You know what really tickles my fancy? Weddings like this one by Cristina G Photography. Why, you ask? Well, it’s the way it seems to effortlessly combine an intimate yet glamourous feel all in a single night. Sprinkle in a whole lot of love, and this, my pretties, is a wedding worthy of your favorites folder. See why here.



From the Bride… The first time I saw Chicago’s historic Cafe 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.

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 Cafe 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.

Photography: Cristina G Photography | Cinematography: I Do Video By Leo | Floral Design: Kloeckner Preferred Flowers | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Alliance Bakery | Stationery: Jaime Byrdak Designs | Ceremony Venue: Holly Family Church | Reception Venue: Cafe Brauer | Hair Stylist: Tracey Jonusas | DJ/Music: Toast & Jam | Dress Store: Kleinfeld Bridal New York | Lighting/Lanterns: Frost Lighting | Makeup Airbrush: Samantha Sansone | Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co | Transportation: Avital Limousine

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