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“THANK YOU” for being an easy D-I-Y Project! April 30, 2009

I also just finished painting these “THANK” and “YOU” signs for Lori’s wedding tomorrow…they will be held by the couple during the post-nuptials photoshoot with the hopes of capturing some fabulous images of the couple holding the Thank You signs that can go onto the Thank You cards they will send out post-wedding.

Matt and I did something similar for ours (see below)–but I just carried a piece of blank white foam core and then digitally added text later. Everyone thought it was the coolest thing in the whole world…little did they know how easy it was to do!




“Today I Marry My Best Friend…”

I just finished painting Lori’s aisle runner for her wedding tomorrow.
She wanted this quote:

“Today I marry my best friend,
the one I laugh with,
live for, dream with, love”


I have actually had a couple of other brides ask for the same quote on their runners–it must be pretty popular! 


A Walk Down the Aisle (Runner) April 29, 2009

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I just completed another aisle runner last night. This one is for Christina, a Chicagoland Area bride that found my runners on my ETSY site. Christina’s colors are canary yellow and ivory, which actually show up quite well against the subtle damask pattern on the runner. I love how it turned out–and more importantly-so does the Bride!


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A Mother’s Day Bouquet for Jamie

Kevin and Jamie are our wonderful next door neighbors and friends. Since they live so close by (we literally share a wall) and I knew I was doing pink roses for the wedding I am doing this week, I stopped by their house to see if Kevin wanted me to make a custom Mother’s Day arrangement for Jamie. Kevin has told me on multiple occasions that if I am doing a wedding to see if he wants flowers to surprise Jamie with. I have a wedding or 2 virtually every weekend now until December, so I figured now would be a good time to see if he wants any. Since Kevin and Jamie are going on vacation the day after Mother’s Day, he decided that getting the arrangement a week before they left so she can enjoy it would be best. So, I picked up extra roses and stock to make a Mother’s Day arrangement for Jamie from Kevin. I seldom do “personal” orders, but this one required no delivery, and only a little bit to be added onto my order…plus we love them and know this will make Jamie’s day…possibly week!

I am on this kick of doing clustered, modern, asymmetrical stuff lately, so I did a dozen rose arrangement in a similar style this time. It has 6 bi-color pink and cream roses, 3 pink roses, 3 cream roses, 4 white stock, 2 light pink stock, and accents of pitt, bear grass, ti leaf and curly willow. I finished it off by adding a light pink ribbon and rhinestone buckle to the front.


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A Beautiful Boutique Hotel Wedding in Evanston April 25, 2009

img_0004Nora and Phil’s wedding was held in Evanston at St. Athanasius Parish with a reception at the posh Hotel Orrington. Their colors were Navy blue, bright pink, silver, lavender and ivory. I used a variety of flowers for the affair including roses, tulips, peonies, stock, hydrangea, orchids, and delphinium with foliage accents of pitt and ivy. 

Nora’s ivory bouquet was made of Vendela Roses, Peonies and French Tulips with accents of bling. I wrapped her handle in a piece of her Grandmother’s wedding dress and added a crystal bouquet bracelet to complete the look.  The bridesmaids wore navy blue dresses, so we went with something that would contrast for their bouquets: pink roses and tulips in white hydrangea. The bouquets really popped off of their dresses and the navy satin-wrapped handles blended perfectly with their dresses. I love these bouquets…

For the ceremony, I made a monogrammed aisle runner for Nora and Phil that turned out great (see last image below).

For the reception floral, the centerpieces were designed around these garden orbs her mom found for roughly $5 each! Check them out! 

The escort card table arrangement I made turned out awesome-I hope to make more like this for altarpieces in the future. We also did little accents for the highboy and cabaret tables at the cocktail hour…candles really add so much to any ambiance!

I really loved working with Nora and her mom, Kathy, throughout the planning process.  And oh, yeah–A totally cute fact about the couple: Nora and Phil have a really unique dating story…they met at “Dating for Nerds” over a game of Apples to Apples and have been together ever since. They were the first couple t0 get engaged (and now married) that met at one of the DFN events and they have been featured on WTTW and other TV programs as well as in numerous newspaper articles!  They are famous nerds who found love–how awesome is that?!


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All images taken by my fabulous assistant, Amy Christian. She is the best! Her talents include photography, graphic design and she has been learning floral design lately too.  Click her name above to see her website!


Save-the-Date Magnets for Mary Kay & Mike



I just finished these Save-the-Date magnets for our friends Mary Kay and Mike using their e-pics (for those of you non-brides that means “engagement photos”).
Note, the magenta lines on these are a “designer thang” aka dieline/bleed line and are NOT part of the actual design, they denote where the borders end. The “bleed” is the area beyond the dieline and that typically will get cut off in the printing process but the general rule of thumb with designs that are to be printed is to leave a bleed. Anyways, enough of my design talk…on to a fun game:
Can you guess which 2 they picked to have printed via VistaPrint? 
Top left Color Photo Cubs one; Bottom left sepia-toned more formal one
(Friends will get the color one; family get sepia-toned one)

A Delicious Modern-Vintage Color Palette April 17, 2009



I recently met with a new client, Rhonda, who I totally love! Her wedding style is “Modern Vintage” and the colors she chose are quite literally delicious: plum, eggplant, cream and chocolate. Rhonda’s vintage touches include some delicate ostrich plume accents scattered throughout the wedding as hair accents, boutonnieres and of course, in the bouquet in am designing for her. We are going with a mixed look with a surround of wispy feathers around the brim of the bouquet.  I will also be doing some lovely “wrist band” florals for the Mothers and Grandmothers. “Wrist Bands” are the NEW wrist corsages! They combine ribbons and lush floral and function more like a bracelet and less like a cliche prom wrist corsage. Rhonda will be DIY-ing some fabulous plumage boutonnieres for the men in the wedding and we practiced making them the day we met with brown floral tape and some feathers I just happened to have in my basement-o-floral design supplies. The quick mock-up we did looked great and I am sure when she makes them with actual ostrich feathers they will be just stunning. She also mentioned her bridesmaids are carrying feather boas and I think they are incorporating feathers into the centerpieces as well.

On a side note: The “feather bouquet collar” effect I am doing for Rhonda’s bouquet is a VERY European look and as we designers know, with fashion and design (including floral design), Europe is usually at least a year or 2 ahead of us! I can happily report that I have been getting more Brides on board with some of the Euro trends as well, from the slightly dangly “simple dangle of flowers” bouquets to the clustered, textured look for bouquets and centerpieces. I love being on the cusp of trend (at least here in the U.S.) and holding my own with the looks the higher-end floral shops in the city currently implement.  

Anyways, back to Rhonda’s delicious color palette–I absolutely love these tones for her early December wedding and cannot wait to see how it all comes together. I think it will be so classy, chic and maybe just a little bit yummy too!