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Katherine Kohler & Chris Hauser
By Melanie Rud Chadwick | Photo: Agnes Malorny | April 17, 2015
June 28, 2014 | St. Peter’s Church | Hauser home, Lake Barrington
When they met at Dartmouth College in the fall of 2011, Katherine and Chris instantly connected… as friends. It wasn’t until a year later, when she was moving to Manhattan and he to Scotland, that they realized the extent of their feelings, and friendship turned to romance. The proposal came the following summer: While the couple was out sketching together, Chris handed Katherine a very special sketch of a heart, church and ring.
In wanting to keep their wedding as personal and intimate as possible, the pair chose to hold the reception at the groom’s family home. “We thought it would be so cool to someday have our kids playing in that yard and be able to tell them that this is where mommy and daddy got married,” explains Katherine of their decision. Jaci Weber of Clementine Custom Events planned the outdoor fete, which showcased the gorgeous estate and incorporated existing elements, like a life-size chess set, into the festivities. Both avid readers, the couple gave vintage books as favors, carefully selecting a unique title fitting for each of their 200 guests.
Music took center stage, transitioning from a string quartet during cocktail hour to a swing dance show and lessons from Big City Swing. “That interactive element got everyone, of all ages, up on the dance floor,” says Katherine. Afterhours, a DJ cranked up high-energy tunes, as partygoers snacked on milkshakes and fries, and swam in the backyard pool.
WHAT WE'VE LEARNED
“Be at peace with the fact that whatever happens, happens. Things may go wrong the day of, but it’s going to be a beautiful celebration, and people will be happy no matter what,” says Katherine.
Ceremony St. Peter’s Church
Reception Hauser home, Lake Barrington
Wedding Planner Jaci Weber,
Clementine Custom Events
Flowers Sharon Kulovsek, Interior Affairs; Twisted Stem
Bride’s Gown Vera Wang
Groom’s Tux Emanuele
Invitations Invitations by Dawn
Catering Elaina Vazquez, Boutique Bites
Cake Homemade by the bride’s mother
Ceremony Music Royal Trumpet Works
Reception Music Lola Bard Productions and Big City Swing
Linen Rentals Elaina Vazquez, Boutique Bites