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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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Presenting the 2015 Bliss Gift Guide!

It's crunch time ladies and gents! Christmas is a little over a week away (how?!) which leaves just 8 shopping days to cross off that gift list. That said, it's not too late to find the perfect little something! We've compiled some of our favorite gift ideas for 2015 and where you can pick them up before the big day.

Renny adores this versatile and creative chalkboard wine box from Society Social. Pair with your favorite bottle of bubbly and kick off the holidays the right way! 

Renny's gift

Life is sweet and so are the holidays, but let's face it, who has time to bake? Grace recommends these darling little macarons from Hendrickx Bakery.  Don't tell grandma, but her christmas cookies just can't compete.

Grace's gift

Don’t forget about your fur babies this season! Jesse recommends this handcrafted festive Holiday tartan collar and matching bow tie from RipleyWear to make them feel extra special (and stylish). 
Everyone should sport a little tartan this time of year!

Jesse's gift

Looking for a touch of personalized love for that #caffeinefiend in your life? Emma shares her favorite gold monogram coffee mug from Anthropologie 

Emma's Gift
It seems like everyone's travelling this year, which can make gift-giving a little tricky. For the jetsetters in your life, Katie recommends this adorable Carry-On Cocktail kit from W&P Design.

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Aromatherapy is the best therapy. Lauren's go-to holiday gift comes from Diptyque Paris, and their incredible collection of high-end candles. She recommends Baies (berries) for a light, fruity aroma. 

Lauren's gift

Andie is all about the wonders of coconut oil. The raw and organic Cocovit is a perfect gift for your cosmetic queen friends!

Andie's gift
And that's a wrap!

Let us know some of your favorite gift ideas in the comments, and tag us on instagram @blisschicago if this gift guide gave you some holiday inspo.

Cheers to the New Year!

xoxo Bliss Belles & Beau

Bliss Belle Katie's Thanksgiving Tips

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It's no secret that we love a good party here at Bliss, and while wedding festivities are surely our expertise, we find such joy in everyday entertaining!

Once this time of year rolls around we are positively giddy-- from a carefully curated Thanksgiving table and dynamite menu to enjoy to over-the-top Christmas cocktail parties and cozy caroling gatherings, we cannot get enough of the celebration that the end of the year brings.

So as we set out to create our perfect Thanksgiving - rather, Friendsgiving - we did so keeping some of our nearest and dearest at heart.

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While the traditional Thanksgiving feast is important to us, we wanted to incorporate small bites to round out the meal, rather than the traditional sides.  And while wine parings are beloved by all of the Bliss Belles + Beau, we felt that a true Friendsgiving was festive, fun and sometimes downright silly... so cocktail pairings with our tapas-style meal seemed only appropriate.

We were able to raid the Tablescapes collections and couldn't be more excited to show where we landed. Our goal is inspiration for our clients -- and in doing so, we've included some of our favorite recipes that would make your Friendsgiving a paired success.

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Oyster

Pacific Northwest is my personal favorite and usually a good crowd-pleaser. To get specific,  Kumamoto is usually a safe bet.

Cocktail Pairing: The Party Starter

A petite vodka martini, up, incredibly chilled in a darling mini champagne flute.

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Pumpkin Soup

I have a confession. My favorite pumpkin soup comes in a box from Trader Joe's. With all your other party prep, I certainly suggest the same. Top with finely diced apples, roasted & salted pumpkin seeds (also from TJ's!) or dried cranberries. We love this in a mini demitasse cup. 

Roasted Autumn Salad

This recipe from Martha is quick, easy and incredibly delicious!

Cocktail Pairing: "The Bliss Belle"

  • 2 oz fresh-squeezed red grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz vodka
  • juice from 1/2 of a lime
  • 1 -2 TBD simple syrup (depending on how sweet you prefer!)

Shake ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.

Garnish with lime and top with champagne if you're feeling extra  festive!

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Turkey Time

Hands down my favorite turkey recipe of all times. Ever. I LOVE Ina.

Accidental Turkey by Ina Garten

Pairing: Bliss Beau-deaux

Pinot Noir, Bordeaux, Rose or Pinot Grigio are my favorites for turkey wine pairings. Avoid Chardonnay and Merlot!

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Plum Crumble

We're just mad for this Plum Crumble  dessert recipe over at Craving Fresh.

Cocktail Pairing: Wrap It Up

Dinner's over, it's time to break out the games and Home Alone will be on TV soon. It's time to "Wrap it Up." A little sweet in case your friends don't have room for dessert, but a beautiful dinner-ender.

  • Ginger Beer
  • Vodka
  • Lime
  • Cranberry Juice

Garnish with fresh lime, fresh cranberries, and sprig of rosemary. Serve in a

Served in a Mule Cup

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From all of us at Bliss Weddings & Events, and Wrap it Up Parties, we hope your thanksgiving celebrations are filled with food, friends and family.  

XO Katie

Vintage Bridgeport Art Center Wedding

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Happy Valentine's Day!

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] We’re all about LOVE here at Bliss and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show the most important people in your life how much you adore them!  How do we tell our darlings we care?!  Stationary of course!!  A little card goes a long way and allows you the opportunity to personalize a message for each person on your list.  We’ve picked out 14 our favorite Valentine’s Day cards to share! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_single_image image="12871" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="12888" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="12889" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="12890" alignment="center" border_color="grey" img_link_large="" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]

1.Lulu & Georgia

2.Sugar Paper

3.Paper Source

4.Snow and Graham

5.The Social Type

6.Sugar Paper

7.Rifle Paper Co.

8.Paper Source

9.Printerette Press

10.Elum

11.Rifle Paper Co.

12.Sugar Paper

13.Rifle Paper Co.

14.Elum

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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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Behind the Scenes at Bliss

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We had such a blast getting to shoot our fabby About Us video! It was an amazing day of working with some of our favorite vendors to create this video which we could not be more OBSESSED with!! We truly had as much fun making it as it looks like we did!

A special thank you to I Do Films and Studio This Is for capturing the day!

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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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Glamourous Rookery Building Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

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One of our adorable couple's exceptionally glamorous wedding was recently featured on Style Me Pretty. You can read about and see more of their lovely day here!

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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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Bliss Feature by Bridentity Crisis

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are so honored to have been mentioned by our lovely clients Kristin & Ted in this fabulously written article by Bridentity Crisis today! You can read about Kristin & Ted's beautiful wedding and hear what they had to say about Bliss here!  

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A Dreamy Wedding Wednesday

Cheers to Wedding Wednesday and we thought we would kick this one off with a dreamy video of Jesse's very special June wedding in Lake Geneva. Such a magical day filled with love and memories that this entire family will cherish forever. We feel so honored here at Bliss to have had the opportunity to plan, design and orchestrate such an unbelievable event! Enjoy the video from One Fine Day Productions that we assure will put a tear in your eye, a smile on your face and happiness in your heart!

Thanks to all of the fabulous vendors for helping make this beautiful day come to life!

Event Planning & Design: Jesse Deckard of Bliss Weddings and Events
Floral & Decor: Kehoe Designs
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Tenting: HDO/Party Time Productions
Photography: Avery House
Videography: One Fine Day Productions
Entertainment: Rendezvous
Catering: Blue Plate Catering
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals: Tablescapes Event Rentals
Printables: Cheree Berry Paper
Transportation: VIP Valet Services
Makeup: Facade Makeup Artistry
Hair: RC Beauty

 

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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Ashley & Johnny on Style Me Pretty

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We are so honored to have one of our fab summer weddings from 2013 featured on Style Me Pretty. Ashley & Johnny had the perfect outdoor ceremony in Wrigley Square on the type of day we can all only dream about right now. After the ceremony the wedding party led guests to cocktail hour at Terzo Piano and then to dinner and dancing in Griffin Court at the Modern Wing. The decor of prisms and ombre throughout the entire event was so chic.

 

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Please head on over to the feature on Style Me Pretty to see more photos of this stunning affair.

xoxo

Renny

Vendors

Photography: averyhouse

Ceremony: Wrigley Square

Reception: Modern Wing - Art Institute

Decor: Kehoe Designs

Paper Goods: Cheree Berry Paper

Band: Rendezvous

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Time for a Getaway!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you live in Chicago, chances are you are thinking the same thing we are – it’s time for a getaway. Somewhere warm, and soon! This is the perfect time to take a break from planning your wedding or just beat the winter (spring!) blues. While taking a full week for an impromptu tropical vacay might not be very practical, a long weekend is certainly not out of reach. Personally, I am headed to Napa Valley in a couple of weeks and can’t wait enjoy the California sunshine! We love northern California in general, but there’s something about wine country that has me already in a relaxed state of mind just thinking about it. Thinking about what to pack, on the other hand, is not a zen-like experience. Finding those perfect items that will travel well, be interchangeable and practical, all while looking put together, can be a daunting task! I put together a little go to short list of weekend getaway necessities to share with you. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="5853" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

My go-to wine tasting ensemble will definitely be a maxi dress. Layering is a must, so I’ll be sure to bring my denim jacket and this springy scarf from Kate Spade. When out and about at wineries, a cross body handbag is a must, so your hands are free for the important task ahead! These comfy wedges from J. Crew will be ideal for a stroll through the vineyards. After a day of wine tasting, you’ll surely have picked up a few favorite bottles along the way. Pack these shatterproof stemless wine glasses from Go Vino and a wine key (in your checked luggage, of course) so you can head to a park where you can enjoy your winery finds el fresco with some artisan cheese or chocolates. Take time to reconnect with your sweetie and hopefully by the time we all get back from our long weekends, spring will finally be upon us in Chicago!

xoxo,

Lauren

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