Megan and Tom were married at The Shrine of our Lady of Pompeii and had their reception at Grand Piazza in the Little Italy neighborhood of Chicago. Their colors were black, white and magenta/fuchsia. The flowers included orchids, roses, hydrangea and peonies.
For the personal flowers, Megan carried an all-ivory bouquet of peonies, hydrangea, roses and mini cymbidium orchids. The bridesmaids carried all magenta/fuchsia bouquets of peonies, roses and orchids. The guys wore orchid bouts and the corsages were made of a combo of roses, spray roses and orchids. The flower girls carried adorable white hydrangea pomanders and I got a report that they did survive for photos!
For the ceremony, we hung hydrangea from every third or fourth pew and that was it. We later reused the hydrangea on the sweetheart table and bars at the reception.
For the reception, Grand Piazza has an awesome rooftop space where cocktail hour is held. The escort card table, gift table and a bunch of highboy and cabaret tables reside up there. We decorated many of them with squares filled with hydrangea or peonies. The escort card table had 8 square vases of peonies lining the back of the table along with votives and petals. I designed the escort cards which turned out really fabulous!
The cake table was decorated with petals and the cake got magenta peonies. The sweetheart table had a vase for the bridal bouquet, 4 squares full of white hydrangea, votives and petals.
The centerpieces consisted of two types–one was a short round mixed arrangement of mostly magenta/fuchsia flowers and some white accents. The other style was a tall pilsner vase with a submerged stem of fuchsia orchids and a huge spray of white dendrobium orchids coming out of the top. They were both fabulous. We actually had enough rose petals for me to add them around all of the centerpieces too. That only added to the look!
It was very serendipitous for me to be the florist for Megan and Tom’s wedding. Tom is actually my accountant and friend Jason’s brother. Megan and Tom’s wedding fell on the only Saturday I had free the entire summer and I really just think it was meant to be! It turned out great!
Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Crider!