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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! 🙂


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 Rustic Reception at the Byron Colby Barn May 30, 2009

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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An Awe-Inspiring Arboretum Club Affair May 23, 2009



I just completed Alice & John’s stunning wedding today. Their ceremony was held at St. Nortbert in Northbrook with a reception at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Their colors were white/ivory, green and silver and we used peonies, orchids and callas as the main flowers. The bouquets and personal flowers turned out just perfect and the centerpieces were gorgeous as well. Amy Christian (my wildly talented assistant) and I also had the pleasure of working with 3 of my favorite vendors on this wedding: DOC Amy Vaught of Vaught Events, Photographer Thomas Slack of Slack Photography, and the girls at The Chair Couture. Everything came together perfectly and the couple could not have been happier. I love that…!  “My Amy” took some stunning photos featured above and below this paragraph. She is such a talented photographer and I am so glad to have her by my side at these events; not only is she a great at capturing the details of the day, but she also is the best assistant I’ve ever had and she can do anything creative I ask of her!  We make a great team!


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Junkyard Chic: Thomas Slack Creates Treasure Amongst Trash

My good friend and fellow wedding vendor Thomas Slack of Slack Photography and “atstudio” continues to blow my mind with his photography skills. Simply put, he is an artist. His photos are works of art; he has mastered lighting and composition and is just truly talented. I highly recommend looking at his work which you can see on his website and on his blog. One of his latest endeavors is launching atstudio with fellow photographer Amaris Granado. Atstudio strives to bring a fresh sense of fashion and style to traditional wedding photography.  The below photos were taken by Thomas at a junkyard out here in the ‘burbs somewhere and featured a stunning model and two lovely bouquets I made especially for the shoot. I cannot believe how fabulous they turned out!  I can’t wait to see the rest of them!  


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