By Liz Petoniak
Photographs from Lokmer Photography, Inc.

On the night of their five-year anniversary, from when they started dating, Jennifer Rende was about to leave work at Sognatoré Salon & Spa to meet Nicholas Musolin for a dinner date when she was mysteriously asked to retrieve a package from the lobby downstairs. “As soon I got off the elevator, he was down on one knee and my family was there,” she says. “He really caught me off guard — it was such a creative surprise!” Naturally, the bride got her hair and makeup done at Sognatoré in preparation for the wedding ceremony at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Munhall, where they are both members. A harpist played as Jennifer walked down the aisle with her father, and she recalls the memory of seeing Nicholas and all 150 guests together for the first time as her most vivid and favorite of the day. Following the elegant reception at LeMont Restaurant, where a Frank Sinatra impersonator set the mood, Nicholas arranged for a fabulous honeymoon at the Excellence Punta Cana resort in the Dominican Republic.

Jennifer Rende and Nicholas Musolin, Pittsburgh weddings, WHIRL Wedding Guide 2015

Fenoglietto’s whipped up a four-tiered, white almond cake with raspberry filling and the couple added their own special touch: a one-of-a-kind glass “Cinderella and Prince Charming” topper as an ode to their trips to Disney World.

Jennifer Rende and Nicholas Musolin, Pittsburgh weddings, WHIRL Wedding Guide 2015

Jennifer’s lace, fit-and-flair dress from One Enchanting Evening exuded classic elegance, while the open back added a fun and youthful touch. Jewelry from Clarissa Boutique in the South Side and a floor-length custom veil attached to a beaded headband completed her look.

Jennifer Rende and Nicholas Musolin, Pittsburgh weddings, WHIRL Wedding Guide 2015

Arrangements of white hydrangeas and green branches by Colasante’s of Munhall perfectly complemented the classic black, ivory, and Champagne color scheme, as well as LeMont’s breathtaking views and crystal chandeliers.

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