Lindsay + Andrew

Lindsay + Andrew

Lindsay and Andrew got married at Greenhouse Loft last year on September 24th. To quote the couple when looking back on their big day, they said: "Our wedding in five words: Best day ever. Never again. That is to say, recapturing the profound joy of our wedding would be nearly impossible. (Also, neither of us much care to re-experience the stress that comes with planning such a party.)"


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The lovely couple got ready at the Palomar Hotel

The lovely couple got ready at the Palomar Hotel

The first look and wedding party photos were at Berger Park at the Loyola campus. One of their favorite parts of the city!

The first look and wedding party photos were at Berger Park at the Loyola campus. One of their favorite parts of the city!

"Our ceremony was short, sweet and filled with sake, poetry, and laughter. And tears. There wasn't a dry eye in the house after we were through reading our vows (that we might have written the night before). It was a true delight to walk down the aisle together, to receive the love and attention of the entire crowd together. It felt like making it over the rainbow"

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"What a party! The bride sat on a plate of h'ors d'oeuvres before it even started! (Quick action and club soda saved the dress and the day.) The DJ played Prince, Taylor Swift and Weird Al and our guests filled the floor the entire night. The line for the Ultimate Photobooth almost interfered with the line for the s'mores. Most importantly, we managed to eat some of the delicious food (mac and cheese, summer salads, flank steak with roasted potatoes) from our phenomenal caterer! We felt magic that day, a magic that grows from the energy of dozens of people united in one purpose: free drinks"

Passed appetizers by Big Delicious Planet

Passed appetizers by Big Delicious Planet

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"Free drinks were the least we could provide for the people we love most in the world. A perfect constellation of family and friends lit up our lives over a singular weekend. We are forever grateful for their love and light, for their support and teasing, for their time and energy. We could not and would not have done it without them."

The Ultimate Photobooth

The Ultimate Photobooth

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Congratulations again Lindsay + Andrew! We wish you both a lifetime of smiles and happiness!


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Choosing a Wedding Date in Chicago

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Choosing a Wedding Date in Chicago


Congratulations on getting engaged! Planning a wedding can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences in your life! 

Once the question is popped, you (or your fiancé) will immediately start thinking details…who, what, when, where… you get the picture! 

As you’re thinking through the details, there are some seemingly obvious things that you will need to consider; location, price, season, DJ or band, chicken or fish… you will be making many decisions in the coming months. 

One important choice you will make early in the process is the wedding date. You may have that special date in mind or you can let your favorite venue’s availability decide for you. Many venues in Chicago book up well over a year in advance, so you may have to be patient! However, ask any couple who has planned a wedding, the engagement period goes by very fast, so don’t feel so bad about having to plan your wedding 15+ months in advance. At Greenhouse Loft, we post our availability calendar on our website to make it easier for couples to see their options. 

While certain dates seem obvious to avoid, in Chicago, it may be beneficial for you to do a little more research into the big events that happen in and around the city during the summer months. If you share your wedding date with a big convention, it might affect the availability of hotel blocks for your guests. Here are some yearly events that you may want to be aware of as you’re choosing your wedding date. 


May:

May kicks off those warm days of summer and is a very popular month to get hitched. May also holds the National Restaurant Association Show where over 70,000 people attend! 

June:

During the first week of June, the ASCO annual meeting is held at various locations in Chicago and brings in about 35,000 attendees. NeoCon®, while it only lasts 3 days and is typically during the weekdays, in 2018 they expect 40,000 attendees. 

July: 

The Taste of Chicago is a summer staple around here. Following Independence Day, part of the downtown area is taken over by one of the largest food festivals in the city. 

August: 

Lollapalooza is a huge music festival. It sells out each year and brings massive crowds to the city. It is now a 4 day festival typically in the first week of the month. Don’t forget about the Air & Water Show toward the end of the month! 

September:

Just under 100,000 people come to the IMTS Conference in mid-September. Late September brings another 20,000 to the GRAPH EXPO®. 

October: 

Over 150,000 people decide to lace up their running shoes for a 26.2 mile run. This event will not only affect your hotels, due to the sprawling street closures, getting from one part of the city to another can be very difficult. You might have some marathoners in the background of your off-site photos if you’re taking pictures downtown. The PACK EXPO, ACR/ARHP Meeting and the Ophthalmology meetings close out the rest of October. 

Chicago is a popular city and let’s face it, it is beautiful in the summer months! It’s no wonder that our convention centers attract such big events each year. The summer festivals are a part of why we love this city! Don’t let these popular festivals and conventions deter you from your ultimate wedding date, but maybe check in with hotels before your put down a non-refundable deposit. 

Happy Planning!
Email us if you're looking for more information about Greenhouse Loft! 


* events mentioned are just some of the many events that happen in Chicago.
Check Choose Chicago for a more detailed list. 

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Modern Indian Celebrations with Entertaining Company

Modern Indian Celebrations with Entertaining Company


Greenhouse Loft is excited to let you know about our partnership with Entertaining Company for modern Indian celebrations. Entertaining Company is doing inspiring work with their Modern Indian division and their delicious food tied with our bright and airy space, is a perfect spot for showers, Sangeet and intimate weddings.

Entertaining Company is inspired by cultures around the world. They consider themselves a “marriage of old-world enchantment and new world sophistication” and their customizable menus will create an event that you and your guests won’t soon forget.

We consider Greenhouse Loft to be a “blank canvas” that doesn’t need much to make your own. Add on our candle package and combine it with some colorful floral, elegant draping or DIY elements and the space transforms into your extraordinary event.


Photos by Greenhouse Loft Photography

Photos by Greenhouse Loft Photography

Read a little more about our partnership here and let us know how Greenhouse Loft and Entertaining Company can help you with your modern Indian celebration.

Cheers!


Ching + Patrick

Ching + Patrick

It was such a lovely July day for Ching + Patrick's wedding.
Read on for a little bit about their day in their own words & to oooh and ahhh at all the elegant details. 

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"The dress was ready, the vendors were set, the guests were all booked, the families was in town, and the planning was all done. We had waited and planned for an entire year, and there was just one last thing left to fate - the weather on the day of the wedding. On the big day, the weather could only be described using the same word as the wedding itself - perfect! The bride and the dress were beautiful and amazing. The bridesmaids were lovely, and the groomsmen were sharp. We took a lot of great photos around Millennium Park and then at the Greenhouse Loft. The ceremony was picture perfect - short but sweet. The cocktail hour was buzzing and the drinks were flowing. The first dance was better than expected :). The reception was good, and the cake was delicious. The toasts were heartfelt and touching. Our guests danced all night and had a blast! It was a long and tiring day, but overall we had an awesome wedding!" - Ching & Patrick

We took a lot of great photos around Millennium Park before heading back to Greenhouse Loft. 

A great thing about getting married in Chicago is that you and your wedding party have so many gorgeous photo locations to choose from! 

A great thing about getting married in Chicago is that you and your wedding party have so many gorgeous photo locations to choose from! 

The evening was perfect for an outdoor cocktail hour and summery signature cocktails!

The evening was perfect for an outdoor cocktail hour and summery signature cocktails!

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Jeannie + Nick

My eyes cracked open at 6:30am on June 12th, 2016 and I couldn’t believe it- today was my wedding day! The morning hours quickly passed as they were filled with laughter, excitement, and preparations. Before I knew it, we were off to take pictures on our way to the church. The weather outside was perfect- beautiful and sunny with a cool breeze in the air. I just couldn’t wait to see my future husband and love of my life!

Once we arrived at the church, everything became a blur of overwhelmingly happy emotions. The ceremony was short and sweet with a few personal touches; the pictures at Lincoln Park were bound to be beautiful with our location, weather, the lovely faces of our friends, and very gifted photographers. We walked into the reception to see our ideas displayed perfectly through the hands of amazing staff, and the rest of the night felt like a constant flow of love and support from people we treasure. It is truly a day we will remember forever.

Wedding Date: June 12, 2016

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Charlotte + Nicholas

Being that both Nicholas and I are long time Chicagoans, when we decided upon a November wedding, we knew that the weather could be anything from snowflakes to sun. We decided to accept whatever mother nature threw at us anyway. That morning we were delightfully surprised and blissfully thankful to have the most gorgeously sunny skies and perfectly crisp fall weather. It was just the beginning of a truly wonderful day! I started off the day getting ready with my bridal party and family at the Holiday inn Merchandise Mart plaza while Nicholas and his groomsmen got ready at our apartment in Lincoln Square. Even though our Church was only a block away from our apartment, the fellas rode the brown line downtown for some fun photo ops and for our first look. We had our first look on the Franklin bridge right on the river. It was a moment we will never forget and we are so thankful the dynamic photographer duo,  Eric and Jamie were there to caputure it! After the first look, we met back up with our fabulously large wedding party (8 on the brides side, 8 on the grooms!) and took the party bus around town, stopping  at  millennium park for some beautiful pictures. The next stop on the party bus was Queen Of Angels Catholic Church where Nicholas and I, surrounded by our families and friends exchanged our vows in a traditional Catholic mass. Among the beautiful readings by friends and family, a gorgeous version of my grandmothers favorite song, of Ave Maria sung by a close friend and the heartfelt mass led by our priest, Father Jim, Nicholas and I were bursting with love.

After the bells rang and we were announced as husband and wife, we set out to our reception. We were both so impressed with the staff and vendors at Greenhouse! The room was set up so beautifully and the best part was how much attention to detail was given. We never had a doubt that it would look perfect. While our guest enjoyed cocktail hour and delicious appetizers from Big Delicious Planet, we enjoyed some newlywed photos with our families and bridal party. Once the party got started, we enjoyed delicious food (everyone raves still about the short ribs!) beautiful toasts from both of our fathers and a surprise slide show put together by Nicholas's father. The surprises didn't end there. My beautiful maid of honor gave the most heartfelt speech centered around both Nick and I's belief in love. Nicholas's best man took that theme of believing in love to a new level as he constructed a band made out of Nicholas's two bands he plays with (we had no idea!) and surprised us with a song written by him. It was a touching surprise that only added to the massive amounts of love Nick and I had in our hearts that night! 

With everyone full of love and delicious food the celebration continued! We had a surprise of our own in store for everyone as we broke out into a choreographed dance routine to Walk the Moon’s "Shut up and dance with me"  during our first dance. Speaking of dancing, the dance floor was packed all night with our fun and energetic DJ, Tim from Mike staff productions. Tim was fantastic to work with and knocked it out of the ball park as our MC for the evening! He knew exactly what to play to get everyone of all ages to boogie on down. Between dancing, delicious food and drink, filling up on our huge candy and cookie bar and taking pictures in the photo studio, we were confident that our beloved guests had an amazing night as well. We went with the Ultimate Photo Package that included everyone being able to take home a 5x7 print of the photo booth shenanigans as a party favor. Steve was super fun to work with in the photo studio. His sense of humor managed to bring out everyone's smiles through out the evening! Everyone still talks about those pictures and how much fun they had capturing the night. Nicholas and I were so glad we decided to go with that unique package! So worth it!

We couldn't have been more thrilled about how our wedding day went. From start to finish, our wonderful catering team at Big Delicious Planet and the wonderful staff at Greenhouse Loft made our vision a reality. We cannot thank them enough for helping create such special memories on our Wedding day!  ~

Wedding Date: November 14, 2015

Vendors:

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Katy + Dave

"We’re still pinching ourselves after what felt like the most perfect wedding day: pictures at some of our favorite Chicago places, a garden ceremony surrounded by family and friends, incredibly delicious food and drink, beautiful flowers, awesome “dance” moves fueled by the DJ’s impeccable song selection, fun, laughter, joy, and we both cleaned up pretty nice too. Thank you to all our vendors and, of course, family & friends for making it such a truly special day."

Wedding Date: May 21, 2016

Vendors: 

*Members of the Green Wedding Alliance

Stephanie and Bob

People often say at least one major thing will go wrong with a wedding. While likely true on many levels, our event was as close to perfect as we could have imagined. We prefer to let the pictures tell the story, but give extra thanks to the wonderful venue (Greenhouse Loft), caterer (Fig), deejay (Daniel Musisi), and florist (Larkspur), as well as Balani custom suits and tailoring, Binny’s, and of course, all of our guests. 

Wedding Date: April 9, 2016

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Meredith and Prashant

We planned the wedding in less than four months, wanting it to be a fun dance party, and a meaningful celebration of joining our lives/families.  The day and weekend were more than we could have ever hoped for. The weather cooperated, as it was almost 40 degrees on our February wedding date.  We were able to take photos near the river and in the Langham's pink taxi.  What a blast!  The lobby of the Langham was a gorgeous place to have photos as well, and they turned out beautifully.  We chose our vendors because they inspired confidence, had positive energy to contribute to the weekend, and minimized stress leading up to our special day.  The food was fabulous, venue was unbelievably beautiful (down to the touches like sprigs of lavender tucked into napkins on the tables), the DJ played our favorite music to keep the dancing going on all afternoon, and we were smiling all day.  Special thank you to all our vendors who did an amazing job!

Wedding Date: February 2, 2016

Vendors:

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Cara & CJ

 

"Originally, we were planning to do a destination wedding and get married on a beach in Florida, Hawaii or even Thailand. I am in nursing school, and once I got my schedule we realized that I had very minimal time off. So, we decided to get married quick, before school took over our calendar. We planned the wedding in 4 months! Greenhouse Loft caught our eyes right away because of the outdoor garden and the light that drenches the loft area through the glass walls. It is actually the only venue we looked at, we knew it was “the one” immediately. Even though our wedding was in April, we were determined to have an outdoor ceremony to match our original idea of a beach wedding. Luckily, the Chicago weather gods smiled upon us and it was a perfect 80 degree day! Our main goal for the day was that the ceremony and reception be a true representation of us and our love for one another. We kept traditions that felt meaningful to us, while scrapping those that didn’t feel right. CJ’s best friend was ordained just to marry us, which was the most incredible gift. He made the day so genuinely us, and so special. We had a small wedding party; just a maid of honor (my sister) a best man (CJ’s brother) and a flower girl (our adorable niece). The wedding was held on a Sunday, but still SO many of our friends and family came with their love and support…and dancing shoes! Seriously, the dance floor was never empty! And a huge group of us even went to a rooftop to continue the party after! We truly never felt stressed throughout the day or the entire planning process for that matter. We had the best team working with us! Plus, we were just so excited to be marrying each other! So far, we don’t look back and wish we’d done anything any other way. We didn’t see one another the entire day until the moment I walked down the aisle, which we thought was pretty special. We’ll definitely remember that moment forever."

Wedding Date: April 24, 2016

Favorite memory: 

Cara- We wrote our own vows and kept them entirely to ourselves until the moment we said them during the ceremony. We never practiced them together or gave one another hints. All I knew was I would write 8 and he would write 8 and then we’d take turns reading one at a time to each other. Many of our vows ended up being so similar, it was amazing! We made each other laugh, cry, and pinky swear…I still get butterflies when I think about it. 

CJ- I think one of my favorite moments was just having everyone we love and care about all in one place to celebrate US dedicating and proclaiming our love to each other in our own unique way.  We went and did things how we wanted, throwing tradition out the window, and it all worked out great!!!  From having Adam as the minister to not leaving the premise for pictures to writing our own vows.  I'll still never forget seeing Cara for the first time on an 80 degree April Chicago day outside just like we always wanted with the sun shining and her looking as radiant and as beautiful as ever.  It was the best day!!

 

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Joanna and RJ

 

Our wedding day was absolutely perfect! The girls met up at Starship Salon for coffee and curls before heading back to our condo in the South Loop to get ready. The boys enjoyed hot shaves and a hot brunch in Logan Square at the Longman & Eagle restaurant and hotel. A few hours before the ceremony, we had our first look at Clarke House, Chicago's oldest house, just steps from our home for the last five years. We read each others' letters and giggled that the day was finally here!

It was so much fun taking pictures around the park and at the planetarium since even though it was technically the first weekend of Fall, it felt like the last weekend of Summer. Jamie from GHL had such great ideas for our group shots to keep them fun and interesting. I especially love how she was able to capture our bold and bright color scheme on this hazy Chicago day.

Just before the ceremony we found out that there was an heirloom family veil on site. We rushed to get it attached as our guests were taking their seats. RJ's grandfather officiated our wedding and did an amazing job juggling humour, love, and three Metra trains passing by! Surprisingly our bearded collie flower girl was well behaved and even laid down during the ceremony.

Just after we were announced as a Mr. and Mrs. we spent a few moments alone signing our marriage license, spilling a cocktail, and taking some newlywed portraits. It was a nice time to get those must-have family photos in while most of the guests enjoyed their first drink. We still had time to enjoy a cocktail in the garden though before our entrance into the reception space.

Everyone enjoyed the toasts and unique Latin-inspired menu from Food for Thought and it kept getting better with four different pies à la mode from Hoosier Mama, a late night coffee stand, and empanadas served to the dance floor. It must have been the food that kept both the photo booth and dance floor fully operational all night.   - Joanna and RJ
 

Wedding Date: September 25, 2016

Emily & Frank's Wedding

We love when couples choose to spend time taking photos in their neighborhood!  Emily and Frank did their first look right in front of their house on a sunny September 12th day!  We traveled to the Humbolt Park and the 606 for more inspired photos!  Our favorite part was when we took a small detour over to Bangers and Lace in Wicker Park where these two had their first date!  The wedding party downed a celebratory shot, had some fun photos taken and we were off to the ceremony!  Emily and Frank were so stylish in an easy and laid back way, we loved her flower crown and flow-y gown. For their ceremony they sat in the front row and soaked in the beautiful readings.  After the ceremony a cocktail style reception ensued!  Favorite moment was when Emily's sister and friend got up and surprised them with a small concert of meaningful songs.  There wasn't a dry eye in the loft.  Take a look at the photos below and Emily's take on the day :)

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"Getting married should be about celebrating--celebrating life, love, friendship, connection."

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"From the start, we knew that we wanted to find a space that could hold all the energy and spirit that our friends and family would bring to our celebration, and a space that could offer a similarly vibrant energy in return. Walking into Greenhouse Loft is like walking into a warm embrace that signals the start of something wonderful. Whether during the brightest hour of the morning or the deep darkness of an autumn night, the cozy yet enveloping interior of GHL lures you into its brightness and fills you with joy--all of our guests remarked on the beautiful aesthetics and kept asking, "How did you find this place?""

"Yet, even better than the place are the people who maintain it, who offer friendly, creative, and timely assistance, advice, and support every step of the way. From the minor details to the toughest decisions, the GHL staff were there for us, and so genuinely made us feel that they were invested in making our wedding day perfect." 

"Along with the memories in our minds, we have beautiful GHL photographs to share and cherish for years to come. For us, getting married was about celebrating, and about focusing on the deeper reasons for coming together to commit to a life in partnership. GHL understood this, honored this, and did everything they could to take on the tasks of making the day look and feel the way we wanted it to, freeing us up to focus on enjoying each other, our people, and an unforgettable celebration!"

Cheers to you Emily & Frank!

Many thanks to the vendors who helped make the evening memorable for them!  

Catering - Big Delicious Planet
DJ - Cage & Aquarium
Flowers - Flowers for Dreams
Wedding Dress - BHLDN
Groom's Suit - Express
Makeup - Robin Kelly Roche
Hair - Kelly Cardenas Salon
Transportation - Limotainment

Lauren + Steven's Sneak Peeks!

Lauren + Steven's Sneak Peeks!

Winter Wedding Bliss - and just in time for the Holidays! We had so much fun with Lauren + Steve on Saturday, December 5, 2015. It might have been chilly, but with scarfs, stoals, and maybe some whiskey in hand - everyone happily kept each other warm on the bridges of Chicago and at the Cultural Center. A close friend who introduced the two married them in a precious ceremony, followed by dinner by Big Delicious Planet and the dance party music by DJ Harsh!! Here are just a few photos from the day, many more amazing photos of this great group around town, in the Photo Booth, and on the dance floor to come! xoxo

Photos by Steve Ewert, Jamie and Eric Davis of Greenhouse Loft Photography.