Elegant Chicago Wedding at Cafe Brauer :: Katie & Brandon

We love this lovely Chicago wedding for its Art Deco venue (and Art Deco inspired invitations); elegant palette of green, white, and gray; and we especially love the late-night snack: Chicago style hot dogs! Read on for all the details from Katie and Brandon’s celebration.


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The Ceremony

“Brandon and I joined St. Clement Catholic Church as a couple when moved into the neighborhood. We fell in love with the church itself and the sense of community.”




Your ceremony in three words.  Our ceremony was a very traditional full Catholic mass, which was very important to Brandon and I as well as our parents.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  We planned our ceremony with the help of Father Ken Simpson who presided over our wedding mass.

What was your ceremony music?  Our music selections for the ceremony included traditional Irish and Latin wedding hymns.


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Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  During the ceremony I wore a wedding band my father gave to my mother on their wedding day. I also carried a piece of my mother-in-law’s wedding dress fabric wrapped around the stems of my bouquet.


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The Reception

“We chose Cafe Brauer for our reception venue because Brandon proposed to me a year and half before in Cafe Brauer’s great hall. We knew that there was nowhere else in the city other than Brauer that we would want to celebrate our marriage!”


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How would you describe your reception?  Personalized, understated and inviting.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Brauer’s beautiful architectural details. The building itself inspired everything down to the pattern on our invitations Sarah Drake designed.


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The unique venue space was filled with white flowers and greenery, as well as dark gray linens and drapes.


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The bride’s and groom’s chairs were adorned with simple olive leaf swags.


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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  It is very hard the choose, the whole evening was a beautiful blur of amazing moments. Our first dance, that took place steps away from where Brandon proposed definitely sticks out in my mind months later as one of the best of the night! My dance with my father was another favorite moment of the night. He is not big on dancing but had secretly been taking lessons all summer leading up to our wedding and surprised me a week or two before the wedding day. We danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra.


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What was your wedding menu?  Our menu, put together by Entertaining Company, represented Brandon and I’s love for food and for Wisconsin and Michigan where our families are from. Entertaining Company sourced as many ingredients as possible from our home states and the end result was fantastic food that our guests raved about!

Did you have a signature cocktail?  We highlighted our signature bride and groom drinks at our cocktail hour with large chalkboard displays incorporating Brandon and I’s silhouettes. Brandon chose a local Michigan beer, while I chose a light champagne and pear cocktail. The champagne cocktail was a second choice when we were unable to source my favorite Wisconsin beer in Chicago. We were tempted to smuggle it across state lines!


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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To take moments throughout the planning process to stop and enjoy with your husband to be! Also to steal away with him at the reception. We found a quiet moment on the north loggia overlooking the park and the skyline and were able to look back in on our guests enjoying themselves. The day and night goes so quickly and it’s nice to steal a minute away with your new spouse!

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Enjoy the process. The fun moments and the stressful moments. It goes by quickly!

If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently?  Nothing! The day and night were perfect even when things didn’t go exactly as we had planned.


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Vendor Credits

Photography: Julia Franzosa / Venue: Cafe Brauer in Chicago, Illinois / Event Planning & Design: Estera Events / Officiant: Father Ken Simpson / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes, Clutch: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Ultimate Bride /  Suit: J. Crew / Tie, Shirt: Nordstrom / Shoes: Cole Haan / Stationery: Sarah Drake Design / Floral Design: HMR Designs / Hair, Makeup: Nora Hess/ Rentals: Nimblewell, Private Label Linens / Ceremony Music: St. Clement Choir, Thomas Yang String Quartet / Reception Music: Toast & Jam / Catering, Desserts: Entertaining Company / Cake: Elysia Root Cakes


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