Cafe Brauer and St. Hedwig in Chicago wedding

February 14, 2018

Elizabeth and Mike had a very personalized wedding at St. Hedwig in Chicago followed by a rustic style reception at the iconic Cafe Brauer. They started their day with friends and family getting ready at the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel which has wonderful natural light that shines through huge windows. Along with their wedding party, they headed from the Sofitel to St. Hedwig for the wedding ceremony. St. Hedwig Church on the northwest side of Chicago in Bucktown is a historical church organized over 130 years ago to serve Polish families. It was designed in the grand Polish cathedral style and can hold 1,500 (in case you are having a HUGE wedding)! Elizabeth and Mike held their wedding ceremony at this gorgeous church since her side of the family is Polish. Following the ceremony at St. Hedwig, they invited friends and family to their beautiful wedding reception at Cafe Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo. This was a 13 minute drive between venues, but we left a bit more time in the wedding day timeline to allow for traffic. Cafe Brauer is a highly sought-after wedding venue and one of the best examples of Prairie-style architecture and boasts some amazing skyline views. The bride and groom envisioned a magical evening to celebrate with their guests. They had decor that consisted of suspended votive candles and table centerpieces made from tree branches and white flowers for a rustic look. It was one of my favorite looks created at Cafe Brauer because the neutral palette worked perfectly with the brick and green interior. When the sun went down, the candles really brought a magical touch to the space, especially for the first dance. Friends and family of the bride and groom dined on pan-seared chicken breast with spring risotto and thyme-rubbed beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes.

Photographer: Heather Parker Photography
Getting Ready Location: Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel
Wedding Ceremony: St. Hedewig Catholic Church
Wedding Reception: Cafe Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo
DJ: Toast & Jam – Jennefa Krupinski
Florist: Scarlet Petal
Caterer: Food for Thought
Dress make: Amsale – Style: Analisa – from Belle Vie Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale Style: G629C from Nordstrom
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridal boutique: Belle Vie Bridal
Tux make: Calvin Klein
Hair: Frankie, Mario Tricoci
Makeup: Aga Kaskiewicz, Mario Tricoci
Officiant: Fr. Stanislaw Jankowski
Wedding Stationery company: Checkerboard – From Perennials, Evanston
Photo Booth: The Traveling Photo Booth Co.
Favors: Candy Buffet

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