Our Venue | City View Lofts, located in the downtown area of Chicago, features an industrial loft vibe, complete with gorgeous brick walls, beautiful natural light flooding in the windows and picturesque skyline views. We'll also be utilizing City View's downstairs sister venue, Kitchen Chicago. With equally beautiful brick walls, stunningly high ceilings, and a petite garden view, we're excited for Bloom Bash Chicago guests to experience both intimate venues. 

Our venue is only a few miles from Michigan Mile shopping, the heart of downtown, Yankee Pier, exciting comedy clubs, delicious restaurants and of course, Lake Michigan.

Details | Directions, Accommodations & More

City View Lofts: 324 N Leavitt St #200, Chicago, IL 60612

Though your ticket does not include hotel accommodations, we have secured a discounted room rate of $179 for a king or two queen bed rooms between the dates of July 8-13th at The Crowne Plaza in West Loop. Just click here to head to our booking page. You may have to mention BW8 when making your reservation. You can also call 312.829.5000 to make your reservation.

Ticket Inclusions What exactly does your ticket include? Find out here.

  • Two full days of education and learning. Time-tested strategies from industry leaders, practices you can put into action in your business and blog now, and hands-on training. 
  • Day One Sessions include: Blogging, Social Media, Branding, Photography, Styling & Design.
  • Day Two Hands-on includes: Floral arranging class, calligraphy class and your choice of two breakout sessions (Photography & The client experience OR Styling & Standard Principles of Design). Attendees will take home their floral arrangement and vessel as well as their full calligraphy kit including pen, nib, ink and instructional materials.
  • A fully styled wedding photo shoot at the end of day two including tablescapes, florals, bride, groom and bridesmaid models and a styling station. Refine and develop your photography and styling skills in a relaxed environment where no one will compete to "get the shot". This is hands-on and attendees will be actively shooting and styling. Photos may be used for personal portfolios. We will also be sharing how to dream up and execute styled shoots of your own!
  • Daily insight from a panel of hand-selected experts. We use this time at the end of each day to open the floor to questions of all kinds, nothing is off limits. Our speakers and panelists all have a passion for sharing their knowledge on their craft. You'll find this time very comfortable, casual, and informative as we are open to discussing things as serious as contracts, to as personal as how to balance work and home life. 
  • Networking opportunities. Bloom takes pride in featuring speakers and guests who love to share their hearts and success. You will love the warm environment that sets the stage for developing new lasting friendships, mentors, business partnerships, and collaborations.
  • Catered breakfast and lunches on both days of the workshop.
  • Professional headshots of yourself or your team. Ashley Slater Photography will be providing an opportunity for you to have your photos taken for your business or blog.  
  • A sweet bag of swag and other thoughtful gifts, sprinkled over the two day workshop.
  • Support after the workshop comes to an end. We love to continue working with you even after the workshop is over. Our Facebook page provides a space for attendees to bounce ideas off one another and share success! 
  • Believe it or not, even more surprises than those listed above are in store for our guests!

Cost | Early Bird tickets start at $1099.

Teachers We are delighted to learn from these talented and influential women during Bloom Bash.

KELLY MARIE THOMPSON, FLEUR CHICAGO Kelly Marie Thompson has headed Fleur Inc since 2002. What began as a bucket flower shop has since turned into a bustling storefront boutique offering floral designs, deliveries and gifts, including as many American made lines as possible. The boutique has won a number awards including Chicago's Best from both The Reader and Newcity Magazine. She and her work have been featured in many print magazines including Martha Stewart Weddings, Town and Country, Vogue, The Knot, CS Brides and The Knot Chicago, as well as online blogs including Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Anne Designs and Ruffled to name a few. Creating beautiful floral designs for couples across Chicagoland, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan has been her focus the last few years, as well as offering a random design class, pop ups and collaborating with colleagues on tutorials and styled shoots. Kelly Marie's style has been described as "Organic, giving the illusion that floral design is effortless" and "Always romantic, but with a unexpected element that is sure to delight".  Kelly Marie is teaching our floral design session at Bloom Bash. After watching her demo, guests have the chance to create their own petite arrangement!                                               website | instagram 

KELLY MARIE THOMPSON, FLEUR CHICAGO
Kelly Marie Thompson has headed Fleur Inc since 2002. What began as a bucket flower shop has since turned into a bustling storefront boutique offering floral designs, deliveries and gifts, including as many American made lines as possible. The boutique has won a number awards including Chicago's Best from both The Reader and Newcity Magazine. She and her work have been featured in many print magazines including Martha Stewart Weddings, Town and Country, Vogue, The Knot, CS Brides and The Knot Chicago, as well as online blogs including Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, Elizabeth Anne Designs and Ruffled to name a few.

Creating beautiful floral designs for couples across Chicagoland, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan has been her focus the last few years, as well as offering a random design class, pop ups and collaborating with colleagues on tutorials and styled shoots. Kelly Marie's style has been described as "Organic, giving the illusion that floral design is effortless" and "Always romantic, but with a unexpected element that is sure to delight". 

Kelly Marie is teaching our floral design session at Bloom Bash. After watching her demo, guests have the chance to create their own petite arrangement!

                                              website | instagram 

MOLLY JACQUES, HAND LETTERER & CALLIGRAPHER Hi, I'm Molly. I'm a lettering artist who has had the opportunity to work with some of the best brands around. You've probably seen my work in magazines, on the television, or over at my font foundry. I'd love to share my expertise with you, whether through a commissioned project, online education, or fun lettering goodies. My work can be seen in Nike, Cole Haan, Disney and more. Molly is back for her 3rd time teaching our hands-on calligraphy session, something our attendees always enjoy. It's challenging and fun; just like any new medium would be, and we're thrilled to have such a talented calligrapher to teach our guests! You'll also get the chance to hear Molly's expertise on business and social media on our Q&A panel.                                               website | instagram

MOLLY JACQUES, HAND LETTERER & CALLIGRAPHER
Hi, I'm Molly. I'm a lettering artist who has had the opportunity to work with some of the best brands around. You've probably seen my work in magazines, on the television, or over at my font foundry. I'd love to share my expertise with you, whether through a commissioned project, online education, or fun lettering goodies. My work can be seen in Nike, Cole Haan, Disney and more.

Molly is back for her 3rd time teaching our hands-on calligraphy session, something our attendees always enjoy. It's challenging and fun; just like any new medium would be, and we're thrilled to have such a talented calligrapher to teach our guests! You'll also get the chance to hear Molly's expertise on business and social media on our Q&A panel.









                                              website | instagram

ASHLEY SLATER, ASHLEY SLATER PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley has been a storyteller from a young age.  When she discovered photography, she discovered how to tell stories in an incredibly stunning way and was hooked. Based in the midwest, Ashley is primarily a wedding and portrait photographer and loves shooting with her film camera as much as possible. When she is not photographing weddings or running the Bloom Workshop which she co-founded, you can find her at home with her husband and two small boys. She is a wine and food enthusiast and enjoys traveling, cooking, eating and exploring new cities. Since teaching The Bloom Workshop, Ashley has found a new passion in passing on knowledge and empowering women in the business and photography skills. She thrills at the fact that every lady leaving can successfully navigate their camera settings and feel confident in taking great photos!  Her work has been featured on Style Me Pretty, Wedding Sparrow, The Knot, and a number of other wedding blogs and print magazines.                                               website | instagram

ASHLEY SLATER, ASHLEY SLATER PHOTOGRAPHY
Ashley has been a storyteller from a young age.  When she discovered photography, she discovered how to tell stories in an incredibly stunning way and was hooked. Based in the midwest, Ashley is primarily a wedding and portrait photographer and loves shooting with her film camera as much as possible. When she is not photographing weddings or running the Bloom Workshop which she co-founded, you can find her at home with her husband and two small boys. She is a wine and food enthusiast and enjoys traveling, cooking, eating and exploring new cities.

Since teaching The Bloom Workshop, Ashley has found a new passion in passing on knowledge and empowering women in the business and photography skills. She thrills at the fact that every lady leaving can successfully navigate their camera settings and feel confident in taking great photos! 

Her work has been featured on Style Me Pretty, Wedding Sparrow, The Knot, and a number of other wedding blogs and print magazines.

                                              website | instagram

MICHAELA BEEL, MICHAELA NOELLE DESIGNS Michaela has always had a passion for interior design, as she grew up building floor plans out of jenga blocks, spanning the entire width of her bedroom.Her passion for design has always been a part of her life, so with a love for houses and design, Michaela graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in interior design from Seattle Pacific University and an AA degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She has been authoring her design and lifestyle blog since 2010 and launched her own interior design business upon graduating, where she enjoys serving people and families by creating homes they love. Though from California, Michaela lives in Michigan with her new husband and enjoys working with high school students at their church, trying new recipes in the kitchen, eating out, drinking lots of hot tea, and decorating their first place together. As the co-founder of Bloom, Michaela has a passion for teaching women about blogging, social media, styling and design. Michaela's design work has been featured on RueMag, Style Me Pretty, Glitter Guide, Martha Stewart, 100 Layer Cake and more!                                                website | instagram

MICHAELA BEEL, MICHAELA NOELLE DESIGNS
Michaela has always had a passion for interior design, as she grew up building floor plans out of jenga blocks, spanning the entire width of her bedroom.Her passion for design has always been a part of her life, so with a love for houses and design, Michaela graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in interior design from Seattle Pacific University and an AA degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She has been authoring her design and lifestyle blog since 2010 and launched her own interior design business upon graduating, where she enjoys serving people and families by creating homes they love. Though from California, Michaela lives in Michigan with her new husband and enjoys working with high school students at their church, trying new recipes in the kitchen, eating out, drinking lots of hot tea, and decorating their first place together.

As the co-founder of Bloom, Michaela has a passion for teaching women about blogging, social media, styling and design. Michaela's design work has been featured on RueMag, Style Me Pretty, Glitter Guide, Martha Stewart, 100 Layer Cake and more! 

                                              website | instagram

JEN JONES, IHEART ORGANIZING Whenever I go missing, it's probably a safe bet that I could be found digging in a cabinet, drawer or closet, paring things down, rearranging and spinning my gears. Always looking at each and every space, wondering what could be done to to beautify and simplify that zone. Although "mom" will always be my number one job, I also write my blog IHeart Organizing full time, contribute to the Better Homes & Garden's Style Blog and run an online printable shop. Jen is a seasoned Bloom speaker and we're excited to have her back, teaching how to use Pinterest for your blog or business and be on our expert Q&A panel at the end of both days. Her knowledge on all things blogging and social media makes her a wonderful addition to our team!                                               website | instagram

JEN JONES, IHEART ORGANIZING
Whenever I go missing, it's probably a safe bet that I could be found digging in a cabinet, drawer or closet, paring things down, rearranging and spinning my gears. Always looking at each and every space, wondering what could be done to to beautify and simplify that zone. Although "mom" will always be my number one job, I also write my blog IHeart Organizing full time, contribute to the Better Homes & Garden's Style Blog and run an online printable shop.

Jen is a seasoned Bloom speaker and we're excited to have her back, teaching how to use Pinterest for your blog or business and be on our expert Q&A panel at the end of both days. Her knowledge on all things blogging and social media makes her a wonderful addition to our team!

                                              website | instagram

BRIDGET & CASEY, DIY PLAYBOOK We're Bridget and Casey, the best friends, Chicago gals, and editors behind The DIY Playbook. Even though we consider ourselves busy girls with full-time jobs, a DIY blog, and never ending to-do lists, we believe there is always time to improve our spaces in order to create homes we love. On our blog, we strive to inspire our readers to inject their sparkling personalities into their own spaces with affordable and attainable DIY solutions. Bloom Bash Chicago attendees are fortunate enough to meet this duo and hear from them on our expert Q&A panel. With copious amounts of knowledge on blogging, using social media to grow your blog and business, and working collaborations, Bridget & Casey offer so much to our panel.                                               website | instagram

BRIDGET & CASEY, DIY PLAYBOOK
We're Bridget and Casey, the best friends, Chicago gals, and editors behind The DIY Playbook. Even though we consider ourselves busy girls with full-time jobs, a DIY blog, and never ending to-do lists, we believe there is always time to improve our spaces in order to create homes we love. On our blog, we strive to inspire our readers to inject their sparkling personalities into their own spaces with affordable and attainable DIY solutions.

Bloom Bash Chicago attendees are fortunate enough to meet this duo and hear from them on our expert Q&A panel. With copious amounts of knowledge on blogging, using social media to grow your blog and business, and working collaborations, Bridget & Casey offer so much to our panel.

                                              website | instagram

 

The Schedule | Find out how we'll be spending our two days together!

Day One:
9:30am-5pm
Strolling Breakfast
Welcome & Introductions
Session A: Blogging & Branding
Lunch
Session B: Calligraphy with Molly Jacques
Session C: Photography with Ashley Slater Photography
Session D: Design & Styling with Michaela Noelle Designs
Q&A Panel on Social Media & Blogging
Headshots

Day Two:
9am-5pm
Strolling Breakfast
Session E: Floral Arranging with Kelly Marie Thompson
Lunch
Session F: Social Media
Breakout Sessions (choose one):
1. Photography & Client Experience with Ashley Slater & TBA
2. Elements & Principles of Design + Flat Lay Hands-On Styling
3. Creating a Bridal Bouquet with Kelly Thompson
Session G: Editorial Styled Shoot
Q&A Panel
Farewell

Styled Shoot Artists & Inspiration |

BHLDN bridal gowns, shoes, and delicate accessories will be the focal point of our photo shoot. We are excited to be partnering with the talented Susie Saltzman who will be providing gorgeous rings and jewelry! Amonie will be supplying us with the most darling, round vintage velvet ring boxes to style our details and rings. Molly Jacques will be crafting our invitation suite, while Kelly Thompson will be designing the florals for the shoot. Vibrant pinks and magentas paired with delicate details to juxtapose the natural city vibes will create our downtown Chicago wedding inspiration. 

the bloom workshop styled shoot

Testimonials | Hear what past attendees have to say about their time at Bloom Bash.

"I am so energized after the Bloom Bash San Clemente!! Michaela and Ashely have created an amazing experience with The Bloom Workshop. It covers creative entrepreneurs as a whole from styling to photography, florals, and calligraphy. Their panel of experts are just that; tried and true experts that tell you the nitty gritty of this #bossbabe world. The real deal--no sugar-coating. The best part however was the relationships you build with like-minded people and fellow creatives. You leave prepared, inspired and propelled to grow your passion to the next level. I highly recommend this workshop, plus...Ashley and Michaela are the most genuine and kind people out there. Thank you, thank you, x1000 thank you!" - Cynthia Beahm, C.B. Escribe.

"I flew 3104 miles to attend the San Clemente workshop and couldn't be happier with this investment! As a photographer, what I thought would be my main interest (the styled shoot) turned out to be of equal stature with every other aspect of the workshop. Every creative detail, every thoughtful gift, every word shared by fellow creatives, impacted me immensely. Having been in the photography business for 10 years, this was exactly what I needed to breathe some fresh air into my strategic direction. Thanks to the amazing girls of The Bloom Workshop!" - Ilyana Picans, Ilysiam Inc.

Experience | Take a peek inside our Bloom Bash 2016 recap video to see what it's all about.

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