CHRISTINE LETO, OWNER
An Indiana native, Chris has lived all over the country and in Canada, but returned to her hometown of Fort Wayne in 2010. A Wedding Officiant for more than 25 years, Chris gained professional experience as an Officiant for the Lawrence Township Small Claims Court (Courthouse Weddings) in Indianapolis, as well as several wedding chapels in and around the Indianapolis area and owned her own Catering Business in Indianapolis, learning first-hand how important food is to an event.
Upon her return to Fort Wayne, Chris opened Marry Me In Fort Wayne, multiple winner of the Fort Wayne Newspapers Readers' Choice Award. Owning an Event Venue is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Chris and, after 3 years in Business, Marry Me In Fort Wayne purchased The Shiloh in May, 2016.
MICHELLE RITCHIE, OWNER
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. She has worked professionally as a project manager in a customer service position for over 21 years. Following her passion for event planning and her talent to organize anything you can put into a calendar, she started planning and coordinating events. In 1992, Michelle planned her first wedding and has been doing it ever since and became Co-Owner of Marry Me In Fort Wayne prior to purchasing The Charles in 2016.
Nicole, our Event Décor Specialist, is our in-house 'creative-genius.' Whether you need something as simple as an inspiration board or as elaborate as full-service design inspiration, creation and installation, Nicole will work with you to create the ambiance that reflects your personalities while staying within your budget. Mother of two children, Nicole is an extremely active young mother. In addition to chasing after her children, Nicole is a volleyball coach, often traveling to the surrounding areas with her team. Give Nicole a call if you want to eliminate the stress that can accompany decision-making, purchasing, creating and implementing your design ideas.
EMILY, EVENT MANAGER AND DECOR SPECIALIST
Emily Bunker is an Event Manager and Décor Stylist at the Charles and has working in the wedding industry for 8 years. She has always had a passion for planning and organizing different events and loves to learn something new from each one. Emily grew up in Indiana before moving to Tennessee to be a military wife. Upon returning to Fort Wayne, Emily studied Event Management and Fine Arts and received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.
EXECUTIVE CHEF JOSEPH
Our Executive Chef, Joseph, is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute Advanced Placement Program and has over twenty-five years experience in the hospitality industry, including experience in both the front and back of the house. Having worked in fine dining, catering, convention centers, stadiums and arenas, Joseph is comfortable with down-home ‘Hoosier’ style cooking as well as Haute Cuisine and will meet with clients to personalize menus to suit both taste and budget.
In his spare time, Joseph and his wife enjoy remodeling their home, shared with children and their cats. His skills in this area have been most helpful with the remodel of the East room.