Category Archives: art of imagination


Chicago Wedding Venues, Different Couples, Different Ways: Prairie Productions
Prairie Productions Wedding
March 6, 2013

Today we are looking at Prairie Productions.  This is a unique venue in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.  This venue has a unique layout where you can host your ceremony and reception in the same space.  Continue reading




Chicago Wedding Venues, Different Couples, Different Ways: The Museum of Contemporary Art
February 20, 2013

Today we are looking at one of the most modern venue spaces in Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art! This space is very clean, modern, and versatile. Because of it’s white walls and open spaces, it works with any color scheme and vision at any time of the year!

Here are some of the weddings we have produced in the past at the MCA! All of the catering is done by Wolfgang Puck at the MCA.

Floral by Revel and Decor by Art of Imagination
Floral by Cattleya Designs
Floral by Cattleya Designs
Lighting designs by Absolute Productions, Design concept by Liven It Up Events
Floral by Davenport Designs




Transform Your Space with Lighting! Part 1 – Hotels
February 14, 2013

There are some venues that look amazing on their own and do not need much to give it that wow factor. But there are some spaces that can totally transform just by adding different elements During this next series, it is our goal to show you how to recreate a space by featuring different locations that were transformed simply by adding colored lighting and elegant drapes.

This week, we will show you four different hotels that completely changed once lighting and drapes were added for both ceremonies and receptions.

Elegant wedding at the Sofitel with lighting by Okyne Media Lab and floral by Richard Remiard.
Wedding ceremony at The Ritz Carlton with lighting and floral by Kehoe Designs.

Hotel Orrington washed in amber lighting by Music Masters DJ and Lighting and floral by Cattleya Designs.
Beautiful wedding reception at the Radisson Blu Aqua with lighting by Art Of Imagination and Floral by Cattleya Designs.




Chicago Wedding Venues, Different Couples, Different Ways: The Ivy Room
February 13, 2013

The venue we chose to look at this week is one located in the heart of River North in Chicago. The Ivy Room is a beautiful room surrounded by nature in the Medinah Tree Studios. No matter what style a person has, this space can transform into something amazing and beautiful.

Take a look below at some of the different ways The Ivy Room has been crafted and produced by Liven It Up Events.

Catering Limelight Catering, Floral by Davenport Designs, Lighting by Art of Imagination, DJ by Toast and Jam, Ceremony by Dolce Strings, Officiated by Bruce Otto

Catering by Blue Plate Catering, Wedding Cake by Alliance, DJ by Style Matters, Floral and Decor by Ashland Addison Floral
Catering by Food For Thought Enterprises, Wedding Cake by Tipsy Cake Bucktown,  Floral and Lighting by Scarlet Petal, DJ by Toast and Jam, Officiated by Reverend Marian Hale

Catering by Boka Catering, Floral and Decor by Kehoe Designs, DJ by Fig Media,




Wedding Recap – Summer Weddings Part 2
December 13, 2012

Last week we posted four pictures from summer weddings that we have done in the past. Since summer in Chicago is beautiful, it is a popular time for weddings. We made this a two-part series so that you could see all the different types of weddings that can happen with the right venue! We hope these pictures give you inspiration as you plan the wedding of your dreams this summer!

Ceremony and Reception at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier with catering by Stefani’s and event decor by Event Creative.

This wedding took place at The Nature Museum with catering by J&L Catering.

This reception was by Radisson Blu Aqua with floral by Cattleya Designs and lighting from Art of Imagination.

Prairie Production hosted this wedding with catering by J&L Catering and floral by Exquisite Designs.

Here is a reception at the River East Art Center with catering by Jewell Events and floral and decor by Flower Firm.




Wedding Recap – Summer Weddings Part 1
December 6, 2012

Over the next two weeks, we will be looking at summer weddings. Summer is a popular time to get married and this week we are looking at some great places, both indoors and outdoors, to have your dream wedding! Here are a few pictures from past weddings for a little inspiration. View more next week as we finish up our recap of summer weddings!

This is a wedding at the Chicago History Museum (CHM) with catering by Blue Plate, and decor design by Scarlet Petal
This reception was held at the Newberry Library with catering by Occasions Catering and floral was through Fragrant Design.
The Ivy Room hosts a beautiful reception with catering by Limelight with floral by Davenport Designs and lighting by Art of Imagination.

This wedding took place at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.



Wedding Recap by Season – Spring Weddings
November 29, 2012

This week we are taking a look at some of the weddings we have produced that took place during the spring months!  It might be cold outside right now, but we know that many weddings take place in the spring.  Here are some ideas for your spring wedding!

Wedding at Room 1520 with Boutique Bites as the caterer!

This wedding took place at Loft on Lake with Fig Catering, Lighting by Art of Imagination, and  Decor Assistance by Liven It Up Events

Wedding at Cafe Brauer with Blue Plate Catering and Decor by Scarlet Petal!

Wedding at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), catering by Wolfgang Puck and floral by Cattleya Designs




Wedding Recap by Seasons – Winter Weddings
November 15, 2012

This week we are taking a look at some of the weddings we have produced that took place during the winter months!  It might be cold outside, but inside, we were able to create warm and inviting spaces for weddings!

Wedding at Arrowhead Golf Club with Fragrant Design & Art of Imagination.
Wedding at Prairie Productions with Art of Imagination & Kloeckner’s Florist
Wedding at The Quadrangle Club with KLA Designs

Wedding at The Palmer House Hilton with Fragrant Design

More to come after the next couple of months!  Stay tuned! 




Wedding Recap by Season – Fall Weddings
November 1, 2012

This next series that we are featuring is a wedding recap by season!  The first season we are looking at is one of my favorites, the Fall!  What you are going to see if a combination of fall like weddings, in hotels, venues, and unique spaces.  Take a look!

Here’s a wedding at the MCA, with Wolfgang Puck Catering and Cattleya Designs for decor!

This great reception took place at Lake Shore Country with Event Creative

This fall wedding took place at Cafe Brauer with Entertaining Company and Kloeckner’s Floral.

This amazing wedding at A New Leaf featured food by J&L Catering and floral by A New Leaf.

This wedding at Loft on Lake features floral by Jozef Cross Designs & draping by Art of Imagination. 




‘The Wedding Planners’ Co-Stars, Liven It Up Events’, Anthony Navarro
October 25, 2012

‘The Wedding Planners’ debuted Wednesday, October 24th at www.thewedplanners.com.  This is a monthly installment of a web based talk show, where the co-hosts, all wedding planners, talk about all things wedding!  The show co-stars Claudia Antony Zompa with As You Wish Events & theBrideScoop, Desiree Dent with Dejanae Events & WEDology Toolkit (coming January 2013) and our own, Anthony Navarro with Liven It Up Events and STAND UP, Business Professionals for Marriage Equality.  The series is being produced by Rush Productions.

There was a family & friends viewing party on Tuesday, October 23rd at Loft on Lake in the West Loop in Chicago.  The show has received rave reviews and people are loving the tips and tricks for planning weddings!!  Below is a clip from the episode for you to watch featuring our first guest, Deborah Weisenhaus with Art of Imagination!

To watch more of ‘The Wedding Planners’, visit the website at www.thewedplanners.com  Episode 2 will debut at the end of November!




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