Galleria Marchetti is one of our favorite Chicago wedding venues to work at. With it’s beautiful outdoor ceremony space and a newly upgraded tent, this truly unique venue offers couples a chance to create something stunning with a relatively blank slate. This year our team has a total of three weddings there (two of which we have already produced, and one more this coming September). Today we are sharing photos from Mary & Stephen’s June wedding at Galleria Marchetti with planning by Five Grain Events and photos by Gerber & Scarpelli.
Some of our favorite elements of their big day were the custom moss covered letter which welcomed guests into the courtyard for cocktail hour, the moss covered escort-card table, and of course the most beautiful tall focal arrangements as centerpieces.
The overall palette of peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus all in shades of soft whites and blushes with tufts of greenery helped paint a perfectly classic and romantic ambience throughout the tent. Mary & Stephen were the sweetest couple and so deserving of such a beautiful wedding celebration. We have no doubt that they will enjoy an extremely long and joyful life together! Cheers!
Venue: Galleria Marchetti | Photographer: Gerber & Scarpelli Planning: Five Grain Events
This past month we hosted our second floral designing workshop at our studio where attendees got to design their own floral compotes with their moms, daughters, sisters, etc. We had a great group and we were so impressed with everyones’ final products. In addition to teaching proper design technique and form, we taught a little bit about how to prep your flowers, your vase, and even a bit about how to properly care for your arrangement to get the most life out of it. At the end, everyone got to take their arrangements home with them to enjoy! Below are some photos of our wonderful students in action! Thanks to everyone for coming out, we hope you had as much fun as we did.
The Whole Group! Everyone did amazing!!!!
And finally, the teachers with our Moms <3!
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!
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
This past winter we had the pleasure of working with Betty and Johnny on their wedding at Prairie Production. The blank white canvas that is Prairie Production allowed us to create a very bold and powerful statement with punches of pink and red. The white ceremony drapes were tied back with beautiful arrangements filled with pink and red roses, fuchsia stock, white snapdragon, and accents of dusty miller. The bride (dressed in the most stunning red dress you’ve ever seen) carried a lush bouquet consisting of an equally stunning floral palette with the addition of the most beautiful pink peonies and ranunculus. We lined the aisle with pink, white and fuchsia rose petals, and tied petite, yet striking, floral arrangements to the white chairs that lined the aisle. All of this tied perfectly together with the pink and white globe lanterns that were hung from the ceiling above.
All of this beauty was captured by one of our personal favorite photographers: Kina Wicks! Enjoy some of the beautiful shots below… Congratulations to Betty and Johnny and cheers to a lifetime of happiness!
Venue & Lanterns : Prairie Production | Photography: Kina Wicks Photography | Floral & Decor: Life in Bloom
Timeless, elegant, and romantic to the core. Those are just a few words to describe Andrea & Cam’s gorgeous wedding at the Chicago History Museum that we were so lucky to be a part of this past July! Because Andrea is also in the wedding industry, we were so honored that she chose us to bring her floral vision to life!
The color palette of blush, ivory, & lavender that Andrea chose was a perfect compliment to the season and also to their venue. The Chicago History Museum is stunning! If you are looking for a classic Chicago venue then you must check it out! The soft gray walls of the venue provided the perfect backdrop for the light shimmering gold linens and pastel flowers that adorned the tables. The centerpieces were designed in gold mercury glass compotes and filled with the most romantic blooms. White hydrangea, peach & blush garden roses, lavender stock, pink lisianthus, and touches of eucalyptus provided a very elegant and timeless look for the centerpieces.
Andrea’s bouquet was so beautiful, I wanted to submerge my face in it… Peonies are also one of her favorite flowers, and with their wedding falling at the end of July, one … Read More »
2014 was nothing short of incredible… and 2015 is shaping up to be even better. But before that ball drops, and we look ahead to 2015, let us first reflect on some events that made 2014 so special. As a small business owner, while it can be stressful and crazy at times, I couldn’t be more excited about the progress we have made over the last year.
I am incredibly thankful for all of my clients who trusted Life In Bloom and for all of the wonderful vendors that I was lucky enough to collaborate with throughout the year. To me, being a designer is all about pushing the envelope. Life in Bloom was blessed to work with so many clients that let us push the envelope this year and develop some truly unique concepts, as well as some amazingly talented vendors that pushed us to elevate our work to another level.
I am equally thankful for all of the people who played an instrumental role in helping Life In Bloom to produce thirty-three weddings without missing a beat. Friends, family members, industry friends: everyone played their part in making this year such an enormous success.
Most of all I am beyond thankful … Read More »
Rachel & Abe were married this past spring at the Danada House in Wheaton, IL. The Danada house is a beautiful venue surrounded by open fields filled with galloping horses — to put it simply, the perfect outdoor setting for a ceremony.
The couple wanted a rustic feel without feeling too grungy. With a soft color palate of lavender, mint, and ivory, combined with a mix of wooden vases and mercury compotes, I’d say we hit it on the head with this one. This multi-textured bouquet consisting of sweet pea, lavender, lisianthus, peonies, garden roses, dusty miller, and brunnia berries was one of our favorites to create and the outcome was nothing short of stunning.
Thanks to Matushek Photography for the gorgeous images below!
Mackalah & Brent were married in a beautiful barn in Knoxville, IL on June 7, 2014. I’ve been to a lot of weddings and I’ve seen a lot of stuff… but I’ve never seen so much rain. And yet it was absolutely perfect.
When the torrential downpours forced the ceremony indoors, the setting quickly changed from an open field surrounded by tall grasses to a rustic, dimly lit barn with old wooden floors and bales of hay scattered around the room for additional seating.
Their floral palate consisted of the most beautiful pastel & romantic blooms that early summer has to offer. We used lush & fluffy white & pink peonies, peach garden roses, lisianthus, as well as accents of white veronica & white tweedia. Accented with gorgeous silk ribbon from Frou Frou Chic, along with the lush fluffy blooms, Mackalah’s bouquet was by far one of my absolute favorites.
As I watched the two stand under the hanging lights of the barn and exchange vows, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmingly blessed. I’ve known Mackalah growing up pretty much all my life, and it was such an honor to create a bouquet that she would walk down the aisle with to start her new … Read More »
Jenny & Craig were married this summer at Salvage One, and as eclectic of a venue as Salvage One is, the decor elements of their wedding flowed together seamlessly. Jenny and Craig are such a sweet couple and were such a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process.
Jenny requested blush and romantic flowers for her bouquets and that is what we delivered! The most gorgeous white and blush fluffy peonies mixed with light peach juliet garden roses, and a little bit of blush sweet pea to tie everything together. I absolutely loved her bouquet and it smelled like heaven!
For the reception, Jenny provided me with mason jars, some of which her students had helped her dip in glitter, how cute! The jars combined with the beautiful sequin chevron table runners and the blush floral created a beautiful and relaxed summer inspired atmosphere inside the space. Jenny & Craig you were both an absolute pleasure to work with and we wish you all the best!! Now enjoy the stunning images below captured by the amazing photography team of T & S Hughes!
I had the opportunity to design and produce a wedding for my Sister-In-Law, Jessica and now Brother-In-Law, Mike this past spring along with my other sister-in-law, Sheila of Ipomea Floral. Jess & Mike were married at the gorgeous Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center on a beautiful day in April. Inspired by the deep hues of a city skyline at dusk, Jess and Mike wanted to create an environment that captured the essence of a brilliant sunset and share it with all of their guests… and I must say their vision was perfectly executed! From the seating charts, to the floral palette, in the stained glass, and even in the song that Jessica walked down the aisle to (Phoenix’s ‘Love Like a Sunset’), the sunset looked stunning in this raw space. Now enjoy the beautiful pictures by Matushek Photography and take note of the lush floral arrangements which consisted of white anemone, garden roses, pink ranunculus, coral charm peonies, and pops of thistle to name a few. And how gorgeous are those deep cobalt blue vases!?
And since … Read More »