Cafe Brauer Chicago Wedding :: Torrey & Tom

Cafe Brauer Chicago Wedding

I have been waiting to blog this amazing Cafe Brauer wedding for over a month! It has been a crazy summer and wedding season and as always editing and delivering weddings on time is our main goal and sometimes in order to stay on track we have to put blogging on the back burner for a little bit. But I promise, it was well worth the wait! This wedding is one of the most beautiful I have ever photographed… starting with Torrey. Torrey, you were a STUNNING bride! I cannot wait to take you back in time to relive all the incredible moments of your wedding day! Ready?

Cafe Brauer Chicago Wedding

Torrey wedding was purchased from the famous Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City – The dress is by Lazaro (style #3063). We all know I love Lazaro!!!!!

After the girls finished getting ready we took a couple of pictures on the grounds of the bride’s family’s home.

The reception took place at Cafe Brauer. Here is a little bit about Torrey’s vision for her big day:

The first time I saw Chicago’s historic Café Brauer in the bustling Lincoln Park area, my dream wedding began appearing before my eyes. The ornate red-bricked edifice cannot help but evoke a vintage feel with its exposed brick, iron beams, commanding skylights, and gorgeous terraces set high upon an emerald green pond overlooking the city skyline. Immediately, my fiance and I knew this was the place. We wanted to create a fairytale wedding that was a combination of both a big city celebration yet still held an intimate, personalized vibe. I brought an outdoor wedding indoors with carefully chosen and vibrantly-colored wildflowers and succulents, fresh yellow lemons, and glass mason jars adorning the round tables draped in celadon greens and buttercup hues. The window ledges of the room were lined with glowing candles as large paper lanterns of green, orange, and yellow hung confidently from the domed ceiling, illuminating the dance floor and adding a unique and beautifully choreographed effect.

But the best part of it all was Torrey’s reaction to seeing the room for the first time.

I purposefully added some personal touches by hand-making name cards with gold-embossed stamping and handwritten names. I painted vases and had guests write advice in each for my husband and I to read on our one, five, ten, and twenty year anniversaries. After a gorgeous ceremony at the amazing Holy Family Church, my hand-beaded Lazaro gown withstood an evening of dancing with our genuinely-happy family and friends. All of the hard work put into each and every detail of the day paid off when I saw the room for the very first time and broke down into tears of joy. The Great Hall of Café Brauer had been transformed into the most beautiful place I had ever seen – and the perfect place to begin a new life of blissful friendship and never-ending love.

After dinner the newlyweds danced to This Year’s Love, by David Gray.

The father-daughter dance was a surprise for everyone and it was A-MAZING!!!! This is just a tiny little bit of it. 🙂

The evening ended with a kiss under the “SUPER” moon!

Many thanks to all the vendors that made this beautiful wedding such a joy to photograph – especially Emily Agustin from Toast & Jam! She was the STAR of the evening!

Ceremony Location – Holy Family Church –
Reception Location – Café Brauer Chicago –
Photographer – Cristina G Photography –
Videographer – I Do Video By Leo –
Florist – Kloeckner Preferred Flowers –
DJ/Music – Toast & Jam –
Cake Artist – Alliance Bakery –
Lighting/Lanterns – Frost Lighting –
Party Bus Transportation – Avital Limousine –
Trolley Transportation – Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. –
Dress (Lazaro) – Kleinfeld Bridal New York –
Hair Stylist – Tracey Jonusas –
Makeup Airbrush – Samantha Sansone – #: 773.726.2681
Invitations/Pamphlets – Jaime Byrdak Designs –