Chelsey and John were married at Emmerson Creek Barn this past summer. The barn and tent were filled with lots of color, a bit of rustic charm and plenty of vintage touches.
The bridesmaid’s pastel bouquets popped off their coral lace dresses perfectly while Chelsea’s bouquet of coral charm peonies, peach garden roses, blush lisianthus, ivory dahlias, and lots of other textures complimented her bridal gown wonderfully.
Chelsea worked with a vintage rentals company to select her reception vessels which consisted of silver trays, a trio of milk glass vases, crystal vessels, and polished silver teapots. The texture of the silver teapots was captivating and created that perfectly aged aesthetic on the tables! We filled them all with a colorful palette of wildflower blooms which really popped in the tent. Lidia & Rueben of Codrean Photography were there to capture every detail perfectly.
Venue: Emmerson Creek Pottery & Tearoom | Photography: Codrean Photography & Films | Floral: Life in Bloom
Jen & David were married at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan this past Fall. Two things to note. 1. Yes, we do travel! and 2. Rochester is the most adorable little town! I wish I had more time to explore the cute city.
We did Jen’s sister Kate’s wedding in one of our first full wedding seasons and I was thrilled when Jen contacted me about her own wedding! Kate’s bridal bouquet was one of my all time favorite’s and Jen’s was yet another. Both of these sister’s have great taste in floral 🙂
Jen came to us with a fabulous vision for a Rifle Paper Company Inspired wedding. We started with a color palette of peach, orange, ivory & greenery. We used lots of textures in the centerpieces including orange amaryllis, peach garden roses, feathery white astilbe, orange ilex berries, ivory & orange dahlias, orange ranunculus, peach stock and lots of greenery! Half of the centerpieces consisted of shimmering gold mercury glass compotes with that gorgeous floral mix, while the other half of the tables hosted rustic brown lanterns surrounded with wreaths of greenery. Orange amaryllis, persimmons and spray roses accented the wreaths. The head table featured a long & … Read More »
Sarah and Alex were one of the sweetest couples we have ever met here at Life in Bloom. From the very beginning we knew they were going to be lovely to work with and they were just that. Their Galleria Marchetti Wedding was set on one of the hottest days of the summer, but that didn’t stop Sarah from looking unbelievably stunning and it certainly did not drain their spirits one bit. The two even stopped for ice cream during their pictures, that’s our kind of couple!
The ceremony was set outside in front of Galleria’s large trellis. We draped white fabric from beam to beam to add a hint of romance as well as added chair decor to match the color palette. Guests were greeted with a moss “N” that hung on the gates of Galleria to signify their new last initial. Our boxwood wall hung a timeline of their years together and even ended with their first look on the same day that planners, La Belle Fleur Events, had developed before the ceremony.
Inside the tented reception was a white, blush and gray palette. Silver compotes, candles, and lanterns filled the reception tables where Sarah and Alex’s closest family and friends enjoyed dinner … Read More »
“We want them to be different, but still go together perfectly.” Although these two special brides were talking about their bouquets, they did not realize that it was a perfect description of them as a couple as well. Megan and Kelly’s Kitchen Chicago wedding was romantic, organic, and full of love!
The couple started the day with a first look, where their peony and greenery bouquets complimented their dresses effortlessly. The bridesmaids, a squad of only sisters, carried simpler versions of theirs.
When we began the floral process, the girls did not know exactly what they wanted for the reception, which took place at Kitchen Chicago, but they loved the idea of garlands filled with white wax-flower and spray roses. They ended up having long tables which worked perfectly for the garlands. Hydrangea and greenery tall arrangements stood at the front of their altar, while cafe lights were strung throughout the entire venue. The entire day was beautiful, simple, and yet minimalistic.
The day was shot by the talented Stephanie Bassos. We wish Kelly and Megan a lifetime of happiness. Enjoy this small snapshot of their day below.
Our event design series continues today with the hottest trend in event design, hanging floral. We are so excited for all of our hanging floral pieces happening this wedding season, they truly create a “wow” factor that will have your guests in awe.
There are so many options when it comes to hanging floral pieces. You may want something over the dance floor, the head table, or even multiple around the space. They can also be multifunctional: use it as the backdrop for your ceremony and over the head table at your reception.
Why are these perfect for your Chicago wedding? The majority of our amazing venues are indoors due to the crazy weather, and there is no better way to bring the outdoors in!
Life in Bloom, Photo: Katie Kett Photography
Atrium Ceremony Backdrop
Life in Bloom
Guest Table Greenery
Flowers on the Run, Source
A Charming Fete, Source
Ceremony/ Head Table Backdrop
SELVA Floral Design, Source
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If you didn’t catch our blog on lighting two weeks ago, our new design series takes an in-depth look at some of the additional decor services that we at Life In Bloom offer outside of just floral. While known for our floral expertise, Life in Bloom can help you with linens, lighting, draping, graphics, and so much more. Today we are talking about another favorite design element that can be used to cover, frame, or completely transform your venue… draping! We love the way draping can create drama and romance in any venue. Here are a handful of ways that you can transform your space with draping:
If you walked into your venue and wondered just how in the world you were going to transform your space into an intimate ceremony setting, look no further! Draping is your best friend. When used correctly, draping can both help to frame the ceremony through a Chuppah or a dramatic arch, as well as create a softer and more romantic atmosphere throughout the entire space. See a few great examples of that below…
There are many reasons that you might want to incorporate draping into your reception. You may be covering something in the room that stands out or doesn’t fit … Read More »
Galleria Marchetti is one of our favorite Chicago wedding venues to work at. With it’s beautiful outdoor ceremony space and a newly upgraded tent, this truly unique venue offers couples a chance to create something stunning with a relatively blank slate. This year our team has a total of three weddings there (two of which we have already produced, and one more this coming September). Today we are sharing photos from Mary & Stephen’s June wedding at Galleria Marchetti with planning by Five Grain Events and photos by Gerber & Scarpelli.
Some of our favorite elements of their big day were the custom moss covered letter which welcomed guests into the courtyard for cocktail hour, the moss covered escort-card table, and of course the most beautiful tall focal arrangements as centerpieces.
The overall palette of peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus all in shades of soft whites and blushes with tufts of greenery helped paint a perfectly classic and romantic ambience throughout the tent. Mary & Stephen were the sweetest couple and so deserving of such a beautiful wedding celebration. We have no doubt that they will enjoy an extremely long and joyful life together! Cheers!
Venue: Galleria Marchetti | Photographer: Gerber & Scarpelli Planning: Five Grain Events
When you work with us at Life in Bloom, your decor doesn’t have to stop at floral. We handle your linens, lighting, draping, graphics, and just about anything else you can think of. In our new event design blog series, we are going to go into depth about some of the services we offer besides floral. Today we are focusing on lighting and all the options you can do pertaining to lighting. Lighting is one of my favorite reception additions; it can truly transform your space. Here are some amazing options:
Up-lights give your room an overall incredible glow. They sit on the floor, shine against the wall and are very reasonable for the impact they make. We usually recommend an amber color because it makes your event feel warm and intimate.
Pin-spotting is a very cool effect if you are in a dark space. These lights are hung on a wall or ceiling and basically put a small spot light on all of your centerpieces. It really makes your floral a focal point.
Bringing chandeliers into your venue can be a total WOW factor. They immediately make your reception look chic and give a finishing touch like you wouldn’t believe. We … Read More »
Today, we are thrilled to announce the addition of our new full-time employee: Erin McLoraine! Erin has worked as a freelancer with Life In Bloom over the past year and a half now and we couldn’t be more excited to bring her on full-time!
Erin’s exceptional eye for design and attention to detail were evident from the very beginning. She brings with her two years of experience as a wedding planner at La Belle Fleur Events. Her ability to work closely and efficiently with clients will no doubt prove itself extremely valuable here at Life In Bloom as she leads the quickly growing Corporate Event Design side of our business!
As a part of the Life In Bloom mission, I have always felt that it is important that the person selling their designs also knows how to produce it as well. Perhaps that made it a bit difficult for me to relinquish control, but with Erin on board, I couldn’t feel more at ease knowing she is extremely capable and extremely talented. Not only will Erin be meeting with many of our lovely clients, but she will be designing the events and leading installs on the day of as well.
Erin has always had a can-do … Read More »
Nancy and Patrick’s classic Palmer House wedding was one to remember. On top of being so easy to work with, they trusted us to make their vision come to life. This sweet couple wanted a romantic and classic palette for their special day, so that is exactly what we did. Mixed with a rich, chocolate brown linen, the florals were filled with hydrangea, peonies, roses, and other textures. Ann and Kam Photography captured the entire day beautifully below.
Venue: Palmer House | Photographer: Ann and Kam Photography | Planner: Weddings and Events by Karolina |