‘Tis the Season (for Love)

As many of you know, the Christmas holiday is one of the most popular time for engagements. Perhaps this is because people like to propose when family are around or they just get punch drunk with holiday excitement...whatever the reason, thousands of people in the U.S. will get engaged in the next few weeks. While engagements might be on the rise this month, weddings are typically few and far between this time of year in chilly Chicagoland. Our chilly weather, however, did not deter Megan and Tim from having a beautiful, snow-kissed wedding a week before Christmas Eve at Riverside Receptions in Geneva. And what a wonderful wedding it was! Their colors were white and dark red and flowers included a bunch of my favorites including orchids, mini callas, ranunculus, amaryllis and tulips. For the personal flowers, I made a red monochromatic bouquet for Megan that had double tulips, parrot tulips, mini callas, amaryllis, hypericum berries and ranunculus in it. It was just breath-taking. The Bridesmaids' bouquets were also stunning and featured red and white tulips, mini callas, ranunculus and berries. The Jr. Bridesmaid is awesome, so she needed an awesome pomander made of white button poms and berries with pearl accents. She loved it but told me it was a little heavy! Lol. The guys all wore ranunculus bouts and the corsages were a mix of ranunculus and orchids. For the ceremony, I decorated these wrought iron partitions that went on the sides of a wrought iron archway which served as Megan and Tim's altar. I made little bunches of flowers and foliage and hung them from different glass votives and basically made a large sculptural floral statement that, when accompanied by candlelight, really set the ambiance. For the reception, Megan had me make one style of centerpieces and she used the venue's candlestick votives with petals as the other style. Mine were a 12" cylinder vase with submerged stems of white dendrobium orchids and red spider mokara orchids with a piece of variegated lily grass inside and floating candle on top. They were simple but chic. I really enjoyed working with 3 generations of Megan's family (The bride, her mother, and her adorable daughter). I hope Megan & Tim (& company) have a lifetime of happiness together!

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