"It took two weeks after my destination wedding weekend to figure out how to write a review about my wedding flowers. Not just because I'm a male writing about flowers, but instead, trying to describe such beauty in a matter of a few words is more difficult than I had imagined. So many adjectives come to mind when I think of Kio Kreation's work: Gorgeous, fabulous, masculine, unique, colorful, serene...I could go on.
When meeting with the Kreative Kio herself, Kristen, she first helped my husband and I decide on our wedding colors since we were completely unsure. After describing our ceremony being performing outdoors along the Mississippi River during the Autumn in Galena, Illinois, we all decided on tangerine and lime green. Besides determining what our wedding colors would be, I wanted to get across my request for the flowers to be beautiful yet still masculine. After all, it was for a gay wedding. This was not an obstacle for Kristen. She is extremely talented and already had hundreds of flower species come to mind that she wanted to use. She used her computer to show us her ideas on a floral database.
Kristen captured not only exactly what I desired, but beyond my expectations. When my sister-in-law arrived with the flowers in her car, I had never seen floral arrangements that were so damn spectacular. Not only does she only use fresh and in-season flowers, I felt like I would need to be on a month-long excursion in the Amazon to find such flowers."
- Richie & George Diesterheft-Valdez (married September 2013)
"I have nothing but amazing things to say about Kio Kreations and Kristen!!! I found Kio from browsing numerous wedding websites and did not think we would be able to afford having Kio as our florist after seeing the astounding floral creations featured in multiple magazines and wedding blogs. After meeting with Kristen for the first time, I gave her my ideas and thoughts, showed her some pictures I clipped (she rattled off the names of every single flower in the picture-floral it is her second language) she created this amazing vision for our wedding day-from church to reception design...then I told her my budget which I felt was on the slim side. Kristen was able to modify and tweak everything which did not take away from the vision but was respectful of our floral budget (still was able to keep all the particular flowers that were important to me). I felt like we were in great hands from that day on-I had to have Kio as our wedding florist, booked with Kristen over a year and half before our wedding. My ideas and thoughts I had at our first meeting slightly changed as the wedding approached-again Kristen was so flexible and responded to emails very quickly. I continued to add more and more onto my list of items for Kio to create for our wedding... table numbers, "thank you" sign prop, wedding card box- all of which were just as amazing as I had expected!!! I found myself emailing Kristen like a nut up until the week before the wedding and completely changed my bridal bouquet and modified the bridesmaid bouquets right before she was going to place the flower order. Again, Kristen was great and flexible and handled my last minute changes without any issue. Kristen eased my nerves and even sent me a message the night before the wedding telling me to relax and not worry about the flowers-that they will be great and just as I had visioned. Kristen was right!!!- I was obsessed with my bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, and basically everything else Kristen and her team at Kio created for our wedding!!!! I was blown away by how everything was just as I had envisioned!! I had to share the best florist with my friends and family for their weddings also- can't wait to see how KK designs their weddings this year and next year!"
- Sarah + Nick Olsen (married April 2013)
"SO this is wayyyyy overdue and I began writing a thank you note this past week (which you can still plan on receiving) but I just did not have enough room on the card to thank you for everything you did for our wedding day!
First of all, THANK YOU so very much for everything you did for Matt and I! From meeting with my mom and I on numerous occasions, discussing additions and alterations to my thought process of the vision of flowers and such, attending our tasting at Arrowhead with your sweet Aria, to designing the most beautiful arrangements I've ever seen! The flowers and decor you supplied was incredibly gorgeous and more than I ever could have imagined. When I came down the stairs, the morning of the wedding, and saw that you had used peonies in my bouquet, I was speechless and beyond grateful for your willingness to attempt every route to get them in there! Then there was the handle with the incredible layout of my grandmother's and great-grandmother's buttons, which was so breathtaking and just beautiful. It was such a great sentiment to have my grandmothers with me there in spirit during the ceremony, thank you for that, I'm so appreciative.
The altarpieces at the church were stunning! I still have the beauty of them engraved in my memory when I was walking down the aisle. When we arrived at Arrowhead and I saw the card table, I was beyond impressed! That display was truly a work or art and one I wish I could have kept around much longer than the length of our reception! Each of the tables, with the centerpieces, were truly perfection and fit in so well with the image I had in mind for our special day. I can not begin to tell you how many guests I had coming up to me and my mom to comment on your designs and how incredible they thought they were!
Your talent is truly incredible and I feel so lucky to have worked with you to make our decor fabulous! Victoria, our photographer, captured so many amazing photos of your work and I'm so grateful I have those images to last forever and share with my future family one day!
Thank you again for everything and if I ever have something come down the line where flower and design is needed in my life, you are going to be the first one I call up!
We are so appreciative for everything you did, thank you a million times!"
- Becky + Matt Zora (married July 2013)
"Kristen is simply one of the best Chicagoland florists there is. Not only is she super creative in all aspects of her business, but she's also a true professional, and fantastic at listening to client needs and desires. As a wedding photographer, I photograph and see many floral pieces, but I always get super excited when I hear my couples have hired Kio Kreations because I know I'll have some gorgeousness to photograph. In fact, I'm so confident in Kio's abilities that I even asked her create the succulent arrangements in my own studio, trusting that she would knock my socks off (she did!). Basically, I've worked with the Kio Kreations team in several ways - as a fellow vendor at weddings, at styled shoots, and as a client - and she has always been truly amazing!"
- Tasha Schalk of Redwall Photo
"Kio is amazing! There are not enough words to describe how wonderful it was to find and use Kristen and her team at Kio Kreations. Kristen was one of the first vendors I hired and even though I had an idea of my wedding at that time, I did not know how to make those ideas come to life. Kirsten was able to take my thoughts and make them into a beautiful vision that would be our wedding. Through out the planning process, I would go back to Kirsten for her thoughts and ideas on all different aspects of the wedding. She had wonderful recommendations and suggestions for me, things only a expert on weddings would know! She was not just my florist, she was the vision behind the whole reception! She truly has a gift for creating beautiful spaces and details! The day of our wedding, I was blown away! Every little detail was perfect; from the personal sign at the reception to the cocktail hour decorations to the gorgeous center pieces on each table. Kristen not only made our wedding day beautiful but she truly cared about me, my husband and our family. She was there to drop of my bouquet the morning of the wedding and the excitement on her face was palpable. As she was showing me the details of my bouquet like the lace from my moms wedding dress and a pin from my grandma, I felt like she had become a friend! My best friend got married three weeks before I did and we both used Kristen. There was some worry that we would have the same decorations or look to our wedding. Kristen was so great at creating our different looks and understanding us each on our own personal levels! I would recommend Kio and Kristen to anyone who is planning a wedding or any event! You will not be disappointed by the talent or beautiful details of your wedding"
- Lindsay + Nick Purdy (married May 2013)
"Even though our wedding was nearly a year ago, we're still amazed by the gorgeous flowers and perfect details Kristen created for our big day! From the first time we met with her, she was able to take our somewhat scattered ideas for a vintage, nature-inspired fall wedding and bring them together in a way that captured everything we love. All the special touches Kristen incorporated into our flowers and decor blew us away-- from including my grandmother's bridal headpiece in my bouquet, to creating a beautiful bird-themed seating chart and table numbers for our reception, to the little feather accent in Mike's boutonniere-- we could go on and on!! We truly loved everything and can't thank Kio Kreations enough for bringing the wedding of our dreams to life."
- Mike Dean & Bethanne Portala-Dean (married September 2012)
"Kristen and the Kio Kreations team added so much to our special day-- I would recommend them in a heartbeat! Kristen took the time to not only get to know me, but to really understand the vision for my wedding. She was genuinely excited about all my ideas and knew exactly how to elevate my concept. Kristen was easily my most communicative vendor-- she always responded to emails quickly and thoroughly. Her confidence and passion to make each wedding beautiful was so apparent on the big day. My bouquet was beautiful, my bridesmaids' bouquets were stunning, and the venue looked perfect! Thank you, Kristen, for everything!"
- Bonnie + Matt Socha (married May 2013)
"Where do I begin?
You made our wedding perfect.
.....I really can't even say it better than that.
The flowers you put together for my wedding were absolutely and utterly breathtaking. I cannot even get over, to this day, just how larger-than-life amazing you made everything. I cannot tell you how many of my guests have (and continue to) go on and on about how amazingly fresh, beautiful and perfect all of our flowers were. None had ever seen anything like them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making our wedding so stunning.
Thank you so much Kristen. You are incredibly talented at what you do!! It was the greatest pleasure working with you and your staff."
- Rachel & Steve Wagner (married July 2012)
"Matt and I wanted to say thank you for making our day gorgeous! From our first meeting you knew exactly the look and feel we wanted, and boy, did you deliver! The ceremony was exactly what we wanted and was so romantic and sweet. The bouquets were gorgeous and really pop in the pictures. Our centerpieces were beautiful and complemented the room so well. I absolutely loved how much texture was in each of the bouquets, corsages and arrangements.
Your creative and new ideas really made our wedding special. From the corsages that were made with pearl bracelets for our mothers and grandmothers; to our amazing card arrangement and curly willow arch. You can do it all! Honestly, we loved everything!
Your attention to detail not only makes you an amazing florist, but definitely a great vendor that we relied on. I never had to worry that you did not see our vision, or that you would forget something that we discussed in our meetings. You were always on top of everything and we truly appreciate that! You made our day (and I am sure the Knickerbocker's) stress-free and absolutely gorgeous! Thank you, Kristen, and to your amazing team!"
- Grace & Matt Clackson (married June 2012)
"My wedding day was perfect, and Kristen and the Kio Kreations team played a huge role in that. Kristen was the only florist I met with; I had read/heard enough amazing reviews about Kio Kreations that I knew that was who I wanted to design my special day. I was planning my wedding long distance, and the entire experience with her - from our first meeting, to many emails over the course of our 17 month engagement, to walking through my venue together the month before the wedding, to the wedding day - went extremely smoothly. I knew I was in good hands!
I know nothing about flowers, so I really did put all my trust into Kristen and her expertise. The bouquets were my favorite part - I could not have even imagined them to be more beautiful, and the bridesmaids loved them. So many people at our wedding and who saw photos told me I had the most beautiful bouquet they'd ever seen. The little details were what stood out to guests: the beautiful flower arch, the flower lined aisle, the hanging mason jars on shepard's hooks, the birdcage cardholder, the gorgeous centerpieces, and especially the fun burlap "just married" and "love is sweet" banners that we used as photo props.
Kristen is a true artistic genius, and her team is amazing. I am so thankful that Kio Kreations was a part of the most important day of my life."
- Katy & Jim Arenschield (married May 2012)
"Where to begin? Kristen was more than amazing. Kristen went beyond the expected. When I met her, with my mom and my fiancé, there wasn't a question regarding flowers, décor, and photography sites she did not know the answer to.
I had a specific idea in mind and Kristen captured it beautifully. She accomplished what I asked of her despite my specific demands. Every centerpiece was different but tied together perfectly. All the bridesmaid bouquets were unique and beautiful. She had an amazing idea for the escort table. She used two vintage suitcases filled with babies-breath, old shutters and other accents to pull it all together beautifully.
I could go on and on how incredible Kristen is. I would strongly recommended her to anyone looking for a creative florist who will make your wedding perfect, even more then you ever imagined!"
- Susie & Shaun Daly (married May 2012)
"I cannot say enough wondering things about our florist. Kristen is top notch and has an amazing talent. Our flowers were gorgeous and she really listened to what we wanted for our wedding. It was so much fun! She really took her time with us and she really paid attention to all the details. We had the most amazing flowers and she works with your budget in mind as well. You can tell that she loves what she does and takes pride in all the details for your special day."
- Terri & Patrick Hannemann (married February 2012)
"Kristen and Kio Kreations put together the most beautiful flowers for my wedding. She incorporated all of my fall colors and even leaves to fit the fall theme. Kristen is easy to work with and is interested in making arrangements that enhance the altar, dinner tables, or wherever they are placed. She sees the big picture and very creative so your wedding is your own, no cookie cutter flowers."
- Maureen & Tony Murphy (married October 2011)
"AMAZING!!!! Kristen is a genius. When I met with her, I told her I wanted completely non-floral pieces because I really dislike flowers like roses, carnations, etc. After getting some info from me, Kristen says, "I know what you will love." Let me tell you, she was spot on. I had a succulent based wedding, and all of her designs were the most beautiful things I'd ever seen at a wedding. She is thrifty and creative (using my table pieces as ceremony decorations, absolutely beautiful), fast (we asked her the week of the wedding if she could do table numbers for us--done!), and most importantly, passionate. She truly loves what she does and you can see it in her work. She even told me how to plant the succulents from my bouquet so they can continue to grow. Thank you, thank you, thank you Kristen!!!"
- Lisa & Mark Ejsmont (married September 2011)
"My wedding day was a smash hit because of Kio Kreations. Truly! I absolutely loved-oved-oved every detail that Kristen and her staff accomplished for our special day. Kristen totally outdid herself in every which way! She captured the vintage-chic wedding that I envisioned and more. I shared my ideas for our wedding and Kristen was so eager to set to the task, accomplishing more than I could have ever expected. I cannot keep count about how many compliments I received about the flowers and decor at my wedding. She blended the most unique flowers for our day. One example was my bouquet which complete with old buttons, antique lace, and an heirloom brooch - it was to die for. The soft, ethereal feel of our reception was mastered by Kristen's use of flowers in pinks, blushes, ivories, mustards, and blues. She incorporated antique milk glass vases, mason jars, and cut-out table numbers which added to the warm, cozy feel. The flower board that she created for my "guestbook" is beyond words - it is seriously the most special treasure of our evening. Kristen - you are a gem - you made my wedding so original and memorable. You are famous in my book and need to continue on in your empire of imaginative, one-of-a-kind weddings. I feel like I won the "florist" lottery in discovering you from a mutual friend. Also, you were the warmest, most genuine person to work with during the preparation for our wedding. Thank you for your creative spirit and energy, and for making our day so beautiful! "
- Sara and Pat McGann (Married November 2010)
"Kristen! This is soooooo long overdue! We were beyond happy with your services for our wedding on 9/18/2010! I am so happy that I was referred to you by a friend! You made everything so beautiful with your creative and unique touch!! :-) I cannot even begin to explain or count the number of guest that complimented us for having an amazing wedding and spectacular flowers and decorations! You made me not worry with your calming nature and extreme timeliness and flexibility!!....which is a nice change from some of the weddings I have been too! Again thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding "the wedding of the century".....as quoted by most of our guest! :)
OOOOOOOdles of Thanks!!"
- Meggan and Andrew Mikal (Married September 2010)
We just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful job you did in making our daughter's wedding the most wonderful and enjoyable event ever. The flower arrangements, the bridal bouquet, all of the centerpieces, and the place card arrangement, were all over-the-top but what you did for us was much more than that.
We are so happy that our daughter came to you first because you recommended the other vendors who she ended up choosing for the music and photography. Collectively, you all put together the best wedding any of us could ever have imagined.
Since last Saturday, we have had so many positive comments from friends and relatives who attended the wedding that we wanted you to know how grateful we are for all that you did. We know you have your hands full just seeing to the flowers, but you really should be a Wedding Planner."
- Kevin & Jamie Driscoll (Parents of Christina Messmer-Houghtaling-Married September 2010)
"Thank you for the flowers and arrangements. Everything was absolutely beautiful! We received so many compliments on the decor - it turned out to be just gorgeous and I love, LOVE my bouquet!!!!
Thank you so much. I will recommend you to any of my friends when they become brides (just like cousin Adrienne) and will surely remember you for any upcoming big events."
- Lauren Wilcoxen (Married July 2010)
"Where do I start? Every detail was 100 times more beautiful then I ever imaged! The flower squares that held the escort cards were amazing!! The table cards, my bouquet, centerpieces, trellis decor, the "S" in rose petals was too perfect! I can't thank you enough!
Thank you for all of your beautiful work and for being a part of our wedding!"
- Brittany Saveley (Married May 2010)
"Kio Kreations was one of my absolute favorite vendors. From the minute I met with Kristen, I could tell she just "got" my vision. She had awesome ideas that I never had thought about and I swear she could read exactly what I was looking for. She was so easy to work with during the process, typically we communicated over email, which she responded to very quickly. She is organized and helped me with much more than floral. She went way above and beyond for my wedding. When the flowers arrived the day of, they were so much cooler than I had ever imagined! She really took the ideas we spoke about to the next level. I also knew I could trust her to make sure everything at the venue was right as well. I would highly highly recommend booking her (early!)"
- Stephanie Smith (Married April 2010)
"The second I met Kristen I knew we were going to book her! When we met I had all these ideas that I liked and it was really all over the place. Kristen took the time to really get to know us and was able to start to see the look and feel we wanted with our wedding, even among the laundry list of things we wanted to include. Kristen truly cares about each one of her brides and I knew on the day of our wedding I would not need to worry about a thing. She even called me one Saturday night because she saw a centerpiece idea at another wedding and just knew it was something I would want to incorporate into our centerpieces. Her customer service is beyond what I ever would have excepted, which for us won us over right away. The flowers on our wedding day were amazing! My bouquet was exactly like I had always pictured and our centerpieces were so unique and beautiful. As you can tell I can't say enough great things about Kristen's personality, customer service and her work is amazing. Oh and most important, in the end I came in under my initial budget even after adding a few things here and there throughout planning. Thank you!"
- Katie Kramer (Married January 2010)
"I don't have the words to tell you how beautiful all the flowers, my bouquet, the bridesmaids bouquet, the head table, the gift card holder, the aisle runner - I loved everything that you did. Everyone in my extended family also loved all your work. It was great to work with you as well.
Again, I loved working with you and all your work was gorgeous."
- Linda Varghese (married March 2010)
"We had a VERY small wedding and I was struggling to find someone that would work within my small budget but still offer amazing service and more than just roses. Based on several recommendations I found Kristen. From the first time we met I knew she would do an amazing job as she understood what I was looking for. I can't even begin to express how happy I was with our flowers, from my personal bouquet to the reception flowers everything was just amazing. Everyone at our wedding commented on what a statement the flowers made, and that is exactly what I was looking for. We only hosted 20 people at our wedding and we all sat around one table, so the flowers were our only decorations. But with the amazing job that Kristen did we didn't need anything more than that.
Everything was simply perfect, I don't know how else to put it. Thank you Kristen for being a part of our wonderful day, and for making it so beautiful!"
- Amanda Poole (married January 2010)
"What can I say about Kristen besides that she is a truly gifted florist! She did our personal flowers, ceremony decorations, half of our reception centerpieces, and our cake table decor. I absolutely loved each and every thing she did for the wedding. I gave her ideas of what I was thinking for colors for our bridesmaids bouquets and they looked exactly like I had envisioned. My bouquet was beautiful and included everything we discussed and even a gorgeous wrap around the stems. I can not express enough my love for the decor on our cake table. I gave Kristen a picture of my "dream" cake table and she went above and beyond to create that image which I truly appreciate.
Another wonderful thing about Kristen is her fun personality and her passion for her job. It definitely shows through her work and I'm very happy we had such a wonderful florist! Thanks so much Kristen!"
- Amy Lesch (married November 2009)
"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Kristen at Kio Kreations for our wedding paper items - programs, table numbers, place cards and gift card birdcages. Kristen took the time to listen to what we had in mind and gave thoughtful recommendations. Kristen's artistic eye and attention to detail ensure that every item she works on turns out perfectly. The items she prepared for us gave our wedding a personal touch. I would highly recommend working with Kio Kreations - Kristen's passion for all things 'wedding' shines through her work!"
- Patrick & Carann Flynn (married November 2009)
"Kristen is AMAZING! Not being a flower person, I told her what colors I was looking for, and she was able to show me several flowers in the shades I wanted for my bouquet. (which I loved and wished I could have kept FOREVER!)
The centerpieces at my wedding were truly stunning. Having a Christmas wedding, Kristen used several holiday florals, but didn't make them overtly "holiday-esque". My guests loved being able to bring home the flowers to enjoy after the wedding."
- Lisa Grublesky (married December 2008)
"Thank you so much for the phenomenal job you did on the flowers! Everything looked gorgeous -- we absolutely loved how well everything turned out...I really appreciate all your hard work -- thanks again!!!"
- Shonna Holien Cygan (married August 2009)
- Michelle Sammons (married January 2009)
"I can say with confidence that Kristen made our wedding absolutely BEAUTIFUL! From the first moment I contacted her, Kristen provided amazing levels of personal attention and creative suggestions. Each time she finishes a wedding, she sends a portfolio of photos to her future brides. I found this service to be very helpful in my planning. If I ever had a question or idea, she would reply to my phone call or email immediately. Working with Kristen was truly one of my favorite parts of the planning process. She is genuine, funny, and hardworking, and the planning really felt like a collaborative process. She inspired me to new levels of creativity, and the end result exceeded all of my expectations. She was always mindful of my budget and she was able to produce a beautiful effect that was also affordable. Her work, in one word, is STUNNING. Friends and family members are still raving about everything she put together. She truly has a gift for pulling together all the little details, and she goes above and beyond to make a vision a reality. I will always be grateful that Kristen was a part of our wedding day...it would not have been the same without her!"
- Molly Meade McGowan (married October 2008)
"Kio Kreations is the absolute best. Her attention to detail, expertise, and amazingly high quality items make her an absolute steal for every budget. Kristen, the owner of Kio Kreations, personalized her service to meet my individual style and made my dream flowers come true. Everything from the décor to my own personal bouquet were fresh, stunning, and lasted for days, as if they were just cut from a garden. Thank you Kio Kreations for making my wedding day absolutely stunning."
- Alice and John Raflores (married May 2009)
"We were so happy to have found Kio Kreations to do our floral & decorations for our May 2009 wedding! Kristen had so many ideas for the ceremony & reception that were both inexpensive and unique. We had so many compliments on the flowers, aisle runner, gift-card holder, bar decorations, centerpieces, and our sweetheart table. The whole planning process with Kristen was so easy. She dealt with hundreds of my emails during the year of planning and asking so many questions and changing a bunch of things, she deserves a medal for that!"
- Lori & Joe Biancofiori (married May 2009)
"Thank you so much. I absolutely loved the flowers, the tables, the curved wall. It was so beautiful and we received so many compliments about the details of the pictures on tables, seating chart and of course the arrangements. You were great to work with and I am just so thankful you made my special day so wonderful.
I will absolutely recommend anyone to have you as their florist."
- Brooke & Brett Schulze (May 2008)
"Kristen, you were a joy to work with. Everything you did was beautiful. All the flowers were perfect and exactly what my daughter had dreamed of. When we walked into the Le Jardin room people just gasped at how beautiful the cylinder vases with submerged flowers looked. The table numbers were so adorable many of our guests walked around each table just to view each one. As MOB, I can't thank you enough for your professionalism, creativity, and patience."
- Rose Miksan (mother of Jen Miksan who was married June 2009)
"What can I say about Kristen besides that she is a truly gifted florist! She did our personal flowers, ceremony decorations, cocktail hour centerpieces and reception centerpieces, and I loved each and every thing she did for the wedding. Working with her was an incredibly enjoyable experience because I could just give her ideas and let her run with them! For instance, one of my centerpieces was some cheap $8 little spiral candle holder, which I thought looked too plain, and she came back with a bunch of ideas about how we could dress them up, and they were so creative! She also did my tall centerpieces sand re-purposed the pomanders from our ceremony to save us more money! She is very very resourceful with the things she is given -- she HAS to be if certain flowers only come in certain seasons!!- and obviously your budget too.
Another thing I loved about Kristen was how organized she was. For the things I had my heart set on, I sent her a list of everything I wanted, and she followed it to an absolute "T." And for the other components that I didn't care about, she just went to town and put her own personal flair into it and the final product was awesome! A good example of this was our guest book/gift table arrangement. I found this vase for $3 at Target and said, "Here Kristen, can you please do something with this for the gift table?" I didn't really give her any direction other than colors, and she totally came up with the most beautiful piece that matched everything perfectly and was really unique! She is one of the vendors you can just trust to take care of everything and "over-deliver." I showed her examples of the style I liked, and she came up with the rest! But if you have specific ideas, she can bring almost any of them alive! I can't tell you how nice it was to have somebody that you didn't have to babysit and worry about during the last few weeks of your wedding.
Also, Kristen is just very nice as a person. She got married the week before I did and re-arranged her OWN wedding date around mine ... now that's service! I wish her and her new husband nothing but happiness and truly believe my wedding would NOT have been as great as it was without her as our florist. She is going to be big one day!"
- Erin Sarris (married November 2008)