GREEN BAY (WLUK) — It was a Halloween takeover at the Automobile Gallery in Green Bay on Tuesday.
Till death do us part, on a night full of frights. It was anything but a traditional wedding day.
But for Missy Nygaard and Wes Merkel, they couldn’t think of a more boo-tiful way to tie the knot.
“She and I both celebrate the spooky and the noir, and we see the beauty in that,” said Merkel, the groom.
“It’s very exciting,” added Nygaard, the bride. “I’m glad we could put our vision together and make it happen.”
Friends and loved ones agreed.
“Perfect for them,” said Ed Owens, the best man. “I mean, they’ve had the day picked out almost before they had the question figured out.”
“Everything we do as a group of friends is always out of the norm,” said Andrew Fritsche, who officiated the ceremony. “So, anything that we can throw in there that people kind of look at twice or shake their head at, that’s what we’re doing.”
The couple met in 2020. Merkel then proposed to Nygaard in August of last year.
With a shared interest in a certain motor vehicle, the pair chose the Automobile Gallery for their Halloween wedding venue.
“We got to know each other and cultivate the relationship by going to Iola, Symco and other various local car shows throughout central Wisconsin,” explained Merkel. “And one thing led to another, and here we are.”
The bride and groom met through the Wisconsin Hearse Association. Members even brought their own hearses to the wedding.
“That was Missy’s hearse that you saw up front, and we love it, and I love that she brought it here,” said Heather Kelly. “And his hearse is outside, and so is mine.”
As it turns out, Halloween isn’t just for the ghosts and the ghouls.
It’s also for love.