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Archive for June, 2014

Dazzling Dahlias for your Wedding Florals

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Dahlias are fun, versatile flowers that add eye-catching drama to any wedding centerpiece or bouquet. With 19 different forms ranging from blooms resembling peonies to daisies and even orchids, dahlias have a variety of petal shapes and color palettes that complement nearly all florals you can imagine. Native to Mexico, Colombia, and Central America, these fragrance-free blooms can also save you some cash. Due to their large head, a Dahlia bouquet requires less flowers overall to create a full, lush arrangement, meaning fewer stems and more money in your wallet. Available June through November, dahlias come in nearly every color and even bi-colors of the rainbow except blue (and black- the Black Dahlia Hollywood murder mystery has nothing to do with the actual plant). If you’re looking for a flower that is bright, bold, and unusually striking, the Dahlia is for you!


For more great bouquet ideas, check out our Pinterest board, Beautiful Bouquets.

Vendor Spotlight: Starlight Makeup



Lillian Toma knows what every bride wants on her wedding day: “You want to look like the best version of yourself. You want an artist who’s reliable. You want a stress-free experience.” Starlight Makeup offers stellar professional hair and makeup services for your wedding day. Beginning her career working for NARS Cosmetics, Lillian prides herself on 15 years of experience in the makeup industry and having over 1,000 satisfied brides! Utilizing her exceptional artistry skills and using ONLY the best products on the market, Lillian is excited to work with you and transform you on your wedding day into your very best and beautiful self!  Based out of Evanston, Lillian loves to travel for work, no matter where that may take her! In addition to wedding hair and makeup services, Lillian also offers makeup lessons, does commercial shoots, and workshops for makeup professionals.

 For more information on Starlight Makeup, check out:

Email: Lillian@StarlightMakeup.com

Phone: 312.543.4093




Colorful Calla Lilies for your Wedding Florals


Calla Lilies are one of the most prominent choices for all types of wedding floral arrangements. Blooming in the United States in late spring (but available year-round), Calla Lilies come in pink, yellow, purple, green, black and orange. Surprisingly, Calla Lilies are not actually lilies. However, this beautiful flower has an extensive symbolic history. The word “Calla” comes from the Greek word for “beauty”, and in the Victorian era (and continuing today) the Calla Lily is used to decorate the church for the Christian Easter service and symbolizes innocence, holiness, and faith. Especially popular in weddings, the white Calla Lily traditionally symbolizes godliness, happiness in the marriage, and faithfulness. The Calla lily is also the flower representing the 6th marriage anniversary. These flowers are strong and hardy, and will complement any wedding bouquet or centerpiece you can imagine!


 For more great bouquet ideas, check out our Pinterest board, Beautiful Bouquets.

Vendor Spotlight: The Floral Company


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Faith Cameron of The Floral Company is one of our favorite go-to florists because of her fresh, creative vision. Based out of Geneva, Faith started The Floral Company in 2013. “I had been in the floral industry for a few years prior to starting my business, but I always knew I wanted to focus my energy and creativity on wedding floral design. I quickly found that this was exactly where I was meant to be! I truly love what I do and am so thankful that my job is something that I am crazy about!  I love working closely with my brides! They make the process really fun!

At The Floral Company, all of their weddings are customized to fit the bride’s style.  “We enjoy coming up with new designs and ideas for each of our brides, so their wedding is unique and special to them. From the ceremony to the reception, we focus on all the little details to make sure that the wedding day is perfect!  We love being able to see an entire vision come together so beautifully, and we are always beyond excited to see a bride holding her bouquet. We are looking forward to booking more brides and being part of their wedding day!”

What inspires Faith? ” I live with my super awesome husband, the sweetest baby boy a mom could ask for, and a not so sweet cat (she is still loved). Being with my family, playing with flowers, drinking coffee, and taking a trip to Anthropologie would be my perfect day.”


Floral Co. Rustic Bouquet

For more information about the Floral Company, check them out here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFloralCompany

Email: faith@thefloralcompanychicago.com


Honeymoon in Hawaii

LavaOld Lahaina LuauNa Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii


One of the most incomparably beautiful honeymoon spots in the world, Hawaii has something to offer every couple, whether you are looking for an active adventure, a journey into unspoiled nature, or a relaxing beachside escape. Besides, what better place to enjoy being the new Mr. and Mrs. than a paradise that doesn’t require a passport? A great introduction to Hawaii is taking a cruise around the four major islands- Oahu, Maui, Hawaii (or the Big Island), and Kaua’i. The only cruise that sails around the islands is Norwegian’s Pride of America, sailing Saturday to Saturday from Honolulu. If you’ve never been to Hawaii, this cruise is a sampler of the islands, a way to really get to know which island vibe fits you. Here are some of my honeymoon recommendations for my favorite place in the world:

Hawaii (The Big Island)

The youngest of the Hawaiian islands, the Big Island has some of the most incredible live volcanic activity on the planet. Take a Blue Hawaiian helicopter around the island and see streams of hot magma pouring into the ocean amongst giant clouds of boiling steam. Volcanoes National Park is not to be missed. A great spot for hiking, you may find yourself walking on hardened lava that swallowed street signs, covered highways, and demolished towns. An excellent tour is the Captain Zodiac raft excursion out of Kona. Speeding across Kealakekua Bay next to the cliffs, you might spot turtles, colorful fish, and if you are really lucky, a pod of pilot whales. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable, and will show you secluded spots such as the British memorial for Captain James Cook, who discovered the Hawaiian islands, as well as a magnificent collection of giant rocks and cliffs that uncannily resembles the volcano goddess, Pele.


The oldest of the Hawaiian islands, Kaua’i is like the movie capital of this state. From South Pacific to Jurassic Park to Raiders of the Lost Ark to The Descendants, the landscape of Kaua’i is so unique and lush that it has been a Hollywood backdrop for decades. Take a Blue Hawaiian helicopter ride over Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, view the magnificent Jurassic Falls (from Jurassic Park), and maybe even spot a shark swimming in the crystal clear waters off the unparalleled Na Pali Coast. Hanalei Bay on the north side of the island is a great spot to learn how to surf and simply take in the extraordinary beauty of the island.


Maui has the best of both worlds: the peaceful, unspoiled nature of Kaua’i and the social, tourist atmosphere of Oahu. Front Street on the west side of the island has some of the best seafood restaurants and shops on the island. The Old Lahaina Luau on this street is one of the best, most authentic Hawaiian luaus you will ever come across. Dine on classic Hawaiian dishes, such as smoked pork, pineapple, and poi (mashed stem of the Taro plant-you’ve got to try it once). Trilogy Excursions out of Lahaina offers a great snorkeling tour- you cross the bay in a catamaran to the small island of Lanai, which is so unpopulated the snorkeling is unparalleled. You can see anything from turtles to parrotfish to octopus. Perhaps one of the most magnificent features of Maui is whale watching. Thousands of humpback whales swim to Maui during the winter months (you are guaranteed to see a whale November 4 through May 15 if you take a Pacific Whale Foundation Watch) to give birth. All water sports cease during these months to protect the whales, so if you are an active couple looking to go to Maui during that time, don’t expect to jet ski in the bay. Kaanapali Beach is also a five-minute drive from Lahaina. Rated the best beach in America several times, take a surfing lesson in the morning, enjoy a Mai Tai under a cabana, or, for the daredevils, take the plunge off Black Rock Jump. One of the most exhausting yet extraordinary activities is to take a sunrise tour to the top of Haleakala, or “House of the Sun”, the world’s largest dormant volcano. After watching the most breathtaking sunrise, you can check out the rare Silversword plant, which only grows at the top of this volcano, and even look at the Haleakala Observatories, part of the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. You can even spot Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea (on the Big Island) on a clear day.


The most populated and tourist-y of the islands, Oahu is home to the state’s capital, Honolulu, as well as Diamond Head, an extinct volcano which is a great place to hike. Downtown Honolulu has every major fashion brand from Louis Vuitton to Tiffany’s to Burberry. Walking around, you may forget you are on an island until you get to Waikiki beach. Beginner surf lessons are everywhere on Waikiki. Check out the Royal Hawaiian hotel, where movie stars and celebrities such as Shirley Temple used to stay before World War II. For the history buff, Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona are just a bus ride away. About the size of a typical Midwestern two-story house, Iolani Palace offers a look back in time to the last reigning queen of the Hawaiian islands, Liliuokalani.


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