I think I’ve died and gone to some sort of wedding heaven. One that is rich in warm, fall tones and vintage stylings that are some of the prettiest details you have ever seen. Think fab paper goods from Minted, gorgeous florals from Stems Chicago and a Cafe Brauer setting that will take your breath away. Intrigued? You should be. See it all captured by Jen Lynne in the full gallery.
From the Bride… October is easily the most beautiful month in Chicago, and our wedding day turned out to be a perfect picture of everyone’s favorite Midwest season. The colors of the leaves were those rich shades of oranges and yellows that just totally signify fall. Fortunately we were surrounded by the beautiful seasonal colors as we held both the ceremony and reception at Cafe Brauer, a landmark building in the heart of Lincoln Park. Cafe Brauer was the most lovely setting to give us that vintage, turn-of-the-century vibe we were looking for. I found the most amazing beaded Jenny Packham gown that instantly reminds you of another era, and paired with the birdcage veil, it felt very Art Deco. The flowers and decor were colorful and vibrant to match the season and the setting.
We wanted our wedding to incorporate our favorite things, so we peppered little touches in the details: sunflowers to represent my husband’s Kansas roots, a mash up of Beatles songs for the ceremony, Scrabble tile table numbers, Chicago’s own Goose Island beer at the bars, mismatched bridesmaid dresses, assorted rustic pies from our neighborhood pie shop on the dessert bar, etc. It all came together and was very us.
The city was so beautiful on our day, and the open-air cocktail hour overlooked the downtown Chicago skyline as the sun was setting. After dinner, guests boogied the night away… thanks to the fabulous band, the dance floor was never empty. The evening was colorful yet elegant, simple yet special. We couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out, and we have our fabulous family, friends, and vendors to thank for that!
From Jen Lynne Photography… Shana and Brad are such a beautiful couple, inside and out. They designed this wedding not only to be visually exciting but true to their personality and style. Some of my favorite details: Shana’s amazing dress, and all the different dresses the bridesmaids wore, the flowers, those cute mini-margaritas and the desert table was out of this world!! I love how they combined the fall colors in the flowers/decor, it all blended seamlessly with each aspect of the wedding. Not only did I love the gorgeous design aspects, but Shana, Brad, their friends and families were all so wonderful to work with! We really enjoyed spending the day with everyone!
Photography: Jen Lynne Photography | Florist: Stems Chicago | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Lovely Bake Shop | Stationery: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Catering: Food Evolution | Hair And Makeup: Robert Jeffery Salon | Lighting: Sound Investments | Band: Front Of House | Grooms Attire: Custom Suit From Sebastian Grey | Coordination: Elevage Events | Groomsmen Attire: Formally Modern Tuxedo | Hotel: Public | Pie: Bang Bang Pie Shop | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse | Video: Vanilla Video | Wedding Venue: Cafe Brauer