Little Mac and Big Rudy tied the knot! They are two of the cutest people you will ever meet, and their fondness for each other is an amazing thing to witness. They love spending time together and have, in my opinion, fabulous priorities… drinking delicious full-bodied cabernets and bordeaux’s and laughing- A LOT! Not to mention their incredible friends, especially Danielle’s girls (they would go to the ends of the earth for each other!). They kept things simple at the wedding, no extra “stuff,” just a beautiful ceremony and an awesome party complete with delicious food and terrific music. Excellent! The Renaissance hotel provided a great atmosphere and Cagen Music kept the party rocking, especially with the surprise performance by the Covergirls Violin Group. All in all, a wonderful day. Paul’s engraved cufflinks say it best, these two will always be “lovesies forever!”
Paul’s five words for Danielle: Loving, Loyal, Funny, Beautiful, Happy
Danielle’s five words for Paul: Caring, Reliable, Helpful, Loving, Fun
Don’t these ribbons remind you of something? Perhaps a maypole? So pretty!
A little first dance practice…
I know it’s a bit much, but I couldn’t resist. Little Mac looked so good!!
These fiddle players were so fun!
Time to get crazy!
Congrats Little Mac and Big Rudy!
Second Photographer: Jamie Hartley
Hair and makeup: Epoch Salon (Hair: Beth Stock, Make Up: Mackenzie Gustafson)
Florist: Petal Play Design
Ceremony location: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Reception location: Renaissance Marriott Downtown Chicago
Officiant: Father Tom
Cake: Renaissance Marriott
Caterer: Renaissance Marriott
Invitations/Stationary: Ashley’s Custom Stationery & More
Suit/Men’s accessories: Hugo Boss
DJ/Band: Cagen Music LLC
First Dance: Green Eyes by Cold Play
Parent dances: Mother/Son In My life by the Beatles, Father/Daughter: I Wish You Love by Frank Sinatra
Q&A With The Bride and Groom:
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Paul: Danielle walking down the aisle looking beautiful.
Danielle: Standing next to Paul at the church while we were reading our vows.
What was your favorite detail?
P&D: The Violin Show that we had at the reception
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Paul: How sweaty my friend Chris was by the end of the night. If you are going to dance and sweat, wear a white shirt.
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
Paul: Stay in the moment. the day will fly by and you can’t talk to or see everyone as much as you would like so just enjoy the atmosphere of all of your friends, family and loved ones being in one place at the same time for you and your favorite person.
Danielle: Remember it’s your day and don’t be afraid to ask for things that you want to make it special. And remember to enjoy every moment of it!
If you could do it all over, would you change anything?
Paul: Going against my Catholicism and having an outdoor ceremony somewhere.
Danielle: Figure out a way to make the reception last longer
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Brazil: Sao Paulo, Florianopolis, Rio De Janeiro, Buzios
A Little History:
How did you meet? (How long have you known each other?)
We met at a Happy Hour through a mutual friend at Flatwater on August 5, 2011
When did you know he/she was “the one”?
Paul: When we drove the coast of California and then ended the trip in Sonoma with her friends
Describe the proposal:
Paul: I surprised her at home with candles, the fire going, in front of our first beautiful Christmas tree with a heart shaped out of red and white rose pedals in front of the fire and various bottles of our wine club wines set up among the candles. She had just returned from yoga and had showered since she changed her day’s plan at the last moment so I proposed to her in her robe.