The couple’s Stonegate celebration was nothing short of a picture-perfect fairy tale.
Brittney and Don met in Wrigleyville through mutual friends during the 2013 Blackhawks playoff run. After hitting it off, the pair spent the rest of the night together and the next day, they hung out with their friend’s on Don’s boat on Lake Michigan. Little did they know that two years later, they’d be getting engaged on Valentine’s Day in the same place where Brittney’s parents had their wedding rehearsal dinner.
Brittney and Don, on how they knew they were perfect for each other…
“We realized we couldn’t live without one another. We made each other better people. We both experienced this feeling we never had before- it was love.”
The couple spent eight months apart when Don got relocated to Pittsburgh for his job, but they agree that it made them even stronger. Brittney finished up the year working in a Special Education classroom, a job that she loved, then moved out to Pittsburgh to be with Don. After three years on the East Coast, Don was offered a new position in Chicago that the couple happily accepted.
Brittney and Don, on why they chose to get married in Chicago…
“We were living in Pittsburgh during the time
of our engagement but Chicago had our hearts and it’s our true home. Chicago
is to thank for us meeting each other and we knew we wanted to get married
there- especially since both of our immediate families live there. Holy Family Church
and The Stonegate were
both the best decisions we could have made. Our wedding was a fairytale and
will always be the best day of our lives.”
Tying the knot at Holy Family was extra special because it was the very same church where Brittney had been baptized 28 years ago.
Brittney, on her favorite memory from her wedding day…
“My favorite memory is looking into the church and seeing our families and loved ones. Having my dad on one arm, the man I was about to marry down the aisle, and our
family and friends surrounding me on both sides took my breath away. It was unbelievable
and unforgettable. A dream come true.”
After the ceremony, they walked out to see their guests blowing bubbles and cheering with
happiness. “It was the kind of feeling you only experience once in a lifetime
and the photos were amazing,” Brittney said.
Brittney and Don, on the their reception decor and theme…
“The theme for our reception was a romantic fairytale. We used ivory drapery with gold rosettes, amber LED lights that created a beautiful golden tone, and a white vinyl covering for the dancefloor. To top it off, we had a custom monogram of our last name and wedding date projected onto the floor.”
Brittney made table
numbers that fit the romantic floral theme and found beautiful antique frames for each number. The colors were subtle, romantic,
The couple incorporated three different types of centerpieces: some very tall, some medium, and some low, each featuring a mixture of gold pedestal stands, vases, floating candles and orchids, and a mixture of hydrangeas and roses.
Don and Brittney couldn’t help but gush about their parents. “They played such a key role in and leading up to our special day,” they told us. “Don’s parents have been married 51
years and Brittney’s have been married 30 years. They are our foundation and we
wouldn’t have made it to this point in our lives without them.”
Brittney and Don, on why The Stonegate was the perfect choice…
“Our venue set the scene. It was a large, grand ballroom that perfectly accommodated the cocktail hour and butler passed hor d’oeuvres as well as our 9-piece band/orchestra. They served an immaculate 4 course dinner as well as a premium sweet table and great late night snacks. We had 250 very happy guests!”
Don, on his favorite memory from his wedding day…
“My favorite memory was at the
reception, seeing all of the hard work and planning come together for a great
evening with family and loved ones. The
toasts were very heart felt and meant a lot to both Brittney and I. The food was tremendous and plentiful. The night went by so quickly and was so much
Featured Vendors: David Loeb and Greg Polechonski for Edward Fox Photography (photos), Jaysin Osterkamp from NightOwls Media (videography), Holy Family Catholic Church (ceremony), The Stonegate (reception&catering), Father John Dearhammer (officiant), Bella Bianca (bride’s gown), House of Koukla (hair&makeup), Yanni Design Studio (decor), Dan Hayes Orchestra (entertainment), Stonegate Pastry Chef Corrie (wedding cake), Carlson Craft (invites), Breanna Manzie from Shannon Gail Weddings and Events (wedding consultant), Eileen Quinn (reception venue consultant), Men’s Warehouse (formalwear), Kathryn’s Bridal (bridesmaids’ dresses), Blooming Flowers (floral), Vista (floral), Windy City Limousine (transportation)