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Katie Rinaldo & Andy Stadler

May 28, 2016 | Ceremony: Holy Name Cathedral | Reception: The Drake Hotel

Katie and Andy with the groom’s “Best Puppy,” Griffin

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The bride wore sparkly peep-toe pumps from Jimmy Choo.

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Katie’s bridesmaids wore pink frocks with varying necklines from Jenny Yoo.

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The couple’s four-tiered textural wedding cake was white buttermilk and almond cake with strawberry conserve and cream cheese filling.

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Towering centerpieces featured cream and pink blooms with dusty green accents.

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In the midst of chaotic schedules caring for youngsters at Children’s Memorial Hospital, neonatal nurse Katie Rinaldo and pediatric neurosurgeon Andy Stadler grew closer. After two years of dating, armed with a handwritten note and a bouquet of flowers, the soon-to-be groom asked Katie to spend the rest of her life with him.

Michelle Durpetti and her team ensured a sophisticated romantic aesthetic using the bride’s favorite hues of pink, ivory and gold to complement the Holy Name Cathedral’s regal backdrop. The elegant nuptials were extra memorable thanks to the couple’s dog, Griffin, who happily served as the groom’s “Best Puppy.” 

The party continued at the reception in the ornate Gold Coast Room at The Drake Hotel. DJ Andrew Pascale provided energetic tunes while attendees noshed on classic dishes like filet mignon, glazed salmon and mushroom-stuffed ravioli. Guests were gifted with individually boxed gold-ribbon bow-tied marshmallow cookies from Elysia Root Cakes. Ready to enjoy crystal blue waters, the newlyweds flew to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to trade their Champagne glasses for tropical cocktails.

The Drake Hotel
Planner Michelle Durpetti, Michelle Durpetti Events 
Flowers Exquisite Designs
Bride’s Gown Hayley Paige Londyn, Bella Bianca Bridal Couture
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Jenny Yoo Collection
Groom’s Tux Corneliani, Nordstrom
Invites Clementine Ink + Paper 
Cake Cake Chicago
Music Cocktail hour: String Theory; reception: DJ Andrew Pascale, both of Style Matters 
Videographer Mirar Productions
Hair & Makeup Hair: Robyn Tornabeni Productions; makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists