Winter wedding in Chicago at St. Benedict Church – Olga and Noel

As the marachias music drifted high toward the trusses of St. Benedict’s lofty sanctuary, Noel waited in anticaption for Olga to reach him . For any of the guests with eyes on Noel, they saw him standing, one hand crossed over the other, gripping his left wrist. He held his mouth tight, perhaps to keep the tears from falling.

Later in the evening, they would come, as his brother’s toasted the couple, raising Olga up for her support to their family when their father passed away. Other’s in the audience dabbed at their eyes, and shook their heads in solidarity. But just as quickly, their tears were replaced with full bellied laughter as the bridesmaids rapped their speech.

Olga and Noel have their bridesmaid Maria to thank for the happy occassion. It was she who originally set them up 11 years ago for Olga’s high school prom. Olga wore the same garter from her high school prom, which Noel kept all those years in between.

Noel assists his Grandparents.

On the way to take our fomals, Olga surprised Noel, having prearranged for us to visit Wrigley Stadium, home of Noel’s beloved Cubbies, to take their bridal pictures.


Noel was over the moon!

On the way to the reception, the trolley stopped by Chicago pizza for reinforcements during the ride. 

Like Angelina and Brad or Ben and Jennifer, Noel and Olga got their on title “Nolga”

Noel’s brother’s brought many to tears during their toast, during which they thanked Olga for being there for their family after the death of their father.

After the speeches, the Mariachi’s came back!

Noel, ever the prankster, pulled out an oversized pair of leopard print underwear while searching for the garter. Olga’s real garter, the non-toss-a-way, was the one she wore when the couple went to the prom together more than a decade ago. Noel kept it all those years.