Tag: Floral and event styling

Event Design 101: Hanging Floral

Posted on August 9th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Our event design series continues today with the hottest trend in event design, hanging floral. We are so excited for all of our hanging floral pieces happening this wedding season, they truly create a “wow” factor that will have your guests in awe.

There are so many options when it comes to hanging floral pieces. You may want something over the dance floor, the head table, or even multiple around the space. They can also be multifunctional: use it as the backdrop for your ceremony and over the head table at your reception.

Why are these perfect for your Chicago wedding? The majority of our amazing venues are indoors due to the crazy weather, and there is no better way to bring the outdoors in!

Head Table 

Life in Bloom, Photo: Katie Kett Photography

Atrium Ceremony Backdrop

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Guest Table Greenery

Flowers on the Run, Source

Head Table 

A Charming Fete, Source

Ceremony/ Head Table Backdrop

SELVA Floral Design, Source

Dance Floor 

Martha Stewart Weddings: Source

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Event Design 101: Draping

Posted on August 2nd, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

If you didn’t catch our blog on lighting two weeks ago, our new design series takes an in-depth look at some of the additional decor services that we at Life In Bloom offer outside of just floral. While known for our floral expertise, Life in Bloom can help you with linens, lighting, draping, graphics, and so much more. Today we are talking about another favorite design element that can be used to cover, frame, or completely transform your venue… draping! We love the way draping can create drama and romance in any venue. Here are a handful of ways that you can transform your space with draping:

Ceremony Draping

If you walked into your venue and wondered just how in the world you were going to transform your space into an intimate ceremony setting, look no further! Draping is your best friend. When used correctly, draping can both help to frame the ceremony through a Chuppah or a dramatic arch, as well as create a softer and more romantic atmosphere throughout the entire space. See a few great examples of that below…

Chuppah Draping

Aisle Draping

Arch Draping

Reception Draping

There are many reasons that you might want to incorporate draping into your reception. You may be covering something in the room that stands out or doesn’t fit … Read More »


Galleria Marchetti Wedding

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

Galleria Marchetti is one of our favorite Chicago wedding venues to work at.  With it’s beautiful outdoor ceremony space and a newly upgraded tent, this truly unique venue offers couples a chance to create something stunning with a relatively blank slate.  This year our team has a total of three weddings there (two of which we have already produced, and one more this coming September).  Today we are sharing photos from Mary & Stephen’s June wedding at Galleria Marchetti with planning by Five Grain Events and photos by Gerber & Scarpelli.

Some of our favorite elements of their big day were the custom moss covered letter which welcomed guests into the courtyard for cocktail hour, the moss covered escort-card table, and of course the most beautiful tall focal arrangements as centerpieces.

The overall palette of peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus all in shades of soft whites and blushes with tufts of greenery helped paint a perfectly classic and romantic ambience throughout the tent.  Mary & Stephen were the sweetest couple and so deserving of such a beautiful wedding celebration.  We have no doubt that they will enjoy an extremely long and joyful life together! Cheers!

Venue: Galleria Marchetti | Photographer: Gerber & Scarpelli Planning: Five Grain Events


Event Design 101: Lighting

Posted on July 20th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

When you work with us at Life in Bloom, your decor doesn’t have to stop at floral. We handle your linens, lighting, draping, graphics, and just about anything else you can think of. In our new event design blog series, we are going to go into depth about some of the services we offer besides floral. Today we are focusing on lighting and all the options you can do pertaining to lighting. Lighting is one of my favorite reception additions; it can truly transform your space. Here are some amazing options:

 

Up-Lighting

Up-lights give your room an overall incredible glow. They sit on the floor, shine against the wall and are very reasonable for the impact they make. We usually recommend an amber color because it makes your event feel warm and intimate.

 

Pin-Spotting

Pin-spotting is a very cool effect if you are in a dark space. These lights are hung on a wall or ceiling and basically put a small spot light on all of your centerpieces. It really makes your floral a focal point.

 

 

Hanging Chandeliers

Bringing chandeliers into your venue can be a total WOW factor. They immediately make your reception look chic and give a finishing touch like you wouldn’t believe. We … Read More »


Palmer House Wedding

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

Nancy and Patrick’s classic Palmer House wedding was one to remember. On top of being so easy to work with, they trusted us to make their vision come to life. This sweet couple wanted a romantic and classic palette for their special day, so that is exactly what we did. Mixed with a rich, chocolate brown linen, the florals were filled with hydrangea, peonies, roses, and other textures.  Ann and Kam Photography captured the entire day beautifully below.

Venue: Palmer House | Photographer: Ann and Kam Photography | Planner: Weddings and Events by Karolina |


Colorful Summer Wedding at Rivers

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

Allison and Chris were married at River’s Patio and danced the night away in an outdoor, colorful, and fun summer wedding at Rivers in downtown Chicago.  Their wedding didn’t lack anything in the way of color; Orange-Peach-Coral-Pink, it was beautiful and complimented the height of summer perfectly!

We had such a blast working with Allison and her Mom putting all of the decor elements together. For the ceremony Allison and her Mom purchased hanging aqua votives which we filled with pops of color accented with crisp gardenia greenery.  Bright coral dahlias, coral spray roses, and garden roses were used to create a vibrant and effective backdrop for their wedding ceremony.

The tablescapes continued with the fun and colorful theme.  Brightly colored blooms including coral dahlias, orange and yellow protea, coral and orange dahlias, delicate chamomile daisies and funky yellow billy balls adorned clean modern vases running the length of the rectangular table.  Aqua and white frosted votives accented the centerpieces and miniature potted succulents sat at each guest’s place setting.  No detail was left unnoticed!  Allison and Chris-thanks for choosing us to bring your fun & colorful vision to life.  We wish you both the best!

Venue: Rivers | Photography: Artistrie Co. | Coordination: Midwestern Bride | DJ: Toast & Jam | Draping … 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 »


Promontory Point Halloween Wedding

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

One of the most fun weddings that we produced this past year took place at Promontory Point on the night of Halloween.  La Belle Fleur Events was the planner and, as always, their team knocked it out of the park!

The couple wanted a fun ambience with a nod to Halloween without feeling too literal (black and orange).  To accomplish this, we opted to use white pumpkins as floral vases with a floral palette consisting of peach stock, Juliet garden roses, ivory & Cream roses and scabiosa pods.  The overall floor plan was one long U-shaped layout with end-to-end farm tables wrapping around the dance floor.  We adorned these tables with a handful of lanterns, votives, and the above-mentioned pumpkin floral arrangements.

Other fun elements included Custom Carved Pumpkins, which greeted guests as they entered and exited the venue.  We also produced a large pumpkin with the couple’s’ initials carved into it which rested on the Place Card Table.

It was really fun to see this wedding come together on the big day.  Here is a rendering that we put together to convey the overall mood and layout to the couple and help them envision the overall look beforehand.

I have no doubt that … Read More »


Salvatores Restaurant Wedding

Posted on March 4th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

This early Fall Wedding in a Lincoln Park Restaurant was beautified with a neutral color palette and accented with lots of eucalyptus & olive greenery.  I seriously cannot get enough of these bouquets!  We combined neutral ivory & taupe roses with hints of ranunculus & lisianthus and lots of greenery in the form of olive & seeded eucalyptus and finished them off with satin ivory ribbon.  A warm candlelit glow radiated throughout the restaurant as toasts were shared and the couple celebrated with their closest family & friends.  Gold mercury glass vases featured hydrangea, roses, lisianthus, hints of queen anne’s lace and lots of greenery while each place setting was finished off with a delicate olive sprig.  Congratulations Jen & Nick. It was a joy working with you both and we wish you the best!

Vendors

Venue: Salvatores | Photography: Slack Photography


Chicago River Wedding

Posted on January 29th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

It seems like just yesterday when it was sunny, and not a cloud in sight as we were setting up Bailey and Michael’s outdoor ceremony and reception over looking the Chicago River this past summer.  Bailey and Michael were such a sweet couple to work with and were very deserving of this beautiful day on which they tied the knot at Rivers Restaurant.

Bailey’s vision of a white, monochromatic, palette with accents of gold throughout was the perfect complement to this already stunning space and her vision was brought to life by our team with perfect execution. They say that all that glitters is not gold… however while that might be true, it should also be said that all that is gold, sure does glitter!

The ceremony’s aisle runner was lined with a trio of jumbo white hydrangea every couple of rows.  At the end of the aisle were two pedestals which both supported a large focal of gold shimmering foliage framed by an ivory fabric backdrop.

Behind this backdrop awaited the reception, where half of the tables were adorned with clear glass compotes overflowing with white and ivory flowers and gold foliage to give that … Read More »