Diana Gramenos’ and Scott Hoyer’s trip down the aisle was all about simplicity. The duo met on Match.com in 2011, got engaged one year later and spent just five months planning their April 21 nuptials at Loft on Lake (1366 W. Lake). “We were on the verge of eloping, so the key was not looking at more than one of anything,” laughs Gramenos.
Hoyer, a sales manager at Select Plus, a division of Sittercity, and Gramenos, the attorney president of Disability Corner, invited 70 friends and family members to their ceremony, where they exchanged vows and officiate Rev. Phil Landers shared the sweet story of their courtship. Gramenos and her father — a former dance teacher who celebrated his 81st birthday that same day — kicked off the reception with a fox trot, which required only a quick rehearsal in the bridal suite to perfect. Guests then formed a circle for a nontraditional game of spin the bottle: When the bottle pointed at each participant, they had to freestyle-dance to a playlist crafted by Hoyer, who’s a musician in his free time. The evening wound down on a sweet note as the couple cut into a cake that was a mini replica of Gramenos’ dress —one of their favorite details of the evening.
Story by Katerina Bizios | Photos courtesy Emily Gualdoni