Peonies have thousands of years of recorded history. The origin for name of this flower is mentioned in classical Greek mythology. Legend has it that Paeon, the physician to the gods on Mount Olympus, received the beautiful bloom as a gift from Leto, the "hidden beauty" mother of Apollo and Artemis. The Peony is also the state flower of Indiana and the traditional floral symbol of China. It is a flower considered to symbolize riches and honor.
A plethora of peonies were present throughout the day for Krys and Billy's wedding. Krys discovered the florist that provided her fresh cut peonies for her bouquet and decor at Lincoln Park Farmers Market. We first noticed them as soon as we walked in the bride's home with vases filled with peonies in the living room and kitchen. Peonies were incorporated into the programs and stationary designs by Exclusively Weddings. Hair stylist Litsa at Anasa Salon (the bride says does wonders with curly and wavy hair) used a decorative peony hairpin as the finishing touch for the bride's up-do. Also, the bride herself placed a beautiful pink peony to top her wedding cake (which was embossed with words representing the things in life that Krys and Billy hold dear) by Continental Bakery.
As for the fashions, the couple turned to Steve Quick for the wedding rings (white and blue sapphires were their stones of choice). The groom's spiffy threads were from Savvi Formal Wear, the bridal shoes were the Grace design by James Ciccotti, bride's dress and accessories found at Weddings 826, and the stunning gown was designed by Winnie Couture. Oh, the bride's mother MADE not one but two veils for Krys to choose from, one long and one short.
Although we had storms approaching, they stayed away through the ceremony at Mary Seat of Wisdom church, and all the guests were safely inside the reception at Old Orchard Country Club, by the time the thunder rolled through.
But, as usual, we took advantage of the dramatic skies as a backdrop for some outside pictures before heading inside when the rains came.