These Local Lovers Threw a Music Festival-Inspired Wedding

A love of music brought Jason and Kelsey together, and a music festival–style reception kicked off their forever.
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Jason Matheny and Kelsey Kollmann wanted their wedding day (Oct. 21, 2017) to be different. “We’d been to so many other traditional weddings that were all beautiful in their own way, but we wanted something unique and fun—more of a party than a wedding,” Kelsey says.“[Specifically], we wanted it to be like a music festival.”

They chose the spacious and acoustically friendly Urban Artifact as the site of their ceremony and reception, decorating the interior with bird cages spilling over with soft pink and cream flowers for a whimsical, indoor-outdoor feel. Kelsey’s dress, an edgy, blush tulle gown, was kept secret for the wedding day—even from her bridesmaids—and contrasted perfectly with Jason’s deep-maroon tux. Jason, a graphic designer, created the wedding invites and RSVPs, along with a special touch: festival-style wristbands, clipped onto each wedding program.

Those wristbands, in addition to being a fun detail, served another purpose: “The lead singer of Walk the Moon, Nicholas Petricca, has been a close friend of ours for years, and he was a groomsman,” Kelsey says. “So we asked them to play at our wedding and they graciously agreed. We knew if people found out they were playing we’d have some wedding crashers—and we did have a few.”

Keep Jamming: This wedding had a music festival feel with live performances and a surprise celebrity appearance. True to form, their guests were given wristbands that were clipped to the programs and they partied into the late night.

Photograph by Best Day Ever

Along with Walk the Moon, they had three other bands play at their reception, including Kelsey’s dad’s band. “Some of the design work that I’ve done, including for Walk the Moon, has led me to a few local bands who are also now really close friends,” says Jason, who also moonlights as a musician. “They were all very willing and generous with their talents.”

Jason surprised Kelsey with another musical performance, too. “He sang a song he’d written and made me cry in front of all our friends and family,” Kelsey says.

After a good friend of theirs officiated the ceremony, the reception festivities lasted well into the evening. So late, in fact, that they had Skyline cater the second meal.

One thing they wish they’d done differently? “Eat,” Jason laughs. “I think we ate just one coney a piece.”

In the moment of their big day, the cake also slipped their minds. “My cake was made by my little sister, and we didn’t end up cutting any of it that night,” Kelsey adds. “We just totally forgot.


Venue: Urban Artifact | Flowers: Dale’s Designs & Florals | Catering: Hilver’s CateringCookies: Homemade by the couple; Fill Me Up Buttercup | Dessert Bar: Kelsey’s mom | Invites/Programs: The groom | Gown: Hayley Paige, Amanda’s Hyde Park BridalGroom’s Suit: Falchi’s Tuxedos & MenswearCake: Molly Kollmann | Rings: Carrie BilboCocktail Hour Music: Young HeirloomsReception Music: Walk the Moon, Vehicle, Public | Late Night Food: Skyline Chili Catering


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