By Molly Doehring | Photographs from Weddings by Alisa


Alyia Smith-Parker stopped by Greg Gaskins’ house to meet up with a mutual friend, but she ended up meeting the love of her life! Alyia and Greg spent a lot of time together that summer and even kept in touch when they returned to their separate colleges for their junior and senior years. Four years of dating and a move to Alexandria, Va., later, Greg proposed after a romantic dinner. When the waiter brought out “dessert” — a single red rose on a plate with “Will You Marry Me?” written in chocolate — Greg dropped to one knee and presented the ring. The Pittsburgh natives came home for the big day, starting with a ceremony at Waverly Presbyterian Church. “My favorite memory was listening to Greg read his vows,” Alyia says. “For months leading up to the wedding, he was nervous about writing his vows, but they turned out amazing. Every word brought a smile to my face and filled my heart with joy. After he finished reading his vows, his groomsmen started clapping and eventually the entire church clapped. It was hilarious!”


VENDORS
Cake Giant Eagle (Frankstown Road location)
Ceremony Waverly Presbyterian Church
Dress The White Orchid
Entertainment DJ Nate da Barber
Flowers Allison McGeary Florist
Hair Izzazu Salon, Spa & Serata
Honeymoon Portugal
Linens Lendable Linens
Reception Omni William Penn Hotel
Tuxedo Men’s Wearhouse


The bride glowed in a champagne-colored gown with an ivory lace overlay and silver beading on top.  

The bride glowed in a champagne-colored gown with an ivory lace overlay and silver beading on top.

When it comes to the inspiration for the couple’s navy blue and gold color scheme, Alyia says it represents her favorite movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” while Greg says it honors his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh.

When it comes to the inspiration for the couple’s navy blue and gold color scheme, Alyia says it represents her favorite movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” while Greg says it honors his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh.

Giant Eagle stacked five tiers of cake, piping intricate white swirls for extra detail and tying in the color scheme with navy ribbon.

Giant Eagle stacked five tiers of cake, piping intricate white swirls for extra detail and tying in the color scheme with navy ribbon.

“Find time each week to take a break from planning and do something fun with your fiancé,” Alyia advises. “The wedding is only one day but your marriage is forever. It’s critical that you make time to invest in each other and your foundation, and not let wedding planning consume you.” 

“Find time each week to take a break from planning and do something fun with your fiancé,” Alyia advises. “The wedding is only one day but your marriage is forever. It’s critical that you make time to invest in each other and your foundation, and not let wedding planning consume you.”

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