Channel 7 anchors Ashley Rowe and Katie Morse share more than just their place of employment. They’ve also been wedding planning at the same time, with Rowe’s big day this month and Morse’s next month. Although they work opposite times — Rowe at night and Morse in the morning — when they do see each other, the talk is all budgeting, decor and vendors.
They recently shared their love stories — with not only their fiancés but with Buffalo itself — as well as a sneak peek at their wedding details. Both possess a deep love for, and pride in, Buffalo, a city that they say will shine brightly for their out-of-town guests.
Morse, 33, an Amherst native, met her fiancé Paul Glegengack through mutual friends. Although Paul harbored feelings for Morse, the two remained squarely in the friend zone for years. Until, one day, he drove from Connecticut, where he was living at the time, to take her on their first date.
“It took me longer to see what was right in front of my face,” says Morse.
They enjoyed dinner and drinks on the waterfront, and then Morse showed him one of her favorite Buffalo things: Shark Girl. On a rainy October Saturday, about a year and a half after that first date, Paul got down on one knee in front of that same iconic spot and proposed marriage.
“I think I said, ‘Really?’” she recalls, laughing. “It’s one of those things where it’s such a huge life decision, but he is just the best decision. He is the kind of guy you want to marry. We laugh together all the time. I know he’ll always take care of me.”
The surprises continued. He took her to Falley Allen afterward, where 70 of their closest friends and family, some of whom had flown in for the occasion, waited to celebrate with them.
Since then, Morse has operated off Post-it Notes and to-do lists as she plans her large September wedding, with around 225 guests.
They’ll say their vows in the chapel at Canisius College, a place that’s special to both of them. Paul got his undergraduate degree there and Morse her graduate. A reception will follow at the Lexus Cub. Paul, who is skilled in woodworking, is making Buffalo-styled wood cutouts for the table numbers. The wedding colors are navy and gold, with touches of white and green in the flowers.
They’ll likely end up honeymooning somewhere tropical, she says.
Morse is excited to showcase Buffalo, a place she and Paul plan to make their home. Fittingly, they plan to get some wedding photos in front of Shark Girl.
“We want people to see what has happened here, how great it is,” she says. “Buffalo is such a big part of our lives and we want people to see why we value the city.”
Rowe, 30, met her fiance, Dan Greene, nine months after moving to Buffalo from Toronto, Canada. Although she met him through work — for a story about 43North, where Greene works — they immediately hit it off. They started dating shortly after and got engaged in December 2017.
One of the things she loves about her fiancé is his kindness.
“He treats people in the most amazing way,” she says. “He’s also just so funny and quick witted and incredibly smart. We can have deep intellectual conversations and still goof off.”
She added, “Honestly, he’s the perfect catch.”
Just like Morse, Greene, too, planned a surprise engagement party for Rowe – this one at Billy Club.
“Lo and behold, when I walked in the door, he had booked the entire restaurant and all our friends and family were there waiting for us,” said Rowe.
Rowe and Greene will tie the knot this month with about 200 people present at a prominent Buffalo hotel. The whimsical wedding theme will feature shades of green and champagne with natural touches, like branches and leaves. They are keeping things simple, with Rowe having just her sister stand up with her and Greene his brother. They will honeymoon next year in Japan.
“We really like to explore and want to be able to take in a different culture than neither of us have explored before,” she says.
While Morse relies on Post-its, Rowe says that Excel spreadsheets have been her “best friend” throughout wedding planning, which is, she admits, like having a second job. She too is excited about her Buffalo wedding.
“It’s where Dan and I met, where he grew up, where we share a life together,” she says.
Their wedding will incorporate both Buffalo and Canadian-themed food and special items, such as a table featuring popular candy from both places. About two thirds of the guests will be coming from out of town, and for many of them, this is a destination wedding.
“We’re thrilled to show them the Buffalo they may not know yet, the Buffalo that Dan and I love. We get to show them some of our favorite things about the city and in the summer,” said Rowe. “There’s no better time to showcase the Queen City than when everything is in full bloom.”
Story topics: WNY Weddings