One of the most fun weddings that we produced this past year took place at Promontory Point on the night of Halloween. La Belle Fleur Events was the planner and, as always, their team knocked it out of the park!
The couple wanted a fun ambience with a nod to Halloween without feeling too literal (black and orange). To accomplish this, we opted to use white pumpkins as floral vases with a floral palette consisting of peach stock, Juliet garden roses, ivory & Cream roses and scabiosa pods. The overall floor plan was one long U-shaped layout with end-to-end farm tables wrapping around the dance floor. We adorned these tables with a handful of lanterns, votives, and the above-mentioned pumpkin floral arrangements.
Other fun elements included Custom Carved Pumpkins, which greeted guests as they entered and exited the venue. We also produced a large pumpkin with the couple’s’ initials carved into it which rested on the Place Card Table.
It was really fun to see this wedding come together on the big day. Here is a rendering that we put together to convey the overall mood and layout to the couple and help them envision the overall look beforehand.
I have no doubt that … Read More »
WHAT: Come design a floral arrangement in Life In Bloom’s signature, romantic & organic style with instruction from the owner, Rachel, and designer, Erin whilst sipping on mimosas and nibbling on treats. Nothing says Mother’s Day like some fresh, beautiful blooms!
WHEN: Saturday May 14, 2016 10:00am – 12:00pm (Saturday AFTER Mother’s Day)
WHERE: Life In Bloom’s Design Studio (2632 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL)
COST: $100.00/Person or $190.00/Pair
DETAILS: Learn the basics of floral design & care. Each person will receive step-by step instructions and guidance on how to create the perfect Spring floral centerpiece which you will get to take home with you at the end of the workshop (including vase). All floral materials, vase, and clippers will be provided and mimosas, croissants, & scones will be served!
RSVP: Class size is limited. To sign up, Send an email to Workshop.lifeinbloomchicago@Gmail.com letting us know how many people are in your group. The class is non refundable, but can be transferred to another participant if you cannot attend.
Photo: Codrean Photography
This summer wedding was full of candlelight and color at the Ravenswood Restaurant of ArTango. Laura & Dov were having a family style dinner with tapas so we adorned their tables with rustic brown lanterns, succulents, votives and bud vases full of vibrant colored flowers. The floral palette was full of pinks, lavender, peaches, and blue and was the perfect colorful accent to the rustic look of the venue. One of our favorite details of this wedding was the delicate flower girl crown composed of lavender, astilbe, and wax flower. Our other favorite element was Laura’s stunning bridal bouquet. It was lush & textural and the pastel colors complimented her gorgeous blush dress perfectly. The dusty blue succulents, and hanging green amaranthus just added another dimension to the bouquet. Congratulations Laura & Dov! Thanks for having such a great vision and for allowing us to play a small part in your special day.
Venue: ArTango | Photography: Mark Federighi Photography
This early Fall Wedding in a Lincoln Park Restaurant was beautified with a neutral color palette and accented with lots of eucalyptus & olive greenery. I seriously cannot get enough of these bouquets! We combined neutral ivory & taupe roses with hints of ranunculus & lisianthus and lots of greenery in the form of olive & seeded eucalyptus and finished them off with satin ivory ribbon. A warm candlelit glow radiated throughout the restaurant as toasts were shared and the couple celebrated with their closest family & friends. Gold mercury glass vases featured hydrangea, roses, lisianthus, hints of queen anne’s lace and lots of greenery while each place setting was finished off with a delicate olive sprig. Congratulations Jen & Nick. It was a joy working with you both and we wish you the best!
Venue: Salvatores | Photography: Slack Photography
We hope you are ready for a whole lot of prettiness! This wedding that we produced this past August at the Armour House in Lake Forest, IL had plenty prettiness to go around and was something straight out of a fairy tale! This sweet couple had a vision of a blue floral palette, which can be tricky, but we were up for the challenge. Starting with the Bridal Bouquet which consisted of dusty miller and brunnia berries along with a primarily white collection of garden roses, anemone and lisianthus, we tied that all together with a beautiful soft blue ribbon from Silk & Willow. The Bridesmaids had similar flowers with the addition of Privet Berries and pops of pale blue Tweedia.
The main focal of the ceremony were the two large urn arrangements which overflowed with the most stunning blue hydrangea accented with dusty miller and blue Delphinium. These two arrangements sat on white pedestals which helped to frame the ceremony space perfectly in the outdoor garden which can otherwise feel like a big open space.
Moving into the Reception, guests couldn’t help but admire the jaw-dropping staircase display that we put together. We completely covered … Read More »
We Are Hiring for several part-time positions for the upcoming wedding season! See info below on the available positions and how to apply!
Life In Bloom is a High End Boutique Wedding & Event Florist located in Chicago, IL. We are entering our 5th 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 & Install Assistants.
Studio Prep Assistant Responsibilities:
Cleaning & Organizing the Floral Studio
Cleaning & Prepping Vases
Floral Processing & Conditioning
Event Installs- Availability on some Weekends
*No 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
Event Install Assistant:
Event Install Crew-involves packing & loading of all design elements in van or truck then set up of all wedding elements at the venue including; Draping, Floral, Aisle Runners, Ceremony Backdrops, Furniture, Bars, etc.
*Availability on weekends is a must! Availability to drive a cargo van or truck is a bonus.
Applicants must be:
Have a strong work ethic
Ability to lift 50lbs
Available to work weekends
Have a valid driver’s license
Each of these positions … Read More »
Last night I had the privilege of attending the Wyffels Hybrids Employee Appreciation Dinner.
Wyffels Hybrids has several employees who have worked over 20 years for the company. A man by the name of David Strawn, a District Sales Manager, is one of those long-term employees. Last night, he gave his retiree speech and it was very inspiring to me. At the end of his speech he stated that, “There is no better company in seed that you can work for. This is it. Wyffels. Legacy. Values. And the Best seed out there.”
A little back-story about Wyffels Hybrids… My father & Uncle took over the company after the untimely passing of my Grandfather (their father) and grew a company with just under a handful employees to the business that it is today with over 120 full time employees.
Their entrepreneurial ways, inspired me to follow in their footsteps even at a young age. I also like to believe that my approach to the exceptional customer experience also stemmed from the early days of watching how they did business.
My first business ‘venture’ was selling sweet corn on the sidewalk right outside our home. My brother and I would wake up early in the … Read More »
Today, we are looking at patterns that we love. Patterns can be used to influence the aesthetic of your wedding in a multitude of ways. Below are just a few ways that come to mind depending on how adventurous you want to be:
1) Incorporating a pattern into your invitations and save the dates.
2) If you really want to make a statement, a printed graphic pattern for your band, DJ, or perhaps your sweetheart table could be the perfect backdrop and really customize that space for your wedding day.
3) Patterned Linens, runners, or napkins are a subtle way to add character without causing too much distraction.
4) If you feel like really pushing it, how fun would it be to take your favorite pattern and have your florist recreate it with flowers via an oversized floral wall? Pretty please, can we do this for you?
Below are some patterns that catch our eye…
Sources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
While recently updating our website galleries, we were sorting through quite a large collection of beautiful photos from work that we have done over the past few years. Some weddings really stood out and this one that we produced for a lovely couple who got married at The Rookery this past year, is certainly one of those!
The deep, bold reds were so captivating and complimented Chicago’s seasonal landscape to perfection! (as well as the bridesmaids’ dressed) Add in the subtle accents of gold which went hand in hand with the beautiful space that is The Rookery, and you have yourself a real winner! Codrean Photography did an incredible job capturing their intimate wedding day and we feel so grateful to have played a small role in making their day so special.
Congratulations Alyssa & Stephen!
2015 was quite a year for Life in Bloom! Full of exciting changes and more beautiful events than we could count (okay, 43 if we are keeping track), we couldn’t be more excited to head into 2016.
In February, we moved into a beautiful new studio located in the west town neighborhood of Chicago (2632 W Grand Ave) and with a new oversized floral cooler, we are no longer limited to the confines of our private residence (Quite a sigh of relief)!
Over the year we worked with 38 different couples to create 38 unique weddings as well as a handful of corporate clients including transforming the Backstage Artist Lounge at Lollapalooza! That was definitely a highlight of the summer. As we look back at 2015 we can’t help but be thankful for the support of all of our couples, friends and family who helped make 2015 far and away our most successful years yet! Enjoy a brief recap and some of our favorite photos from this past year below and cheers to an even brighter 2016!
One of our first designs this year was for a bridal shoot with Tamara Gruner Photography which ended up being featured on Style Me Pretty TWICE. We … Read More »