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Venue Spotlight: Chicago Athletic Association

Posted on February 28th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Uncategorized. No Comments

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

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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 »

Modern Chicago Athletic Association Wedding

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

We are so excited to share Eric and Michael’s wedding on the blog today! What happens when you have two grooms, both with incredible eyes for design? A unique, masculine, and chic wedding comes to life. The two were married at one of Life in Bloom’s favorite venues: the historic, Chicago Athletic Association.

The ceremony was dressed up with Aisle Candles as well as two beautiful focal arrangements which complimented the dark wood and large crystal chandeliers to perfection.

The tables throughout the reception were set with gorgeous patterned linens (bronze sequin, chocolate velvet, and a brown and beige damask); The round tables hosted tall elephant leaf arrangements and flanking the room were two long rectangular tables which were covered with mirror runners and a heavy treatment of smoke-glass illusion candleholders that were breathtaking against the brown velvet linens.

Each place setting included a custom menu with a paper boutonnière and the cutest napkin fold to help create the perfect mini tuxedo (see photos below)

Many thanks to the talented Olivia Leigh who photographed the special day!

 

Ceremony Venue: Madison Ballroom at the Chicago Athletic Association | Reception Venue: White City Ballroom at the Chicago Athletic Association | Photography by: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | DJ: … Read More »


Top Chicago Wedding Venues

Posted on January 18th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Today we are chatting about some of the most spectacular wedding venues/event spaces that Chicago has to offer.  There are wide variety of venues to choose from in this wonderful city and we wanted to highlight some of our favorites.

1. Cafe Brauer

I may be a little biased, since my husband and I got married here, and thus it will always hold a special place in my heart.  But going beyond my bias, with the gorgeous prairie style architecture and the spectacular views of Lincoln Park and the city skyline as seen from the loggias, what’s not to love?  It’s a beautiful oasis for a Chicago wedding set in the middle of Lincoln Park just adjacent to the Lincoln Park Zoo.  Perfect for those couples wanting a downtown Chicago wedding with the feel of the outdoors & nature as well.  From an architectural standpoint, the sea-foam green steel work seen out front as well as within the ceiling of the ballroom is absolutely beautiful.  The skylight allows for the sunshine to just pour into the main ballroom. This space can accommodate roughly 250 people for a seated dinner.  Photos by Kina Wicks Photography.

 

2. Garfield Park Conservatory

This space is a real gem hidden in the west … Read More »


Chicago Athletic Association Wedding

Posted on April 25th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Back in November we produced an intimate, moody, candlelit wedding at the Chicago Athletic Association’s White City Ballroom for two very special Brides. The first snowfall of the year delicately covered the ground outside and made for a wintery whimsical view from the White City Ballroom while setting up.  From the ceremony to the dinner reception, the mood was extremely romantic and elegant.  An aisle flanked by two wood pedestals topped with robust beautiful pedestal arrangements, surrounded by a mass of pillar candles welcomed guests into the space.  At the end of the aisle awaited a 3/4 ring of garland with hundreds of candles. scattered throughout.  Absolutely Stunning!

After the ceremony, guests moved into the next room for cocktail hour as we quickly transformed the room into an equally stunning environment.  Keeping with the dark and moody feel, the tables were adorned with brass compote centerpieces full of loose organic blooms such as wine anemone, burgundy scabiosa, navy privet berries, lavender, chocolate queen anne’s lace, & amnesia roses.  Lots of greenery accented the floral including seeded eucalyptus, purple smokebush, agonis, olive and delicately trailing jasmine vine.  Petite cloches enclosing roses, adorned with gold vinyl numbers helped guests find their seats.  Clear crystal patterned and rose gold … Read More »


2015 Life in Bloom Recap

Posted on January 3rd, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

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 »