Founder of Baby’s First 12 and proud aunt of 4 nieces and 1 nephew, Doniele’s Chicago wedding mixed traditional and modern, with a big dash of fun!
THE COUPLE: My husband Davey is my brother-in-law’s best childhood friend. My sister met him years before me and told both of us we’d eventually end up together. She finally found the opportunity for us to meet when she asked Davey to fly in town for her husband’s surprise birthday party. He came, we met and we’ve been together ever since. Needless to say, we spend a lot of time with my sister and her husband!
THE PARTY: We had a traditional Black Tie wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. We were fortunate to celebrate with friends and family who flew in from around the world, including South Africa, where my husband is from. The highlight of the night was a flip book station where we took the photo booth concept to a whole new level!
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS: I wore a white Monique Lhuillier ball gown, Valentino blush bow shoes, DRD Lauren Joy earrings and a custom initial cuff, with my new initials that my sisters surprised me with that morning!
WHAT WERE YOU LOOKING FOR IN YOUR WEDDING JEWELRY AND HOW DID DRD FIT THAT VISION?
I wanted jewelry that would make a statement without taking away from my dress. I don‘t wear a lot of jewelry normally so the earrings were the perfect statement piece, allowing me to still feel like myself by not being over the top. The bracelet was incredibly meaningful because it was from my sisters and because it had my new initials.
WE KNOW A BRIDE’S FOCUS IS ON THE SPECIAL DAY. TELL US YOUR PLANS FOR YOUR DRD PIECES AFTER THE WEDDING.
My sister gave me the smaller version of my wedding earrings as a shower gift. I wear them every day and wear my wedding earrings when I’m dressing up for a special event. I also wear my cuff every day and eventually want to add more DRD cuffs to my arm. (I’m hoping for a full arm party one day. I think my husband should get me a new one for every anniversary. Hope he reads this!)
Photos by Ron Antonelli