How Chris Knew He Had Found the One

“Diego is someone who not only completes me but complements me as well. Over the past 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to grow and explore with him whether at home in our garden or voyaging off to a new destination. We make sure to celebrate both the big and the small moments together.”

Fun and Fabulous Fête

“For our June wedding we wanted to include all that spring has to offer with peonies and sunflowers; parrots and butterflies; and lemons and oranges! We made sure to incorporate the most important and special people in our lives into our celebration, including our canine family Tito and Jake. No detail was too small or overlooked. With Diego having a Brazilian background, we were able to add many Brazilian influences into our celebration including traditional dishes into our five-course seated dinner. Our carrot cake had passion fruit filling and coconut flakes for Diego and a peanut butter and jelly tier for myself. The floral and décor created a beautiful spring table using our personal collection of candelabras and china, and mimicked our stunning invitation suite to perfection. Music was essential to us as well. A cello and keyboard enabled us to keep it classic for the ceremony, while Brazilian guitarists played during dinner to spice things up. Then, we danced the night away on our rooftop deck until the police asked us to bring the volume down.”

Their Favorite Memory

“Seeing our beloved friends and family in their fun and fabulous wedding outfits. Black was discouraged! We had specific instructions for everyone to really showcase their personalities to match our wedding theme.”

Number of Wedding Guests: 32

Venue: Grooms’ Home

Photography: Laercio Luz Photography

Videography: RED Weddings

Officiant: Bryan McGuire

Wedding Rings Don Strzepek at Tucker, Inc.

Formalwear: Richard Dayhoff at Zeglio Custom Clothiers

Stationery: Hannah Handmade

Floral & Decor: Anthony Gowder Designs; MDR Creative 

Rentals: BBJ Linen; Hall’s Rental

Catering: InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile

Cake & Sweets: Bittersweet

Entertainment: BeatMix Music; DJ Ale Maes