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Looking back on 2015 and ahead to 2016

2015 – Such A  Memorable Year For Us!!

2015 was a very exciting year for us here at Fancy Florals By Nancy.  It started out with us getting the news that we had won The Knot Best of Weddings as well as Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Awards!! This was a huge achievement & honor for us and very humbling as we read through the many lovely reviews our 2014 brides had left for us. These awards are chosen by the number and quality of reviews left by clients; so –  many, many thanks to all our past brides who took the time to leave us a review!!

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Florists’ Review released the winners of the Picture Perfect Wedding Contest in their April 2015 issue.  We had submitted Derek and Molly Bachtold’s wedding photos (not really expecting to win – but someone has to, right?) and we were floored when we opened the April issue and saw that one of the photos we had submitted (photo by Fox & Hound) made the magazine!!  We certainly weren’t a winner, but we did get our  boutonniere photo and our name in a National Magazine! Wow…pretty exciting!!

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As we start our 5th year in business we marvel at how God has led us along this journey to where we are now.  We have met so many wonderful couples and their families and it has been a joy to work together with them creating their vision for their wedding flowers.  The challenges we have encountered were just what we needed to make us dive in and learn new things and to also prepare us to take the next step along this journey.

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Looking ahead to 2016

We started out the year by having a vendor booth at The Elegant Bridal Expo.  It was great fun and we had a good time meeting and talking with many newly engaged couples.  We had surprisingly good success,  much better than the Dream Bridal Show we did two years ago. We made nine appointments for consultations right at the show and we have had some additional contacts since.  The last two weeks have been very busy for us meeting with brides for consultations and figuring up their price proposals.  2016 is shaping up to be a very busy year for us!!

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At the end of December we received notice that we had again won The Knot Best of Weddings for 2016 and then just a week ago came the notice from Wedding Wire that we had been chosen again for the Couples Choice Awards 2016!!  We are grateful and again humbled by our 2015 couples who took the time to leave us such lovely reviews and we want to sincerely thank each of you!!

 

 

Probably the single most profound impression from 2015 was our December trip to Casa Vida Y Esperanza in Magdalena, Mexico.  We had at least one new inquiry every day (sometimes 2) about wedding flowers while we were there.  It was amazing to us and reaffirmed our belief that this is what God is asking us to do – using some of the proceeds from Fancy Florals and go help and serve those at CVE in some small way.  It has been a privilege and blessing for us and we thank our brides for making it possible!!  “With God All Things Are Possible”  Mathew 19:26

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 Are you recently engaged and searching for the right florist to create your vision for your wedding bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces and more?  Call, text or email today 309-212-6570 – fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com – to receive your free consultation.

Sarah said…
Nancy is an amazing florist and person! She is organized, professional, creative, and one of the sweetest ladies you could ever hope to meet. My mom and and I drove to Fairbury to meet her and I could immediately tell she was not only talented, but someone I could count on to deliver the vision I had for my wedding flowers. She listened to my ideas and added her own creative style. Her attention to detail, excellent taste/style and dedication to her craft make her a true gem. The flowers could not have turned out more beautifully and I would recommend Fancy Florals by Nancy to anyone looking for truly magnificent floral creations. The pictures don’t lie – take a look and work with Nancy. You won’t be disappointed. She is the best!  Sarah Peters Hevner 2015

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Garrett and Maggie Zano were married in an outdoor ceremony at Ewing Manor on October 24, 2015.  The  windy day, holding a threat of rain, provided some challenges, but thanks to these great vendors, this couple was in good hands!  They were thrilled with Greg Linder Photography, Palace Events, Baxter’s, Fancy Florals By Nancy and of course the enchanting Ewing Manor.

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Garrett and Maggie love the outdoors and woods in particular.  Maggie was born in October and adores the color of the trees turning, crisp cool air and decorations including pumpkins.  They are also very big fans of the Renaissance Fairies and wanted to incorporate the medieval/renaissance feel which made Ewing Manor and the harvest theme perfect.  She explained that it also birthed the idea for her flower crown which she felt was the perfect touch for their special day.

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When we asked Maggie what made her fall in love with Garrett, she stated that she knows everyone says this but for her it’s absolutely true – she fell in love with him the night they met!!  “I fell in love with his voice first as we shared a stimulating conversation by skipping over superficial topics like food and favorites, and diving right into deep discussions of space and time, life on other planets, and other oddities of the universe.  He both challenges and comforts me!”

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Garrett had planned a special surprise for Maggie complete with a fairy-tale picnic with champagne at Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.  He had the day off of work, but not Maggie so when he picked her up after work she was exhausted and declined his offer of a drive and picnic.  After arriving home, she noticed the champagne in the fridge, and the cogs in her head started to turn….She quickly threw on her favorite dress and pushed Garrett out the door.  By getting a late start, the sunlight had closed for Skyline Drive, so they went to Great Falls National Park and took a hike that seemed to take forever to Maggie.  Coming to a clearing, Garrett finally got down on one knee and said the four magical words.  Maggie was crying too hard to answer, but Garrett understood her sobs were a yes!!  Engaged!!!

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Maggie shared that all of her vendors did such a great job!  “I used Palace Events for my tent and other rental equipment and they were wonderful.  They work with you every step of the way and do set up and take down.  The tent was magical and the tables just right.  Fancy Florals By Nancy created breathtaking wedding bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and a perfect floral crown.  Nancy also did last minute floral touches to our DIY table decor when we found some extra money in the budget!!  Baxter’s event planner Natalie was amazing to work with – I had many last minute changes which she catered to and the food was incredible!

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Maggie loved her wedding photos by Greg Linder – the above pose is her favorite!!  Her advice for newly engaged couples?  Enjoy it together; go on tastings, visit vendors together – you will fall even more in love.  Don’t try to micromanage and let little things upset you because in the end they really do not matter!  Her most important advice?  Eat before you go – you are filled with nerves and happiness so hunger is a second thought.  I think I only sat at my plate for two minutes!