Joanna and Luke were married at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and had their reception at the posh, new, boutique hotel Hotel Arista in Naperville. Their colors were black, ivory and burgundy with touches of light pink. Flowers included roses, dahlias, peonies, spray roses, orchids, ranunculus, lisianthus, hydrangea, and amaranthus. This was one of the most spectacular weddings we’ve ever done!
Joanna’s bouquet with an all-white mix of peonies, roses, spray roses, lisianthus, ranunculus and cymbidium orchids with burgundy throats. The bridesmaids carried mostly burgundy blooms including roses, spray roses, peonies, dahlias, and mini cymbidium orchids with touches of light pink spray roses.
The corsages and bouts were made of a spray roses, dendrobium orchids, ranunculus and cymbidium orchids. For the flower girls, we did baskets filled with red petals. The ring bearers carried pillows made by Simply Bridal on Etsy who is actually my good friend Amy’s mom! They were just perfect!
At the church, we designed a unique unity candle and holder set just for Joanna and Luke. We also did 2 entry way pieces with tall branches that were displayed on pedestals outside the doors to the church and 2 altarpieces displayed on column blocks on the altar. The altarpieces were made of mokara and dendrobium orchids and black curly willow branches in a tall pilsner vase. We also put down an aisle runner and hung hydrangea from every-other pew to complete the look.
And let’s not forget the fabulous programs I made…the overall ceremony details were just unforgettable!
For the reception, we went all out with the decor. I made signs for the late night snack buffets which included a cheese fountain, Garrett’s Popcorn display, and Chicago Hot Dog Stand. I also made signs for the signature drinks, wishes and advice, card vase, as well as a sign for the bathroom basket which we provided. I also designed the escort cards and table numbers and two large monogram M’s for above the cheese display and bar in the cocktail area.
As you walked into the cocktail hour, the two entry way pieces from the church flanked the entrance and were illuminated with lights and displayed on my box pedestals. The round escort card table had a stunning display of rows of cards with rose petals in between and one of the altarpieces was placed in the center.
The other altarpiece was placed on the sweets table in the reception space. We also did our signature floral-rimmed gift card holder to hold the cards and made 8 rectangle vases with black ribbon bands filled with flowers for the cheese display on the credenza. We also put out 8 framed photos of the bride and groom around the space. 4 of the highboys got mini-me arrangements that looked similar to one of the centerpieces. We also provided vases for the pew hydrangea that we placed in the ladies’ room and on the bars. Rose petals also were tossed on tables in the cocktail area to finish the look.
In the reception room, the head table was decorated with petals, shimmering bling, votives and vases for the bouquets. The cake was decorated with orchids sloping down one side and the cake table was decorated with red and pink petals.
The guest tables were decorated with 2 different styles of centerpiece: one was a silver manzanita tree with floral base and hanging votives, bling, and orchids on the branches; the other style was a floral rim around 3 cylinder vases which were filled with floating orchids and candles. Both arrangements had hydrangea, peonies, dahlias, roses, spray roses and orchids in them. We also made a small piece for the vendor table as well.
It was a totally elegant, modern, chic affair and I was so glad to be a part of it. I loved working with Joanna and her mom to plan the flowers and decor–and everything turned out fabulous!
We love working at Hotel Arista and look forward to the other weddings we have there this year. We also loved that one of our favorite photographer, Brian Kinyon, was there to capture all of the beauty and splendor of this event. I cannot wait to see his photos–but for now, I have a lovely assortment of photos by Tara Etrheim, our in-house Principal Photographer. I also want to give thanks and praise to all of the Kio freelancers that helped with this event–Tara, Monica, Anika, Erica and Jaime–thank you all for being awesome and making this yet another successful, wonderful wedding for Kio Kreations!
And in conclusion, congrats to Joanna and Luke on their wedding today! I wish them a lifetime of happiness and we were honored to be a part of this splendid day!