by Lauren Schmeer | Photographs from MichaelWill Photographers
——— Heidi Balas and John Pisula are from the same hometown, but they had never met while growing up. Instead, it took a few chance meetings in the South Side for the two to become acquainted, and afterward, it seemed like fate that they were both from Uniontown. Heidi says, “If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would marry someone from my hometown, I would have absolutely denied it, but of course, that’s exactly what happened!” She adds that having family and friends that live nearby has been wonderful — especially during the holidays.
After two years of dating, the couple made a special trip to New York City to see John’s first Broadway show. John added to the experience by surprising Heidi with a rented car, complete with driver and tinted windows. The evening started at an Italian restaurant in Little Italy, and during dinner, John asked Heidi to marry him. Right as John popped the question, a birthday celebration at the next table had the restaurant exploding in rounds of “Happy Birthday” songs, sung in Italian. As a result, the proposal went unnoticed by the rest of the restaurant, allowing the couple to share an intimate moment.
After Heidi saw a party scene in the movie, She’s Out of My League, filmed at The Andy Warhol Museum, the couple knew the venue was the just-right place for their wedding ceremony and reception. Freelance designer Jennifer Sefcheck created a pop art save the date and invitations that perfectly complemented the bold and bright location. Also enhancing their Pittsburgh theme was the Heinz pickle pin from Tiffany & Co. worn by Heidi, which served as her “something borrowed” for the wedding.
THE CENTERPIECES | Cherry and orange fortune cookies were incorporated into the centerpieces and as decorations on the dessert and candy tables.
THE CAKE | Heidi chose Vanilla Pastry Studio to create the wedding cake, inspired by Warhol’s arts. Treats for the candy table included sweets from Fort Pitt Candy Co., Prantl’s Bakery, and chocolate-covered bacon, made by John’s mom!
THE DRESS | For the summer wedding, the bride rocked a flirty, short frock from Katherine’s Bridal Boutique in Virginia, and asked that each of her 13 bridesmaids select a black cocktail dress of their choice. The bride’s makeup was done by Fluhme.
THE FLORALS | Hepatica Florist designed the bride’s neon green bouquet (and a matching boutonnière for John), featuring orchids and hydrangeas, bedazzled with rhinestones.
THE DETAILS | The couple coordinated with Nancy Mundy of Big Day ~ Little Details, who handled all of the last-minute details, from getting boutonnières on the men to putting Heidi’s veil away.