Friday, September 27, 2013

On our Wedding RECAP this week, we are looking back at a wedding we had at Fulton’s on the River. Futlon’s is perfectly located in the heart of Downtown Chicago, right on the River. You can actually have a boat pull right up to the dock and let you walk right into the space. The space is lofted and modern. There are exposed brick walls, concrete columns in the space that create interesting blend of old loft vs. new loft. The team at Liven It Up Events have a few more weddings coming up this year and already a few we are prepping for next year!

This wedding was a destination wedding to Chicago as the couple lived on the East Coast with only some of the groom’s family here. Fulton’s did an amazing job with serving a scrumptious meal, while Art of Imagination and Juliet Tan Floral Designs created a d├ęcor concept that fit this couple perfectly. Kristi Sanford with Light on Life Images captured the day and the ladies at Bridal Beauty Chicago only enhanced the natural beauty of the bridal party.

Our favorite part of this wedding was all the groom’s idea of having the music videos to the songs being played live on television screens around the dance floor. It’s was super fun and the guests LOVED it!

Take a look at some of the snap shots we took!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Get the Best Profile Pics for Social Media

Social media goes beyond just making friends. Your social media profiles are the first thing anyone sees when they look you up online. Possible dates, friends and even potential employers will look up your social media profiles. While many people "clean up" their pictures on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, or even keep their profiles private, a profile picture and cover photo is always out there for people to see when they Google you. Too often people leave their profile pictures as simply cropped photos from casual photos. Even worse is having a picture of a cartoon character, their kids, or their pets. None of this creates the first impression a profile picture should make to those you may want to meet you in person.

It is important to have a profile picture that accurately shows who you are while still fitting into the size restrictions of most social media sites. Start by taking a professional looking photo of yourself using professional equipment such as photography backdrops and lighting kits, such as the ones you find at When taking a photo for use for profile pics, you want something that looks better than the common selfie. This is especially true for social networks such as Linkedin, where employers may see you.

You don't need the same picture for every site. For dating site, you would want a picture that brings out your most attractive qualities. For Facebook and Twitter, you can go more casual and friendly. For Linkedin you may opt for a more professional approach, wearing business-like clothing.

You should make sure your profile picture presents you in as neutral a light as possible. Never have alcohol or drugs on your profile picture or your cover picture. The same goes for extreme political or religious views, no matter where it may fall on the spectrum. Also, never put offensive or pornographic content in your profile or cover pictures.

Once you have appropriate pictures taken, you can use a program such as Photoshop to crop it down to an appropriate size as well as tweaking your photo's imperfections. Use Photoshop with a light hand so that it doesn't look like you have drastically altered your appearance.

Once you have your photos ready to go, upload them onto your various social media sites. Finally, be sure you update your photos every 6-12 months to give an accurate portrayal of yourself online.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Wedding RECAP @ The Newberry Library

Today, the Liven It Up Events team is excited to share our Wedding RECAP @ The Newberry Library. This has always been a treasured wedding venue in Chicago not only for the library’s historical significance as well as the gorgeous use of Ruggles Hall. The Newberry has been a part of Chicago’s Gold Coast Neighborhood for decades and has hosted a countless number of weddings.

The modern style in this historic building is what really does it for most couples. At this wedding, you can see how we only enhanced Ruggles natural beauty with some more traditional elements. Juliet Tan Floral Designs did a beautiful job creating traditional elements into the modern look of the room. Occasions Catering created a tasty dinner for the evening, Monastero Entertainment took care of the music, Dawn Roscoe captured the evening on camera, Bittersweet provided a delicious cake and Chicago Bridal Hair and Make-Up enhanced the ladies beauty for the day!

Take a look at this gorgeous wedding!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Wedding RECAP @ Spiaggia

This year, we have found ourselves at the private dining room at Spiaggia a couple of times. We say all the time, what a joy it is to work here. Between the over accommodating staff, the beautiful room and views, and some of the most amazing wedding food you will ever taste, it is just wonderful place for hosting a wedding! The wedding we are recapping took place on a beautiful day in June! With help from our friends at Art of Imagination, Juliet Tan Floral Designs, Tablescapes Party Rentals, we were able to enhance the beautiful space. Dolce Strings started the evening off right with the perfect music for the ceremony and for cocktail hour, while Final Say kept the dance floor packed all night! The evening was photographed by Adam Novak and videotaped by RDR Productions. This was a great wedding and we were happy to have it featured in Splash Magazine!

Take a look and see how this amazing wedding all came together!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Wedding RECAP @ Salvage One

One of the most unique venues for a wedding or event has to be Salvage One.  This is an antique store that occupies a giant warehouse located in Chicago's West Side Warehouse district.  What is so great about this space is you get to use the furniture that is there.  It's all mismatched, so if you're not into that look, you can bring in your own coordinating tables,chairs, linens and so on!  This past summer, we had a couple of weddings there.

This wedding, we are looking back on today featured wedding vendors Catered by Design, Molly’s Cupcakes, Double Platinum DJ , Fleur, Chicago Bridal Hair and Make-Up, Rev. Marian Hale, Pen Carlson Photography and a late night appearance by The Slide Ride.

Take a look at some of the snapshots we took!