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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 »

19 East Fall Wedding

Posted on January 11th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Recaps. No Comments

As much as we love a classic spring palette, there is something about fall colors that stand out amongst the rest. Christina and Mark’s Fall Wedding at 19 East was one of our absolute favorites. Not one detail was missed with Christina’s fall-chic style and the help of Wrap it Up Events.

The ceremony and reception both took place at 19 East, which has a striking simplicity to the overall space, with an industrial undertone.

For the ceremony, a birch arch was covered in a lush floral garland and the aisle was flanked with two large and extremely textural arrangements. Other amazing details could be found in the boxwood wall for the escort cards, some uber-chic velvet furniture for the lounge groupings, and subtle touches of artichoke here and there.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets were filled with cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, scabiosa, and multiple types of greenery. Christina stayed with a classic all-white bouquet, which made perfect sense once we saw her stunning beaded gown that really stole the show.

When we originally began planning with Mark and Christina, we created a rendering for their wedding to give them a visual of what we had in mind for the room. Below we have photos of the day … Read More »

Venue Spotlight: Galleria Marchetti

Posted on January 4th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

Happy New Year!  With engagement Season in full swing and so many couples beginning their wedding planning process, we will be highlighting some of our favorite venues on the blog in the next few weeks.  Make sure to tune in every Wednesday as we highlight Chicago’s hottest wedding venues.

Venue: Galleria Marchetti – The Pavilion

Capacity: 450 people seated with stage & dance floor

Location: River West  // Erie & Halstead

About:

The Pavilion at Galleria Marchetti has been one of our favorite venues to work at this past year. It’s location and beauty makes it the perfect spot for a romantic Chicago wedding. The East Courtyard is a stunning outdoor ceremony spot; it is a secret garden in the middle of the city. Guests enter through iron gates to the ceremony or straight into your cocktail hour. The tented pavilion is heated or air-conditioned depending on the time of year and is light, bright, and dreamy.

Design Tips:

The ceremony site is absolutely beautiful, but hanging chandeliers in the pergola can really take it to the next level. We also highly recommend draping (as seen below), if chandeliers are not your thing. In the … Read More »


5 Simple Steps to be the Best Holiday Host

Posted on December 13th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

Entertaining during the holidays can be a huge stressor for most of us. It’s hard enough to have a tidy house and delicious meal on the table… you can forget about the cute Pinterest projects you were excited about months ago. Thankfully for you, we have nailed down the KEY to being a great host. Are you ready? No seriously, are you ready for it? Do you have a notebook out? Just kidding, you won’t need it… because… the KEY to being a great host is simply…planning ahead!

Of course, there are some things that need to be done the day-of, but creating a master list of those tasks will make you feel much more at ease. We are sharing with you 5 simple steps to being the best holiday host this year:

1. Make a Holiday Drink

A week or two before your holiday party, print out a recipe and have it with your grocery list. Find something simple that you can toss into a pitcher (like, holiday sangria) or crockpot (like, adult cider). Then label it and set out glasses. A simple folded piece of paper labeled will let guests know it is out for them!

 

2. Set the Table

Yes, this sounds obvious, but you can … Read More »


Event Design 101: Candles and Lanterns and Votives, OH MY!!

Posted on November 23rd, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

Romance and elegance begin with candles. Think about the way having just a few candles lit in your home creates a warm glow and romantic environment. Come time to create that same feeling on your wedding day, how are you going to transform your entire wedding into a warm, inviting, and romantic atmosphere? Candles. (And floral, of course). But today, we are strictly talking candles and why you need them, LOTS of them.

There are so many approaches and ways to use candles but first, lets talk styles. We are talking about pillar candles, floating candles, taper candles, and votives. Each of these styles have the ability to create a big impact, while remaining budget friendly. The following images are all great examples of how to best use candle light as a part of your centerpiece.

1. Pillar Candles

Pillar candles are among the most popular of candles. They are often used in glass cylinders (like shown below).  They can be placed directly in the center of a table or interspersed on both sides of a table garland. You can also place them in lanterns or on top of candle holders to help elevate the glow.

Photo by: Clary Pfeiffer Photography 

1a. Pillar Candles on silver Candle Holders

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Morgan Manufacturing Wedding

Posted on November 17th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Recaps. 2 comments

Details can truly make a wedding, and that is exactly what made Jaime and Tom’s one to remember. There was not one detail overlooked. The custom bars, neon sign, custom throw pillows, topiaries, suspended trellis, and so much more. With the flawless planning of La Belle Fleur Events, stunning calligraphy of Allie Hasson, delicious catering of J & L Catering, beautiful photos from Jessica Eileen Photography, and lovely lighting by Frost Chicago, the Morgan Manufacturing wedding came together perfectly.  

From the very first meeting we were incredibly excited to start working on their wedding. Jaime’s style was clean and polished, with an added touch of greenery and gold accents. The bouquets were filled with white ranunculus, garden roses, spray roses, succulents, green tric dianthus, and geranium. The perfect pop against Jaime’s Romona Keveza gown and the bridesmaids’ white J Crew dresses.

The rooftop cocktail hour was dressed with custom white bars, gold pineapples, custom throw pillows and succulents to create the ultimate summer vibe. Guests leaned against custom pillows with Jaime and Tom’s new family crest by Allie Hasson printed on them, while gazing at the stunning view of Chicago’s skyline. And after cocktail hour was up, everyone was then invited … Read More »


Event Design 101: Ceremony Design

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

The ceremony; the single most important part of your wedding day. What does that moment look like to you? Are you surrounded by romantic draping? Is there a gorgeous arch of floral behind you? Whatever it may be, we are here to make that dream come to life. Our latest design series, Event Design 101, digs deeper into the custom services Life in Bloom offers such as draping, linens, lighting, custom artwork, and more.

The options are truly endless when it comes to your ceremony. The most common decor items to add to a ceremony are:

Aisle Runner
Arch/Chuppah
Focal Arrangements
Suspended Arrangement/Garland
Chair Decor
Petal/Garland Aisle
Candle Aisle

Do you picture any or all of these at your wedding? It is important to choose a frame or backdrop at the end of the aisle. This is the perfect spot for an arch/chuppah, draping, focal arrangements, boxwood wall, flower wall, etc. Highlighting the aisle creates that “wow” factor as you are walking down. This is where the aisle runner combined with chair decor, petals/garlands, and candles can really elevate your ceremony. Here are some examples of Life in Bloom ceremonies with these added decor elements:

Chair Garland

Photos by: Christy Tyler Photography

Flower Wall

Photos by: Timothy Whaley & Associates

Photo … Read More »