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Spring Armour House Wedding

Posted on April 28th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Recaps. No Comments

Down a winding road in the lovely suburb of Lake Forest sits a historic venue called the Armour House. On March 4th, Andrea and Dan celebrated their marriage surrounded by family, friends, and the most delicate decor (if we do say so ourselves). Andrea’s vision for her wedding was perfectly in line with the style of the Armour House: romantic, delicate, and elegant.

The bouquet’s were full of unique textures and had just the right balance of greenery and floral. Andrea’s bridal bouquet stayed blush and white, while the girls added in some spring color. Garden roses, ranunculus, and lilac were the key florals.

Greenery is really what made the Armour House come to life. The grand staircase was draped with smilax, as well as the fountain, and escort card table. Pillar candles brought the romance into the reception with brass bud vases, lanterns, and beaded votives. A sprig of olive was placed on each guest’s place setting to tie everything together.

Thankfully, the incredible Caili Helsper was there to capture Andrea and Dan’s special moments and details, so we can remember this beautiful day for years to come!

Venue: Armour House| Photo: Caili Helsper | Video: Turning Point Production | DJ: Toast & Jam

Venue Spotlight: Garfield Park Conservatory

Posted on April 10th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

The goal in finding your perfect wedding venue, is finding one that already fits your style. By doing this, you are avoiding completely transforming a space unnecessarily, which in turn allows you to allocate more money to other areas. Do you love the outdoors and nature? Do you envision being surrounded by lush plants and greenery? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, you need to check out Garfield Park Conservatory.

Venue: Garfield Park Conservatory

Capacity: 300 Guests for Seated Reception

Location: Garfield Park

About: 

The Conservatory is located just 10 minutes West of the United Center. The building is basically a greenhouse with a glass ceiling and 2 acres of lush plants. The Show House makes the perfect reception space for your guests, with the potential of having an outdoor cocktail hour in the Monet Garden. It is also a great place to walk around any day, so go check it out!

Tips:

We love to see rustic, garden, and bohemian weddings at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Using lush garlands and pops of floral really highlights the space instead of transforming it. Organic florals with lots of texture play into the aesthetic of the conservatory perfectly. Adding color also works really well … Read More »


Venue Spotlight: Artifact Events

Posted on March 15th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

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

Location: Ravenswood

About: 

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!

Tips:

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 … Read More »


Venue Spotlight: Chicago Athletic Association

Posted on February 28th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. 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

About: 

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 »

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

Posted on February 21st, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

Today, we are putting the spotlight on a beautiful Chicago wedding venue located in the heart of downtown. A space overlooking the lake, a sculpture garden, and stunning architecture, could only be: the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art – MCA

Atrium & Terrace

Capacity: Seated Ceremony & Reception – 200 Guests

Seated Reception Only – 300 Guests

Location: Magnificent Mile

About: 

The Museum of Contemporary Art is no ordinary museum, it is actually one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums. Your guests are surrounded by incredible exhibits and are actually allowed to explore them during your wedding. The museum has an architecturally stunning garden area where you can have your ceremony. For your reception, you can choose the outdoor terrace, or the atrium in the midst of museum exhibits.

Tips:

If you are having a reception in the atrium, we love to see color. The walls are white and when you bring in color, the room is breath-taking! We also love to see cafe lights strung in this area, the ceilings are stunning, yet very tall so the cafe lights make the dinner experience more cozy. If your reception is … Read More »


Modern Chicago Athletic Association Wedding

Posted on February 15th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Recaps. 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 »


Venue Spotlight: Armour House

Posted on January 31st, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

Our venue spotlight continues today with the Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. Every week we are highlighting some of the best wedding venues in Chicago and sharing why they are a Life in Bloom favorite! Why is this one, you may ask? Their lush gardens and marble details are just the start, learn more below!

Venue: Armour House

Capacity: 170-190

Location: Lake Forest

About:

Nestled in one of the most beautiful Chicago suburbs sits the Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. The grounds at the Armour House are absolutely breath-taking, whether you are having an indoor or outdoor ceremony, both options are dreamy. The grounds are full of lush gardens, making it the perfect place for all of your photos. Where’s the catch? What does the reception area look like? Nope, no catch. The reception area is stunning full of brilliant architecture, marble detailing, and neutral colors.

Tips:

The venue has so many stunning features, and the key is highlighting these features. Adding heavy greenery and candle treatments to the staircase, fireplace, and fountain is a must! They are such strong focal points in the room, your guests will be convinced you put thought … Read More »


Winter Wedding Inspiration

Posted on January 26th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

Are you planning a winter wedding but struggling to pin down that perfect style?  Certainly you want to capture all of the beautiful simplicity of the season (the cool and neutral color palate and those crisp textures) all while conveying an aesthetic that evokes the joy of winter without feeling like a big holiday celebration (hold the cedar and holly).

Well don’t worry, we have you covered.  Today we are sharing our vision of a perfectly dreamy winter wedding celebration where high-end style meets an uber-chic winter wonderland.

1. Bridesmaids in faux furs, we love the incorporation of browns & textures! Source 2. A simple cake with winter greens & berries is an easy call. Source 3. I think this photo says it all, but choosing a blue/silver toned wedding dress can be ideal against all the white. Source 4. Be sure to get detail shots of your invites, loving the different colored envelope. Source 5. Once again we incorporated some brown tones into the floral and a black vase, but it still is overall bright and classy. Source 6. Velvet linens, enough said. Source. 7. Tying in the velvet to another detail, it looks amazing on boutonnieres. Source 8. Taper Candles are … Read More »


Venue Spotlight: Morgan Manufacturing

Posted on January 24th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means!  Time for another Life in Bloom venue spotlight! Today, it’s all about the industrial masterpiece that is Morgan Manufacturing. This unique venue located in The Fulton Market Neighborhood held one of our largest weddings last year and is the perfect venue for a large capacity event without sacrificing style.

Venue: Morgan Manufacturing

Capacity: 500+

Location: Fulton Market

About:

Morgan Manufacturing is a unique space because of it’s exposed duct-work and industrial decor. The built-in bars and lighting are the perfect start to any event design. Their rooftop and bathrooms, yes bathrooms, are hidden gems in terms of style and will leave your guests in awe. You must go check it out for yourself!

Tips:

Sky is the Limit! This is one of the biggest venues in Chicago and thus has the space to make anything possible. We love to see a lot of lighting, specifically pin spotting and cafe lights. On a table-top level, we love to use a lot of candle light once the dinner portion has started. Suspended floral pieces and tall arrangements make a big impact in the room, even if they are just greenery (pictured below). It’s … Read More »


Venue Spotlight: Ivy Room

Posted on January 17th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

Next on our venue spotlight is the uber-chic Ivy Room. If you missed any posts in our recent series, we are highlighting some of our favorite venues. (Past: Galleria Marchetti and Chicago History Museum) With booking season in full-force, we want to share our knowledge and tips for some of the best spaces to say “I-do”. Make sure to tune in every Wednesday as we highlight Chicago’s hottest wedding venues.

Venue: Ivy Room

Capacity: 180 people with dance floor & band

Location: River North

About:

The Ivy Room is an incredible spot to hold your Chicago wedding. On top of the gorgeous french doors (which can be opened if weather permits) and a fantastic inventory of in-house furniture options to choose from; the rental price also includes many necessities that are not included at most venues. The location is right in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood with an unexpected hidden courtyard to use for your ceremony or cocktail hour. We absolutely love the Ivy Room and can not wait for the multiple weddings we have there this year, be sure to check it out!

Design Tips:

The Ivy Room has stunning high ceilings, to fill the space we love doing tall … Read More »