Ever After: Dana Kemmerle & Nicholas Gunn

By / Weddings / August 11, 2016

Like the music they make together, everything about Nicholas Gunn and Dana Kemmerle’s wedding was personal. The pair wed on their sixth anniversary June 11 in a small ceremony and reception at The Crown atop the Tribune Tower (435 N. Michigan) on the 25th floor. From a processional composed by Gunn, 48, a musician, to the inclusion of their Boston terrier in the ceremony, the day was all about special details.

Kemmerle, 33, operations manager at the couple’s recording artist management company, Shotgunn Productions, wore family heirloom jewelry and her mother’s veil, complementing a custom gown by pal and “Project Runway” alum Kate Pankoke. “I probably spent more time designing my dress than anything else in the wedding,” the bride says. “[Kate] kind of extracted it from my brain.”

Though Kemmerle had planned her unique wedding down to the last detail, one of the most memorable moments was something she hadn’t anticipated. During the reception, the annual naked bike ride, a Chicago tradition, sped through the street below. Kemmerle took it in stride. “I started running through the reception, telling everyone, ‘You have to look over the wall!’ ” she laughs. “You have to roll with it. What else are you going to do?”


Photos by Nancy Beale of Studio This Is

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: custom by Kate Pankoke of Elaya Vaughn, 410 S. Michigan, Elayavaughn.com

Bride’s shoes: BellaBelleShoe; Etsy.com

Bride’s earrings: GlamorousBijoux; Etsy.com

Bride’s hair: Salon Snob, 233 E. Erie; Salonsnob.com

Bride’s makeup: City Lights Makeup Artistry, 948 W. Madison; Citylightsmakeup.com

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Dessy Collection, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Shop.nordstrom.com

Groom and groomsmen’s attire: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse, 535 N. Michigan; Menswearhouse.com

Rings: Hers, vintage; his, David Yurman, 40 E. Oak, Davidyurman.com

Catering: Howells & Hood, 435 N. Michigan; Howellsandhood.com

Cake: Chocolate devil’s food with chocolate truffle ganache and raspberry buttercream filling by Amy Beck Cake Design, 636 N. Racine; Amybeckcakedesign.com

Invitations: Evites by Greenvelope; Greenvelope.com

Entertainment: Bagpiper from Shannon Rovers, Shannonrovers.com; Wellington Strings string quartet, Wstrings.com


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