Stephanie and Steve had their beautiful ceremony and reception at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, Illinois. Their colors were jewel tones including purple, navy, fuchsia, and burgundy with accents of gold. Flowers included delphinium, stock, lisianthus, hydrangea, roses, orchids, dahlias, amaranthus, and minimal premium foliage. Stephanie's bouquet was one of my favorites of all time. It combined shades of white with just the right amount of purple and blue accents. Flowers included roses, hydrangea, lisianthus, delphinium, spray roses, Stephanotis and orchids. The handle was wrapped in champagne satin with an ivory organza overlay and double S rhinestone monogram at the top. The bridesmaids carried bold bouquets of dark purple, blue, raspberry, fuchsia, burgundy and champagne. All of the bouquets worked perfectly with the dresses and the bouts complimented them as well. The wrist corsages were a bold jewel-toned mix of blooms as well. For the outdoor ceremony, we put shepherd's hooks down the aisle with cardstock cones hanging from them with navy ribbons filled with a stem of purple hydrangea. We also put out one of my museum columns with supplies for a wine ceremony on it. The ceremony aisle hydrangea was later recycled for the cocktail hour centerpieces and cake.
For the reception, we had bubble bowls surrounded by votive candles and filled with lily grass that were filled with a stem of purple hydrangea after the ceremony. In the foyer, there was our card holder with a floral decoration on the top and ribbons in bold jewel tones adorning it. I also made a large, showy mixed arrangement for the escort card table. When you finally made it to the reception room, you were wowed with the stunning flowers, candles and linens. The family table was adorned with textured gold fabric provided by my friends at The Chair Couture. The guest tables had a contrasting navy linen on them. The juxtaposition of the two linen colors was perfect. On the family table, we did a long spread of candlesticks, votives, mixed full flower arrangements, petals and vases for the bouquets. For the guest tables we did a trio of submerged that were mixed with gold branches and wire. For the cake, I added purple hydrangea around the top and tiers. I also designed a monogrammed aisle runner for Steph and Steve as well as their GOBO which the DJ shined on the dancefloor. I really enjoyed working with Stephanie and she picked a fabulous, picturesque venue and fabulous vendors including Cynthia Sally (MUA), Amy Christian (photographer), Karolina (DOC) and The Chair Couture (specialty linens). And I suppose you could include us along with those FABULOUS vendors she chose! One of the things I loved most about Stephanie is that she wanted a WOW-factor and was very receptive to my ideas and suggestions. We checked out her venue and brainstormed a color scheme, we chose linen colors to compliment our floral arrangements and provide a big WOW-factor to the guests and she had a lot of great ideas and DIY projects of her very own which worked perfectly with the pieces I designed. Stephanie and Steve are madly and passionately in love and she wanted that conveyed at the wedding and I think we achieved that feeling. There was certainly a lot of love in the air and everyone really enjoyed themselves. I will miss working with Stephanie and her event remains one of my favorites ever! Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Hesser!