AMHERST, NY ( WKBW ) Sunday was a beautiful day for a fairytale wedding!
A little bit of Disney arrived at the Park Country Club in Amherst Sunday, when Kathy Brehm of Eden arrived with her wedding party in a horse drawn "Cinderella" carriage from Daniel Andrusz of Andrusz Carriage in Akron, NY.
Brehm married Hamburg native Bryan Wittman. He is a top Vice President for the Disney company.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown performed the ceremony in front of hundreds of family and friends, including a few celebrities.
Those celebrities included the popular "Mr. Food!" His news features have been seen daily on WKBW-TV, as well as 200 other television stations, for 30 years. "Mr. Food" is actually Art Ginzberg. He was visiting from Florida with his wife Ethel, and is a longtime friend of Bryan. Ethel and Art offered some advice for the newly married couple, saying that if they fight, they should always come to a resolve and end the dispute with their signature line, "Oh It's So Good!"
Buffalo's Wing King Drew Cerza, New York State lawmaker Patrick Gallivan, community leaders Mike and Debbie Billoni, Chef's restaurant owners Mary Beth and Lou Billittier, Rich Products Vice president Jon Dandes, and several media personalities joined family and friends of the couple for the elegant ceremony.
Daniel Rodriquez, the "Singing Cop" from New York City sang "The Prayer" at the ceremony. Rodriquez is a retired New York City Police Officer who sang the National Anthem at hundreds of services, notably for fallen heroes during 9/11.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and his wife Michelle wished the couple well, and thanked them for bringing so many out of town visitors from Hollywood and Orlando to Buffalo and Western New York for their first visit to the area.
The July 24th wedding of Kathy Salzman Brehm and Bryan Wittman not only looked good, it tasted good, as Western New York Chef James D. Roberts custom designed a menu fit for a magical, fairy tale wedding.
Roberts is the Executive Chef at the Park Country Club, where he has honed his culinary skills to award winning levels by combining his classic cuisine artistry with a passion for modern gastronomy. As Wittman notes, Roberts’ reputation as a leading gourmand on the WNY food scene made him the perfect match for their wedding menu.
Chef Roberts told Eyewitness News that there were over 20 young local Chefs on his team who worked tireless hours to create an amazing presentation.
“When Kathy and I began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted the food to be something out of the ordinary that our guests would really enjoy and remember,” Wittman said. “Once we met with James and he began describing the dishes that he could custom design for us, we knew we had found the chef of our dreams.”
Highlights of the Wittman wedding menu included traditional fare of a chilled seafood raw bar contrasted with more exotic hors d’ourves such as Cuban Pork and Black Bean Tortillas, Beef Tenderloin and Mushroom Volauvent and Charred Shallot and Goat Cheese Bouche. Dinner continues to deliver gastronomic enchantment with gourmand selections such as house made duck confit served on sourdough buttermilk biscuits and topped with tea braised fig jam, marinated grilled vegetables with olive oil and cracked pepper served in bamboo bowls, red curry and roasted chicken salad with jasmine rice served in decorative Chinese take out boxes and individually wrapped braised short rib crepinettes, seasoned with foie gras mousse.
This local couple’s dream wedding became reality, in part, due to Bryan’s professional responsibilities as Vice President in charge of Global Special Events for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. According to the Disney Executive, while he produces events around the world for the entertainment conglomerate, there was just no place like home when it came time for their wedding.
“From the first day Kathy and I started planning, we knew that we wanted to get married in Western New York. We were born and raised here and it’s a very special place for both of us,” Wittman said. “My additional wish was to give Kathy the perfect fairy tale wedding. So, with the help of some Disney magic, that’s exactly what is going to happen. And as it’s turning out, we are excited to share this magical moment with our family and friends in the beautiful setting of our hometown. We are also pleased to be able to partner with local businesses to make it all happen.”
More than 30 Western New York companies were involved in producing the Wittman wedding. A 3-person Disney Team was also on site to direct the fairy tale ceremony of trumpeters, a string quartet, opera singers, bands, fireworks, confetti canons, a rolling fog special effect, bubbles, a horse drawn carriage and a crystal confectionery room.
Over 400 Western New York and out of town guests were in attendance, including local and national dignitaries, with the wedding ceremony presided over by Buffalo’s Mayor, Byron Brown. Yet for Bryan and Kathy, all of this high profile, wedding hoopla is simply about a hometown boy meeting the princess of his dreams, and the two living happily ever after.
“I am a very lucky guy and also a bit of a romantic,” Bryan said. “Add that to almost 30 years of Disney training and.....well you get it. But it's all good and Kathy and I are enjoying every minute of it.” To which Kathy adds, “This is definitely the wedding of every woman’s dreams. I am so excited for it to happen and to be able to share it with my family as well. It’s just so special that Bryan has made this wedding happen….it’s really a dream come true.”
Special pre-wedding festivities for wedding out of town guests highlighted a full tour of Niagara Falls, including a trip on the Maid of the Mist and a Flavor of Buffalo dinner featuring WNY foods and culinary creations. It was all part of the couple’s desire to shine a positive spotlight on their hometown. “More than half of our guests are from out to town and many have never been to Western New York before, “Bryan said. “Kathy and I just want to make sure that they had an opportunity to explore and enjoy some of the many wonders of this amazing community.
About Bryan Wittman: Bryan is a native of Buffalo New York with an extensive background in marketing and entertainment beginning with early career, event promotion at the Erie County Fair and Darien Lake. Currently Bryan works for The Walt Disney Company as the Vice President of Global Special Events, where his job responsibilities include the creative development, management and production of major special events and marketing projects for Disney Theme Parks and Resorts around the world. Bryan first joined The Walt Disney Company in 1984 as a senior promotions representative and ten years later was appointed vice president for project development and special events for Disneyland Resorts, Anaheim, Calif. Bryan attended Saint Francis High School in Athol Springs and is a graduate of Ashland University in Ohio with a degree in television production. Career highlights for Bryan include numerous grand opening celebrations for Disney Theme Parks, attractions, parades and shows, annual themed signature events and festivals, Super Bowl halftime shows and film premieres
The Jim Tudini Big Band and "Nik and the Nice Guys" performed.
Fireworks capped off the ceremony. The couple will honeymoon in Hawaii.