Cafe Brauer Wedding Photography

Tatom and Nick Wedding

I was so excited to photograph Tatom and Nick’s wedding. I just knew it was going to be a gorgeous event.  With Tatom being an interior designer with impeccable style, I knew every detail would be perfect. When  I arrived at the salon in the morning, it was pouring rain, (dang the midwest!) and the rain continued straight through the getting-ready photos.  The guys ran outside to shotgun a beer while the girls took some photos against a pristine white wall in the hotel, one of my favorites, the Ambassador Chicago.  Tatom actually used to be a bridal model and so we kind of relived those days and did some amazing photos of her in her dress—such a blast.  Every bride needs a little photo session in their dress before they meet up with their love!

Tatom had told me she wanted to bypass a first look, she said her goal was to “make Nick cry” (her words!!),  so we jumped straight into the ceremony. When  Tatom started down the aisle, guess what? Nick totally cried, it was so perfect and emotional.  They had a short, beautiful ceremony at Cafe Brauer, which may be one of my favorite venues in the city.  While their guests headed to cocktail hour and amazing views on the patio, Tatom, Nick, and their whole wedding party walked to the Honeycomb for some portraits, since it had finally stopped raining.  We took some amazing portraits and then ran them back to cocktail hour to enjoy a few drinks before reception.

Reception details were amazing and Tatom did all the planning herself; although shout out to her day-of coordinator Meredith Ahern, for keeping the whole day on track.  We did speeches and first dance and headed to the open dance floor, which was so amazingly full, with the live band Entourage just rocking the whole place!

Finally, at the end of the night, I pulled them in front of Cafe Brauer to do a few night shots (which,  if you haven’t realized by now, is one of my signature little things I try to do for all my couples!!) Tatom and Nick, your day was amazing and I was honored and thrilled to be there to document it!!

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Photography: Hanna Walkowaik Photography

Planner: Meredith Ahern

Venue: Cafe Brauer

Getting Ready Locations: Ambassador Chicago & Hotel Lincoln

Hair and Makeup: Goldplaited

Florist: Stems – Allison Denny

Band: Entourage

Caterer: Tigerlily Events

Cake: Molly’s Cupcakes

Dress Designer: Galia Lahav

Brides Dress Shop: Luxe Bridal Rack

Grooms Suit Designer: Carl Sterr

Invitations: Minted

Bridesmaids Attire: Jenny Yoo