Fantastic job on our decor and absolute experts on our venue, Bridgeport Art Center. They were so wonderful to work with, thank you AOI!
Reviewed On 1/08/2023 by Molly S
We had a great experience working with Deb and Art of Imagination for our wedding on 10/15/22 at the Sculpture Garden at Bridgeport Art Center. Deb has incredible expertise and she is so thoughtful about bringing your vision to life. From the d...
rapery and platform in our ceremony space, to a disco ball installation to hiring a custom neon sign, she helped us make our wedding look chic and stunning! She worked with our florist to pull off the dance floor disco ball installation and we're so grateful for that attention to detail. Deb and her team were responsive during the planning stage and attentive during the walk through. Deb provided suggestions and was incredibly positive to work with. She knows the Sculpture Garden inside and out!
Reviewed On 11/21/2022 by Abby B
Art of Imagination provided the decor for our wedding at Loft on Lake in Chicago. All of the decor ended up being beautiful including vines along wooden beams on the ceiling, white draping as a ceremony and sweetheart table backdrop, a beautifu...
l white aisle runner, and even two chairs for the horah! Everything looked exactly how we wanted it to look and I am so happy they made our vision become a reality!
Reviewed On 11/12/2022 by Leah M
We used Art of Imagination for our lighting and draping decor, as well as the stage for our ceremony. It all turned out fantastic! AOI is only one of two preferred decor vendors for our venue (Bridgeport Art Center) and we were lucky enough to ...
book AOI before they filled up. Deborah was super helpful and accommodating with the late additions of the stage and additional lighting needs. We had a great experience and would definitely recommend using Art of Imagination for your wedding or event! Her industry knowledge and experience with our venue really helped create the vision we wanted for our wedding. There is a reason they are rated one of the best on The Knot for the past 3 years!
Reviewed On 10/11/2022 by Jordan L
Deborah from Art of Imagination was an absolute dream to work with. She and her team provided the gorgeous drapery and lighting for our wedding at the Rookery and we could not have been happier with how beautiful the space turned out! Some of m...
y bridesmaids even commented on how big of an impact the drapery made on the space after seeing it without the drapery the night before for our rehearsal. Deborah is such a kind individual and was absolutely delightful to work with throughout the entire planning process. We are so grateful to have chosen Art of Imagination for our lighting and drapery wedding needs and cannot not recommend them enough!
Reviewed On 9/08/2022 by Shana L
Thank you to Deb and the team over at Art of Imagination for working with Matt & I on adding drapery and lights for the big day at Bridgeport Art Center - it was perfect! We would work with you again in a heartbeat.
Reviewed On 8/14/2022 by Danealle K
Save yourself the stress of shopping around and just hire the AOI team. Their ideas are amazing, they are so communicative and even though we didn't use them for florals still helped us brainstorm ideas. The entire team is so kind and was just ...
a dream to work with. If you're having a Chicago wedding, this is the team for you. They set up a lot of the decor the day before the wedding so we got a sneak preview during our rehearsal. It was just magical.
Reviewed On 7/20/2022 by Christie B
Deborah from Art of Imagination provided services that exceeded my expectations. She is kind-hearted, and understands a bride's needs and the rollercoaster of planning a wedding. Her patience meant the world to me and will not soon be forgotte...
Deborah has a vision, and will work with to help your wedding vision come alive, in a very beautiful way.
Art of Imagination made sure that I felt that I was being heard, which set my nerves at ease. Deborah's creativity and overall patience helped make our day both beautiful, special, and with this, ultimately filled the venue with love.
Reviewed On 7/08/2022 by Devin S
Art of Imagination did a beautiful job at Stan Mansion for our wedding! Deborah and team were wonderful to work with throughout the entire process. They have plenty of pictures of what they've done in the past and for Stan Mansion, they have sp...
ecial packages even. The day of the wedding, the draping and lighting looked absolutely phenomenal and we got so many compliments from our guests! We are really happy that we went with Art of Imagination for our wedding as they made our wedding day so special. Thank you, AOI!
Reviewed On 7/07/2022 by Michelle J
Deborah and the team at Art of Imagination were a pleasure to work with for our wedding at the Bridgeport Art Center. Our relationship with Deborah spanned nearly two years from initial introduction to the day of our wedding due to the pandemic...
and a wedding reschedule. Throughout this time, Deborah and her team were professional, responsive, friendly, and invested in our vision for how everything would look.
As we navigated a wedding reschedule and various changes, Deborah seamlessly went with the flow and provided valuable suggestions and also guidance. Her experience and familiarity with the space put us greatly at ease that the decor would turn out fantastic.
Every time we spoke with Deborah, whether for a walk-through, a quick call about the plans, sudden changes, she was always enthusiastic and personable and attentive. The process felt collaborative and she was present during our wedding to ensure all went smoothly. The wedding decor, lighting, and the atmosphere truly was wonderful and we have Art of Imagination to thank for that.
Reviewed On 6/20/2022 by Lisa F
The team at Art of Imagination made our wedding at The Rookery even more magical and intimate. Deborah and her team were really easy to work with, very professional and on top of their communication. They made us feel like we were their only cl...
ients! I would highly recommend using Art of Imagination.
Reviewed On 6/15/2022 by Esther L
It was such a great experience working with Deborah from Art of Imagination. She had a long history of working with our venue, and knew the place inside and out. She gave us tips for the day of that were little details that only someone who h...
ad been doing this for years would know. The drapery that AOI did on the day of was impeccable, and we needed little other decor bc of their elegant work. Thank you, AOI!
Reviewed On 5/15/2022 by Justin & Sarah C
Our wedding was absolutely stunning and we have Deborah and her team to thank! She knows the business better than anyone and her vision and ideas made our venue gorgeous. Guests are still talking about how beautiful the venue was! She knew w...
hat was going to work best for our wedding day and she was spot on. We can't recommend enough!
Reviewed On 4/01/2022 by Katie H
Deborah from Art of Imagination came highly recommended from my planner and our venue team at Bridgeport Art Center, so I definitely had high expectations! During our first meeting, she immediately exceeded my expectations and I knew she was th...
e right choice for our florals and decor. When I explained my specific vision, I felt like she completely understood it - within seconds! Not only did she just 'get it' right away but she was so enthusiastic about it and offered many unique and creative ideas and suggestions while still respecting our budget. The day of my wedding, I actually cried happy tears when my bridesmaids bouquets were delivered to my suite... they were THAT beautiful! I can't even describe the feeling of seeing everything we planned come to life at the venue - it was one of my favorite memories from that day - the drapes, chandeliers, lighting, table pieces, florals, all of the little details. I will never ever get over it!! I can't thank Deborah and her team enough for creating the most beautiful space for us that went above and beyond anything we could've imagined. Deborah has such a warm, genuine personality and she was truly such a pleasure to get to know and work with. Thank you for making my fairytale dream come true!!!
Reviewed On 3/01/2022 by Heather H
Deborah and Nicole are the dream team. They worked with us to get the perfect decor and squeezed every single penny to stay within budget. Not only are they responsive, but also very patient and have photos of almost anything you might want to ...
see; they've done it in the past and can tell you how it went and how to improve upon it!
Reviewed On 2/17/2022 by Ashley H
Using AOI for our wedding reception was one of the best decisions we made! We got married at the Bridgeport Art Center - Skyline Loft and they referred us to the AOI team. At our first consultation, Deborah sat down with us for an hour to under...
stand our vision and suggested a handful of different things that would make it come to life. We utilized lighting, drapery and the curato tubs and all I can say is WOW. Everything turned out absolutely stunning and really enhanced the space. The entire team was helpful, responsive and attentive to all our inquiries. We are so grateful that they were part of our wedding vendor team and would highly recommend their services!!!
Reviewed On 12/27/2021 by Dorothy W
We had a great experience working with Deborah and everyone from Art of Imagination for our wedding. They were a preferred vendor for our venue, and our caterer also recommended AOI having worked with Deb previously. We used AOI for decor and f...
lorals, and the process of choosing everything was seamless despite not being local to Chicago and having to postpone a year wide to Covid. The results were beautiful - would recommend Art of Imagination for any wedding/event!
Reviewed On 12/21/2021 by Diana X
Deborah and her team at Art of Imagination were incredible to work with! They saw our vision of creating a crescent moon floral arch and made it come to life. We originally booked in 2019 for our wedding, and finally had our celebration in Nov ...
2021. Throughout the entire process, the team at AoI was patient and kind, and helped us adjust as we moved from a summer to an autumn wedding. Deborah also helped connect me to a garland company (The Garland Guy) for our table garlands, which I greatly appreciated due to constraints in our wedding budget!! Overall, we had a great experience with AoI and highly recommend them for wedding floral, decor, and design.
Reviewed On 12/14/2021 by Danielle B
AOI, Deborah, and Nicole were an absolute dream to work with! Our venue space came to life with the perfect draping and lighting to make the space absolutely gorgeous. We cannot thank AOI enough for working with us over the past 2 years.
Reviewed On 11/15/2021 by Nicole V
Art of Imagination created our picture perfect reception venue with beautiful drapery and up lighting! They were SO easy to work with, and created a perfect design for us quickly. We would recommend them to everyone!
Reviewed On 11/07/2021 by Catherine R
We really enjoyed working with Deb and the entire Art of Imagination team. Our venue (Bridgeport Art Center) connected us to the team as one of their preferred lighting & décor and we now know why - they're professional, responsive, knowledgeab...
le, and creative. Deb and team knew the venue inside and out and gave wonderful suggestions that looked perfect for how we imagined our wedding. They were even able to help us get even more value for our money by including additional options since another couple at our venue (the same weekend) had a similar set-up to ours - rather than charge both couples the standard cost, they lowered the rates for both of us! With so many wedding vendors to choose from, I'm so glad that we chose AoI. They helped our wedding day look and feel beautiful for us and our guests.
Reviewed On 11/02/2021 by Lauren G
Deborah and her team at the Art of Imagination went above and beyond to ensure that our entire day was special. Her attention to detail and thoughtfulness in ensuring that we were happy was so incredible. All of our flowers were beautiful, the ...
decor was perfect and her team had everything running absolutely smoothly on the day of the event. We are so grateful to Deborah for making everything so perfect!
Reviewed On 10/17/2021 by Stephanie S
Art of Imagination provided a breathtaking backdrop for our wedding ceremony and reception... the elegant ivory and greenery setting was gorgeous as it pulled together our flower arrangements perfectly. Additionally, they hung string lights abo...
ve our dance floor and they were so beautiful for our first dance. They have several other decoration options to fit any wedding vibe. I would highly recommend working with their fantastic team!!!
Reviewed On 9/24/2021 by Kelly P
Deborah, Nicole, Maggie and team are AMAZING! First, they did our lighting and decor at the Bridgeport Art Center, which was absolutely MAGICAL. The drapery and lighting elevated the space to another level. Everyone cannot stop raving about how...
gorgeous the Skyline Loft looked. Second, we hired the AOI team as our wedding planners and we cannot recommend them enough! They will be your right-hand women all day, extremely thorough and detailed at every step and throughout the day. The fact that Deborah and her crew know so many vendors in the wedding industry makes AOI an essential part of your team! Thank you Deborah, Nicole, Maggie, and the whole AOI staff for making our day so perfect!
Reviewed On 8/11/2021 by Jillian B
Deborah and her team were wonderful. We used AOI for our wedding at the Sculpture Garden at Bridgeport Art Center in August 2021. They were attentive, creative, and informative. Their decor ideas brightened up the space and made it truly beauti...
ful. They respected our budget and worked with us to make it perfect. I would hire them again in an instant!
Reviewed On 6/29/2021 by Kelly P
Deborah and her team were a pleasure to work with! They took the time to meet and talk with us to figure out exactly how we wanted everything to look. When we needed to cover up an ugly sign, they threw in additional decor at no cost. You can t...
ell Deborah truly enjoys providing joy to her couples and ensuring it is just the most perfect day!
Reviewed On 5/29/2021 by Cassie D
Deborah and her team were great to work with! They listened to our ideas and helped provide direction when we needed it. They were very flexible with rescheduling in a difficult year and ultimately brought our vision to life!
Reviewed On 5/16/2021 by Leah C
We had such a great experience with Deborah and her team! She was very familiar with the venue we were having our reception at so she had a lot of ideas. She understood exactly the look we were going for and created such a romantic vibe! We did...
uplighting around the venue, a beautiful sweetheart table with a wall of lights behind it, and a few other things to enhance the room. It all came out better than we imagined! They were also very responsive and understanding throughout rescheduling due to covid.
Reviewed On 10/26/2020 by Ashlee G
Very responsive and friendly team!
Reviewed On 3/22/2020 by MaryJo M
I am so glad I worked with Art of Imagination for our wedding at Bridgeport Art Center. Deborah’s intimate knowledge of the Skyline Loft was so helpful and her creativity made our wedding reception so special. It was her idea to have a live mus...
ician stationed in the elevator, who serenaded wedding guests as they rode up to the 5th floor/the Skyline Loft. This was one of the most talked about parts of our wedding! AOI also has beautiful pieces to rent like copper bath tubs to hold beer. Deborah met with my parents and I multiple times, both at her studio and Bridgeport, which allowed me the time to refine my vision and decide what I exactly wanted. It was clear to me that Deborah and the AOI team truly cares about her clients! I am so thankful to AOI!
Reviewed On 3/22/2020 by Erin D
AOI was a great vendor for our wedding! They added light and sparkle to our venue that was beautiful and effective, and their service was outstanding.
Reviewed On 2/23/2020 by Katie T
Deborah knows the Bridgeport Art Center like the back of her hand. When we met her at her office in Pilsen, she had floor schemes all ready to go but didn’t even need to use them since it’s apparently etched in her head. She also appreciated ri...
ght away that I’m a visual person, so when she’d make a suggestion unique to a space or a type of light, she’d come prepared with a picture. I also never felt like she was upselling anything – she’d often even suggest something that would be cheaper and just as beautiful. The lights were one of our favorite parts of the décor as the really complemented the wooden beams and high ceilings of BAC beautifully. Walking into our reception space for the first time was one of our favorite moments and Deborah made that happen!
Reviewed On 11/08/2019 by Kate F
Working with Deborah, Sandra and their team was literally the best thing my husband and I could have done!!! They completely transformed our wedding venue, Room 1520, into something out of a dream! They really listened to what our vision was an...
d then amped it up to something even more incredible and magical. The first time I got a chance to see their creativity come to life at the venue left me completely speechless. Also, during the process leading up to the big day, they made me feel completely at ease and always had a "can-do, do not worry about anything" attitude. I cannot recommend them enough!!! I will miss working with them as they made it so much fun!
Reviewed On 11/06/2019 by Michelle R
From start to finish, the whole team at Art of Imagination was an absolute pleasure to work with. Our first meeting with Deborah was very early in our planning process, and it was SO helpful to be able to discuss (and get amazing ideas) about s...
o many key elements about the day. She was insightful and clearly so passionate about what she was. Our ceremony and reception were in the same space which was changed over during the cocktail hour, and thanks in huge part to the beautiful draping and lighting done by AOI it truly transformed from one to the other in the exact way we had envisioned. Their work is stunning, and everyone there is so professional and friendly.
Reviewed On 11/06/2019 by Vanessa F
Deborah and her team were excellent to work with and significantly helped with the beauty of our wedding venue. They are pleasant to talk with, are experts in their field and were able to help guide me in the right direction with design decisio...
ns. I would highly recommend Art of Imagination to anyone I know who is planning a wedding in the Chicago area.
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Hannah C
Art of Imagination was a dream to work with and helped make our space so beautiful!! The flow of our wedding was so flawless due to the beautiful draping provided by the team! The lighting was soft and romantic - perfect on a rainy night in Chi...
cago! The team was transparent about costs, helpful in design and helped make our dream wedding come to life!
Reviewed On 10/30/2019 by Jill G
Deborah and her team created the most beautiful vibe for our wedding day, going over and beyond our expectations! We're super grateful for her guidance and great ideas throughout the planning process, we cannot thank you enough!!
Reviewed On 10/29/2019 by Emily H
I don’t know where to begin with this amazing company. If you want to go with someone who genuinely cares about understanding and capturing the vibe and hopes you have for your dream day, please have one conversation with Deborah and you’ll loo...
k no further. She was kind, curious, thoughtful, and understood the goal my now-husband and I had for our big day and did everything needed to make it perfect. At our venue walkthrough, we met Sandra from AOI who we ended us asking to be our day of coordinator and our day wouldn’t have nearly been the same without her. She’s a true gem. The whole team, from start to finish, was so thoughtful, in the big details and especially the small, and I can’t say enough great things about them. I would recommend Art of Imagination above all others over and over and over again. Thank you AOI! You are all the best <3
Reviewed On 10/28/2019 by Megan C
My husband and I knew we wanted to make our wedding unique and tie in special elements. We spoke with our venue planner and wedding planner about this and they both recommended we contact Deborah at Art of Imagination. We are so lucky we did! ...
Deborah has such an incredible vision and was such a joy to work with. She created multiple different layouts for us and allowed us to choose which fit our style best with no pressure. We were absolutely trilled with the drapery, lighting and sleek furniture she provided for us on our big day. She was very easy to communicate with and extremely professional. We would recommend her and her team to anyone!
Reviewed On 10/28/2019 by S. Quetzi A
If you have the means, Art of Imagination is WORTH EVERY PENNY; they are truly artists in their field. My husband and I utilized their services for both our ceremony and our reception; the team pipe and draped all four walls, floor to ceiling, ...
for both rooms. With the elegant and classy effect the drapes had on both rooms the only touch left to add was uplighting - which Art of Imagination executed with finesse! Their ability to enhance the ambiance of a room is nothing short of magical. 10 out of 10 times would recommend their services!
Reviewed On 10/12/2019 by Martha M
Art of Imagination provided décor for our wedding. They are very familiar with the venue we chose (Bridgeport Art Center) and knew all the ins and outs of having a wedding there.
Both Sandra and Deborah were wonderful to work with! We were loo...
king for minimal décor as we felt the venue was beautiful as is. They worked with our ideas and were super helpful throughout the process. They were very responsive and willing to provide their point of view which we appreciated.
Reviewed On 9/22/2019 by Michelle L
Art of Imagination went above and beyond to create my dream wedding. The decor was phenomenal and so beautifully designed. Everything from the florals to the backdrop was perfect. Deborah is amazing to work with and is a true expert when it com...
es to wedding decor. In my ideas board, I had a little swingset with florals as an inspiration photo, but never actually thought it could be done at the venue. Deborah made it happen, and it was such a cute photo opportunity for the guests! I can't recommend her services enough!
Reviewed On 9/22/2019 by Willy C
Fantastic! We hired Art of Imagination to do the production and decor for our August 2019 wedding. We were thrilled with how everything looked -- the people at Art of Imagination really took our vision and unconventional centerpieces and ran w...
ith it - sticking with the theme and vibe that we wanted while also elevating the elegance of the entire event. Wonderful to work with. Would highly recommend!
Reviewed On 9/03/2019 by Samantha B
We worked with the team to create the most beautiful space at Stan Mansion. They helped us transform the ballroom into our own with great touches and detail! The draping hung around the room made everything look absolutely magical.
Reviewed On 9/03/2019 by Tetyana P
Art of Imagination was wonderful to work with for our wedding! We got married at Bridgeport Art Center on 5/11/19 and decided to go with AOM for string lights and décor. Their pricing is extremely reasonable and Deborah was very nice and unders...
tood our vision for the day. With Deborah’s help, we decided on string lights, uplighting, and the Curato tub for the bar. I really wanted garland/ greenery hung up but was limited on budget, so I asked if they would be willing to hang garland that I provided. They were able to work with me and come up with a plan that we were both happy with. Sandra attended the final walk through at our venue and helped fine-tune the final details. She was awesome to work with, was comfortable with the venue and all our vendors, and knew exactly what she was doing. On the day of, everything looked beautiful! The lights were perfect, the tub was definitely a showpiece and the greenery was amazing. We got so many compliments from our guests about all of the décor. AOM even threw in a globe light wall behind out place- card table for us! We did not know they were doing this and it was such an awesome surprise for us on the day. We are very happy we hired AOM and cannot recommend them enough! They are amazing at their craft and really care about making your vision come to life!
Reviewed On 8/27/2019 by Julia K
We worked with AOI for a big decor piece because we got married at a historic venue and AOI is a recommended vendor by them because Deborah has installed many things in the space and is knowledgeable about how to do this safely. Our decor plan ...
changed significantly a month before the wedding because a large tree that was the centerpiece of our venue and was supposed to hold a chandelier over our sweetheart table got sick and had to come down and we were left without a big focal point. I was really disappointed and nervous that we wouldn't be able to do anything to replace that charm and atmosphere without completely blowing up our budget, but we went back to Deborah's studio in Pilsen where she had a number of existing pieces on display and I fell in love with a hanging wooden trellis that had some cascading greenery and edison bulbs dangling from it.
This is where Deborah went to work and did a venue visit to figure out how to hang this piece outdoors. She came up with a plan that was approved by the venue and in the end even did some last minute restructuring because we had to set up a tent due to rain and the piece was hung under the tent. It looked stunning! I didn't miss the tree at all. In fact I was glad it was gone.
Deborah designs all kinds of decorations, signage, etc. and can figure out a way to make literally anything you can think of come to life. If we had a bigger budget, I would have definitely gone crazy with her.
I would echo someone else's review about communication occasionally being slow, but keep in mind that there are only two people at AOI: Deborah and her assistant, and Deb is a very busy woman. I was worried that because we had so little time left and had to literally come up with a whole new concept that it wouldn't be possible, but Deborah pulled it off, so no complaints here!
Reviewed On 8/11/2019 by Teresa C
I worked with Art of Imagination and Deborah for my July wedding reception and they did a fantastic job! We were looking for lights to cover the dance floor to make the space stand out and bring the outdoors in. Deborah went above and beyond to...
make sure the type of lights selected matched the vibe of the space and even added additional lights to our hanging floral structure. The final look was exactly what we were envisioning and more! I'd highly recommend Art of Imagination to future brides.
Reviewed On 7/29/2019 by Stephanie K
Overall, AOI really came through for us. We really appreciated how many times Deborah came out to our venue to meet with us, taking a lot of time out of her schedule. She also did a great job giving us her straightforward opinion regarding what...
she thought we did and did not need, according to our vision and saving us money along the way. We were also able to go into their studio, which helped us see some of the items in person and make decisions we wouldn't have made without that opportunity.
The only difficulty we had was in communication. They are a very busy place, but we were not able to establish a consistent form of communication throughout the planning process. We ended up revising our quotes a number of times, and each time this took awhile and sometimes we needed to send them several reminders. We had a similar experience when we needed them to communicate with our other vendors in order to clarify the items they would require (stage for the band, etc).
When it came down to it, the decor came out beautifully. Deborah and her team are amazing at what they do, and in the end we just had to trust them and rely on what others who came before us had said. We loved the way our venue looked the night of the wedding, and this wouldn't have been possible without them.
Reviewed On 7/15/2019 by Crystal B
We loved the staff at Art of Imagination. They were always in contact, ensured to follow up/confirm/clarify quickly and clearly. They understood the exact look and vision we had for our special day and coordinated with our other vendors wonderf...
ully. The draping and the lights were the perfect touch to tying together the romantic feeling we wanted our guests to experience. They never once tried to oversell us on items we didn't need (but they have so many beautiful options and add on's if they are in your budget!!). Thank you so much!
Reviewed On 6/27/2019 by Abigail J
Art of Imagination helped with decor for my wedding at Loft on Lake this summer. They put up a beautiful backdrop for my ceremony, along with a lovely hanging greenery piece. They also did a really cool globe light wall that was a perfect backd...
rop for the dance floor! I had to reschedule my initial consultation with them numerous times due to my work schedule, but they were accommodating and understanding and allowed me to have the meeting over the phone. Sandra came to my final walk through and offered so much advice from her experience with the venue. I totally trusted Art of Imagination from the beginning, but they delivered even beyond my expectations.
Reviewed On 6/25/2019 by Gaby K
Art of Imagination did the lighting, draping, and hung some greenery for my wedding at the Bridgeport Art Center. I worked with Deborah, and she was so helpful and flexible in creating the vision I wanted, she was quick to respond, and very pro...
fessional. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a production company looking to take their wedding to the next level!
Reviewed On 6/02/2019 by Dominique F
Art of Imagination provided drapery, lighting & stages for our wedding ceremony & reception. We loved working with Deborah from AOI. We got married at the Harold Washington Library and Deborah was very familiar with the space. She knew what wou...
ld look best and offered invaluable suggestions. On top of that, Deborah worked with our budget without sacrificing quality. She was able and willing to find ways for us to have exactly what we wanted without going over budget. Our wedding was absolutely stunning and we owe so much of that to Deborah & Art of Imagination.
Reviewed On 3/25/2019 by Morgan H
Could not be happier we worked with Deborah and her team to produce our incredible wedding!! Their decor team went above and beyond for us and turned the open loft we booked (Bridgeport Art Center!) into a gorgeous, intimate, and romantic atmos...
phere everyone loved. They helped us add incredible special details such as a love-seat for our head table, a rug for our alter, and stunning drapery and globe lights to tie everything together. They knew where to add special light enhancements throughout the room to highlight various areas, such as our dessert table, which elevated the whole room. Thank you SO much to the AOI team, we are so grateful for all you did!
Reviewed On 2/25/2019 by Irina S
If you're looking for someone who will create a fairytale out of your event, you must use The Art of Imagination.
Deborah, will kindly give you recommendations and will take into account your style and preferences! Sandra, her assistant, is al...
so very professional and helpful. The Art of Imagination can create something magical even from an empty space.
The drapery will add elegancy to any space and the overall room lighting and the up lights will only emphasize the beauty of the drapes and the space itself.
I will highly recommend them!
Reviewed On 2/24/2019 by April G
Art of Imagination was incredible! We had a winter wedding (February 2019) and had the greenery wall installation. It was stunning! Deborah and her team were so kind – they even added some beautiful tall candles to make our rustic, romantic the...
me come to life. We highly recommend Art of Imagination!! They went above and beyond to make our wedding day perfect!
Reviewed On 1/29/2019 by Amy D
Art of Imagination - they make your dreams come true! When my husband and I entered the ballroom to get married, the only thing both of us thought was that we just wanted time to take in how beautiful the room was. That was definitely thanks to...
Art of Imagination - they can transform any room into a place where dreams come true! From stage covers to draping (our venue, Stan Mansion, has gorgeous columns that AoI draped PERFECTLY), to beautiful soft lighting throughout the ceremony and reception, AoI absolutely created a dream atmosphere. Deborah and Sandra were absolutely wonderful to work with! Thank you all so much!!
Reviewed On 1/27/2019 by B H
Deborah was recommended to us by our venue and I am so glad she was! We were looking for a few simple, but beautiful design elements to add softness and romance to our ceremony and reception and the outcome as breathtaking and exactly what we h...
oped for! Despite our day being what I imagine is a fairly small job for this group, we were given amazing attention. Deborah was so responsive and helpful, offering assistance in any way she could. We had some weather issues very last minute and she was there to help take care of it! We added vinyl in-between our drapery and it truly kept our space warm and dry, and you couldn't see it! The globe lighting at our reception made the dance floor so fun! It was the perfect compliment to the venue. Highly recommend this great group of professionals to take your wedding to the next level.
Reviewed On 1/01/2019 by Erin G
Art of Imagination was a lighting vendor suggested by our venue (Ignite Glass Studio) and we were excited to hear that they had worked at our venue many times previously. Art of Imagination (AOI) provided an elegant ivory fabric backdrop for ou...
r wedding at Ignite Glass Studios that was pleated to cover the entire garage door. Both people that we worked with throughout the process, Jill and Sandra, were very easy to get a hold of and always quick to respond. AOI was able to work well within our budget for what we were able to afford. They also sent us pictures of what we could expect which helped us envision the perfect backdrop. While this was probably a small task for them, we appreciated the look and feel and would recommend their services!
Reviewed On 12/11/2018 by Kelly M
Art of Imagination was a huge asset for our wedding. They were able to help us plan and create the design and decor of our wedding. They perfectly executed the plans and hung all the drapes at our venue, Bridgeport Art Center, on the day of. We...
strongly recommend them for any decor needs.
Reviewed On 7/30/2018 by George L
AOI did a fantastic job decorating our loft space at Bridgeport Art Center. I was using some photos from another wedding that inspired me and Deb was easy to work with. She didn't overcomplicate but also brought up good questions and ideas. The...
end product was GEORGOUS! We received so many compliments on the chandeliers and draping. They did such a good job with lighting. Deb is always brining more ideas - just a few weeks before our wedding she did another one in the same space and then came back to us with another option for our alter area draping. I loved that she wasn't just about executing the contract and really thought about how to bring the space to life! Thanks Deb!
Reviewed On 7/09/2018 by Ashley R
Art of Imagination did an incredible job at my wedding. All the staff are professional and respond in a timely manner. They knew exactly what i wanted and also gave me some suggestions that I had not thought of. There is no doubt you will be pl...
eased with their service!!
Reviewed On 6/24/2018 by Justin O
We recently worked with Art of Imagination for our wedding this June at the Bridgeport Art Center. Deborah is so sweet and was lovely to work with. We met with her early to talk with her about our vision and she gave us some great ideas for mak...
ing our dreams become reality. She helped create the farmhouse/loft wedding we always wanted! Her overhead arrangements at our alter and above our head table were stunning! Art of Imagination also works to save you money is another group or couple I using the space the same weekend, for example she split the cost of lighting with us as another couple was also using them. We also had a few custom items we made/purchased that were added in perfectly, and taken very good care of! We would absolutely recommend them if you are planning a wedding!!
Reviewed On 4/15/2018 by Danielle L
We are so happy we used Art of Imagination for our wedding at Bridgeport Art Center. Deborah is clearly an expert on the space and knows exactly what to do to make it look perfect. She was also very willing to work within our budget. Definitely...
Reviewed On 4/09/2018 by Cara S
Deb & her team were wonderful. They helped me achieve the look & feeling I wanted at the budget I wanted. I couldn't appreciate their partnership, creativity, and kindness more. They covered a wall in vines on a snowy December night in Chicago....
It was magic. And they were lovely people to work with.
Reviewed On 12/17/2017 by April B
If I could give her negative stars I would. My fiancé suddenly and tragically passed *more than a year before our wedding date*, for which I had paid her already in full. I asked for the amount *minus the deposit* back, as I knew she would be a...
ble to rebook that date a year out. She refused. She profiteers off death, and now whenever I think of my deceased fiancé, I also feel taken advantage of by this woman. I hope she can look herself in the mirror.
Reviewed On 11/11/2017 by Emily F
We are so happy we decided to go with Art of Imagination for our lighting and drapery. Deborah and her staff were extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. From the early planning stages, they worked with us to ensure we would have ...
the wedding of our dreams.
When it came time for the big day, we were blown away with how perfect everything looked at our venue (Bridgeport Art Center). It was so cool seeing everything come together just how we had envisioned.
To anyone reading this still looking for the perfect lighting/decor vendor for their wedding, this is the one you want. You will seriously not be disappointed.
Reviewed On 10/18/2017 by Amanda C
AOI did an amazing job on the draping and dance floor monogram! The venue looks flawless! My only feedback would be that Deborah is ever hard to get in touch with. Emails went in answered and I had to follow up every time even when her and I sp...
oke on the phone. Other than that I really appreciate the work they did!
Reviewed On 10/04/2017 by Sarah G
I don't even know where to begin - Art of Imagination is incredible!! They strung beautiful cafe lights in our venue and it made such a difference. Not only did they do the lighting, but they made great recommendations for other ways to enhanc...
e the space and still stay within our budget. They went above and beyond and transformed a simple space into an elegant, rustic wonderland!! They are absolutely fantastic - I could not recommend them more!
Reviewed On 9/18/2017 by Megan S
My husband and I cannot say enough about how beautiful our reception room was! Art of Imagination provided us floor to ceiling drapery around our room, chandeliers, lighting and more. But, what sets this company apart from their competition is ...
the owner. From our initial meeting until the end, she ensured everything stayed true to our vision and even added a little extra! She is extremely talented, knowledgeable, and most importantly kind! Our guests were so impressed with everything and all we can say is THANK YOU for helping us create our dream come true reception!
Reviewed On 6/29/2017 by Justine T
We got married at Stan Mansion and worked with Deborah for all of our lighting for both the ceremony and reception. She was absolutely amazing! She created the exact look we were going for while keeping our budget in mind. All we had to do was ...
show her a few photos of what we had in mind and she made it come to life with such ease. Definitely recommend them for any event planning.
Reviewed On 6/08/2017 by Angela V
Deborah at Art of Imagination has a talent to envision your dream wedding and bring it to life! She was wonderful to work with, very prompt and professional - there was no stress involved in working with her. In our first initial meeting, she a...
sked to see my dress, the venue and color scheme - in just speaking with me in that session she had gathered that our style was clean, soft and romantic. She was able to provide recommendations in terms of decorations and what she could offer. She has an eye for detail which really brought our vision for our wedding life.
Reviewed On 3/20/2017 by Jessica F
Simply put, Art of Imagination works MAGIC. I shopped around quite a bit for a production company to bring beautiful lights into my wedding venue (Ovation), and once I saw was Art of Imagination could do, I knew they were the perfect fit for ou...
r wedding. I expressed what my budget was, and they worked within my budget to bring beautiful lighting to life, making my venue glow just the way I envisioned. I had multiple strings of cafe lights extend over half of the venue, over the dining/ceremony area. The lights were conveniently put on dimmers, so that they could adjust throughout the ceremony, dinner, then dancing. Their workers came and set up right on time, and worked with the venue to "tear down" efficiently. I worked with Deborah directly, and she made the entire process fun and easy. She has been in the business a long time and knew exactly what I wanted - I felt like she was reading my mind. When planning a wedding, there's nothing better than a vendor saying, "We got it!" with such confidence that you know they do. Art of Imagination exceeded any expectation I had for lighting, and I would highly recommend their service to any in event planning!
Reviewed On 2/27/2017 by Megan K
Deborah and her team were a dream to work with! They did a great job adding some drapery and flare to my venue to help things look more seamless. After receiving the initial proposal, they were a little tough to get in touch with, but after a...
few follow-up email and calls we were able to get everything locked in!
Reviewed On 9/09/2016 by Christina M
Can't thank Deborah and her team enough for helping me out with a very last minute request to add lights at Baderbrau Brewery. Every guest I talked to gave it rave reviews. It really added to the space without taking away from the beautiful s...
kylight in the early evening. They also worked perfectly with the aesthetics of the space already in place. This team is flexible and great to work with. If your on the fence about adding a few extras, do it and you'll be glad you did.
Reviewed On 8/17/2016 by Anthony B
Deborah and her team are amazing! We planned our wedding for over 2 years. We had a very difficult venue since it came as a blank canvas. We got married at Northerly Island. Deborah made the space so magical in the large empty tent. She did ext...
ensive work for us with the draping, beautiful backdrop with the café globe lights. Café globe lights draping inbetween the fabric from the ceiling. She hung our picture frames with the table setting. The lighting for the day was insane. She did uplighting in the visitor center. She did beautiful touches for the ceremony and also the cocktail hour and the marque. So beautiful, magical and enchanting. Deborah and her team delivered HUGE for us. She was very receptive to our budget and requests during the whole process. She met us numerous times onsite with the vendors. We could text her and communicate with her via phone and email easily throughout the whole process. She worked so extremely tirelessly for us understanding how important it was to get the look right. She executed all of our wildest dreams and finds on pinterest. Her value is unbeatable in Chicago-land area. You will not be able to match it. Most importantly, she really delivers the day of. So prideful in her work and checking on everything throughout the night. We were so impressed by everything that she delivered on. You will be so fortunate and lucky if you get the opportunity to work with Deborah. She will not disappoint you. Also, we had so many other vendors that the point person who we worked with changed multiple times. Not with Art of Imagination. Deborah was with us from start to finish. She really takes so much pride in her company and makes sure everything is so perfect. She works tirelessly for you. You feel like a VIP customer throughout the whole process. She provides such great vision and suggestions and makes your dreams become a reality. She knows how to execute and deliver. Her vision and eye for beauty and space is unbeatable. We were so pleased. She was our best vendor and we were not let down one bit with anything she did, rather it was above and beyond what we expected. The pictures of her work, really speak for themselves. She is available, good communicator, excellent visionary, and economical. Really an honor to work with her.
Reviewed On 4/09/2015 by Stacey F
I used Art of Imagination as the designer for our wedding this past Friday. Deborah really went above and beyond to create a stunning backdrop for our special day. From the golden beauty of the ceremony, to the romantic lighting for the recepti...
on, every detail was brought together to make for an overall amazing experience. It was a truly magical night, and the design really took it to a fairytale level.
Reviewed On 11/23/2014 by Catherine R
Art of Imagination helped us with our mandap for our Hindu ceremony. We were planning our wedding from out of town and only met with them twice, and day-of, everyone was talking about how beautiful our mandap was! We only gave Art of Imaginatio...
n a couple photos for inspiration, and they completely made it happen. They were great to work with, receptive to our questions and needs, and seamless worked with our venue. Highly recommend!
Reviewed On 11/27/2013 by Katie M
The captured the perfect bit of security and ambiance lighting at the glessner house for us with italian string lighting at the dance floor and bar making the scene beautiful after dark. For the required and added lighting it was just under $1...
Reviewed On 9/08/2013 by Rob A
We wanted a wedding with gorgeous blues and golds! Our theme was starry night by van gogh and they were so nice they even through in beautiful blue stars in the corner of our venue making some amazing photos! Nicely priced and very creative! ...
We have guests telling us how "us" the wedding was in regards to the colours and stars!
Reviewed On 7/03/2013 by Elia A
Thank goodness for Art of Imagination. I had not heard from my original lighting company so a little over a week before wedding I was able to meet with Deborah. I was very pleased with it and lighting was beautiful.
Reviewed On 9/16/2012 by Cassandra T
Made the event special and unique, transformed the ceremony and reception space
Reviewed On 8/29/2012 by Ashley Y
I met with Deborah to discuss the design for my July wedding back in October. I came to her office in the West Loop, and we chatted for about an hour about different options for the space and looked through her portfolio of work from other wed...
dings. We left the meeting with her promising to send us two proposals for the wedding for two different design options (for both lighting and flowers). A week comes and goes with no word for Deborah. I thought that maybe she has her hands full right now, so I will give her another week. After two weeks, I call and speak with her assistant, who says that Deborah will be sending the proposals tonight. Again, nothing. After 3 more phone calls and two more emails to Deborah (that were answered by her assistant, again saying that the elusive proposals were on the way), we still received nothing. Never having heard from Deborah or her assistant again, I am surprised by the lack of professionalism at Art of Imagination. Telling a would-be client that you do not have time for their wedding is completely understandable, however, continually ignoring them and not responding to calls/emails is unacceptable.
My fiancé and I interviewed several other vendors and ended up working with Dilly Lily and Elegant Event Lighting for the wedding (highly recommend both and reviews posted on their pages), and I couldn’t have been happier that I didn’t choose Art of Imagination.
Reviewed On 8/21/2012 by Anastasia P
Deborah at AoI is so creative! The minute I told her how I envisioned my wedding she came up with the most amazing ideas!
Reviewed On 8/03/2011 by Shelbi V
I found art of Imagination on the internet and thought there design and lighting was just what I needed to brighten up the space that I had. When first I met with the owner she was wonderful and had a great deal of Ideas and it seemed experienc...
e. As the planning continuted to develop she had somewhat lost touch with me and had her assistant working with me which then started the process all over again. She really was a great designer but I was very uneasy up to the day of the Wedding because she forgot what I was wanting alot and was having different people call me and ask me what I was looking for along with never returning voice mails or E-mails. If you can get them at a good time and they return your calls everything will turn out great. In the end I was happy but dont know if I would use them again just because of there lack of Responsibility my catering company had to do most of the work.It also was a bit pricy to just have thing up for a short amount of time.
Reviewed On 6/09/2011 by Amy B
Deborah from Art of Imagination was completely awesome! She had such great ideas and was so easy to work with. She creates beautiful backdrops and lights, and can change any space into what you want. We had a really stark bare space, and aft...
er Deborah, it was warm and inviting and gorgeous. She was one of the best things about our wedding!