Category Archives: cattleya designs


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.




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 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. 




Wedding Recap @ Harold Washington Library with Harry Caray’s
October 11, 2012

One of the most recent weddings we had took place at the infamous, Harold Washington Library.  This a grand and historic venue that we at Liven It Up Events love to work at!  Misha Newgren, Senior Planner, had the pleasure of working with Gabi from Harry Caray’s who was the caterer and created a great menu for a fun crowd of folks.  Along with them, the teams from Art of Imagination & Cattleya Designs were on board to help create a great feel and ambiance in the room.  In this post, there are just a couple of the room shots we were able to snap!

Harry Caray’s Catering & Events is a preferred provider at Chicagoland’s most desirable venues and premier landmarks, including the Harold Washington Library, Loft on Lake, Chicago Park District, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago Cultural Center and Chicago’s First Lady.  Expert planners will perfectly orchestrate your wedding, shower or rehearsal dinner from start to finish. The personalized service, eye-catching presentations, award winning food, and attention to detail you receive with Harry Caray‘s Catering & Events will leave you with memories you will always cherish. For more information, call 312.222.9200 or visit harrycarayscatering.com.

We also want to thank Harry Caray’s for being on of the Sponsors of one of the events we are proud to be a part of next week, Art of Home 2012 for Lakeside Community Development.  If you would like to help raise awareness, appreciate some amazing art pieces, and raise funds for Lakeside’s cause, please come on…

  • Thursday, October 18th 
  • 6pm – 9pm 
  • Zhou B Arts Center 1029 W. 35th Street, Chicago

To Learn more, visit www.lakesidecdc.org




Receptions of All Sorts, Part 1 Lofts
July 31, 2012

Receptions of All Sorts is a follow up series to Ceremonies of All Sorts!  I figured looking at some of the ceremonies we have done, it would be fun to see the reception come to life as well!

In this first series we will look at the loft weddings that we have done and transformed the ceremony space into the reception space.  Sound difficult?  Not at all!  We do it almost every weekend!

Take a look at how we make magic happen!

Here we see a beautiful wedding reception at Loft on Lake that earlier, the same space was set for a ceremony.  We flipped the room quickly and look at what happened! 

The next two photos are from our wedding at the MCA Warehouse in the west loop!  It used to be a pie factory where my grandmother used to buy pies at when she was a teenager!  Fun fact!  You can see we had some warm lighting by Art of Imagination and fun florals by Cattleya Designs.  You can see the large head table with the city as it’s backdrop!

Finally, here is a look at this fab wedding we had at Salvage One.  Sara helped us create a fun layout with all their tables and Alison from Stems made the room glow with her beautiful floral arrangements!

Watch for Part 2, Receptions of All Sorts, Garden Weddings!  See you Thursday!




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