Sometimes simplicity is best.

Sometimes it's best to keep things simple.  Traci Flowers (how can you not want to be friends with someone who has a last name like that?) and Matt Davis had a *really* rough time when planning their wedding.  Their original wedding venue/planner/florist... disappeared!  Literally.  They had to start from scratch, & the frustration is unimaginable.  They were definitely a little nervous about their wedding, and can't be blamed.  Every wedding nightmare truly happened to them.

Despite all their understandable nervousness, the couple truly combined spirit, simplicity and taste and the end result was an absolutely gorgeous wedding.

Dean Thorsen took these absolutely beautiful photos of their day.

Traci liked her flowers to be very tailored and contemporary.  She loves calla lilies and green cymbidium orchids.

The bridesmaids carried similar bouquets featuring dahlias, wrapped with variegated ginger foliage and peppered with green dendrobium orchid florets.

The boys all wore bouts to match.

Their reception was held in the Altitude Room at the W Hotel Lakeshore.  The view is kind of breathtaking with windows practically everywhere you look.  Candles and submerged flowers are the absolute perfect fit.

The simplicity statement really travels incredibly far.

You can't see from this photo, but all the corks that hold the place-cards read "flowers."  :) :) :)

Sometimes the wedding planning process is harder than you think.  Stress, anticipation, too many people's opinions... it's enough to make you forget why you're marrying the person you're in love with.  That was hardly the case with Traci and Matt.  This couple faced some of the largest wedding hardships that can surface.  Things that simply *are*not*fair*.  Despite all of that, despite their nervousness and despite their stress, these two truly showed their love for one another.  I first met with them as they faced a difficult part of the planning process and was fortunate enough that they chose us to work with them to follow through to the end.  And the entire time Traci and Matt never lost the real reason they were planning all of this.  They were about to be wed.

To make things even better, there was a rainbow that evening.

A little bird told me (our amazing guy who collects the vases at the end of the night) that when he arrived that they and all their friends were in a circle, arms draped over one another's friend's singing Billy Joel's "Piano Man." Those of you who know me well know what I'm about to type... I teared up.

Congratulations to Traci and Matt!!!