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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

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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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

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*Members of the Green Wedding Alliance

 

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
 

Yamini & Mark's Vibrant Celebration

We are so excited to share Yamini and Mark's photos from their June 20th wedding!  Full of beautiful details, vibrant colors, a dramatic weather turn, flower petals abound, two ceremonies, delicious food, and an epic dance party!  We loved these two and their contagious smiles.  Enjoy some of the highlights of the day and their take on the celebration! 

"Our wedding day was filled with love, color, and two wedding ceremonies! It was the perfect way to celebrate the love that Mark and I have for each other and we were blessed to be able to share it with our amazing families and friends."

"The weekend started with a traditional Indian mehndi celebration where the bride, her bridesmaids, and the women nearest and dearest to her gathered to have their hands decorated with henna.  The common belief is the darker the henna is on the bride's hand, the more she will be loved by her husband."

"Saturday, June 20th began as a picture perfect day. The bride and her bridesmaids could not wait for hair and make-up to begin.  Dawn from Edit Faces provided flawless make-up and Jennifer from Mario Tricoci created beautiful up-dos for me, my mother, and the bridesmaids.  Saris were donned by all and I wore a magenta and gold lehenga.  The men wore classic tuxedos, provided and fitted by Tom Ventura at Black Tie Formalwear and started their day with a shoe shine at Nordstrom’s iconic Michigan Avenue location."

"Mark and I shared our memorable first look atop the Dana Hotel and proceeded to travel around town with our wedding party taking stunning pictures at the murals on Hubbard St. as well as a factory in the West Loop.  Jamie and Eric knew exactly what shots to take and made the wedding party look amazing."

"When we arrived at Greenhouse Loft, it was time for our Indian ceremony to begin.  The hour long ceremony took place in the courtyard, under the mandap and included many rituals, such as Saptapadi, in which the couple takes seven steps together, symbolizing an unspoken vow.  It was a welcome surprise for the bride to hear her soon to be husband recite the ancient Sanskrit language with stunning accuracy!  Family and friends participated by showering the couple with flowers and providing blessing for the marriage.  The Gods were definitely smiling down on the happy couple, for just as the ceremony ended and the couple exited, the heavens opened up and showered down on the guests."

"After a wardrobe change for the bride, mothers, and bridesmaids, and a delicious hour of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the second ceremony began. 
Officiated by Andrew Kopf, a dear friend of the groom, this ceremony included an exchanging of vows and rings.  Soon after, the (twice) married couple was whisked away to the photobooth for pictures with family and the wedding party."

"The reception followed, with a fusion Indian/American plated dinner from Hearty Boys, gorgeous floral and candle centerpieces by Pollen, and delicious cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B's.  After speeches by the father of the bride, the matron of honor and the best man, the bride and groom took to the dance floor for their first dance and did not leave it thanks to the amazing music courtesy of Tyler from Cage and Aquarium.  Tyler kept the hits going and the wedding guests had a hard time leaving the packed dance floor, but managed to squeeze in lots of fun in the Ultimate Photobooth with Steve."

Looking back, we could not have had a more amazing day.  We felt so much love from our guests and were privileged to have the most dedicated team of vendors.

Thanks to our vendors!

Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Wedding Photography: Greenhouse Loft Steve Ewert, Jamie Davis, Eric Davis
Catering: Hearty Boys
DJ: Tyler Cage + Aquarium
Florist: Pollen
Cupcakes: Sweet Mandy B's
Makeup: Edit Faces
Hair: Mario Tricoci
Tuxedos: Black Tie Formalwear

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

Melissa + Taylor

Melissa and Taylor were such a kind and loving couple to work with!  The details of their July 11th wedding were planned out perfectly.   Even when it sprinkled the day of their wedding they walked into the space glowing and smiling taking it all in stride and enjoying every moment.  We were so happy they chose to have their family and friends enjoy the Ultimate Photobooth!   See below for some of their favorite shots and their thoughts on the day!  

"Melissa and I are both Chicago transplants within the last several years, but have quickly come to love this city and call Chicago our home.  We both grew up in different parts of the country and have family and friends from both coasts, and frankly, all over the world.  Given we knew we would have so many out of town guests, we knew we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our home, but also of us.  Greenhouse Loft provided the perfect canvas to showcase the best of both.  In fact, it was a very quick decision for us.  I proposed to Melissa on the last night of our winter vacation, we flew home the next day (Sunday), and by the following Monday, we had toured and booked the venue!"

"Jamie at GHL and our event vendors (Christen at Big Delicious Planet - Catering and Megan at Pistil & Vine - Florist) did an incredible job arranging the space for our wedding.  Melissa and I have a style that’s best described—in the word’s of Melissa—as “simple but striking.”  The clean lines of GHL with the incredibly beautiful arrangements by Megan created an atmosphere that countless guests acknowledged as being the best wedding venue they have ever visited.  A few of our guests are now on a mission to actually recreate the floral centerpieces!  The combination of our personalized ceremony officiated by Rev. Bruce Otto, the delicious food and drinks provided by Big Delicious Planet and the eclectic music by Emily from Toast & Jam created an experience that our guests continue to rave about.  The wedding was truly a whirlwind, and we can’t wait to see the photos and video from Victoria Sprung and Mike Hendzel’s amazing teams to revisit all of the details. Steve’s Ultimate Photo Booth was a huge hit, and was a real bonus for our family and friends.  Steve's portraits are really tremendous, and we are so glad we were able to have someone as talented as him at the wedding."

"Melissa and I set out to create a timeless event that captured the best of us and the best of our home, and without a doubt, the team at Greenhouse Loft and our team of vendors accomplished that goal."

"P.S. One of the main reasons we chose GHL was the ability to have an outdoor wedding and cocktail reception on site.  Unfortunately, we had a bit of rain on our wedding day, forcing us to move the ceremony indoors.  While we had a lot of trepidation about this happening, we were amazed with how beautiful the space was inside for the ceremony and how seamless the event was moving from ceremony, cocktail reception to dinner and dancing.  In fact, it was in a way fortunate as (1) it’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day and (2) it was so hot outside that I believe everyone appreciated the air conditioning!"

We hope you enjoy Melissa and Taylor's portraits as much as we loved having them at Greenhouse Loft! Thanks to our awesome vendors for a great evening!

Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Ultimate Photo Booth: Greenhouse Loft - Steve Ewert
Officiant: Rev. Bruce Otto
Catering: Big Delicious Planet
Cake: Sweet Mandy B's
Florist: Pistil & Vine
DJ: Emily Toast & Jam
Photography: Victoria Sprung
Videography: Mike Hendzel

ABIGAIL AND SCOTT'S JOYFUL SUMMER WEDDING CELEBRATION

We were honored to photography Abigail and Scott's big day last June. After getting ready at the Westin off of Michigan Avenue, the couple met outside the historic waterpower for their first look. The bridal party hit up the lake front and North Avenue beach for photos before the ceremony. Back at Greenhouse Loft, Pollen Floral Design adorned the chuppah with leafy branches, and also created beautiful bouquets, arrangements, and vignettes with small vases using romantic seasonal blooms (peonies! ranunculus!). Many heartfelt speeches were shared, then the happy couple cut their wedding cake and took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife. The dance floor was full all night long thanks to tunes from Style Matters and everyone paid a visit to Greenhouse Loft's Ultimate Photo booth for portraits with our vintage hats throughout the evening. Enjoy some of our favorite moments from their beautiful wedding day!

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Thank you to a wonderful team of vendors!

Flowers: Pollen Floral Design
Videography: XO Pictures 

Catering: Pure Kitchen
DJ: Style Matters (Noah)
Cake: Sweet Mandy B's
Photography: Jamie Davis, Eric Davis and Steve Ewert for Greenhouse Loft Photography

KT and Ankit's Sunny Wedding Celebration

K.T. and Ankit were bursting with joy and positive energy on their wedding day last June. The happy couple was all smiles during their first look in California Park. They then took some photos around some of their favorite neighborhood spots, including a local pub with a great patio. Their heartfelt ceremony was held at Greenhouse Loft, followed by cocktail hour inside the garden. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner catered by FIG and danced the night away thanks to great tunes provided by DJ Jennefa of Toast & Jam.

Check out a few of our favorite photos from their wedding day!

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Thank you to a wonderful team for helping make this such a beautiful celebration! 

Catering: FIG Catering
DJ: Toast & Jam (Jennefa)
Florals and bouquets: Arranged by the bride
Photography: Jamie Davis and Eric Davis for Greenhouse Loft Photography 

Pat and Kim's Best Day Ever!

Kim and Pat had a gorgeous August wedding day and we were not only lucky enough to host their celebration at Greenhouse Loft, but also photograph all the special moments throughout the day! 

Kim shared a few words with us about what was most important to her and Pat on their wedding day. In Kim's words:

Pat and I were engaged for 18 months because we wanted time to prepare for our wedding. From the start we made our guests, a city venue, and the food a priority. We wanted our guests to feel like they were dining out downtown on our wedding night and both Greenhouse Loft and Hearty Boys delivered!

What I'll remember most from our wedding day was all the laughter. I remember being so nervous putting on the dress and going to meet Pat for the "first look" photos. But once we saw each other all the nerves melted away. The rest of the day was filled with joy and laughter, even during the ceremony. 

I think the space at the venue perfectly complemented the casual and soft vibe we were going for. Every choice we made was a reflection of us as a couple. Our cutting cake was from Table 52, the restaurant where we got engaged. Our cocktail hour featured two signature cocktails: his and hers favorites. Our favors were letterpress posters handmade by the bride with love song quotes. In the end, our day felt personal and special.

We couldn't have recapped the day better ourselves. Cheers to these love birds, and all the couples we get to work with - past, present, and future. We love being a part of your big day! 

Check out some of our favorite photos from Pat and Kim's wedding below.

 

The bride designed her entire invitation suite through her design business, Kim Designs

Kim and Pat got ready separately at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel. Then the couple had their first look in the hotel's grand lobby. Their sweet pup even joined in for some photos!

After the first look, the wedding party left the hotel for photos in Millennium Park's Lurie Garden and outside of the Art Institute of Chicago. We love how picturesque this area is - joining together nature elements with beautiful Chicago architecture in the backdrop.

The ceremony was held at Greenhouse Loft, on the glasshouse side of the room with a lush garden backdrop.

After enjoying cocktail hour in the garden, guests came back into the loft for dinner. The head table was set up so that bridal party spouses/significant others could sit across from their dates, leaving an open window for the bride and groom, of course! A lot of couples do this in our space and we love the set-up with the dance floor right in front of the head table.

Kim screen printed lyrics from some of their favorite love songs as favors for guests. How cool is that? Then the bride and groom were toasted by their mothers before dinner began.

The couple cut a cake from Table 52, with a fun cake topper, keeping with their 'Best Day Ever' theme.

The bridal party sent silver streamers onto the couple during their first dance!

When the hula hoops made an appearance on the dance floor, both adults and chidden joined in the fun.

Thank you to a great team of vendors who helped Kim and Pat have their Best Day Ever!

Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Photography: Jamie Davis and Eric Davis (documentary) and Steve Ewert (Ultimate Photo Booth), all for Greenhouse Loft Photography 
Invitations and favors: made by the bride - Kim Designs
Catering: Hearty Boys
Cutting cake: Table 52
DJ: Style Matters
Bagpipes: Joe Pyle 
Flowers: Halsted Flowers
Dress: Enzoani from Glamour Closet, Chicago
Seamstress & custom veil: Vicki Nelson
Bride's statement necklace and shoes: Nina
Hair: Mark Anthony uffin
Makeup: Ana Pagan
Rings: Exquisite Jewelers, Palatine
Groom's suit: Trunk Club (custom fitted)
Groom's Shoes: Kenneth Cole
Groom's tie: Burberry

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!

Diane and Melinda's Wedding: Sneak Peek

All our best wishes to Diane and Melinda as they celebrate their wedding with friends and family! Thanks to Food For Thought, Toast & Jam, Exquisite Design Chicago, Alliance Bakery, and LOLA Event Productions for helping make this a wonderful night! Photography by Greenhouse Loft Photo (Steve Ewert, Jamie Davis, and Eric Davis).

More photos and a video to come!

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