When we were asked by our friends at The Gallery at Latin Rhythms to help coordinate their Open House event this past September, we jumped at our chance to get our hands on decorating this gorgeous space. A loft venue located in Chicago’s West Loop, The Gallery’s exposed brick, wooden beams, and string lights, not to mention their seriously awesome staff, makes them one of our favorite spaces in Chicago. They host absolutely stunning weddings and events, and we couldn’t wait to help them put together a fabulous celebration.
To honor the Latin heritage and flavor of the space, which serves as a dance studio when not hosting events, we opted for a Havana Nights theme for this late-summer party. We selected vintage décor pieces, all done with a touch of Latin flare. The tables were adorned with classic cream linens, tied with gold wire ribbon that felt simultaneously modern and vintage (we called it our steampunk ribbon!). As centerpieces, white tropical flowers in gold-painted wine bottles and upcycled wine bottle candleholders were mixed throughout the room.
Alongside the folks at The Gallery, we put together a dream team of vendors to showcase their talents during the Open House. Ian from i love lamP Lighting created and selected a number of fantastic options that transformed the space, including the aforementioned candleholders, dramatic purple uplighting, and a phenomenal installation that served as the room’s centerpiece. The wonderful Adam from Tuan B & Co memorialized the night in his beautiful photos, and the DJs at Epic DJ Services spun a wide variety of tunes.
Visitors and vendors alike had a blast playing with a Havana Nights-inspired photobooth set up in front of The Gallery’s amazing red metal door. When not concocting elaborate poses for their pictures, guests chatted, laughed, and danced the night away.
We were so thankful to be a part of this super fun Open House and to get to work with such talented vendors. Looking forward to many future happy memories with these guys!