Gather round, Parks and Recreation fans! Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson teamed up for another perfectly sentimental televised wedding—this time as their real-life counterparts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.
In last night's season finale of their NBC crafting competition show Making It, the duo—who serve as both hosts and producers—tasked the three remaining Makers with creating a wedding backdrop and an heirloom-quality gift for a bride and groom. The network then teamed up with Etsy to furnish a full-out ceremony and reception so the happy couple could really get married during this final episode, aptly titled, "Happily Ever Crafter." (Psst! You can watch it here in its entirety.) Offerman even got to officiate!
“While I am known as a woodworker, much of the magic we experienced on Making It was beyond my expertise," Offerman tells Brides. "Every day, I was inspired by the creativity of the makers and would often think to myself, 'Wow, I think I can do that,' although I have no experience with knitting or glass blowing, and I hope viewers at home feel that same inspiration.”
If you saw David and Talisa's stunningly special wedding on the show last night, we're betting you felt that inspiration in your bones. Making It judge and Etsy's resident trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson doesn't remember exactly how the idea to do a wedding as the series finale came up. "It was just like, 'What should we do? We should do something big. What if we did a live wedding?' " she says. "For me, I am obsessed with weddings. It's by far my favorite category to work on, so I started doing cartwheels saying, "Yes! Yes! Yes! Let's do this!" Then NBC brought in an event management team to help with the production, and it was my role—with my Etsy family—to source the products and find things to really match the couples."
As huge fans of love, crafts, and—of course—Poehler and Offerman over here at Brides, we called up Johnson and bride Talisa to chat all about the experience — including what it was like to work with said cherished celebs.
"I remember walking down the aisle, hysterically crying what I'm sure was an ugly cry because I was so nervous, and seeing Nick at the altar," Talisa says. "He comes up and hugs David and me and just tells us, 'Everything is going to be okay.' Right after that, all of my nerves went out the window."
Ron Swanson to the rescue yet again! Below, read through Talisa and Johnson's wedding planning insights, peep breathtaking photos from the actual day, and shop Etsy for some of the gorgeous items you saw featured in last night's episode.