We love Winter for a number of reasons. Maybe it’s the slower pace that this time of year brings, but it also allows for some super amazing couples to swoop in with their chic aesthetic while breathing some serious life into Chicago’s coolest venues. So what does one of the windy city’s best chefs and a Neonatal ICU nurse have in common? Well, for starters, a love for great food and a passion for travel. We also knew that their romantic and elegant Cafe Brauer wedding would be perfect in every way. We really loved how Erika and Jeff’s easy breezy attitudes, warm smiles, and entertaining personalities tied into every piece of their Winter wedding day. They were also especially excited to be getting married at the same seminary that Jeff’s father attended as a child. Wedding planning can be a pretty daunting process at times, but we think that being able to incorporate special locations or traditions can truly lay the groundwork for an especially meaningful day. And for those of you who are already familiar with Chicago’s Cafe Brauer we bet this stunning color palette of gold, blush, ivory, and rose gold will definitely up the ante. Thinking of creating a special space for guests to wind down between trips to the dance floor? Take a peek at Erika + Jeff’s luxuriously cozy lounge setup right next to the Smilebooth. Thoughtful and ridiculously adorable, this couple sets the bar for a fabulous Chicago Winter wedding!

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Ceremony: St. Vincent de Paul | Reception: Cafe Brauer | Catering: Calihan Catering | Florist: HMR Designs | Band: Arlen Music | Cake Artist: Cake Chicago | Paperie: LBrown Design

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Oh. My. Oscar. These are just a few of the words that crossed our minds when we entered Samantha’s room and saw one of Oscar De La Renta’s masterpieces hanging in her bridal suite. We knew that Samantha + Tommy’s wedding was going to be elegant and romantic after hearing all of the amazing details during their Madison Engagement Session, but we definitely weren’t prepared for the beautiful day that would unfold. We could gush for hours about Samantha’s blush Valentino shoes  and a dreamy Winter palette of ivory, pink and gold, but honestly Samantha + Tommy’s big day was so much more than that. In fact, we’re pretty sure that between the first time her dad saw her as a bride-to-be and her Park Hyatt rooftop portraits with Tommy there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. And I mean, why not stop at Chicago’s Butch McGuire’s for an impromptu pitstop after the ceremony?? It is, after all, one of their favorites and the perfect way to get the party started before heading to their Cafe Brauer reception. At the end of the day, it’s all about having a good time. We’d like to think that our high fashion bride, her handsome groom, and their perfectly meshed style of classic + chic paved the way for what was definitely one of our favorite weddings this year. #butchstobakas, you rock.

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Ceremony: St. James Chapel | Reception: Cafe Brauer | Event Coordinator: LK Events | Event Design/Florist: Kehoe Designs | Catering: Food For Thought | Band: Colby Beserra | Cake Artist: Cake Chicago | Hair Stylist: Sonia Roselli | Makeup Artist: Brian Sutherby | Paperie: Magnificent Milestones 

 

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We’re fortunate enough that we live in a city that’s as beautiful as it is grand. Sometimes though, we’re quick to walk past some of Chicago’s buildings that are truly a part of it’s history without really taking it all in. Luckily, we had a bride and groom that were not quick to dismiss this historic and exemplary hotel as the main stage for their wedding day. With their cool demeanor and stylish vibe we would be the first to say that getting to know Meghan + Michael for their Oz Park engagement session was certainly one of the perks of our Summer! We knew that these two would hit it out of the park for their ceremony + reception at The Allerton Hotel. Every key piece of their wedding day was blissfully woven into what could only be described as elegant, classic, and comfortable. Working the event space you’ve chosen and letting it’s true colors shine will always work in your favor and Meghan + Michael certainly hit the nail on the head. Shades of ivory and white let pops of gold steal the show while these two wowed guests on the top floor of the Allerton. Known in the 40′s and 50′s as a swanky lounge, we’re sure the Tip Top Tap room has seen many a party, but few as posh as Meghan + Michael’s wedding reception. Bravo you two!

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Ceremony + Reception: The Allerton Hotel | Event Coordinator + Florist: A Perfect Event | Cake Artist: Bombon | Band: Matt Stedman Band | Cinematographer: Poetic Productions

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Now that the holidays have passed and the slower pace of Winter life has started to seep back into our schedules we’ve had a moment to really take in all of the wonderful clients we had in 2014. We’re excited to share Hailey + Greg’s recent Casino Club wedding and it won’t take you long to figure out why. As this bride can tell you, or you can clearly see from Hailey’s shoes, that a little bit of whimsy Winter sparkly can go a long way. We can’t tell you just how fun it is to see a bride’s personality shine through in all of her perfectly curated accessories for her big day. Just like her awesome shoes and jewels, Hailey is certainly just as fun and excitable in person. No wedding woes for this bride! After perfecting the art of the bow tie (loving the blue stripes!), we had Hailey + Greg’s first look at their reception venue, Chicago’s iconic Casino Club. Few things make us happier than we’re able to see a crew just as awesome as Hailey + Greg’s. We really loved how relaxed and easy going their wedding party was while we were able to take a few photos before heading to the church. Kenilworth’s cozy and stunning interior made for an intimate ceremony and a ridiculously cute exit afterwards. Having photographed a reception at the Casino Club before we were pretty excited to go back and see our bride and groom’s spin on the space. The classic elegance definitely shone through while Hailey + Greg’s custom monogram and hints of gold upped the ante for a luxurious evening. Truth be told, we think our clients are pretty much the coolest around.

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Ceremony: Kenilworth Union Church | Reception: Casino Club | Coordinator: Kate Grant | Band: Arlen Music Productions

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To say that we’re jealous of the photographer that is shooting Megan + Eric’s Tennessee wedding is an understatement. After getting to know this adorable couple (and their ridiculously handsome puppy Winston) it’s easy to understand why anyone would want to document the love and all around fun characteristics of their relationship. Megan and Eric, while we won’t see you on your big day we wish you all the best! And if you happen to be in the neighborhood, and you just happen to have a certain puppy with you, we would certainly welcome a visit  :)

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