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Eeek! I’m so excited to show you guys Erica and John’s Cafe Brauer wedding!
It was our first wedding of the 2016 season. We couldn’t have started our Chicago wedding photography year with a nicer couple for their Cafe Brauer wedding. Erica and John were/are awesome! We ventured were outside in March for their photos and they were such troopers to brave the chilly weather right on Lake Michigan. I’m glad that the bridesmaids had long dresses on – thanks Jenny Yoo! We were all filled with warm thoughts, good vibes, and love, which helped keep us all warm.
Erica and John had their wedding festivities at the historic Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park. It is an amazingly beautiful space made by Perkins & Hamilton in a Prairie Style architecture. It is one of our favorite spots in the Chicago to photography.
Erica’s bouquet, the bridesmaid’s dresses, and all of the other details mimicked the lavender and prairie green in Cafe Brauer Wedding’s space. We started the day off at Hotel Lincoln– which is conveniently close, FILLED with Mid Century Modern furniture and amazing antiques, which are all locally sourced. Anything mid-century modern and vintage warms my heart. We also took a trip to the roof to Hotel Lincoln’s – The J. Parker.
Checkout the photos from their big day below.
A huge thank you to all of the Vendors who were a part of Erica and John’s Cafe Brauer wedding, we couldn’t do it without you:
Flowers: Collette Clancy Flower Firm
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Dress Designer: Romona Keveza
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Caterer: John Calihan Catering
Cake: Calihan Catering
Music/DJ: Toast and Jam
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Warehouse
Coordinator: Bambi Rogers
Hair/Makeup: Kate Johnson Artistry
Getting Ready Location: Hotel Lincoln
Ceremony and Reception Location: Cafe Brauer
Chicago Beach Engagement Session
Meghan and Ben were able to look so graceful on this blustery Chicago day. Seriously, the winds just wouldn’t let up- it was nuts. But! Thanks to Meghan’s graceful step and vibrant maxi dress, the bustery day managed to look like it was all meant to be for their Chicago beach engagement session. Not to mention, the waves on the lake were huge!
We started off at a park in southern Chicago, and slowly worked our way over to the windy beach. Naturally the beach was a great choice as Meghan and Ben are getting married in Cancun this fall. With a plane full of guests headed down to Cancun for the Thanksgiving holiday. We are so excited! Festivities on day 1 and portraits on day 2. Meghan and Ben have done a bit of traveling together, from the Caribbean to Italy and lovely places in between. Low key, breezy and fun, which is exactly what Meghan and Ben’s day will be.
Last shot = my favorite. Ahhh, love a Chicago beach engagement session. Perfect wind for perfect waves.
Tracey and Chris are awesome. We got to essentially just roam around Pilsen with them for the Chicago engagement photography session, joking about cheese and other bits of silly-ness for the first half of their session.
I can’t wait for their wedding! Their city affair is going to be held at the beautifully historic Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Chicago later this fall. Fitting? Yes. Tracey and Chris got engaged in Las Vegas as he swept her off of her feet and they stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas.
Now, on to the engagement session. Might I add- Tracey, your hair is AMAZING. That is all. <3
We are huge fans of collaboration. So when Mackenzie and Jeff said that they wanted to Focus on Downtown Chicago for their engagement session, we were more than excited. Especially excited for Mackenzie’s shoes. She sported a pair of epic Betsey Johnson Pumps. Pumps and jeans? Yes please!
We started off the session on Randolph Street, surrounded by restaurants and the hustle and bustle of people. Au Cheval had special meaning to Mackenzie and Jeff, and naturally we had to start off on these soon to be vintage Newspaper Boxes outside of the restaurant.
Gotta love a Downtown Chicago Engagement session.
Anna and Eui-Young have a fond love of games, or anything fun for that matter (except sushi for Anna, but she’ll stomach it for Eui-Young). Their amazingly fun Chicago Hilton Doubletree Wedding had all the bright pops of color you’d hope for. Anna even got colorful robes for all of her bridesmaids, and you know I love anything coordinated. 🙂
Hope that you two had an amazing honeymoon!!
Eui-Young and the crew dancing to Gangnam Style? Why of course!
Wedding Dress- Watters Gown
Shoes- Style & Co
Florist- Kimberose- Kim Dunlap
3rd Shooter- Jennifer Reed
Ceremony- Community Presbyterian Church
Reception- Doubletree by Hilton Chicago – Arlington Heights
Hair- Tamara Hair & Makeup
Honeymoon Destination- Hawaii!
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