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Romance and elegance begin with candles. Think about the way having just a few candles lit in your home creates a warm glow and romantic environment. Come time to create that same feeling on your wedding day, how are you going to transform your entire wedding into a warm, inviting, and romantic atmosphere? Candles. (And floral, of course). But today, we are strictly talking candles and why you need them, LOTS of them.
There are so many approaches and ways to use candles but first, lets talk styles. We are talking about pillar candles, floating candles, taper candles, and votives. Each of these styles have the ability to create a big impact, while remaining budget friendly. The following images are all great examples of how to best use candle light as a part of your centerpiece.
1. Pillar Candles
Pillar candles are among the most popular of candles. They are often used in glass cylinders (like shown below). They can be placed directly in the center of a table or interspersed on both sides of a table garland. You can also place them in lanterns or on top of candle holders to help elevate the glow.
Photo by: Clary Pfeiffer Photography
1a. Pillar Candles on silver Candle Holders
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The ceremony; the single most important part of your wedding day. What does that moment look like to you? Are you surrounded by romantic draping? Is there a gorgeous arch of floral behind you? Whatever it may be, we are here to make that dream come to life. Our latest design series, Event Design 101, digs deeper into the custom services Life in Bloom offers such as draping, linens, lighting, custom artwork, and more.
The options are truly endless when it comes to your ceremony. The most common decor items to add to a ceremony are:
Do you picture any or all of these at your wedding? It is important to choose a frame or backdrop at the end of the aisle. This is the perfect spot for an arch/chuppah, draping, focal arrangements, boxwood wall, flower wall, etc. Highlighting the aisle creates that “wow” factor as you are walking down. This is where the aisle runner combined with chair decor, petals/garlands, and candles can really elevate your ceremony. Here are some examples of Life in Bloom ceremonies with these added decor elements:
Photos by: Christy Tyler Photography
Photos by: Timothy Whaley & Associates
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On November 17, Life in Bloom is teaming up with Williams Sonoma Lincoln Park for a Thanksgiving Pop-up Shop! To add to the ever-chic decor at Williams Sonoma, we will be creating fresh fall wreaths and thanksgiving arrangements. The wreaths will be made to take with you and the arrangements will be available for pre-order. Come pick-up your last minute Williams Sonoma decor and check out the shop from 5:30pm – 7:30pm!
One of our favorite moments of 2016 so far was creating Catherine and Jesse’s flower wall at City Winery. The outdoor patio made for the perfect ceremony spot: ivy covered walls, planter boxes filled with greenery, wooden barrels, and the gorgeous white and pink flower wall. The sweet couple, with exceptional style, were wed in front of the flower wall that was later repurposed behind their sweetheart table.
The reception space that doubles as a concert venue was set with lush garlands filled with hydrangea, peonies, roses, spray roses, and mums. Tall, glass candles adorned the garlands to create the perfect dinner ambiance. The wedding from start to finish was romantic and organic, just how we like it!
We wish Catherine and Jesse years of happiness! Check out their stunning wedding below captured by Timothy Whaley Photography:
Venue: City Winery | Photography: Timothy Whaley & Associates | Planning: Clementine Custom Events
Kathleen and Mike’s big day was the quintessential, Italian-inspired occasion. The Exmoor Country Club wedding was overflowing with romance. The neutral tent, linens, and floral accented the touches of greenery and lush grounds at Exmoor perfectly.
The bouquets were a stunning combination of peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and olive. The centerpieces were a mixture of lush low arrangements, topiaries, and candles. And who could forget the olive chair decor for our bride and groom? It’s one of our favorites!
Estera Events flawlessly planned and executed, while the talented Clary Pfeiffer captured the wedding, check out a few pictures of Kathleen and Mike’s day, below:
Venue: Exmoor Country Club | Planning: Estera Events | Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Cake: Three Tarts Bakery
One of our very favorite combinations of style, vendors, and overall perfection was Martha and Alex’s wedding this past April. The couple tied the knot at The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and then continued the celebration at one of our favorite hidden spots, The Saddle and Cycle Club.
Ivory candle sticks, romantic draping, and a boxwood wall for place cards, were just a few of our favorite details. (Besides Martha’s stunning lace and tulle ballgown!) The romantic and organic palette consisted of white peonies, sweet pea, anemones, O’hara garden roses, blush rice flower, eucalyptus, olive, dusty miller, and more. The palette flawlessly complimented the amazing watercolor calligraphy of Emily Rose Ink.
The entire day was captured by one of our very favorite fine art photographers, Clary Pfeiffer. Martha and Alex were so wonderful to work with and we wish them many years of love and happiness!
Venue: Saddle and Cycle Club | Photographer: Clary Pfeiffer | Paper Goods: Emily Rose Ink |
Have you ever seen a wedding that looks like a fairy tale? The lighting of the day is just perfect, the couple so happy, and the florals all whimsical and romantic? Dana and Stanley’s wedding was exactly that. Their rustic-chic wedding at Abbey Farms in Aurora was one to remember.
This sweet couple could not have had a more perfect palette. Peonies, sweet pea, cafe au lait dahlias, lisianthus, spray roses, queen anne’s lace, seeded eucalyptus, stock, astillbe and dusty miller all created this soft, peach/pink, wondrous combination.
The ceremony at a neighboring church was wedding-ready after clutches of floral were added to line the aisle. The flower girl wore a babies breath floral crown and the bridesmaids carried petite bouquets to match Dana’s. The men wore ranunculus, dusty miller and brunia berry boutonnieres.
The reception was filled with romantic centerpieces, white linens, gold calligraphy, and a beautiful sunset! The entire day was shot by the talented Katherine Salvatori. Check out Dana and Stan’s big day below…
Venue: Abbey Farms | Photographer: Katherine Salvatori
Renzhuo and Shuonan were married on a perfect Sunday this past July. A little fog made it a dreamy afternoon as the two were wed on the rooftop of The Public Hotel.
This Gold Coast venue is complete with an unbeatable view of the Chicago skyline, you truly feel an arms length away. The all white linens and furniture of The Public Hotel set the stage for bright peonies, greenery, and gold accents.
This sweet couple wanted their intimate gathering to look organic, romantic, and include shades of peach, red, and white. The bride wore a delicate flower crown in the same palette as her peony filled bouquet. For the ceremony, we used a birch branch arch, draped with ivory chiffon and drenched in eucalyptus, peonies, garden roses, and jasmine vine.
For the reception, a long white table stretching the length of the rooftop was set with gold candle holders at varying heights surrounded by olive. This garland effect was complimented with boutique vases filled with peonies, garden roses and olive branch.
We wish these two the happiest of marriages! Check out some of their stunning moments captured by Nicodem Creative.
Venue: The Public Hotel Photography: Nicodem Creative
Today our blog series continues with a detail that is constantly overlooked: the napkin fold. If you are just tuning in, our latest blog series, Event Design 101, is an insight into the other services we offer besides floral design. Life in Bloom can provide you with linens, lighting, draping, custom graphics and so much more to take your wedding to the next level, but today we’re talking about a seemingly minute detail: the napkin fold.
This often overlooked detail can completely alter the look of your tables. A cheesy fold can take your classy soiree and boot it right back into the 80’s. The question you must ask yourself before deciding what napkin fold to use, is what is the purpose of your napkin in the design? Is it to bring in a pop of color/texture? Is it to frame your menu? Is it to mark a place setting? Once you decide the answer to this question it will narrow down your options.
As a general rule of thumb, keep it simple. The more your napkin looks like some type of origami, the more your room will start to feel like a retirement party and less like an elegant wedding. If your … Read More »
Catie & Jon’s wine-country inspired wedding was a perfect fit at the Danada House. The rustic elegance of the venue combined with wine barrels, pastel florals, and Catie’s stunning blush lace dress, made this wedding one to remember.
The ceremony was set with two large wine barrels each holding a large organic arrangement filled with eucalyptus, bay leaves, snapdragon, roses, astilbe, Cafe Au Lait dahlias, pink snowberry, queen anne’s lace, and more. The ladies’ navy dresses made the pastel florals pop beautifully, as did the linens on the reception tables.
The dusty blue succulents in every bouquet tied all of the colors together perfectly. Thank goodness we had our friends Artistrie Co. capturing the day and La Belle Fleur Events making sure it ran smoothly.
We hope this sweet couple enjoys their memories of this day forever. Check out a few shots their big day below! Their wedding was also featured in the Summer/Fall Issue of The Knot on newsstands now!
Venue: Danada House | Planning: La Belle Fleur Events | Photography: Artistrie Co.