You know we love, love, LOVE a traditional ballroom affair here on SMP – and, oh my goodness, is this Chicago soiree all kinds of fabulous.  The glorious Cafe Brauer setting (hello gorgeous!), dazzling florals and lighting by Ashland Addison Florist Company and stunning images captured by Amanda Hein Photography are almost too perfect for words.  And with dazzling detail after dazzling detail planned by the talented team at Bliss Weddings and Events, we haven’t stopped smiling yet.  Click here for more.

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From the Bride… When Greg and I got engaged, we knew we had to have our wedding and celebration at Cafe Brauer. I’d been by it a hundred times as we lived downtown, and I couldn’t believe the setting. It was an intimate/isolated spot in the beautiful Lincoln Park, and we dreamed of filling the gorgeous ballroom with our family and friends to witness our vows and celebrate our marriage. I had seen pictures of  the space with the gorgeous wood floors, Tiffany glass and the prairie stone architecture, and I knew we needed to check it out. I went to see it with my parents, and we couldn’t resist the little oasis in the city in such a peaceful, romantic setting, with an incredible view of the Chicago skyline. Greg even said before we got engaged, he knew that’s where we’d get married. We truly are so happy we chose Cafe Brauer and couldn’t imagine a better place to begin our lives together. Our officiant was the same one who married my parents over 30 years ago, and he actually grew up with Greg’s parents. We were so happy with the intimate ceremony he performed, and he is very dear to our hearts. Our vendors were amazing, and all helped us have the most perfect wedding day. A huge thank you to everyone!

Wedding Photography: Amanda Hein Photography / Wedding Venue: Cafe Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois / Wedding Coordination: Kara Superfine of Bliss Weddings and Events / Floral Design + Lighting: Ashland Addison Florist Company / Catering + Linens: Food for Thought / Wedding Cake: Luscious Layers Bakery / Officiant: Father Al Johnson / Music: TVK Orchestra / Accommodations: The Whitehall Hotel / Transportation: Windy City Limousine / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Brooch on Back of Wedding Dress: From the Groom’s Grandmother / Bride’s Shoes: Bourne / Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate “Gina” (With Party Skirt — Color: Wine) via Bella Bridesmaid / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Nina / Makeup: Jen and Roz of Beauty on Call / Hair: Beauty on Call + Emily, A Family Friend / Men’s Attire: Black Tie Formalwear

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