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Emily and Chris’s Naturally Beautiful Wedding at Café Brauer 07.22.12

Emily and Chris were another Evanston couple that Emily and Cameron introduced me to.  From the get-go I knew their wedding planning process would be enjoyable (I think Evanston produces some of the greatest clients I’ve worked with.  And yes, I’m stereotyping:  deal with it!).  I guess I just wasn’t prepared for how much I would feel a like a part of both of their families by the time wedding day rolled around.

Emily and Chris got ready at Hotel Lincoln just across the park from Café Brauer. It is a very cool and funky new-ish hotel and the location couldn’t have been more perfect.  The ever-wonderful Livia Caporale and Tiffany Berry of Flawless by Tiffany were on hand to beautify the lovely ladies.

Rain was threatening all day, but lucky for us it held off.  Emily and Chris shared their first look, captured by Shane Welch, just outside of Hotel Lincoln. Aren’t they just too cute?

Chris’s Great-Uncle was the Alfred Caldwell of the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond in Lincoln Park.  It was the perfect location for bridal party photos:  both meaningful and fitting with the Emily’s natural aesthetic.  I just have to call out Emily’s gorgeous bouquet created by Scarlet Petal. Emily wanted her flowers to reflect the beautiful gardens around Lincoln Park Zoo and Café Brauer, and I don’t think it could have come out better.  The bridesmaids carried clouds of baby’s breath for a more whimsical look.

Emily and Chris’s ceremony was very well thought-out:  a true reflection of the two of them.  Marian Hale officiated and Choice Music Chicago provided the lovely music.

Following the ceremony, guests made their way out onto the North Loggia for cocktails.  Blue Plate passed delectable hors d’oeuvres while Emily and Chris’s friends and family mingled and chatted over their beverage of choice.

Emily along with both the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom and I had a great time cake tasting cake during the planning process (of course!).  Ultimately we ended up choosing Flour Cake & Pastry to create the cake.  Janet has never steered me wrong.  Just check out this masterpiece–which was incredibly delicious to boot!

As dinner time approached, guests headed into the Great Hall for dinner.  Blue Plate readied their food stations featuring steamed seasonal vegetables, mediterranean-inspired fish and chicken dishes, and a delicious pasta dish oozing with fresh mozzarella.  Emily and Chris’s friends and family toasted the couple’s happiness.  Despite the nearly 200 guests in attendance, it truly felt like an intimate affair.

Following the delicious meal, Emily and Chris took to the dance floor and their guests followed shortly thereafter.  Rachel from Toast & Jam DJs kept the music flowing and everyone had a great time!

Before the end of the evening, Shane Welch stole the bride and groom for a quick nighttime photo session.  Note to future brides and grooms:  you may not want to leave your party right at the height of it, but I am here to tell you it is worth it!  Just check out these gorgeous photos of the happy couple as well as Café Brauer all lit up at night!

Emily and Chris, you and your families were an absolute joy to work with!  Just as you said in your thank you note, I miss our daily emails and phone calls during the planning process.  Hope we can get together just for coffee sometime soon!  Wishing you all the best as you embark on your life together.

Emily and Chris’s wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty!  Check out their feature below:

http://www.stylemepretty.com/illinois-weddings/2012/10/03/lincoln-park-zoo-wedding-from-shane-welch-photography/

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