It’s time for another venue spotlight! Each week we are highlighting our favorite Chicago wedding venues and giving you the 411 on these incredible spots! Here’s one you’ve been waiting for: The Chicago Botanic Gardens. One of the few outdoor wedding venues in Chicago, the Botanic Gardens are not only stunning, but incredibly unique.
Venue: Chicago Botanic Gardens
McGinley Pavilion Capacity: Seated Dinner with Dance Floor – 230 people
Location: Glencoe, IL
Just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown is the Chicago Botanic Gardens. A place where your guests are welcomed with lush gardens and cobblestone pathways to the ceremony and reception areas. There are many options for your ceremony and reception location within the Gardens, each more beautiful than the next. Surrounded by the most gorgeous gardens and bodies of water sits our favorite spot, a beautiful tented pavilion. The perfect place to dance the night away.
Any spot surrounded by lush gardens is beautiful on its own, but we love to enhance the pavilion with color and lighting. Specifically when talking about the McGinley Pavilion, we love to see a colorful floral palette brought in which really pops amongst the sea of … Read More »
We are so excited to share Eric and Michael’s wedding on the blog today! What happens when you have two grooms, both with incredible eyes for design? A unique, masculine, and chic wedding comes to life. The two were married at one of Life in Bloom’s favorite venues: the historic, Chicago Athletic Association.
The ceremony was dressed up with Aisle Candles as well as two beautiful focal arrangements which complimented the dark wood and large crystal chandeliers to perfection.
The tables throughout the reception were set with gorgeous patterned linens (bronze sequin, chocolate velvet, and a brown and beige damask); The round tables hosted tall elephant leaf arrangements and flanking the room were two long rectangular tables which were covered with mirror runners and a heavy treatment of smoke-glass illusion candleholders that were breathtaking against the brown velvet linens.
Each place setting included a custom menu with a paper boutonnière and the cutest napkin fold to help create the perfect mini tuxedo (see photos below)
Many thanks to the talented Olivia Leigh who photographed the special day!
Ceremony Venue: Madison Ballroom at the Chicago Athletic Association | Reception Venue: White City Ballroom at the Chicago Athletic Association | Photography by: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | DJ: … Read More »
Life In Bloom is a High end boutique Wedding & Event Florist located in Chicago, IL. We are entering our 6th year of business this spring. We are located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago and are a quickly expanding company. As a result, we are currently seeking Part Time Floral Designers as well as Part Time Studio Prep Assistants.
Studio Prep Assistant Responsibilities:
Cleaning & Organizing the Floral Studio
Cleaning & Prepping Vases
Floral Processing & Conditioning
Event Installs- Availability on some Weekends
Minimum Experience Required
Floral Design Assistant:
Floral Production of boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces & bouquets
Floral Processing & Conditioning
Event Installs – Availability on some Weekends
3+ Years of Experience Required
Applicants must be:
Strong work ethic
Must be able to lift 50lbs
Available to work weekends
Have a valid driver’s liscence
Both of these positions are part time (typically 15-25 hours per week). Compensation will be based on experience, creativity & efficiency.
If you are interested in applying please mail your resume & a cover letter describing why you would be a positive asset to our team as well as any photos of your previous floral design if applicable to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do we love Wednesdays at Life in Bloom? We get to take a virtual walk through some of our favorite Chicago wedding venues in an effort to help engaged couples chose the best space for their wedding! Each week we spotlight one of our favorite venues about share a little bit about what makes the venue so great. Today we cast the spotlight on 19 East. This chic venue, located in The South Loop, is perfect for the fashion-forward couple that wants a beautiful wedding venue with a little architectural flair. Check it out below:
Venue: 19 East
Capacity: Ceremony & Seated Dinner – 150 people
Seated Dinner Reception – 250 people
Location: South Loop
Managed by the established catering company, Food for Thought, 19 East is a stylish and well-run venue perfect for your wedding ceremony and reception. The space has so many unique features include the marble tiled bar, the black-and-white tiled floors in front of the bar, the beautiful herringbone parquet floors throughout, and the super high ceilings and large windows all which attribute to the beautiful aesthetic of 19 East. We highly recommend checking it out!
The space has a … Read More »
Our venue spotlight continues today with the Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. Every week we are highlighting some of the best wedding venues in Chicago and sharing why they are a Life in Bloom favorite! Why is this one, you may ask? Their lush gardens and marble details are just the start, learn more below!
Venue: Armour House
Location: Lake Forest
Nestled in one of the most beautiful Chicago suburbs sits the Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. The grounds at the Armour House are absolutely breath-taking, whether you are having an indoor or outdoor ceremony, both options are dreamy. The grounds are full of lush gardens, making it the perfect place for all of your photos. Where’s the catch? What does the reception area look like? Nope, no catch. The reception area is stunning full of brilliant architecture, marble detailing, and neutral colors.
The venue has so many stunning features, and the key is highlighting these features. Adding heavy greenery and candle treatments to the staircase, fireplace, and fountain is a must! They are such strong focal points in the room, your guests will be convinced you put thought … Read More »
Are you planning a winter wedding but struggling to pin down that perfect style? Certainly you want to capture all of the beautiful simplicity of the season (the cool and neutral color palate and those crisp textures) all while conveying an aesthetic that evokes the joy of winter without feeling like a big holiday celebration (hold the cedar and holly).
Well don’t worry, we have you covered. Today we are sharing our vision of a perfectly dreamy winter wedding celebration where high-end style meets an uber-chic winter wonderland.
1. Bridesmaids in faux furs, we love the incorporation of browns & textures! Source 2. A simple cake with winter greens & berries is an easy call. Source 3. I think this photo says it all, but choosing a blue/silver toned wedding dress can be ideal against all the white. Source 4. Be sure to get detail shots of your invites, loving the different colored envelope. Source 5. Once again we incorporated some brown tones into the floral and a black vase, but it still is overall bright and classy. Source 6. Velvet linens, enough said. Source. 7. Tying in the velvet to another detail, it looks amazing on boutonnieres. Source 8. Taper Candles are … Read More »
It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Time for another Life in Bloom venue spotlight! Today, it’s all about the industrial masterpiece that is Morgan Manufacturing. This unique venue located in The Fulton Market Neighborhood held one of our largest weddings last year and is the perfect venue for a large capacity event without sacrificing style.
Venue: Morgan Manufacturing
Location: Fulton Market
Morgan Manufacturing is a unique space because of it’s exposed duct-work and industrial decor. The built-in bars and lighting are the perfect start to any event design. Their rooftop and bathrooms, yes bathrooms, are hidden gems in terms of style and will leave your guests in awe. You must go check it out for yourself!
Sky is the Limit! This is one of the biggest venues in Chicago and thus has the space to make anything possible. We love to see a lot of lighting, specifically pin spotting and cafe lights. On a table-top level, we love to use a lot of candle light once the dinner portion has started. Suspended floral pieces and tall arrangements make a big impact in the room, even if they are just greenery (pictured below). It’s … Read More »
Today we are chatting about some of the most spectacular wedding venues/event spaces that Chicago has to offer. There are wide variety of venues to choose from in this wonderful city and we wanted to highlight some of our favorites.
1. Cafe Brauer
I may be a little biased, since my husband and I got married here, and thus it will always hold a special place in my heart. But going beyond my bias, with the gorgeous prairie style architecture and the spectacular views of Lincoln Park and the city skyline as seen from the loggias, what’s not to love? It’s a beautiful oasis for a Chicago wedding set in the middle of Lincoln Park just adjacent to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Perfect for those couples wanting a downtown Chicago wedding with the feel of the outdoors & nature as well. From an architectural standpoint, the sea-foam green steel work seen out front as well as within the ceiling of the ballroom is absolutely beautiful. The skylight allows for the sunshine to just pour into the main ballroom. This space can accommodate roughly 250 people for a seated dinner. Photos by Kina Wicks Photography.
2. Garfield Park Conservatory
This space is a real gem hidden in the west … Read More »
Next on our venue spotlight is the uber-chic Ivy Room. If you missed any posts in our recent series, we are highlighting some of our favorite venues. (Past: Galleria Marchetti and Chicago History Museum) With booking season in full-force, we want to share our knowledge and tips for some of the best spaces to say “I-do”. Make sure to tune in every Wednesday as we highlight Chicago’s hottest wedding venues.
Venue: Ivy Room
Capacity: 180 people with dance floor & band
Location: River North
The Ivy Room is an incredible spot to hold your Chicago wedding. On top of the gorgeous french doors (which can be opened if weather permits) and a fantastic inventory of in-house furniture options to choose from; the rental price also includes many necessities that are not included at most venues. The location is right in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood with an unexpected hidden courtyard to use for your ceremony or cocktail hour. We absolutely love the Ivy Room and can not wait for the multiple weddings we have there this year, be sure to check it out!
The Ivy Room has stunning high ceilings, to fill the space we love doing tall … Read More »
As much as we love a classic spring palette, there is something about fall colors that stand out amongst the rest. Christina and Mark’s Fall Wedding at 19 East was one of our absolute favorites. Not one detail was missed with Christina’s fall-chic style and the help of Wrap it Up Events.
The ceremony and reception both took place at 19 East, which has a striking simplicity to the overall space, with an industrial undertone.
For the ceremony, a birch arch was covered in a lush floral garland and the aisle was flanked with two large and extremely textural arrangements. Other amazing details could be found in the boxwood wall for the escort cards, some uber-chic velvet furniture for the lounge groupings, and subtle touches of artichoke here and there.
The bridesmaid’s bouquets were filled with cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, scabiosa, and multiple types of greenery. Christina stayed with a classic all-white bouquet, which made perfect sense once we saw her stunning beaded gown that really stole the show.
When we originally began planning with Mark and Christina, we created a rendering for their wedding to give them a visual of what we had in mind for the room. Below we have photos of the day … Read More »