Candle-lit Wedding Reception at Cafe Brauer

Lisa and Dave’s beautifully elegant and traditional wedding day started off at St. Michael’s in Old Town, and ended with a candle-lit reception at Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park. Their wedding was timeless and totally romantic – a perfect day (even with the minor hiccup in the morning that you’ll read about below) for the perfect couple.

Check out these lovely photos by Steve Koo Photography!

The gorgeous handmade invitations (and other paper goods) were made by Spilled Ink Invitations

Even though Lisa and Dave’s wedding day was the perfect celebration of their love, it didn’t start off flawlessly. Carlene got a call from Lisa early in the morning, saying that she had gotten food poisoning from the rehearsal dinner the night before. Lisa had spent the morning violently ill – to the point that they had to take her to the hospital! Needless to say, the timeline was compromised. We had to coordinate with everyone involved to ensure that the bridesmaids and all family members continued getting ready as planned. As soon as Lisa got out of the hospital, the beauty team was able to get her ready in time. Luckily the bride was able to pull through and had a great time. That was definitely a first for the NYE team!

St. Mike’s in Old Town always creates such a beautiful backdrop for wedding ceremonies. 

All of the personal floral, as well as the floral decor, was provided by Anthony Gowder Designs

At their reception, they had a nontraditional guest book in the form of wine bottles. Each wine bottle correlated to a future anniversary – and guests were encouraged to write a little note and place it into whichever anniversary bottle they choose. Lisa and Dave will have a fun activity to do together on many milestone anniversaries to come!

Blue Plate Catering provided dinner, and the amazing cake was provided by Cake Chicago

One of our favorite details was the gorgeous ribbon place cards. In addition to having escort cards, there were place cards in the form of ribbons sitting at each place setting. The elegant ribbons sat on each charger plate.  Since the guest list was quite large, this was a nice way to make each guest feel important and special. It was an elegant and intimate touch.

Tea lights were strung from the ceiling, creating a romantic candlelit environment. It was a great way to bring the tall ceilings of Cafe Brauer down, and to create a more intimate feel.

The band – Rendezvous – was amazing. One of our favorite moments was when a trio of violinists played during dinner, and had a choreographed dance as they played. It was a super cool moment!

We’re so glad to have been part of this gorgeous affair! The other vendors involved in Lisa and Dave’s wedding (not previously mentioned) are Shutter and Sound, Sound Investment, Premier Trolley and Limo, and Sonia Roselli.

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