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Glo Magazine, January 2017

Magical Winter Wedding: Lauren Caggiano and Chris Csicsko’s at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

By Beth Behrendt

Photos by Jude S-R Photography

Lauren, a writer and editor, and Chris, who works in software, met in 2012 on the suggestion of a mutual friend. Their first date of “just drinks” at the Acme Bar turned into 5 hours of conversing about their shared love of travel and enjoying each other’s intellect and wit. “The rest is history,” laughed Lauren.

Life brings sadness, too, though, and within a period of 12 months, they each lost their fathers. However, on April 1, 2016—exactly 7 months to the day of her father’s passing away—Chris proposed to Lauren with a custom-designed engagement ring. “We were,” said Lauren, “ready for something to celebrate!”

The couple chose the Fort Wayne Museum of Art for the ceremony and reception. “We had one of our first dates there. We thought it would make for a neat backdrop—something different from the average reception hall. We had 135 friends and family join us,” Lauren said.

The wedding party was simply Lauren’s sister, Collette, as maid of honor and Chris’s brother, Nick, as best man. Mark Diefenbach, a pastor and family friend who knew Lauren’s father, officiated. The loss of both fathers was referenced in his prayer. “I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room,” she said.

The ceremony was at 5 in the evening with cocktails immediately following.

“The music was truly amazing,” Lauren enthused. “Chris’s brother Nick is a musician. He played piano and his fiancé, Emi, and friend, Filip, played the flute and violin, respectively. We recessed to a beautiful version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.’ A band started at 7 p.m.— blues/soul group called G Money and the Fabulous Rhythm that got everyone up and dancing!”

The couple chose an Art Deco theme. “We embraced it in everything from my vintage-inspired dress to the table décor,” Lauren said. “Colors were moss and gold. The flowers were orchids and moss. I added a few peacock feathers to my bouquet and up-do for a funky touch. My mother did an amazing job with the table decor. We used Prohibition-style decanters as centerpieces and attached tags with words like ‘celebrate’ and ‘laugh.’ She also converted a vintage birdcage into a card holder.”

An hors d’oeuvres spread was laid out by Catablu. “The food was simply amazing,” said Lauren. “They really went the extra mile for us. The flat bread and crab cakes were big hits.” Sassie Cakes made the almond-flavored wedding cake with buttercream frosting.

Lauren said of her dress, “I really believe my late Grandma Pat guided me to it. (She was known for her frugal ways.) It was the cheapest dress in the store and I was able to buy it right off the rack!”

“It was white and cream with a thick, waist-flattering belt. I had a special bolero jacket made by Totally You Alterations. They did a masterful job—the jacket looked like it was part of the dress! I splurged on some ‘20s-style shoes from English designer, Rachel Simpson. I also wore my grandma’s pearls and a green broach that I found at Mercantile on Main, pinned at my waist.”

Lauren’s aunt did her makeup and her ‘20s-style up-do was done by Amy Vanover of Amy’s Beauty Salon.

“Oh, and our wedding favors were sparklers!” The perfect touch for a sparkly, magical wedding!

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