P&L25 May, 2019
The story of our wedding
We designed our 100-guest wedding to be completely "us." It was fun, with whimsical and industrial themes. We personalized the day with giving nods to our Polish and Irish heritages, and our love for our hometown of Cleveland. We had our ceremony and reception at Great Lakes Brewing Company, which is where we first became an "official" couple in 2014 and where we got engaged on our 3 year anniversary during the Christmas Ale Tapping Celebration in 2017. We actually had a wedding WEEK, because majority of the bridal party and guests were coming in from out of town. So we kicked off the Sunday before the big day with my Friends-themed bridal shower (it's my favorite show), Bachelor/Bachelorette night out on Wednesday, Thursday Rehersal at Great Lakes Brewing Co. and dinner at one of our spots- Hoopples. It was a whirlwind, and totally worth it!
Cleveland Touches: We did our first look at the Cleveland script sign on the lakefront behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and additional photos were taken at the Lovebirds mural on w. 25th, the Lake/City murals in the Flats and on historic E. 4th street. For the reception, we had each table named after one of "our spots" around town, and our cake had a graffiti-style skyline on it.
Irish Touches: The Groom and Groomsmen wore authentic kilts from Kilt Bros.; I had shamrocks on the bottom of my custom shoes from Ellie Wren (same designer that did Meteorologist Ginger Zee's wedding shoes!); lavendar was used in the bouquets and decor; we did the traditional Hand-fasting ("tying of the knot") during the ceremony followed by a Celtic poem; and guests were given ribbon wands with bell ends to cheer us on at the end of the ceremony. During our couple shots by the lake, a boater came up to the edge and played bagpipe music as we posed! It was so perfect.
Polish Touches: We did the bread, salt and vodka shot presented by our mothers, pierogi's at dinner, kolachki's for dessert, and of course played polka music!
My veil, made by Crown and Glory x Rock n' Roll Bride had stars along the edge (I have a thing for stars, which were also on my heels)
We had the Cleveland skyline in a graffiti-style on our cake, which was atop 3 layers of really cool and delicious cake pops! (Like Flintstone push-up pops, not the round ball kind).
My husband and I work in television (how we met and fell in love), so we had an artist on Etsy make our topper to be us in our wedding attire, but he with his camera and I with my microphone!
My dad made our "Just Married" sign, and it was drawn to look like my husband and I as the 'Love Is...' kids
Our friend Jeff, who was Manager at Great Lakes, was our officiant, our best friend Cricket was our talented florist, our friend Glenn was our DJ, and my best friend Taylor (owner of the Salon at Bratenahl) did my hair and make-up.
We aimed to shop local or with independent artists and stores as much as possible. We shopped A LOT on Etsy!
Our hand-fasting ribbon, which was an Etsy purchase, says "I love you and I like you" inspired by the show Parks & Rec.
Oak + Honey Events were our month/day of coordinator (and they were fantastic!)
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