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Jenn + Kristin

Jenn + Kristin

Jenn and Kristin’s September wedding at Greenhouse Loft!

Megan + James

Megan + James


When we think back to Megan and James’ July wedding, we think of a beautiful church, fascinators and mounds of yummy British candy! These two had so much fun and you can see it in the photos!

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Megan and James separately and didn’t see each other until their ceremony at St. Alphonsus Church in Lakeview. What a stunning ceremony!

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How We Met

“We met the modern way - Bumble :)  Our first date was at a dive bar, and James invited me to meet him...and two of his friends (the latter part not shared).  His crew was fun, and he immediately set up a date for the next day...just the two of us.  That date was a stroll through Lincoln Park and a stop at a British Pub, The Red Lion.”

 
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About the Wedding

“The wedding day was the end of a great week of British and American fun with our families.  Both families came to Chicago early, and we were able to enjoy each other and the city.  The day of, the groom and his friends / family had brunch and then an early afternoon pint at Revolution Brewing before getting ready.  For me, my sister and I were able to get a 606 run in, and then we were off to get ready for the day.”

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Hearty Boys catered and provided guests with watermelon pops, chicken & waffles, bacon wrapped dates and a beef tenderloin on a parmesan crisp all passed during the cocktail hour. Dinner included a chimichurri sirloin carving station, balsamic chicken and lots of veggie options! Yum!

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Congratulations again, Megan & James!
See more photos here!

Wedding Date: July 27 2017


Many thanks to all the vendors involved in this beautiful day!

Amelia + Shane

Amelia + Shane


Amelia and Shane were married earlier this summer at Greenhouse Loft and we can’t stop looking at their photos! It was such a beautiful summer day in Chicago and you can almost feel the love between them!

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Amelia is such a stunning bride and she rocked that flower crown! The couple and their wedding party got ready at the Le Méridien Chicago Oak Brook.

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How We Met

We met nine years ago at Elmhurst College when we were both in the same Political Science class and after talking one day after class, about bands and travel and languages, we were totally hooked! After getting through college and taking several amazing trips and getting our first our first apartment together, Shane proposed in Manhattan on our seven year anniversary :)

 
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About the Wedding

Our wedding was so great, we had so much friends and family that traveled from all over the place to come and celebrate with us. My matron of honor and her husband came from Norway to be with us!

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A Fun Memory

Also, thanks to Hanna and AJ and our limo breaking down in the York Forest Preserve, we were able to get some of my favorites photos in the city including ones of Shane and I in Ipsento Coffee. Those are definitely going on our Thank You cards :)

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The Ceremony

One of my favorite things was we did a hand-fasting during the ceremony, which is an ancient Celtic tradition of "tying the knot". Neither of us are religious but we wanted something old and meaningful and so we thought it was perfect. 

 
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Congratulations again, Amelia & Shane!
See more photos here!


Many thanks to all the vendors involved in this beautiful day!

Why we love… Food For Thought

Why we love… Food For Thought

In our commitment to offer our couples an amazing wedding day, Greenhouse Loft has partnered with seven caterers who have proven to be the best in their trade. This list was created  as a benefit to our clients to ensure them an unforgettable experience on one of the most important days of their lives. We have worked with these caterers for many years at Greenhouse Loft and each one has something special to offer

Couples often ask who my favorite caterer is. That is such a difficult question to answer as they’re all so wonderful and unique. So, I got to thinking about our list of caterers and what we love about them! For the next seven weeks, I am going to feature each caterer so that you can get to know them and what makes them special to us.

Why we love… Food For Thought

Food For Thought has been in the catering business since 1983 and is one of Chicago’s top catering companies. I reached out to Nathan Printz, who is one of the Event Producers for some more details about what sets them apart. He said it’s their mission to create moments. “Our business has never been about just food, it’s about Chicago. It’s about people and it’s about the experience. With a team full of moment makers, we strive to make magical lasting moments for you and your guests.”

Each wedding is different so I asked Nathan what his most memorable wedding at Greenhouse Loft is. “Every wedding has something special that I walk away from thinking, ‘WOW how incredibly awesome was that…specifically for the newlyweds’. Whether it be that we were able to recreate their great grandma’s sugar cookie recipe or even getting a few shots on my phone that most guests will never see, and sending them to the couple after the wedding. Every wedding is special!”

His favorite type of dinner service? “I personally like events that use food stations, specifically ones that vary in flavor. It’s fun to create specific names for food items and add a little spice to the layout of the buffet. It helps create a fun atmosphere for each guest. It’s not a traditional type of service, but it definitely adds to the event’s uniqueness.” The center island at Greenhouse Loft creates a perfect station (or two), we can also use some of our tables to have stations around the dining room. I’ve seen Food for Thought do a donut station, which was pretty incredible!

Of course, I had to ask what Food for Thought loves about us at Greenhouse Loft! “I think what I love most about Greenhouse Loft is the design and architecture of the room. If you add a few tea lights and a little pop of color with the napkins, the room speaks for itself without having to use much décor. It’s such a unique space. Secondly, the practices that are in place to ensure events have as little impact on the planet as possible. Greenhouse Loft is a part of the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance, which is a group of vendors in the Chicagoland area that committed to protecting the planet with green recycling practices and earth friendly products.” Food for Thought is also a member of the GWA, which we truly appreciate. When they’re in our space, we know that their commitment to a low-waste event is just as strong as ours.

We love to see the special moments unfold during Greenhouse Loft weddings. Your wedding takes a lot of planning, many decisions and possibly some sweat and tears. Having a caterer like Food for Thought by your side will help ensure that the whole planning process was all worth it. When the big day rolls around, between the staff at GHL and Food for Thought, you can just show up, get married, and have a lot of fun!

All photos by Greenhouse Loft Photography

You can contact Food For Thought regarding your wedding or event via their website or by email, or phone - 847-786-0892

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."

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The Ultimate Photobooth

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


*Members of Green Wedding Alliance

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!

*Members of the Green Wedding Alliance

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

Vendors:

*Members of the Green Wedding Alliance

 

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

Vendors:

*Members of the Green Wedding Alliance

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

Eden & Brian's Wedding

Eden & Brian's Wedding

Eden and Brian were so much fun to work with.  Thinking back on this sunny day so amazing.  The ladies got ready in a light filled room in the hotel, their dresses ethereal in the sun.  We traveled around the city stopping by Grant Park, the Cancer Survivors Park, and the Chicago Board of Trade, (Where we ran into another bride that Eden knew! What a small city :) The ceremony was beautiful with an ivy backdrop designed by her sister with the help of their florist.  One of our favorite parts of the night was the live music!  Spoken Four played all the hits and more, and had the dance floor packed all night.  This was a brilliantly fun wedding.  Read below of Eden's account of the day!

"As Brian and I have been together for nearly a decade, we had thought about this day many, many times. It has taken many forms: it has been outdoors, indoors, raining, freezing cold, we have had a DJ, we have had a band. Of all of the versions our actual wedding day greatly surpassed our expectations. Between the exquisite coordination from vendors to beautiful hair and makeup, I had never imagined that it could be so flawless. My incredible sister and matron of honored doubled as our wedding planner, and her talents as an interior architect and designer were greatly appreciated and needed. My life greatly revolves around my work, and Brian’s not exactly a wedding planning sort of guy. Her idea for the ivy hanging behind us during the ceremony is still one of my favorite parts of the entire room. We also had help from a bridesmaid, who owns a custom bakery, with an incredible array of miniature sweets so that no one would be interrupted from their dancing and could take a sugar cookie right up to the dance floor. "

"We were slightly non-traditional in a few ways. I still tear up when I think about our ceremony, performed by the groom’s uncle, and how we were able to create such a meaningful moment without being in a religious venue. Religion has never been central to our relationship and the appeal of one location encouraged us to choose both wedding ceremony and reception at the Greenhouse Loft and I could not be happier with that decision. Crying happens to be a genetic trait in my family and the decision to have our first look privately meant that I could cry hysterically and only my groom and the photographers would really see it... and the makeup artists was still upstairs to fix any mess I made." 

"Our first dance was also non-traditional as it was a rock song. The moment that this song represents has profound significance in our relationship and was in many ways the moment that we fell in love. We were lucky enough to find a string quartet version of the song, and the lyrics were printed on the back of each menu. My last non-traditional aspect was the mismatched bridesmaid dresses. In addition to having many different body types to dress, I desperately wanted the bridesmaids to have dresses they could wear to another event. People warned me of this and that it would look messy, but I am thrilled to say that while it may have been a bit of extra work, the outcome was an ethereal color palate and each bridesmaid was stunning, and loved her dress. "

"One highlight for me was the father-daughter dance. I had surprised my father and did not tell him the song, which was an old-school country song that he would dance with me to when I was very young; it is one of my oldest memories. I have never seen my father cry until that day, and it was such a beautiful moment. We then switched up the couples and I danced with my new father-in-law, who I have known for so many years. During the groom’s dance with his mother we also did a switch up, and while Brian danced with my mother, my mother-in-law found my little brother and danced with him. It was perfect."

"Our greatest concern was the happiness of our guests. Our priorities were delicious, decadent food, varieties of desserts, never-ending alcohol, and hours upon hours of dancing. At end of the evening these were some complimentary points that guests brought up to us, making us feel that it was a success. Our guests were ready to party in every sense of the word, from the first song the band played until the last, we were so thankful for the infectious energy on the dance floor. And beyond that, we were overwhelmed by the love in the loft space that night. It was all above and beyond any emotion we had anticipated. Thank you to everyone who made our day more perfect than we had imagined, and certainly more fun! "

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Thanks to the vendors involved with this great evening! 

Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Wedding Photography: Greenhouse Loft; Jamie Davis, Eric Davis, Steve Ewert
Catering: Hearty Boys
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Amaryllis Strings
Band: Spoken Four
Flowers: Chicago Flower Company
Desserts: CB Custom Bakeshop
Hair: Amie Miller
Makeup: Elise Brill
Dress: Mikaella from Weddings 826
Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss
Rings: Harold Burland & Son Jewelry
Transportation: Metropolitan Limo Service
Paper Goods: Minted
 

Jessica & Taylor

Jessica & Taylor

Jessica and Taylor married on June 27, 2015, it was a bright blue sky afternoon.  So much fun doing first looks right downtown amongst the hustle and bustle of Michigan Ave. This laid back and fun couple were a joy to spend the day with.  I loved reading their write up, and how they fell in love with space, so amazing to hear that people connect with Greenhouse Loft, and we are always honored when people choose to spend one of the most special days here, and have us photograph the magic.  Speaking of magic - Make sure you scroll all the way down to see the magic that was happening on the dance floor that night!!  Thank you again to the couple, their kind family and friends, and all the vendors that brought their best!  xo

"After the late October 2013 proposal, I constantly heckled Taylor about his timing: how were we supposed to plan a summer wedding with less than a year of planning?! At the time, we were living in Seattle & agreed to have our wedding in Chicago, closer to where I grew up. Given the distance, I spent countless hours perusing the internet to find a venue that inspired me. I came across Greenhouse Loft early in my search and it immediately became the frontrunner. I have always been enamored with Chicago architecture so I knew I wanted a loft space reflecting this ideal. Unfortunately, my heart was nearly broken when I realized how limited the availability for 2014 was. During a trip back home for the holidays, I visited my top three loft prospects in person. In a very cliché Goldilocks way: one was too boring ($5000 in "draping" to dress up the walls?), one was too much maintenance (I have to bring my own toilet paper and hand soap?!), and the final one was just perfect. Unlike my other two tours, I could tell the Greenhouse Loft group held the space very near and dear to their hearts. I looked to my mom, the one person whose opinion I always value, and could tell she felt the same comforting vibe I did. I mean, no one wants a mid-wedding toilet paper crisis! It was worth postponing our marriage a year. "

"It rained the entire week leading up to our wedding day. Taylor & I were checking the weather forecast like clockwork: one day it would say sunny with no chance of rain [!], the next would predict a torrential downpour. The pessimist in me was convinced our beloved urban courtyard would just be a mirage come Saturday. To our luck, it was quite possibly the most perfect forecast you could expect from a summer day in the city. Phew. Jamie met up with the ladies at our hotel as Eric started taking photos of the men. For logistical ease, we chose to do all of our first look/wedding party photos before the ceremony. It was much easier to suppress the miniature bridezilla in me knowing Jamie and Eric had seamless communication with each other and could effectively navigate our way to Lincoln Park and the loft. Better yet, Jamie understood that my vague direction of, "I really like that honeycomb thing on your website" actually meant, "please take us to Lincoln Park for pictures"! I cannot stress enough how grateful I was to know the two of them had everything handled. It truly allowed us to enjoy the time spent alone with our bridal party."

"Our ceremony was officiated by my sister-in-law's father and we were surrounded by our closest friends and family. Two minutes before the start, I impulsively decided to have the wedding party walk out to a string version of David Guetta's "Titanium". While one of us was laughing down the aisle as the other nearly shed a tear (sorry, Taylor!), the tables were turned during the reception. After my stellar no-tears ceremony performance, I confidently agreed to take the first speech. I stood up, took a look around, and immediately realized that 110/120 of our guests traveled hundreds, if not thousands, of miles to attend our wedding. Literally ten of our guests actually live in the state of Illinois. I tried my best to make a joke...and then my joke became tears and a lot of mumbling. To see everyone you are close to, all in one room to celebrate the two of you, is the most surreal feeling one could imagine. Taylor knows how confusing I find the usage of "humbling", but honestly, that is the only way I could describe it." 

"More speeches were given (all in a more eloquent manner than mine) and we proceeded to drink and feast. We will skip over the part where Taylor tried to shove cake in my face (if he thought this was something I'd actually enjoy, our marriage is probably doomed!). We shared our first dance together and continued the festivities through the night. Our DJ was spot on with our numerous requests ("Taylor cannot stand Outkast"/"There is no such thing as too much Pitbull") and really kept the party going strong. Looking back, I know Taylor is secretly pleased I won our endless battle-of-the-youngest-children argument over whether or not to include the Ultimate Photobooth. Steve completely nailed it - we ended up with very priceless photos and it continually gave our guests a fun break from the dance floor. Overall, everything just felt so lighthearted!"

"I could not have imagined a more perfect day, venue, guest list, or husband (ha!). I realized how important it was to have vendors who truly take pride in what they do. I started to feel so silly when I thought about how much anxiety went into planning those 12 hours. How could so much stress result in something so effortless? The outcome was just stunning. The architectural elements within the loft, the beautiful urban courtyard, and the subtle tealights were everything we could have hoped for. Both of us concluded that all of the small planning frustrations we (mostly me, Taylor is annoyingly cheery and optimistic all the time) had were completely unnecessary. I was constantly afraid of outsourcing tasks to other people in fear of losing my ability to control the final output. In the process, I realized it is entirely possible to curate an all-star list of vendors while still adding an ample amount of your own personal influence. In the end, it is all about celebrating your new life together with your loved ones. So, thank you to our friends, family, and vendors for making the day one we will never forget!"

Thanks to the vendors who helped put together an awesome celebration!

Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Wedding Photography: Greenhouse Loft Jamie Davis, Eric Davis, Steve Ewert
Catering: Fig Catering
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florist: Pollen
Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Dress: Jinza Bridal

 

Laurie & Billy

Laurie & Billy

It was a brisk June 19th, but everyone kept warm and cozy as we traveled through the city in a bus stopping and taking photos at the epic Olive Park, with beautiful panoramic views of the city along the lake.  The day had added joy with all the little ones joining us the whole day.  We even visited a local firehouse, since Billy is also a Chicago fire fighter.  It was such a fun ceremony with a  cocktail style reception that followed with live music all at Greenhouse Loft!  Enjoy Laurie's memories of the wedding and our favorite photos we were so honored to take! 

 

"Billy and I got engaged in December and had our hearts set on a June wedding.  Since we were late to the game, we decided that a Friday wedding was our best option.  We needed a smaller, intimate location that could serve as both the site of our vows and the reception.  Finally the wedding guests included 15 children under the age of twelve, so we needed a safe location that allowed them to enjoy themselves and their parents celebrate without worrying about the kids.  I found Greenhouse Loft’s website and it was perfect.  The calendar allows you to easily check if your date is free.  The pictures and video are fantastic to let you pre-experience the space before visiting.  Billy and I visited the space three days later and booked it immediately!"

"During the morning, I was surrounded by the bridal party getting ready in the suite.  Once Jamie arrived for pictures, the fun (and nerves) started!  Billy and I had our first look on the spiral staircase in the JW Marriott hotel.  The set up was perfect and our family was able to watch.  My nerves instantly went away, and I felt complete...ready to face the day with him."

"Jamie suggested Olive Park for our photos and it couldn’t be a more perfect location.  The weather was a bit chilly, but you couldn’t tell in the photos!  The family shots and couple photos were great with the city in the background.  The nephews were playing around and got some great pictures with Navy Pier in the background!  At our 2nd location, we choose a historic firehouse as a nod to Billy’s profession.  The fireman pulled the engine out and were really accommodating.  While my husband ran to the restroom, I took pictures with the fireman wearing a the official hat.  It was priceless to see Billy’s face when we got the pictures!"

"Our officiant, Anita Vaughan, was fantastic.  She customized the wedding to our personal story and made it funny and special.  We got married outside surrounded by family and friends.  I just remember feeling calm, relaxed and taking in every moment."

"From the cake cutting to the first dance, the night was perfectly timed and flew by.  We loved seeing everyone enjoy themselves and be able to let loose ourselves.  Our guests raved about the food and band.  We felt lucky enough to have a small wedding and really enjoy our guests, spending time with everyone."

"We loved all of our vendors!  Once you find the vendor you want to work with, I highly recommend giving them range to make recommendations and decisions.  I don’t assume to know the perfect flowers for June, best locations for photos, music that everyone will love, etc.  My wedding truly came together when I let the professionals do what they do best.  Our flowers were gorgeous beyond my imagination!  The photos turned out fabulous and unique!  Our ceremony and reception music was fantastic!!  I didn’t worry about a thing on my wedding day, as Greenhouse orchestrated with my vendors beautifully.  I highly recommend using their recommended vendors…they are top notch, know the space, and have a relationship with the Greenhouse staff.  Make the day hassle free!"

Thanks to our vendors!

Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Wedding Photography: Greenhouse Loft Jamie Davis, Eric Davis
Catering: Fig Catering
Ceremony Music: Neil Dixon Smith
Officiant: Anita Vaughan
Band: Red Pop Fury
Florist: Pistil & Vine
Cake: Alliance Bakery
Transportation: Windy City Trolly
Bride's Hair: Lucy Portillo
Bride's Makeup: Sonia Roselli Makeup Studio
Bride's Dress: Glamour Closet
Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse
 

Amanda & Antonio's Colorful June Wedding

Amanda and Armando were our first wedding in June, it was exciting and really felt like the first summer wedding!  It was also our first outdoor wedding of the season, a beautiful June 6th evening.  Armando and Amanda met in high school, so the wedding was full of old friends that knew these two since they were really young.  The wedding was officiated by two very special people in Amanda's life, everything was so personal and touching.  Please see below for this vibrant colorful day.  Congratulations again to Amanda and Armando!  xox

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"Our wedding day was wonderful from start to finish. My bridesmaids and I had our makeup and hair done at the home of a family friend, while the guys prepared for the day at our home. Although it was chilly for June, you would never know from the pictures, thanks to the sun and the clear blue sky. The photography was the most important feature of the day, the first look was in the neighbors enchanted garden, next stop was the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, and then the at Kinzie Bridge. Final stop was at GHL to get married. To give our ceremony that personal touch we wanted, we had the service performed by my godmothers and had our dog be part of our ceremony as the flower girl. But the best part was marring my best friend and high school sweetheart!"

"The GHL space was set up beautifully for the reception and exactly as I had planned, a perfect way to end the day with delicious food, memorable traditions, awesome music & dancing, amazing cupcakes, ridiculousness in the photo booth and the excitement of having all of our family and friends in one room."

"Thank you to all my vendors and the careful planning of the GHL staff for making the day run smoothly.  And a special thanks to GHL photography for the beautiful photographs, I couldn’t have ask for anything more, such a specially way to remember June 6th, 2015!"

Many thanks to these awesome vendors!

Flowers: Pollen
Catering: Fig
DJ: Victor from Cage and Aquarium
Photography: Jamie Davis and Eric Davis from Greenhouse Loft Photography 
Cake: Sweet Mandy B's

Zoe + Jason's "Between Two Ferns" Wedding

Zoe + Jason's "Between Two Ferns" Wedding

Zoe and Jason came to see Greenhouse Loft when it was literally...a piece of concrete!  Fashioning hard hats and all, this couple envisioned the beauty and potential we planned well before the wood floors, windows, and twinkle lights were installed. 

It was a special treat to spend the day with these two love birds.  May 16, 2015 was one of the first nice warm days of the spring, everything was perfect!  From the delicious food from Food for Thought to the jams on the dance floor from DJ Chicago.  It was all perfect.  But take it from the bride and groom themselves as you read their account of the day accompanied by the photos taken by Steve Ewert, Jamie Davis and Eric Davis of Greenhouse Loft Photography. 

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"Our wedding day was the culmination of almost ten years in each others lives and four years of off and on planning.  From when we first saw Greenhouse Loft in 2011 while it was still under construction, the venue always had been in the back of our minds as we debated between a Midwest or East Coast (our current home) ceremony.  Ultimately we decided in the spring of 2014 to marry in the city in which we met and grew close, and we were ecstatic to book a date for the following spring."

"Our day together started with a first look in the gardens of Millennium Park, with the iconic Chicago skyline as the back drop. With the full cooperation of the weather all afternoon, Jamie and Eric were able to get a fantastic set of pictures before heading into the Chicago Cultural Center. Inside we had the opportunity for some great shots among the ornate tilework in entryway. We were then whisked away to the north side in a black-on-black Tesla Model S for the start of our ceremony."

Our ceremony went beautifully, an affair we had meticulously crafted to be 100% our style. Officiated by the groom’s close friend of 20 years, having quotes from astrophysicists and a ring box vaguely resembling a Zelda treasure chest definitely made it our own. We customized the beautiful modern venue by spending untold hours crafting a frame supporting diaphanous paper cones that served as an intimate ceremony back drop. The space was just as we envisioned it and having friends and family in attendance was perfection.  The flower arrangements frankly blew us away by simultaneously surprising us and being just as we imagined, and Kate from Fleur Du Jour meshed well with our sense of humor as she helped us get married Between Two Ferns.

"The reception was no less exciting with Steve manning the Ultimate Photo Booth. The beer and cheese pairings, the station-style dinner, and the simply elegant tiered cake all kept our guests and us happy. Dylan did a great job paying homage to our musical tastes by mixing in favorites like Sneaker Pimps while keeping the party going.  Mike set up some amazing video shots, and we can’t wait to see the results. As we rode off at the end of the night, we couldn’t think of anything we would have changed."

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"There are always the stories of the one big thing that went wrong at a wedding, but that just didn’t happen.  We attribute this success not to luck, but to Greenhouse Loft and all our vendors (especially Laura and The Ideal Day!) for really putting forth the effort to get every little detail right and making it a  phenomenal experience that we will cherish for the rest of our lives."

Thank you to the wonderful team of vendors!

Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Wedding Photography: Greenhouse Loft: Steve Ewert, Jamie Davis, Eric Davis
Planner: The Ideal Day - Laura Patterson
Flowers: Fleur du Jour
Videography: Hendzel Productions
Catering: Food for Thought
DJ: DJ Chicago   
Cake: Elysia Root Cakes
Transportation: E-Motion
Invitations: Bride and Groom
Wedding Dress: Ramona Kaveza
Groom's Attire: Formally Modern


 

Diane and Melinda's Kid-Friendly Wedding

On a cold, snowy Chicago day, nothing cheers us up more than looking back at photos from one of our favorite weddings hosted at Greenhouse Loft this past summer. There are so many little details that made Diane and Melinda's wedding so special, but one of our favorite things about this couple was how thoughtful they were about including their two children and and friend's kids in the festivities. It was truly a family-centric celebration and we couldn't have been more delighted to capture all the special moments throughout the day!

The brides began their day getting ready in separate rooms at the Trump Hotel, followed by a memorable first look on the terrace of the hotel overlooking the Chicago River. Then Diane and Melinda headed to the Nature Boardwalk in Lincoln Park to get some photos near the picturesque honeycomb structure with their two children, Jackson and Ella, and their Matrons of Honor. 

The whole family was involved in the ceremony at Greenhouse Loft. Their son, the ring bearer; their daughter, the flower girl. Diane and Melinda wed on the glasshouse side of our loft space, with a lush garden backdrop behind them.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed delicious appetizers and drinks prepared by Food For Thought. The brides even supplied some fun games to entrain the children during cocktail hour in the garden. From bags, to hula hoops, to giant jenga, the kids (and adults) had a blast playing together and building tall structures with the blocks! 

Meanwhile, the loft was transitioning over for dinner and dancing. Bright florals by Exquisite Design made lovely focal points at each table. We loved the "Mrs." & "Mrs." signs on the back of the Bride's chairs, as well as the "Stop by" and "Say hi" message on the back of two other seats at their head table.

Each adult place-setting had a glass of sparkling rose greeting them as they entered the room. And each children's place-setting came equipped with their own activity book and crayons to draw pictures. 

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Among other drinks, the bartenders crafted two signature cocktails throughout the evening - the Berry Brunette and the Smashing Blonde! And we were swooning over their lovely cake from Alliance Bakery, adorned with ribbon, roses, succulents, and a romantic script cake topper. 

Diane and Melinda kicked off the reception by cutting into the cake. Then close friends and family members took turns toasting the lovely ladies of honor. 

Guests enjoyed their choice of delicious chicken or fish entrees, made by Food For Thought.

The brides took to their first dance after dinner, but it wasn't long before their daughter Ella joined in. Diane and Melinda whisked her up and twirled her around with them!

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In addition to the wedding cake, Alliance Bakery made an impressive spread of macaroons, tarts, and other delicious treats - enough options to delight any sweet tooth! 

Even after dancing had begun, some of the children could often be found hula hooping in the garden.

Throughout the remainder of the evening, guests also visited Greenhouse Loft's Ultimate Photo Booth to get their portraits taken by Steve Ewert. It was such a spirited crowd and we love how playful they were!

What a special day. Thanks to an amazing team of vendors who executed everything flawlessly.

Catering: Food For Thought
Cake, Macaroons, and Desserts: Alliance Bakery
DJ: Toast & Jam
Florals: Exquisite Designs
Photography: Jamie Davis and Eric Davis (documentary) and Steve Ewert (Ultimate Photo Booth), all for Greenhouse Loft Photography 
Officiant: Rev Bruce Otto
Alcohol: Binny's

Special thanks to Diane and Melinda for allowing us to film their wedding. Mark Winters captured behind the scenes footage, as well as all of their special moments, so we could have a video that represents how our loft space can transition throughout a wedding day. Check it out!