Allina & Matt
Niagara University Alumni Chapel
Most couples don’t fall for the first venue they visit, but that’s exactly what happened for high school sweethearts Allina and Matt Bolea the moment they stepped inside the Wurlitzer Building.
“We knew in our hearts that this was it,” said Allina (formerly LaMorticella).
The recently renovated North Tonawanda space proved the perfect backdrop to make their dreams come true. There, they hosted a classic, elegant reception for 260 of their friends and family.
“We really wanted it to be a celebration of our love with those we loved around us, and that’s what it was,” says Allina. “The beautiful decor and venue and dresses just added to making the day even more beautiful.”
Allina and Matt’s love story began at Niagara Wheatfield High School, where they met when Allina was a sophomore and Matt a senior. The two then attended Niagara University together (and fittingly chose to marry in the University’s chapel).
During Valentine’s Day weekend in 2018, Matt got down on one knee in their favorite spot—on a bridge in Central Park in New York City—and asked Allina to marry him. One year and four months later, they said their “I dos.”
Allina worked mostly with her sister and mom, holding weekly wedding meetings to plan the big day. She picked shades of white with champagne gold. Flowers were essential to her overall look, with “show-stopping” arrangements taking center stage. The arrangements by Evergreen Floral featured all-white fresh flowers, including roses, hydrangea, orchids and peonies.
The reception featured a floral ring that hung above the dance floor with candle globes, and a floral arrangement cascaded from the head table down to the floor.
“We wanted to embody elegance for our wedding day and a classic feel, and flowers just elevated that ambiance,” said Allina.
One of the most meaningful parts for the couple was, in lieu of favors, donating to Oishei Children’s Hospital in memory of her sister.
Having their two families come together as one for such a special occasion meant the world to them both, says Allina. That is what the day was all about.
“Really all the love from family friends, seeing them all gathering together, that was the best part,” says Allina. “I really think that day was perfect.”
Two very special family members joined Allina and her 10 bridesmaids as they got ready the morning of the wedding: Pachion, Allina's sister's dog. and Dolce Vita, her family's dog, a Flat-Coated Retriever.
Allina found her dress (and a second reception one) at Bridal Chateau while shopping with her mom and sister. This one was the first dress that she saw.
"The moment I saw it, I knew it was the one," she says.
The Morilee gown features an illusion top, 3D flowers, full bottom and lots of detailing.
Allina and Matt had fun after the wedding ceremony in a 1957 Ford Thunderbird, a vehicle that belongs to Allina's mom and dad.
"We thought it would be a fun touch for us to bring it to the church and have a photo-op," says Allina. "We love that car."
Classic and elegant are the two words that embody Matt and Allina's wedding. All the flowers were shades of white with a touch of blush roses and just a bit of greenery sprinkled throughout.
A 16-foot-long dessert table featured a variety of Italian cookies, all baked by family members, along with monogrammed cookies by Oh My Goodies Cakery, sponge candy by Platter's Chocolates, cannoli by Dessert Deli and chocolate truffles by Everyday Gourmet.
More than 300 real roses cascaded down on the couple's elegant wedding cake from Dessert Deli. The flowers completely covered the top of the cake, spilling onto the table. Once cut, Neapolitan layers of vanilla and chocolate with strawberry filling were revealed.
The happy couple capped off their evening with a late-night snack for guests: Frank's Gourmet Hot Dogs food truck.
"My favorite food is French fries," said Allina, "and I had to find a way to get them in some way on the wedding day."
Matt, she says, was "all for it."
Who helped the couple make it happen
Photographer / Vita Bella Photography
Videographer / Andy Morin
Ceremony / Niagara University Alumni Chapel
Reception / The Wurlitzer Building
Rentals / Blvd Wedding Concepts
Flowers / Evergreen Floral
Signage / Ashwood Ink