The beautiful Illinois fall landscape made a perfect backdrop for Robert & Amy’s wedding photos by Brooke Alaina Photography. The dark reds & golds of the leaves blended into a lovely tapestry with the burgundy bridesmaid dresses and burgundy & blush wedding flowers.

Robert and Amy first met when they were both math majors at Eastern Illlinois University. They had several classes together and were friends throughout their college years. They connected a couple years after college and started dating.

Later they moved to Arizona and on a trip back home to Illinois, Amy’s mom planned a party for friends & family to come and see them. By this time they had been together for five years and Amy felt Robert was close to proposing but she never dreamed he would do so in a room full of people!

Sure enough, Robert started telling everyone a story about one of their first dates when he told Amy he was going to marry her one day and he was going to put the ring in a bowl of beans (they were at a Mexican Restaurant) and make her eat the beans to find the ring.

And then he did it!! Robert pulled out a can of beans and got down on one knee – Amy was so thankful that he had the ring in his pocket and she didn’t have to eat a bowl of beans to find it!!

The thing that Amy enjoyed most about wedding planning was having Robert help her make decisions; she explained that she is a very indecisive person and she really appreciated Robert’s input and knowing that it was not just going to be a day about her, but a day that they had both planned for and would enjoy together.

Amy found all the decisions to be the most difficult part of wedding planning. For her the more time she spent searching Pinterest and social media the more overwhelmed she felt with all the choices.

For her bridal bouquets, Amy chose dark red garden roses accented with a deep shade of calla lily, delicate blush roses and astilbe for contrast, mauve astrantia, burgudy agonis, seeded eucalyputs and cream hypericum berries for a delightful mix of color and textures for her wedding flowers

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Amy’s advice to newly engaged couples is to start planning a year or so in advance. “Decide on your vision/theme before you start searching online to prevent wasting time looking at endless options. Also, make a timeline for what needs to be done each month to help with not feeling stressed out.”

The wedding reception was held at Bloomington DoubleTree where the tables were decorated with vases of burgundy and blush flowers to coordinate with the bridal bouquets and our mercury votive candle holders added a soft glow. The chair covers, draping and table linens by Palace Events complete the elegant look.

Are you recently engaged? Are flowers an important part of the over-all ambiance for your wedding day? Call or text us 309-212-6570 or direct email us fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com to receive your free consultation.

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