Decor

Classic Wedding At The Racquet Club

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We are thrilled to share this wedding designed by our amazing Bliss Beau, Jesse Deckard! Jesse and the wonderful couple planned every last detail to perfection. From the navy and silver accents to the pillar candles, this wedding was full of classic beauty! Our favorite part? The adorable individual-size wedding cakes for each guest!

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Vintage Bridgeport Art Center Wedding

[vc_row full_width="" parallax="" parallax_image=""][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] We are so excited to share this pretty vintage wedding designed by our very own Bliss Beau, Jesse Deckard! Jesse and the lovely couple carefully crafted this beautiful, rustic-meets-modern wedding. The color palette of champagne, lavender, blush and gold, mixed with the industrial-feel of the Bridgeport Art Center, created a stunning scene. The couple especially enjoyed the after party at the Ritz Carlton- complete with 80’s music, Chicago-style dogs, and French fries! See the full feature on The Knot.

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Luxury Lake Geneva Outdoor Wedding

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]We could not be more thrilled to share this dreamy wedding designed by our always amazing Bliss Beau Jesse Deckard! He spent months working with this sweet couple, who could not have been more in love, planning each and every detail to absolute perfection. From the cocktails served to guests as they arrived to the fireworks show at the end of the night this entire day was pure bliss for our amazing couple. See the full feature on Strictly Weddings.

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Studio 1610

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We all boogied down BLISS style at this year’s holiday party!

After careful planning we were psyched to see that HMR had decked out our fab studio with dozens of disco balls and tons of glitter, even a groovy selfie mirror!  Food For Thought created a customized menu of far out bites from Bliss Campbell’s Soup to a North Pole Disco Floor dessert. Great Life Music provided some funky tunes while Laine Too gave all of our guests some killer glitter tattoos! We have to thank all of our primo vendors, Cheree Berry, V.I.P. Valet, BBJ Linen, Rebecca Marie Photography, and Glazed & Infused for making this party out of sight!

We’re stoked to share the night with you!

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Mandy + Matt Featured on Mod Wedding

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The lovely Many and Matt's elegantly modern wedding was featured on Mod Wedding. More amazing photos can be found here!

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Featured by Kehoe Designs!

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Thank you SO much to always fab Kehoe Designs for this lovely blog post about Jesse's truly dreamy countryside wedding! You can see more about the elegant event on The Knot!

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A Blissful Thanksgiving

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving!

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Real Wedding: Jenny + Drew

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As a follow up to this Inspiration to Reality teaser – I thought you deserved to see how the dreamy day really came together.

The couple was gifted a beautiful mid-October day. There was a crisp and fresh note to the air as guests arrived at St. Chrysostom’s Church for the ceremony. Nestled on a residential block in the heart of the Gold Coast, the church opens up to a beautiful courtyard that seemed built to perfection, for a dramatic Grand Exit.

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During the ceremony, we hung the church doors with greenery wreaths, complete with the couple’s married monogram.

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And as friends and family of the newlyweds poured out of the church doors, each snuck fistfuls of bold fuchsia petals to shower the glowing couple as they departed.

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Guests arrived to The History Museum for a cocktail hour held (cozily) indoors in Robinson Gallery. The escort card table featured a floor-length sequin linen, blue china vases with bundles of fuchsia garden roses and spray roses, and a collection of special photos of family members on their wedding day, captured years prior.

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Crisp white linens and white chiavari chairs were paired with whimsical navy and white striped chair cushions and darling lacquered urns of boxwood spheres.

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The bridesmaids’ bouquets were collected at the start of the cocktail hour (free hands for bubbles and bites!). They were composed of fuchsia garden and spray roses bound by navy and white striped grosgrain ribbons.

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The low centerpieces were designed in oblong white ceramic vases and also featured a lush mound of monochromatic fuchsia roses.

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Alternating centerpieces gave the room dimension and volume. The elevated centerpieces were composed of an oversized tailored burst of foliage, accented at the base by (faux) candlelight and petite floral arrangements.

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The cake was especially delicious…baked by the bride’s (and the wedding planner’s!) favorite bakery in town – Sweet Mandy B’s.

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The ceremony altar arrangements also got double-use as pretty focal pieces at the reception.

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The couple dined with darling, special flatware.

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Once the escort card table had been cleared, we loaded the shimmering sequins with platters of sweet treats, bowls of candies and lollies and sacks of cotton candy.

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Vendors:

Planning and Design – Bliss Weddings & Events

Photography – Amanda Hein Photography

Ceremony Venue – St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church

Reception venue – The Chicago History Museum

Floral, Lighting and Décor – Carli at HMR Designs

Catering – Nicole of Blue Plate Catering

Wedding Cake – Sweet Mandy B’s

Orchestra – Party Faithful

Videography – Studio This Is Film

Stationary and Printables – Clementine Ink + Paper

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The Knot Chicago: Erin & Eric

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] The Bliss Buzz continues welcoming Chicago into spring! We could not be happier to have one of our gorgeous summer weddings at The Chicago Botanic Gardens featured in the new issue of The Knot Chicago. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="10799" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text] Our Bliss Beau, Jesse Deckard, started his full service planning career, building off of his extensive design background, with a bang; creating a fete inspired by the charm and ease of the couple and their relationship. Erin & Eric (also known as E2 celebrated with 200 of their friends and family last August on a beautiful Chicago summer day. Their ceremony took place in the Rose Garden under an ethereal yet organic canopy of whites and greens with simple chiffon blowing in the breeze. With the ceremony lead by the bride's aunt, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Cocktails took place in the ever so charming gated English Walled Garden surrounded by blooming beauty and the reflection pond. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="10231" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="10242" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="10238" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text] Guests were welcomed into McGinley Pavilion where the setting was filled with rich navy, crisp white and green accented by bold purples in classic garden realness. Warm candlelight hues bathed the serene setting and rustic garden lanterns twinkling with pillar candles were suspended above by organic wild smilax vines. [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="10278" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="10287" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]

Taking a break from dancing, guests could grab a cocktail of their choice just outside of the dining room from the custom E2 bars and rest their dancing feet in the lounge areas.

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Thank you again to The Knot Chicago for showcasing this truly perfect Chicago summer wedding that celebrated the love of E2. Congrats Erin and Eric and thank you so much for allowing us to make your wedding dreams’ come true!
 
 
Vendors:
Floral & Decor: HMR Designs
Lighting & Furniture: Event Creative
Video: I Do Films
Save the Dates & Invites: Cheree Berry Paper
Day of Printables: Magnificent Milestones
Photo Booth: Shutterbooth

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Real Wedding Teaser - Inspiration Board

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One of our favorite clients of all time was married this past fall.

The wedding ceremony took place at the super-charming St. Chrysostom’s church, nestled on a residential street in the Gold Coast.  And the reception?  Bliss fave - Chicago History Museum.

JEH had a personal style meant for us.  Layers of J. Crew and accents of Kate Spade – modern updates of classic styles.  When she said she was toying with a color palette of Navy, Fuchsia, Kelly Green and Glittery Gold we thought we would die!

We would be honoured to help bring THAT vision to life!

As a little teaser, we would like to share the inspiration board we created in the early stages of our planning process.  This visual, conceptual tool was used as inspiration for everything from attire to stationary to florals and linens.

 

Stay tuned to see how the inspiration board came to life this past October!

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Oscar Party 2014

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s time for the Oscars!!! We are excited for our favorite awards show of the season and it’s the perfect excuse for a party. Most Oscar parties will focus on black, white, gold, and perhaps some touches of red, with an Art Deco vibe. However, we love the unexpected!  

Instead of a black and white throwback to Old Hollywood, choose a color palate that is fun and playful by taking inspiration from confetti. Set the scene with a fun piece of décor such as colorful tissue garland. Adding onto the bright colors, we love the new popcorn dish by powerhouse design duo, Courtney and Robert Novogratz, with its perfect pops of color. Be sure to upgrade that popcorn with one of these fun recipes. Or, spice up the movie theater classic by trying out one of our favorite simple popcorn tricks: add truffle salt for a savory touch or Hot Tamales for a sweetly cinnamon spin.

No Oscar party would be complete without some bubbly, but why not garnish your champagne with rock candy? If you want to take your cocktailing to the next level, we love this fun twist on Jell-O shots.

Don’t forget to print out your 2014 Oscar ballot and while you’re there, check out the great tutorial for a confetti mani to complete your Oscar party hostess look. We can’t wait to see what looks our favorite stars will be rocking and who will take home those prized golden statues!

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Real Wedding & One Heck of a Year!

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It was one year ago this week that a favorite Bliss Client married the man of her dreams (truly – they are mad about one another!).

It was a beautiful winter - not exactly wintry - wedding.  And since their big day, Maggie and Tony have already been blessed with a (ridiculously gorgeous) baby girl, Avery.  Because of this, I thought I’d share a few photos from the most glamorous day of their lives.

Maggie and her gaggle of girls dressed at the Ritz Carlton Chicago (also the location of the reception).  Everyone wore coordinating monogrammed button-downs, gifted by the bride, as a comfortable and practical way to relax during the hours of hair and make-up!

Maggie’s beautiful custom dress was designed in collaboration with Mira Couture and featured the bride’s new monogram embroidered in blue.

The ceremony was held at Old St. Pat’s (the oldest standing church in the City – it survived the Chicago fire!) and could easily accommodate the couple’s 300+ besties. The chalice that was used for communion is a special family heirloom given to the bride’s grandparents in Ireland.

The bride wore her great grandmother’s dreamy mink stole to ward off the January breezes.

As the cocktail hour came to an end, The Shannon Rovers lead guests to the ballroom for dinner with a heck-of-a-dramatic parade of drums and bagpipes.

The muted palette of creams, champagnes and mixed metallics provided the perfect wintry setting for Maggie, Tony and their guests.  A combination of linens were used alternately around the room:  rose gold sequins, silver silks as well as silver sequins.  Icy acrylic chairs allowed the special linens do all the talking.

Floral and décor was designed by our very own Jesse Deckard (back in his Event Creative Days).  Going for a snowy-mounded effect, Jesse used monofloral bundles and clouds of gypsophelia (ok, ok, babies breath), Dutch hydrangea and velvety dusty miller foliage.  He also used various crystal and metallic containers and votive cups paired with raw, natural peeling birch bark trunks.

The couple danced to Keith Urban’s You’re Everything, performed by Larry King Orchestra.   Lifesize birch trees were strung with crystals and suspended candles and cornered off the (massive) dance floor (that was packed in mere moments!)

The evening was filled with some seriously sentimental touches ....A truly beautiful and heart-melting toast by the brides other –and original- favorite man: her father, as well as a surprise toast given by the bride’s 27 cousins!

And although Maggie and Tony had visions of fluffy snowflakes creating a swirling snow-globe setting for their January winter wedding, Mother Nature keeps us Chicagoans on our toes and, instead, delivered a few days of unexpected warmth leading up to their celebration.  Instead of snow-boots, the couple’s most necessary accessory ended up being the oversized umbrellas that allowed them to sneak out of their reception for just a few kisses under the twinkling streetlights of Michigan Avenue.

I was so truly and completely honoured to have been a part of this special couple’s planning journey – and I so appreciated witnessing the love, admiration and adoration among their close-knit families as well as one another.  Bliss wishes them the happiest of anniversaries!

Xx Kara

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Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: Old St. Pat's

Reception Venue: Ritz-Carlton

Event Design: Jesse Deckard through Event Creative

Dress: Custom Mira Couture

Irish Pipe Band: The Shannon Rovers

Photographer: Gerber Scarpelli

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Tis The Season with Bliss!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Happy Holidays to everyone! We wish you all Peace, Joy and Happiness this beautiful time of year.  We can hardly wait for 2014!!!

xoxoxx, Renny, Jesse, Kara, Katie, Liza and Beth

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REAL WEDDING: ERIN + ERIC

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VENDORS:

Event Planning & Design: Jesse Deckard for Bliss Weddings & Events

Floral/Decor: Carli Staffa with HMR

Lighting: Event Creative

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photography

Videography: I DO Films

Venue/Catering: Chicago Botanic Gardens & Culinary Landscapes

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Real Wedding: Meghan + Steve

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Meghan & Steve are such a fun and laid-back couple to be around that planning their wedding was a total joy!  When they came to us, they weren’t sure exactly what they wanted for their big day other than great food, beautiful décor and an abundance of personal touches.  When we decided on the Redfield Estate in Glenview for their ceremony and reception, we just knew the gorgeous lush grounds would be the perfect fit for an intimate celebration with both romantic and rustic touches. Even though their ceremony had to be moved indoors at the last minute due to weather, Meghan & Steve remained happy and telling jokes the whole time.  The indoor space for the ceremony turned out to be a beautifully intimate space which we covered in plenty of organic greenery and garland to bring the outdoors in.  Thankfully the weather cleared and guests moved to the courtyard for cocktails where they picked up escort cards placed on individual stems of craspedia set up in a bed of green moss.

Working with a color scheme of soft grey, mustard yellow and clean white, Fleur created laid back florals in a mix of vintage milk glass and turquoise glass placed on grey washed farm tables.   Timeless elegance was added to the tablescape with luxe crystal cut chargers, lace table runners and etched glass stemware.

After a delicious dinner, guests danced the night away taking breaks to snack from the abundant cheese bar or the sprawling sweets table adorned with several types of cake and an array of mini sweets all displayed on vintage cake pedestals.  As a late night surprise for the groom, a custom cigar roller accompanied a cigar & whiskey bar!

vendors:

venue: Redfield Estate

photography: Avery House

coordination: Renny with Bliss Weddings & Events

floral: Fleur 

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A Tiki Themed Baby Shower

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Guess what that "Events" stands for at the end our company name?!? Thats right- it's for all the other fabulous soirees we plan throughout the year!  This past weekend Renny planned and hosted a baby shower along with a few of her girlfriends for one of their mom-to-be besties, Anne.  We love dreaming up fun and creative baby shower themes, but this one was a total no-brainer given Anne's love of the beach (she had wanted to get married there originally!) and her dream of one day opening a Tiki Bar in Chicago- we just knew we had to do a girly twist on an island Tiki theme! After kicking off the theme with some festive invites from Paperless Post, Renny then called on Blue Plate for the catering, Cheree Berry for adorable paper goods, Hall's for rentals and our own Jesse Deckard to design the florals as well construct the fabulous Tiki Bar from scratch!

Guests enjoyed the gorgeous weather outside while sipping cocktails adorned with paper flags that read "Sleep when the baby sleeps, Drink when the baby drinks!"  Guests then sat down for a tasty tiki themed meal at tables surrounded by grass skirts and topped with colorful glassware as well as fresh tropical fruit and vibrant island inspired florals.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5893" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

A 4th of July Fete by Bliss Weddings

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Every year we celebrate our favorite holiday, The Fourth of July, in the quintessential, all-American fashion: Patriotic Picnics in the purest hues of Red, White and Blue. This year, however, we were inspired to celebrate America's birthday by taking a more glamorous, jazzy approach: with sequins (along with our stripes), with mixed metallics (and dazzling sparklers), and vintage cocktails (forget buckets of beer!)

The intimate dinner and fireworks party was held on the rooftop of Katie's charming Lincoln Park home. While we were trading in our madras plaid for floorlength gowns for this celebration, it was essential that we kept the reason for the party in the forefront of our minds and had Fourth-of-July details woven through everything. We added a slightly unexpected twist to the color palette to include mixed metallics of Rose Gold and Bright Gold, Navy Blue and Deep Cherry Red.

The dining table was dressed in a rose gold linen, grazing the rooftop grass it was set upon. Formal china settings included a deco-inspired pattern of gold and white, flanked by bright gold flatware sets. Sugar-dusted cocktails awaited guests at each setting and the few special guests were cued into their seating assignments with a hand-drawn silhouettes in gold foil.

Deep navy planters overflowed with the most magnificent red charm peonies, accented by vintage crystal pedestals mounded with fresh cherries picked up from Chicago's Green City Farmers Market.

With the skyline as the backdrop, our barcart was stocked with the fixin's for some vintage favorites, perhaps you fancy a Gin Rickey, or a South Side, or the Bee's Knees? We also had plenty of blubbly brimming over in our coupes!

The menu was scribed onto a vintage mirror and let guests know that they should not expect coleslaw and potato salad this year!

The celebration continued with the lovely dinner and ended with copious sparklers and a perfect view of the fireworks show.

Happy Fourth of July!

 

VENDORS:

Styled by Bliss Weddings and Events
Photography by Studio This Is
Place Cards and Menu by Elizabeth Dixon
Printables by Courtney Callahan

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4th of July inspiration shoot sneak peek

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last week we put together a fabulous little party shoot inspired by one of our favorite holidays, the 4th of July! Shot on Katie's beautiful rooftop deck overlooking the city and filled with fun details in rose gold, navy & red this shoot is sure to inspire you, but for now we can only show you a few teaser snapshots....[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="5909" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Katie's Latest Obsession

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Starting today we have a new little series here on the Bliss Blog- giving you a peek into our team's latest obsessions!!

First up is the fabulous Katie Kozlowski who got inspired by the stripes at her client's wedding last weekend which have now turned into her latest obsession.  Katie says "

"From playrooms to pillows...cocktail party dresses to aisle styled flower cones...I can't get enough of this tailored & polished trend!"

 

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Bliss Studio Reveal: KIKI PARTY!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over the holidays, we moved into our fabulous new studio space with our studio mates Reiman Condron Beauty, Cheree Berry Paper & Studio This Is Photography.  We have been working non stop to get this space outfitted in a way that reflects Bliss' unique style in a color scheme of deep navy, creamy white, bright fuchsia & emerald green.  After furnishing the space exactly to our liking, we knew we had to throw a opening party worthy of the space and after little bit of brainstorming, we decided the ONLY way to welcome this space into our world was with A KIKI PARTY!! See the inspiration behind the party right here. A few weeks ago, the kiki party came to be and it was an absolute hit complete with paper goods by Cheree Berry, food by Blue Plate , photography by Studio This is, wine provided by Oliver Wines, kiki themed cocktails created by the Bliss team, valet by VIP valet, and beautiful florals/design by our own Jesse Deckard with rentals provided by Hall's and linens from Private Label! Guests shimmied around the dance floor to custom Kiki entertainment provided by Energy productions! We can assure you this Kiki party was marrrrrvelllous!!!

Enjoy the fabulous party snapshots and check back later this week for details about the "kiki kiss mirror"!

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