Kylie Wallach was working 12-hour shifts as a chemist at Mylan in Morgantown, W.Va., with little social time. On the search to find her match, she joined Match.com and soon after met Marc Zmijowski, a funeral director at Pavlic and Melenyzer Funeral Homes in the Mon Valley. From the very beginning, a sense of humor personified their relationship: with a play on Marc’s career, the couple’s save the date photos were taken in a cemetery and read “till death do us part.”
Those vows came to life before 300 guests at Peters Creek Baptist Church in South Park in a late November ceremony. Prior to, the pair posed for first look photos at the Cathedral of Learning in Oakland alongside their large bridal party – 13 bridesmaids and 13 groomsmen. The anticipation built, as did Kylie’s nerves and emotions – it had been less than a year since her grandmother passed away.
During photos, a lady bug landed on her shoulder. She swatted it away and it returned, landing on the train of her sparkly fit and flare gown and refusing to leave. It road on her lap all the way to church and flew away just as her dad escorted her down the aisle. “I never imagined my grandma not being there,” Kylie says. “But I knew in my heart she was there with me and that was comforting.”
Following the traditional ceremony, guests made their way into the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Green Tree ballroom, where they welcomed the newlyweds with bread, salt, rosemary and a shot of Slivovitz, as per Croatian tradition as a sign of fertility and good luck.
Inspired by the bride’s gown, the room was filled with romantic florals in blush tones. Before dinner, Kylie and Marc did their first dance to Andy Grammer’s “I Choose You.” Then, they invited guests to nosh on Signature Dessert’s white cake with raspberry and almond filling, and cookies baked by family and friends. In fact, there were so many cookies, they flipped the cocktail-hour room into a cookie table room!
Kylie intended on surprising her mom with a mother-daughter dance to a song close to their hearts, “The Glory of Love” by Bette Midler. Turns out, her mom, who has a beautiful singing voice, recorded the song and surprised Kylie in return. The bride, in her Kate Spade Keds, danced the night away with her groom and their families until she was whisked out by her new husband while wearing his great-grandmother’s scarf on her head, a symbolic Croatian tradition. “You envision your day for so long,” Kylie said. “It was such a fun day. Everything went so well.”