If you clicked on this link wondering what a Dziuk Box is, you aren’t the only one. Have you ever tried to talk to a puppy, and they just turn their heads at you and look confused? That was us when Jenna told us that their wedding hashtag was #CrankUpTheDziukBox. BUT, when she told us that they’re Polish and Dziuk is pronounced like juke – i.e. crank up the juke box – we knew we were going to adore telling the story of this fun-loving couple.
Keep reading to hear about their “small” 500 person, pumpkin-themed wedding that had absolutely nothing to do with the fall season, jumping on stage for a family tradition, the sweetest gift from Kory, and how Jenna overcame one of her biggest worries on their wedding day, plus a whole lot more. We know you’re going to love this one as much as we do.
The Love Story
Kory and I met at the Kickin For A Cure Leukemia & Lymphoma benefit in Kosciusko, Texas in June of 2015. The benefit is in memory of Kory’s cousin, Darlene Moy. We actually live in Darlene’s childhood home now. There are usually over 1,000 people at the benefit and we bumped into each other while Alabama was on stage and started dancing the night away. We went on our first official date at Chili’s in Seguin, Texas two weeks later and…I was 2 hours late, oops! (I was super nervous and changed a million times.) I’m ALWAYS late to everything and we made a bet to see if I would be on time for the wedding, and surprisingly, I was on time!
**Sidenote: The washer boards that we took to the venue were the boards Kory won at the Kickin For A Cure benefit from the year we met. :)
The Magical Proposal
February 19, 2018, we went to Disney World with my family. Kory and I are both Disney fanatics and were super excited for this trip. I was determined to meet Cinderella because out of all the trips to Disney World and Disney Land, I had yet to meet my favorite princess (Hence, our pumpkin themed wedding). Little did I know, Kory had a plan up his sleeve. He discreetly led us to Cinderella’s Wishing Well (I didn’t know this existed) and I was ecstatic!! I threw a penny in the well and wished to meet Cinderella. (LOL) Soon after, Kory got down on one knee in front of the wishing well and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him!! My sister secretly grabbed a Disney photographer on the way to the wishing well (she was in on the plan, too) and we got some really sweet photos of our special moment. Oh, and I got to meet Cinderella right after. One of the best days, ever!
Why They Chose The Chandelier
When we started our hunt to find a venue, first on our list was The Chandelier. The moment we drove up to the site, I started crying. I knew right then, before even seeing the beauty on the inside, that this is where we would celebrate our marriage. The Chandelier is a mixture of classy and country/rustic, which describes Kory and I perfectly. Most of our family and friends celebrate their marriage back home, in our small community, with over 1,000 guests in attendance (Polish and Hispanic heritages). We knew we wanted to keep our day small, even though 500 is not “small” to some, lol. For us, it was just the right amount of space to accommodate all of our closest family and friends, all 500 of them!
We really appreciated how helpful the staff was, Haley was always quick to answer emails and phone calls. Having access to the preferred and required vendor list helped SO MUCH! Barbie’s skills surpassed my Pinterest wedding boards and she brought my white pumpkin wedding vision to life! All of our vendors were top notch and amazing.
To pick just one moment is very difficult because it’s hands down my favorite day ever. One moment that we both talk about often is getting to dance to the YMCA with Kory’s mom and his aunts on stage. It is a family tradition at every wedding for the aunts to dance with the bride on stage during the YMCA and I looked forward to the day that I got to be the one up there with his family! The Chandelier’s stage was perfect for that moment!
Kory really enjoyed the fire pit outside. Sitting and talking with his friends was very memorable for him. At one point, I couldn’t find him and he was parked out by the fire pit with his feet up, relaxing, smiling, and having such a good time!!
Planning for the Future
Something sweet about Kory – he gifted me with a Pearl set of earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet on the day of our wedding. His hope is that I am able to gift our future daughter, daughter in law, and/or granddaughter one day with “something old” or “something borrowed”.
Saying Yes to the Dress
It was fall of 2018 when searching for The dress. I initially thought I wanted a Meghan Markle inspired dress; a simple satin gown. After trying on a couple of look-alikes, I realized it just wasn’t for me and turned to lace. I randomly came across Enzoani’s Instagram page and fell in LOVE with the Nanette – 2019 gown. I called every bridal salon in Texas to see if the Nanette would be in stock. Unfortunately since it was a 2019 gown, and we were still in 2018, no one had plans on getting it in any time soon. My heart was broken. I would find myself staring at this dress in the middle of a work day and I would seriously dream about it. I made an appointment at Weddings by Debbie in Katy, Texas to try on dresses, still very hung up on the Nanette gown. (Highly recommend this salon, by the way!) The very first rack I go to, I spot what looks like “The” dress squished in the middle of a million gowns, I pull it out and….IT’S THE NANETTE GOWN!!!! The salon had just received it a couple of days before! Of course I tried it on along with a few other contestants. The other gowns were gorgeous, but once I put on the Nanette gown, I didn’t want to take it off! The train melted my heart and was everything I wanted and more.
Their Best Advice
I didn’t coordinate anyone to grab my bag for me when the night ended. However, two of my amazingly sweet bridesmaids, Erika and Melissa, graciously thought of this on their own and waited for Kory and I by our limo to hand me my bag!!! I was in shock by how thoughtful they were! I am lucky they were so quick on their feet. Kory on the other hand, did not remember to grab his bag and we ate our first breakfast as husband and wife with Kory wearing his tuxedo from the night before, LOL! Remember to designate someone to grab your bags for you at the end of the night or you will be eating breakfast in your wedding gown!!
Their Dream Team
I loved meeting with Barbie in the comfort of her home. We met at least 3 times to discuss details, change details, and walk through the day together. Barbie wanted to see my Pinterest boards and wanted to bring my vision to life. She really helped ease the anxiety because she knows what she’s doing! We were blessed with the best vendors. Barbie and Angela King (our photographer) are seriously the dream team. Angela was more than a photographer. Before our wedding day, I shared with Angie about my struggle with panic attacks. I think by being open about something like this, especially my mental health, helped our day run as smoothly as possible. She wanted to know details, she made sure I packed snacks and water on the way to our church so I wouldn’t get the shakes, and also was a life saver with a bandaid when I cut my finger moments (seconds!!) before walking down the aisle! On a day that I thought would be full of panic attacks, I had zero, and that was thanks to Barbie and Angie. Being open with your vendors and building a relationship with them is very helpful.
A Wedding Wish
One thing I wish we would’ve done was ring the bell! We didn’t have our ceremony on site since we are Catholic and had our ceremony at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Maybe we can arrange to ring the bell on our anniversary! :)
First and foremost, we’ve gotta call out that little puppy sitting on their wedding cake. Is that not adorable?!? Beyond that, though, we love the Dziuk’s for their openness and how much their day revolved around their love for one another. They surrounded themselves with people that would make their day better – from Barbie and Angela King to Jenna’s bridesmaids that ensured she wouldn’t be having breakfast in that gorgeous gown – and embraced traditions that they loved (like the YMCA dance) while making their day completely theirs by scaling back the typical size of weddings in their community. Between their magical proposal and his sweet gift for the future, it’s also obvious that Kory is an excellent planner, so we really aren’t surprised that they had such an incredible day. Now, we just need to get them back out to ring the bell.
Jenna and Kory Dziuk’s Vendor Spotlight:
Coordinator/Decor/Florist: Barbie Forester
Photographer: Angela King Photography
Video: Dynamic Films
DJ/Mariachis: VEGAs DJ
Caterer/Ice cream bar: Werner’s
Transportation: Shark Limo
Beauty: Blush’d Beauty
Cake: Betty Moy
Tuxedos: Generation Tux
Bridal gowns: Bella Bridesmaids
Wedding gown: Weddings by Debbie