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

Posted on November 23rd, by Life in Bloom in blog. 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. 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. 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

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William Sonoma Pop-up Thanksgiving Shop

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

On November 17, Life in Bloom is teaming up with Williams Sonoma Lincoln Park for a Thanksgiving Pop-up Shop! To add to the ever-chic decor at Williams Sonoma, we will be creating fresh fall wreaths and thanksgiving arrangements. The wreaths will be made to take with you and the arrangements will be available for pre-order. Come pick-up your last minute Williams Sonoma decor and check out the shop from 5:30pm – 7:30pm!

 


5 Stylish Rehearsal Dinner Themes

Posted on October 21st, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

While couples so often want to keep their wedding decor somewhat conservative and stick to the basics, often they are much more willing to be a little more adventurous when it comes to their rehearsal dinners.  And because of the opportunity that we as designers have to be a little more creative with things, we love rehearsal dinners that much more! So this week, we are sharing 5 unique styles/themes that we think are so fun but are of course, still of great taste.

Tropical

Tropical is hot right now, any retail shop you walk into, you’ll find palm prints, and flamingos flocking.  And thats why we are obsessing over this table setting our friend, Julie, dreamed up and we produced. Tip: Have your calligrapher write guest’s names on the monstera leaf under the plate.

Newport Nautical

Lanterns, Stripes, and coral; how can you go wrong? Tip: Have it outside or under a tent if possible, for that al fresco experience.

 

Fiesta!

We loved these vibrant little centerpieces we made for a client with vintage tins. Tacos and tequila for everyone! 

 

French-Inspired

What are the secrets to a french-inspired rehearsal? 1. Natural furniture with beautiful details 2. A muted color palette 3. Saying “oui, oui”, as much as possible!  Oh and suspended parasols never … Read More »


Saddle and Cycle Club Wedding

Posted on October 12th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

One of our very favorite combinations of style, vendors, and overall perfection was Martha and Alex’s wedding this past April. The couple tied the knot at The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and then continued the celebration at one of our favorite hidden spots, The Saddle and Cycle Club.

Ivory candle sticks, romantic draping, and a boxwood wall for place cards, were just a few of our favorite details. (Besides Martha’s stunning lace and tulle ballgown!) The romantic and organic palette consisted of white peonies, sweet pea, anemones, O’hara garden roses, blush rice flower, eucalyptus, olive, dusty miller, and more. The palette flawlessly complimented the amazing watercolor calligraphy of Emily Rose Ink. 

The entire day was captured by one of our very favorite fine art photographers, Clary Pfeiffer. Martha and Alex were so wonderful to work with and we wish them many years of love and happiness!

Venue: Saddle and Cycle Club | Photographer: Clary Pfeiffer | Paper Goods: Emily Rose Ink |


Abbey Farms Wedding

Posted on September 27th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Have you ever seen a wedding that looks like a fairy tale? The lighting of the day is just perfect, the couple so happy, and the florals all whimsical and romantic? Dana and Stanley’s wedding was exactly that. Their rustic-chic wedding at Abbey Farms in Aurora was one to remember.

This sweet couple could not have had a more perfect palette. Peonies, sweet pea, cafe au lait dahlias, lisianthus, spray roses, queen anne’s lace, seeded eucalyptus, stock, astillbe and dusty miller all created this soft, peach/pink, wondrous combination.

The ceremony at a neighboring church was wedding-ready after clutches of floral were added to line the aisle. The flower girl wore a babies breath floral crown and the bridesmaids carried petite bouquets to match Dana’s. The men wore ranunculus, dusty miller and brunia berry boutonnieres.

The reception was filled with romantic centerpieces, white linens, gold calligraphy, and a beautiful sunset! The entire day was shot by the talented Katherine Salvatori. Check out Dana and Stan’s big day below…

Venue: Abbey Farms | Photographer: Katherine Salvatori


Event Design 101: Napkin Fold

Posted on September 14th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Today our blog series continues with a detail that is constantly overlooked: the napkin fold. If you are just tuning in, our latest blog series, Event Design 101, is an insight into the other services we offer besides floral design. Life in Bloom can provide you with linens, lighting, draping, custom graphics and so much more to take your wedding to the next level, but today we’re talking about a seemingly minute detail: the napkin fold.

This often overlooked detail can completely alter the look of your tables. A cheesy fold can take your classy soiree and boot it right back into the 80’s. The question you must ask yourself before deciding what napkin fold to use, is what is the purpose of your napkin in the design? Is it to bring in a pop of color/texture? Is it to frame your menu? Is it to mark a place setting? Once you decide the answer to this question it will narrow down your options.

As a general rule of thumb, keep it simple. The more your napkin looks like some type of origami, the more your room will start to feel like a retirement party and less like an elegant wedding. If your … Read More »


Danada House Wedding

Posted on September 8th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Catie & Jon’s wine-country inspired wedding was a perfect fit at the Danada House. The rustic elegance of the venue combined with wine barrels, pastel florals, and Catie’s stunning blush lace dress, made this wedding one to remember.

The ceremony was set with two large wine barrels each holding a large organic arrangement filled with eucalyptus, bay leaves, snapdragon, roses, astilbe, Cafe Au Lait dahlias, pink snowberry, queen anne’s lace, and more. The ladies’ navy dresses made the pastel florals pop beautifully, as did the linens on the reception tables.

The dusty blue succulents in every bouquet tied all of the colors together perfectly. Thank goodness we had our friends Artistrie Co. capturing the day and La Belle Fleur Events making sure it ran smoothly.

We hope this sweet couple enjoys their memories of this day forever. Check out a few shots their big day below!  Their wedding was also featured in the Summer/Fall Issue of The Knot on newsstands now!

 

Venue: Danada House | Planning: La Belle Fleur Events | Photography: Artistrie Co.


Event Design 101: Linens

Posted on August 31st, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Our latest blog series, Event Design 101, continues today with a new topic: linens! If you are new to the series, Event Design 101 is all about taking a deeper look into some of the design services and elements that we at Life In Bloom offer to our clients. Here we will share ways to take your event from zero to hero by investing in some seemingly simple elements that are sure to transform your space. So onto linens…

When you walk into a large event space, your eye is immediately drawn to the colors of the room which is often heavily influenced by the color of linen you have chosen. A well-chosen linen color has the potential to make the rest of your decor really pop.  It also has the ability to completely detract from what you want your guests to see (the beautiful centerpieces) As a general rule of thumb, we usually gravitate towards using a neutral linen and add pops of color in with your napkins, paper goods, or other miscellaneous decor elements (as well as those beautiful centerpieces).

Now, texture is equally, if not more important, when choosing your linens. With a thick, textured material such as the yuma linens or a hand-woven sheer silk runner you get a much more luxurious feel and aesthetic … Read More »