Cafe Brauer Wedding Photography

Cafe Brauer Wedding

I was so excited to photograph Tatom and Nick’s wedding I just knew it was going to be a gorgeous event.  Cafe Brauer is such a gorgeous Chicago wedding venue! 

When I arrived at the salon in the morning I knew it was going to be a great day! The guys ran outside to shotgun a beer at the Lincoln Park Nature Walk while the bridesmaids got dressed & had champagne in the hotel, one of my favorites, 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. 

Tatom had told me she wanted to bypass the first look, she said her goal was to “make Nick cry” (her words!!),  so we jumped straight into the ceremony at Cafe Brauer.  As Tatom started down the aisle, guess what? Nick totally cried, it was so perfect and emotional.  They had a beautiful ceremony at Cafe Brauer, which may be one of my favorite venues in the city.  Not only is Cafe Brauer beautiful with exposed brick, Chicago skyline views, outdoor areas for small ceremonies for a cocktail hour but it is also a historic building and even listed on the  National Register of Historic Places. 

Reception details were amazing and Tatom did all the planning herself; but of course, 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’s fun red neon sign 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!!).  


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