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Venue Spotlight: Galleria Marchetti

Posted on January 4th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

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

About:

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.

Design Tips:

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 »


2016 Year in Review

Posted on December 31st, by Life in Bloom in blog, Exciting News, In The Studio, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

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 »


6 Small, Intimate Chicago Wedding Venues To Consider

Posted on December 28th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

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 »


Event Design 101: Candles and Lanterns and Votives, OH MY!!

Posted on November 23rd, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

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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Morgan Manufacturing Wedding

Posted on November 17th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Recaps. 2 comments

Details can truly make a wedding, and that is exactly what made Jaime and Tom’s one to remember. There was not one detail overlooked. The custom bars, neon sign, custom throw pillows, topiaries, suspended trellis, and so much more. With the flawless planning of La Belle Fleur Events, stunning calligraphy of Allie Hasson, delicious catering of J & L Catering, beautiful photos from Jessica Eileen Photography, and lovely lighting by Frost Chicago, the Morgan Manufacturing wedding came together perfectly.  

From the very first meeting we were incredibly excited to start working on their wedding. Jaime’s style was clean and polished, with an added touch of greenery and gold accents. The bouquets were filled with white ranunculus, garden roses, spray roses, succulents, green tric dianthus, and geranium. The perfect pop against Jaime’s Romona Keveza gown and the bridesmaids’ white J Crew dresses.

The rooftop cocktail hour was dressed with custom white bars, gold pineapples, custom throw pillows and succulents to create the ultimate summer vibe. Guests leaned against custom pillows with Jaime and Tom’s new family crest by Allie Hasson printed on them, while gazing at the stunning view of Chicago’s skyline. And after cocktail hour was up, everyone was then invited … Read More »


William Sonoma Pop-up Thanksgiving Shop

Posted on November 3rd, by Life in Bloom in blog, Exciting News. No Comments

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!

 


City Winery Wedding

Posted on November 2nd, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Recaps. No Comments

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

5 Stylish Rehearsal Dinner Themes

Posted on October 21st, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Design Trends. No Comments

While couples so often want to keep their wedding decor somewhat conservative and stick to the basics, often they are much more willing to be a little more adventurous when it comes to their rehearsal dinners.  And because of the opportunity that we as designers have to be a little more creative with things, we love rehearsal dinners that much more! So this week, we are sharing 5 unique styles/themes that we think are so fun but are of course, still of great taste.

Tropical

Tropical is hot right now, any retail shop you walk into, you’ll find palm prints, and flamingos flocking.  And thats why we are obsessing over this table setting our friend, Julie, dreamed up and we produced. Tip: Have your calligrapher write guest’s names on the monstera leaf under the plate.

Newport Nautical

Lanterns, Stripes, and coral; how can you go wrong? Tip: Have it outside or under a tent if possible, for that al fresco experience.

 

Fiesta!

We loved these vibrant little centerpieces we made for a client with vintage tins. Tacos and tequila for everyone! 

 

French-Inspired

What are the secrets to a french-inspired rehearsal? 1. Natural furniture with beautiful details 2. A muted color palette 3. Saying “oui, oui”, as much as possible!  Oh and suspended parasols never … Read More »


Public Hotel Wedding

Posted on September 16th, by Life in Bloom in blog, Event Recaps. No Comments

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 

Event Design 101: Napkin Fold

Posted on September 14th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

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 »