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SC E NE c h ic a g o w e d d i n g s STEFANIA SPILOTRO & GIANCARLO PRESTA O c t o b e r 4 , 2 014 Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel P h o t o g r a p hy by J a i m e C a m p a n e l l i P h o t o g r a p hy THE COUPLE Giancarlo says he knew right away after he met Stefania during her 26th birthday celebration at Moe’s Cantina in River North that one day, she would be his girlfriend. With one prediction down, on the day of the proposal, Stefania called Giancarlo to tell him about the strange dream she had had the night before—she dreamt that he had proposed! Good guesses or great instincts proved true when he took her out to dinner at Spiaggia and popped the question during an after-dinner walk on North Avenue Beach. THE DETAILS A sentimental moment for all was during Giancarlo’s speech thanking his late grandmother, Romana, whom he believed played a part in leading him to Stefania. What’s more: Stefania borrowed Romana’s necklace—which had also been worn by Giancarlo’s mother on her wedding day—as a token of Romana’s presence. THE PARTY All 350 guests braved the unseasonably chilly October weather for an elegant reception at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel. Planner Michelle Durpetti enlisted Northern Greenhouses to fill the space with white orchids, calla lilies, roses and hydrangeas—a fresh pop that brightened the day and transported guests from the blustery temps outside. Revelers partied until 2 in the morning with help from DJs JOJO & GIZEP. After that, the couple jetted off to Hawaii where they warmed up on the islands of Kauai and Maui. –BS Clockwise from above: Giancarlo admires Stefania in her classic strapless Monique Lhuillier gown; the bride playfully poses with her bridesmaids, who donned turquoise blue one-shoulder Jim Hjelm gowns; Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market provided delicious sweets, like these dapper chocolate-covered tuxedo strawberries. What We Learned “We woke up to unseasonably cold weather and snow on our wedding day but it was still beautiful. No matter how difficult or stressful the planning may get, just keep in mind you are meeting your best friend at the altar and you will be motivated” says Giancarlo. From left: The striking interior of the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel made for an elegant backdrop to the couple’s extravagant reception; a sparkling letter “P” topped the five-tier all-white cake. WEDDING RESOURCES Planner Michelle Durpetti Events, durpettievents. com Photographer Jaime Campanelli Photography, jaimecampanelli. com Invitations ToLu, tolu4u. com Floral, Lighting & Decor Northern Greenhouses, ngfloral. com Rings Joel Singer Jewelry Bride’s Gown Monique Lhuillier, Ultimate Bride, ultimatebride. com Bridesmaids’ Dresses Jim Hjelm, Cenzina Originals Groom’s Tuxedo Emanuele Tuxedo Rentals & Sales, emanueletuxedo. com Sweet’s Table Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market, caputomarkets. com DJs JOJO & GIZEP, jojoandgizep. com 28 4 MODERN LUXURY BRIDES CHICAGO

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