Kate and Alan’s wedding day started with getting ready at Hotel Lincoln just across the street from the Lincoln Park Zoo. Their morning was relaxed and fun with only an intimate group of family and friends at the hotel with them. Kate and Alan shared cards with each other before finishing getting ready which always make for a beautiful moment. Wedding couples … don’t sleep on morning-of cards and gift exchanges! They are such a great touch to any wedding morning.
After Kate was in her dress, her dad was invited in for a touching father daughter first look. This is another wedding day tradition that I cannot suggest highly enough. Even you don’t want to do a first look with your partner, definitely consider a first look with your parents if possible.
Once getting ready finished up we made our way over to their venue, Cafe Brauer, for the ceremony and reception. This is one of my favorite venues and it was perfect for their early spring wedding. The weather was on the cool side and rainy, so the warmth of the venue space provided a cozy atmosphere for the rest of the day. Below you’ll find a highlight gallery of their day.