Meet The Werts!! Ahhhh!!! We are still so stoked about how much fun everyone had at Ellen and Donnie’s wedding. After taking us to Knoebels for their engagement shoot we knew whatever they had in store for their big day was going to blow us away. We were right. There was amazing live music around every corner; a killer accordionist after bride prep at The Colonnade, the breath taking string trio during their ceremony, and let’s not forget about the epic brass band that had the newlyweds and all of their guests second lining to the after party at the Backyard Ale House. So much dancing! So much that the bride and groom forgot to hit up their own photo booth, but not to worry!! Steve decided to find a whimsical wall and acted as the world’s fastest human photo booth… be sure to check out their photo booth shots; they make us smile. Oh! We can’t forget the coolest part of the day.. we got to hang with Wyatt again, the couple’s pup!! We missed our furry friend, and he was very excited for mom and dad.
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?
The building we got married in was built in 1930 so we didn’t need to add much. The venue is beautiful, it allowed for a 360 photo! From the woodwork to the gold leafing I fell in love the minute I saw it. There was so much music involved- from our family’s culture to other cultures that we adore. We had an accordion play as my bridesmaids, parents and myself danced out surrounded by family and friends before the ceremony. We ended our night with a second line brass band that played as the whole wedding danced through the streets. There was no specific theme but we wanted it to be light and colorful- surrounded by greenery. We had farm tables with gold accents. We wanted to highlight the building not overpower it. In Polish traditions the bride dances with everyone at the wedding. As a gift the guests knot money and give it to the Maid of Honor so the bride and groom have something to do on their wedding night- untie all the money. As she dances the guests begin to form a circle around her. Once the bride dances with the last person (her father) the groom tries to break through the circle to get his bride. I have loved this tradition since I was a little girl because not only is this your time with everyone but it’s just so much fun!We didn’t have a traditional ceremony but we wrote out own vows and I was so happy we did. Donnie and I both asked someone special in our lives to do any reading they wished. It was the perfect ceremony that showed who we really were as a couple.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?
There were so many details that still make me smile. We had our invites postmarked from different locations all over the US. Our save the dates were sent out from the real Bedford Falls (It’s a Wonderful Life). Etsy was a huge help too- from the welcome sign to the card box. We had two signs on our chairs with a lyric from “500 Miles”. I wanted things to have a subtle way about them- the girls were in a pale pink with bright colorful bouquets of wildflowers. One of my favorite things was the programs that everyone received before the ceremony- it was far from traditional but told so much about us as a couple and the fun that was ahead for everyone. Since the Second Line band was a surprise it let people know how important it was to stay until the end.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
I lost a baby sister and her name was Ivy so we had ivy incorporated at every table and the backdrop that framed us as we got married. It was the perfect remembrance of her. The flowers that were in the bouquets had everyone’s favorite flower incorporated throughout. We had a full floral wall that framed us as we got married on a stage with a backside that framed the DJ. We had minimal flowers but a lot of greenery. The building was beautiful so too much would have looked cluttered. The flowers were the perfect accent.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We wanted everywhere you turned to show a little bit of our personality. We had a dinner triangle that people could ring for us to kiss! We had an Eye Spy game at every table so people could use our hashtag and remember to take a lot of photos. My favorite parts of the wedding was seeing all of our family and friends together, dancing the night away and finally marrying my best friend!
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
I would have never chosen my gown that I wore. I was going to go with a safer option but decided that this is the only time I will wear a wedding dress so I better make it fun. I went with a backless gown, fully beaded, with a 20s vibe. The dress didn’t go by typical sizing, they took my measurements and designed the dress around that. For my shower my mom, aunt, mother-in-law and dad gave me my something old, new, borrowed and blue. I wore my grandmother’s diamond that my mom has made into a necklace (old). My aunt got me a necklace that was along enough to be worn under my dress that was a mix of both Donnie and my birthstones (new). Donnie’s mom gave me a locket with his newborn photo in it (borrowed). My dad gave me a ring with his writing on it and a blue sapphire (blue). Donnie and his groomsmen had their suits made from this awesome website that completely personalized their three-piece suits. Etsy came to the rescue with the best Rifle Paper inspired ties. We gave our moms necklaces. Donnie’s mom had a pendant with a heart punched out of it- the heart that was punched out was on Donnie’s tie clip. Our shoes were simple- we decided to go with comfort. Overall everything was PERFECT.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met in 2009 and began dating. We were together for almost 10 years before we got married. We have been with each other through so much- college graduations, new jobs, Donnie becoming a CPA and so much more! I had a feeling that Donnie was going to propose- he got his hair cut on a Wednesday (he only goes on Saturdays) and had made plans to go out on Fridays (he has never once WANTED to go out on a Friday). I came downstairs and there he was with our dog. He got down on one knee and I burst into tears. It was the perfect night spent together at dinner then with our best friends for a night of drinks and dancing!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
The Second Line brass band! I told everyone that we had a surprise at the end of the night. I explained a brief history of the second line- just as I finished they came in playing “When the Saints Go Marching In”. I still get goosebumps thinking about it. They marched around the reception and everyone joined in. They walked us outside, where a police escort was waiting for us to walk in the road- in true second line fashion. Once we got to the bar, they played for a half hour as we all danced the night away and celebrated the fleeting moments of our perfect day.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
Work with people who make planning easy. Some vendors are worth the money- trust me! If people are difficult through the process they will be difficult on your wedding day. Go with vendors who you click with- our florist gave us an initial quote for flowers, we explained our budget and he adjusted it accordingly! Planning a wedding is tough but remember how much you love each other, take the time to enjoy your day and forever remember the feeling you had as you said I do!