Tag: Wedding Flowers

Event Design 101: Linens

Posted on August 31st, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Our latest blog series, Event Design 101, continues today with a new topic: linens! If you are new to the series, Event Design 101 is all about taking a deeper look into some of the design services and elements that we at Life In Bloom offer to our clients. Here we will share ways to take your event from zero to hero by investing in some seemingly simple elements that are sure to transform your space. So onto linens…

When you walk into a large event space, your eye is immediately drawn to the colors of the room which is often heavily influenced by the color of linen you have chosen. A well-chosen linen color has the potential to make the rest of your decor really pop.  It also has the ability to completely detract from what you want your guests to see (the beautiful centerpieces) As a general rule of thumb, we usually gravitate towards using a neutral linen and add pops of color in with your napkins, paper goods, or other miscellaneous decor elements (as well as those beautiful centerpieces).

Now, texture is equally, if not more important, when choosing your linens. With a thick, textured material such as the yuma linens or a hand-woven sheer silk runner you get a much more luxurious feel and aesthetic … Read More »

Galleria Marchetti Chicago Wedding

Posted on August 17th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Sarah and Alex were one of the sweetest couples we have ever met here at Life in Bloom. From the very beginning we knew they were going to be lovely to work with and they were just that. Their Galleria Marchetti Wedding was set on one of the hottest days of the summer, but that didn’t stop Sarah from looking unbelievably stunning and it certainly did not drain their spirits one bit. The two even stopped for ice cream during their pictures, that’s our kind of couple!

The ceremony was set outside in front of Galleria’s large trellis. We draped white fabric from beam to beam to add a hint of romance as well as added chair decor to match the color palette. Guests were greeted with a moss “N” that hung on the gates of Galleria to signify their new last initial. Our boxwood wall hung a timeline of their years together and even ended with their first look on the same day that planners, La Belle Fleur Events, had developed before the ceremony.

Inside the tented reception was a white, blush and gray palette. Silver compotes, candles, and lanterns filled the reception tables where Sarah and Alex’s closest family and friends enjoyed dinner … Read More »


Kitchen Chicago Wedding

Posted on August 15th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

“We want them to be different, but still go together perfectly.” Although these two special brides were talking about their bouquets, they did not realize that it was a perfect description of them as a couple as well. Megan and Kelly’s Kitchen Chicago wedding was romantic, organic, and full of love!

The couple started the day with a first look, where their peony and greenery bouquets complimented their dresses effortlessly. The bridesmaids, a squad of only sisters, carried simpler versions of theirs.

When we began the floral process, the girls did not know exactly what they wanted for the reception, which took place at Kitchen Chicago, but they loved the idea of garlands filled with white wax-flower and spray roses. They ended up having long tables which worked perfectly for the garlands. Hydrangea and greenery tall arrangements stood at the front of their altar, while cafe lights were strung throughout the entire venue. The entire day was beautiful, simple, and yet minimalistic. 

The day was shot by the talented Stephanie Bassos. We wish Kelly and Megan a lifetime of happiness. Enjoy this small snapshot of their day below.


Event Design 101: Hanging Floral

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

Our event design series continues today with the hottest trend in event design, hanging floral. We are so excited for all of our hanging floral pieces happening this wedding season, they truly create a “wow” factor that will have your guests in awe.

There are so many options when it comes to hanging floral pieces. You may want something over the dance floor, the head table, or even multiple around the space. They can also be multifunctional: use it as the backdrop for your ceremony and over the head table at your reception.

Why are these perfect for your Chicago wedding? The majority of our amazing venues are indoors due to the crazy weather, and there is no better way to bring the outdoors in!

Head Table 

Life in Bloom, Photo: Katie Kett Photography

Atrium Ceremony Backdrop

Life in Bloom

Guest Table Greenery

Flowers on the Run, Source

Head Table 

A Charming Fete, Source

Ceremony/ Head Table Backdrop

SELVA Floral Design, Source

Dance Floor 

Martha Stewart Weddings: Source

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Event Design 101: Draping

Posted on August 2nd, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

If you didn’t catch our blog on lighting two weeks ago, our new design series takes an in-depth look at some of the additional decor services that we at Life In Bloom offer outside of just floral. While known for our floral expertise, Life in Bloom can help you with linens, lighting, draping, graphics, and so much more. Today we are talking about another favorite design element that can be used to cover, frame, or completely transform your venue… draping! We love the way draping can create drama and romance in any venue. Here are a handful of ways that you can transform your space with draping:

Ceremony Draping

If you walked into your venue and wondered just how in the world you were going to transform your space into an intimate ceremony setting, look no further! Draping is your best friend. When used correctly, draping can both help to frame the ceremony through a Chuppah or a dramatic arch, as well as create a softer and more romantic atmosphere throughout the entire space. See a few great examples of that below…

Chuppah Draping

Aisle Draping

Arch Draping

Reception Draping

There are many reasons that you might want to incorporate draping into your reception. You may be covering something in the room that stands out or doesn’t fit … Read More »


Galleria Marchetti Wedding

Posted on July 31st, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

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


Event Design 101: Lighting

Posted on July 20th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

When you work with us at Life in Bloom, your decor doesn’t have to stop at floral. We handle your linens, lighting, draping, graphics, and just about anything else you can think of. In our new event design blog series, we are going to go into depth about some of the services we offer besides floral. Today we are focusing on lighting and all the options you can do pertaining to lighting. Lighting is one of my favorite reception additions; it can truly transform your space. Here are some amazing options:

 

Up-Lighting

Up-lights give your room an overall incredible glow. They sit on the floor, shine against the wall and are very reasonable for the impact they make. We usually recommend an amber color because it makes your event feel warm and intimate.

 

Pin-Spotting

Pin-spotting is a very cool effect if you are in a dark space. These lights are hung on a wall or ceiling and basically put a small spot light on all of your centerpieces. It really makes your floral a focal point.

 

 

Hanging Chandeliers

Bringing chandeliers into your venue can be a total WOW factor. They immediately make your reception look chic and give a finishing touch like you wouldn’t believe. We … Read More »


Palmer House Wedding

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

Nancy and Patrick’s classic Palmer House wedding was one to remember. On top of being so easy to work with, they trusted us to make their vision come to life. This sweet couple wanted a romantic and classic palette for their special day, so that is exactly what we did. Mixed with a rich, chocolate brown linen, the florals were filled with hydrangea, peonies, roses, and other textures.  Ann and Kam Photography captured the entire day beautifully below.

Venue: Palmer House | Photographer: Ann and Kam Photography | Planner: Weddings and Events by Karolina |


Backstage Lollapalooza Artist Lounge

Posted on May 1st, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

Every summer, Chicago plays host to some of the hottest musicians in the world in Grant Park for Lollapalooza.  This past year, we hit the musical jackpot when we were asked to provide floral and decor for the Samsung Galaxy Backstage Artists Lounge.

Not only was it cool to get to go behind the scenes and work so closely to celebrities like Sam Smith, but the final product was swoon-worthy as well.

We attained a super modern and stylish look by combining concrete planters and terrariums with a wide variety of different succulents, ferns, sedum, and more.

We hope to be back this coming year, decking out the space for artists such as Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Third Eye Blind, Ellie Goulding and more…

See photos below for a behind the scenes look!


Hinsdale Golf Club Wedding

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

This wedding (and I mean this when I say it) was the definition of class.  With a great vendor team led by Kara Superfine, beautiful photographs by Averyhouse, and a gorgeous venue that is the Hinsdale Golf Club, how could you possibly go wrong?  You never know what October is going to bring you.  Some days are cool and rainy and other days, like this one, are full of sunshine and a crisp breeze.  Kristin & Phil really lucked out with the perfect autumn day and we felt honored to play a roll in making their day so stunning.

From the loose and organic bouquets to the oversized ceremony arrangements, every piece flowed together seamlessly.  A lot of that credit goes to Kara Superfine whose attention to detail is off the charts perfect.

In addition to the ceremony urn arrangements, we created wreaths that welcomed the guests into the church as well as a number of gorgeous pew accents.

Usually from a decor perspective, cocktail hour takes a back seat to the rest of the day’s events, but not with this wedding.  Two stunning arrangements welcomed guests into a tent on the great lawn just outside of the Golf Club.  Inside of the tent, lanterns with accents … Read More »