Danielle and Scott hit it off walking down the aisle...at someone else's wedding on New Years Eve 2019. After a whirlwind weekend in downtown Chicago, where Danielle's cousin married Scott's best friend, the two kept in touch. Despite Scott living in Ann Arbor and Danielle living in Chicago, they were soon visiting each other on the weekends and spending long hours on the phone. After a year of dating long distance, the pandemic hit and the pair made the most of it by quarantining together at Scott's family cabin in Northern Michigan. While Scott thought Danielle was nuts for bleaching the groceries, those months together solidified in his mind that she was the one and he moved to Chicago in the summer of 2020. In February 2021, on a trip to Northern Michigan to pick up their new puppy, Scott proposed by getting down on one knee on the deck of his family's cabin.
After witnessing many friends having to change and reschedule wedding plans due to COVID restrictions, the pair opted for an intimate affair with just their immediate families. Danielle was born in Colorado Springs and has many happy family memories at the Broadmoor, so they selected Labor Day weekend 2021 at the resort for their 20-person destination micro-wedding. On the day of the wedding, summer thunderstorms loomed, and rain started to fall as the ladies got ready in the bridal suite. Danielle wore her maternal grandmother's diamond ring and a pearl bracelet from her paternal grandmother to compliment her wedding dress by Spanish designer, Sophie et Voilà. Luckily just minutes before they were meant to start taking pictures, the rain stopped, and Danielle and Scott were able to have their "first look" in front of the lake.
The ceremony took place underneath a chuppah between two willow trees just outside the Fish House. Scott's niece and nephew were the flower girl and ring bearer, respectively, and Danielle walked down the aisle with her parents as "Moon River" by Frank Sinatra played on the guitar. Danielle's stepfather officiated the brief but meaningful ceremony, after which the family took pictures and then enjoyed cocktail hour on the deck of the Fish House. The Fish House's rustic cabin feel provided a perfect backdrop for a delicious dinner, heartfelt speeches, the first dance and a dessert of milk and cookies. Everyone enjoyed late night quesadillas before ushering the bride and groom to their exit through an arch of sparklers. After the reception, the whole group made their way to the resort's bowling alley where they ended the night with bowling and champagne.