Petals: Kristina and Josh 5-10-2014

Last weekend I had the honor of providing the flowers for Kristina and Josh’s wedding day. I have known the groom since grade school, and it is always extra special for me to work with old friends. Kristina and Josh are such a lovely couple and I am so happy for them! The weather leading up was a bit iffy, but Saturday was a gorgeous and sunny Spring day, literally perfect wedding weather.

When I first met with Josh and Kristina last year, Kristina already had a very clear idea about the look and flowers she wanted. Kristina loves hydrangea and peonies and wanted a very “tight” look. Wedding florals are trending towards a looser look, very garden themed, but Kristina wanted to stay traditional with her look. The bridesmaids wore blush colored strapless gown and the groom and groomsmen wore gray suits, so Kristina chose to stay with a soft color palette of white, blush pink and soft gray.

I met with Kristina and Josh again at the beginning of the year at their reception venue, and at that time Kristina decided she wanted to have a fun floral theme for the escort card table. I had the idea of making “beds” of hydrangea and laying the escort cards on top of the hydrangea blooms. Kristina loved the idea and we calculated that the installation would be about four feet to accommodate all the escort cards. At that meeting, we also changed up the centerpiece ideas from our original meeting after seeing the size of the tables.

In the end Kristina chose a bridal bouquet of white hydrangea, white and blush peonies, blush and white roses and stephanotis with dusty miller accents. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of white hydrangea and white and blush peonies with dusty miller accents. Another feature was a hand sewn garland for the flower girl’s wheelchair that was tied as a swag on the handles. Originally we assumed that we would be able to get peonies from locally grown farms, but because of the extended cold weather here in Chicago, the peonies were flown in from Holland!

Josh and Kristina were married at St. Michael’s Catholic Church and because the church is so stunning, we kept the pew arrangements simple, chiffon and satin ribbon held a cluster of white and blush roses with dusty miller. The reception was held at Hotel Baker, a privately owned hotel and restaurant literally right on the Fox River. The cocktail hour was held in a side room that looked out on the river as well as the Rose Garden courtyard adjoining that room. Cocktail hour flowers were simple bowls with floating blush and white rose blooms.

The reception was held in the main ballroom of the hotel and the set up is very unique. The room is in the shape of a horseshoe, with a dance floor that lights up! The head table was on the middle of the dance floor for dinner and then removed for the party to dance the night away.  The remaining guest tables surround the head table on the outside of the horseshoe as well as a second level overlooking the main floor. Because the tables were all six tops, we chose low bowls filled with hydrangea and peonies and cylinder vases of white dendrobium orchids. There were two tables on the main floor with the head table, and their arrangements were talk spheres of white hydrangea, white and blush peonies as well as white and blush roses and white stock.

The room looked simply stunning and I was so thrilled when I heard from Kristina and Josh the next day that the flowers were everything they wanted and more. I am so glad the happy couple had such a lovely start to their life of happiness.

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