Hollywood wedding draws crowd to Hotel Baker in St. Charles

South Elgin resident Melissa Scheid got her picture taken with Paul Wahlberg outside the Baker Hotel in St. Charles Saturday afternoon. Paul was in town for the wedding of Jenny McCarthy and his brother Donnie Wahlberg.  | Janelle Walker/ For Sun-Times Media
South Elgin resident Melissa Scheid got her picture taken with Paul Wahlberg outside the Baker Hotel in St. Charles Saturday afternoon. Paul was in town for the wedding of Jenny McCarthy and his brother Donnie Wahlberg. | Janelle Walker/ For Sun-Times Media

A crowd gathered outside the Hotel Baker in downtown St. Charles early Saturday evening, hoping to catch a glimpse of Hollywood.

Former “View” co-host and Splash columnist Jenny McCarthy and “Wahlburgers” star Donnie Wahlberg were at the historic hotel in St. Charles preparing for a wedding, which was reportedly scheduled for Sunday.

One onlooker said a contact had been giving her updates all day and she arrived with a camera to zoom in across the street.

April Dennis of Brookfield had heard the rumors about the wedding preparations and had come out early. She and a friend were able to take a photo with Wahlberg’s mother earlier Saturday at a downtown St. Charles restaurant.

She’d seen two of Wahlberg’s former New Kids on the Block bandmates, Jordan Knight and Danny Wood, and Wahlberg’s brother Paul.

A film crew, apparently from the TV show “Wahlburgers,” was also seen on the street in front of the Hotel Baker.

A hostess at McNally’s Irish pub in downtown St. Charles said Donnie’s brothers Paul and Jim and their mother Alma had eaten there earlier Saturday.

“I knew who they were,” she said. “I just got them their food.”

Amy Egolf, executive director of the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau, said that the Hotel Baker has done a wonderful job of keeping the event under wraps.

“They deserve to have privacy,” Egolf said. “It is a continuation of the reputation that the hotel has had since the 1920s as a destination for weddings and signature guests.”

According to the hotel’s website, the hotel has hosted many famous peoople over the years, including Louis Armstrong, John F. Kennedy, Billy Graham and Gerald Ford.

The wedding is a coup for St. Charles and the hotel, she added.

“Having it at the Hotel Baker, they are able to scoop everybody. The national news is reporting they are in New York. We are delighted to have them in St. Charles,” she said.

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