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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. 



“Today I Marry My Best Friend…” April 30, 2009

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 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!


Monogrammed Aisle Runners…with DIY directions! January 24, 2009


One of my wedding services is designing monogrammed aisle runners for brides.  I start by getting the information that the couple wants to be part of the monogram.  This can include last initial, wedding date, first names, symbols, etc.  After that, I design 6-10 monogram options and have the couple pick one.  Then I am ready to start the printing of it.  I size it large in Adobe Illustrator and then piece-print it to scale (I usually end up with 6-10 sheets that I tape together.  I then place the printed part in the center of my table, attach with masking tape, and cover with wax paper which is also taped down.  I begin painting the largest parts first, and then go in with a fine brush or paint marker for the details.  I allow it to dry overnight and then roll it back up and set it aside in a plastic bag if its for a local wedding or a large box if it is to be shipped. I just sent one to Brooklyn, NY in fact.  I currently use 2 types of aisle runner; they are both white mirco-fiber with a subtle pattern on them.  One has daisies and its softer and the other has damask and feels more like a dryer sheet but still works well.  I think the damask looks a little more formal–but they are both nice.  I have been doing a lot of these lately and feel like I get better and better with each one I do, and I’ve found ways of improving my painting techniques on them as well.

Here are some samples of them:


See more HERE!

Feel free to contact my if you are interested in having a monogrammed runner designed or if you have more questions about DIY-ing your own!