Lil’ Elegant Elephant, Giorgios’ Baptism Celebration

Sometimes it doesn’t get any cuter than a small white little elephant at each table, don’t you think? Baby Giorgios’ Baptism celebration was one elegant and playful design with beautiful blue hydrangeas, lots of candle light and our favorite, hanging fresh greenery wreaths with touches of elephants throughout.

The event kicked off with the favors doubling up as place cards.  Each place card was adorned with a cute little blue elephant cutout.  We used fresh greenery around a tall fixture to add some height and of course some blue hanging ribbons to coordinate with the ribbon details inside the room.

The head table, in true fashion, one of our most favorite design concepts, is to have a continuous look down the center of the table.  We used lots of candle pillars to add a pretty glow. Behind the head table, we added a large white netting around the cake table to add some height to the dessert table, we had first used this design concept in one of our most favorite baby shower.

The room was made up of four different looks. One look included a pretty white lantern with ribbon detail and blue hydrangeas at the bottom.  We used white and silver planters to hold the fresh hydrangeas.  We LOVE hanging details and the fresh greenery wreaths were a great way to keep with the fresh and simple design but add some height throughout the room.

Not only did we just love how the room turned out but we loved working with Nancy on her son’s baptism.  Nancy, it was truly a pleasure and we wish little Giorgios congratulations on his special day!

Everyone, have a great weekend!

xoxo,

Team Limani

Vendor Love: Empress Banquets Event Design and Florals by Limani Designs Photography by Peggy Kollias

Up, Up & Away, Away Twin Baptism Celebration

Damianos and Christos, are not only adorable but they have the cutest little personalities.  Their smiles alone can melt your heart!  Stella, their mom, wanted a blue and grey color palette hot air balloon themed party and we were excited to put the whole event design together, with lots of hot air balloon details and fresh floral in blues, with greens and fresh succulents.

The welcome table was a large seating chart framed with a small tree fixture placed next to it with fresh floral at the base.  The photos of the twins in their adorable outfits were just the perfect touch to welcome guests to the event.

After the welcome table, guests could take photos with a sky blue backdrop with a large hot air balloon basket!  Having a fun photo backdrop has become a really great way to carry out the event theme or color palette.

The room was divided up with three different looks.  One table design was a set of three metal suitcases, with travel stickers and all, with a floral arrangement coming out of one of the suitcases.  The other table design was made up of a custom hot air balloon with the floral arrangement coming out of the basket.  The last look was made up of 4 large manzanita trees with lots of fresh greenery and a cute custom little hot air balloon.  From the welcome table name flags to the custom flags cut out for each hot air balloon, the triangular shapes were found throughout the room.

Although the room is normally pretty dark, with dark wood and black and white images throughout, we were able to brighten things up with the blue linens and fresh florals.  The sun was shining so the light coming through the glass windows was also oh so perfect for a lovely afternoon celebration.

We wish Damianos and Christos congratulations on their special day! Stella, we love you and thank you for your continued support and friendship!!!

xoxo,

Team Limani

Vendor Love: Venue Ditka’s Steakhouse Event Design and Florals by Limani Designs Photography by Peggy Kollias of Hallways Are My Runways Popcorn Favors by Nothing Bundt Cakes  

Pop of Citrus

A fun and colorful engagement party celebration, filled with lots of bright florals and pops of fresh citrus fruits, is just the perfect combination for a summer event!  We kicked off the event with a striped sequin table linen that just twinkled in the bright summer sun with baskets filled with fresh oranges with leaf shaped place cards attached.  We had come up with this idea 7 years ago for a very special Bridal Shower and we couldn’t help but use it again!  The cocktail area was on the outdoor terrace overseeing the beautiful grounds at the Park Ridge Country Club.

The table designs stared with elegant sand colored linens, we wanted them to be neural so all the bright arrangements stood out.  Since we were using lots of beach accents- drift wood, sand and rocks, this added to the overall feel of the room.  We also used pops of gold to coordinate with the room.

The flower arrangements were made of different textures-snapdragons, yellow pincushions, spiky thistles, a variety of roses and large fuchsia peonies.  We worked with an orange, pink and yellow color palette with fresh olive branches, fresh mint and two types of green grass. Of course each arrangement had a pop of citrus in it. The olive branches found on each place setting were just the perfect detail to complete the table designs.

We wish Georgia and Vasili a very happy engagement with a lifetime filled with more beautiful celebrations and a lifetime of happiness!

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo,

Team Limani

Vendor Love: Venue Park Ridge Country Club Event Design, Florals and Place Card Printing by Limani Designs  Photography by Peggy Kollias

The Big Fake Wedding Chicago

The Big Fake Wedding® is described as a bridal show alternative complete with an emotional vow renewal ceremony, light bites and a dance-party reception. “Wedding guests” are brides- and grooms-to-be who get to truly experience the wedding vendors in action. We not only met wonderful vendors but had the opportunity to connect with wonderful couples who are getting married in the Chicagoland area.

For this event we had the pleasure of designing the personal flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres for the lovely couple and their friends as well as three table designs.  The inspiration challenge was Peacock and Birds, see challenge and more images here and more images on Ruffled Blog

For the personal flowers we wanted the bouquets to be feathery and a bit bold, just like peacocks, so a mixture of greens and garden roses and sweet peas were used to create this effect.  For the boutonnieres we went with bold hues and a touch of feather as an accent.

The head table consisted of a large hanging fixture that was wrapped with fresh greenery and moss and pops of blue and purple hue florals.  The small floral pieces on the table were placed on sparkly gold sequin table lines form I Do Linens, Tamara is not only the loveliest to work with and their collection of linens are just magnificent!  We completed the look with two vintage chairs from Erasistable Vintage Rentals to play off the pretty color palette.

The gold candelabra look was made with bold floral colors.  We wanted this table to be filled with gold and rose gold accents so we  went with rose gold flatware and gold chargers.  The bright blue textured linens popped against the gold chairs and each place setting had a small feather on it.

The last look was made up different size silver birdcages filled with different florals. We wanted to play with different textures here as well lots of fresh greenery and moss.  The yellow made for a great pop of color against all the dark grey and silvers.  The linens were subtle textured light grey and the flatware was a dark pewter as well as dark black glass chargers.

Overall we couldn’t be happier being part of this wonderful community and truly enjoyed every minute of the whole evening!  Besides the fun environment at Pinstripes Chicago  the food, desserts and music were perfect and how fun is the glow stick send off for the couple at the end of the night?!!

Thank you The Big Fake Wedding Team!  You were a pleasure to work with!  Check out their site to see if they will be at a city near you, definitely an awesome experience!

xoxo,

Team Limani

Vendor Love:

PHOTOGRAPHY:
AYSHA NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY, CREATIVE M PHOTOGRAPHY, H W PHOTOGRAPHIC

FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGN, CEREMONY BACKDROP, TABLES 1, 4:
CORNELL FLORIST

FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGN, HEAD TABLE, PERSONAL FLOWERS, TABLES 2, 5:
LIMANI DESIGNS

FLORAL AND EVENT DESIGN, TABLE 3:
ERASISTABLE VINTAGE RENTALS + STYLING

DAY-OF COORDINATION:
JULIE B. EVENTS

VENUE AND CATERING:
PINSTRIPES EVENTS

ACCESSORIES:
RAGGA WEDDING

HAIR:
HOLLIBEAUTY

MENSWEAR:
KNOT STANDARD

WEDDING CAKE:
JUST CRUMBS!

DESSERT BAR:
BAKE ME OFF A PIECE OF THAT!

GELATO BAR:
BLACK DOG GELATO

DANCE STUDIO:
DANCE SPA

DJ AND EMCEE:
THE BEAUTIFUL BEAT

ENTERTAINMENT:
BLUEWATER KINGS BAND

VINTAGE RENTALS:
ERASISTABLE VINTAGE RENTALS + STYLING

LINENS:
I DO LINENS

TRANSPORTATION:
CHICAGO CLOUD 9 LIMO

HOTEL:
W HOTEL

TRAVEL:
AAA

WEDDING MURAL:
BOTTLE & BOTTEGA

WEDDING INVITATIONS:
MAXE DESIGNS, LLC

WEDDING INVITATIONS AND PROGRAMS:
DESIGNED WITH AMORE

SAVE-THE-DATES:
ADORABLE DESIGNS BY CANDICE

PHOTO BOOTH:
SMILEBOOTH

PHOTO BOOTH FRAMES:
OWLNECK DESIGNS

VIDEOGRAPHY:
JIU STUDIO VIDEO PRODUCTION

WHITE WINE SPONSOR:
HALL & WALT WINES

SPONSORING PARTNER:
WEDDINGWIRE

Rose Garden, Anna and Greg’s Wedding Celebration

We don’t think there is ever a bad time of year to have a wedding but there is something about later Spring early Summer weddings that we just love! From pretty blush pink roses to full lush green accents, this Rose Garden inspired wedding for Anna and Greg was one special occasion.  Anna is my sister-in-law and to have the opportunity to design her wedding (or any family event in that case) is just a little bit more special.

The overall design consisted of lots of natural looking arrangements or clusters of similar style roses put together with pops of gold and lots of fresh greenery for texture.  The gold candelabras were wrapped in greenery with a large arrangement at the bottom and gold pedestals for the candle holders added another element of design as well as touches of sweet lace throughout.

Anna’s wedding bouquet is probably one of our most favorite with all the pretty soft colors but filled with different textures.  The soft color palette throughout the room was also found through the uplighting, it is difficult to see, but the room had such a soft and romantic glow with lots of candlelight.

You all probably know by now that we just love a long banquet style table and in this case we had three to design.  We wanted to balance out the room with some height so we created two tall long fixtures wrapped in fresh greenery and hanging floral, candles and crystals.  The fresh floral arrangements at the bottom were made up of large fresh white hydrangeas, a variety of roses and different greens.  Of course a continuous floral runner was a must for the head table, with an abundance of floral and candles in different candle holders to create an eclectic and romantic ambiance.

We can’t forget to mention Anna and Greg’s adorable and cute daughter, that probably stole the show with her cuteness, Maria!  The pretty flower girls were made of up girly tulle dresses and the young gentlemen wore bowties.

We wish Anna and Greg a lifetime of happiness filled with much love, laughter and joy!

Love you guys!

xoxo,

Team Limani

Vendor Love: Photography by Cornerstone Photography Venue Concorde Banquets  Event Design and Floral by Limani Designs

“You are my Sunshine” Emme’s 1st Birthday Celebration

Bright, cheerful and sweet is how we would describe sweet Emme’s 1st birthday party!  Inspired by the song “You are my Sunshine” this party was one cute celebration!

From our custom invitations, to the cheerful floral arrangements and the most adorable sweet cake, the bright color palette of pink and yellow was found throughout the room.  Even the guest of honor wore a dress with a pretty lemon pattern!

Guests entered the space at Pinstripes Northbrook with a welcome sign that coordinated with the invitations.  From there guests could enjoy fresh lemonade from our lemonade stand filled with fresh floral.  We created a fun photo backdrop with coordinating pink and yellow props so guests of all ages could enjoy throughout the party.  The table designs were made up of pink or yellow linens, fresh cheerful floral in yellow pitchers with pops of fresh lemons.

Helene, Emme’s wonderful mom, had put together the sweetest favors from Emme’s old food jars.  Each jar was filled with sweet personalized M&Ms and finished with a custom label on top.  The cakes by Jennifer at Madame Gateau Cakes were too cute to eat!! Look at that detail!! Swoon!

Wishing Emme a lifetime of happy celebrations!  Happy almost summer everyone!!

xoxo,

Team Limani

Vendor Love: Pinstripes Northbrook  Cakes by Madame Gateau Cakes  Event design, floral, papery and rentals by Limani Designs Photography by Peggy of Hallways are my Runways

Olivia’s Oh So Pretty Baptism Celebration

O is for Olivia and her Oh So Pretty Pink Butterfly Garden, a mouthful yes, we know but when you combine an adorable baby girl and pretty pink florals and butterflies you get a pretty amazing Spring party!

Working with Marianna for her daughter’s Baptism celebration was such a treat!  Not only was she open to something new but she trusted our vision from the beginning.  The tables at Greek Islands Lombard are narrow so the design always has to be contained to a certain area.  We wanted the white planter boxes to be FILLED with pretty white and pink flowers and greens to create fresh looking gardens.  We can’t stress how greenery can be the perfect accessory to the correct arrangement!

We kicked off the party with a tall hanging fixture and hung all the place cards on ribbons.  The hanging fixture was wrapped in fresh greenery and had fresh flowers hanging as well.  We incorporated white watering cans, filled with pink floral, on the round tables because you can’t have a garden and not water it properly:)  To keep with the design, we “planted” baby Olivia’s name in a garden as well, the centerpiece for the dessert table.  Candles nestled in green moss and adorned with pink butterflies completed all the looks.

Wishing Olivia and her family congratulations on her special day! Here’s hoping all this rain will bring us the prettiest blooms in May!

Happy middle of the week everyone!

xoxo,

Team Limani

Vendor Love: Venue Greek Islands Lombard Event Design and Florals by Limani Designs Photography by Peggy of Hallways Are My Runways Cookies and Cake by Toni Patisserie and Cafe   

 

Sophia’s Sophisticated Soiree, Baptism Celebration

Baby Sophia’s Sophisticated Soiree was one sweet and elegant event with lace, pearls and feather details.  We had the pleasure of working with Sophia’s Mom, Stacy, for her older sister’s Katerina’s Bright Butterfly Garden Baptism,  a few years back and we were delighted to put this event together for this wonderful family!

This event included a lot of wonderful pieces that Stacy had already purchased and we wanted to play off the beautiful rich tones of the linens, chargers and the colors found in the ballroom at Georgio’s.  We used the palest of pink mini garden roses and creamy roses with a touch of dusty miller and lots of fresh gold eucalyptus.

The head table and the welcome table had the fluttery table linen that we love and we made sure that the pieces on the head table were placed on gold candle holders to make it a little bit different from all the round tables found throughout the room.  The pearl backings on the four chairs at the head table were the sweetest touch and played off the pearl details perfectly.

The cylinders found throughout the room either had pearls submerged in water with floating candles or pearly details placed on the outside of the glass. There was a lot of pretty soft candlelight throughout the room found from the floating candles or in the gold mercury glass holders.

The dessert table had Sophia’s name in the center and small clusters of gold vases filled with small fresh arrangements and pearl details.  The coordinating Well Wishes vase was decorated with lace wrapped letters, pearls and a large ostrich feather plume.

Wishing baby Sophia and her family congratulations on her special day!  Stacy, it was a pleasure working with you!

xoxo,

Team Limani

Vendor Love: Venue Georgio’s  Event Design and Floral by Limani Designs Photography by Peggy of Hallways Are My Runways

Look Whoo Whoo’s Getting Baptized, Miles’ Woodland Creatures Celebration

Before the grass starts to turn green and the leaves start to turn, we wanted to post this adorable and nature inspired Woodland Baptism Celebration event.  We worked with Miles’ Mom, Stacy, to come up with a fun interactive Baptism celebration where the little guests would have something fun to look at and the overall design would still be elegant and sophisticated enough for the rest of the guests to enjoy:)  When we first started planing the design, we were going to use faux snow to create a wintery woodland scene but Chicago weather had another idea and it ended up being 60 degrees in February!!  Ixnay the snow and add a lot more green moss!

Miles’ Grandpa, made the custom favors of birch pole tea light holders and we wanted the welcome table to play off the perfect favors perfectly. We created a small forest surrounding the table, laid fresh green moss on the table and placed the cutest woodland creatures were throughout the table and trees.

There were four different looks throughout the room to create a small forest.  Each of the looks incorporated a fun woodland creature, either made from bottle brush or from actual wood cut outs.  The trees added height to the room but did not block the view of the guests at the tables. Our favorite look included the little woodland creatures found in glass jars nestled in moss!

The head table was made up of a continuous look of fresh greenery, tree cutouts, and woodland creatures placed on either side of long birch poles placed in the center.  The head table was placed in the center of the room so all the other looks played off this table perfectly!

We wish Miles and his family congratulations on his special day and we hope that Spring actually comes to Chicago (forecast shows for more snow this week!?!)

Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Team Limani

Venue Love: Venue Concorde Banquets Event Design and Florals by Limani Designs Photography by Peggy of Hallways Are My Runways

Celebrating 5 years!

Time flies when you are having fun…isn’t that the saying?  Well, it has not only been fun but it has been a lot of growing up, learning, and hard work. Limani Designs started at a time in my life that I pretty much felt the whole world change around me.  I had been working at Harpo at the time and there was no better place to learn to follow your heart when it comes to your own happiness other than from Oprah herself!  In July of 2011 this was my life…I was getting married, I was going to be without a job for the first time since I was 16, and I was moving away from home (finally I know, but still a very new experience for me). *Please note, getting married and moving out of my parents home are NOT negative things by all means, I just felt the life I had grown accustom to was changing pretty drastically all in one month:) My friends were finding and taking on new positions around me and I just couldn’t see myself doing that at that time…

I think sometimes the inner voice in your head is just the smartest but we are too scared to listen to it. Well, I listened to that voice. We enjoyed our wedding celebration, a wonderful party that feels like yesterday btw, took a month long honeymoon to do nothing but go to different beaches every day and during all this time I knew when I got back I would take a leap of faith and start a business that I was passionate about!

In October of 2011, with the help and guidance of our good friend and Koumbaro, Alex, I created my very first LLC company.  Obviously before I got there I had agonized about the name for months prior to this decision.  I wanted the name to include my mom and I in a way that was not obvious. I kept thinking, there had to be something that my mom and I loved more than our families, fashion and creating things…the Limani in Agrili!  Our first family home is by this tiny seaport in the southern part of Greece that if possible, I would spend the rest of my life there. It. Was. Perfect. It had a special meaning to both of us, it was different and it brings us pure happiness thinking about it.  Of course, my brain did’t stop there, I immediately knew I wanted a paper boat logo!  My mom used to make paper boats with us all the time when we were little and you can’t have a seaport without boats, am I right?

So that started it but what do you do when you start a business and have not idea what your next steps our?  Before starting Limani, my mom, Angie, and I were fortunate enough to work on some pretty special celebrations before realizing this is what we wanted to do full heartedly.  Those experiences our my absolute favorite.  We jumped right in to every project and figured things out as we went.  Without even realizing it then, we had started our portfolio-yay!  So I spent hours…I mean HOURS…putting together a website, (I am not tech savvy at all by any means but this was not a battle I was going to lose) and LimaniDesigns.com 1.0 was launched in January 2012!! Woohoo!!

Then the best things started happening…our friends and family started referring us to clients and we have not stopped since then.  We can’t tell you all how important it is to have a strong, supporting circle and we absolutely would not be doing this all these years (and many, many, many more to come) if it wasn’t for you!

Thank you for taking this journey with us and we look forward to the next chapter in our lives with open arms.  Our new meeting space is just perfect and we couldn’t be happier to have a place that we can meet clients without the clatter of the Starbucks team making coffee in the background (although all those Starbucks meetings with our clients have always been our favorites).  This place is small and just what we need right now.  Thank you all for coming out and celebrating our Open House with us.  We plan on celebrating a lot this year so stay tuned for more wine and champagne parties to come!

Eventually, our dream will be to have a large studio space WITH our meeting space but for now I have learned to enjoy the small wonders and be happy!

Also, while all of the above was going on, I had dreamed of our cute Etsy Shop that we opened in February 2012, so this Open House celebration also celebrated 5 years of making and selling Angie’s beautiful candles.  I can not even imagine creating her unique candles (or attempt to) why mess with a great thing, right?!  I not only love my Mom but I admire her ability to be the creative person that she is and do everything that she does.  I will write a different post about her another time…I am already too emotional!

Even though our Easter is not till May 1st, our season started early this year with our first order coming through in February (yay! for really organized souls)!  We have received so many custom orders, Angie and I are learning a lot about what toy/show/game is really trending now:) and we will continue accepting custom orders until the week before Easter.

This year’s collection is as always cheerful, with brightly colored ribbon details, playful and youthful.  There is intricate wrapping, little details throughout and of course the main idea behind our Shop, ORIGINAL designs.  Which one is your favorite?

Happy April everyone!  This is going to be a great month, I just feel it!

xoxo,

Eleni and Team Limani

Venue: The Wedding Gallery, Roscoe Village in Chicago.  Limani Designs’ Easter Candle Collection on Etsy