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Abbey Farms Wedding

Posted on September 27th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Have you ever seen a wedding that looks like a fairy tale? The lighting of the day is just perfect, the couple so happy, and the florals all whimsical and romantic? Dana and Stanley’s wedding was exactly that. Their rustic-chic wedding at Abbey Farms in Aurora was one to remember.

This sweet couple could not have had a more perfect palette. Peonies, sweet pea, cafe au lait dahlias, lisianthus, spray roses, queen anne’s lace, seeded eucalyptus, stock, astillbe and dusty miller all created this soft, peach/pink, wondrous combination.

The ceremony at a neighboring church was wedding-ready after clutches of floral were added to line the aisle. The flower girl wore a babies breath floral crown and the bridesmaids carried petite bouquets to match Dana’s. The men wore ranunculus, dusty miller and brunia berry boutonnieres.

The reception was filled with romantic centerpieces, white linens, gold calligraphy, and a beautiful sunset! The entire day was shot by the talented Katherine Salvatori. Check out Dana and Stan’s big day below…

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Venue: Abbey Farms | Photographer: Katherine Salvatori

Public Hotel Wedding

Posted on September 16th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Renzhuo and Shuonan were married on a perfect Sunday this past July. A little fog made it a dreamy afternoon as the two were wed on the rooftop of The Public Hotel.

This Gold Coast venue is complete with an unbeatable view of the Chicago skyline, you truly feel an arms length away. The all white linens and furniture of The Public Hotel set the stage for bright peonies, greenery, and gold accents.

This sweet couple wanted their intimate gathering to look organic, romantic, and include shades of peach, red, and white. The bride wore a delicate flower crown in the same palette as her peony filled bouquet. For the ceremony, we used a birch branch arch, draped with ivory chiffon and drenched in eucalyptus, peonies, garden roses, and jasmine vine.

For the reception, a long white table stretching the length of the rooftop was set with gold candle holders at varying heights surrounded by olive. This garland effect was complimented with boutique vases filled with peonies, garden roses and olive branch.

We wish these two the happiest of marriages! Check out some of their stunning moments captured by Nicodem Creative.

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Venue: The Public Hotel Photography: Nicodem Creative 

Event Design 101: Napkin Fold

Posted on September 14th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Today our blog series continues with a detail that is constantly overlooked: the napkin fold. If you are just tuning in, our latest blog series, Event Design 101, is an insight into the other services we offer besides floral design. Life in Bloom can provide you with linens, lighting, draping, custom graphics and so much more to take your wedding to the next level, but today we’re talking about a seemingly minute detail: the napkin fold.

This often overlooked detail can completely alter the look of your tables. A cheesy fold can take your classy soiree and boot it right back into the 80’s. The question you must ask yourself before deciding what napkin fold to use, is what is the purpose of your napkin in the design? Is it to bring in a pop of color/texture? Is it to frame your menu? Is it to mark a place setting? Once you decide the answer to this question it will narrow down your options.

As a general rule of thumb, keep it simple. The more your napkin looks like some type of origami, the more your room will start to feel like a retirement party and less like an elegant wedding. If your napkin is bringing in a pop of color or texture, you want it to be shown as broadly as possible to create an impact. The drop-down fold is perfect for this (shown below).

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If your napkin’s design purpose is to frame the menu, we like either the classic menu fold or the pocket fold. Both options frame the menu, look great with or without a plate below, and leave the option to add a tie or sprig of greenery.

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The final fold we recommend is perfect if you are utilizing a napkin ring or want a little more movement in your napkin fold. If the napkin ring option is too costly, shown below is a way to create the Napkin Ring Fold with ribbon as well.

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