A Touch of Summer at Doubletree

Maggie and Tony were married at St. Clement Church and had their reception at DoubleTree Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Their colors were peacock blue, lime green, yellow, and white with light blue accents. Flowers included a variety of lovelies: pin cushion protea, dahlias, hydrangea, lisianthus, button poms, spider mums, Star of Bethleham, Bells of Ireland, hypericum berries, geranium leaf, bear grass, snapdragons, and billy balls. For the personal flowers, Maggie carried a bouquet of blue, green and white flowers including Star of Bethlehem, Lisianthus, hydrangea, star of Bethelhem, dahlias, and hypericum berries. The handle was wrapped in her "Something borrowed...blue...old...new" including handkerchiefs that belonged to Grandmothers from both Maggie and Tony's sides of the families and a family heirloom brooch. I love personal touches worked into the bouquet handle! The bridesmaids carried bouquets of hydrangea, Star of Bethlehem, hypericum berries, dahlias, lisianthus, dianthus, billy balls, and pin cushion protea. The flower girl got an adorable floral wand made of button poms and billy balls, and the mothers and readers had wrist corsages made of button poms, spray roses, and berries. Tony wore a Star of Bethlehem bout and the rest of the guys wore billy balls except for the Father of the Bride, who wore a double yellow button pom bout. For the ceremony, we hung hydrangea from every third pew and provided parent and Mary offerings. For the reception, we made a tall showy piece for the escort card table, 10 accent pieces for the cocktail tables, and provided our birdcage duo for the cards and wishes and advice for the bride and groom. The headtable was decorated with vases for the bouquets, the toss bouquet and petals. The cake was decorated with floral clusters and petals were scattered around the cake table. The centerpieces were really unique--and contained 6 pieces. 5 of the pieces came from us--3 bubble vases with blue hydrangea, and then 2 larger mixed arrangements in yellow, white and green colors. The other piece was a silver candelabra with 3 taper candles. The bride rented them and also had them added to other tables as accents. I also designed a bunch of monograms for them to use, and boy, did they! The monogram became a GOBO that shined behind the headtable, they also were on the escort cards, menus, and all of their other misc. signs...they looked fabulous! I really enjoyed working with Maggie and Tony to plan their wedding decor. I also enjoyed working with planner Karolina Warren to make the day go perfectly. I wish Mr. & Mrs. DiPaolo a long and happy life together! Congratulations!

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