By Colleen Ferguson
New Yorkers at heart, Amanda Crocker and Sean Coyle were destined to be engaged in the Big Apple. Four years after meeting at a restaurant in New York City, Sean popped the question on a roof deck overlooking a Christmas-decorated Downtown Manhattan skyline. Says Amanda, “We went upstairs, walked outside, and I saw roses, tea lights, and the top of the Empire State Building right in front of me!” They returned home to Pittsburgh for a Heinz Chapel ceremony and a Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens reception to celebrate their wedding, which included touches of New York, like a New York Knicks groom’s cake from Batter & Dough in Bridgeville. Amanda, the store manager of Lululemon Athletica on Madison Avenue, hosted a morning yoga session, led by Kristen Hannan of South Hills Power Yoga, for her guests before the nuptials. The morning after, following brunch at the Omni William Penn Hotel, the pair jetted to Coachella in California and Maui for their honeymoon.
Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique created a three-tier cake with fondant waves to mimic the style of Amanda’s dress, alternating layers of almond cake with raspberry mousse and chocolate cake with chocolate mousse.
In search of the winning dress, Amanda, her mother, and her soon-to-be mother-in-law visited Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City, where she found her Marisa gown. Says Amanda, “I thought this visit would be just for fun. But, I knew the moment I put it on that I didn’t want to take it off. It was perfect!”
Hens and Chicks in Shadyside captured the theme with bouquets of hydrangeas and other blue blooms.
Amanda’s favorite memory came from her father, Bruce, who planned a skit with DJ Joel Lindsey. “The speech revolved around my dad trying to write a song for us, and the struggle he faced when trying to rhyme with the line ‘Amanda and Sean,’” says Amanda. “So, during the speech, Joel would chime in with a jingle like, ‘Two beautiful beasts, the Panda and Swan, can’t hold a candle to Amanda and Sean.’
The Bride’s Advice
Amanda’s vision of romance, with a color scheme of lilac and deep blue, was made possible by Alexis Maddox from SHE | Shayla Hawkins Events. Her top tip to brides is: “Get a wedding planner right away. Alexis took any and all stress out of planning, and put my ideas and dreams to life!”