Ever After: Kathleen Knuth & Leo Valentine

By / Weddings / May 4, 2017

Deloitte accountants Kathleen Knuth and Leo Valentine were coming off a busy tax season when they met on April 15, 2012. “All these accounting firms have a Tax Day party,” says Knuth, 29, a Chicago native who is now a CPA at consulting firm Protiviti in New York. “We went to the party, had drinks and the rest is history.”

Once Valentine, 31, CPA at accounting firm Grant Thornton, proposed in Antigua, it seemed fateful for the couple to set their wedding for that same pivotal date five years after they met. Knuth booked an appointment at famous NYC shop Kleinfeld Bridal, and even had her fitting taped for “Say Yes to the Dress” — see a clip below — before finally opting for a dress from Ultimate Bride (106 E. Oak) in her hometown Chicago.

Their wedding at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington) was void of anything too formal. There was a doughnut wall, a choreographed dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and rap music from the early 2000s. “We like to have fun and not take ourselves too seriously,” Knuth says, “and that’s exactly what we did.”


Photos by Allison Kortokrax of Korto Photography

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: Berta Bridal, Ultimate Bride, 106 E. Oak; Ultimatebride.com

Bride’s hair & makeup: Yadira Amador; Facebook.com/yadiraamadorchicago

Bride’s shoes: Betsey Johnson, BetseyJohnson.com

Grooms attire: Saint Laurent, 11 E. Walton; Ysl.com

Rings: Audry Rose, Loveaudryrose.com; Everett NYC, Everettnyc.com

Wedding planner: Crystal Xiong, Crisp Wedding Design; Cxiong02@gmail.com

Late-night bites: Aurelio’s Pizza, 1212 S. Michigan, Aureliospizza.com; Pizano’s, 864 N. State; Pizanoschicago.com

Sweets: Zarlengo’s Italian Ice, 257 W. Joe Orr, Chicago Heights, Zarlengositalianice.com; Iversen’s Bakery, 12948 S. Western, Blue Island

Decor: Prestige Wedding Design, 3405 N. Ridge, Arlington Heights

Floral: bouquet of cascading white flowers with mint greenery, Fiddlehead Floral, 1105 Damico, Chicago Heights, Fiddleheadfloral.com; flower wall by Borrow the Backdrop, Borrowthebackdrop.com

Entertainment: The Walk Ins, Thewalkins.com; Stevie Swing, Stevieswing.com

Invitations: Minted; Minted.com


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