Queen for a Day

Queen for a Day

Liz Irmiter MFA ’04, SLC’s director of special programs, knew she wanted her wedding ceremony at the Marshall Field Music Building.

“Ever since I was a student, it’s been one of my favorite spots on campus,” explains Irmiter. “When you enter Marshall Field, you’re hit with how grand and beautiful the building is.”

After dating for 10 years, Irmiter married Mitchell Glodek on May 31. The wedding was lovely, but what guests will remember is the groom’s cake: a basketball-sized, chocolate mint replica of the Death Star.

“Mitch is a big Star Wars fan and prefers the dark side,” Irmiter says. “He was really surprised. He isn’t from a big family and hadn’t been to a lot of weddings.”

Mitch and Liz getting married

With 16 siblings, Irmiter has been to plenty. Still, she has been affected by the changes that come with marriage. There are small things, like calling each other husband and wife and seeing rings on each other’s fingers, but, she says, “The big thing is the sense of formalizing our commitment to each other, the certainty we have felt in knowing we want to spend the rest of our lives together and the acknowledgement of it in front of a minister, family, and friends—but mostly, I think, to each other.”

And attending numerous other weddings didn’t reassure her about what to expect on the big day—especially from her 11 brothers. Irmiter was the first baby born in 1975 in her hometown of Ringsted, Iowa, so she was given a Dagmar cross necklace (a Danish symbol) by visitors from her town’s sister city, Ringsted, Denmark. This brought her some celebrity.

“When I was a little girl, I believed that I was going to be queen of Denmark one day because of this high honor,” Irmiter laughs. “Ever since my brothers found out about this, they’ve harassed me. They call me ‘the queen’ and speak to me in a high Shakespearean voice. I was slightly afraid of what they were going to do at the wedding.”

But the only hitch to the ceremony was the threat of rain that moved it inside. And, at the second reception on August 2, which followed the annual Irmiter golf tournament in Iowa, her brothers “put their golf clubs together and made me walk under them”—treatment befitting any bride, not just the future queen of Denmark.

by Lisa W. Romano