Couple’s Name: Alison Myers and Jeremy Matthews
Wedding Date: July 14, 2012
Wedding Location: Kemper Center, Kenosha
ABOUT THE COUPLE
How they met: The couple met on MySpace and maintained a long-distance relationship for four years.
How he proposed: Jeremy proposed after helping Alison move into her dorm her senior year of college.
Bride’s occupation: Music therapist
Groom’s occupation: Government contractor
The ceremony: Written by the couple with help from the officiant, it reflected their personal sense of humor and contained many “nerdy” references.
The gown: Ivory with a sweetheart neck and straps; A-line with intricate beading on the bodice and train.
The bouquet: Hand-crafted, paper origami flowers, using sheet music from the “Phantom of the Opera,” with red paint and black buttons.
The theme: “Phantom of the Opera.” Everyone wore masks for the ceremony. One of the couple’s first dates was to see “Phantom of the Opera” in Chicago.
THE WEDDING PARTY
Maid of honor: Jenny Saucerman
Bridesmaids: Jessica Thering, Deanna Moriarty and Elizabeth Simone
Best man: John Moriarty
Groomsmen: Scott Mantz, Matt Claus and Derrick Murphy
Number of guests: 96
The reception: Parkway Chateau, Kenosha
The cake: A small cake for cutting, but mostly vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. The cake topper was made by the bride.
First song: “Far Away” by Nickelback.
The menu: A buffet consisting of something for every dietary need — some gluten free and vegetarian options were included — vegetable platter, pasta, chicken, roast beef, and much more.
What made the day unique: The wedding reflected who they are as a couple; they do not take themselves too seriously and laughed their way through the ceremony.
Most touching moment of the day: After the ceremony, the couple visited the grave of her mother and placed a bouquet of dark red roses on her grave. Karen Myers died a month before the couple married.
Honeymoon destination: Williamsburg, Va.