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Planning A Champaign, IL Wedding From Texas!

Like many couples today, Clint and Delaney had re-located out of state, but wanted to have  their wedding back home so their family and friends wouldn’t all have to travel.   Delaney generously shared her experience  of planning their gorgeous autumn Pear Tree Estate, Champaign, IL wedding to help other couples planning an out-of-state wedding.  Photo credit:  Rebekah Albaugh Photography

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Is there anything you learned in the process that would help other couples plan an out-of-state wedding?

Delaney – We were lucky in that we have family who live in Champaign that we could trust with helping with tasks that we weren’t able to do ourselves from a distance.  If you don’t have a trusted family member or friend who lives near where you are getting married, I would recommend hiring well reputed vendors and touching base with them frequently!  Our vendors were amazing and always available by phone and email which made out-of-state planning much easier.  Trust your vendors -they are there to make your day beautiful and will do everything in their power to make it so!!

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Is there anything that you would change if you had it to do over?

Delaney – Honestly, the only thing I think we would change would be to hire a videographer!  Your wedding day FLIES by no matter how “present” you stay throughout your day.  We didn’t think we had the  budget, but wish we would have worked it in so that we could forever “re-live” those memories on video!

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What was the most difficult part of wedding planning for you?

Delaney – The most difficult for me was managing everyone’s opinions.   My family was gracious enough to help us pay for the wedding so of course, they got a say!  I am a people pleaser and I definitely ran into some stressful moments where our opinions differed, but I was afraid to speak up.  Make sure you advocate for what you want, but also be gracious about accepting advice or opinions from people who are helping to foot the bill!!!

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What was the  most enjoyable part of wedding planning?

Delaney – The most enjoyable part (besides knowing I would be married to the love of my life at the end) was seeing everyone from various parts of our lives come together and form new friendships.  By the end of our wedding weekend, I had friends from grad school making plans with my childhood friends to grab dinner!  It made me so happy to see people from different walks of life come together like that.  It just re-affirmed that I really do have the best friends ever!

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Do you have any words of wisdom for a newly engaged couple?

Delaney – Everyone says this, but it really is true!  Enjoy every moment of the wedding planning process.  It’s such a short period in your relationship and can get super stressful, but you are planning what will hopefully be one of the best days of your lives when your friends and family all come together to celebrate your love!  It’s easy to get caught up in the small details but in the end it’s not worth too much stress.  No one notices what color the napkins are – look at the big picture when you are feeling stressed.  You get to spend your life with your favorite person – that’s pretty awesome!!

 

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Delaney was a joy to work with!  After our initial consultation in person, we communicated mostly through email as she was in Texas and we were in Illinois.  She wanted fall colored flowers to coordinate with her deep raspberry colored bridesmaid dresses, yet show up against the dresses so we pulled in pink garden roses and apricot colored ranunculus to brighten the burgundy dahlias in her bridal bouquets and reception table centerpieces.

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Delaney said – “Nancy was absolutely one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process. We planned our Champaign wedding from Austin, TX – no small feat! Nancy made the time to meet with us while we were in town, and was very accommodating with me being an indecisive bride. I literally had no idea what I wanted besides one inspiration picture, but Nancy took that and made me my dream wedding bouquet out of it. She knew what I wanted before I did! She is so sweet and was happy to answer my emails any time I had a question. I would absolutely recommend her to  anyone. Thank you Nancy!!”

Central Illinois Memorable Barn Wedding

Alex and Nikki’s wedding is one of the most memorable weddings we have done for a multitude of reasons!!  First, this bride says “You can never have too many flowers!”  We agree with Nikki and loved creating her gorgeous floral vision.  Because of heavy rains in the early  morning, the ceremony was moved inside the barn, but the sun came out and they were still able to proceed with the rest of their plans for the day.  Second, about 2 a.m. in the morning my husband suffered a heart attack and we will never forget how family and friends rallied around us and helped set up the wedding and reception decor.  Third, the venue owner had some bizarre expectations even expecting us to place all the table linens for her!!  We are so thankful that in spite of the challenges, everything came together beautifully!!

 

Alex and Nikki  celebrated their one year anniversary of being together at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge where they were hiking, fishing and four-wheeling.  As they stopped back at the lodge for a break, Alex told Nikki he  needed to fix something on the four wheeler, but what he really did was  create a wonderful surprise for her.  He led her to  their favorite bluff and as they rounded the corner, there was a basket with a whole picnic spread on a blanket in front of a beautiful lookout.  Alex got down on one knee and popped the question!  Nikki had no idea and hadn’t suspected a thing!!

   

Nikki was not looking forward to dress shopping as she feared she would end up at  dozens of bridal salons searching for the dress that would work for her.  As she started looking through plastic bag after plastic bag of white dresses, they seemed to blend together.   But after she tried on a few different styles, she started to narrow it down and about 10 dresses in she knew at that instant the dress she had on was it!!  She had heard of people having that experience but never believed she would be one of them.  She was able to wear her mother’s veil which was very sentimental for them.

 

Alex and Nikki are both laid back and love the outdoors.  When deciding on the theme/style for their wedding it was important to have a place where all of their family and friends could be there to truly celebrate their union.  They chose a mix of rustic and classic which suits their personalities.  Rain or shine (which it did both on their big day) they were going to have it outside and after the ceremony in the barn, they were able to move everything outside so guests could enjoy the games they had planned.

   

Nikki chose a blend of bright and cheerful blooms for her wedding bouquets and ceremony decor as well as her reception table decor.

 

Thinking about their favorite memory from their wedding day, Nikki stated “I can’t describe how full my heart felt when we walked into our reception and were surrounded by friends and family.  We made our way through a tent filled with people that traveled, gave up their time and incurred expenses in order to be at our wedding and help celebrate our marriage.  I felt so loved and overwhelmed with happiness.”

 

Nikki’s advice to couples just starting to plan their wedding:

Get advice on vendors and venues from people who have personally used them or know others who have done business with them.  She states that reviews can be manipulated online by vendors paying a fee to clear bad reviews which is why she feels it is important to get contact information from former clients of the vendor and reach out to them.  Some of their vendors went above and beyond (caterer and florist), and others were a huge disappointment (unfortunately the venue owners).

 

Looking back Nikki says her biggest regret was thinking she would be able to tie up a few loose ends the morning of her wedding.  She did end up getting everything done but wasn’t able to relax and celebrate with her bridesmaids the morning of.  She encourages other brides to make this a priority!!  She also stated that you can never have too many flowers.  It absolutely made the space feel so special and bridal.  “I gave Nancy my vision with a couple pictures and what she created out of it was more than I could have ever imagined!”   Photos by Ernst Jacobson Photgraphy.

Call, text or email today,  309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com , to start planning your floral vision for your wedding.