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Jenn + Kristin

Jenn + Kristin

Jenn and Kristin’s September wedding at Greenhouse Loft!

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

April + Casey

April + Casey

April and Casey had a beautiful fall wedding at Greenhouse Loft last year. Aren't they such a beautiful couple!?!

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Her bouquet by Sprout Home was so incredible and complimented her amazing Sarah Seven gown.

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All smiles as her love walks down the aisle!

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One of our favorite details about this wedding is the creative use of Legos! The table numbers were made of Legos. :)

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Big Delicious Planet served some yummy fresh fruit tarts for dessert. Bite sized desserts are a great way to allow your guests a variety for their sweet tooth. 

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After dinner, Greenhouse Loft owner Steve Ewert opened up his photo studio for the Ultimate Photobooth. Guests came back all night to get their photo taken with the vast selection of vintage hats and props! 

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We so enjoyed working with April and Casey last year. Congratulations to the beautiful couple!


*Members of Green Wedding Alliance

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

 

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:

*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

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:

*Members of the Green Wedding Alliance

Join us for Committed, an Eco-Friendly Wedding Show hosted by the Green Wedding Alliance at Greenhouse Loft

On Sunday February 22nd from 12-4pm, Greenhouse Loft is opening up our doors for a wedding show like no other. For the third year in a row, the Green Wedding Alliance will host Committed in our space, featuring GWA vendors that are committed to sustainable practices. The Green Wedding Alliance connects a growing community of environmentally and socially responsible event vendors with the conscious consumer for mindful weddings, commitment ceremonies and social events. Greenhouse Loft is proud to be a member of this community of wonderful vendors. 

Come meet with eco-friendly caterers, planners, photographers, florists, musicians, salons, vintage rental companies, stationers and more! We look forward to celebrating and showcasing local vendors in this one-of-a-kind eco-friendly wedding show and we hope to see you there. 

Check out photos from last year's Committed event below, captured by Eric Davis of Greenhouse Loft Photography. We're also highlighting some of the wonderful vendors you'll have the chance to meet and mingle with in less than 2 short weeks. 

Don't miss out on the fun, get your Committed tickets here!

Guests at Committed will have the chance to sample delicious food and drink from GWA caterers Big Delicious Planet, FIG CateringGoose Island, and Pure Kitchen while chatting with them about exciting menu options for your wedding.

Meet with photographers who are committed to sustainable business practices, including Greenhouse Loft PhotographyTuan H. BuiAllison Williams PhotographyHeather Decamp PhotographyJennifer Jackson PhotographyMemorable Jaunts, and Spoon Photo and Design. And don't miss getting your portrait taken in Greenhouse Loft's Ultimate Photo Booth!

Chat with Naturally Yours Events and Le Sorelle Boutique Wedding Design & Planning about your vision for your wedding day and hear how they can make those ideas come to life! 

Wedding fashions from Dame Couture and Mignonette will be on display and worn by live models throughout the afternoon.

Meet the green florists behind LarkspurFab Flora, and Pollen, who will all be displaying their lush floral designs.

Looking for save the dates, invitations, stationary, and other paper products? Check out unique designs by Spilled Ink Press and Erickson Design.

And we couldn't skimp on desserts! Both Katherine Anne Confections and Elysia Root Cakes will be sampling and displaying their tasty sweets. 

When focusing on hosting an eco-friendly wedding, don't forget about green beauty. Last year Noktivo Non-Toxic Spa and Beauty Boutique talked about the services offered at their salon, a favorite pampering destination amongst our team. This year, we're excited to have Calm Skin Care and Karen Marie Sustainable Salon joining us to talk about eco-friendly hair and make-up!

Throughout the afternoon, guests can listen to the tunes of GWA DJs Toast & Jam and Cage and Aquarium, as well as the solo instrumental guitar sounds of Neil Dixon Smith.

And don't forget to check out gorgeous vintage tabletop and place setting rentals from Vintage Place SettingsChicago Vintage Weddings, and Nimble Well.

The event will also have a DIY Rumpus Room in the I Paint My Mind gallery. Past Rumpus Room activities have included a DIY hot chocolate bar and a make your own 'Thank You' banner. You'll have to join us this year to see what the GWA is planning!

Collective Resource will also be here talking about composting and creating zero waste events. Rumor has it that our team at Greenhouse Loft will be mixing up tropical tiki drinks. What other incentives do you need to come have a fun afternoon full of chatting with eco-conscious vendors? Grab your fiancé or a friend, purchase your tickets, and and we'll see you here on Sunday, February 22nd!