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Champaign, ILLinois Wedding – Tom and Jelena

Feb 19, 2020 | Real Weddings, Summer Weddings

Tom and Jelena were married in Champaign, Illinois at Pear Tree Estate last August 10, 2019 in a beautiful flower filled ceremony.  Jelena was so delighted with her wedding flowers it was pure joy to see her appreciation and fun to be a part of her day.  Jelena graciously agreed to answer a few questions about them and share some tips for wedding planning.


Q – How did you and Tom meet?

A –  Tom and I met while playing on the same intramural softball team in grad school. I immediately became interested in the soft spoken guy who always wore a hat and hit home runs at every at bat. (We’re a very athletic couple and have won several championships since) 

Q – How did Tom propose? 

A – Tom proposed by taking me to Niagara Falls (inspired by Jim and Pam on the office- our favorite show) we loved how kitschy the town was and had fun acting like kids playing alien tag and going through haunted houses.  He left me hanging until the last day by taking me to the botanical gardens and proposing. The moment was even more special as it was captured by another couple who had also gotten engaged that weekend! 

Q – What did you like most about wedding planning?

A –  What I liked most about wedding planning is that I got to bounce ideas off my mom. She was super involved in the wedding planning and helped me every step of the way! 

Q – What did you find most difficult about wedding planning?

A – What I found most difficult about wedding plan is nailing down all those last minute details for the wedding day. Everything is about timing and we had to make sure everything was just right.

The ceremony was held in front of the draped window with a dramatic table top floral pergola and table top floral spray for her wedding decor.  These floral decorations were moved to adorn the head table during the reception.

Jelena chose a soft palette of white, cream, blush and pink for her wedding floral decor which created a romantic and elegant setting for her wedding and reception.

Tall centerpiece decor – Because the venue has high ceilings we used several of our tall clarinet vases with a stunning array of hydrangea, garden roses, snap dragon and spray roses for part of the reception centerpieces to create a statement in the room.

Lantern decor – In keeping with the garden theme, part of the tables had lanterns which were filled with flowers to coordinate.  

The other tables held silver mercury compote vases full of assorted roses and flowers.

Q – Do you have any advice for newly engaged couples just starting to wedding plan?

A – The advice I would give to newly engaged couples would be to book the big things as soon as possible. The venue, flowers, cake, and Dj. Once you get those done everything else is downhill from there!

The floral pergola and floral spray were re-used for head table decor at the reception adding so much value for her wedding flowers.

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“I cannot say enough good things about Nancy! I came to her with no idea what I wanted and she held my hand through the whole process, creating a beautiful vision for my wedding day. She was very attentive and responded immediately when I had questions or requests. Pricing was very reasonable for the amazing product we received. The flowers were absolutely gorgeous and I received SO many compliments! Nancy was wonderful setting up and taking down everything so I didn’t have to worry about anything the day of. She is also just such a lovely person and wonderful to work with. ”  – Jelena Verkler Edwards