Late last summer, we found ourselves pretty busy, with the exciting move into a much larger warehouse where all of our inventory was easily viewable, and the opening of our venue, The Loft of Elements Preserved, in historic Elgin, IL. Although it was a crazy few weeks, we couldn’t have been happier to have found a beautiful, historic venue that had become available, and seemed the perfect fit to showcase a few key pieces of our vintage and specialty inventory, while providing a luxury space for intimate events. We added our personal touch to the venue with a dramatic 24-arm chandelier which hangs directly over a 14-foot wooden Harvest table; seating 18, it serves as the perfect Head Table, or family table!
With over-size arching windows, the venue is washed in natural light, making it the perfect dream location for photographers to capture styled shoots, professional head shots, and best of all, to capture photos of the special events that are taking place in the venue, including small, intimate weddings, bridal and baby showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, and other private events. Here are a few photos from a recent styled shoot, a Romantic Boho-styled wedding, captured by Laurel + Prairie and planned by Tina Skiver [email protected].
But, the options for use of the venue are much more than these, and we are very excited about upcoming scheduled events, as well as welcoming the community to consider The Loft when they begin planning for business meetings, book club meetings, workshops, Corporate events, launch parties, and more. It’s rare to find an upscale venue that’s close to free parking, access to hotels, the Arts community, and is yet small enough to accommodate an intimate group in such a luxury setting in the suburbs.
As already mentioned, we love the floor to ceiling windows because the lighting is spectacular! But, we love to look across the beautiful hardwood flooring, and the classic vintage touches we’ve added with furniture, lounge seating, tables, and accent pieces, and each day we spend there, we are reminded of why we fell in love with this beautiful space, and why we want to share it with so many more. Just imagine your intimate elopement wedding in this space, as photographed by Jen Jenkins earlier last summer.
With several small, intimate weddings and receptions already scheduled for the summer of 2018, it’s so rewarding to see our couples excited about finding our space, and making their own memories there. As with our vintage/specialty rentals, we sit down with our couples to learn about their event, answer questions, make suggestions for creative set-up of the space, offer options to add additional rental pieces that are not in-house, and help them create the look they want, whether it’s a color request or a particular theme to be found throughout the event
We’ve held some of the most beautiful baby showers and bridal showers, complete with styled themes, desserts, decor, and seating, as well. Guests rave about how beautiful the space is, and word of mouth is a tremendous marketing tool when a new venue becomes available. A few weeks ago, we held our first Bridal Expo, and invited a few, select vendors to display their work for attendees to view, and be available to answer questions. Although it was a small event, we counted it a success in all aspects, as it was a means for networking among vendors, as well. Check out a few of the photos shared by Nicole Jansma, one of the photographers who attended.
Located in downtown Elgin’s historic Commercial District, the century old building is surrounded by restaurants, art studios, is blocks from The Hemmens, the home of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, renovated loft-living spaces, small shops, and more. We are very excited for the opportunity to a part of this vibrant art community, and all it offers.
So, now that you know a little more about The Loft of Elements Preserved, we hope you’ll share this information with others who are looking for the unique, upscale luxury venue you’d find in Chicago, but with the ease of a suburban location. Let us help you create an event that will long be remembered for the details we helped bring with our furnishings and decor, as well as the time you spent with family and friends. After all, it’s really about gathering with those that mean the most to you, in a beautiful setting, making beautiful memories. Welcome to The Loft! It’s such a pleasure to serve our clients and help make their events a success!