Down a winding road in the lovely suburb of Lake Forest sits a historic venue called the Armour House. On March 4th, Andrea and Dan celebrated their marriage surrounded by family, friends, and the most delicate decor (if we do say so ourselves). Andrea’s vision for her wedding was perfectly in line with the style of the Armour House: romantic, delicate, and elegant.
The bouquet’s were full of unique textures and had just the right balance of greenery and floral. Andrea’s bridal bouquet stayed blush and white, while the girls added in some spring color. Garden roses, ranunculus, and lilac were the key florals.
Greenery is really what made the Armour House come to life. The grand staircase was draped with smilax, as well as the fountain, and escort card table. Pillar candles brought the romance into the reception with brass bud vases, lanterns, and beaded votives. A sprig of olive was placed on each guest’s place setting to tie everything together.
Thankfully, the incredible Caili Helsper was there to capture Andrea and Dan’s special moments and details, so we can remember this beautiful day for years to come!
Venue: Armour House| Photo: Caili Helsper | Video: Turning Point Production | DJ: Toast & Jam
Leon Young and Sae Jun had the most beautiful spring wedding at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum filled with ranunculus, peonies, garden roses and a plethora of tiny textural blooms that made guests feel as though they were transported to an english cottage garden!
The two were married in the Museum’s stone terrace where we created a birchwood arch which we accented with a delicate trailing garland of Italian Ruscus, Garden Pots on each side, as well as a romantic sheer white drape. After the ceremony, guests were able to access the butterfly exhibit for cocktail hour where butterflies fly around and occasionally land on you (if you’re lucky)!
Romantic stemmed candles adorned the lush stemmed compote arrangements at each table of the reception. Some special touches to their wedding included an all-lily of the valley bouquet for the bride and the most beautiful escort card arrangement made up of spirea, bells of Ireland, and viburnum.
We wish all the best to this sweet couple! Their gorgeous photos were shot by the ever talented, Matushek Photography.
Photos by: Matushek Photography | Planner: Naturally Yours Events | Catering: Jewell Catering
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
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.
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 »
We are so excited to share Eric and Michael’s wedding on the blog today! What happens when you have two grooms, both with incredible eyes for design? A unique, masculine, and chic wedding comes to life. The two were married at one of Life in Bloom’s favorite venues: the historic, Chicago Athletic Association.
The ceremony was dressed up with Aisle Candles as well as two beautiful focal arrangements which complimented the dark wood and large crystal chandeliers to perfection.
The tables throughout the reception were set with gorgeous patterned linens (bronze sequin, chocolate velvet, and a brown and beige damask); The round tables hosted tall elephant leaf arrangements and flanking the room were two long rectangular tables which were covered with mirror runners and a heavy treatment of smoke-glass illusion candleholders that were breathtaking against the brown velvet linens.
Each place setting included a custom menu with a paper boutonnière and the cutest napkin fold to help create the perfect mini tuxedo (see photos below)
Many thanks to the talented Olivia Leigh who photographed the special day!
Ceremony Venue: Madison Ballroom at the Chicago Athletic Association | Reception Venue: White City Ballroom at the Chicago Athletic Association | Photography by: Olivia Leigh Photographie | Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | DJ: … Read More »
Next up on our venue spotlight is a legendary venue here in Chicago. If you missed last weeks spotlight on Galleria Marchetti, check it out here. Engagement Season is in full swing and so many couples are beginning their wedding planning process. That’s why 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: Chicago History Museum
Capacity: 300 people with seated dinner & DJ
Location: Lincoln Park
The Chicago History Museum is the essence of class and elegance. On top of its’ historic charm and beauty, the location could not be more ideal for a Chicago wedding. The ceremony is placed between a lush garden and cathedral steps which lead right into the museum, the perfect entrance and exit for a wedding party. The main ballroom is classic and neutral with the most beautiful molding you’ve ever seen. The chandeliers and checkered dance floor are a must see as well!
As stunning as the space is itself, given the tall ceilings, we always recommend some tall arrangements to really bring texture and a ‘WOW’ factor when … Read More »
Entertaining during the holidays can be a huge stressor for most of us. It’s hard enough to have a tidy house and delicious meal on the table… you can forget about the cute Pinterest projects you were excited about months ago. Thankfully for you, we have nailed down the KEY to being a great host. Are you ready? No seriously, are you ready for it? Do you have a notebook out? Just kidding, you won’t need it… because… the KEY to being a great host is simply…planning ahead!
Of course, there are some things that need to be done the day-of, but creating a master list of those tasks will make you feel much more at ease. We are sharing with you 5 simple steps to being the best holiday host this year:
1. Make a Holiday Drink
A week or two before your holiday party, print out a recipe and have it with your grocery list. Find something simple that you can toss into a pitcher (like, holiday sangria) or crockpot (like, adult cider). Then label it and set out glasses. A simple folded piece of paper labeled will let guests know it is out for them!
2. Set the Table
Yes, this sounds obvious, but you can … Read More »
This modern rivers wedding proves that different can be beautiful. When Susan began her process with us, she had a unique vision for her wedding. She wanted a modern and natural wedding with many architectural elements like hanging terrariums, succulents, and manzanita branches.
The bouquets were a gorgeous combination of peonies, roses, freesia, anemones, and brunnia berries. Susan and her bridesmaids looked stunning in all white with hints of grey, navy and greenery from the bouquets.
Hanging from the ceremony arch were floral-filled terrariums, such a unique and stunning addition to the ceremony. Trickling into the cocktail hour were details of succulents that ultimately led to the modern arrangements on the reception tables. With planning by Amelia Cole Events and photography by Greyes Photography the wedding had a wonderful vendor team and a seamless day throughout.
We wish Susan and Matt the very best for their new chapter together, here are some of our favorite photos from the big day:
Venue: Rivers | Photography: Greyes Photography | Planning: Amelia Cole Event |
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 »
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 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.
Lanterns, Stripes, and coral; how can you go wrong? Tip: Have it outside or under a tent if possible, for that al fresco experience.
We loved these vibrant little centerpieces we made for a client with vintage tins. Tacos and tequila for everyone!
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 »
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