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It’s Wednesday and although we are coming to the end of our venue spotlights, we still have some incredible venues to show you before jumping back into our wedding season! Today’s venue is a stunning, industrial venue in Ravenswood, known as Artifact Events.
Venue: Artifact Events
Capacity: 200-320 Guests for Seated Reception
Located just miles from downtown Chicago, Artifact Events is an ideal space for a city couple. Guests are able to choose if they would like to avoid the hustle of downtown, or embrace the city and stay in one of the hotels if they choose. Now, let’s talk about the space! The venue has so much charm, a gorgeous courtyard, and still keeps a unique vibe. The exposed ceilings and wrought iron details give it an edgy feel and with the access to the outdoor courtyard for a romantic ceremony or cocktail hour, there’s not much more you could ask for!
We love to see a lot of greenery in this space to maintain the rustic and raw vibe. Go a little wild on the gate outside if you are having your ceremony there, it really livens up the courtyard which can otherwise appear a little barren. A linen with a pattern or pop of color can look amazing out there as well for cocktails. The inside space has a lot of darker aspects like wood and iron, so we certainly recommend adding some lighter elements to really stand out! If you want to keep it classic, using some larger pieces like a boxwood wall can do the trick!
Photography: Wasabi Photography
Every Wednesday we are giving you the best Chicago wedding venues, and helping you narrow down your search! Today, we are highlighting the Chicago Illuminating Company. This gorgeous venue is a hidden gem in the South Loop!
Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company
Capacity: 250-300 Guests for Seated Reception
Location: South Loop
The Chicago Illuminating Company has quickly become one of our favorite Chicago Wedding venues. From the moment you walk in, the space captures you. The stunning molding, fixed bar, and oversized doors leading out into the tented area are everything you will ever need in a venue! The space is divided into the tented outdoor courtyard and the indoor dining room. This division makes having ceremony and reception here a breeze. Not to mention, it feels like you are having an outdoor wedding in Chicago, with no need for a rain plan! You must check it out yourself!
The space is all neutral, so you can really play it up however you would like. We love to see an arch/chuppah filled with greenery for the outdoor ceremony! (Pro tip: re-use this for your photo backdrop during dancing). The greenery compliments the lush plants that are already in the space during the spring, summer, and fall. In the dining room, adding chandeliers to the space is amazing. There is also an incredible glass shelving unit that is perfect for displaying photos, favors, or even some stunning florals! Check out these photos from a recent photoshoot in the space:
Photography by: Bonphotage | Dress: Alyssa Kristin | Planning & Styling: Wrap it Up Events | Rentals: Halls | Paper Goods: Pirouette Paper Company | Balloons: Shop Paris 312 | Model: Anna Deblecourt | Hair & Makeup: Pins and Lashes
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 is the perfect spot to have an on-site ceremony, the detailed molding and crystal chandeliers are like none other. The CAA has the convenience of a hotel with the charm of a luxury venue (not your typical hotel ballroom).
Candlelight is a MUST at the dark-wooded venue for a romantic ambiance. We love seeing a lot of greenery and candle light on the guest tables. If you are bringing in any decor (tables, chairs, etc.) dark wood with gold, bronze, or brass accents is a beautiful addition to the space. Pro Tip: Because the windows are East Facing, the space can get quite dark at night and adding a nice lighting package will really help highlight your tables!
Photos by: Olivia Leigh Photographie
Photos by: Kina Wicks Photography