Ever After: Kayla Mannausa & Terry Kruger

By / Weddings / May 25, 2017

For Kayla Mannausa and Terry Kruger it was love at first “site”: They were each other’s first (and last) dates through Match.com.After meeting on the dating website and chatting online, the couple decided to have dinner at Adobo Grill (215 W. North) — and five and a half years later, he proposed there. Post-proposal, Kruger, 30, director of sales at technology servicer 3 points, whisked Mannausa to Canada. He surprised her with an engagement photoshoot at the fairytale-like Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel nestled in the heart of Banff National Park.

The couple added a touch of Hollywood to their “over-the-top romantic” wedding at The Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton) April 7. “We did the ‘Dirty Dancing’ [routine] and a portion of the lift,” says Mannausa, 30, aesthetician and marketing coordinator at Pinski Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery.

After dinner — during which a video of personalized messages from the couple’s loved ones played — their 215 guests packed the dance floor until a confetti pop ended the night with a bang.


Photos by Peter Gubernat Photography

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: Michal Medina, Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, 1009 N. Rush; Dimitrasbridal.com

Bride’s hair & makeup: Sarah Kinser, Renee Feldman Salon, 1006 N. Clark, Reneefeldman.com; Dawn Norman, Edit Faces, Editfaces.com

Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade, 56 E. Oak; Katespade.com

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse, 535 N. Michigan; Menswearhouse.com

Rings: Nally’s Jewels, 580 5th, New York, Nallyjewels.com; Fey & Co Jewelers, 758 W. North; Feyjewelers.com

Wedding planner: Michelle Durpetti Events, 505 N. LaSalle; Durpettievents.com

Cake: carrot cake with cream cheese filling, buttermilk cake with chocolate filling, Cake Chicago, 1635 W. Walnut; Cake-chicago.com

Decor & floral: cream and blush hydrangeas, roses and stock flower, Anthony Gowder Designs, 2616 W. North; Anthonygowder.com

Entertainment: TVK Orchestra; Tvkmusic.com

Invitations: Peggy Lambert Design, Erickson Design, 1229 N. North Branch; Ericksondesign.com


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