Looking Back at a Favorite; Looking Forward to Spring

There’s something about springtime in Chicago. Perhaps it’s that longing for the familiar feel of a breeze across our skin, finally fulfilled. Or maybe it’s that first observance of a bud or the realization that everything has once again turned green. In a city with winters as lengthy as they are relentless, the return of spring undoubtedly has a way of making us feel suddenly and contentedly alive.
Peonies and pastel highboy table decor at a spring wedding at Cafe Brauer.

In anticipation of this restorative time of year, Event Designer Jessica Griffin remembers a favorite Chicago springtime wedding of yore.

Jessica Griffin Pfluegl. Kent Drake Photography.
Jessica Griffin Pfluegl. Kent Drake Photography.

It’s easy to see why Jessica adores this wedding. The grounds of the Lincoln Park Zoo, covered in vibrantly flowering trees, stretched around the Great Hall at Café Brauer, and the chosen floral, rich with peonies, lilac, and viburnum completely epitomized the season. The ceremony, which carried the softness and ease of a garden party, unfolded into a reception offering the classic, understated elegance so exactly suitable to the historic venue.

This wedding is, in a word, lovely.
We hope you enjoy perusing it as much as we do. Cheers to the impending arrival of spring.

Special thanks to Kent Drake Photography and Café Brauer

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