Tag: hydrangea

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 »

Autumnal Galleria Marchetti Wedding

Posted on November 19th, by Life in Bloom in blog. 1 Comment

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 »

Columbus Park Refectory Wedding

Posted on September 22nd, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Missy & Sara were married this summer at the Columbus Park Refectory in Chicago.  They had a beautiful outdoor wedding on the terrace officiated by Anita Vaughan and then celebrated with an intimate cocktail reception inside the beautiful Columbus Park Refectory with their closest family & friends.

They chose a brilliant jewel tone color palette of pink, purple, and plum with accents of hunter green.  Missy’s bouquet was composed of the most lovely smelling fuchsia garden roses, plum calla lilies, show stopping pink Phalaenopsis orchids, and bright purple anemones to name a few.  While Sara’s bouquet was more traditional and primarily white, consisting of hydrangea, roses, and white Phalaenopsis orchids, we incorporated their color palette in the ribbon wrap around her bouquet!  The centerpieces were simple, colorful, and modern; composed of  hydrangea accented with garden roses and orchids.

Their first look was one of the sweetest we’ve seen (see their excitement below).  Congratulations Missy & Sara!  Thanks for including us in your special day!

Photos by the talented Rebecca Marie Photography!









Modern Wing Wedding at the Art Institute of Chicago

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

Today on the blog, we are pleased to share a few images from Mary Ellen & Chris’s stunning October wedding at The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Bluhm Terrace, where Mary Ellen and Chris exchanged  vows, has one of the most breathtaking views of the city.  It overlooks Millennium Park and all of its fall beauty.  For anyone planning a city wedding, this venue is a must see!  The pictures I took simply DO NOT do it justice!

Mary Ellen & Chris came to us with a jewel tone color palette, perfect for a Fall wedding!  They were looking for modern, colorful centerpieces that would provide a wow-factor for their guests.  We covered the tables with gunmetal-gray table runners to help bring out the deep, rich colors of the floral palate.  For the centerpieces we used a variety of square vases, ranging in size, to give a modern look, and filled them with lush, tropical blooms and foliage.  The delphinium that we used was some of the most beautiful delphinium I have ever seen!  The head table was quite possibly my favorite part of the wedding to design.  We created a very unique, linear centerpiece with the large … Read More »

Peach and White Wedding Centerpiece

Posted on June 26th, by Life in Bloom in Uncategorized, Weddings and Events. No Comments

Tall Blue and White Modern Wedding Centerpiece

Posted on June 26th, by Life in Bloom in Uncategorized, Weddings and Events. No Comments

Tall Curly Willow Centerpiece

Posted on June 26th, by Life in Bloom in Uncategorized, Weddings and Events. No Comments

Bright Spring University Club Wedding

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

Ellie & her family were nothing but a pleasure to work with through the planning process.  Ellie & John were married over memorial day weekend at the University Club and if you haven’t seen the University Club before, get ready to wow over these photos.  It is a classic and stunning Chicago venue with an amazing view of Millennium park.  I apologize that my photography skills are not the best, but hopefully I will have some professional ones to share on the blog in a few months.  Because the ceilings at the University Club were so high we wanted to incorporate a tall centerpiece to break up the large space.  We used curly willow branches with hydrangea and hanging candles to cast a romantic glow.  The floral colors of pink, purple, and white were reflected on each table, and the most amazing hot pink peonies brightened up the Library for the cocktail hour.  There were also little touches of Purple Vanda Orchids in the low floral trio centerpiece.  If you haven’t seen these beauties in person before, they are remarkable and one of my favorite orchids.  Congratulations Ellie & John!  Hope you enjoyed a wonderful day with family & friends!

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Flower Friday | Hydrangea

Posted on March 22nd, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Happy Flower Friday Everyone!  This weeks featured flower is the Hydrangea!  There are an incredible amount of varieties of this beauty.  They come in a range of colors including white, green, light ‘kiwi’ green, light & dark blue, light & bright pink, deep purple, and mixed varieties.  My absolute favorite varieties are the mixed or antique hydrangea varieties.  They are simply gorgeous.  One great thing about hydrangea is it’s size.  If you are looking for some larger floral arrangements for your wedding or ceremony, these are a good option because they cover a lot of space.  Besides looking stunning in floral design, they also make great landscape plants.  They produce stunning blooms to bring in throughout the summer.  You can even try your hand at dying the flowers in the fall.  Limelight is one of my favorite varieties for that as they turn a gorgeous pink color in the Fall!


Check out the pictures below of some of the fabulous varieties of Hydrangea.

{Images via google}

A few Gorgeous Examples of Hydrangea in Centerpieces…

{Images via Holly Chapple& Wedding Chicks}

And just because we love sweets so much, some cute hydrangea cupcakes by Glorious Treats!

Spring Annuals

Posted on June 25th, by Life in Bloom in Seasonal Annual Color. No Comments

Spring Annuals