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Venue Spotlight: Galleria Marchetti

Posted on January 4th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Happy New Year!  With engagement Season in full swing and so many couples beginning their wedding planning process, we will be highlighting some of our favorite venues on the blog in the next few weeks.  Make sure to tune in every Wednesday as we highlight Chicago’s hottest wedding venues.

Venue: Galleria Marchetti – The Pavilion

Capacity: 450 people seated with stage & dance floor

Location: River West  // Erie & Halstead

About:

The Pavilion at Galleria Marchetti has been one of our favorite venues to work at this past year. It’s location and beauty makes it the perfect spot for a romantic Chicago wedding. The East Courtyard is a stunning outdoor ceremony spot; it is a secret garden in the middle of the city. Guests enter through iron gates to the ceremony or straight into your cocktail hour. The tented pavilion is heated or air-conditioned depending on the time of year and is light, bright, and dreamy.

Design Tips:

The ceremony site is absolutely beautiful, but hanging chandeliers in the pergola can really take it to the next level. We also highly recommend draping (as seen below), if chandeliers are not your thing. In the … Read More »


2016 Year in Review

Posted on December 31st, by Life in Bloom in blog, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

WOW!  What an incredible year.  As I look back at everything that happened in 2016, I feel an overwhelming amount of gratitude to so many people.  So let me first start by thanking all the people who allow me to live my dream every day with Life in Bloom.

It’s no secret, we have the best clients.  This year was full of the sweetest, most caring and considerate client’s we’ve had the pleasure of working with.  Not only that but they all had impeccable style as well.  Thanks for trusting & collaborating with us to bring your incredible visions to life.  Life in Bloom would be nothing without you and for that we are incredibly grateful.

We also have the best crew.  With a talented group of core designers surrounded by some incredible floral designers and a hardcore install team, I’m a firm believer that we’ve become the company to beat.  Are we the biggest? No. But our teamwork, communication, and hard-work is the best in the biz, and I know that to be a fact.  Our crew worked tirelessly this year and gave it 110% with no detail left unnoticed. And they did it all with a big smile.  There have … Read More »


6 Small, Intimate Chicago Wedding Venues To Consider

Posted on December 28th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

When planning your wedding, perhaps the idea of a small, intimate gathering with your closest friends and family appeals more to you than a large ballroom reception with everyone you and your parents have ever met. If that is the case, Chicago has some amazingly intimate venues that are perfect for your style of wedding, and today we are sharing some of our favorite hidden gems!

1. Public Hotel

Located in the heart of Gold Coast, The Public Hotel has an unbelievable rooftop that gets you about as close to the Chicago skyline as possible. With neutral hotel suites, furniture, and linens, this intimate space is definitely worth a look if you plan on having around 30-50 people. Photos by: Nicodem Creative

2. Kitchen Chicago

Kitchen Chicago is the perfect venue for a industrial-chic wedding. The strikingly tall ceilings and exposed beams give the venue a unique look for Chicago. Located in West Town, this venue is just a quick drive from the loop. There is also an awesome loft that is perfect for your cocktail hour, lounge area, or kids play area! Photos by: Timtab Studios and Stephanie Bassos Weddings

3. Little Goat

Everyone loves Little Goat, but did you know you can host an intimate … Read More »


Galleria Marchetti Chicago Wedding

Posted on December 21st, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

It can be a challenge to achieve the ideal outdoor wedding in Chicago, you really have to prepare and have faith in the weather. Thankfully with the help of planner La Belle Fleur Events and one of our favorite venues, Sarah and Jason’s Galleria Marchetti wedding was a huge success!

Talk about staying ahead of the trend, the tented venue looked absolutely stunning with organic tall arrangements, garlands, and plenty of greenery (the 2017 Pantone color of the year). The floral color palette was a classic ivory, white, and added greenery; the texture is what made it unbelievably chic.

Sarah and her bridesmaid’s bouquets were made of white ranunculus, garden roses, roses, lisianthus, stock, veronica, snapdragon, and multiple types of greenery. There was no shortage of details here: the boxwood wall for their escort cards, the garland swags along the ceremony chairs, welcome sign garland, and the olive sprigs at each place setting.

The talented Christy Tyler captured the big day! Check out some of our favorites below:

Venue: Galleria Marchetti | Photography: Christy Tyler Photography | Planner: La Belle Fleur Events|

Meet The Designers of the Life In Bloom Team

Posted on December 15th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Uncategorized. No Comments

They say it helps to put a face to the name, so today that’s exactly what we’re doing…

At Life In Bloom, when you meet with your designer, you are effectively meeting with the person who will be responsible for producing your event! While we also have an incredible support team of freelancers who help with prep and installations (another blog for another day), the majority of your event will be designed and produced by our small but incredibly talented team.

With that being said, we figured it would be fun to share a little more about our team today on the Blog!  Thanks to Ashley of Artistrie Co. for the incredible photos you will see below!

Rachel Wyffels

The Owner of Life In Bloom, Rachel got her start at a very young age.  Growing up in a rural area, she was encouraged by her parents to grow her own plants and flowers and she knew from a young age she wanted to work with flowers when she grew up.  After gradating from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Horticulture, she quickly became one of the top horticulturalists in Chicago. With an incredible eye for design, she has a gift of very quickly … Read More »


5 Simple Steps to be the Best Holiday Host

Posted on December 13th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Entertaining during the holidays can be a huge stressor for most of us. It’s hard enough to have a tidy house and delicious meal on the table… you can forget about the cute Pinterest projects you were excited about months ago. Thankfully for you, we have nailed down the KEY to being a great host. Are you ready? No seriously, are you ready for it? Do you have a notebook out? Just kidding, you won’t need it… because… the KEY to being a great host is simply…planning ahead!

Of course, there are some things that need to be done the day-of, but creating a master list of those tasks will make you feel much more at ease. We are sharing with you 5 simple steps to being the best holiday host this year:

1. Make a Holiday Drink

A week or two before your holiday party, print out a recipe and have it with your grocery list. Find something simple that you can toss into a pitcher (like, holiday sangria) or crockpot (like, adult cider). Then label it and set out glasses. A simple folded piece of paper labeled will let guests know it is out for them!

 

2. Set the Table

Yes, this sounds obvious, but you can … Read More »


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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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 … Read More »


Event Design 101: Ceremony Design

Posted on November 10th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

The ceremony; the single most important part of your wedding day. What does that moment look like to you? Are you surrounded by romantic draping? Is there a gorgeous arch of floral behind you? Whatever it may be, we are here to make that dream come to life. Our latest design series, Event Design 101, digs deeper into the custom services Life in Bloom offers such as draping, linens, lighting, custom artwork, and more.

The options are truly endless when it comes to your ceremony. The most common decor items to add to a ceremony are:

Aisle Runner
Arch/Chuppah
Focal Arrangements
Suspended Arrangement/Garland
Chair Decor
Petal/Garland Aisle
Candle Aisle

Do you picture any or all of these at your wedding? It is important to choose a frame or backdrop at the end of the aisle. This is the perfect spot for an arch/chuppah, draping, focal arrangements, boxwood wall, flower wall, etc. Highlighting the aisle creates that “wow” factor as you are walking down. This is where the aisle runner combined with chair decor, petals/garlands, and candles can really elevate your ceremony. Here are some examples of Life in Bloom ceremonies with these added decor elements:

Chair Garland

Photos by: Christy Tyler Photography

Flower Wall

Photos by: Timothy Whaley & Associates

Photo … Read More »