Jane Monzures and Kurt Clauss’s courtship had a sporty start: After meeting at a Cubs game, their first date a year later was a nail-biting night at Municipal Bar & Dining Co. (216 W. Ohio) watching a triple-overtime Blackhawks playoff.
Clauss, 56, works as a Ford model, American Airlines flight attendant, and VP of business development at Guaranteed Rate; Monzures, 48, is a DIY craft expert and the host of “Living Healthy Chicago” on WGN-TV and “Creative Living” on the Yurview Network. They married Oct. 19 in a ceremony at St. James Chapel in the Archbishop Quigley Center (835 N. Rush) followed by a reception at the Murphy Auditorium (50 E. Erie).
Monzures fell in love with a blue-and-gold brocade fabric months before the wedding and used it to craft elaborate invitations, adorn her junior bridesmaids’ bouquets, and even line 20 appetizer trays that she repurposed from photo frames.
She also rocked three bridal looks throughout the night. “I wasn’t going to until Kurt said, ‘Jane, this is the biggest fashion show you’re ever going to do,’ ” Monzures says. For the ceremony, she wore a modern lace gown with a plunging neckline and a 10-foot-long train. She changed into a crystal-covered frock for her first dance and then donned a party dress inspired by Lady Gaga’s racerback number from the 2019 Oscars.
Though Monzures’s father passed away years ago, she arranged for a special father-daughter dance: Six students from A&A Ballet performed to “Dance With My Father” by Luther Vandross. “I wanted to pay tribute to my dad, to all the dads and daughters out there and all the dads who are in heaven,” Monzures says.
They sent guests home with Bridgeport Coffee’s Bubbly Creek blend and a mug emblazoned with “Love After All,” their wedding catchphrase. “We wanted people to take away love from our wedding day, tomorrow, and every day after that,” Monzures says. “Because life is about love, after all.”
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Photographer: Hitch & Sparrow Photography, hitchandsparrow.com
Venue: St. James Chapel in the Archbishop Quigley Center, 835 N. Rush; the Murphy Auditorium, 50 E. Erie, the-murphy.com
Wedding planner: Mindy Moore of MooreFUN Events, moorefun.org
Hair and makeup: Nancy Vela, nancyvela.com
Bride’s attire: Valentini Spose gown, YSA Makino gown and custom Valentini Spose party dress, all from Dimitra’s Bridal Couture, 1009 N. Rush, dimitrasbridal.com
Junior bridesmaid’s attire: Dresses of their own choosing
Groom’s attire: Nick Roy tuxedo, the Nick Roy Collection, 213 N. Morgan, nickroy.com
Invitations: crafted by the bride; printing by Cushing, 213 W. Institute, Suite 200, cushingco.com
Catering: Paramount Events, 1750 W. Lake, paramounteventschicago.com
Dessert: White cake with lemon filling by Cathy Torres (cousin of the bride); assorted cookies and Greek pastries provided by the women’s group at St. Nicholas Church in Oak Lawn
Entertainment: Jazz quartet by Alan Gresik Orchestra, alangresikmusic.com; pianist George Skaroulis, georgeskaroulis.com; DJ Matt Roan, djmattroan.com; A&A Ballet Center for Dance, aacenterfordance.org
Florals and decor: Feather and floral centerpieces and bouquets by Erin McDonald Co., 1401 S. State, erinmcdonaldco.com
Rings: Reuven Gitter Jewelers, 5 S. Wabash, Suite 1708
Transportation: Chicago Trolley, chicagotrolley.com