Champaign-Urbana Wedding Florist – Inspiration and Personalization

Each bride wants her wedding to reflect her personal style. In our technological age one of the best ways to find your personal style is to look at pictures online to get a sense of your likes and dislikes {I recommend Pinterest, the Knot, and local photographer’s websites}. You may even find a picture or two that really capture the essence of what you are looking for in your bridal bouquet.

This weekend we had 2 brides that had inspiration photos very similar to the bouquets they wanted. I thought I would give you the inside scoop on taking inspiration and personalizing the options to make it “the bouquet”. One of my favorite questions to ask is “What  should I change to make this bouquet your bouquet?”, sometimes the bride has an idea, usually I have a recommendation in mind based on things I’ve learned about the bride through our consultation.

Miss M and I had been corresponding via email and telephone as she lives outside the Central Illinois area. She wanted a bright fall color palate and early on had selected this bouquet of purple stock and orange roses as her inspiration bouquet. To make it her own she wanted to infuse silver, an important accent color in her wedding palate. We used metallic silver hypericum berries as well as a sheer silver stem wrap to bring a tasteful dash of silver to her bouquet.

Miss L is a sweet and easy going bride. She too had an inspiration picture she was really digging, but the colors weren’t exactly aligned with her claret red (dark red) bridesmaids dresses. We kept all of the same flowers but chose a burginy cymbidium orchid rather than the mauve.  We also incorporated gorgeous dark red Freedom roses, to adjust the color palate and bring and additional rich texture.


It is truly a pleasure and a joy to plan and create each bridal bouquet we design. It is worth every moment spent consulting, researching, ordering, processing, and assembling to see a bride’s face light up at the sight of her bouquet.


Illinois Wedding Florist – What are your colors?

Once you are engaged there are a few questions you should be prepared to hear over and over again: “When’s the wedding?”, “How did he propose?”, “What are your wedding colors?”.  But once you’ve set the date, told your engagement story 100+ times, and chosen the color palate for your wedding, the hard work begins. Now all you have to do is find dresses, linens, flowers, accessories, tuxes, invitations, programs , etc. that match your theme and color palate. Now I can’t help you with all of those things but I can help with flowers. Our wedding galleries have been organized by color to help you find flowers available in your colors and I just posted about 100 new photos in the 2011 galleries.

Wedded Whites
White bridal bouquets are elegant and classic. Some brides choose a truly traditional look with an all white bridal cascade, like the one above. Other brides use white as a backdrop of tradition while infusing their own personal style in the form of color, accent, or shape. See this recent blog post for more information on white bridal bouquets.

Red Hot
Romantic red is another popular choice for wedding flowers. Classic red roses are a favorite, but each bride has the opportunity to add a personal touch: dark and lush greens for a rich texture, all roses in a smooth and spherical shape for a manicured and polished look, paired with warm ivory roses for a lighter feel. And then of course there are many other red flowers like Gerbera daisies, alstroemeria, orchids, berries and mini callas to convey match many other themes.

Pretty in Pink
From the most vibrants of hot pinks (and, and) to the softest blush, feminine pink speaks to brides of all types.

Calm, Cool, and Collected
A cool color palate will feature flowers in: lovely lavender, radiant royal, pleasant plum, beautiful baby blue, passionate purple, lively lime. A bouquet could be centered on just one color, a mixture of several different hues, or a range of shades of the same color.

Warm Wishes and Colors
Reds, yellows, pinks, oranges, and every shade in between. Colors traditionally used in summer and fall are now making appearances year round. Like cool colors, you can choose shades of a single color, monochromatic, or multi-chromatic.

Perfectly Prismatic
Some brides want color: not just cool or warm but both together! These colorful bouquets can be a way to infuse color into another wise neutral palate, or to help bridge the gap between colors used other places in the wedding.

We are here to help you select the perfect flowers for your wedding colors!
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Central Illinois Wedding Florist – Expo 2011

In case you didn’t make it to the bridal expo this week:

We brought bouquets for every season. A traditional tear drop cascade of white lilies, white roses, and white calla lilies accented with silver for a magical winter bouquet. A bright an vibrant constellated summer bouquet with yellow lilies and roses, orange mini gerbera daisies, fuchsia dianthus, purple stock, and hot pink ranunculus. A textured medium hand-tied bouquet in fall hues: lipstick roses, red spray roses, bupleurum, seeded euchalyptus, and hypericum berries.

A whole collection of purple bouquets. From a wrist corsage to an elegant bridal bouquet to several mix and match centerpiece options.

Thanks to all the lovely brides who stopped by, it was lovely to meet all of you.


Illinois Wedding Florist – White Bridal Bouquet

Sometimes white is just right. For some brides a white bridal bouquet is “just the way it is supposed to be.” However, there are a million and one beautiful ways to design a stunning bridal bouquet in white . Today I will show you three. But if you are looking for more ideas for bridal bouquets in primarily white look here, here, and here for more inspiration photos.

For the bride who loves color but wants a more traditional feel, colorful bridesmaids bouquets and ceremony decorations paired with an elegant white bridal bouquet is the perfect combination.

More of her colorful choices: A centerpiece trio, flowers for the cake, and tall arrangements for the “candy bar”.

Thank you to Jamie Newell of Jamie Newell Photography for sharing these beautiful photographs.

Some brides worry that an all white bouquet will blend in with their dress and thus be less noticeable. One way to help a white bouquet pop is to include interesting and eye catching neutrals to draw your eye and lead you to the white focal flowers.  In this bouquet green mini-hydrangea and green hypericum berries added a textured sublayer for the white roses to pop against.




These images were provided by Jake Lieberman Photography. Thank you Jake.

And last but certainly not least a posh bride who wanted a twist on traditional. Dark plums accented warm ivory and champagne roses with a splash of fresh spring green hydrangea.

The plums were brought in with Moonvista dianthus, Schwartzwalder mini callas, and Picasso mini callas. For an additional texture in ivory we used hypericum berries.

We appreciate this sweet bride sharing her beautiful wedding photographs with us. We feel truly blessed to work with each of our brides.