DANIELLE LENGLE & JEFFREY FILIP
When Danielle Lengle took her car to 21st Century Sound & Security to have a stereo installed, she got a lot more out of the bargain than a new sound system — she soon received a text message from shop owner Jeffrey Filip. “If only I could get up the nerve to ask you out,” he wrote.
And from that courageous little act came a first date, and a second, and…two years later, the pair took a summer vacation to St. Thomas in celebration of their anniversary. But that day came and went without a proposal. Jeff, however, had some very special plans for the next day in store. After spending the afternoon at Cinnamon Bay — during which Jeff was very preoccupied, as the engagement ring was sitting under a shady palm tree, in his beach bag! — the couple went to dinner and took a tour of town, where Danielle dragged Jeff into each jewelry store to drop some not-so-subtle hints. A taxi ride later, they arrived at a lookout point above Cruz Bay, where Jeff bravely sent another a very special message to Danielle, who works as a sign language interpreter. “Please, will you marry me?” he signed.
The bride and groom-to-be returned to the site of their romantic getaway, and their big day was a “dream,” says Danielle, who, in place of an aisle, walked along the sandy path of a nature preserve to meet her groom. On the shores of Cinnamon Bay, as the sun was setting, they said, “I do,” surrounded by five family members. Then, it was time for dinner and cake at Morgan’s Mango; the next day was spent sailing around the British Virgin Islands. They returned to Pittsburgh for a validation ceremony at St. Paul Cathedral in Oakland. Danielle wore an Alfred Angelo gown (of which she bought two and had the bottom tier of lace removed for her beach ceremony), and carried an all-orchid bouquet created by Mocha Rose Floral Designs.
The Filips threw an appropriately island-themed reception at the Pittsburgh Zoo’s PPG Aquarium. “We wanted to make sure our guests knew how much [St. Thomas] means to us and feel the same vibe we did on the night of our wedding,” says Danielle. The Calypso Gypsies played the steel drums while 150 guests sipped the couple’s signature drink, the Blue Tang, a mix of Cruzan mango, sours, Blue Curaçao, lime and pineapple juice, which was spouting from a fi sh-shaped ice sculpture created by Ice Creation’s Rich Bubin. Dinner was personally planned by Solstice Restaurant’s Chef Gary Kleinfelter. Displayed all around the room on glistening blocks of ice was a non-traditional dessert — Vanilla Pastry Studio’s Salted Caramel, Key Lime, Strawberry Cheesecake, and Death by Chocolate Lollies.