As a med student at Duke University, Sarah Tyler went with friends to a University of North Carolina basketball game, expecting only to see her team take home a win — not meet her future husband. It took just one weekendfor Sarah and UNC graduate Justin Plummer to hit it off, and they began an eight-month long-distance relationship before relocating to Pittsburgh together for Sarah’s medical residency. After three years of dating, Sarah came home one morning after a 30-hour shift to find Justin making breakfast. “I just remember being so tired,” she says. But when she walked into the kitchen to check on things, she found him down on one knee waiting to propose. Four years to the day of their first date, the couple tied the knot in a romantic ceremony.
The couple wed at Heinz Chapel in front of 160 family and friends. Following a fall theme, the flowers by Dee’s Florals were shades of flaming red and orange and included calla lilies and roses. The bride dressed in a Rosa Clara dress from Ribbon Bridal. She had originally tried the dress on in Cleveland, Ohio, and was thrilled when she found the same one at the boutique in Beaver, Pa. She says that one of most memorable parts of the ceremony took place when her mom’s cousin sang an amazing rendition of the Lord’s Prayer, but she will never forget Justin’s face when he caught his first look of her, when they met to take pictures before the ceremony.
Sarah credits her vendors with making her day worry free. “I especially loved the staff at the Carnegie Museum of Art. We found out the day of the ceremony that ours would be the last wedding ever in the Hall of Architecture,” she says. At the reception, Sarah surprised Justin with a North Carolina-shaped groom’s cake, a perfect complement to their signature drink of rum-spiked apple cider and food by Parkhurst Catering. The wedding party and their guests danced to music by DJ Jeremy Ganns, who played an old blues song, “Getting Some Fun Out of Life,” for the couple’s first dance. After the reception, the couple took a “mini-honeymoon” to Bedford Springs Resort and a second honeymoon to New Zealand a few months later. “We had done a lot of traveling before we got married, so we both wanted to go somewhere we hadn’t been, and somewhere we wouldn’t likely return to,” she says.