Cara and Peter had their wedding at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Elmhurst and had their reception at the beautiful Danada House in Wheaton, Illinois. Their colors were periwinkle and charcoal with magenta and orange accents. The flowers included hydrangea, orchids, roses, garden roses, and dahlias.
For the personal flowers, Cara wanted a bold, fluffy bouquet of peonies and other flowers. Peonies were not in season, so we substituted them with magenta peony garden roses and sunset orange-salmon garden roses and aded in some Fuchsia vanda orchids, Jaguar hot pink spotted mokara orchids and a base of blue hydrangea. The handle was wrapped in ivory satin and with Peter’s grandmother’s hanky with pretty embroidery wrapped around it. The maid of honor carried a bouquet of all blue hydrangea with a blue handle. The bouts and corsages were all made of mostly orchids and some spray roses. I also provided petals for the flower girl’s basket as well as 2 satin bags filled with petals for the moms to toss at the couple during the ceremony.
For the ceremony, I just put down the aisle runner and roped off the inner aisle. We also had a huge basket of petals for after the ceremony for the guests to toss at the couple as they departed the church. I also made 6 reserved signs for the first 3 family pews on each side of the church.
For the reception, we made a bunch of arrangements in a variety of vases in different shapes and sizes provided by the couple. Some were squares, some rectangles, some cylinders. We added in some of my pedestal glasses for some of the centerpieces as well and used a couple of my taller cylinders for the foyer arrangement.
I decorated the arch in the front of the house with hydrangea, roses and orchids to set the stage for the flowers inside the house. Then you walked in and saw the entry way arrangement, a trio of tall vases–2 submerged orchids cylinders and 1 rectangle cluster arrangement of hydrangea and roses all surrounded by charcoal river rocks, votives and orchid heads. We also had our signature rectangle card holder vase with monogram on the table as well. Across from it, we put votives and votive holders with orchid heads and a sign for the photo guest book. We put more votives with candles and orchids all over the house and hallway including on the mantels and trim. Smaller vases of submerged orchid heads and floating candles were put on highboys and cabaret tables and river rocks, votives and orchids lined the back of the escort card table.
For the guest tables, we technically did 22 different combos! Most of them were a variation of 3 styles/combos of cluster and submerged arrangements in blue, magenta/fuchsia and salmon orange tones. The sweetheart table got river rocks, orchid heads and vases for the bouquets. And let’s not forget the fabulous cake with blue hydrangea on it. One of my favorite cakes ever!
I think what made everything look more special was the periwinkle linens Cara and Peter chose…they really made the space POP and set off all of the fun cluster and submerged centerpiece combos.
I loved working with Cara and Peter throughout the planning process. They had a lot of great, unique ideas which came together perfectly on their big day. Her bouquet was one of my favorite ones ever–and I really just loved their unique color palette.
I wish Mr. and Mrs. Mooses all the best! Congratulations!