Couple’s Name: Dana Demske and Austin Gordon
Wedding Date: May 17, 2014
Wedding Location: Kemper Center Chapel, Kenosha
ABOUT THE COUPLE
How they met: The bride and groom met at Tremper High School as members of the Golden Strings; Austin plays the violin and Dana plays the cello.
How he proposed: During a casual conversation about their future on Christmas Eve 2012, Austin said, “I would love to share all of my Christmases with you.” He then got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
Bride’s occupation: Sign language interpreter for Gateway Technical College campuses and staff interpreter/captionist for UW-Whitewater
Groom’s occupation: Uline, Pleasant Prairie
The ceremony: A 2:30 p.m. ceremony at the Kemper Center Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Charlie Hansen. Music was provided by a Tremper High School string quartet, as well as Mathew Dunwald who sang, “God Gave Me You.” The bride’s brother-in-law read “A Lovely Love Story” by Edward Monkton. The story, about two dinosaurs in love, was changed to two elephants because of the bride’s love for elephants. Bridesmaid Katie Woods, along with other deaf guests, enjoyed sign language interpreters Anissa Haywood and Kara Thomas during the ceremony.
The gown: Dana found a gown she instantly fell in love with on a mannequin when entering the bridal store. She was told that the dress was discontinued and was the only one available. The dress fit her perfectly. She knew then it was meant to be.
The bouquet: White roses and yellow hydrangeas.
THE WEDDING PARTY
Matron of honor: Lindsay Pytel, the bride’s sister
Bridesmaids: Arinn Gordon and Katie Woods
Best man: Andrew Gordon
Groomsmen: Jayson DeCesaro and Kyle Butterbroadt
Ushers: Andy Vanden Busch and Dan Demske
Number of guests: 160
The reception: The Italian American Club
The cake: Red velvet, chocolate, white, and lemon poppyseed cupcakes and a two-tiered cake, with Mario and Princess Peach dressed as a bride and groom as the cake topper.
First song: “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Miraz.
The menu: A family style classic Italian dinner including salad, chicken, mostaciolli, meatballs, green beans and potatoes.
What made the day unique: During a Golden Strings performance, the bride, groom, matron of honor, Stanley Nosal, founder of the Strings, Robert Wells, former director of the group, Nancy Nosal, private violin teacher to Austin and assistant to the Strings, and Helen Breitenbach, current director of the Strings joined in. Also, former foreign exchange student “cousins” came all the way from Germany to celebrate their big day.
Most touching moment of the day: The Golden Strings have a tradition of picking someone in the audience to sing to. The bride and groom have sang to many people during their time with the group, but this time the couple sang “My Melody of Love” to each other.
Honeymoon destination: The couple took a road trip, stopping in Nashville, Tenn., on their way to Myrtle Beach, S.C.