Tag: Floral and event styling
For those of you who are familiar with the work of Claude Monet, upon recalling some of his famous paintings, images of a natural setting with reflective bodies of water baring lily pads likely come to mind.
Inspired by Claude’s artistic style, trademarked by a seemingly blurry combination of oil pastels, and a love for nature, Ashley La Fleur of La Belle Fleur Events spearheaded a collaborative effort in creating our own work of art that mimicked Claude’s love for nature and all of its beauty.
In our own interpretation, we created a romantic scene where we brought to life, a soft, pastel color palette reminiscent of Monet’s work. From the flatware to the overhanging floral focal and everything in between, the space was filled with a feeling of translucent airiness.
One of our favorite elements from the shoot was the suspended “chandelier” which we constructed out of varying shades of blue delphinium and lime-green amaranthus, all hanging from a manzanita branch to create a perfectly whimsical & dreamy enclosure.
We also created some beautiful bouquets that captured both the color palette as well as the mood of a Parisian pond in the summer time. With a collection of Cafe Au Lait Dahlias, Ginger, Amaranthus, Astilbe, … Read More »
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 »
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!
Tieg and Nick (high school sweethearts) were married this past September at Kemper Lakes golf club, and we had the privilege of doing the flowers for both their reception and ceremony. The two lucked out with the most perfect weather, as they held their ceremony outside along the lake.
With the weeping willows acting as a backdrop to this beautiful setting, and the stunning floral palette of jewel tones, berries, and greenery, it all made for a picture-perfect ceremony. A vintage wine barrel flanked by a collection of lanterns acted as the ceremony focal, while the aisle was lined with shepherds hooks, each which held a mason jar full of beautiful, multi-textural fall blooms. Simply stunning.
The couple wanted to carry the rustic wine-inspired theme throughout their entire day so in addition to the ceremony barrels, we used wine bottles as a part of some of the centerpieces. Tieg, being a project manager had a pretty clear and firm idea of what she wanted in terms of flowers so we worked together to create this beauty seen below. She wanted bright jewel toned fall colors and absolutely loved amaryllis. We combined various shades of roses, peach amaryllis, along with berries and other … Read More »
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 »
Jessie & Chris were married at the Garfield Park Conservatory this past Fall in October. The Garfield Park Conservatory, which sits on the outskirts of the city on the west side, is a historic gem! The Architecture of the building itself is stunning, and when you combine that with its super lush and exotic array of plants, it is hard to beat as far as wedding venues go.
Of all of the weddings that we produced this past year, this was quite possibly the one that I was looking forward to the most. My husband told me afterwards that if we had been married in the fall, this is what he would have wanted our wedding to look like: The ultimate compliment!
Jessie and Chris had an overall vision for an organic feeling, yet elegant celebration with a color scheme of Deep Reds, Dusty Pinks, and Ivory. Other than that, they let us run wild. So we took their vision, tossed in a whole lot of gorgeous greenery and created one for the books!
For the personal flowers, I created wild & loosely structured bouquets with lots of olive, eucalyptus, and jasmine vine to give that organic feeling with some deep bold blooms … Read More »
There are several factors that make Thanksgiving one of the all-time best holidays.
Food, family, and a Festive atmosphere!
Since I’m spending the holiday in Colorado with family this year and thus won’t be able to decorate my own table, I figure the next best thing is to write a blog touching on some of my favorite ways to adorn your thanksgiving smorgasbord.
Pumpkins and gourds are a great, and easy way to add interest to your holiday table. We recommend gathering a collection of different sizes and shapes. To keep it cohesive, stick to one color palette. I personally love the look of these white pumpkins perhaps mixed with some gray ones as well. Neutrals are an emerging trend and with the winter holiday season approaching, it is best to put the bold & colorful palettes to rest for the season.
If you’re feeling ambitious, you can choose to dress up or decorate a few of your pumpkins. I love this one pictured below; perfect for the season, and after all, nothing says class like some accents of gold. For this, all you need is a gold Sharpie and a steady hand!
Another way to dress up your table is … Read More »
Alysha & Sean are two of my very best friends so this blog might come with a little bit of bias, but I’m confident that you’ll find their fall wedding as beautiful as I do! The two were married at Galleria Marchetti in early October as the fall colors were in full force throughout the city.
For their special day, they wanted bright & bold colors with the major focus being purple & orange with accents of red which we incorporated through berries and some deep merlot dahlias.
Outside of the color palette (and Alysha’s vision for her beautiful Calla Lily Bouquet), Sean & Alysha gave us full creative control to do whatever we want — as long as it looked beautiful of course!
We wanted to capture fall but also keep it elegant and somewhat formal. To do that, we incorporated a range of flowers to add a variety of textures ranging from the soft Lisianthus blooms to the full and rigid Dahlias.
For the centerpieces we designed a hydrangea filled rustic wooden box with orchids and fall oak leaves spilling out as well as a manzanita branch that hosted hanging votives.
Last, but certainly not least, no wedding would be complete without a … Read More »
Katie & Jason were married this summer at the Lacuna Artists Lofts in Pilsen. They came to us with a bright and colorful palette, but beyond that, Katie and Jason left much of the creativity up to us. From the get-go, they were both super relaxed, and easy to work with and they were open to all of our ideas and they both completely trusted our expertise. Simply put, they were dream-clients. And in the end, everything came together perfectly!
Katie’s bouquet was composed of the most insanely gorgeous dahlias we have ever worked with. They were huge!!! The dahlias, mixed with ivory garden roses, blush lisianthus, and cream spray roses with a touch of dusty miller made for a stunningly classic & timeless bridal bouquet, another favorite for sure 🙂
Just because a wedding is beautiful does not always mean it is going to be fun… but as our team arrived for the dismantle at the end of the night, it seemed almost all guests were having plenty of fun as they danced the night away under the hanging cafe lights… both beautiful and very fun.
Katie & Jason, I wish you both the best!
A huge thank you to Amanda Megan Miller Photography … Read More »
Rachel & Abe were married this past spring at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL. The Danada house is a beautiful venue surrounded by open fields filled with galloping horses — to put it simply, the perfect outdoor setting for a ceremony.
The couple wanted a rustic feel without feeling too grungy. With a soft color palate of lavender, mint, and ivory, combined with a mix of wooden vases and mercury compotes, I’d say we hit it on the head with this one. This multi-textured bouquet consisting of sweet pea, lavender, lisianthus, peonies, garden roses, dusty miller, and brunnia berries was one of our favorites to create and the outcome was nothing short of stunning.
Thanks to Matushek Photography for the gorgeous images below!