Tag: outdoor wedding

Venue Spotlight: Garfield Park Conservatory

Posted on April 10th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

The goal in finding your perfect wedding venue, is finding one that already fits your style. By doing this, you are avoiding completely transforming a space unnecessarily, which in turn allows you to allocate more money to other areas. Do you love the outdoors and nature? Do you envision being surrounded by lush plants and greenery? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, you need to check out Garfield Park Conservatory.

Venue: Garfield Park Conservatory

Capacity: 300 Guests for Seated Reception

Location: Garfield Park

About: 

The Conservatory is located just 10 minutes West of the United Center. The building is basically a greenhouse with a glass ceiling and 2 acres of lush plants. The Show House makes the perfect reception space for your guests, with the potential of having an outdoor cocktail hour in the Monet Garden. It is also a great place to walk around any day, so go check it out!

Tips:

We love to see rustic, garden, and bohemian weddings at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Using lush garlands and pops of floral really highlights the space instead of transforming it. Organic florals with lots of texture play into the aesthetic of the conservatory perfectly. Adding color also works really well … Read More »


Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens

Posted on February 17th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

It’s time for another venue spotlight! Each week we are highlighting our favorite Chicago wedding venues and giving you the 411 on these incredible spots! Here’s one you’ve been waiting for: The Chicago Botanic Gardens. One of the few outdoor wedding venues in Chicago, the Botanic Gardens are not only stunning, but incredibly unique.

Venue: Chicago Botanic Gardens

McGinley Pavilion Capacity: Seated Dinner with Dance Floor – 230 people

Location: Glencoe, IL

About: 

Just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown is the Chicago Botanic Gardens. A place where your guests are welcomed with lush gardens and cobblestone pathways to the ceremony and reception areas. There are many options for your ceremony and reception location within the Gardens, each more beautiful than the next. Surrounded by the most gorgeous gardens and bodies of water sits our favorite spot, a beautiful tented pavilion. The perfect place to dance the night away.

Tips: 

Any spot surrounded by lush gardens is beautiful on its own, but we love to enhance the pavilion with color and lighting. Specifically when talking about the McGinley Pavilion, we love to see a colorful floral palette brought in which really pops amongst the sea of … Read More »


Emmerson Creek Barn Wedding

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

Chelsey and John were married at Emmerson Creek Barn this past summer.  The barn and tent were filled with lots of color, a bit of rustic charm and plenty of vintage touches.

The bridesmaid’s pastel bouquets popped off their coral lace dresses perfectly while Chelsea’s bouquet of coral charm peonies, peach garden roses, blush lisianthus, ivory dahlias, and lots of other textures complimented her bridal gown wonderfully.

Chelsea worked with a vintage rentals company to select her reception vessels which consisted of silver trays, a trio of milk glass vases, crystal vessels, and polished silver teapots.  The texture of the silver teapots was captivating and created that perfectly aged aesthetic on the tables!  We filled them all with a colorful palette of wildflower blooms which really popped in the tent.  Lidia & Rueben of Codrean Photography were there to capture every detail perfectly.

Venue: Emmerson Creek Pottery & Tearoom | Photography: Codrean Photography & Films | Floral: Life in Bloom


Colorful Summer Wedding at Rivers

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

Allison and Chris were married at River’s Patio and danced the night away in an outdoor, colorful, and fun summer wedding at Rivers in downtown Chicago.  Their wedding didn’t lack anything in the way of color; Orange-Peach-Coral-Pink, it was beautiful and complimented the height of summer perfectly!

We had such a blast working with Allison and her Mom putting all of the decor elements together. For the ceremony Allison and her Mom purchased hanging aqua votives which we filled with pops of color accented with crisp gardenia greenery.  Bright coral dahlias, coral spray roses, and garden roses were used to create a vibrant and effective backdrop for their wedding ceremony.

The tablescapes continued with the fun and colorful theme.  Brightly colored blooms including coral dahlias, orange and yellow protea, coral and orange dahlias, delicate chamomile daisies and funky yellow billy balls adorned clean modern vases running the length of the rectangular table.  Aqua and white frosted votives accented the centerpieces and miniature potted succulents sat at each guest’s place setting.  No detail was left unnoticed!  Allison and Chris-thanks for choosing us to bring your fun & colorful vision to life.  We wish you both the best!

Venue: Rivers | Photography: Artistrie Co. | Coordination: Midwestern Bride | DJ: Toast & Jam | Draping … Read More »


Thursday Therapy at The Ivy Room

Posted on June 21st, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

We were so graciously invited to do floral and design at Thursday Therapy this month held at the Ivy Room. For those of you who don’t know, this is an event for wedding pros to meet, mingle and share their business ideas and strategies. The hosts Joan Cinquegrani and Bethany Fritz of Five Grain Events and Maypole Studios put on a great event once a month and we were so excited to add our custom designs to the tables of the Ivy Room.

We went a little out of the box with a purple and peach palette that matched the slate grey linens flawlessly. Purple succulents, lilac, and ranunculus set in silver, antique pedestal vases came to life in the space. We cannot wait to work at the Ivy Room again!

As always we loved chatting with our friend Elysia from Elysia Root Cakes and Natalie from the Ivy Room over a pomegranate spritzer. See some gorgeous shots of the night by Jason Brown with J. Brown Photo.


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 »


MCA Wedding

Posted on March 8th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Modern, Colorful, CB2: These were all adjectives that Christina and Jimmy used to describe the vision for their Summer wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).  We loved their direction of CB2 as inspiration and really took it upon ourselves to create an atmosphere that encapsulated that fun and contemporary style while adding our own fresh approach.

For starters, the guests found their place-cards nestled amongst a spread of white pebbles and a collection of succulents to start the night off right with a clean modern feel (and who doesn’t love succulents?)

As the sun set, the bistro lights that hung over the tables on the terrace started to glow and filled the space with an enchanting mood that only summer nights in a big city can bring about. The table centerpieces consisted of geometric terrariums, oversized glass cloches, dusty blue cylindrical vases, and long rectangular glass vases, all filled with an equally vibrant array of flowers.

The collection of flowers consisted of Protea, Garden Roses, Spray Roses, Billy-Balls, Succulents, and Dahlias, with accents of pink stock, air-plants, and geranium to add texture.

As is the case with any great wedding, the success is always found in the details.  From the beautifully designed wedding … 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 »


Courtney & Rick

Posted on September 11th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Courtney & Rick were married at the 63rd Street Beach House in Chicago in August.  We loved their color scheme of white and blue and incorporated brilliant blue hydrangea with white lisianthus, miniature spray roses, and touches of vibrunum berries and tweedia for the bridesmaid’s bouquets.  Courtney’s Bridal bouquet was another favorite to design.  The blush nerines and tweedia added a whimsical touch to the bouquet of hydrangea and garden roses.  Enjoy a few images of their pretty bouquets, which were repurposed into their reception decor.  We can’t wait to see the professional pictures from Heather DeCamp Photography!

Wildflower Wedding Ring Bearer

Posted on September 23rd, by Life in Bloom in Weddings and Events. No Comments