Caroline and Rhett first met in June 2017 through mutual connections (Caroline’s sister worked for the same company as Rhett). Their first date was at a local pizza place where they were accompanied on the outdoor patio by Caroline’s miniature dachshund, Chili, who quickly became a third wheel on many dates.
The pair dated for thirteen months before their engagement. Rhett proposed at home to ensure their (now) two miniature dachshunds were a part of the proposal. Rhett and Caroline spent the rest of the day doing some of their favorite things in Chicago, including brunch, a Cubs game and drinks at Will’s Northwoods, Rhett’s favorite watering hole for Badger fans.
Reverend Vicky Curtiss officiated at the ceremony at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and the reception followed at the Saddle and Cycle Club. With the father of the bride on guitar and the bride’s sister Elizabeth on vocals, the newlyweds danced to “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”
The bride, daughter of Tom and Barbara Arenz of Greenwich, graduated from St. Paul’s School and Johns Hopkins University. Caroline is a graduate student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
The groom, son of Ridge and Gail Braunschweig of Wisconsin, graduated from Homestead High School, University of Wisconsin and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Rhett is an investment banker for RW Baird & Co in Chicago.
The Braunschweigs call Chicago home.
Photographs: Heather and Rick Kingensmith