Tag: floral and event design

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

Posted on February 21st, by Life in Bloom in blog. 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 »


Venue Spotlight: Chicago History Museum

Posted on January 10th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Next up on our venue spotlight is a legendary venue here in Chicago. If you missed last weeks spotlight on Galleria Marchetti, check it out here. Engagement Season is in full swing and so many couples are beginning their wedding planning process. That’s why 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: Chicago History Museum

Capacity: 300 people with seated dinner & DJ

Location: Lincoln Park

About: 

The Chicago History Museum is the essence of class and elegance. On top of its’ historic charm and beauty, the location could not be more ideal for a Chicago wedding. The ceremony is placed between a lush garden and cathedral steps which lead right into the museum, the perfect entrance and exit for a wedding party. The main ballroom is classic and neutral with the most beautiful molding you’ve ever seen. The chandeliers and checkered dance floor are a must see as well!

Design Tips:

 As stunning as the space is itself, given the tall ceilings, we always recommend some tall arrangements to really bring texture and a ‘WOW’ factor when … Read More »

5 Simple Steps to be the Best Holiday Host

Posted on December 13th, by Life in Bloom in blog. 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: 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

Photo … Read More »


Exmoor Country Club

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

Kathleen and Mike’s big day was the quintessential, Italian-inspired occasion. The Exmoor Country Club wedding was overflowing with romance. The neutral tent, linens, and floral accented the touches of greenery and lush grounds at Exmoor perfectly.

The bouquets were a stunning combination of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and olive. The centerpieces were a mixture of lush low arrangements, topiaries, and candles. And who could forget the olive chair decor for our bride and groom? It’s one of our favorites!

Estera Events flawlessly planned and executed, while the talented Clary Pfeiffer captured the wedding, check out a few pictures of Kathleen and Mike’s day, below:

Venue: Exmoor Country Club | Planning: Estera Events | Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Cake: Three Tarts Bakery

 

 


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 »

Chicago History Museum Wedding

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

If you have ever been to the Chicago History Museum, you know how incredibly beautiful the space is.  So it was important to our couple, Rachel and Aaron, that we create a look that fit the preppy, yet elegant venue.

We had the pleasure of working with Emily of Five Grain Events which was a treat because by the time the couple came to us, they had a pretty clear idea of the style that they were after. Overall they wanted to create a fresh, organic feel, and to do that we started off by creating a custom walnut-stained Chuppah to give an organic feel to the ceremony.  From the Chuppah, we draped a lush garland accented with white spray roses and peonies and intertwined it with a fabric cover that had been passed down from the Groom’s family.

Flanking the start of each aisle were two urns filled with an oversized arrangement of olive branches.  Each chair along the aisle was accented with the cutest little bouquets consisting of spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, and olive.

After the ceremony, guests mingled in the foyer where they found their dinner seating assignments hung on a boxwood-covered wall, keeping with the overall green feel of the wedding.  Upon entering the main ballroom, the simplicity of the tall olive arrangements was captivating.   A 20’+ garland adorned the … Read More »


Adler Planetarium Wedding

Posted on January 21st, by Life in Bloom in blog, Weddings & Events. 2 comments

Maureen & Anthony reached out to us with the vision of a colorful floral palette yet elegant mood for their fall wedding at the Adler Planetarium.

To many, the idea of bold colors and romantic elegance may seem like two contradicting visions, but for Life In Bloom, it was the perfect opportunity to get creative and design something fresh, unique, and of course, stunning.

October is usually one of the busiest months for weddings in Chicago, and this past year was no exception for Life In Bloom… and for good reason!  The weather on Maureen & Anthony’s wedding day (October 25th) was nothing short of perfect.  What bride wouldn’t want to get married on a crisp fall day when the trees are ablaze with color?

Upon entering the Adler Planetarium, guests witnessed a variation of different styled centerpieces, all of which evoked a “WOW”.  Throughout the dusk-filled room, the tables were covered with navy linens and hosted tall glass vases filled with a beautiful collection of coral, orange & yellow roses, orange dahlias, yellow orchids, hydrangea and a touch of greenery.  The rest of the tables were adorned with a collection of vases with submerged orchids and floating candles.

The use of glass in the … Read More »


Martha Stewart Weddings Feature

Posted on January 7th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

We are so incredibly honored that one of our favorite weddings from this past summer was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings today!  This has been one of our goals since owner Rachel began Life in Bloom, but we didn’t expect to accomplish it so soon!  Christina & Jimmy were such a wonderful couple to work with.  So kind & caring, and had great ideas for their modern wedding but also let us have a little fun with the design as well.  We can’t wait to share more photos from this wedding soon but for now head on over to Martha Stewart Weddings HERE to see more of their colorful & geometric wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art!

2014 Wedding Season

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

2014 was nothing short of incredible… and 2015 is shaping up to be even better.  But before that ball drops, and we look ahead to 2015, let us first reflect on some events that made 2014 so special.  As a small business owner, while it can be stressful and crazy at times, I couldn’t be more excited about the progress we have made over the last year.

I am incredibly thankful for all of my clients who trusted Life In Bloom and for all of the wonderful vendors that I was lucky enough to collaborate with throughout the year.  To me, being a designer is all about pushing the envelope.  Life in Bloom was blessed to work with so many clients that let us push the envelope this year and develop some truly unique concepts, as well as some amazingly talented vendors that pushed us to elevate our work to another level.

I am equally thankful for all of the people who played an instrumental role in helping Life In Bloom to produce thirty-three weddings without missing a beat.  Friends, family members, industry friends: everyone played their part in making this year such an enormous success.

Most of all I am beyond thankful … Read More »