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Flowers-to-Go! June 9, 2009



My next-door neighbor Kevin saw me processing flowers (that means cutting, pruning and conditioning new flowers and putting them in buckets) and asked me if I could whip up a quick, cup-holder sized floral arrangement that he could surprise his wife with it for their anniversary. Since he was going to pick her up at work before dinner, we thought it would be cute to have it ready there waiting for her in the car! In about 5 minutes I made this adorable bouquet in a bud vase! Love it! And of course, so did his wife Jamie!


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! 🙂


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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My Young Padawan Makes Me Proud June 1, 2009


My “Padawan” (aka Associate Events Coordinator/Wedding Assistant) Amy Christian is wildly talented at photography, graphic design and now FLORAL DESIGN as well! We’ve been working together for over a year now and in that time she’s really learned a lot about floral design: balance, texture, mechanics…I am so proud of her! Below are some of her arrangements that were made after the wedding double-header we just had. 

I will be teaching floral design classes this winter through the Naperville Park District…I am sure I will Blog about that closer to the time…should be fun! 🙂 For now I take pleasure in showing Amy more tricks of the trade so she can add another creative skill to her repertoire.


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Floral Arrangements AND Photos by Amy Christian of AC Design and Photography.

For those who don’t love Star Wars, a Padawan is essentially a Jedi Apprentice…so I would be the Jedi Knight of floral design…and she is in the process of becoming one! I know, total nerd…whatever. I love Star Wars…Do you know what the chances of successfully navigating an astroid field are? I do!!!! 🙂



Answer: 3,720 to 1


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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