By Sally Gracie
The party down the hill at Tom Doran and Sue Koptonak’s house on Saturday night sounded like so much fun — lots of music, laughter and applause — that I considered crashing it. I didn’t, but on Sunday afternoon, a bouquet of roses and a telephone message broke the ice, and I crossed the yard to Tom’s River Pine Cottage rental property to find out what all the fun had been about. Here’s the story I couldn’t resist.
When Andrew Worm visited Jennie Doran’s boutique for a second time, he wasn’t there to buy a gift or something to wear. He had noticed the shop’s owner on his first visit, and he wanted to see her again. Their love story began, they agree, with that serendipitous meeting at Jennie’s Room Service boutique in Cleveland, Ohio.
They saw each other often during the three weeks that Andrew was in town with the road company tour of The Lion King (he was the bird Zazu). In the months that followed and as the tour continued, Jennie visited Andrew when she could in six other states and Canada. Eventually, Andrew knew it was time leave the show to be with Jennie in Cleveland.
On Saturday, Jennie’s dad Tom Doran and her stepmother Sue Koptonak hosted a party for Jennie and Andrew at their home, which is also the first home that Jennie ever knew. Most of the guests were members of the Doran family; many were meeting Andrew for the first time. Jennie’s brother Mason Doran, who lives in Vienna, Austria, traveled farthest to reach Twisp.
Jennie and Andrew call their unique wedding plan their “Rolling Jubilee”: four celebrations in four cities. At the first, Jennie spoke her vows to Andrew, sharing her sense of home in Twisp and the Methow Valley with her husband-to-be. “I offered my home to my love,” she said. She was also introducing him to her extended family: her aunts and uncles, cousins and two infant additions to the Doran clan.
The couple are traveling by Amtrak to Milwaukee for a second celebration at the house where Andrew grew up. In front of his parents, John and Judy Worm, and other members of his family, Andrew will say his vows to bring Jennie into their hearts. The third stop on the wedding tour will be at a party for their Cleveland friends, which the couple will host in the recently renovated space above the boutique. The official marriage ceremony and exchange of vows will be held on Oct. 5 at the home of Jennie’s mother, Joanne Hill, in Rochester, New York. A friend will perform the ceremony. Tom and Sue will also be at both the Milwaukee and Rochester celebrations.
Jennie studied fashion design, but is now into “designing spaces,” which is how she describes her merchandising for Room Service. Andrew, a theater major in college, has left the commercial stage and is filled with ideas about ways to use the space above Room Service that make use of his creative energy and his training in the theater arts.
While I talked with the young people, Tom Doran sat on the cabin’s porch bench, softly strumming his guitar. Her dad, Jennie says, is the person who most influenced her interest in the arts.