A Wonderful Wedding at Historic Hotel Baker

Allison and Ian were married at St. Patrick's Church and had their reception at the historic Hotel Baker in St. Charles. Their colors were eggplant, gold, olive green and cream and flowers included hydrangea, orchids, roses, callas, lisianthus, hypericum berries, and assorted foliage. For the personals, I made a bouquet for Allison that was mostly a round, hand-tied mix of cymbidium orchids, callas, roses, and spray roses, with a swoop of phaleanopsis orchids. The handle was wrapped in ivory satin, overlaid with lace and then pearls down the handle along with an heirloom brooch. The bridesmaids carried bouquets with roses, lisianthus, orchids and callas with a little swoop action and handles wrapped in green with lace overlay and pearl detail. The flower girl basket was rimmed with flowers and filled with petals and I also made a floral head-wreath for her as well. She looked adorable! The bouts were made with callas and spray roses and the mothers carried tussy mussies in gold holders. Everything was just stunning! For the ceremony, we went all out. I painted a monogram on the aisle runner and designed 2 altarpieces for the altar. We also put out gold candlestands and hung floral arrangements from them and hung floral bouquets from every-other pew. We lined the aisle in ribbon and also did 2 parent offerings and a Mary offering for the service. When you walked into the church, there were 2 hydrangea pomanders hanging from the front doors--and the wow-factor just kept going as you made your way to the main space. It looked gorgeous and lush! Speaking of lush, the reception was both lush and luxe! It was FABULOUS! We decorated a bunch of areas of the already grand Hotel Baker. From foliage garlands on the railings to arrangements on the highboys and the veranda tables, there was no space undecorated! When you walk into the Baker, you first would see the large manzanita tree with ornate holder with a decadent floral mix in it and branches filled with hanging pearls, crystals and votives. Then you made your way up the stairs and all railings were decked out in foliage. The Waterfront Ballroom space and patio were decorated for the cocktail hour with simple centerpieces on the tables and pomanders accenting the outside stairs. As you made your way back to the reception space, one of the altarpieces was displayed on a table along with the escort card favor boxes and other floral arrangements. Then you'd finally enter the Rainbow Room. The Rainbow Room was the biggest show-stopper of them all! This vintage, chic, oval room with light-up dancefloor is unlike anywhere else. Two levels of tables sat the nearly 200 guests and fabulous flowers were all over the space. First you would come to the card holder, which was a large cylinder vase with a floral rim. Then you'd see the 4 styles of centerpiece--including 20 short-full mixes, 14 medium full mixes, 2 tall candelabras, and 2 short candelabras. Added to all of this lovely decor was chiviari chairs, candles, hanging fabric and floral hanging from the columns around the room. It was just breath-taking. I loved working with Allison, her mother Lois, and their wedding planner, Cynthia of Everlasting Elegant Wedding to plan the wondrous flowers and decor. Everything turned out perfect!

I wish Allison and Ian a lifetime of happiness together! Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Burns!

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