Customized Bride

Planning our wedding one custom at a time

About Us January 10, 2009

     Engagement ring and Ukrainian pysanka

sergeilovestonya is a blog about the upcoming nuptuals of a Ukrainian boy and an American girl in their mid-30s, both living in Milwaukee and trying to fashion a budget conscious wedding full of customs that reflect the heritage of both. This is the second marriage for both- he having a very small, traditional Soviet-style courthouse wedding and she having a traditional, giant American megawedding. This time around, it will be a small, fashionable affair for probably no more than 50 close friends and family. Which shouldn’t be hard as neither is from Milwaukee….

Tonya, the bride, grew up in Iowa and went to college and law school in Kentucky. After years in the legal field, she has moved on to more of a nonprofit focus and works as the Director of Volunteers for a local hospice.

Sergei, the groom, has an engineering and software development background and works as a software architect for a local mortgage data corporation.

Sergei also has a 5 year old son from his previous marriage, making it all that more interesting, delightful, and complicated.


5 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Kathy Rich Says:

    okay, I’m already crying

  2. tonya Says:

    Aw, you are the sweetest Kathy! But I promise it’s all a happy story! 😉

  3. juliemdaniel Says:

    Thanks for the link to my blog! It’s exciting to know that people besides my sisters read the blog (I make them read it). Congrats on the upcoming wedding…I love the Martha Stewart planner too, I bought it for myself just saw I could oooo and ahhh over it even though I’m not getting married anytime soon, I just love great organization…take care!

  4. tonya Says:

    You’re welcome and thanks for leaving me a message! 🙂 I totally love that you bought yourself the Martha planner. That is actually the smart thing to do. It’s so much easier than when you get engaged and haven’t thought a thing about a wedding!

    Thanks for visiting!

  5. Tonya, thanks for visiting us at Wedding Dollars and Sense ( and at our website, We are all about brides helping brides make the most of their wedding budget, and we welcome you to our little community.

    Congratulations on your engagement, and we wish you the best of luck in your wedding planning!

    Feel free to link to us- we appreciate the support!

    ~Jeff Williams

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