Danielle and Alex Mitchell are high school rivals turned sweethearts. Both are native West Siders, but Danielle attended Mater Dei High School, while Alex studied at F.J. Reitz High School. There already is strong debate about where any children the couple may have will attend secondary school.
They met in high school through mutual friends and dated nearly six years before getting engaged. Alex proposed at the Haynie’s Corner Arts District fountain after a romantic dinner at Sauced, and the couple’s families eagerly watched the proposal from behind nearby trees.
Alex and Danielle needed a large venue for their nearly 250 wedding guests. The April 30, 2022, ceremony was held at Resurrection Catholic Church amid Easter flowers and decorations.
After the ceremony, the couple took their wedding party on a joy ride with a party bus from Feller Limousine. They danced and drank on the outdoor patio at Mo’s House in Haynie’s Corner before heading to their reception at The Bauerhaus.
“Our reception was romantic and fun thanks to the amazing Bauerhaus,” Danielle says. “We were so appreciative of the amazing food, drinks, music, dessert, and midnight snack! It had just started to rain right before we arrived, and we were able to get some amazing photos right outside the venue.”
The Bauerhaus added a personal touch with a large display of the couple’s engagement photos. The bride wore a dress from Ella Park Bridal and earrings from Olive and Piper, but her wedding band was a custom creation. Alex took metal from Danielle’s grandmother’s wedding ring and made it into a new wedding band. Danielle’s sister also has some of their grandmother’s ring in her own wedding band, so both sisters will always have their grand- mother with them.
The Mitchells’ wedding day was full of personal moments, and one of the happiest was when Danielle saw Alex at the end of the aisle.
“We had done a first look earlier that day, but the emotion hit us both all at once,” Danielle says. “I was all smiles, and Alex was choking back some happy tears. It was a beautiful moment for us both.”
Kay Hackney for Sharin Shank Photography
Madelyn Shayne Photography and Videography
Ella Park Bridal