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.
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!