from their families and from yard sales & antique stores that they wanted to incorporate into their wedding.  The pergola which Darrell built holds grape vines that were planted by Darrell’s late father, Gilbert. Darrell & Pam  met with the help of EHarmony and were matched according to a very extensive questioning process.  “Darrell was the first man I dated and…well…it was obviously a good match!” explained Pam.  They had their first date at Famous Dave’s and so decided to have Famous Dave’s cater their wedding reception.

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Rain Clouds Gather!

We really believed that the rain would miss us and so we carried on as usual the morning of the wedding.  We had decided that we would get married under the pergola regardless of the weather and we did put up a few tents for guests to stand under even though we had beautiful old church pewsto sit on – which some hardy guests did sit on in the rain with their umbrellas!!
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Work Together, Love Together, Play Together

Our motto as a blended family is that we will all work together, love together,  play together and persevere  no matter what is thrown our way!  It was a great lesson for our children when the rain was pounding down and it was time to walk to the pergola for the ceremony –  There were asking, “What should we do?”  We said, “Just keep walking; we are getting married outside as planned!!”  LOL!!  They all loved it and had such a good time.  A wedding nobody will forget!
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Rolling With The Punches

Because of the rain, plan B was put to use and instead of a nearby meadow, the photos were taken in and around Darrell’s place of business ” Fairbury Fastener.”  We think “Images By Whitney” did a wonderful job and the tool shed shop photos added a unique flavor as well as kept the guests dry as they enjoyed the reception!
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Wedding Flowers

For her wedding bouquet Pam chose a mix of sophisticated and simple flowers –  using garden roses, stock, Queen Anne’s lace and feverfew.  Feverfew and Queen Anne’s lace made up the bridesmaid’s bouquets and the boutonniere for the guys were made from baby’s breath wrapped in twine.  They used mini green hydrangeas, stock, roses and baby’s breath to fill old bottles and containers to decorate their tables.  The combination of the electic decor, the drenching during the ceremony, and all of their thoughtful touches make this a wedding their guests won’t soon forget!!
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Fancy Florals By Nancy, a Fairbury wedding florist, was thrilled for the opportunity to create their wedding bouquets as Nancy grew up a mile down the road from where Darrell grew up and currently lives and is the location for Fairbury Fastener & Supply.  Nancy met Pam when she was the winner of our gift card at the 2014 Prairie Central FFA Home Show.  For more information please visit our website at  www.fancyfloralsbynancy.com or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fancyfloralsbynancy
Call, text 309-212-6570 or email us  fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com today to receive your free consultation to discuss your vision for your wedding flowers, bridal bouquets, reception centerpieces and more!!