By Andrea Bosco Stehle | Photographs from Weddings by Heather

One initial meeting over Thanksgiving break led to a big win for Megan Markovitz and Jay Woodward. Introduced by Megan’s brother, Jim, at the Backyard Brawl (the University of Pittsburgh Panthers versus the West Virginia University Mountaineers), the pair went on to date at Penn State, graduating a semester apart. Just after Megan’s graduation ceremony, Jay presented his future bride with a jewelry box. Inside was a dog tag for her soon-to-be new puppy. Much to her surprise, she flipped it over and saw “Will you marry me?” as Jay got down on one knee, ring in hand! The couple looked to William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for big-day inspiration. The sweet ceremony at Holy Child Parish, Megan’s childhood church, preceded a romantic reception at Bella Sera, where the bride and groom saw their vision come to life with rich hues of deep red, purple, and gold. Glittering candelabras and abundant greenery created a warm ambience as their loved ones danced the night away. “I loved when we were pronounced as husband and wife,” says Megan. “It was such a sweet and surreal moment. After that, we were able to relax, enjoy each other, let loose, and celebrate!”


VENDORS
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Caterer & Reception: Bella Sera
Ceremony: Holy Child Parish
Décor & Florals: Allison McGeary Florist
Entertainment: All Pro USA of DJ Bob
Favors: Cookies by the bride’s Aunt Beth
Hair & Makeup: Simply Captivating Onsite Beauty Services and Briana Rasicci; Reema Anbari and Patty Bell
Honeymoon: Mexico
Lighting: Gray Phoenix
Linens: Pittsburgh Linen Rental; Mosaic, Inc.
Planner: Amanda Mason of Trends to Traditions
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental
Stationery: Studio Tee
Videographer: One Night Only Films


Megan and Jay shared an intimate moment outside before gracing guests with a passionate first dance to “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw.

Megan and Jay shared an intimate moment outside before gracing guests with a passionate first dance to “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw.

 Megan chose two Lazaro looks for her wedding day — a flowy frock and a sassy number!

Megan chose two Lazaro looks for her wedding day — a flowy frock and a sassy number!

Capturing the evening’s essence, table numbers, designed by the bride’s Aunt Theresa of Studio Tee, featured popular Shakespearean prose.

Capturing the evening’s essence, table numbers, designed by the bride’s Aunt Theresa of Studio Tee, featured popular Shakespearean prose.

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