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Reality On Monroe Wedding – Bloomington, IL – Cole and Shelby

Cole and Shelby were married on July 13, 2019 and held their reception at Reality on Monroe.  We worked with Two Sisters Event Design to create a lovely gardenscape inside this restored historic venue.  It turned out to be a really special experience for us to be able to work with Two Sisters and create the floral designs for the “Steel Magnolia” theme designed by Two Sisters.

How did you and Cole meet? –   “Cole and I met through a mutual friend in Arizona. It was ironic because we both are from Illinois and lived in the same town for several years without meeting. We quickly hit it off on our first date and have been together ever since. 3 years later, he proposed and almost 4 years later we were married.” 


Shelby and her mother met with us to explain their vision for her wedding flowers which was –  Vintage, Chabby Chic, Dreamy, Romantic with flowers in shades of dusty mauve and vintage lavender.  The Amnesia Rose nailed the color palette and was used as a base for pulling in other shades to coordinate for her bridal bouquets and all the table centerpieces and reception decor.

How did Cole propose? – “Cole proposed to me on a beach in San Diego, CA. He brought my whole family out for the big event and proposed to me at sunset. It was beautiful!” 

The floral spray (above) decorated the vintage door and a garland graced the top of the dessert buffet and connected to another door with another floral spray.  The doors were embellished with sayings from “Steel Magnolias” – “My colors are blush and bashful” … “Her colors are pink and pink.”

What was your favorite part of wedding planning? – “My favorite part about wedding planning was the cake tasting, of course! Honestly, the entire process was fun to me. I had so many great people helping out that it made planning a seamless and enjoyable experience.”

A large ornate mirror “It’s time to celebrate Shelby and Cole” served as a focal area as the guests arrived.  We embellished the personalized mirror with dripping greens and lush, romantic blooms.

The farm tables were covered in a dreamy gauzy runner and decorated with mangolia leaves, vintage candlesticks and assorted vases of flowers.

The cocktail tables were given attention with mangolia leaves, vases of blooms and Turvey’s famous quotes printed and framed in cute little frames.

What was the most difficult part of wedding planning? – “The most difficult part of wedding planning was trying to please all parties! You have to learn to go with what you want because it’s your day and no one else’s.”

Responding to the “shabby chic” vision, the pink dressing table was converted to “Truvy’s Beauty Spot” and decorated with romantic compotes filled with flowers and one of the drawers was opened and filled with cascading greens.  

Lush pink peonies added a romantic charm to the floral centerpieces.

To help create a garden effect and screen off a restful seating area for guests to relax, we created a faux tree around the support beam which added a fun element to the room.

Among the blooms we used for the wedding flowers were light lavender stock, violet clematis, deeper tones of antique carnations, fluffy light pink astilbe and lush garden roses.

Even the ceilings were dripping with blooms from the three floral chandeliers creating a garden feel. 

What advice would you give to other couples who are planning their wedding?  –  “My advice to other couples would be to stop and smell the roses…seriously! 🙂 take a moment to soak it all in because it’ll be over in an instant. “

Nancy was amazing to work with! She truly brought my vision to life and went above and beyond to make sure our day was special. The flowers were absolutely beautiful and I am still receiving compliments from friends and family about how great they turned out! I would highly recommend Nancy to any friend or family member.”  –   Shelby Weber Salamone

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Vendor credits:

Two Sisters Event Design, Stephanie Wood Photography, Fancy Florals By Nancy, Janet’s Cakes, Palma Entertainment, Blono Copy Shop.