Oct. 29, 2011
Couple's Name: Shannon Belongia and Darren Taylor
Wedding Date: Oct. 29, 2011
Wedding Location: Kemper Chapel, Kenosha
ABOUT THE COUPLE
How they met: Their mothers set them up.
How he proposed: While on an eastern Caribbean cruise.
Bride's occupation: Retail management
Groom's occupation: Mechanical engineer
The ceremony: The Rev. John Corrigan officiated the 12:30 p.m. ceremony.
The gown: Ivory strapless organza gown with silver embroidery
The bouquet: A beautiful mix of burnt orange, rust, burgundy and gold fall flowers
The cake: The cupcake choices were chocolate, orange or carrot. The cake was marble with cherry filling.
The theme: Simple Elegance
THE WEDDING PARTY
Matron of honor: Mary Gillette
Bridesmaids: Kathy Meyer, Rosemary Gallo and Cherri Taylor-Bell
Flower girls: Diana Taylor and Nicole Bell
Best man: Ryan Taylor
Groomsmen: Ted Halvorsen, Dan Deseife and Ed Bell
Number of guests: 75
The reception: A 5 p.m. reception was held at Founders Hall at the Kemper Center.
First song: “When I See You Smile” by Bad English
The menu: Grilled garlic chicken breast or black pepper-crusted beef tenderloin with brown sugar-glazed carrots and garlic mashed potatoes.
What made the day unique: It was Halloween weekend and Kemper was holding its haunted house and ghost tour, so not only did they have “monsters” peeking in their reception windows, but their guests could also attend the events.
Most touching moment of the day: The part of the groom’s speech when he promised the mother of the bride he would take good care of her daughter.
Honeymoon destination: Western Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman, Cozumel- Mexico, Belize and Mahogany Bay Roatan-Honduras.