Tag: Floral & Event Styling

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 »

Kemper Lakes Outdoor Wedding

Posted on January 6th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

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 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 »

Mix & Mingle Wedding Trend Event

Posted on May 12th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Weddings & Events, Weddings and Events. No Comments

We were thrilled when Ashley of Midwestern Bride asked us to be a part of a tablescape design for the Mix & Mingle Wedding Trend Event which occurred this past Spring at the Rittergut Wine Bar!  Ashley was going for a rustic tablescape with pops of color in the florals.  She selected the tableware and vintage tins and let us run wild with ideas for the florals.  We stuck with a peachy-orange palette with lots of added greens for a loose and wild texture to tie in the organic look.  The ranunculus & poppies looked fabulous and really gave the table a vibrant and energetic look.  Thanks to Tuan Bui Photography for capturing the wonderful photos below!


Can’t wait to work together with Midwestern Bride again this Fall for Bailey & Michael’s Wedding at Rivers (Rittergut’s outdoor event space & patio)!!  It’s going to be quite the classy affair!

Thanksgiving Tablescape

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

I promised I would reveal the place card today that I incorporated into my own Thanksgiving Tablescape, and drum roll please………… here it is!

#5 is the winner, the Liquidambar fruit seed pod.  My husband and I hosted our first Thanksgiving yesterday, complete with a huge 24lb Turkey and all of the trimmings.  It was a wonderful day spent with family and of course lots of yummy food and some pretty florals!  I am so thankful for my family and friends this year, and all of my wonderful clients, past and future!  It has been a great year and I’m truly blessed to have had a chance to work with such wonderful couples.  I am also sooooo looking forward to some amazing weddings in 2013!

For our Thanksgiving tablescape, I incorporated the most perfect coral charm peonies, seriously, they were huge, combined them with some deep purple ranunculus, privet berries and accents of grass plumes and dusty miller.  My Mom helped me out by making the pretty Chevron Table Runner, since my sewing skills are somewhat lacking.  I spray painted some mini pumpkins with metallic spray paint to contrast with the florals in mercury glass and add some Thanksgiving cheer.  The final … Read More »

Bouquet Preservation with a Twist | Reenie Rose

Posted on October 26th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Uncategorized. No Comments

Your wedding is over, dress has been sent to the cleaners, cake tucked away in the freezer for your 1st anniversary, now what?

How many of you would like to preserve your bouquet in a unique way?  Most people typically think of drying their flowers, which results in wilting and dull coloration or freeze drying their bouquet and putting it under a glass dome.

How about another idea?  A custom designed oil painting by artist, Reenie Rose.  She is incredibly talented and can capture the esessnce of your bridal bouquet in the form of a timeless oil painting.

Her paintings are breathtaking realistic and stunning.  Need I say more?  The painting above pretty much speaks for itself!  Head on over to her website and check out her portfolio for more of her work.  Or, check out this video of her painting process, http://vimeo.com/35785044, its amazing!.

Bohemian Trash the Dress Session

Posted on October 23rd, by Life in Bloom in blog, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

We had a blast at this Bohemian trash the dress session with Kristin La Voie Photography.  Trash the dress sessions are a great way to get gorgeous bridal portraits without the added stress of your wedding day.  For those Brides and Grooms with a tight window for pictures this is another great option to get some amazing and unique photos.  It also allows you to take some pictures you may have been afraid of on your wedding day for fear of dirtying your dress or tux.  In this shoot we traveled to Waterfall Glen to take some gorgeous pictures in the fields and then decided to go floating in the creek!  It was super chilly and a bit hard to move around in (Read: I had seven layers of tulle and fabric that made up my dress) but I would say the pictures were totally worth it!  In case you were wondering my dress did not get trashed from the session either.  It was a bit dirty, but the dry cleaners restored it to its original condition, phew!

Life in Bloom created the headpiece, bouquet, and boutonniere for the session.  I thoroughly enjoyed creating a super bright and lush bouquet for … Read More »

Fresh Flower Care

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

How to get those blooms to last longer & where to purchase fresh flowers…

Sometimes I take my floral knowledge for granted and forget that not everyone has a degree in horticulture like myself.  Today I want to share with you all my 6 steps for fresh flower care to lengthen the life of your flowers and keep them looking fab longer!

Remove all leaves and debris that will be underwater once you arrange your flowers in the vase.  Debris in water will cause bacteria.
Cut the stems about 1” from the bottom of the stem with a sharp knife at an angle.  If you don’t want to use a knife, a sharp pair of shears will work ok.
Arrange your flowers in lukewarm water and use floral food, if your flowers come with that too.  The only flowers that should be put in cold water are bulb flowers such as daffodils, hyacinth, and tulips.
Keep your flowers out of direct sunlight and away from heating and cooling vents.  Vents will cause the flowers to dry out quicker.
Also keep your flowers away from fruit.  Fruit releases ethylene, which causes the flowers to age faster.
Change the water in your vase every two days.  This is the … Read More »

Picnic Themed Engagement Session

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

Picnic Themed Engagement Session

Life in Bloom was so excited to provide the floral for this insanely gorgeous engagement session.  Corrie & Dan are such a sweet and adorable couple and these pictures from their engagement session are simply gorgeous.  Themed engagement sessions and props are fun ways to spice up your photos and make the picture taking less awkward since most of us aren’t models and haven’t been professionally photographed.

Kina Wicks asked us to provide a simple floral arrangement in neutral tones for this picnic themed engagement session.  We were SO EXCITED to see the final outcome and were amazed at how well everything coordinated.  Seriously, those macaroons are adorable.

For the bouquet, we used Café Au Lait Dahlias, which are my absolute favorite dahlia and probably one of my favorite flowers in general.  They are a perfect Fall flower for those of you planning autumn weddings.  We combined the Dahlias with Neutral Roses, peach stock, and a touch of filler to add some texture.  I’ll have to admit that this was one of my favorite creations thus far and it was hard to hand it off to Kina.   Fortunately I knew that she would take some amazing pictures with them, … Read More »

Inspirational Wedding Shoot

Posted on September 3rd, by Life in Bloom in blog. 1 Comment

We were thrilled to be a part of this lovely and unique inspirational wedding shoot with Yellow Diamond Events and Kristin La Voie Photography.  Kristin was inspired by the idea of a carefree wedding in the river where mason jars would hang from branches.  Eugenya selected the purple and white color scheme and we ran from there.

Life in Bloom was put up to the task of creating a branch centerpiece and designing purple & white floral arrangements for the shoot.  To convey a relaxed-rustic feel we used birch branches to make the centerpiece frame for the sweetheart table.  I am always a huge fan of suspended floral & lighting so this was a very fun and unique project to work on.  Mason jars and votives were suspended by dangling crystals from the branches.  Not all centerpieces or floral decor need to be smack dab in the middle of the table.  Don’t be afraid to try something different!

As for the flowers, we combined more formal flowers such as hydrangea and garden roses with loose flowing wildflowers such as scabiosa to convey a rustic yet elegant mood.  The clematis vine was the perfect finishing touch to tie in the birch branches with … Read More »