The delightful ambience of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art was surpassed only by the loveliness of Maggie O’Conner and Adam Crampton’s wedding and reception on June 8, 2013. According to Erin Friend, FWMoA manager of special events, this particular ceremony in the outdoor Sculpture Court was an especially memorable one.
“Each wedding is unique in its own way,” said Friend. “Maggie and Adam’s ceremony was special because it was the first wedding at FWMoA that I worked with after coming onto the museum staff. They are such a great couple and were so much fun to work with!”
The pair met while working together in Sweetwater Sound Inc. in 2006 where they are employed – he as a sales engineer and she in the marketing department. Maggie, a Norwell High School and University of St. Francis graduate with a degree with communications, and Adam, a Muncie Central High School graduate with a bachelor’s in entertainment business and an associate’s in recording arts from Full Sail University, wanted an extraordinary wedding venue.
“We wanted to get married someplace unusual that fit us as a couple,” said Maggie, “and because the FWMoA was so versatile in this regard, we had both our ceremony and reception there. Also, we wanted our 150 guests to be up and mingling during the reception, and having the galleries open for them to stroll through gave us the vibe we wanted.”
The bridegroom wore a gray suit from Macy’s and groomsmen were told to be in a gray suit of their choice. Bridesmaids were asked to find their own gray dress, said Maggie, adding that the couple wanted everyone to feel comfortable in what they were wearing and reflect their own style.
“Also, it was important to us to have someone we know officiate the wedding so we could make it exactly the way we wanted it to be. My brother-in-law got ordained online in order to perform the ceremony for us, and it was perfect,” said Maggie.
Was there any opposition by the wedding couple’s parents to this non-traditional event?
Barb O’Connor, Maggie’s mother, initially was not a fan of the venue. “She is my daughter and I was thrilled about her wedding, so we made some compromises and we were happy about everything turning out the way it did,” said Barb. “She and Adam knew precisely what they wanted, and I was happy to do that with them.”
The couple personalized the Sculpture Court by working with a local greenhouse to have many of beautiful potted plants delivered to adorn the space, said Friend. “This really transformed the area and turned an already-lovely space into one of their own – it was a great touch!”
On display at the reception were nostalgic photos of the couple’s parents, and grandparents on their own respective wedding days. “Our favorite part of the reception for both of us was just seeing all our friends and family there having a good time,” said Maggie. “Over the years, many of our loved ones have scattered across the country and we were so appreciative that several of them were able to be here to share the day with us.”
Two exceptional moments stood out for the bride’s mother. “Maggie’s dad had a stroke several years ago, so it was very special that he was able to walk her down the aisle, and also he was able to do their father-daughter dance at the reception,” said Barb.
A post-wedding moment made Erin’s day: “Maggie and Adam sent a beautiful Edible Arrangement gift to our FWMoA staff after their wedding. Something like that is never expected or necessary, but it was such a kind gesture from them and was truly appreciated.”