Charlie and Frederick said “I do” in a gorgeous ceremony at Holy Name Cathedral then danced the night away at the School of the Art Institute of ChicagoAll photos by Nicodem Creative.

“Fred and I met when I was a graduate student receiving my master’s in music at UNLV, where I interviewed for a position in Fred’s department. After months of flirting, I finally gave Fred my number. We kept our relationship hidden at work for almost two years, which led to many funny moments! Fred finally proposed on Catalina Island, CA, and we ended up driving across the country all the way to Western Massachusetts. We stayed there just for a year and then Fred got a job in Chicago.

We got married on the perfect fall day in October. We both got ready at The Palmer House Hotel, and we agreed that we wanted to see each other for the first time the moment I walked down the aisle at Holy Name Cathedral. Throughout the day, we were filled with anticipation and excitement not only to become husband and wife, but to simply be in each other’s company again. We entered the doors of Holy Name separately, but left together arm-in-arm.

We wanted to ensure that the wedding party felt comfortable so attire was simple elegant. Bridesmaids could wear any black dress they wanted with nude heals. Groomsmen, any black suit with a white shirt plus the burgundy ties and lapel pins from the Tie Bar that we purchased for all of them. We also gifted the groomsmen dress socks decorated with their favorite sports team or movie, and the men wore those as well on the day of the wedding.

Our favorite memory was taking the elevator up to the second level of SAIC and looking down to see the breathtaking ballroom, full of family and friends waiting for our grand entrance. Our hearts raced a little when the DJ announced “Please welcome Mr. and Mrs. Krauss” and we came down the beautiful staircase and saw everyone’s faces. One of our other favorite moments was our first dance on that checkered dance floor under the beautiful chandeliers, dancing to “Gold” from the musical Once. It was a moment we will never forget!”


Nicodem Creative (photos), Holy Name Cathedral (ceremony), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (reception), Ryan O’Connor of RJO Photo & Video (videography), Natural Beauties Floral (flowers), Fr. John Boivin (officiant), Ersa Atelier via Dimitra’s Bridal Couture (bride’s first dress), Kate Spade (bride’s shoes), Blowout Junkie (bride’s hair), Morgan Marie Beauty (bride’s makeup), Men’s Wearhouse (formalwear), Vista Print (stationery), Food for Thought (menu/catering), Bittersweet Pastry Shop (wedding cake), Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. (transportation), DJ Chicago (entertainment)

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