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
Bride’s gown: Michal Medina, Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, 1009 N. Rush; Dimitrasbridal.com
Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade, 56 E. Oak; Katespade.com
Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse, 535 N. Michigan; Menswearhouse.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