It’s summer wedding season and I cannot think of a better color to celebrate the season than pink. So many of our brides have adorned there bridesmaids, flowers and tables in these beautiful hues…from watermelon and raspberry to fuschia and rose, Pink is one HOT wedding color!
I thought it would be fun to share some beautiful pink floral designs from a recent event we did at the historic Hotel Baker in St. Charles. Floral Designer Casey Murdough owner of The Elegant Petal enhanced her table with vibrant purple roses, baby pink hydrangeas and a luxurious raspberry table runner with matching chair covers to complete the look. Jennie Polloway with Elizabeth Wray Design also took inspiration from a bright pink color palette in her tall centerpieces featuring gorgeous fuschia peonies & garden roses, berry orchids and lime green hydrangeas.
And for all of my brides who are still looking for the perfect scent for their wedding day…my favorite this summer is Pink Chiffon from Bath & Body Works…I was told by Casey & Jennie that I smelled like cotton candy, which in my mind is never a bad thing! I think I will make it our Something 2 Dance 2 signature scent!
If you are looking for a unique venue to hold your wedding reception the historic Hotel Baker in St. Charles will exceed all of your expectations.
We had the pleasure on Sunday to showcase Something 2 Dance 2 and Elegant Event Lighting at Hotel Baker‘s Wedding Tasting & Showcase. Over 40 brides attended along with amazing vendors from the Fox Valley including The Elegant Petal, Elizabeth Wray Design, Town & Country Gardens, Wallflower Designs, Alex Claney Photography, Oak Mill Bakery, Cold Stone Creamery, Lou Malnati’s Pizza, and many more
Hotel Baker is definitely a hidden gem in the Fox Valley!
Posted by Tamara Sims | Filed under News and Updates
The Royal Wedding is just days away and wedding professionals throughout the country are excited about Prince William & Kate’s upcoming nuptials. So I thought it would be fun to find out what some local wedding vendors are doing in their businesses in anticipation of The Royal Wedding:
Elizabeth Wray Design in Geneva designed this beautiful inspiration board to reflect their vision for the Royal Wedding. Champagne and pale blush pink accented with gold and muted silvery blue. Gorgeous! Check out their Blog this week for more Royal Wedding inspiration: http://elizabethwraydesign.wordpress.com/
Casey Murdough of The Elegant Petal in Geneva will be “waking up bright and early” on Friday to catch the live event which will be broadcast here in Chicago at 5:00AM!
Sandy Ryan, owner of Bella Bridal & Formal Wear in St. Charles invites everyone to join her on Friday, April 29th for the BIG ROYAL WEDDING. Bella Bridal will be open from 3-9 am with live coverage of the wedding, raffles, specials, and many surprises. Want to attend? Call now to RSVP 630-443-9226.
As for me, I will be viewing The Royal Wedding from my treadmill!
Spring has finally sprung…and it is about time! Wedding Season in Chicago is right around the corner, so I thought I would share some Spring Wedding Trends to help in your planning.
*Spring Floral Trends Pantone announced their 2011 color pick is Honeysuckle. Jenny Polloway of Elizabeth Wray Design in Geneva, loves this bright red/pink shade for spring, and best of all…there are many spring flowers that come in a honeysuckle hue.
*Outdoor is in! Have your wedding ceremony or reception outdoors and enjoy the beautiful, sunny weather. Add bright colors to the wedding with decor, bridesmaid’s dresses, or hair styles, and make your wedding eye-catching and unique.
*Wedding Gowns Sarah with Elizabeth Wray Design shares some great tips for Spring Wedding Gowns. ”Pay homage to the season by wearing a gown with floral details such as three-dimensional embellishments or subtle appliques. I love these gowns for their layered texture, amazing details, and oh so feminine silhouettes. Let the sweet romance of a blossoming flower be the inspiration for your bridal gown!”
*Wedding Favors Plantable seeds or a blooming plant can be symbolic of the bride & groom’s new journey, and is a great idea for Spring. Or how about your favorite cupcake adorned with a beautiful edible flower. Add a small vase adorned with butterflies or birds to complete your theme.
Happy Spring and Happy Wedding Planning!
Tags: Elizabeth Wray Design
Posted by Tamara Sims | Filed under Wedding Resources
We have had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth Wray Design over the years and were excited to be side by side with her beautiful floral creations and table designs at The Hotel Baker Wedding Showcase. We sat down with Elizabeth Wray and Jennie Polloway to learn more about their business.
Tell me about your business Elizabeth Wray Design-Wedding and Event Florist and Wedding Planner located in the beautiful town of Geneva, IL.
What services does your company offer? Our creative design team will collaborate with you and help pull together all of your wedding flower ideas. We also provide full delivery and set up service for all of our weddings. This is our way of taking care of you, by taking care of the details…all of your wedding flowers and decor elements.
What additional services do you offer? We also offer décor rental, full event planning or week of planning services, printed materials including menus, invitations, place cards, etc.
What type of event makes up most of your business? Weddings have been our passion since 1992!
What are some of your favorite flowers? Parrot Tulips, Ranunculus, and Hyacinth.
How about your favorite color? Honeysuckle
What are some 2011 Floral Trends? Even though there is still snow on the ground…we at Elizabeth Wray Design are thinking Spring! Pantone has announced their 2011 color pick…honeysuckle! We love this bright red/pink shade for spring, and best of all…there are many spring flowers that come in a honeysuckle hue.
You can visit Elizabeth Wray Design’s lovely showroom at 15 West State Street, Suite B in Geneva, IL. For even more floral inspiration check out their website: www.elizabethwraydesign.com
Posted by Tamara Sims | Filed under News and Updates
On Wednesday evening, Jay & I had the opportunity to attend an amazing Wedding networking event at the Chicago History Museum hosted by Knot.com. We were surrounded by beautiful flowers, delicious food, and the top wedding vendors throughout the Chicago area including Elizabeth Wray Design, Melissa Phillips of Simply Perfect by Melissa, Jim Verraros & Bill Brennan of Bridal Expo Chicago, and the marvelous wedding planning team of Jena Warren & Audra Byrne of An Affair to Remember just to name a few.
I had a great conversation with Jim & Bill who had recently returned from New York (my favorite city next to Chicago) where they attended Bridal Market. They were so excited to talk about the beautiful designer wedding gowns they saw go down the runway. I was especially delighted to hear about the new partnership between Vera Wang and David’s Bridal. Gowns will range from $600 to $1,500, with most coming in under $1,200, which will make a designer gown much more affordable for today’s Brides. And of course we had fun talking about Kleinfeld’s Bridal in New York City, made famous by the TLC show “Say Yes to the Dress.”
The highlight of the evening was meeting cofounder and editor in chief of The Knot Inc., Carley Roney. She was so generous with her time and spent the evening speaking with Chicago Wedding Professionals about current trends in our industry.
It truly was a beautiful fall evening in Chicago…and what could be better than sharing ideas with so many wonderful wedding professionals!
Tags: An Affair to Remember, Bridal Expo Chicago, Carley Roney, Chicago History Museum, David's Bridal, Elizabeth Wray Design, Jay Sims, Kleinfeld Bridal, knot.com, Say Yes to the Dress, Simply Perfect by Melissa, Something 2 Dance 2, Vera Wang
Posted by Tamara Sims | Filed under Wedding Venues
Thank you to Liz, Mary, Karen and Jack at Hotel Baker in St. Charles for hosting another wonderful Bridal Tasting. Jay & I enjoyed spending time with our upcoming Hotel Baker Brides and Grooms. The Rainbow Room was adorned with beautiful flowers, linens and decor provided by The Elegant Petal, Elizabeth Wray Design and Town and Country Gardens…all amazing floral designers who we at Something 2 Dance 2 have had the pleasure of working with over the years. The Waterfront Room was filled with delicious treats and gorgeous cakes provided by Rolf’s Patisserie, along with a mouth watering ice cream bar provided by Cold Stone Creamery…what guest wouldn’t love to create there own creamy concoction!
The historic Hotel Baker is a hidden gem in downtown St. Charles, and is the perfect location to create the Wedding of your dreams. Have your Ceremony in the gorgeous Rose Garden along the Fox River, and dance the night away on an illuminated dance floor in the Rainbow Room…the possibilities are endless.
I speak from true experience to the level of dedication the staff at Hotel Baker provides as Jay & I renewed our vows here for our “10 Seasons of Love” Anniversary Party in 2007. The photo above captures that amazing night we will never forget! To learn more about Hotel Baker please visit www.hotelbaker.com