Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wedding Planning RECAP @ Cafe Brauer

To all of those who follow us, you can see that that the team at Liven It Up Events had quite a few weddings last year (and every year!) at Cafe Brauer at The Lincoln Park Zoo.  This wedding was quite special for an intimate group of guests for a lovely couple.  
When we started the process of planning this wedding, there were two things that were really important to the couple.  The first being food!  After a careful proposal review of a couple of caterers, the couple decided to work with Paramount Events who did a delightful job on the food!
The second piece that was important was to create an outdoor feel inside the Great Hall.  As the couple lived in California, surrounded by nature, they wanted to bring the outdoors in.  Impossible?  Not at all when you have Erin and Randy with Revel Decor coming on board.  The first thing we had to do was create a woodsy ceremony.  The Revel Team actually created and built the trees from scratch, lining the aisle with wooden pedestals and candles, finishing the look with a patterned wash on the floor.
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Then we took The Great Hall and transformed it with a few hanging pieces that were over the guest tables as well as surrounding the entire room with the trees from the ceremony aisle.  It truly felt as those the guests were seated in a forest, under the stars!
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Part of the look of the design was washing the room in a leaf/branch pattern which helped create this romantic wedding reception!
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Part of this look, was keeping what was on the guest tables more minimal and rustic and having the "wow" being in the suspended pieces!
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To help finish the look, Bittersweet Bakery made sure to create a custom wedding cake that would sit on wooden logs created by the Bride's father that just went so well with the room.
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And the sweet heart table for the couple was a wooden farm table, with a custom table top decor, seating being that of a sofa, framed with two giant trees and a suspended piece over them.  With some candles, lanterns and wooden boxes in front of the table, it completed this rustic look!
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The thing to remember is when looking for a wedding venue, with the right team, you can create any look!  If you love trees, you do not need a venue with trees as they can be brought in for a full transformation!  Thanks to our team and our partnerships, we were able to do just that!
Until next time... happy planning!

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