A Chicago Wedding at the Great Hall of Café Brauer
We chose Heather Parker to photograph our wedding because we didn’t want “typical” posed wedding photos– we wanted creative photos that told a story. We first saw Heather’s photos while perusing wedding blogs and fell in love with her photojournalistic style. Heather’s photos are unbelievably gorgeous. She has great instincts when it comes to taking candid pictures — she captured moments that I didn’t even realize had happened. To this day I am blown away by our wedding photos – every time I see them I am taken back to our special day and for that I am so grateful to Heather. Heather was a pleasure to work with – she is professional, friendly and you can tell she has a passion for photography.
Our florist was Scarlet Petal and Esther created our gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces. I have to say that before meeting with Esther I had no idea what I wanted to do with the flowers – all I knew was that I wanted LOTS of candles. Esther created amazing displays from manzanita branches, orchids and hydrangeas — she also suggested we suspend hundreds of candles from the ceiling of Café Brauer which gave the room a romantic glow, and ended up being my favorite part of the décor.
Don’t stress about the small stuff — you spent so much time and energy planning the perfect day so be sure to ENJOY it!
We knew the minute we walked into Café Brauer that it was the place for us. It is a unique venue in the Lincoln Park Zoo with amazing views of the Chicago skyline. Café Brauer has two large terraces, which were the perfect outdoor option for the cocktail hour. The gorgeous architecture, exposed brick and enormous skylight were the perfect backdrop for the rest of our décor and created a magical atmosphere.
After much debate about wedding DJ versus band we decided to have Toast and Jam DJ at our wedding. Our fabulous wedding DJ was Jennefa Krupinski and she was amazing! Jennefa is great at reading a crowd and she played the perfect mix of music that kept the dance floor packed all night.
Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Reception Venue: The Great Hall of Café Brauer
Ceremony Venue: St Hedewig Church
Floral Design: Scarlet Petal
Catering: Food for Thought
Wedding Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design
Wedding DJ: Toast and Jam
Bride’s Dress: Belle Vie Bridal