By Rebecca Torchia / Photographs from Kelli Ann Beavers

Rockstars Melinda Colaizzi and Kristian Habenicht did not want a traditional wedding — they wanted a party! After meeting as music majors at Berklee College of Music in Boston and dating for six years, Kristian proposed on a plane by attaching the ring to the collar of the couple’s Yorkie, Chica. For the big day, Melinda found her unique, hand-beaded gown at Anne Gregory for the Bride. The jagged neckline initially caught her eye and had the touch of gold she’d been searching for. Equally unique was Kristian’s deep, eggplant-colored tux, which matched the deep purple calla lilies mixed into the bridesmaids’ bouquets of cream and ivory roses by Michael Jacob. Of course, one of the best parts of the rocking reception at The Andy Warhol Museum was the music, especially when a longtime friend, Monika Hoffman, and one of their Berklee professors, Alizon Lissance, surprised them with songs. The couple, who have a band together, performed two songs themselves, too. “We both have a passion for music,” Melinda says. “It completes the whole relationship.”

Melinda Colaizzi and Kristian Habenicht, Pittsburgh weddings, WHIRL Wedding Guide 2015

Melinda’s favorite memory of the day was the first look. “We did it before the wedding, on the steps of The Fairmont,” she says. She walked up the steps toward Kristian, meeting in the middle for that special moment.

Melinda Colaizzi and Kristian Habenicht, Pittsburgh weddings, WHIRL Wedding Guide 2015

“Allison Roth was amazing,” Melinda says of her makeup artist, explaining how she nailed the “Old Hollywood” look the bride was after.

Melinda Colaizzi and Kristian Habenicht, Pittsburgh weddings, WHIRL Wedding Guide 2015

The leopard-print cake by Bella Christies and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique exemplified the fun feel of the day. It featured the added romance of red roses and delicious layers of red velvet, chocolate peanut butter, and wedding white with dulce de leche filling.

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