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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 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 Caterer!
October 18, 2012

We found ourselves working quite a few weddings this year with our colleagues at Blue Plate Catering.  Not only was their food phenomenal every time, their service to the brides, grooms, and their families was fantastic.  Helping behind the scenes, working hard to make every event be a wonderful experience for our couples.

Take a look at some of the weddings we produced in conjunction with Blue Plate and our colleagues at The Ivy Room, Cafe Brauer, The Chicago History Museum, Stems, Scarlet Petal, and David Rothstein Orchestra.

Wedding at The Ivy Room, in the garden just after sunset.

Ariel view at Cafe Brauer with Stems and David Rothstein
Gorgeous Head Table by Stems

Great wedding at The Chicago History Museum with Scarlet Petal

Fabulous wedding at Cafe Brauer with Scarlet Petal




Tuesday’s Tip – The Royals Have Made Trees at Weddings All the Rage!
September 18, 2012
Thanks to The Royal Wedding last year, we have seen a trend pop up, more and more.  Utilizing trees!  Now, in other markets, it’s pretty common to use trees, but here in Chicago, it has not been so common until this year!  Take a look at some of the weddings we have produced where we use trees to accentuate the spaces!

Wedding was in The Great Hall at Cafe Brauer, Catering was Blue Plate Catering, and Decor was provided by Scarlet Petal.
Same wedding as above, just after the room flip!
Here was another wedding at Cafe Brauer, ceremony on the Loggia, Catering by Entertaining Company & Decor by Scarlet Petal.

This Civil Union took place at The Ivy Room, catering by Food for Thought & Decor by Scarlet Petal.




Misha, Senior Planner at Liven It Up Events
August 14, 2012

 Liven It Up Events is delighted to have Misha Newgren on the team!  Misha is a talented planner, loving mother, and as professional as they come.  Learn more about Misha on how she can make your wedding day a memorable one!

Photo Copyright Stephen Garrett Photography

“I feel that I have been an event planner my whole life, it is what I love and it is what I do. I believe that your event is not just an event. I genuinely enjoy each aspect of the event coordinating process. Getting to know you is important to me, as it helps me to understand your personal style and vision. From weddings, to Corporate Galas to intimate dinner parties, each event is given the same amount of time and care and is driven by my passion to create a successful and memorable occasion!”

-Misha Newgren
Here are just some events that Misha has planned!  Take a look!

 Here you will see one of Misha’s wedding this year at Cafe Brauer!  It was gorgeous with florals by Stems & catering by Blue Plate.

Another fabulous wedding at The Chicago History Museum with beautiful floral by Scarlet Petal & catering by Blue Plate. 

This whimsical wedding took place at The Nature Museum with J&L Catering and floral by Fleur
Watch on Thursday for events that feature the planning talents of Sally Collar!



Receptions of all Sorts, Modern Weddings Part 4
August 9, 2012

In our final recap of wedding receptions of all sorts, we are looking at some modern weddings!  Take a look at some of our favorites!

This first wedding, you can see was at The Rookery.  This was an intimate wedding, with Art of Imagination & Flora who both made this wedding show it’s modern, elegant edge!

This next week took place at Cafe Brauer.  (We work at Brauer a ton and love to share our work there!)  With the help of Scarlet Petal and Blue Plate Catering, this indoor space became the bride’s dream of having an elegant, back yard wedding!

Finally, one of our weddings that has been a huge hit on Facebook & Twitter took place at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.  With the help of Stefani’s Catering creating a customized menu, Event Creative customizing all of the decor pieces, Maggie Speaks keeping the party going all night and Miller + Miller Photography capturing the wedding, it was an affair to remember!




Ceremonies of All Sorts (Modern Weddings Part 4)
July 12, 2012

This is the final installment of Ceremonies of All Sorts.  This post you are going to see all modern weddings we have done.  In my mind, what constitutes a modern wedding is a wedding at a unique venue for a wedding, like The Rookery, Cafe Brauer, and The Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.  Take a look at some memorable ceremonies. 

Here was a beautiful wedding at the Historic Rookery Building.  Down below you’ll see the fabric draping and lighting by Art of Imagination.  It was a gorgeous ceremony!

Here you’ll find us at Cafe Brauer with Scarlet Petal & Blue Plate Catering.  The wedding was gorgeous and we were able to make the couple, very, very, very happy!

The final modern wedding ceremony took place at the Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier.  Jesse from Event Creative took this one over the top, and with Stefani’s Catering it really was an amazing wedding!

Thanks for following this series!  More to come next week!




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