Tag: wedding inspiration

Venue Spotlight: Garfield Park Conservatory

Posted on April 10th, by Life in Bloom in blog. 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 »


New Years Eve Wedding Inspiration

Posted on April 6th, by Life in Bloom in blog. No Comments

There is something extra special about a New Years Eve wedding. The combination of two special occasions has really become a favorite amongst Chicago couples and we keep seeing a rise in popularity. Whether it is the glamour and hype that surrounds the night, or the convenience of an “off-season” wedding, New Years Eve weddings have become a Life in Bloom favorite. With a New Years Eve wedding, you are given the opportunity to get a little more creative with fun ideas for escort cards, favors, large focals, ceiling treatments, fun lighting elements, dance floor graphics, and more! We can not wait to see what is in store for NYE 2017! Here is our New Year’s Eve wedding inspiration board: Cheers!

1. Adorable poppers and custom napkins for your guests! Source 2.This mirror welcome sign with gold touches is the perfect start to a ceremony. Source 3. Black, white, and gold custom stationery sets the tone for your guests right away. Source 4. This beaded dress is the ideal bridal or bridesmaid gown for New Years Eve. Source 5. Black ring box/Mrs. Box would be a beautiful contrast and match with the stationery. Lots of mixed metals happening! Source 6. Pop of contrast with the flower girls in … Read More »

Chicago History Museum Wedding

Posted on March 21st, by Life in Bloom in blog. 1 Comment

Classic beauty is the best way we can describe this Chicago History Museum wedding. Our sweet couple, Kyle and David, with the help of Shannon Gail  planned the perfect Chicago fall wedding.

The outdoor ceremony was set on the back terrace of the Chicago History Museum which has a lush background of green trees and grasses. The romantic, all white fabric chuppah with floral tie backs made a dramatic statement for the spot they will always remember saying “I do”. Ann & Kam Photo captured this moment and the entire day beautifully as always.

Kyle’s bouquet was filled with garden roses, ranunculus, scabiosa, lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and other textures all in a white and blush palette with green accents. The ceremony had a combination of tall and low floral arrangements with a heavy focus on foliage with the perfect touch of blush and ivory flower.  The perfect balance of loose meets tailored, the large arrangements stood tall and captivating throughout the main ballroom!

All-in-all it was definitely a wedding we will always remember at Life in Bloom and we wish Kyle and David the best for their future together!

Photography: Ann & Kam Photography


Venue Spotlight: Artifact Events

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

It’s Wednesday and although we are coming to the end of our venue spotlights, we still have some incredible venues to show you before jumping back into our wedding season! Today’s venue is a stunning, industrial venue in Ravenswood, known as Artifact Events.

Venue: Artifact Events

Capacity: 200-320 Guests for Seated Reception

Location: Ravenswood

About: 

Located just miles from downtown Chicago, Artifact Events is an ideal space for a city couple. Guests are able to choose if they would like to avoid the hustle of downtown, or embrace the city and stay in one of the hotels if they choose. Now, let’s talk about the space! The venue has so much charm, a gorgeous courtyard, and still keeps a unique vibe. The exposed ceilings and wrought iron details give it an edgy feel and with the access to the outdoor courtyard for a romantic ceremony or cocktail hour, there’s not much more you could ask for!

Tips:

We love to see a lot of greenery in this space to maintain the rustic and raw vibe. Go a little wild on the gate outside if you are having your ceremony there, it really livens up the courtyard which can otherwise appear a … Read More »


Venue Spotlight: Chicago Illuminating Company

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

Every Wednesday we are giving you the best Chicago wedding venues, and helping you narrow down your search! Today, we are highlighting the Chicago Illuminating Company. This gorgeous venue is a hidden gem in the South Loop!

Venue: Chicago Illuminating Company

Capacity: 250-300 Guests for Seated Reception

Location: South Loop

About: 

The Chicago Illuminating Company has quickly become one of our favorite Chicago Wedding venues. From the moment you walk in, the space captures you. The stunning molding, fixed bar, and oversized doors leading out into the tented area are everything you will ever need in a venue! The space is divided into the tented outdoor courtyard and the indoor dining room. This division makes having ceremony and reception here a breeze. Not to mention, it feels like you are having an outdoor wedding in Chicago, with no need for a rain plan! You must check it out yourself!

Tips:

The space is all neutral, so you can really play it up however you would like. We love to see an arch/chuppah filled with greenery for the outdoor ceremony! (Pro tip: re-use this for your photo backdrop during dancing). The greenery compliments the lush plants that are … Read More »


Venue Spotlight: Chicago Athletic Association

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

It’s Wednesday and with that, we are highlighting another one of our favorite Chicago wedding venues for 2017. If you have been following along, once a week we are turning the spotlight to some of our favorite venues to help you narrow down your venue search. This week, our venue is a combination of historic downtown Chicago architecture with the luxury of modern upgrades. Sounds like the perfect wedding venue, right? It could only be the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and today we are talking about why it is one of Life in Bloom’s favorite spots to say “I do”.

Venue: Chicago Athletic Association

Capacity: Seated Reception – 250 Guests

Location: Magnificent Mile

About: 

If you have yet to check out the completely renovated Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, there is no better time than the present, especially if you are searching for the perfect wedding venue. The historic venue encompasses the old world charm of the original building with stunning new upgrades. The White City Ballroom is the perfect space for your seated reception. With floor-to-ceiling windows looking over Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue, there is no doubt you are in the heart of Chicago. The Madison ballroom … Read More »

Venue Spotlight: Museum of Contemporary Art

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

Today, we are putting the spotlight on a beautiful Chicago wedding venue located in the heart of downtown. A space overlooking the lake, a sculpture garden, and stunning architecture, could only be: the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art – MCA

Atrium & Terrace

Capacity: Seated Ceremony & Reception – 200 Guests

Seated Reception Only – 300 Guests

Location: Magnificent Mile

About: 

The Museum of Contemporary Art is no ordinary museum, it is actually one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums. Your guests are surrounded by incredible exhibits and are actually allowed to explore them during your wedding. The museum has an architecturally stunning garden area where you can have your ceremony. For your reception, you can choose the outdoor terrace, or the atrium in the midst of museum exhibits.

Tips:

If you are having a reception in the atrium, we love to see color. The walls are white and when you bring in color, the room is breath-taking! We also love to see cafe lights strung in this area, the ceilings are stunning, yet very tall so the cafe lights make the dinner experience more cozy. If your reception is … Read More »


Venue Spotlight: Chicago Botanic Gardens

Posted on February 17th, by Life in Bloom in blog. 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 »


Venue Spotlight: 19 East

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

Why do we love Wednesdays at Life in Bloom? We get to take a virtual walk through some of our favorite Chicago wedding venues in an effort to help engaged couples chose the best space for their wedding! Each week we spotlight one of our favorite venues about share a little bit about what makes the venue so great. Today we cast the spotlight on 19 East. This chic venue, located in The South Loop, is perfect for the fashion-forward couple that wants a beautiful wedding venue with a little architectural flair. Check it out below:

Venue: 19 East

Capacity: Ceremony & Seated Dinner – 150 people

Seated Dinner Reception – 250 people

Location: South Loop

About: 

Managed by the established catering company, Food for Thought, 19 East is a stylish and well-run venue perfect for your wedding ceremony and reception. The space has so many unique features include the marble tiled bar, the black-and-white tiled floors in front of the bar, the beautiful herringbone parquet floors throughout, and the super high ceilings and large windows all which attribute to the beautiful aesthetic of 19 East. We highly recommend checking it out!

Tips:

The space has a … Read More »


Venue Spotlight: Armour House

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

Our venue spotlight continues today with the Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. Every week we are highlighting some of the best wedding venues in Chicago and sharing why they are a Life in Bloom favorite! Why is this one, you may ask? Their lush gardens and marble details are just the start, learn more below!

Venue: Armour House

Capacity: 170-190

Location: Lake Forest

About:

Nestled in one of the most beautiful Chicago suburbs sits the Armour House at Lake Forest Academy. The grounds at the Armour House are absolutely breath-taking, whether you are having an indoor or outdoor ceremony, both options are dreamy. The grounds are full of lush gardens, making it the perfect place for all of your photos. Where’s the catch? What does the reception area look like? Nope, no catch. The reception area is stunning full of brilliant architecture, marble detailing, and neutral colors.

Tips:

The venue has so many stunning features, and the key is highlighting these features. Adding heavy greenery and candle treatments to the staircase, fireplace, and fountain is a must! They are such strong focal points in the room, your guests will be convinced you put thought … Read More »