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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 »

Emmerson Creek Barn Wedding

Posted on August 26th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

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


Royal Park Hotel Fall Wedding

Posted on August 22nd, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

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 »


Galleria Marchetti Chicago Wedding

Posted on August 17th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

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 »


Kitchen Chicago Wedding

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

“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.


Event Design 101: Hanging Floral

Posted on August 9th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

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!

Head Table 

Life in Bloom, Photo: Katie Kett Photography

Atrium Ceremony Backdrop

Life in Bloom

Guest Table Greenery

Flowers on the Run, Source

Head Table 

A Charming Fete, Source

Ceremony/ Head Table Backdrop

SELVA Floral Design, Source

Dance Floor 

Martha Stewart Weddings: Source

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Event Design 101: Draping

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

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:

Ceremony 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…

Chuppah Draping

Aisle Draping

Arch Draping

Reception Draping

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 Wedding

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

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


Event Design 101: Lighting

Posted on July 20th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

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-Lighting

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

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.

 

 

Hanging Chandeliers

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 »