Tony & Camille

Invite You to Celebrate At their Wedding

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Friday, September 12 2014
??? O’Clock in the evening Renaissance Hotel 1551 Thoreau Dr, Schaumburg wedding + dinner + nightclub

Our Story

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres... This is our story.

It all started on March 5th, 2010. Michele and I ended up at Austin’s Saloon in Libertyville…our usual spot. We were hanging out in the Fuel room, when I noticed Tony. He was standing with a couple others guys watching the band that was playing. I couldn’t help but notice how cute he was and kept looking over his way. Since I had a drink or two in me (maybe more =0), I decided to approach him. My plan of action was to walk over and ask one of his friends (James) if I knew him from somewhere…when actually I did not, that I thought (turned out I actually knew James from my cousins, but for some reason did not recognize him that night).

So I walked over and used the “don’t I know you from somewhere?” line and started chatting them up. I eventually started talking to Tony and asked him if I could buy him a shot, I guess I wear the pants in the relationship ;) We ended up exchanging numbers and the rest is history. We have had our share of up’s and down’s, one apartment, one condo, one townhome, 2 dogs, many vacations, many laughs and cries. Cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us and there is no one else in this world I would rather take this journey with.

Groomsmen

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    James Larson - Best Man (on the left)
    James is the only left survivor of the World's Fair Hot Dog Eating Contest of 1998 and has successfully bowled a 300 game...overhand...twice. The two met at Eastern Illinois University before going into the MBA program and successfully roomed together with only a minimal amount of carnage and sobriety left behind. James and Tony are as close as two peas in a pod could get and Tony could not fathom how his life would have been different never having met James. Without the help, humor and guidance of James there is no telling where Tony would be. I mean we are pretty sure he'd be just fine but with a lot less friends and super awkward from sitting behind a computer for 12 hours a day studying math...

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    Rahul Wahi
    Stepped out of the limelight and comedy circuit at the perceived age of 23 in order to pursue a much more lucrative career as a professional 'kayaker'. He and Tony met while RAs for Taylor Hall at Eastern Illinois University which proved to be the launching point for their careers and relationship. Over the last 4 years the two were constantly together working, and Tony was often known to frequent (aka live) at the Wahi's house. Because of this he has acheived the coveted status of Tony 'Beta'. The two have been known to bicker like a married couple and even sit together watching the Voice...or so the rumor goes.

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    Matt Pautz
    Defied the common knowledge of 'bigger is better' in Texas and successfully drag raced a Smart Car to victory at the Texas Motor Speedway in 2009. He and Tony met while playing football in high school and quickly connected when their obsession of working on cars came through. While others concerned themselves with parties and having fun Matt and Tony took lead to the future that lay ahead of them and the way to get there. The longest running relationship of the Groomsmen, even the distance from Houston to Chicago couldn't effect it. Although the jury is still out on whether American muscle or imports are better...

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    Danny Scheck
    Is a working model/actor who is best known for his star role in the TV sitcom 'The Partridge Family'....as Marsha. Despite also going to Eastern Illinois University, Danny and Tony did not meet until years after when one of Camille's best friends Erin started to date the strapping young fellow. Because of the two's 'jokester' personality they hit it off wildly, hailed cabs with their pants down and have even been known to talk business every once in a while. All is history since the day the four met at the Railhouse, and despite Danny's continued attempts Tony still holds a higher Starbucks Gold Card status then him.

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    Scott Ahrens (on the left)
    Single-handedly spawned the industry of arts and crafts through his invention of the material known today as 'plaid'. He and Tony met through Camille as she worked with him at a logistics company outside the city. Scott and Tony were the latest to meet of the Groomsmen but it is uncanny how well he fits as a piece into the puzzle. A typical outing comes in the wake of a hard week and in the form of kicking back and downing some 'brewskis'. Since then the two have been known to take up the most room at the bar and receive dirty looks from smaller counterparts. Why they start every guy's night with Irish car bombs will never be known.

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    Michael DeFalco (on the right...)
    Original founder of the Double Cheeseburger, he quickly made his fortune off suing Wendy's for patent infringement on the way the burger was made (hence the reason they are square). The two met through Camille (it's her younger brother) and despite having to spend the holidays together, they have been known to enjoy each other's company outside of family events and blow off some steam! The pinnacle of this came with the advent of VEGAS 2013 and taught us all the importance of trust and some extra sleep. Especially some sleep. He is the only known living person to have survived being with Camille for 20+ years. We are hoping Tony can claim that #2 spot...

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    Vince Catalano
    Worked as a stunt & butt double to Jackie Chan until 2003, when he had such an intense karate chop that he cut through the space-time continuim. The two again met through one of Camille's best friends Michele (Catalano) and instantly connected upon wearing the same wife-beater out to the club and fist pumping the entire time. They share an unrivaled passion for sushi, and are the laid back guidos you will find at any typical bar or pub. They have been known to be called for duty most notably when someone is moving, heavy items need lifting or food is present. And yes, "Diesel" is his favorite brand...odd huh?

Bridesmaids

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    Michele Catalano - Matron of Honor
    Mishy, Mich, Michele, however you say it, she is my beautiful “Greek” best friend. It all started back in 1999 at Children’s World in Grayslake, my first REAL job. She worked there as a teacher’s assistant for the older children while I worked with the younger ones in a different room. After losing touch for a few years I found myself applying to the cocktail waitress ad, which happened to be for the bar she owned with her family.

    Our friendship continued to grow that summer I worked there. We again lost touch for a few more years until we were brought back together in 2009. From then on we have been inseparable. We have shared more laughs with each other than I can even count, and the classic moments we have encountered, could make a reality show.

    Michele is the nicest (but don’t piss her off), kind-hearted, genuine and most thoughtful person you will ever meet. She is always there when you need her and I can always count on my Mishy!

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    Erin Wolowic - Maid of Honor
    Wolly, I guess you could say “it’s a bartender thing”. We met cocktail waitressing at The Sand Bar that Michele owned, and spent that entire summer working our butts off serving lots of drunken boaters! We ended up losing touch for a few years until we were reunited again at good old RJ’s. We spent many, MANY Friday nights bartending together, 5 years to be exact. We didn’t even care that we had to work on Friday nights because we always worked with each other and another girlfriend of ours, Lyn. We were making money and all our friends would come visit us so it was the ideal job at the time.

    From laughing until we were crying, working until the wee hours of the morning, describing customers by what they drank, working the patio bar, sweeping peanuts, juke box money, over serving probably WAY to many people, our “regulars”, to eating everything on the menu, I swear we could write a book from all the stories about working there. When we weren’t working we were shopping, eating, boating, tanning it up, going to Country Thunder, or going to the gym. Well… our “gym time” consisted of talking the entire time then saying we were tired and wanted to go eat. Buffalo Wild Wings was our usual stop. Erin is my foodie and I can always count on her when I’m hungry ;) She is definitely one of a kind and I couldn’t imagine my life without her in it.

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    Sarah Yates - Maid of Honor
    Sarita, it’s hard to believe we have been friends for over 15 years and in that time we have never missed a beat in each other’s lives. We have been through the good, bad, happy and sad. If I had a penny for every funny memory we have made or experienced, I would be able to fund this wedding ;)

    We spent our high school years causing trouble and thinking we were way to cool for school, when we were even going. To crashing parties, to throwing them, to prank calling people until 5 am (*67), to every song that came on the radio “oh my god, I love this song”, to crying from our first heart break, to going clubbing at the “17” and up clubs, to creeping past the block spying again. And those are just a few of the THOUSANDS of memories we have made, no joke. We then spent our 20’s laughing until we cried, making MANY stupid mistakes that we have paid for and learned from, to meeting wonderful people and then not so much, to experiencing friends enter new chapters in their lives and getting married and making families.

    I couldn’t imagine going through ANY of that with anyone other than Miss Sarah Yates. I am so excited to see what the next 15 years will bring us and what kind of memories will be made.

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    Michelle Fox
    Meesh, my gorgeous cousin whose father and mine are brothers. Michelle is very outspoken, bold and unique. I never had a sister but was blessed with many amazing girl cousins, all around my age, Michelle being one of them. We didn’t grow up together through our younger years, as I lived in California and she lived in Illinois, but we would always pen pal it until my family moved here when I was 13.

    Although it was bittersweet to leave my home in California, I remember how excited I was to be closer to Michelle. Her house was the fun one where there were so many things to do! We have lived through the crazy family parties, where we would always make our Dad’s tell us ghost stories in a dark room because we loved to be spooked, to our Dad’s telling cheesy jokes that we were forced to laugh at ;)

    It’s so crazy because that only feels like yesterday but now we have grown into beautiful young women and now our kids will be the one’s telling the stories about us. They say you cannot choose your family, but I am so happy I have Meesh as mine!

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    Kara Johnson
    “You see, our grandma’s married twin brothers”… as many times as we have explained it, I still don’t think people understand ;) Kara is my amazing third cousin, but the blood line runs so close that we could practically be first cousins.

    People use to think we were sisters growing up. I spent many days at her Hanover home where we caused plenty of trouble and thought we were too cool for school, probably because we were. We would go shopping and buy Puff Daddy and Mase posters because we were cool like that. Fast forward 15 years later and we are both grown laughing at our younger years.

    Her stories are always so interesting and her beauty is beyond belief. Kara’s big heart makes her one of a kind and she is always fun to be around.

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    Andrea DeFalco
    My sweet little cousin Andrea! It was always Sarah, Andrea and I. I remember when she was just a little young thing and now she has grown into a beautiful young lady. We have also shared so many laughs, the kind of laughing spells that would last hours.

    My favorite memory is when I was visiting them in Tennessee and we were harassing (who us, harassing?) some boys to come over because her parents were out of town. When they arrived we didn’t want to let them in so we hid in the garage and watched them walk around the house.

    Then we went inside and peaked out the blinds only to see them staring back at us in that exact spot. So many memories I cannot even count, but I would never trade them for anything in this world and am so lucky to have a cousin like Andrea!

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    Sarah DeFalco
    The sister I never had, but our bond growing up made us closer than any sisters could ever be. We grew up in California together and our families made an effort to always get together. Sarah and I can just look at each other and start laughing hysterically about nothing at all but would laugh so hard we cried. We share the same mind and heart.

    I will never forget how sad I was when her family decided to move to Tennessee. But that didn’t stop us from seeing each other as I would fly out there every summer for as long as I could remember and our sisterly bond continued to grow. I don’t think I have shared as many laughs in my life as I have with Sarah. She has a beautiful heart and is truly one of kind.

    As with all my cousins, Sarah holds a very special place in my heart and the distance between us could never change the bond we share and the inside jokes that will never die.

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    Jennifer Spelman
    The crazy, loud, outspoken and silly friend I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without. It all started sophomore year when we first met and our friendship quickly grew into one that would last a lifetime. With the same sense of humor, we clicked right away.

    We have had our share of harassing (Jim M), which I’m sure will one day come back to us, and countless hours of laughing about nothing at all. She is the friend I don’t even have to say anything to, I just look at her and we know what each other is thinking.

    We would then laugh our asses off until we literally cried, sometimes about nothing at all. We’ve been through the heartbreaks, countless parties that parents never knew about (until now), inside jokes that will never die, Jeep Wrangler days, county fairs and so much more. She is now a wife and wonderful Mommy to two amazing kids. I am very blessed to have stayed in touch with so many friends for 15 years now, 15 to come, and 15 after that.

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    Lauren Lukowski
    It all started at CEM (Complete Equity Markets) where we became friends. I came in as the new girl and sat in the cubicle right behind her. We ended up hitting it off right away and just seemed to click. But little did we know that we shared one thing in common, knowing Tony. After meeting him I would come into work and tell her about this guy I had met and really liked. It wasn’t until sometime later that this person I was always talking about (Tony) seemed to ring a bell to Lauren. Her boyfriend’s family happened to be good friends with Tony’s family and she knew Tony. If that doesn’t prove it’s a small world after all, then I don’t know what does.

    After I ended up leaving CEM Lauren and I continued to stay in touch and would see each other at the parties her now fiancés family would have, who Tony’s parents knew.

    Lauren is a kind hearted, lovable person and now we also share something else in common. We are both getting married this year and are a part of each other’s weddings. I am lucky to have met her and excited for the years to come, and to see what else we have in common.

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    Brandy Bishop
    B and I have also been friends for over 15 years. Once my wing lady when we were the only two single girls out of our group of friends. Ha, the shenanigans we got ourselves into is for our ears only ;) Countless nights of going out, Carvetti’s, Freddie’s, late night McDonald’s runs, spending Sunday’s on the couch (ALL DAY) after a rough night out, Lifetime movies, Harley, harassing, liking the same guys, Jeep Cherokee, the Kruse’s and so much more!

    Brandy and I share the same strong personality which has caused us to bump heads over the years, but even after a few tiffs, we always ended up making up. I’ve seen her go from our crazy single nights, to her next chapter in her life of becoming a wonderful wife and amazing Mom.

    As the journey continues in this thing called life, I am so excited to know that Brandy will be a friend until the end. Even if we don’t talk for a while, we always pick up where we left off.

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    Shannon Neubiser
    Sheena, Shan, Shanay, our wonderful mommy of the group ;) Shannon has always been there to screw our heads back on when we were about to (and did) make some foolish adolescent mistakes. Again, 15 years of this friendship has brought many ups and downs, laughs and cries, screaming and yelling, pictures galore and new chapters such as getting married and becoming a Mommy!

    She was one of the first to get her license and we all loved to pack ourselves in her white Geo Storm. She was the responsible one of the group and was always there when you needed her.

    Shannon is famous by all for her New Year’s Eve party of the century, 1999 going into 2000. What was going to be around 20 friends, turned into a party that our entire High School ended up going to and I’m sure is still talking about today. Shannon is my wise, sassy and smart girlfriend who is always there to talk some sense into you and I’m lucky to have her as part of my group of friends.

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    Heather Maieritsch
    Sister-in-Law-
    “Through marriage we become sisters, through love and caring, we become friends”.

    Heather, my soon to be sister-in-law, I am so very excited to become part of her family and to soon be calling her my sister. I have never had one and cannot wait to share the rest of my life with her brother and her as my sister, experiencing life’s journey together.

    Heather is an easy going, friendly and kind person who I am so excited to be calling my sister-in-law! Our families will soon be blending and she will not only be becoming my sister, but a friend until the end.

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    Gina Beyer
    Gina is pretty much my sister-in-law since her and my brother have been dating for 7 years… almost legally married! She is an easy going; friendly, smart and beautiful lady that I’m so happy my brother has found. She’s been through the up’s and downs with our family and has still stuck around ;)

    I don’t always get to see Gina, but when we get together we have nothing but fun. From St. Patrick’s Day 2013, to going to Vegas for my 30th birthday, Gina definitely knows how to have a good time.

    I am so excited to see what the future holds for her and my brother and glad I will be there to experience it. As I walk down the aisle into the next chapter of my life I am so happy Gina will be a part of it.

Gifts

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Links to our gift registry at the different stores will be available soon, we will make sure to send a note out to all when that is!

Hotel

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Discounted rooms are available at the link above (click on the logo) at a rate of $109 USD / night. The discounted rate is available for nights as early as Thursday, September 11th and as late as Sunday, September 14th. The last day to book the special rate is August 23rd, 2014.

Rsvp

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An RSVP form will be available but of course not mandatory after invitations go out.
Do not worry you will be well notified!