‘Chicago Fire’s Joe Minoso on How Cruz’s Wedding Episode Honors Otis

Chicago Fire Cast Cruz Wedding Season 8 Episode 19
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Finally! It’s a big traditional wedding for Firehouse 51’s Joe Cruz (Joe Minoso) and his bride, Chloe (Kristen Gutoskie).

The Chicago Fire cast (above) spent a full day filming the nuptials — a first for the drama! — at the Windy City’s St. Ignatius Church.

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“Kristen’s beautiful dress was so big, it took two or three handlers to manage it, and I had four fittings for the suit, which is insane,” says Minoso, adding that producers felt Cruz deserved a fairy-tale wedding after he had such a tragic year. “There’s a very poignant mention of his late best friend Otis [Yuri Sardarov] in the episode,” Minoso reveals, “but [this] really was a happy ending for Cruz.”

For the actor, the trip down the aisle was “surreal”: Three years ago, he wed Caitlin Murphy Miles, a makeup artist he met working on the show. “It was all the same people at both weddings!”

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