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Jenn + Kristin

Jenn + Kristin

Jenn and Kristin’s September wedding at Greenhouse Loft!

Des + Eric

Des + Eric


Who doesn't love Halloween? This past October, Destiny & Eric took their mutual love for the holiday and used it as a theme for their wedding. What fun!

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 Those flowers in her bouquet just  scream  autumn, don't they? 

Those flowers in her bouquet just scream autumn, don't they? 

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 The wedding party all wore rich colors, perfect for the late October day.

The wedding party all wore rich colors, perfect for the late October day.

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 Costume change! Des changed into her costume, the Countess from American Horror Story - Hotel. Eric transformed into Rick from Rick and Morty.

Costume change! Des changed into her costume, the Countess from American Horror Story - Hotel. Eric transformed into Rick from Rick and Morty.

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Guests spent a lot of the night in the Ultimate Photobooth

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 Even the DJs and photographers joined in on the fun!

Even the DJs and photographers joined in on the fun!

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We were so honored to host this fun and creative wedding! Congratulations Destiny & Eric!


*Members of Green Wedding Alliance

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"

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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

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:

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Meredith and Prashant

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

Wedding Date: February 2, 2016

Vendors:

*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

 

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

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

Susan & Patrick's Winter Wonderland Wedding

December 13th was anything but cold and chilly!  The theme of Susan and Patrick's wedding was, "Winter Wonderland" - the decor and even Susan's bouquet matched the theme perfectly, the weather was unusually warm for a December date, but it made taking photos outside so much fun!  We loved shooting the first look in Patrick's childhood home on the Northwest side of Chicago, then traveling to a friends house who had decorated it beautifully for the holidays.  A very sweet couple and a very fun party ensued into the night!  Congratulations again Susan and Patrick.  Read more below and see some of our favorite photos from the day.

"It was a great day - who knew a Winter Wonderland Wedding would have temps in the upper 40's? There were many fun surprises that day - from our first look to how the room was decorated at GHL. We had an idea of it, but to walk in and see it was so amazing. The day is almost hard to describe - we would love to go back in time and be a guest at our wedding to get to see and experience everything because we felt that it just flew by. We had some of the food and think that we saw everyone - but we just cannot remember everything."

“What we do remember is that the ceremony my uncle wrote was beautiful. The crowd was all looking at us and you could see in there faces that they were enjoying everything. I think that in every picture we were smiling ear to ear. The food that we got to eat was delicious and the drinks and signature cocktails were SWEET. From sushi to Penguin cookies, it was awesome.”

"We did our wedding our way. This was not a traditional experience by any means, and that suited us well, as we do not see ourselves as being all that traditional either. We wanted a night that we would have enjoyed and that is what we gave to everyone. So far, the feedback has been great, and we look forward to really going through all of the pictures and reliving that evening again and again."

"Thanks to the staff at GHL. You were all great to work with and we appreciate all of the efforts that you put in to take and make our pictures. From the candids to the photobooth, we will have a beautiful record of our wedding. Thank you."

Thanks to all the vendors!

Wedding Venue: Greenhouse Loft
Ultimate Photo Booth: Greenhouse Loft - Steve Ewert
Photography: Greenhouse Loft
Catering: Hearty Boys
Officiant: Tom McGrath 
DJ: Dennis Mann XL2 Entertainment
Transportation: Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company
Invitations: Lucky Invitations
Make-up: Agnes Buda
Hair: Halocouture extensions
Nails: S e v v a Salon
Programs:  Events with Grace
Groomsmen Gifts: My Personal Memories
Bouquet: Ky Kampfeld
Dress: Tina's Dress Boutique - Rhapsody
Tuxedos: Men's WarehouseVera Wang
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Snowflake Girl Dresses: Engla-Charlotta Shop 
Snowflake Pails: Let's Make it Personal 4 U
Table Tent Cards: Barbara's Creative Expressions
Canvas: Apple's Bee
Cufflinks: Stampressions
Rings: Liori Diamonds
Bride & Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Haute Bride
Hotel: Embassy Suites Rosement
Bride's Veil: Marionat