Since the inception of Life In Bloom, Rachel and I had been dying to design a wedding at Cafe Brauer. Not only because of the sentimental value (we had our own wedding reception there ten years ago), but the gorgeous architecture and overwhelming amount of natural light that pours in through the skylight above is a florist’s dream! So you can imagine our excitement when we finally got to realize that dream this past Spring by bringing Lauren and Connelly’s wedding vision to life in the Great Hall of Cafe Brauer!
Personal Flowers & Wedding Details
A Spring wedding calls for bright, colorful flowers. And that is exactly what we created for Lauren & Connelly’s bridal party. So a pastel floral palette of corals, pinks, and dusty blues was the perfect fit for a Cafe Brauer wedding where the walls have similarly pastel murals throughout the great hall.
Spring Wedding Ceremony with WOW Floral Ring
From the start, Lauren and her mom made very clear that they LOVED flowers and wanted to walk into Cafe Brauer and see dramatic floral displays from Floor to Ceiling. In order to achieve a lush garden vibe, we lined the aisle with planter boxes overflowing with Delphinium. At the start of the aisle, we placed four large floral arrangements atop of metal stands. We painted the stands a sea-foam green to match the steel beams of Cafe Brauer.
Above the aisle, our team designed a dripping floral ring full of Italian Ruscus and spring blooms. Lastly, at the end of the aisle, we designed an organic rounded floral arch on top of the stage to act as the perfect backdrop to Lauren and Connelly’s wedding ceremony.
Spring Centerpieces – Perfect for Cafe Brauer
After the wedding ceremony in the Great Hall, guests transitioned to the North loggia for cocktail hour overlooking Lincoln Park’s South Pond. Our team designed a custom boxwood bar from which drinks were served. After cocktail hour, guests reentered the Great Hall for the dinner and dancing portion of the evening. First, we re-purposed the floral arch behind the head table which perfectly framed the bride and groom. Next, to keep with the spring aesthetic, we used table linens with beautiful blue and white pattern. And at each place setting, the napkins were tied with a petite bundle of muscari.
As for the centerpieces, we designed a mix of low and lush arrangements bursting with spring colors and surrounded by floating candles as well as a handful of tables with tall floral arrangements that really filled the room. Lastly, hanging above the tables and dance floor, we hung hundreds of tea-lights to create a magical glow!