Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Real Wedding: Kristin Castillo, MD, MA and Michael Farias, MD MBA

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Kristin Castillo and Michael Farias fell in love as Harvard University medical students and began planning a wedding as resident doctors. Through busy 80-hour work weeks and only a few weekends off, the two created a beautiful wedding to take place in the former Miss Illinois pageant winner’s hometown.

The evening of the rehearsal dinner celebrated their rich cultural traditions. Since Michael is Indian and Kristin is half-Filipino, each wore the traditional garb of the other’s heritage out of respect and embracement of their union. While Kristin and her bridesmaids wore sarees, Michael and his groomsmen wore Filipino barongs. 

Almost 24 hours later, the doors to St. James Chapel opened for Michael to see Kristin for the first time in her dress that had been successfully hidden for months. Overcome with joy, Michael wiped tears from Kristin’s eyes. “Many of our guests commented that it was the most touching moment they had ever seen and it certainly felt that way to us,” said Kristin. 

Throughout their traditional Catholic ceremony, the couple was sure to incorporate additional Filipino wedding customs, including the presentation of coins, the placing of the veil and the wrapping of the cord. 

To depict the changing of the seasons, the couple wanted spring to be reflected in their floral and décor for their March wedding. And keeping with their traditional tone, the couple hosted their reception in the elegant ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton Chicago and danced the night away to the Ken Arlen Orchestra led by David Young, which, according to the bride, was “the best wedding band ever.”




VENDORS

CEREMONY SITE
St. James Chapel

RECEPTION SITE
The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

OFFICIANT
Father Robert Casey

WEDDING CONSULTANT
Bernard Presutti Events

BRIDE’S GOWN
Vera Wang

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES
J. Crew

FORMALWEAR
Calvin Klein

INVITATIONS
Paper Source

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT
Ken Arlen Orchestra

WEDDING CAKE
Cake Chicago

TRANSPORTATION
American Coach Limousine











This ChicagoStyle Real Wedding was featured in our 2013/2014 issue! See it on pages 84-85, "Overcome with Joy".

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