Matt and Whitney met playing opposite each other at Tom and Myrtle in "The Great Gatsby" at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Their first kiss was for the play and ended up with Whitney forgetting her lines!
Whitney started her day getting ready in the same room she met Matt during call backs. Friends and family surrounded her as she prepared to walk down the isle of the theatre to marry Matt on the stage at the Civic Theatre.
While Whitney’s mom created her veil and modified her dress, replacing sequins with pearls, Whitney’s dad had Matt’s suit custom made for him by Robert Talbott. His cufflinks were Comedy and Tragedy theatre masks and his suspenders depicted bar scenes common with the prohibition era of the 1920s.
Their ceremony was a short sharing of vows and rings, with the added performance of “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera for their guests sitting in the auditorium seats of the theatre.
The 1920s and The Great Gatsby was the theme of their day, found in the atmosphere and little details from cocktail napkins to the desert table. Whitney, along with her mom and aunt, created different centerpieces for each table, each telling a story about the Matt and Whitney or their characters in The Great Gatsby. Guests were also encouraged to dress the part, wearing flapper dresses, suspenders, vests, and bowties.
Most of their vendors were friends and family from the Grand Rapids theatre community.