Photography by Goldstein Photography
Following an eight-year stint living in Los Angeles and a month after returning to Pittsburgh, Rikki Hommel agreed to a blind date with David Weisberg in 2005. They went to The Cheesecake Factory, but it was on their second date that things really started up — David took Rikki to a Rolling Stones concert.
A year later, in September 2006, the couple traveled to Europe and toured the streets of
London and Paris. In the most romantic city on earth, they visited the Louvre and the Arc
de Triomphe and shopped along the Champs-Ellysées. But it was over a bottle of French
wine in their hotel room that David proposed — presenting the ring he’d nervously carried
overseas, safety-pinned inside his passport holder — and Rikki blissfully accepted. “It was a very nice private moment,” she recalls.
They were wed in the Carnegie Museum’s Hall of Architecture by Rabbi Mark Joel
Mahler. The bride wore a custom-made light pink silk-satin gown and a mantilla of 14 yards of pink tulle, both of which she designed and constructed, along with her bridesmaids’ chocolate-brown dresses and a special touch for David: a pale pink tie made from the same material as her dress. The reception in the Carnegie Music Hall was decorated in colors corresponding with their clothing. During cocktail hour, 235 guests sipped the evening’s signature drinks: Pinktinis and Chocolatinis. The couple entered and danced their fi rst dance to Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life.”
After dinner, they ate chocolate cake plated with raspberry sauce and a tuft of cotton candy, and the studio-e band got the crowd dancing. Rikki and David never left each other’s side. “I remember every second of our wedding,” David says.
In lieu of favors, the couple made donations to Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity andSouthwinds, Inc. Guests were also gifted pink Eat‘n Park Smiley Cookies for the ride home. At reception’s close, the newlyweds hopped in a 1946 Lincoln Continental convertible, and drove away as family and friends waved sparklers.
After a two-week Mediterranean cruise, they now reside in the South Hills.