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What is Kio Kreations?

Kio Kreations is an all-encompassing creative services company. Started by Kristen Janes (formerly Kristen Henschen) in 2004, Kio Kreations has grown to include floral design, graphic design, product design, fine art, and other creative services. We have quickly become one of the highest-rated independent florists in the Chicagoland. We also design oodles of fun things for sale on ETSY and ZAZZLE. We design lots of stuff for corporate & private clients and also teach art and floral design lessons. We really are an all-encompassing creative services company!


ATSTUDIO Junkyard Chic Fine Art Photography June 9, 2009

Something really can be said for fine photography, it makes ‘everyday’ into art…
I love Thomas Slack’s photography because it is just that, ART. Below are all of the best shots from the Junkyard photoshoot I made bouquets for.



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All photos taken by Thomas Slack of Slack Photography


In Love at the Intercontinental June 7, 2009




I just completed the wedding of Kristine and Jon Hernandez at St. Priscilla’s Church in Chicago, with reception at the Intercontinental Hotel Chicago-O’hare. It was fabulous! Their colors were burgundy, dark raspberry, & lime green. The flowers we used included “Black Magic” deep red roses, “Green Tea” green roses, dark pink cymbidium orchids, burgundy and white callas, green and white dendrobium orchids, green hydrangea, burgundy peonies, green hypericum berries, and magenta “Calypso” mokara orchids. The colors looked great together!
Since this was a Filipino wedding, I had about 40 boutonnieres and corsages to make…part of Filipino tradition is to have “sponsors” so that adds to the personal flowers count and then some! After I dropped off the bouquets to the hotel, I headed to the church to hang hydrangea on the pews and pin/magnet all of the dozens of corsages and boutonnieres to the extended bridal party. One of my favorite things was talking to 2 of the 5 little flower girls about flowers…they were so inquisitive and one of them decided that callas were her favorite flower! 4 of the flowergirls carried green button pomp pomanders, and 1 of them was under 2 years old and got a tiny, tiny bouquet of button pomps…it was Barbie-sized and just perfect!  Another fun tidbit would be that most of the bouts/corsages had magnets on them, meaning instead of being “pin-on” they were “magnet on”. This costs about $3 more per bout/corsage but makes for a really easy and secure method for attaching them to attire. It worked really well with the fancy dresses of the female sponsors and the thin fabric of the male groomsmen’s barongs. I highly recommend the magnet-on method if you can afford it!
As for the bouquets-Kristine’s was a gorgeous mix of burgundy peonies, callas, roses and deep pink cymbidium orchids with a bling buckle and lime green satin-wrapped handle. The girls wore burgundy so they carried all-green bouquets made with green hydrangea, roses, dendrobium orchids and hypericum berries. They were so pretty! I also loved the tossing bouquet I made, which combined green and burgundy flowers into one really awesome little nosegay
The reception venue was modern & fresh. There was custom art in the hallways, sculptural ceiling accents and the banquet chairs were anything but banquety! For the cocktail hour, we did 8 square vases with either orchid heads, bear grass and a floating candle OR 5 green roses with bear grass. I also added petals all over the place and displayed my “signature” gift card holder which had a floral rim of burgundy and deep red carnations with some lime green button pomps and lime ribbon accent. It looked so sleek! Loved it.
For the centerpieces, we did 2 styles:
(10) trio of cylinder vases at 12″, 16″ and 20″ heights filled with submerged callas, mokara and dendrobium orchids with sheer organza ribbon around the top and floating candles inside.
(16) trio of wine-glass style candle holders with green and clear glass stones, 2 short pillar candles and 1 filled with orchids with a floating candle on top.
They both added so much to the ambiance and looked just fabulous! The only other details to speak of would be the sweetheart table, which was decorated with the tossing bouquet in a vase and petals and votive candles. Oh! And who can forget the cake topper?! I think they found a vendor on ETSY that makes custom novelty toppers–this one was definitely an “Ode to the Groom” as he is a mechanic (see below)…it was one of the most unique toppers I have ever seen!  
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More Stunning Thomas Slack/AT Studio Junkyard Shots June 5, 2009

I just had to post these new ones Thomas has on his blog, they rock…starring this pretty girl and of course, my bouquets!!! 


Slack Photography and AT STUDIO rock! 🙂


Vanda’s Orchid-Inspired Monogram June 4, 2009

Filed under: Design,Monogrammed Aisle Runners,Weddings — kiokreations @ 11:28 pm



I just finished working on some monogram options for Vanda (yes, that is the bride’s name AND the name of my favorite orchid). They are having a Thai/Vietnamese infusion wedding and incorporating bamboo and orchids into the decor and motif. Vanda asked that I incorporate orchids into their monogram, so I added some silhouetted ones to the designs. Once Vanda chooses her favorite of the above, I will be painting it on an aisle runner for her wedding next month. 



Need a Chuppah? Rent my Chuppah! June 3, 2009

So, I bought this Chuppah for a wedding 2 years ago and only have used it once. I am sure there are some Jewish brides out there in need of one for rent, so I figured I’d blog about it and maybe get some traffic.

For those of you who don’t know what a Chuppah is, it is:

chuppah (Hebrewחוּפָּה‎) (also spelled hupahchupah, or chuppa – plural: chuppot or chuppahs, Hebrew: חוּפּוֹת) is a canopy traditionally used in Jewish weddings. It consists of a cloth or sheet, sometimes a tallit, stretched or supported over four poles, or sometimes carried by attendants to the ceremony. Achuppah symbolizes the home the couple will build together. Chuppah literally means a canopy or a covering.

(Thanks Wikipedia!)


Rental Fees:

  • Chuppah with Fabric Only: $350/day
  • Floral elements added starting at $50
    **All rental prices include set-up, tear-down and delivery charges.**

Images of it are below…(these photos really do not do it justice but they are all I have!)

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If you are interested, email me (contact info listed on CONTACT page).


What’s KNOT to love?! We’re on The Knot’s “My Real Wedding”! June 2, 2009

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Yay! I always wanted to be on The Knot…and who knew it was so easy?! All I had to do was submit our wedding on The Knot’s “My Real Wedding”. It took like an hour to upload 7 images and write descriptions but who cares–it’s awesome and I can say “I’m on The Knot” now!!!!  If you have a chance, go rate my wedding 5 stars!!!  Click here to view OUR REAL WEDDING.


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A Riviera (Country Club) Reception that Rocked! May 30, 2009


The second wedding I did this weekend was for Melissa and Hieu and it was held at Our Lady of the Woods Parish with a reception at the Riviera Country Club in Orland Park. Surprisingly, they had similar colors to the other wedding I did this weekend–but a totally different look and feel was achieved! 

Melissa’s bouquet was fantastic! It was huge and beautiful and full of color and texture. I loved it, she loved it–everyone loved it! The maid of honor and bridesmaid bouquets were made of white hydrangea, white callas and green cymbidium orchids-they also turned out fabulous. The calla bouts for the men in the bridal party were sleek and sophisticated and complimented the girls’ bouquets well. 

For this reception we did 3 types of centerpieces: #1) a bubble bowl with ti-leaf wrap inside and a mixture of white hydrangea, white and purple stock, white and green dendrobium orchids and Bells of Ireland; #2) a trio of cylinders with clusters of white Vendela roses, green button pomps and purple hydrangea; #3) and the final style was something the bride came up with herself: 8 square votive holders with candles arranged in a geometric pattern. All of the centerpieces looked great in the space and worked well with the deep purple overlays on the tables.

For the gift card holder I created my “signature” floral-rimmed large cylinder vase. We also added votives and vases for the bouquets to the head table along with the tossing bouquet.

Melissa and Hieu’s cake was totally unique–covered with raspberries by the bakery and then I added white dendrobium orchid accents to it. It smelled and looked delicious! 






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A Rustic Reception at the Byron Colby Barn

IMG_0087I just did flowers and decor for Brooke and Brett’s wedding reception at The Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake. This is the 4th time I’ve done an event at this venue and every single one has been completely unique. 

For the flowers we used roses, cymbidium orchids, lisianthus, stock, hydrangea, larkspur, tulips and callas in shades of purple, lavender, green, champagne and ivory. To add to the rustic charm of the barn, we used mason jars as vases and candle holders throughout the space. We did two styles of centerpieces; for the long rectangular tables we did cluster-type arrangements in assorted cylinders and mason jars, and for the round tables at the top of the loft we did round mixed arrangements that held 3 cylinder vases with submerged tulips and floating candles. In addition to the centerpieces, we created a wreath and pomanders suspended from lavender tulle to decorate the large curved wall of the barn, we added floral and candle accents to the highboy tables, gift/memorial table and we put hydrangea on the top of the cake. And of course I cannot forget to mention the bouquets which were just stunning!!!

The couple could not have been happier with how everything turned out–which is always my favorite part of the day! 













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