MARY + DANNY
The “MEET CUTE”
Danny and Mary grew up together in Kansas City, Missouri. Taking it all the way back, the real first time they met was in kindergarten at St. Peter's School — the same place they were married all these years later.
Mary and Danny first had eyes for one another in the second grade, if we are really going to define that “meet cute” moment. Second grade quickly turned into high school sweeties, college pals, and study abroad companions. Funny enough, their first kiss was actually on New Year’s Eve back in 2005! Thanks to their incredible friends and their favorite annual golf tournament weekend back home, they rekindled their love and friendship in 2013.
Shortly thereafter, Mary packed up her apartment in Fayetteville, AR (where she lived at the time) and made the 12 hour trek to Chicago to be with Danny. The rest is history!
Mary and Danny’s proposal was a romance for the books— a nasty stomach bug spread like wildfire through the entire family over the week of Thanksgiving.
As fate would have it, it finally bit Mary on the eve of their engagement. Mary’s family had just gotten back into town, so she was motivated to suck it up for both families in order for them all to be together on the last day of the holiday break.
Mary was running late, so her parents and sister took off to the “restaurant” they were to meet them at. Danny picked Mary up, had a silly reason they needed to swing by his parents’ house before dinner, and ended up proposing fireside. It was just the two of them, in his childhood home, and it was a perfectly sweet and unexpected moment. The joy and adrenaline distracted Mary from the virus (LOL), and she happily agreed to the lifetime pact!
new years eve bridal magic
With their wedding in Kansas City, Mary wanted to keep an even score and shop for her wedding gown in the city that her and Danny currently lived: Chicago. Unsure of what style she wanted, she opted to keep opinions at a minimum and asked both her mom and sister to join her at her first dress appointment at Alice in Ivory.
Mary tried on several looks before she shimmied on into the Jaymes gown by Alexandra Grecco— a full silk crepe, plunging neckline; soft to the touch like butta. As soon as she stepped in, she knew it was the one. Simple, elegant and effortlessly beautiful, she loved it.
With a wedding date of New Year’s Eve (plus a spunky personality), it was important to Mary that she was able to dress it up and add a little fun-factor. Enter the Wren cape (also by Alexandra Grecco)!! Mary’s mom found it hanging on a rack, and while it was a little too big, it was obvious that the feathers, lace, and beading would be a glamorous complement to the perfectly classic dress she’d chosen (so much so that she decided a veil was a no-go).
The finishing touch was the Jenny Duet belt by Sara Gabriel. Just a little sparkle and shimmer to tie the look.
SNIP & TUCK
Mary took both her dress and cape to the family-run Dress Doctor in the Water Tower. Gisele was an enormous help and made each alteration experience a memorable one. Her mother was very sweet and did a fabulous job with fitting the one-size-fits-all cape onto Mary’s 5’2 frame! The entire experience made the upcoming wedding all the more real and exciting. Scheduling with them was never a hassle, and Mary trusted her garments were in good hands at all times; she would absolutely recommend the Dress Doctor to other brides. YAY!
“The groom deserves to stand out at the end of the aisle, too!”
Danny, got his tuxedo from Brooks Brothers. He wore midnight blue with black lapels, and his groomsmen wore all black tuxes.
K a n s a s city, baby.
Danny and Mary both grew up in the heart of Kansas City, MO, so it was a no-brainer that they would seal the deal in their hometown.
Ceremony was at their childhood parish, St. Peter’s, and their reception was at Magnolia Venue & Urban Garden in downtown KC. They loved the venue because the space spoke for itself — it featured exposed brick, Art Deco chandeliers, and original wood floors.
Mary loved the idea of a winter wedding, and what better way to start out a new year than with a new life partner?! It was truly a magical day, and ringing in 2019 surrounded by all of their favorite people was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
3, 2, 1..
The countdown to midnight was their favorite moment of their wedding day. As far as the celebration goes, it signified the end of the party and winding down of the evening, but for the two of them, it was the start of day one as the Riesmeyers. The whole room was filled with people, but in that moment it really did feel like just Danny and Mary. swoooooooon.