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Café Brauer Wedding

Lincoln Park was bustling—the perfect summer Saturday in Chicago for a Café Brauer wedding.

When we talked with Kristi and Brian about their wedding photography, they knew they didn't want to rush through the day, but wanted to enjoy each moment of their day with those who would come to celebrate them. When we finally got to be with them that day, it was so fun seeing them be fully present. From the chant Kristi's dad led with all the ladies in her getting ready room to the big hugs they gave family and friends at their cocktail hour, Kristi and Brian's day was truly a celebration.

Because they were intentional about the timing of their day, we got to witness moments and hear stories we otherwise wouldn't have. We met Brian's friends from home after his dad told us that Brian's mom was THE neighborhood mom—their pantry always stocked, friends always welcome. We snapped a photo of Kristi tearing up as her friend from kindergarten read a poem by Maya Angelou during their ceremony, then heard from Kristi's dad about the long-standing friendships Kristi has maintained with a few friends from kindergarten who were present that evening. Just after they were announced husband and wife, Brian and Kristi's parents and wedding party gathered on the balcony to share a toast with them, an intimate moment of excitement and congratulations, and we could tell how much each person in that circle meant to them.

But one of my favorite moments that day was Kristi and Brian's first dance. We knew it would be epic, as Kristi is a dancer, but we never could have expected this! Their choreographed dance happened just after they were introduced at the reception, everyone in the room still on their feet as Kristi took Brian's hand to dance. As they moved together, Kristi and Brian had all their guests cheering and clapping along. The energy and camaraderie in the room was electric.

Kristi and Brian, we hope that you see the story of your day and feel those electric moments as you look at your wedding images. We were honored to celebrate alongside your closest family and friends. The two of you are truly remarkable—we knew it before and heard it time and time again from the people who love you most. Congrats on officially becoming husband and wife. Love and hugs, Becky & Kaleb.

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Becky Dean
I'm a Co-founder and Lead Photographer at Pen and Lens.

Wedding photography is my heartbeat. I love capturing the interactions between the bride and her tribe as they get ready together, the look on a groom’s face when he FINALLY sees his bride for the first time, and the way a dad wraps his arms around his baby girl on her wedding day. Bride and groom portraits make my heart jump and I cry on almost every wedding day.

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Becky Dean, Boise Wedding Photographer at Pen and Lens Photography
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