Ever After: Analisa Terenzio & Alex Pudinoff

By / Weddings / May 8, 2017

In 2014, when Analisa Terenzio met Alex Pudinoff on a friend’s boat on the Chicago River, she immediately knew it was meant to be. “He was on the top deck, and I walked up there and saw him and was just like, oh!” laughs Terenzio, 31, a director of marketing at Roti Modern Mediterranean. “I [pointed] him out to my friends and said, ‘I got that one!’ ”

The two hit it off, and started dating immediately. It didn’t take long for Pudinoff, 30, a real estate consultant at North Clybourn Group, to pop the question. “It had only been a year and a few months of dating, but we knew from the second we met that this was it,” Terenzio says of the December 2015 proposal. “Everything just made sense.”

As an experienced event planner (she’s helped open 26 restaurants), Terenzio went to work, spending many weekends tying bows and making signs to create the perfect Indie-Italian wedding. “I wanted to have an experience that I could build by using a lot of touches and quirks that I love,” she says. “I knew I never wanted the standard wedding — it was about appealing to both my old Italian grandma and my college-student cousin who studies abroad.”

The traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Vincent de Paul Church (1010 W. Webster) was followed by a lively reception with 200 guests at Ovation Chicago (2324 W. Fulton). The space was full of rustic charm — think copper and gold accents, wooden tables and olive leaves mixed in with succulents — and plenty of food. “My uncle helped me curate an appetizer table that spanned the whole dining area and had two prosciutto towers that were three-tiered layers of hanging prosciutto and meat,” Terenzio says. “It was always my dream.”

And while highlights of the night included a father-daughter dance to the score from “The Godfather” and dance battles between grandfathers and their grandchildren, Terenzio says her walk down the aisle with her own grandfather holds a special spot in her heart. “I was in love with the moment.”


Photos by Emily Madigan of Couple of Dudes 

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: Mackenzie Michaels, House of Brides Couture, 730 N. Franklin; Houseofbrides.com

Makeup: Lauren Guillen, LG Makeup Design, 324 E. Geneva, Wheaton; Lgmakeupdesign.com

Bride’s jewelry: Carbon & Copper; Carbonandcopper.com

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

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Brideside, 660 W. Lake; Brideside.com

Cake: Urban Icing, 1944 N. Damen; Urbanicing.com

Sweets: Italian Bakery, 82 E. Lake, Addison; (630) 530-1605

Catering: Via Carducci, 1928 W. Division; Viacarduccichicago.com

Entertainment: Style Matters DJ; Stylemattersdjs.com

Decor: Elegant Event Lighting, 630 Morse, Schaumburg; Eelchicago.com

Floral: Steve’s Flower Market, 1039 W. Grand; Stevesflowermarket.com

Invitations: Carlson Craft; Carlsoncraft.com






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