Fabulous Flowers for Rita & Rich at Chateau Ritz

Rita and Rich were married at St.Haraambos and had their reception at Chateau Ritz in Niles. Their colors were eggplant, fuchsia, champagne, ivory and touches of gold. Flowers included orchids, roses, peonies, hydrangea, spray roses, stock, and callas.

For the fabulous bridal bouquet, I combined peonies, mini callas, vanda orchids, cymbidium orchids, and spray roses. It is one of my favorite bouquets EVER! The handle was wrapped in ivory satin with a champagne overlay and a double RR monogram adorned the top. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of purple hydrangea, fuchsia roses and spray roses, champagne roses, callas and orchids. The bouts and corsages were all made with orchids, callas, and spray roses to coordinate with the bouquets. For the ceremony, we just provided a bag of petals for the moms to toss at the couple--this is a fun Greek tradition that I wish I was there to see! I've done a few Greek weddings and have never seen petals thrown at the couple! For the reception, we did paper decor items included U of I table numbers and escort cards and my friend Kristina, the groom's sister, made R's for the backs of Rich and Rita's chairs and for the entry doors. We also did a gorgeous floral piece for the escort card table and our signature floral-rimmed card holder vase and a smaller vase for wishes and advice. The head table was decorated with submerged flower cylinders, petals and vases for the bouquets. The cocktail tables also got a variety of submerged cylinder and rectangle vases with floating candles on them. The cake was decorated with an "F" topper and flowers cascading down the front and back on an angle. The guest tables were adorned with 3 styles of centerpiece included a tall mixed arrangement of hydrangea, stock, roses, larkspur and orchids with gold curly willow branches and purple uplights inside; a trio of submerged orchids in cylinder vases with floating candles; and a short full mixed arrangement. I loved working with Rita and Rich to plan their wedding floral decor and 2 of their showers too! I really appreciate all of the help I received from Kristina and Pauline in making Rita and Rich's wedding perfect! I wish the new Mr. & Mrs. Freidag a lifetime of happiness! CONGRATS! ...and GO ILLINI! 🙂

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