Vibrant Summer Wedding at Cafe Brauer

We absolutely adore this bride's passion for pops of color!  The couples' sophisticated yet fun loving personalities inspired this captivating and vivid design. Using confetti as a major source for inspiration, our Bliss Belle Lauren Carter balanced the playful look with neutral tones to keep the design unique but not overwhelming. Gold prisms and geometric shapes add an unexpected texture and shine to the tablescape. We hope you enjoy looking through the photos as much as we do!

A big thank you to Modern Luxury Brides Magazine for featuring these breathtaking details in their latest issue!

Full Service Wedding Planner: Bliss Weddings & Events, Lauren Carter / Photographer: Image is Found / Venue: Cafe Brauer / Floral and Tabletop Decor: Kehoe Designs / Runner: BBJ Linen / Furniture Rentals: Tablescapes / Table Rentals: Hall's

xoxo Bliss Team

Organic and Colorful Summer Wedding at Chicago Botanic Garden

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We are delighted to share this bright, bold, and beautiful wedding with you today! Our Bliss Beau Jesse Deckard designed an amazing wedding for this special couple. Maggie and Joe wanted an organic and intimate outdoor wedding with lots of color and textures. The eco conscious couple also wanted the wedding to be as local and sustainable as possible. The couples personality and values were noticeable in every aspect of the day!

Ceremony- Set in the middle of the Chicago Botanic Rose Garden, Jesse created a vibrant yet classic garden setting. Custom printed fabric, matching the floral pattern created for the unique inner envelope of the invitation, was used for cushions on reclaimed wooden benches. Seating circled around a wrought iron arch and matching chandelier that were covered in vibrant jewel toned floral and textured foliage. Ushers handed out programs made of seed paper, printed in deep blue to coordinate with Maggie’s dress, that could be planted when guests returned home. A dusting of fresh white rose petals signified the start of the ceremony.

Cocktail Hour- Maggie and Joe loved margaritas so the Bliss team created a custom margarita bar named after their signature: Moe’s Margarita Bar. Recycled hand made white tissue Mexican Flags were suspended from tree branches and a vintage hand painted mirror welcomed guests to the bar to order their margarita of choice. White hemstitch napkins were passed with hors d’oeuvres to create less waste than paper napkins.

Reception- Maggie did not like the white ceiling of the tent where dinner and dancing were to take place. So Jesse turned it into a lush garden canopy composed of wild green smilax and dripping white wisteria. Throughout the entire tent, over 14,000 stems of white wisteria were suspended from a cabling grid structure that was then covered in smilax. Guests arrived to dinner to find eclectic petite budvases each filled with varieties of single stems blossoms and their calligraphed escort card tied to them. Reclaimed wooded tables were draped with vintage white lace runners and then layered with both textural floral and various candlelight in organic and vintage eclectic vessels. Square tables draped in white linen cloths and featured bold floral arrangements and vintage mix and max china and flatware. Guests danced the night away as cold lemon scented towels were passed on the dance floor for a refreshing summer touch.

The Bride’s most memorable moments? “The paper goods by Liz Dixon – they still make me happy to look at and I love that they were printed on seed paper. We liked how the wedding represented our values of being sustainable and not wasting – details like the linen cocktail napkins and composting all food leftovers were a lovely touch. And seeing the escort cards displayed as little vases with single stem floral was a beautiful entrance to the reception!”

Check out more from this day in the current issue of The Knot Magazine- on stands now!

Planning & Design: Jesse Deckard, Bliss Weddings & Events / Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden / Photography: Jen Lynne Photography / Paperie: EJD Design LLC / Floral & Decor: HMR Designs / Lighting: Frost Lighting / Custom Linens: Tailored Elements / Cake: CAKE Chicago / Rentals: A La Crate Vintage / Photo Booth: 312 Photo Booth / Filmography: I Do Films / Hair: RC Beauty / Make-up: Make-up By Rosie

xoxo The Bliss Team

Lucky in Love: Green Wedding Round-up!

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Happy St. Patricks day! In honor of this all-things-green day, we thought we'd revisit weddings that highlight the hue! These weddings showcase gorgeous pops of emerald, mint, and kelly green. Emerald adds a richness and sophistication (especially when paired with gold) to any occasion. Mint is soft, pretty, and such a romantic hue for your wedding day. Kelly green is bright, crisp, and a touch preppy- a fun color for your celebration. Have a great day and remember- Think Green!

xoxo Bliss Weddings & Events

Our Favorite Wintry Cocktail Recipe: The Belvedere Zephyr

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Choosing a cocktail that all of your guests will enjoy can be tricky. If you're stuck in a cocktail rut, Bliss Weddings & Events is here to help! We've teamed up with Belvedere Vodka to share our favorite wintry cocktail recipe with you: The Belvedere Zephyr!

The Zephyr is seasonal, easy to make, easy on the eyes, and oh-so-tasty.

Here's what you'll need:

50ml / 1.5 oz Belvedere Vodka

25ml / 1 oz pink grapefruit juice

15ml / 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

15ml / 1/2 oz orgeat 

Top Fever Tree Tonic
 

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Combine all ingredients except tonic and shake with ice. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Top with Fever Tree Tonic. Garnish with a wedge of pink grapefruit and enjoy.
Ta-da! So simple and SO good. 
 

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The sweetness of the orgeat (pronounced or-ZHAT) pairs beautifully with the tart grapefruit! It's a staple on our bar cart.

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We hope you love this as much as we do! Give this a try at home, then serve up a pitcher for your guests-- we promise they'll thank you!

XOXO, Bliss Weddings & Events

 

Photos: Bliss Weddings & Events // Jewelry: Tilly

 

Valentine's Day Cosmetics: The Perfect Pairs

A quick application of lipstick can give you a fresh look, update an old outfit, or take a day look in to the evening. I'm not shy about sharing my love for a beautiful lip and with Valentine's Day just around the corner, we wanted to share some of my favorites! I definitely think RED when I think of the romantic day, but any of these gorgeous hues will surely make your date night brighter!

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We had such a great time playing with color in our studio and wanted to share the fun! Bliss Belle Laura is pictured wearing MAC Rebel lipstick with MAC Rhythm lipgloss with Essie's Too Too Hot on her nails. Special thanks to the amazing Mary Kate Merna for her makeup artistry!

Here are a few more of our favorite lip/nail combos to try for your own night out:
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1. Bobbi Brown Berry paired with OPI Dutch Tulips

2. Chanel Suspense paired with Essie East Hampton Cottage

3. YSL Fuschia in Rage paired with OPI Red

4. Chanel Boy paired with Essie She's Pampered

5. L'Oreal BLAKE'S RED paired with OPI Danke Shine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bliss Weddings & Events Chicago Winter Luxury Wedding at The Chicago Cultural Center

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] We are very excited to share this gorgeous winter wedding design by the wonderful Bliss Beau, Jesse Deckard! Jesse and the couple incorporated emerald and gold accents throughout the room to mirror the stunning mosaic tiles inside The Chicago Cultural Center. To top it off, the night of this wedding was Chicago's first snowfall of the year! A beautiful finishing touch that this winter-loving couple could have only dreamed of! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id="vc_gid:1456352732499-0950194a-b676-9" include="13867,13848,13849,13850,13858,13854,13851,13855,13857,13852,13865,13864,13863,13862,13866"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Venue: The Chicago Cultural Center / Full-Service Planner & Designer: Bliss Weddings & Events / Photographer: Artisan Events / Floral + Decor: HMR Designs / Linens: Tailored Elements / Music: Larry King Orchestra / Lighting: Frost Lighting / Catering: Food For Thought

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Stunning Winter Wedding At Morgan Manufacturing

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We have been dying to share this wedding designed by our uber-talented Bliss Belle, Lauren Carter! Lauren and the beautiful couple created a warm and romantic setting in the midst of a cold Chicago winter. The glowing candles, floral branches, gold sequins, and blush tones mixed together for one dreamy tablescape! A memorable day was capped off with a surprise visit- the Doughnut Vault van pulled right into Morgan Manufacturing to serve guests late-night snacks. How fun is that?! See the full feature in Bride's magazine!

 

[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid grid_id="vc_gid:1454527436180-75d7992c-e161-6" include="13912,13913,13885,13914,13879,13918,13887,13883,13920,13882,13919,13925,13915,13924,13922,13890,13889,13894"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Planning & Design: Lauren Carter, Bliss Weddings & Events / Venue: Morgan Manufacturing / Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie / Videography: Poetic Productions  / Decor: HMR Designs  / Catering: Blue Plate  / Band: The Party Faithful, Great Life Music / Late Night Snacks: Doughnut Vault [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]