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Modern Rivers Wedding

Posted on December 1st, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

This modern rivers wedding proves that different can be beautiful. When Susan began her process with us, she had a unique vision for her wedding. She wanted a modern and natural wedding with many architectural elements like hanging terrariums, succulents, and manzanita branches.

The bouquets were a gorgeous combination of peonies, roses, freesia, anemones, and brunnia berries. Susan and her bridesmaids looked stunning in all white with hints of grey, navy and greenery from the bouquets.

Hanging from the ceremony arch were floral-filled terrariums, such a unique and stunning addition to the ceremony. Trickling into the cocktail hour were details of succulents that ultimately led to the modern arrangements on the reception tables. With planning by Amelia Cole Events and photography by Greyes Photography the wedding had a wonderful vendor team and a seamless day throughout.

We wish Susan and Matt the very best for their new chapter together, here are some of our favorite photos from the big day:














Venue: Rivers | Photography: Greyes Photography | Planning: Amelia Cole Event |

Event Design 101: Candles and Lanterns and Votives, OH MY!!

Posted on November 23rd, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Romance and elegance begin with candles. Think about the way having just a few candles lit in your home creates a warm glow and romantic environment. Come time to create that same feeling on your wedding day, how are you going to transform your entire wedding into a warm, inviting, and romantic atmosphere? Candles. (And floral, of course). But today, we are strictly talking candles and why you need them, LOTS of them.

There are so many approaches and ways to use candles but first, lets talk styles. We are talking about pillar candles, floating candles, taper candles, and votives. Each of these styles have the ability to create a big impact, while remaining budget friendly. The following images are all great examples of how to best use candle light as a part of your centerpiece.

1. Pillar Candles

Pillar candles are among the most popular of candles. They are often used in glass cylinders (like shown below).  They can be placed directly in the center of a table or interspersed on both sides of a table garland. You can also place them in lanterns or on top of candle holders to help elevate the glow.


Photo by: Clary Pfeiffer Photography 

1a. Pillar Candles on silver Candle Holders

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Photo by: Christy Tyler Photography

1b. Pillar Candle in a Lantern


Photo by: Clary Pfeiffer Photography

2. Floating Candles in Stemmed Candle Holders

Floating candles are another popular option…all you need is the perfect vase, some water, and the floating candles themselves.  When choosing between this option and the pillar candle, these lend themselves to a more modern and playful aethetic.


Photo by: Gerber & Scarpelli Photo

2a. Floating Candles in Cylinders


Photo: Lauren Louise Photography Floral: Blooms Reston Floral

3. Taper Candles in Candle Holders

Taper candles are absolutely stunning and one of our favorite ways to add candle light to your space. The majority of indoor venues in Chicago do not allow these beauties because flames must be enclosed, but if your venue allows, or you are getting married outside, they are a MUST!


Photo by: Clary Pfeiffer Photography

4. Votive Candles

Votives are the perfect finish to every centerpiece and we offer many different styles. They are great for filling up, dressing up, and adding a little light to your reception tables.


Photo by: Clary Pfeiffer Photography

While candles are a great addition to your tables, it is important to remember there are many other parts of your event that can benefit from a little glow. Below are a few other ways that we love to incorporate candle light.

1. Lining an Aisle or Staircase


Photo by: Caroline Tran Floral: Amy Burke Designs


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Photo by: Amanda Megan Miller Photo

2. Highlighting a Focal Piece


Chicago Athletic Association Wedding Life in Bloom Candles

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Photos by: Kina Wicks Photography

Hope you enjoyed a little glow of inspiration and remember when meeting with your florist (which should be us, of course) at least half of your event will probably take place when it is dark out, so be sure to incorporate plenty of candle light to help keep that romantic ambience going throughout your entire evening.

Morgan Manufacturing Wedding

Posted on November 17th, by Life in Bloom in blog. 2 comments

Details can truly make a wedding, and that is exactly what made Jaime and Tom’s one to remember. There was not one detail overlooked. The custom bars, neon sign, custom throw pillows, topiaries, suspended trellis, and so much more. With the flawless planning of La Belle Fleur Events, stunning calligraphy of Allie Hasson, delicious catering of J & L Catering, beautiful photos from Jessica Eileen Photography, and lovely lighting by Frost Chicago, the Morgan Manufacturing wedding came together perfectly.  

From the very first meeting we were incredibly excited to start working on their wedding. Jaime’s style was clean and polished, with an added touch of greenery and gold accents. The bouquets were filled with white ranunculus, garden roses, spray roses, succulents, green tric dianthus, and geranium. The perfect pop against Jaime’s Romona Keveza gown and the bridesmaids’ white J Crew dresses.

The rooftop cocktail hour was dressed with custom white bars, gold pineapples, custom throw pillows and succulents to create the ultimate summer vibe. Guests leaned against custom pillows with Jaime and Tom’s new family crest by Allie Hasson printed on them, while gazing at the stunning view of Chicago’s skyline. And after cocktail hour was up, everyone was then invited downstairs to the reception where they picked up their escort card amongst a boxwood wall complete with Jaime and Tom’s new shared last name in neon calligraphy.

The reception was filled with a mixture of rounds and rectangle farm tables. The rounds had a mixture of Salal greenery tall arrangements and a low compote style centerpiece. The farm tables were set with a navy and white striped runner, garlands and topiaries. The head table was a show-stopper with a massive hanging trellis covered in greenery suspended above it with mini gold pineapples set at each plate. We even created a custom graphic for their reception bar to mimic the table runners and crest design one more time.

For starters.. here are some renderings that we put together for our client…





The entire process was a joy for us and we wish Jaime and Tom all the best! Thank you to the incredible vendors who helped create this event, enjoy a few (okay, a LOT) of our favorite photos below:































Venue: Morgan Manufacturing | Planning: La Belle Fleur Events | Catering: J & L Catering | Calligraphy: Allie Hasson | Photography: Jessica Eileen Photography |Lighting: Frost Chicago |