A Blissful Thanksgiving

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

Our Bliss Belle Katie walks us through every detail of her fantastic Thanksgiving plans![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11532" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11772" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11773" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11774" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11775" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Becky & Nilay: A Boldly Beautiful Affair

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Becky and Nilay's two — you heard us right, two! — magnificent celebrations were infused with touches of contemporary glamour and cultural beauty, making for a truly magical day that was just as vibrant and joyous as this amazing couple that met while they lived next to one another in a dorm at their alma mater, the University of Chicago.

While it may have taken Becky and Nilay eight years following their first encounter to begin dating, they could no longer deny their love for one another and have been inseparable ever since.

The former dorm neighbors became engaged and wanted a wedding day that was a perfect representation of their multi-cultural backgrounds. The day began with a beautiful Hindu ceremony in the ornate ballroom of the JW Marriott. Becky walked down a flower-petal-lined aisle in a dazzling gold and red sari while surrounded by oodles of bold-hued flowers. Following their first ceremony, the couple said their 'I Do's' in an evening Christian ceremony that took place at the uniquely modern Bridgeport Art Center.

Guests then headed to the ultra modern and chic Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center for the couple's reception. From sequin-adorned table cloths and accessories to lush pink floral centerpieces to a 60' projector screening the couple's favorite videos and songs, this reception was filled with bold hints of glamour, modernity and pure bliss.

Congratulations, Becky and Nilay![/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="7086" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="7087" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="7088" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Thanks to Studio This Is for the fabulous photos and to all the other talented vendors that brought this magical day to life!

Invitations Cherree Berry Paper / Cake Bittersweet / Videographer Studio This Is / Linens Private Label Linens / Rentals Tablescapes / Caterer Blue Plate / Makeup and Hair RC Beauty

You can also check out Strictly Weddings for more photos of Becky and Nilay's gorgeous wedding.


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: 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!


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]

Real Wedding: Kristin + Ted at The Drake on Style Me Pretty


Hop on over to Style Me Pretty this morning to see our feature

of Kristin & Ted's beautiful wedding this past summer at The Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago.


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Friday Floral

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We know it seems like Chicago is just now starting to enjoy spring, but we can’t help but to jump the gun a little and swoon over the hydrangea. There’s something so natural and al fresco about a hydrangea arrangement. Bursts of hydrangea in your wedding décor can be sweet, simple, completely classic and quite budget-friendly! [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11175" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11176" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Real Wedding: Charlotte & William

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Last fall, Renny and Kara pulled off an amazing autumn engagement party at the Botanical Garden’s Pullman Barn. Their idea was to showcase a couple going through wedding related celebrations that every couple encounters  throughout their engagement. They named their faux couple William and Charlotte, and created an amazing celebration thrown my their "best friend" in their honor. The barn was transformed into a cozy, classic, with touches of preppy, presentation that called for a night of great fun with friends and family alike. The charming barn was detailed in coral and navy with plenty of eye-catching accents of gold. The outside is where the fun really began, with bobbing for bling in bubbly, golden apple croquet, customized mad libs about William and Charlotte and a muddling bar. The night ended around a romantic, cozy fire pit with custom pillows and throws for the guest to snuggle up with and take part in making s’mores while sipping their night caps.  Can’t wait to see what’s next for William and Charlotte’s engagement!


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The new Pullman Barn at Chicago's Botanical Garden was the perfect location for this couple!

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Golden foliage adorned the ceiling of the barn as well as the table.

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Customizable place mats where a hidden gem under guests plates.

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Guests were given baskets to take with them filled all the ingredients to make their perfect lazy Sunday morning!

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Muddle and cuddle!

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Golden apple croquet had guests entertained for hours.

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Guests were laughing while playing mad libs about the couple and bobbing for bling in bubbly!

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A s'more bar was the perfect touch to the fire pit.

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As Seen in Style Me Pretty!

All pictures taken by Matt and Stevi from averyhouse!



Take a Sneak Peak!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We recently had a photo shoot for our new ad that will be out soon! With all the changes happening at Bliss we needed to throw Katie Kozlowski, our newest senior weddings consultant, into the mix and show everyone what we are all about! Besides, who doesn't love an afternoon of shoes, glitter, cake and champagne? We can't thank Cindy, from Fandl Photography, enough for spending the day with us photographing all our silly antics and costume changes! The delicious pink ombre cake was done by our friends at Alliance Bakery and Cafe, and was delightful until the very last piece (what swimsuit season?)! And our very own, Kara Superfine, used her fabulous floral background to create the gorgeous hot pink bouquet that we are still dying over!

Here's a sneak peak of what will be published soon in bridal magazines galore. We hope you enjoy!




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Hot Hue


While Renny sends us pictures from her much deserved family vacation with 85 degrees and sunny weather, we can’t help piggy backing on her itch for Spring to arrive in Chicago! From Michelle William’s Oscar Dress to the Flamingo’s that grace our text messages from Renny, we are loving all things CORAL.

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1. Gerbera Garden Statement Necklace, Kate Spade $298.00/ 2.  Monique Lhuillier Resort 2012/ 3. Etsy Ikat Pillow Cover $49.00/ 4. Mona Leather Pump, J.Crew $198.00/ 5.  Printed Coated Poplin Tiny Jewelry Case, Tory Burch $65.00/ 6.  Viv Pantent Flats, J.Crew $188.00/ 7. Canyon Coral, Essie $9.00/ 8. Carnation Ring, J.Crew $35.00


Ombré Obsessed


Ombré is a French term meaning “shaded” and is now currently an obsession of color graduating from light to dark.  Ombré hit the fashion world at full force, gracing the runways at every major show and then salons as it soon became a dying technique with hair, see below. Now it is a wedding detail that we cannot get enough of. From cakes, to flowers, to décor, to dresses, Ombré is a great way to add a little surprise and pop of color to your big day. Dare to Ombré? You be the judge.

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Pinning 101

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If you're already on Pinterest, we are here to further you're addiction, if you're new to the craze, we are here to begin your addiction. Pinterest is a virtual inspiration board of fashion, decor, beauty, travel and of course wedding images. Each user "pins" whatever images they want to their own personal board further organizing the pictures into categories. Lost yet? Read USA TODAY's article here. We love using Pinterest to gain inspiration, share our ideas with our clients and other "pinners", and to simply get lost in the world of pinning! Check out Bliss's page here, and check back often since we are pinning fanatics! Our page is always expanding with endless inspiration for weddings and everyday life. Happy Pinning!!


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Feature: Reveal Collaboration

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I still can't get enough of this dream filled collaboration we did with the amazing Studio This Is and the fabulous Event Creative. We are so excited it has a full feature today on Style Me Pretty's National.

Can we do it again Jeremy, Jesse and Kara?

Check it out here:

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Happy Holidays!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]From my home to yours, I am wishing you a very happy, safe and wonderful holiday season with your friends and family. It really is a magical time of year. Take time to count your blessings and stay grateful for what you have, not what you need.  There is no greater gift than wonderful friends and family.

Can't wait to see you all next year!

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Obama Bliss

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hi Friends- I had to share this with you. This is a gorgeous couple I worked with over the summer. Their wedding ceremony was at the Bond Chapel and their reception was at Garfield Park Conservatory.  It was a fabulous day.

Their wedding ceremony was at 10:30am because it was a hot day.  In between the ceremony and reception they went around Chicago for pictures.

They were able to stop at President Barack Obama's house in Chicago for a picture. It was a VERY quick stop as you can imagine. They were bound and determined to get this shot.  This was clearly before the election, but isn't this so cool!  The photographer was the great Doug McGoldrick.   More to come on this wedding in a later post.

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Feature: Jennifer & Eric

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Hi Friends - Check out the Fall/Winter Issue of The Knot Chicago. It features one of my all time favorite weddings in the "Real Wedding" section. We got the biggest spread!  It features the wedding of a darling couple, Jennifer and Eric from L.A.  They were the most wonderful couple to work with and i love how the wedding came together. We used the most decadent colors of Chocolate, Bronze, Deep plums and Fuchsia.  Their Chuppa was to die for.  It was constructed of willow branches and hanging candles.  The wedding ceremony was set in the round at the great RIver East Art Center.  Jennifer works for Mattel, on Barbie. Look at the Barbie her team created to look exactly like her!  Her Hair, dress, jewelry, everything. So darn cool.  We displayed it at the wedding in the bar area.  Have fun and be sure to pick up a copy!

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