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William Sonoma Pop-up Thanksgiving Shop

Posted on November 3rd, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

On November 17, Life in Bloom is teaming up with Williams Sonoma Lincoln Park for a Thanksgiving Pop-up Shop! To add to the ever-chic decor at Williams Sonoma, we will be creating fresh fall wreaths and thanksgiving arrangements. The wreaths will be made to take with you and the arrangements will be available for pre-order. Come pick-up your last minute Williams Sonoma decor and check out the shop from 5:30pm – 7:30pm!

 


City Winery Wedding

Posted on November 2nd, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

One of our favorite moments of 2016 so far was creating Catherine and Jesse’s flower wall at City Winery. The outdoor patio made for the perfect ceremony spot: ivy covered walls, planter boxes filled with greenery, wooden barrels, and the gorgeous white and pink flower wall. The sweet couple, with exceptional style, were wed in front of the flower wall that was later repurposed behind their sweetheart table.

The reception space that doubles as a concert venue was set with lush garlands filled with hydrangea, peonies, roses, spray roses, and mums.  Tall, glass candles adorned the garlands to create the perfect dinner ambiance. The wedding from start to finish was romantic and organic, just how we like it!

We wish Catherine and Jesse years of happiness! Check out their stunning wedding below captured by Timothy Whaley Photography:

Venue: City Winery | Photography: Timothy Whaley & Associates | Planning: Clementine Custom Events

Exmoor Country Club

Posted on October 25th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Kathleen and Mike’s big day was the quintessential, Italian-inspired occasion. The Exmoor Country Club wedding was overflowing with romance. The neutral tent, linens, and floral accented the touches of greenery and lush grounds at Exmoor perfectly.

The bouquets were a stunning combination of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and olive. The centerpieces were a mixture of lush low arrangements, topiaries, and candles. And who could forget the olive chair decor for our bride and groom? It’s one of our favorites!

Estera Events flawlessly planned and executed, while the talented Clary Pfeiffer captured the wedding, check out a few pictures of Kathleen and Mike’s day, below:

Venue: Exmoor Country Club | Planning: Estera Events | Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Cake: Three Tarts Bakery

 

 


5 Stylish Rehearsal Dinner Themes

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

While couples so often want to keep their wedding decor somewhat conservative and stick to the basics, often they are much more willing to be a little more adventurous when it comes to their rehearsal dinners.  And because of the opportunity that we as designers have to be a little more creative with things, we love rehearsal dinners that much more! So this week, we are sharing 5 unique styles/themes that we think are so fun but are of course, still of great taste.

Tropical

Tropical is hot right now, any retail shop you walk into, you’ll find palm prints, and flamingos flocking.  And thats why we are obsessing over this table setting our friend, Julie, dreamed up and we produced. Tip: Have your calligrapher write guest’s names on the monstera leaf under the plate.

Newport Nautical

Lanterns, Stripes, and coral; how can you go wrong? Tip: Have it outside or under a tent if possible, for that al fresco experience.

 

Fiesta!

We loved these vibrant little centerpieces we made for a client with vintage tins. Tacos and tequila for everyone! 

 

French-Inspired

What are the secrets to a french-inspired rehearsal? 1. Natural furniture with beautiful details 2. A muted color palette 3. Saying “oui, oui”, as much as possible!  Oh and suspended parasols never … Read More »


Saddle and Cycle Club Wedding

Posted on October 12th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

One of our very favorite combinations of style, vendors, and overall perfection was Martha and Alex’s wedding this past April. The couple tied the knot at The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and then continued the celebration at one of our favorite hidden spots, The Saddle and Cycle Club.

Ivory candle sticks, romantic draping, and a boxwood wall for place cards, were just a few of our favorite details. (Besides Martha’s stunning lace and tulle ballgown!) The romantic and organic palette consisted of white peonies, sweet pea, anemones, O’hara garden roses, blush rice flower, eucalyptus, olive, dusty miller, and more. The palette flawlessly complimented the amazing watercolor calligraphy of Emily Rose Ink. 

The entire day was captured by one of our very favorite fine art photographers, Clary Pfeiffer. Martha and Alex were so wonderful to work with and we wish them many years of love and happiness!

Venue: Saddle and Cycle Club | Photographer: Clary Pfeiffer | Paper Goods: Emily Rose Ink |


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…

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.

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 … Read More »


Danada House Wedding

Posted on September 8th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Catie & Jon’s wine-country inspired wedding was a perfect fit at the Danada House. The rustic elegance of the venue combined with wine barrels, pastel florals, and Catie’s stunning blush lace dress, made this wedding one to remember.

The ceremony was set with two large wine barrels each holding a large organic arrangement filled with eucalyptus, bay leaves, snapdragon, roses, astilbe, Cafe Au Lait dahlias, pink snowberry, queen anne’s lace, and more. The ladies’ navy dresses made the pastel florals pop beautifully, as did the linens on the reception tables.

The dusty blue succulents in every bouquet tied all of the colors together perfectly. Thank goodness we had our friends Artistrie Co. capturing the day and La Belle Fleur Events making sure it ran smoothly.

We hope this sweet couple enjoys their memories of this day forever. Check out a few shots their big day below!  Their wedding was also featured in the Summer/Fall Issue of The Knot on newsstands now!

 

Venue: Danada House | Planning: La Belle Fleur Events | Photography: Artistrie Co.


Event Design 101: Linens

Posted on August 31st, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Our latest blog series, Event Design 101, continues today with a new topic: linens! If you are new to the series, Event Design 101 is all about taking a deeper look into some of the design services and elements that we at Life In Bloom offer to our clients. Here we will share ways to take your event from zero to hero by investing in some seemingly simple elements that are sure to transform your space. So onto linens…

When you walk into a large event space, your eye is immediately drawn to the colors of the room which is often heavily influenced by the color of linen you have chosen. A well-chosen linen color has the potential to make the rest of your decor really pop.  It also has the ability to completely detract from what you want your guests to see (the beautiful centerpieces) As a general rule of thumb, we usually gravitate towards using a neutral linen and add pops of color in with your napkins, paper goods, or other miscellaneous decor elements (as well as those beautiful centerpieces).

Now, texture is equally, if not more important, when choosing your linens. With a thick, textured material such as the yuma linens or a hand-woven sheer silk runner you get a much more luxurious feel and aesthetic … Read More »