It’s Wednesday and with that, we are highlighting another one of our favorite Chicago wedding venues for 2017. If you have been following along, once a week we are turning the spotlight to some of our favorite venues to help you narrow down your venue search. This week, our venue is a combination of historic downtown Chicago architecture with the luxury of modern upgrades. Sounds like the perfect wedding venue, right? It could only be the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and today we are talking about why it is one of Life in Bloom’s favorite spots to say “I do”.
Venue: Chicago Athletic Association
Capacity: Seated Reception – 250 Guests
Location: Magnificent Mile
If you have yet to check out the completely renovated Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, there is no better time than the present, especially if you are searching for the perfect wedding venue. The historic venue encompasses the old world charm of the original building with stunning new upgrades. The White City Ballroom is the perfect space for your seated reception. With floor-to-ceiling windows looking over Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue, there is no doubt you are in the heart of Chicago. The Madison ballroom … Read More »
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 »
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!
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 »
This past month we hosted our second floral designing workshop at our studio where attendees got to design their own floral compotes with their moms, daughters, sisters, etc. We had a great group and we were so impressed with everyones’ final products. In addition to teaching proper design technique and form, we taught a little bit about how to prep your flowers, your vase, and even a bit about how to properly care for your arrangement to get the most life out of it. At the end, everyone got to take their arrangements home with them to enjoy! Below are some photos of our wonderful students in action! Thanks to everyone for coming out, we hope you had as much fun as we did.
The Whole Group! Everyone did amazing!!!!
And finally, the teachers with our Moms <3!
What could be a better start to a bachelorette party than champagne, cupcakes, music and all of your best friends creating flower crowns together? That was the start to Alyssa’s bachelorette party, a Life in Bloom Flower Crown Workshop! We had an absolute blast instructing Alyssa and her girls on how to create the perfect flower crown that they could wear around town afterwards for dinner and karaoke.
The day started with a greeting of champagne and cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B’s and ended with group pictures before heading off to their night on the town.
With buckets of florals and greenery to choose from, each crown was so unique and different! Some chose soft wildflowers, while others opted for much bolder blooms; we really saw their personalities shine through crown by crown. Once everyone was finished we just had to snap a picture of each girl and we’re sure glad we did. Check out all of the amazing crowns made at Alyssa’s Bachelorette below:
The Whole Crew, looking fabulous with their crowns!
The bachelorette & I!
We loved the workshop so much we are planning on hosting more in our space throughout the summer and Fall. What types of stuff should we design? Comment … Read More »
This wedding (and I mean this when I say it) was the definition of class. With a great vendor team led by Kara Superfine, beautiful photographs by Averyhouse, and a gorgeous venue that is the Hinsdale Golf Club, how could you possibly go wrong? You never know what October is going to bring you. Some days are cool and rainy and other days, like this one, are full of sunshine and a crisp breeze. Kristin & Phil really lucked out with the perfect autumn day and we felt honored to play a roll in making their day so stunning.
From the loose and organic bouquets to the oversized ceremony arrangements, every piece flowed together seamlessly. A lot of that credit goes to Kara Superfine whose attention to detail is off the charts perfect.
In addition to the ceremony urn arrangements, we created wreaths that welcomed the guests into the church as well as a number of gorgeous pew accents.
Usually from a decor perspective, cocktail hour takes a back seat to the rest of the day’s events, but not with this wedding. Two stunning arrangements welcomed guests into a tent on the great lawn just outside of the Golf Club. Inside of the tent, lanterns with accents … 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
If you have ever been to the Chicago History Museum, you know how incredibly beautiful the space is. So it was important to our couple, Rachel and Aaron, that we create a look that fit the preppy, yet elegant venue.
We had the pleasure of working with Emily of Five Grain Events which was a treat because by the time the couple came to us, they had a pretty clear idea of the style that they were after. Overall they wanted to create a fresh, organic feel, and to do that we started off by creating a custom walnut-stained Chuppah to give an organic feel to the ceremony. From the Chuppah, we draped a lush garland accented with white spray roses and peonies and intertwined it with a fabric cover that had been passed down from the Groom’s family.
Flanking the start of each aisle were two urns filled with an oversized arrangement of olive branches. Each chair along the aisle was accented with the cutest little bouquets consisting of spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, and olive.
After the ceremony, guests mingled in the foyer where they found their dinner seating assignments hung on a boxwood-covered wall, keeping with the overall green feel of the wedding. Upon entering the main ballroom, the simplicity of the tall olive arrangements was captivating. A 20’+ garland adorned the … Read More »
Sangeeta & Joe were married this past memorial day weekend at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, IL. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for their tented reception in the McGinley Pavilion. We actually spent a lot of time trying to capture the perfect color palette for their wedding.
We wanted to give Sangeeta & Joe the bright vibrant color that they wanted while also creating something unique and beautiful. Bold colors can be tough to do right but when we landed on sherbet as the inspiration for our color palate we knew we had something special!
From the big fluffy bouquets to the lush head table filled with coral charm peonies, garden roses, stock, lisianthus, and roses, the entire tent just screamed summer! It certainly helped that we lucked out with some of the most robust and colorful coral charm peonies that we have ever seen! While overall the wedding was simple, I think these photos (by Emilia Jane Photography) just goes to show how impactful a stunning color palette can be. Enjoy!
Venue: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Planner: Loren of Clementine Events | Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Floral: Life in Bloom Hair: Your Stylist AJ | Makeup: Shannon O’Brien | Videographer: Deep End Imagery