An Elegant Indoor Wedding at Cafe Brauer in Chicago, Illinois

While Katherine Harrington (31 and a scientist) and Eric Schullhaus (29 and a sports analyst) are both transplants to Chicago, Illinois, they wanted t

While Katherine Harrington (31 and a scientist) and Eric Schullhaus (29 and a sports analyst) are both transplants to Chicago, Illinois, they wanted to wed in the place where they met, fell in love and now call home. The couple were eager to showcase their beautiful city for out-of-town guests without sacrificing an intimate setting, making the nearby Cafe Brauer an easy choice. Boasting early-1900s charm, scenic outdoor wildlife and panoramic views of the downtown skyline, the historic building and surrounding property were  the perfect backdrop to their cozy and elegant affair. With a vision of classic romance, Katherine and Eric started with a neutral framework (gray, ivory and mahogany) and incorporated a striking palette of deep peacock green, pops of pink and gold accents. The same combination of calm and bold hues was infused into the floral arrangements, which featured hydrangeas, garden roses, spray roses, ranunculus, dahlias and a variety of greens. Flooded with natural light via the skylit ceiling and stained-glass windows, the Great Hall's stunning Prairie School architecture was infused with lush greenery, bright blooms and a wooden arch for the dreamy indoor ceremony. The space was then effortlessly transformed for the evening reception, complete with dramatic centerpieces, soft candlelight and romantic details. —Samantha Meux

Katherine and Eric enjoyed incorporating personal touches into their custom-made wedding invitations.
Katherine's jewelry tray, which held her accessories, featured a monogram with her soon-to-be-new initials.
The classic bridal bouquet featured garden roses, miniature spray roses and ranunculus in neutral colors.
With its vaulted ceiling, stained-glass windows and elegant chandeliers, Cafe Brauer's Great Hall was the ideal setting for the indoor ceremony.
Katherine's father built the couple's garden-inspired ceremony arch, which will be placed in the backyard of their future home.
The aisle was lined with petite bunches of neutral blooms to complement the more bold altar arrangements.
Katherine's bridesmaids wore fun yet elegant matching mini dresses in a deep peacock green shade.
Contrasting Katherine's neutral arrangement, the bridesmaid bouquets featured hot and blush pink blooms.
With brick walls and detailed windows as the backdrop, the romantic head table was decorated with chiavari chairs, greenery, flowers and candles.
Eye-catching flower arrangements comprising lush greenery, moody red roses and pops of pink filled the elegant reception space at Cafe Brauer in Chicago, Illinois.
Two wreaths made entirely of greenery marked Katherine and Eric's seats at the head table.
Bright centerpieces were paired with warm candlelight for an ultraromantic evening ambiance.
An elegant five-tier cake was one of Katherine and Eric's favorite details. "We loved how the impressed lace detail and button design was reminiscent of my wedding dress," Katherine says.
"I wanted my look to be classic and elegant," Katherine says of her A-line gown, which featured delicate lace and buttons.
To incorporate their shared love of craft beer, Katherine and Eric brewed their own "Hoppily Ever After" IPA and paired it with Chicago-style popcorn for the guest favors.