By Andrea Bosco
Photographs from Elizabeth Craig Photography
Five years ago, Caitlyn Hess and Eric Tangradi met on Carson Street in Southside. He was in the middle of playoffs with the Pittsburgh Penguins and she was home from Penn State for the weekend. Eric asked Caitlyn to join him for a drink and “the conversation flowed so naturally, it was if I had known him forever,” she says. The proposal was just as natural. Caitlyn was visiting Eric in Winnipeg, Canada, as he played for the Winnipeg Jets at the time. After his game, he took her to 529 Wellington Steakhouse, where he planned to pop the question; however, Caitlyn insisted he check his coat at the door and the ring went with it! Eric still pulled off a surprise proposal during a relaxing moment at home after the romantic dinner. The pair celebrated a traditional ceremony — with brass instruments and an amazing choir — at Sacred Heart Parish in Shadyside, which preceded a dreamy reception at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Event planner Sheila Weiner of The Event Group helped Caitlyn’s vision come to life with many firsts for the hotel, including twinkle lights strung above, creating a night under the stars. “Sheila’s execution was perfection,” says Caitlyn.