Oct. 18, 2013
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Kenosha
Couple’s Name: Raechel Tudjan and Shaun Bartel
Wedding Date: Oct. 18, 2013
Wedding Location: St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Kenosha
ABOUT THE COUPLE
How they met: Raechel and Shaun met at St. Joseph High School through their involvement in the school’s theatre department.
How he proposed: While vacationing in Las Vegas Shaun suggested they have lunch at The Border Grill, where they first dined nearly five years prior. He suggested they order flan, one of her favorites, for dessert. Placed on top of the flan was a diamond engagement ring. Shaun proposed on one knee.
Bride’s occupation: Event management and marketing professional
Groom’s occupation: Sales engineer
The ceremony: A traditional Catholic Mass.
The gown: A Maggie Sottero fit and flare silhouette with corset closure and a scoop-notched neckline; a beaded empire accent on the diamond white organza fabric; and the ruched bodice extended into asymmetrical draping throughout the skirt.
The bouquet: A hand-tied bouquet of magenta garden roses, ranunculus and lisianthus, accented with seeded eucalyptus.
The theme: Vintage glamour
THE WEDDING PARTY
Maid of honor: Erin Tudjan
Bridesmaids: Joy Wiersum, Katie Costanzo, Stacy Hitt, Maria Berlanga, Missy Sucevich and Karyi Rutchik
Best man: Andrew Hitt
Groomsmen: Scott Bartel, Aaron Supita, Shawn Milligan, Aaron Lachell, Mike Sucevich and Chris Chapleau
Ushers: Logan Delahunty, Jason Ciotti and Matt Thompson
Ring Bearer: Hunter Flores
Number of guests: 200
The reception: An evening surrounded by family and friends complete with dinner, cocktails, a photo booth and danceable tunes played by their favorite cover band.
The cake: A tower of vanilla, chocolate, banana and lemon curd cupcakes, with a tall, round marble cake as the top layer. The cake was topped with magenta garden roses and included a black ribbon accent.
First song: “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers
The menu: Salad of mesclun greens with roasted pears, candied walnuts, dried cranberries and gorgonzola cheese tossed with sesame ginger vinaigrette; breast of chicken with wild mushrooms, demi-glace with red wine and leek crisps served with roasted yukon gold smashed potatoes and roasted zucchini, yellow squash and tomatoes.
What made the day unique: Eleven members of the bridal party attended St. Joseph High School. They stopped at St. Joe’s for a photo to commemorate this.
Most touching moment of the day: Shaun, along with his groomsmen and ushers, surprised Raechel during the reception by stepping in for the band and serenading her with the Hall and Oates hit, “You Make My Dreams Come True.”
Honeymoon destination: El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya, Mexico