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Happy Wedding Day Surprise For Ryan and Jenna

We so enjoyed the wedding planning for Ryan and Jenna who were married last November and were thankful we were able to keep the surprise and not let it slip!!   When Jenna’s mom Shelly got married, her mother ordered a special floral backdrop as a surprise and it meant so much to her that she wanted to do something similar for her daughter!!  As Jenna had already chosen a floral pergola as a backdrop for her wedding, Shelly came up with an idea to create a floral surprise over the dance floor which was in a tent connected to the Bloomington Country Club.  A suspended decorated ladder with hanging lanterns and covering the tent poles with greens, curly willow and white blooms created a beautiful focal for their first dance!  A second surprise was a special backdrop behind the wedding party table (described below)!!

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When Jenna came for her consultation she knew exactly what she wanted and was organized with inspiration photos of each item.  Since her sister was just married a year earlier, she had learned a lot from that experience.   They asked Ryan’s carpenter cousin to build them a pergola which would be something they could keep and also personalize their wedding day with.  They used the pergola backdrop as their inspiration and built their day around the pergola decor for simple elegance with touches of deep family importance.  This beautiful pergola traveled all the way from Colorado where Ryan’s cousin lives.  We covered it with curly willow and greens, then hung white blooms to create the look based off of her inspiration photo.

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Because she asked her best friend from nursing school, Joe, to be in her wedding party, she had each of her attendants choose a style of dress they were comfortable in and was in the blue, silver & charcoal color palette so her guy friend wouldn’t  totally stand out among the gals!!  Her vision was to have lots of white blooms, candles and soft colors to keep the focus on her and Ryan.

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Jenna’s favorite part of wedding planning was how it brought their families together.  Her mother, sister,  future mother-in-law and aunt (all who have been great role models and support to Jenna)  went dress shopping with her and which she describes as a day she will never forget.   She confesses she never thought she would enjoy the flower part as that has always been her mom’s “thing” but …”After I met with Nancy, I realized how the decor sets the tone for the day.  Nancy really listened to what I wanted and she worked with us and made it happen!”

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If she could change anything about the wedding planning process, it would have been to have her sister, who lives in Florida,  closer.  “Kaitlyn made an insane effort to be involved but I know that she missed out on things we would have loved to have done together.”

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Jenna’s  least favorite part of wedding planning was all the decision making.  “There are so many choices and different aspects involved that it can be overwhelming.  I was happy that at the end, Ryan and I could sit back and enjoy the time and effort everyone put in the planning and we could just be in the moment with those we loved!”

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Jenna’s mom worked closely with us to plan the special surprises which also included the head table backdrop where we hung their engagement photo framed in an old window, lanterns and the letters “LOVE” mounted to a plexi-glass board which we hung over the window frame.  When we asked Jenna how she felt when she saw these special suprises, she responded:  “My parents are some of the most thoughtful people and I am beyond lucky to be their daughter.  They went above and beyond to make sure every detail and dream was accomplished!   Most importantly they have been there to support me every step of my way.   When I saw the vintage window frame with our engagement photo and the LOVE sign, I was completely speechless!!  It made our bridal party table stand out while also giving us a beautiful piece to cherish forever.  I was teary-eyed knowing the effort and lengths my mom went to –  to add such a personal touch which is most important to me.”

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My favorite memories from the day include, my mom and sister helping me with my dress, the first look with my dad, seeing Ryan smile at me as I walked down the aisle and dancing with friends and family who mean the most to us.  I will always remember that we felt completely surrounded by love as we made a commitment to each other before God (and in front of our families) and of which we will always honor – that was the most memorable part of our day!

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Jenna’s advice to future brides is to not let the details, decision making and being caught up in wanting to have everything perfect overshadow what the day is all about – marrying the person you love and being surrounded by family and friends.

Photo credit – Christi Chambers Photography  

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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.”

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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?

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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

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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!!

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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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!”

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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!!

 

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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

 

 

Why Did These Texans Wed In Illinois?

Meghan grew up  in Texas, but loved visiting her grandparents on their farm in Illinois and attending the Shiloh church in La Prairie with them.   She was even baptized there, so when the last service was held in 1999, her Grandfather bought the church  so Meghan could one day have her wedding there.

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They did indeed get married at the old church on Sunday, May 29th, 2016 and they broke the  attendance record with 125 guests attending from 21 different states!!  It was a very memorable day for them!

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Roman and Meghan who both live in Texas, but have family in Illinois, were first introduced to each other by Meghan’s sister who works at the same accounting firm as Roman.  For their first date, the marachi band at the Mexican Restaurant mistakenly congratulated them on their “one-year anniversary”!  The next day Roman invited Meghan out to celebrate their “two year anniversary” and the rest is history!!

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For this destination wedding the  floral decor came together with phone chats and exchanged emails and photos.  It was so fun to finally meet the bride on her wedding day!  Meghan chose mixed green garlands with lots of white blooms to decorate the outside and inside of the old church, the old get-away car, as well as the bridal bouquets, bouts, corsages and reception venue decor.

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They were blessed with beautiful weather on the Illinois prairie for their country church wedding and reception  which was held in the old barn at the picturesque Pointe D’Vine in Quincy, Illinois.  “The staff did an incredible job setting up, helping the vendors and making sure we had everything we needed to make our fairy-tale wedding a reality!”

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” Jennifer Lee Photographee was  very professional and absolutely wonderful to work with, capturing candid moments with non-instrusive photgraphy;   Riverside Smoke House BBQ was delicious and even better than Texas BBQ!”

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“The DJ was Tappe Brothers, a great choice for Quincy;  Krazy Cakes made a lovely and delicious cake.”

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Tips from Meghan ~ Provide a very detailed schedule and list of  suggested songs for your DJ ~Consider checking with your vendors and preferred venue  for their availability before you choose your date ~Having a day-of coordinator is extremely helpful in taking care of small but important favors and keeping you stress-free which is well worth the extra cost.

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8 Things To Remember When Choosing Your Wedding Florist

1. Don’t Book Your Florist Last

If flowers are important to you, don’t forget to budget for flowers and book early.  Many florists who specialize in weddings only do one or two weddings per weekend, and they book up early – 6 to 12 months out is not too early to book your florist.

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2.  Identify Your Style

Develop your style, theme and colors.  It is very helpful to have photos and fabric color swatches when you meet for your consultation with the florist.  Don’t make the mistake of just trying to match the flowers to the bridesmaid dresses, but think about how the flowers will look in the wedding photos  and show up against the dresses.

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3.  Ballpark your budget

Do try to have a budget figure in mind.  The average flower budget is 7% of the total wedding budget.  Be honest with your florist about your budget, it will save everyone time.  Ask your florist if your budget is reasonable for what you want and the look you are trying to achieve.  The florist can help you explore the best options and can help you get the most for your money if they know the amount you have budgeted.

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4.  Trust your florist

It’s a mistake to hire a florist you feel you cannot trust.  Ask to see the florist’s portfolio of real weddings they have done, take the time to research the reviews their past clients have left about their services.  Communicate and develop a rapport with them so that you feel comfortable and confident with them.  By asking for an overall look, feel & color scheme and being able to compromise (maybe that peony you had your heart set on in September would be possible to get, but not look it’s best and be outrageously expensive) – the florist can do a better job of using their talents and knowledge (a garden rose would give the look and be cheaper at this time) to create the look you are trying to achieve.

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5.  Do re-use ceremony decor at the reception

Ask a family member or friend to transport the ceremony decor to the reception site so that it can serve double duty.  There are many areas where ceremony decor can be placed at the reception; an entry site, card/gift tables, etc

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6.  Do see the big picture.

Think about how table linens along with the flowers will complete the look of the table.  It’s much more interesting to have a variety of centerpieces with some taller (should be tall enough to not obstruct guests view across the table) and some shorter to make a statement as you enter the room .  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that every centerpiece has to be the same height.

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7. Don’t take on too much DIY

It’s fun and permissible to have some DIY for your wedding day, but anything that has to be done on the last few days before your wedding should be left to the professionals to worry about.  You want to be able to relax, enjoy getting ready and not worry about anything going wrong on your special day.  The day itself will  be exhausting enough for you and your family without having to worry about wilting flowers or decorating tables last minute.  Many times the DIY projects end up costing more than hiring a florist in the first place.

8. Other helpful questions to ask before book your florist

  • Which flowers can be substituted to better fit my budget?
  •  Can you add flowers to my wedding cake?
  • What is the delivery and set up fee?
  • Will there be a charge to come back and tear down flowers and take back vases and rented equipment?
  • Determine the place and time of personal flower delivery.
  • How much time will you need to set up the reception and ceremony decor?
  • How much is the deposit and when is it due?
  • When is the final payment due?
  • Will I receive an itemized floral proposal along with prices?
  • What is your refund policy?

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You will love these wedding photos!!

Trevor and Amanda Edelman Wedding

Photos by:  Signature Photos

“I like to think of my style as simply capturing people as they are!”  Elsie Koch

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Elsie Koch has been interested in photography ever since she can remember.  While she was a senior in high school, she had the opportunity to intern at a photography studio which launched her right into a career of her own when she opened Signature Photos in Tremont, Illinois in the spring of 2012.

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Location settings vary depending on clients taste and other variables of the day, but Elsie sets aside days to just simply “location scout”  for new locations.   “People are always telling me about fun spots for shoots!”

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Elsie loves everything about wedding photography! ” Being able to share in the couples big day and capture all the sweet moments is so fun and magical.  By taking time to get to know the couple as well as their needs and expectations for the day, she comes prepared with a game plan and is able to role with anything.”

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Elsie is always up for an adventure and will travel as far as her clients want to take her.  You can visit her Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/Signature-Photos-155943357864488/ and contact her here https://www.facebook.com/Signature-Photos-155943357864488/

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Fancy Florals By Nancy is a central Illinois wedding florist custom creating bridal bouquets, boutonniere, corsages, centerpiece arrangements and more.  Call, text or email today for your free consultation 309-212-6570   fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com

What Colors Are Trending For 2016?

A Softer Take On Color For 2016

For the first time, the blending of two shades are chosen as the Pantone color of the year.  It feels like deja vu for those of us old enough to remember the 80’s, with Pantone’s selection of Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue!  Actually the shades chosen for this year are a touch softer than the country blue and mauve which dominated the market three decades ago.

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Rose quartz is a gentle tone that conveys compassion and Serenity blue is as weightless and airy as the sky above us.  Both colors offer feelings of calm and tranquility in the midst of turbulence around us. For the bride this brings a beautiful soft touch in fabrics as well as flowers for bridal bouquets, boutonniere and corsages.

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Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue shade, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.  Blended with soft green and gray foliage, wedding bouquets created from flowers in these shades will present a calming balance to the ceremony.

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Rose quartz and Serenity blue are appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.  Source: Pantone Color of The Year 2016

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Hydrangeas and delphinium are two wonderful sources of the soft blue of serenity and there is a wonderful selection of rose shades found in roses, ranunculus and many others for wedding bouquets, boutonniere and  reception centerpiece arrangements.  These pastel shades would be perfect for a spring wedding!

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Fancy Florals By Nancy, a central Illinois wedding florist would be delighted to work with you to create your dream wedding.  For your free consultation call, text or email today 309-212-6570  fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com.