Real Wedding Spotlight: Archna & Jeff

Wedding Date: 10/6/2018

Venue: Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant

Dress: Casablanca Bridal via Doris Bridal Boutique

Photographer: Mae Stier

Hand Pies: Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

This elegant seaside wedding has the makings of a romance film, complete with a windswept beach, dancing under the stars, and dreamy florals (if we do say so ourselves!). Archna and Jeff make an October wedding look breezy, elegant and like lots of fun.

Tell us about your love story!

We met at a Northwestern tailgate through mutual friends, and it pretty much was the rest of everything from that day on. I think it was the easiest relationship I’d been in, and pretty early on I felt like we were going to get married. We moved in together within a year, and then bought our little piece of Chicago a few years after that. We perfectly complement each other and it works!

What are three words that best describe your wedding style?

Ethereal, natural, and simple.

What specific moment took your breath away?

When we were able to move the dance floor outside. The lights outside were so superbly beautiful, and there was a wonderful glow inside. It basically became everything I had wanted my wedding to be.

If you could do it all again, what’s one thing you would change for your big day, if anything?

I wish we could remember more! We looked through our photos and realized we had no idea that someone was wearing something, or that a certain situation happened. I laughed when people told me it goes by so quickly, but turns out there is no exception to that rule.

What made you choose to work with Eastern Floral?

It was a no-brainer for us. Not only is Molly one of my sister’s best friends, but I’d followed her work through her career, and I knew that she’d be a perfect fit for our style and vision.

Tell us your experience with Eastern Floral.

It was a breeze! Molly and I had coffee. I showed her pictures and explained to her what I was imagining, and she immediately latched on and gave suggestions. I was a bit of a control freak throughout the planning and sent a lot of emails, but Molly was always super patient with me and was sure to answer all of my questions. My florals were the last thing on my mind by the end of the planning, not because I didn’t care, but because I knew that they were being executed perfectly to my vision, and I could worry about other things.

What advice do you have for future brides/grooms when planning your floral?

Look for inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram. It’s so much easier to show what you’re looking for, and then work with your florist to make tweaks to realize your vision. Don’t be afraid to send more pictures or blog posts as you start to really put your wedding together. Early on, you might you might want one thing, but as you start to gather all of the other pieces of the wedding, certain things might change. Let your florist know!

Other details/comments you would like to share with us.

My husband didn’t really have much to do with the planning, but he was very excited to see the floral and the reception room. He knew that’s what was going to tie everything together, and he loved it! I received (and still am receiving) so many compliments on my bouquet, and it just makes me happy every time I look at pictures of it.

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