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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




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, Garden Weddings Part 2
August 2, 2012

Many times when you have an outdoor wedding ceremony, at least here in Chicago, the reception will be held inside.  See some of the outdoor weddings that we have done and then moved the guests, indoors, or almost indoors for the wedding reception!

 The first look at a garden wedding to the interior is from the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  The reception was held under a tent, over looking a pond with the sides of the tent left open.  Event Creative did a great job with the floral and lighting to make this garden wedding come to life!
 

 Here you will see the indoor space at The Ivy Room.  The room was transformed to look like an indoor garden with lighting by Art of Imagination and floral by Davenport Design!

Here is another look at The Great Hall Cafe Brauer with some lovely florals by Alison at Stems making this room just glow!  As the night went on, the hanging candles from the ceiling helped create the perfect ambient mood!

Watch next week as we look at some more wedding reception transitions!




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!




Ceremonies of All Sorts (Loft Weddings, Part 1)
June 26, 2012

One of my favorite things to do after sending the bride down the aisle is to watch the ceremony.  Now I do not always get to do that, but when I have the chance too, I just love watching!   

Over the next couple of weeks, I am going to share with you some photos of four different types of ceremonies that we have done.  Keep in mind, these are all from my iPhone (so I understand if the quality is not the best!) and from my point of view!  I have sorted them into the themes, lofty, modern, garden, and traditional.

Today, I thought we would start with the Lofty Wedding Ceremonies!  Take a look and get some ideas for your ow lofty wedding!

This wedding happened this year, at Loft on Lake.    The couple and I had a great time planning.  They wanted to keep it simple, yet elegant and with the fabric draping by Art of Imagination we were able to make that happen!

This wedding took place at the MCA Warehouse.  This space is raw (and I LOVE IT!!). It’s a warehouse in the West Loop where the MCA stores art.  The second floor can be rented for events and this is what we did here.  We added in the entrance drape, the fabric aisle runner, fabric Chuppah and fabric backdrop.  Thanks again to Art of Imagination. 

This wedding was really amazing and love the space at Salvage One.  Stems lined the aisle with florals and candles and the natural beauty of the space.  Sara, at Salvage One made sure there were extra chandeliers hanging and a beautiful stone alter stone at the front!  It was spectacular!     

Thursday I will be looking at some Garden Weddings we have produced this season!  Stay tuned!




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