Tag: Life in Bloom

ArTango Summer Wedding in Chicago

Posted on March 7th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

This summer wedding was full of candlelight and color at the Ravenswood Restaurant of ArTango.  Laura & Dov were having a family style dinner with tapas so we adorned their tables with rustic brown lanterns, succulents, votives and bud vases full of vibrant colored flowers.  The floral palette was full of pinks, lavender, peaches, and blue and was the perfect colorful accent to the rustic look of the venue.  One of our favorite details of this wedding was the delicate flower girl crown composed of lavender, astilbe, and wax flower.  Our other favorite element was Laura’s stunning bridal bouquet.  It was lush & textural and the pastel colors complimented her gorgeous blush dress perfectly.  The dusty blue succulents, and hanging green amaranthus just added another dimension to the bouquet.  Congratulations Laura & Dov!  Thanks for having such a great vision and for allowing us to play a small part in your special day.

Venue: ArTango | Photography: Mark Federighi Photography

 


Salvatores Restaurant Wedding

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

This early Fall Wedding in a Lincoln Park Restaurant was beautified with a neutral color palette and accented with lots of eucalyptus & olive greenery.  I seriously cannot get enough of these bouquets!  We combined neutral ivory & taupe roses with hints of ranunculus & lisianthus and lots of greenery in the form of olive & seeded eucalyptus and finished them off with satin ivory ribbon.  A warm candlelit glow radiated throughout the restaurant as toasts were shared and the couple celebrated with their closest family & friends.  Gold mercury glass vases featured hydrangea, roses, lisianthus, hints of queen anne’s lace and lots of greenery while each place setting was finished off with a delicate olive sprig.  Congratulations Jen & Nick. It was a joy working with you both and we wish you the best!

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Venue: Salvatores | Photography: Slack Photography


Armour House Lake Forest Academy Wedding

Posted on February 24th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

We hope you are ready for a whole lot of prettiness!  This wedding that we produced this past August at the Armour House in Lake Forest, IL had plenty prettiness to go around and was something straight out of a fairy tale!  This sweet couple had a vision of a blue floral palette, which can be tricky, but we were up for the challenge.  Starting with the Bridal Bouquet which consisted of dusty miller and brunnia berries along with a primarily white collection of garden roses, anemone and lisianthus, we tied that all together with a beautiful soft blue ribbon from Silk & Willow.  The Bridesmaids had similar flowers with the addition of Privet Berries and pops of pale blue Tweedia.

The main focal of the ceremony were the two large urn arrangements which overflowed with the most stunning blue hydrangea accented with dusty miller and blue Delphinium. These two arrangements sat on white pedestals which helped to frame the ceremony space perfectly in the outdoor garden which can otherwise feel like a big open space.

Moving into the Reception, guests couldn’t help but admire the jaw-dropping staircase display that we put together.  We completely covered … Read More »


Life In Bloom – The Early Days

Posted on February 4th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Uncategorized. 2 comments

Last night I had the privilege of attending the Wyffels Hybrids Employee Appreciation Dinner.

Wyffels Hybrids has several employees who have worked over 20 years for the company.  A man by the name of David Strawn, a District Sales Manager, is one of those long-term employees.  Last night, he gave his retiree speech and it was very inspiring to me.  At the end of his speech he stated that, “There is no better company in seed that you can work for.  This is it.  Wyffels.  Legacy.  Values.  And the Best seed out there.”

A little back-story about Wyffels Hybrids… My father & Uncle took over the company after the untimely passing of my Grandfather (their father) and grew a company with just under a handful employees to the business that it is today with over 120 full time employees.

Their entrepreneurial ways, inspired me to follow in their footsteps even at a young age.  I also like to believe that my approach to the exceptional customer experience also stemmed from the early days of watching how they did business.

My first business ‘venture’ was selling sweet corn on the sidewalk right outside our home.  My brother and I would wake up early in the … Read More »


Pattern Profusion

Posted on January 24th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Uncategorized. No Comments

Today, we are looking at patterns that we love.  Patterns can be used to influence the aesthetic of your wedding in a multitude of ways.  Below are just a few ways that come to mind depending on how adventurous you want to be:

1) Incorporating a pattern into your invitations and save the dates.

2) If you really want to make a statement, a printed graphic pattern for your band, DJ, or perhaps your sweetheart table could be the perfect backdrop and really customize that space for your wedding day.

3) Patterned Linens, runners, or napkins are a subtle way to add character without causing too much distraction.

4) If you feel like really pushing it, how fun would it be to take your favorite pattern and have your florist recreate it with flowers via an oversized floral wall? Pretty please, can we do this for you?

Below are some patterns that catch our eye…

Sources 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


Rookery Wedding

Posted on January 19th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

While recently updating our website galleries, we were sorting through quite a large collection of beautiful photos from work that we have done over the past few years.  Some weddings really stood out and this one that we produced for a lovely couple who got married at The Rookery this past year, is certainly one of those!

The deep, bold reds were so captivating and complimented Chicago’s seasonal landscape to perfection! (as well as the bridesmaids’ dressed)  Add in the subtle accents of gold which went hand in hand with the beautiful space that is The Rookery, and you have yourself a real winner!  Codrean Photography did an incredible job capturing their intimate wedding day and we feel so grateful to have played a small role in making their day so special.

Congratulations Alyssa & Stephen!


2015 Life in Bloom Recap

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

2015 was quite a year for Life in Bloom!  Full of exciting changes and more beautiful events than we could count (okay, 43 if we are keeping track), we couldn’t be more excited to head into 2016.

In February, we moved into a beautiful new studio located in the west town neighborhood of Chicago (2632 W Grand Ave) and with a new oversized floral cooler, we are no longer limited to the confines of our private residence (Quite a sigh of relief)!

Over the year we worked with 38 different couples to create 38 unique weddings as well as a handful of corporate clients including transforming the Backstage Artist Lounge at Lollapalooza! That was definitely a highlight of the summer.  As we look back at 2015 we can’t help but be thankful for the support of all of our couples, friends and family who helped make 2015 far and away our most successful years yet!  Enjoy a brief recap and some of our favorite photos from this past year below and cheers to an even brighter 2016!

One of our first designs this year was for a bridal shoot with Tamara Gruner Photography which ended up being featured on Style Me Pretty TWICE.  We … Read More »


Fall Favorites

Posted on November 9th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Fall is, without a doubt, one of our favorite seasons!  Here in the Midwest, the weather is great for weddings. Limited rain, lots of sunlight, cool (but not frigid) temps; Not to mention, the floral options are plentiful.  And more so than ever, it is a great time of year to incorporate a range of different textures. Grasses, succulents, greens, blooms, or even berries are all more than acceptable during this time of year.  Here is just a short preview of some of our favorite fall weddings that we have done here at Life In Bloom over the past few years.  Feeling inspired?

 

Photos By T+ S Hughes | Galaxie Andrews | Tamara Gruner Photography

 


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 »


Chicago Botanic Gardens Wedding

Posted on October 7th, by Life in Bloom in Uncategorized. No Comments

Sangeeta & Joe were married this past memorial day weekend at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, IL.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for their tented reception in the McGinley Pavilion.  We actually spent a lot of time trying to capture the perfect color palette for their wedding.

We wanted to give Sangeeta & Joe the bright vibrant color that they wanted while also creating something unique and beautiful.  Bold colors can be tough to do right but when we landed on sherbet as the inspiration for our color palate we knew we had something special!

From the big fluffy bouquets to the lush head table filled with coral charm peonies, garden roses,  stock, lisianthus, and roses, the entire tent just screamed summer! It certainly helped that we lucked out with some of the most robust and colorful coral charm peonies that we have ever seen!  While overall the wedding was simple, I think these photos (by Emilia Jane Photography) just goes to show how impactful a stunning color palette can be. Enjoy!

-Vendor Team-

Venue: Chicago Botanic Gardens | Planner: Loren of Clementine Events | Photography: Emilia Jane Photography | Floral: Life in Bloom Hair: Your Stylist AJ | Makeup: Shannon O’Brien | Videographer: Deep End Imagery