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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

Andrew & Fernando's Sunday Dance Party Wedding

We truly looked forward to Andrew and Fernando's (aka Drew and Sergio's!) wedding day for months! From the very first showing, we all knew this was going to be a very energetic, loving, and special celebration.  Who would have thought that May 31st, 2015 would be chilly, but it was, a little bit - Did that stop these guys and their friends and family from having the best day ever? Nope!  "Sunday Funday" was the theme, and fun was an understatement.  We have never seen a dance floor so packed and full of life during the daylight hours as we did that Sunday!  There's no better way to hear about their day than from the couple themselves, so please enjoy the photos along with their memories. Thank you Sergio and Drew for letting us be part of it!  

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"It’s true, you’ll just know. The moment we walked through the doors we knew we would be getting married at Greenhouse Loft. We recycle but we wouldn’t call ourselves conservationists and never heard of a green wedding until we found Greenhouse Loft. The space was perfect for our wedding of 125 guests. Our late spring wedding had several themes; “Hipster Chic”, “Urban Spring” and most importantly a “Sunday Funday Wedding” Up for the challenge we recruited Lynn of Pollen, Christen from Big Delicious Planet and DJ Kate from Toast and Jam; all of which we found listed on the GHL vendor list.”

“One of the fun parts of planning for a wedding is shopping for a caterer. Big Delicious Planet is a caterer who buys their food from local farmers and even have a large garden on†site. Christen was very friendly,  great to work with and her suggested macaroni bar was a smash hit. They also made our desired naked wedding cake that Lynn from Pollen accented with flowers. The combination made for a very beautiful collaboration. Bonus again, BDP donated all our leftover food to a local pantry. Another small victory for the day knowing nothing was going to waste.”

"Lynn far surpassed any expectations we thought we had. We shared our Pinterest page with her to give her an idea of our aesthetic and then got out of her way and let her do her thing. Her arrangements were so sophisticated, vibrant and lush. I was originally concerned that a “green wedding” meant a lot of twigs and dried flowers, but it was quite the opposite in that she captured the essence of a spring garden while using locally source flowers. The bonus is knowing that all the beautiful flowers do not get thrown away at the end of our big day. Pollen donates all the flowers to a local nursing home. A perfect way to brighten someone else's day."

“Toast and Jam matched us with Kate. We cannot say enough good things about her. Her song choices keep the crowd up and dancing. Aside from her talented DJing, her MC skills were on point when it came time to cut the cake, first dance and setting the tempo for the entire day. She played every song we requested and took the time to get to know our Spotify playlists to play some obscure ones to bring the house down!”

“The superheroes of the “Green Team” goes out to the entire GHL staff. It was an amazing and beyond easy experience working with them to plan our big day. Though we planned the entire day ourselves, the onsite staff and Jamie made any worries of not having a wedding planner disappear with ease. They made sure the entire day ran smoothly. I cannot imagine having had anyone else shoot our wedding day than Jamie herself and her husband Eric! It was effortless working with them and their pictures wonderfully captured the magic of the day. The more and more we look at them we constantly find new gems and details only their lens’ were able to capture. We also purchased the photo booth package. We hands down recommend it. Actually, you would be a fool to have your event here and not take advantage of the amazing styling and moments that Steve captures on film. The photos from the booth alone make for a great coffee table book. Together the GHL teams has given us so many priceless moments to cherish for years.”

Cheers! 

Drew & Sergio

Thanks to these great vendors!

Flowers: Pollen
Catering: Big Delicious Planet
DJ: Toast & Jam
Photography: Greenhouse Loft Photography Jamie Davis, Eric Davis and Steve Ewert

Julie and Alison's Wedding Celebration

Julie and Allison had a beautiful wedding at Greenhouse Loft last September, filled with family, friends, and lots of dancing! The brides took photos in our outdoor garden, followed by a Ketubah signing indoors, with family circled around. They wed underneath a beautiful chuppah adorned with lush green branches and touches of florals prepared by Pollen Floral Design. Close friends were involved in the ceremony as well, with one performing a solo guitar song.

Parents and friends toasted Julie and Alison with words of encouragement during the reception. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by FIG Catering, then a large dance party ensued, thanks to great tunes from Toast & Jam. Everyone had fun getting group portraits taken in Greenhouse Loft's Ultimate Photo Booth

Check out the photo story from Julie + Alison's September wedding at Greenhouse Loft!

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We also cannot rave more about Greenhouse Loft - and we hear equally great things from all of our guests.  Everything was flawless and beautiful. 

-Julie and Alison

Thank you to a great wedding team!

Catering and Alcohol: FIG Catering 
Flowers: Pollen Floral Design
DJ: Toast & Jam (Karin)
Photography: Jamie Davis and Eric Davis for Greenhouse Loft Photography

We've been grateful to work with many wonderful same-sex couples on their weddings and Greenhouse Loft is proud to support marriage equality. We'll be participating in the upcoming LGBT Wedding Expo, hosted by the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

The event is free and open to the public! It will take place on Saturday Marcy 7th, from 11am to 2pm at 3179 N. Clark Street, 2nd floor. Come swing by our booth to chat about your upcoming wedding. We'll be serving up delicious champagne cocktails! We hope to see you there.

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!