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  1. Maryanne
    January 24, 2019 @ 7:18 pm

    What month are you planning on getting married ?

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2019 @ 7:59 pm


      • Dayna Schneider
        January 25, 2019 @ 11:42 am

        Yay! LOVE the windows and the month choice! 🙂 xoxoxo

        • Lauren
          January 25, 2019 @ 2:56 pm

          Thanks Dayna!

  2. Kristina
    January 24, 2019 @ 7:26 pm

    Ahh so glad you chose Cafe Brauer, it’s where I got married and it’s gorgeous!! Definitely had chills checking it out the first time too – just walked in and knew! Our wedding day was sunny until dinner and then it started thunderstorming, seeing all the lightning through the skylights during our first dance was so cool!!

    Kristina does the Internets

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2019 @ 7:59 pm

      OMG that sounds AMAZING!!!

  3. Kari
    January 24, 2019 @ 7:38 pm

    I got married recently at Greenhouse Loft in Logan! It’s an incredible indoor/outdoor venue – and you don’t need to do anything to it to make it beautiful – it’s stunning as it comes! We spent a bit more than we wanted, but didn’t feel like we had to get extra “stuff” to fill it with.

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2019 @ 7:58 pm

      The photos from that space look so gorgeous!

  4. Jami
    January 24, 2019 @ 7:54 pm

    Salvage One!

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2019 @ 7:58 pm


  5. Megan
    January 24, 2019 @ 7:56 pm

    We just booked ours at Artifact but in the other space there (ravenswood and loft room)!

    • Lauren
      January 24, 2019 @ 7:58 pm

      Ahhh congrats!! We loved that space too, but it would have been too small for our group + a dance floor haha Are you doing your ceremony outside?!

      • Megan
        January 24, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

        We’re doing January 2020 so have to keep it inside, but since there’s two spaces on that side it works perfectly! Excited to see all of your wedding planning on the blog and IG stories! Cafe Brauer is gorgeous!

  6. Brittany
    January 24, 2019 @ 8:25 pm

    Ahhh congrats!!! We’re getting married in July 2020, so I know all the feels of planning so far in advance (I find it SO worth it too). We’re doing ours at The Gray Hotel downtown, which I never would’ve thought a hotel, but hey, when you know you know – I cried as well 🙂

    • Lauren
      January 25, 2019 @ 9:40 am

      Haha love the tears!!! Also, The Gray is a GORGEOUS hotel – such a great choice!!

  7. Carolyn
    January 24, 2019 @ 9:25 pm

    We got married at Brique and absolutely loved it. The space was so perfect for us (It kindof felt like getting married in a good network set), and the food was incredible.

    • Lauren
      January 25, 2019 @ 9:40 am

      I have heard the best things about Brique – especially the food!!

  8. Emily V
    January 24, 2019 @ 9:58 pm

    Congratulations!! Cafe Brauer is amazing! I also loved Morgan Mfg when we were looking. Ultimately though, since I was planning my Chicago wedding from New York, where I live now, we opted for a hotel and picked the W City Center on Adams! Tons of beautiful architectural detail, and our wedding was absolutely perfect!!

    • Lauren
      January 25, 2019 @ 9:39 am

      Ahh all 3 are such good ones!! Where do you live in New York?! I lived there before I moved back to Chicago!

  9. Lauren
    January 24, 2019 @ 10:09 pm

    We’re getting married at CB this May! So excited for you!!

    • Lauren
      January 25, 2019 @ 9:39 am

      Aww yay!! Congratulations!! I’d love to see some of your photos when you get them back!!

  10. Anne
    January 25, 2019 @ 6:32 am

    A gorgeous spot— can’t wait to see pics! Ours was smaller and we had it at The Rookery— a perfect place for two Chicago architects!

    • Lauren
      January 25, 2019 @ 9:38 am

      Ahhh LOVE The Rookery! Would have definitely considered that if we had a smaller wedding. It’s such a beautiful space!

  11. rea martin
    January 25, 2019 @ 7:01 am

    can’t wait! beautiful space! beautiful couple! ❤️

    • Lauren
      January 25, 2019 @ 9:38 am

      Thanks Aunt Rea!!!

  12. Kate
    January 25, 2019 @ 7:58 am

    Did you guys consider Theater on the Lake? I’m so curious to checkout that venue! Cafe Brauer will be gorgeous!

    • Lauren
      January 25, 2019 @ 9:37 am

      Our close friends have that at the top of their list, so we kind of knocked it down on ours because of that – but all the photos of it look amazing!!!

  13. Rachel
    January 25, 2019 @ 2:45 pm

    Love Cafe Brauer! Too expensive for us, though. We’re getting married in December at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church with the reception at Salvatore’s which is also in Lincoln Park! It’s a hidden gem, in my opinion. Super affordable, a beautiful and cozy space (perf for a winter wedding) and it has serious neighborhood charm.

    • Lauren
      January 25, 2019 @ 2:56 pm

      Yesss! Our friends are getting married there over the summer – it’s such an awesome venue!!

  14. Rebecca
    January 25, 2019 @ 8:59 pm

    We had our ceremony in the Cancer Survivors’ Garden in Maggie Daley Park and our reception was at the Greenhouse Loft right after they opened. If I got married there now, I would probably hold the entire thing at GHL, but the trees in the outdoor space weren’t mature back then. Both spaces were beautiful but it was a lot of moving around!

    • Lauren
      January 28, 2019 @ 8:18 am

      Ahhh but both of those locations are so gorgeous!! ?

  15. Kristin
    January 28, 2019 @ 10:44 am

    I looked at all the same venues as you and when i walked into cafe brauer I cried as well ?! I just had my reception there in June! You will LOVE it! Do you have your photographer yet?! I cannot reccomend Kristin LaVoi enough! She was amazing! And Vale of Enna floral. Good luck and enjoy every second!!!

    • Lauren
      January 28, 2019 @ 10:57 am

      Omg love that! And I follow Kristin LaVoi – her work is gorgeous!! Although, I may have fallen in love with another photographer who is new to the Chicago scene… stay tuned 😉

  16. Brittany
    August 21, 2019 @ 12:33 pm

    My husband and I were at a holiday party at Café Brauer not too long before you and Adam went on your venue hunting day and I remember the moment we walked up the staircase and into the main ballroom I went “So we can definitely have another wedding and do it here, right?!” It’s a lovely, quintessential Chicago space and I am so excited to see what you do with it!
    Also, my best friend got married at A New Leaf and it was just LOVELY. Great for a smaller guest list (she had around 80 attend) if you’re into a less-traditional but absolutely breathtaking space!