Archives for April 2011

Chin & Stephen’s Cafe Brauer Wedding, The Finale!

Chin & Stephen’s wedding day, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

It was finally time to get the PARTAY started inside the beautiful Cafe Brauer!

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Jenny and her Scarlet Petal team did an amazing job with the blue and purple color schemed florals! Everything was low, lush, and glowed in the candle light!

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I wish we had a picture of the full escort card display before all the guests got to it! We had a beautiful Asian-style folding screen from which I hung ribbons and used mini clothes pins to attach the cards. It was stunning!

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We created a lush tablescape using the leftover hydrangea bunches from the ceremony, the bouquets and floating candles.

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Cutting their yummy cake from Sarah’s Pastries.

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I love moments like this caught on camera, with the happy couple kissing and their two mothers toasting their glasses!

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The meal was the best example of how they incorporated their two cultures. There was a Haitian Jerk Chicken over red beans and rice to represent Stephen’s background… and a Soy and Brown Sugar Salmon with black lotus rice and baby bok choy to reflect Chin’s Chinese roots. Something for everyone! Blue Plate Catering did a fantastic job (I got to enjoy the salmon, thanks Ken! :))

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One of the best toasts was by Chin’s family, where they had the whole crowd on their feet and cheering!

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I think it’s so meaningful (and polite!) when the Bride and Groom say a few words of thanks to their families and friends!

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I believe they surprised everyone with a tango… (in that amazing Provonias dress!)

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Yummy dessert spread…

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Thank you to team of fantastic vendors who helped make this possible!

Wedding Coordinator: Sweetchic Events
Photographer: Yazy Jo Photography
Venue: Cafe Brauer
Catering: Blue Plate
Florist: Scarlet Petal
DJ: DJ Arkitek
Cake: Sarah’s Pastries
Photobooth: 312 Photobooth
Officiant: Rev. Ron Crowley
Makeup: Beautiful Yu
Vintage Car: Cosmopolitan Limousine

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Chin & Stephen’s Cafe Brauer Wedding, Part 3

Chin & Stephen’s wedding day, Part 1 & Part 2

Finally, it was time for the ceremony! This park is located directly next to Cafe Brauer, and a lovely spot for an outdoor ceremony. Clearly, the day was gorgeous!

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Stephen’s nephews joined the professional musicians for Chin’s processional, such a sweet, meaningful touch!

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My absolute favorite Processional is when the Bride is escorted by BOTH of her parents!!

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Drooling over all of the gorgeous bridesmaids dress styles!
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Chin surprised Stephen with this beautiful photo tree. She mounted numerous photos of family and friends on cardstock and we hung them along with adorable butterfly and bird accents on the dramatic manzanita arrangement provided by Scarlet Petal.
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All images by Yazy Jo Photography

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Chin & Stephen’s Cafe Brauer Wedding, Part 2

If you missed Part 1 of Chin & Stephen’s wedding day and all of the fun Chinese Traditions, then be sure to check it out! Now prepare yourself for some more stunning imagery by Yazy Jo Photography!

After the Chinese Tea Ceremony, it was time to get ready for the rest of the wedding day…

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I can’t even tell you how much I love the amazing ruffles on Chin’s train! And the Sofitel Chicago provided the most dramatic back-drop for their First Look.
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Aren’t they adorable?!

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They spent some time sans bridal party to take some beautiful portraits in the courtyard of the Fourth Presbyterian Church.
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I LOVE it when couples opt for a classic car!!

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And then it was off to Lincoln Park for some pictures with the rest of the Bridal Party.

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Lush, gorgeous bouquets in shades of purple and blue by Scarlet Petal, with hydrangea, lisianthus, orchids, freesia, muscari, delphinium and peonies.

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All images by Yazy Jo Photography

Stay tuned for the ceremony and reception at Café Brauer, one of my favorite Chicago venues!

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