Katherine Eleanor Ainsworth and Chesley Hines III met on the first day of business school in September 2009 while earning their MBAs at HEC Paris.

The two became fast friends during the first few days of the MBA program; Chesley decided to pursue Katherine and asked her to dinner. Their first date was at a quaint Italian bistro called Les Cailloux in the 13th arrondissement. On the walk home the happy couple was spotted by a few business school classmates – including future best man, Brian Kaiser – and the secret was out!

In 2011, Katherine and Chesley came to New Orleans to visit Chesley’s family for Christmas. One evening, Chesley brought Katherine to Restaurant August and proposed right after dinner.

After celebrating their wedding in Minneapolis, Minn., where Katherine is from, the two had a brief honeymoon at Katherine’s parents’ lake cabin in Northern Minnesota. Katherine and Chesley are also going on a series of mini-honeymoons this fall to take advantage of romantic destinations across Europe. The couple plans to spend long weekends traveling to Paris, Rome and Marrakesh.

Katherine and Chesley currently live in Hamburg, Germany, where Katherine is an entrepreneur and Chesley is in business strategy in the European medical division of the Olympus Corporation.


Bride: Katherine Eleanor Ainsworth
Groom: Chesley Hines III
Bride’s parents: Mrs. Sue and Mr. Louis Ainsworth
Groom’s parents: Mrs. Phyllis and Dr. Chesley Hines Jr.
Date of wedding: July 6, 2013
Ceremony and reception location: Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minn.
Celebrant: Reverend Linda Mell
Ceremony music: String trio arranged through Bellagala, Minneapolis, Minn.
Wedding gown: Jasmine Couture, Mary Kay’s Bridal
Maid of honor: Lucy Ainsworth
Bridesmaids: Lindsay Gilster Asp and Marissa Rubin
Bridesmaids’ dresses: J.Crew
Groom’s attire: Black-tie
Best man: Brian Kaiser
Groomsmen: Brendan Kramp and Justin Santa Barbara
Groomsmen’s attire: Black-tie
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
 Rings : Adler’s
 Florist : Linden Hills Florist/Lark Nest Design, Minneapolis, Minn.
 Favor : Pink Melty Mints
 Caterer : Culinaire, Guthrie Theater’s in-house caterer, Minneapolis, Minn.
 Wedding  cake: The C ake Diva, Minneapolis, Minn.
Photographer: Paul Vincent, Minneapolis, Minn.
Hair: Sari Green, Studio 451, Minneapolis, Minn.
Music: DJ Ted Whelan, arranged through Bellagala, Minneapolis, Minn.