A Tuscan Garden Wedding at Monastero’s in Chicago

victoria wed When a pair of vendors ask you to do their wedding it is a total honor. I have had that pleasure now twice this year!  Back in February, I helped with Natalie and Dan from Zuzu's Petals wedding and at the end of April I designed the flowers and paper items for Victoria Sprung (Sprung Photography) and Mike Hendzel (Hendzel Productions). The flowers and paper items turned out amazing and the couple could not have been happier. Victoria literally wanted to keep her bouquet forever. I can't blame her. Her bouquet was one of my favorites FOR SURE. Her bridesmaids' bouquets were also awesome. They perfectly capture the "Tuscan Garden" feel we were trying to achieve. The bouts and corsages were rustic and simple and coordinated well with the rest of the flowers and we made a particularly cool floral wand for the little flower girl. Both the wedding ceremony and reception were at Monastero's Banquets on the north side of Chicago. The venue room we were in was called the "Botticelli Room" and had touches of gold and champagne and many jewel-tone colors in the wall mural and carpeting. The ceremony settling was marked by an awesome set of altarpieces on top of columns with branches that formed an arch. Bunches of blooms were also tied to chairs lining the aisle. Black and wine-colored linens covered the tables and chairs and worked perfectly with our 2 centerpiece styles surrounded by gold mercury glass votives. One style was a mixed Tuscan-garden arrangement in a black pedestal urn vase and the other style was a short, low-profile, somewhat pave floral arrangement with votive candles that was enclosed by a rustic black distressed frame. They were unique styles that we seldom get to do, and I hope more clients ask for them in the future--they were fun to make and looked fantastic! Adding to the fantastic was the awesome floral-rimmed card holder, the "Sword in the Stone" flower-adorned cake, and the awesome manzanita tree escort card table arrangement. We also made some fabulous paper items including artist/philosopher themed table numbers, coordinating escort cards and some totally fun programs. There were nods to the couple's 3 cats all over the place, including the head table, cake table and even on the escort cards and programs. 🙂 They are cat lovers for sure, and as a cat lover myself, I can respect that. 🙂 I am so glad Victoria and Mike wanted me to be such a big part of their big day and it was a total honor! I wish them a lifetime of happiness! 

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