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2015 Life in Bloom Recap

2015 was quite a year for Life in Bloom!  Full of exciting changes and more beautiful events than we could count (okay, 43 if we are keeping track), we couldn’t be more excited to head into 2016.

In February, we moved into a beautiful new studio located in the west town neighborhood of Chicago (2632 W Grand Ave) and with a new oversized floral cooler, we are no longer limited to the confines of our private residence (Quite a sigh of relief)!

Over the year we worked with 38 different couples to create 38 unique weddings as well as a handful of corporate clients including transforming the Backstage Artist Lounge at Lollapalooza! That was definitely a highlight of the summer.  As we look back at 2015 we can’t help but be thankful for the support of all of our couples, friends and family who helped make 2015 far and away our most successful years yet!  Enjoy a brief recap and some of our favorite photos from this past year below and cheers to an even brighter 2016!

One of our first designs this year was for a bridal shoot with Tamara Gruner Photography which ended up being featured on Style Me Pretty TWICE.  We just love the beachy, windswept feel of it all!

Foster beach Shoot

As I mentioned before, we moved into a studio in February and Ashley Biess stopped by to get some behind-the-scenes shots of us working in our space.  Thanks Ashley!Life in Bloom Chicago Wedding Florist

This bridal bouquet created for one of the sweetest bride’s this past Spring will be a favorite for years to come.  Peonies, sweet pea, and succulents, oh my!  Photo by Codrean Photography.

Loft on Lake Bridal Bouquet

May was crazy busy but we created a number of stunning ceremonies, like this one at Zhou B Art Center with Jayne Weddings!Zhou B Art Center Wedding

Another behind-the-scenes photo of some wedding production in May! Life in Bloom Studio

Emilia Jane captured this sherbet colored lush tablescape at the Chicago Botanic Gardens perfectly!  We are still obsessing over how gorgeous the coral peonies looked amongst the gardens picturesque backdrop.Chicago Botanic Gardens Wedding

In late May, my husband and I took a quick trip to New York to celebrate our 3rd year anniversary!  Thanks to Kina Wicks for capturing some photos of us while we were there!New York Central Park anniversary

In June, we produced a stunning organic affair at the Chicago History Museum (Also featured in Style My Pretty).  This will forever be a favorite of ours.  The bride’s style was so similar to ours and the couple was such a joy to work with throughout the whole planning process.  Thank you so much to Emily of Fivegrain Events for introducing us!  Photo: Ann & Kam Photography.

Chicago History Museum

Also in June we designed a fun, and super unique wedding with Ali Phillips at the Adler planetarium.  We just love this side by side comparison of the rendering we first sent the couple with their proposal and what the tablescape actually looked like the day of their wedding!

Adler Planetarium Wedding

June was a big month. Two of our good friends were married at The Bridgeport Art Center and we did their flowers (as well as attended).  We had the opportunity to create a stunning hydrangea garland for their head table that stretched over 20′ long.  Over 100 stems of white, fluffy Hydrangea were used to complete the garland. It was jaw-dropping to say the least!!! Photo: Amy Paulson PhotographyHydrangea Garland

In July, we traveled out to Emmerson Creek to design a beautiful barn wedding with a  very garden-inspired palette!  Photo: Codrean Photography.

Emmerson Creek Pottery Barn

This wedding at Kaiser Tiger was designed to perfection, down to the final detail.  We love our graphic designer clients because they appreciate good design and rarely do they leave any detail unfinished. Photo: Rachel Gulotta.Kaiser Tiger Wedding

Towards the end of July we traveled to Savannah, Georgia for a family member’s wedding!  We stopped in Charleston on the way there and had such a lovely time celebrating and enjoying being guests at a wedding for once!  It was over 100 degrees when we first arrived in Charleston, which explains why we look like we are melting in the photo below…Charleston

In August we designed some more beautiful weddings… and here are a few favorite bouquets from that month.Rustic Bouquet

Greenery Bouquet

Another highlight of August was working at the Armour House with La Belle Fleur Events & Amanda Megan Miller Photography.  Our favorite creation of the day was the staircase decor….straight out of a fairytale!Armour House Wedding

But our favorite job of August was when we got to design the Samsung Backstage Artist Lounge for Lollapalooza!  Such a fun opportunity!Lollapalooza

In September, I took a day trip to Michigan to explore some wineries, the Hamilton Dahlia Farm, and then the beach with two of my best industry friends: Ashley of La Belle Fleur Events & Ashley of Artistrie Co.  It was a great mid-season mini recharge before the final big push and it was so fun to get out of Chicago for the day & just relax!Hamilton Dahlia FarmDahlias for days!

Dahlia Farm

Dahlias as big as your head!Dahlias

Labor Day weekend is always a busy one and this year’s was no exception.  The wedding below (Featured recently on Ruffled) was set along the Chicago River and was one of our favorite weddings of the year.  Boasting bright and colorful blooms and a very vibrant cohesive theme throughout, it truly was a show-stopper. Miniature succulents sat at each table setting and fun patterns adorned the tables in the way of linen runners and place cards. Photo: Artistrie Co.

Colorful Rivers Wedding

Dahlias and the Chicago skyline… These are a few of our favorite things.

National Hellenic Museum

In October we produced quite possible our favorite wedding of the year with Kara Superfine Events!  We just love the colors and textures that Fall brings.  Can’t wait to see Averyhouse‘s photos of this gorgeous day.Hinsdale Golf Club

The morning after the above-mentioned wedding was the Chicago Marathon.  What better way to celebrate a successfully produced wedding than by hammering out 26.2 miles on the streets of Chicago!?Chicago Marathon

More beautiful Fall blooms from October:

Burgundy Bouquet

And succulents too! Photo: Artistrie Co.

Danada House

More pastel prettiness! Photo: Pam Cooley Photos.Two Brothers Wedding

On Halloween Rachel traveled up to Michigan for a client’s wedding (Yes we do travel!) while the rest of the team stayed behind and set up two other weddings: One at Promontory Point and the other at the Chicago History Museum!

Here is a photo of the Halloween Inspired wedding at Promontory Point with La Belle Fleur Events.Promontory Point Wedding

This is a shot from the ceremony of the “Rifle Paper Company-Inspired” wedding at the Royal Park Hotel in Michigan.
Royal Park Hotel

And this was the place card arrangement at the Classic & Elegant Wedding at the Chicago History Museum with Ali Phillips.Chicago History Museum

In November, Tim’s sister got married at the Chicago Athletic Association & we did the flowers as well.  It was such a beautiful wedding & the late night snacks from Shake Shack kept us going during the late-night dismantle.Chicago Athletic Association

Here is a photo of one of the gorgeous brides from the day (Tim’s Sister). Photo: Kina Wicks.

Sheila Chicago Athletic Association

In December, the wedding season usually starts to taper off but we actually had three weddings and a couple of holiday parties this year. The first was a gorgeous wedding at the Boarding House with plenty of texture, fresh fruit & a whole lot of greenery.  We can’t wait to see Nancy Beale‘s pictures because that room is so naturally gorgeous, and when you run 24’ lush garlands down the tables and throw in a whole lot of candlelight, it was something made for a magazine.Boarding House Wedding

In early December we celebrated the “almost-end-of-wedding-season” at Nellcote in the West Loop!  Amanda & Erin are pictured below and if you worked with us this year, both of these ladies were most likely onsite at your wedding or helped to build your beautiful centerpieces!Nellcote Holiday Dinner

And to officially cap off the 2015 wedding season, we produced two stunning (yet quite different) New Year’s Eve weddings.  The first at the Intercontinental Hotel & the second with Ali Phillips at Venue Six 10.

Rose Candleabra

Winter Wedding at Venue Six10

Thanks for all of your support this year!  2015 was such an amazing year filled with so much beauty.  We can’t wait to see was 2016 has in store!!



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