It was a perfect match when Danielle Lutz, owner/creator of Sole Goddess, met Glenn Richter, COO of Nuveen Investments, through Chicago matchmaking service Selective Search. “I said I’d meet him for a drink because I didn’t have much hope about it, but we ended up having dinner and closing down Coco Pazzo [300 W. Hubbard]!” she says of their January 2012 first date. “I didn’t know I was going to marry him that night, but I knew he was different.”
Two years later she did marry him, in an elegant ceremony at the Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E. Chestnut) that was followed by a reception for 100 at the historic Woman’s Athletic Club (626 N. Michigan). “Part of why we chose the WAC is because of all the original antiques and chandeliers that match the style in our home,” the bride says. Lutz used the space’s vintage charm as a guide for the reception décor, accenting it with art deco touches — like a custom monogram on their five-tier carrot cake by Elysia Root Cakes — and purple flower arrangements by Natural Beauties Floral. After a four-course dinner, Richter’s 18-year-old son Max brought down the house with his best man speech. “He was cracking everyone up, but it was from the bottom of his heart,” says Lutz.
Lutz also helped design another important part of the day: her wedding gown. After trying on several gowns without finding “the one,” she took matters into her own hands. “The designer was in town from New York and I told him my vision — I needed more of a ‘wow’ factor,” she says. After traveling back and forth three times to meet with Charles W. Bunstine II, head designer of Anna Maier, the bride ended up with the custom lace and beaded gown she envisioned. Lutz finished her look with jewelry from Lester Lampert, a pair of sparkly Jimmy Choos — and, of course, her signature Sole Goddess foot balm.
“I’m grateful we were able to have such a beautiful wedding but, most of all, I feel really blessed to have such a happy, loving relationship,” Lutz says.