Even before their engagement, Leah Feingold and Steven Denza agreed they wanted a New Year’s Eve wedding. “That night is usually anticlimactic,” says Feingold, a 30-year-old teacher at Rauner College Prep introduced to Denza by a mutual friend. “We thought, let’s give our friends and family something else to celebrate.”
Knowing they’d need a year-plus to plan, Denza planned to propose in October 2018 at the Robey (2018 W. North) under the guise of having their photo taken on the rooftop. His surprise was nearly foiled when Feingold flat-out refused. “She said, ‘I’m not going outside! It’s too cold. We just got a drink; we’ll do it later,’ ” says Denza, 29, an academic dean at ITW David Speer Academy. “This ring was burning a hole in my pocket. … I said, ‘Leah, get up. We are going outside and we are taking this picture!’ ”
They married Jan. 31 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Feingold’s hometown of Glenview and later took photos in front of Wrigley Field as a nod to Denza’s Cubs fandom. Photographer Noelle Adams resorted to lying in a snowbank to get just the right shot, and also surprised the couple by Photoshopping their names onto the marquee.
Their black-tie reception at Galleria Marchetti (825 W. Erie) was an elegant all-white affair with metallic accents, from the twinkling globe chandeliers to the gold embellishments on their five-tiered cake. In lieu of a balloon drop, party decor company Paris312 (2116 N. Halsted) created giant balloons filled with smaller balloons and confetti for the couple to pop on the dance floor at midnight.
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS
Photographer: Noelle Adams Photography, noelleadams.wedding
Bride’s attire: Blush by Hayley Paige gown from Nordstrom, 10 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, shop. nordstrom.com
Bridesmaid’s attire: Alfred Sung from Bella Bridesmaids, 1 E. Delaware, bellabridesmaids.com
Groom’s attire: Indochino, 910 W. Armitage, indochino.com
Groomsmen’s attire: Calvin Klein tuxedos from Macy’s, macys.com
Invitations: F.U.N. Cards & Gifts, 1472 Waukegan, Glenview, funcardsandgifts.net
Dessert: Almond cake with salted caramel buttercream, vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream, devil’s food cake with raspberry and chocolate buttercream by Amy Beck Cake Design, 636 N. Racine, amybeckcakedesign.com
Entertainment: Style Matters DJ, 2324 W. Fulton, stylemattersdjs.com
Florist: White roses, hydrangea, ranunculus and peonies by Joyce Grattoni, flowersbygrattoni.com
Rings: Norridge Jewelers, 8338 W. Lawrence, Norridge, norridgejewelers.com