Tag: Life in Bloom Chicago
Our venue spotlight continues today with the Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. Every week we are highlighting some of the best wedding venues in Chicago and sharing why they are a Life in Bloom favorite! Why is this one, you may ask? Their lush gardens and marble details are just the start, learn more below!
Venue: Armour House
Location: Lake Forest
Nestled in one of the most beautiful Chicago suburbs sits the Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. The grounds at the Armour House are absolutely breath-taking, whether you are having an indoor or outdoor ceremony, both options are dreamy. The grounds are full of lush gardens, making it the perfect place for all of your photos. Where’s the catch? What does the reception area look like? Nope, no catch. The reception area is stunning full of brilliant architecture, marble detailing, and neutral colors.
The venue has so many stunning features, and the key is highlighting these features. Adding heavy greenery and candle treatments to the staircase, fireplace, and fountain is a must! They are such strong focal points in the room, your guests will be convinced you put thought … Read More »
Are you planning a winter wedding but struggling to pin down that perfect style? Certainly you want to capture all of the beautiful simplicity of the season (the cool and neutral color palate and those crisp textures) all while conveying an aesthetic that evokes the joy of winter without feeling like a big holiday celebration (hold the cedar and holly).
Well don’t worry, we have you covered. Today we are sharing our vision of a perfectly dreamy winter wedding celebration where high-end style meets an uber-chic winter wonderland.
1. Bridesmaids in faux furs, we love the incorporation of browns & textures! Source 2. A simple cake with winter greens & berries is an easy call. Source 3. I think this photo says it all, but choosing a blue/silver toned wedding dress can be ideal against all the white. Source 4. Be sure to get detail shots of your invites, loving the different colored envelope. Source 5. Once again we incorporated some brown tones into the floral and a black vase, but it still is overall bright and classy. Source 6. Velvet linens, enough said. Source. 7. Tying in the velvet to another detail, it looks amazing on boutonnieres. Source 8. Taper Candles are … Read More »
It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Time for another Life in Bloom venue spotlight! Today, it’s all about the industrial masterpiece that is Morgan Manufacturing. This unique venue located in The Fulton Market Neighborhood held one of our largest weddings last year and is the perfect venue for a large capacity event without sacrificing style.
Venue: Morgan Manufacturing
Location: Fulton Market
Morgan Manufacturing is a unique space because of it’s exposed duct-work and industrial decor. The built-in bars and lighting are the perfect start to any event design. Their rooftop and bathrooms, yes bathrooms, are hidden gems in terms of style and will leave your guests in awe. You must go check it out for yourself!
Sky is the Limit! This is one of the biggest venues in Chicago and thus has the space to make anything possible. We love to see a lot of lighting, specifically pin spotting and cafe lights. On a table-top level, we love to use a lot of candle light once the dinner portion has started. Suspended floral pieces and tall arrangements make a big impact in the room, even if they are just greenery (pictured below). It’s … Read More »
Next on our venue spotlight is the uber-chic Ivy Room. If you missed any posts in our recent series, we are highlighting some of our favorite venues. (Past: Galleria Marchetti and Chicago History Museum) With booking season in full-force, we want to share our knowledge and tips for some of the best spaces to say “I-do”. Make sure to tune in every Wednesday as we highlight Chicago’s hottest wedding venues.
Venue: Ivy Room
Capacity: 180 people with dance floor & band
Location: River North
The Ivy Room is an incredible spot to hold your Chicago wedding. On top of the gorgeous french doors (which can be opened if weather permits) and a fantastic inventory of in-house furniture options to choose from; the rental price also includes many necessities that are not included at most venues. The location is right in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood with an unexpected hidden courtyard to use for your ceremony or cocktail hour. We absolutely love the Ivy Room and can not wait for the multiple weddings we have there this year, be sure to check it out!
The Ivy Room has stunning high ceilings, to fill the space we love doing tall … Read More »
As much as we love a classic spring palette, there is something about fall colors that stand out amongst the rest. Christina and Mark’s Fall Wedding at 19 East was one of our absolute favorites. Not one detail was missed with Christina’s fall-chic style and the help of Wrap it Up Events.
The ceremony and reception both took place at 19 East, which has a striking simplicity to the overall space, with an industrial undertone.
For the ceremony, a birch arch was covered in a lush floral garland and the aisle was flanked with two large and extremely textural arrangements. Other amazing details could be found in the boxwood wall for the escort cards, some uber-chic velvet furniture for the lounge groupings, and subtle touches of artichoke here and there.
The bridesmaid’s bouquets were filled with cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, ranunculus, scabiosa, and multiple types of greenery. Christina stayed with a classic all-white bouquet, which made perfect sense once we saw her stunning beaded gown that really stole the show.
When we originally began planning with Mark and Christina, we created a rendering for their wedding to give them a visual of what we had in mind for the room. Below we have photos of the day … Read More »
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
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!
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 »
Happy New Year! With engagement Season in full swing and so many couples beginning their wedding planning process, 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: Galleria Marchetti – The Pavilion
Capacity: 450 people seated with stage & dance floor
Location: River West // Erie & Halstead
The Pavilion at Galleria Marchetti has been one of our favorite venues to work at this past year. It’s location and beauty makes it the perfect spot for a romantic Chicago wedding. The East Courtyard is a stunning outdoor ceremony spot; it is a secret garden in the middle of the city. Guests enter through iron gates to the ceremony or straight into your cocktail hour. The tented pavilion is heated or air-conditioned depending on the time of year and is light, bright, and dreamy.
The ceremony site is absolutely beautiful, but hanging chandeliers in the pergola can really take it to the next level. We also highly recommend draping (as seen below), if chandeliers are not your thing. In the … Read More »
WOW! What an incredible year. As I look back at everything that happened in 2016, I feel an overwhelming amount of gratitude to so many people. So let me first start by thanking all the people who allow me to live my dream every day with Life in Bloom.
It’s no secret, we have the best clients. This year was full of the sweetest, most caring and considerate client’s we’ve had the pleasure of working with. Not only that but they all had impeccable style as well. Thanks for trusting & collaborating with us to bring your incredible visions to life. Life in Bloom would be nothing without you and for that we are incredibly grateful.
We also have the best crew. With a talented group of core designers surrounded by some incredible floral designers and a hardcore install team, I’m a firm believer that we’ve become the company to beat. Are we the biggest? No. But our teamwork, communication, and hard-work is the best in the biz, and I know that to be a fact. Our crew worked tirelessly this year and gave it 110% with no detail left unnoticed. And they did it all with a big smile. There have … Read More »
When planning your wedding, perhaps the idea of a small, intimate gathering with your closest friends and family appeals more to you than a large ballroom reception with everyone you and your parents have ever met. If that is the case, Chicago has some amazingly intimate venues that are perfect for your style of wedding, and today we are sharing some of our favorite hidden gems!
1. Public Hotel
Located in the heart of Gold Coast, The Public Hotel has an unbelievable rooftop that gets you about as close to the Chicago skyline as possible. With neutral hotel suites, furniture, and linens, this intimate space is definitely worth a look if you plan on having around 30-50 people. Photos by: Nicodem Creative
2. Kitchen Chicago
Kitchen Chicago is the perfect venue for a industrial-chic wedding. The strikingly tall ceilings and exposed beams give the venue a unique look for Chicago. Located in West Town, this venue is just a quick drive from the loop. There is also an awesome loft that is perfect for your cocktail hour, lounge area, or kids play area! Photos by: Timtab Studios and Stephanie Bassos Weddings
3. Little Goat
Everyone loves Little Goat, but did you know you can host an intimate … Read More »
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 »