Photography by Slice of Life Photography, Michael & Gerra Gembrosky
When she first met Joe Agnesi through a mutual friend, Stacie Abraham wasn’t sure she was ready to start a relationship. But after a series of phone calls and then dates, everything clicked into place. “After I got to know him, I totally knew [Joe was the one for me]. He’s just fantastic,” she says of her now-husband. During a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway to St. Johns in the Caribbean, Joe was planning to propose over a candlelit dinner on the beach. But after a busy day, they decided to settle in to their hotel room for a low-key meal of pizza and wine. When it came time to exchange gifts, Stacie gave Joe a jacket, saying, “I hope this fits!” Joe repeated Stacie’s sentiment when presenting his gift. Then, he asked, “Will you be my Valentine forever?” The answer was yes on both accounts.
Joe, who says he is “notorious for being late,” had some help from his family getting to the church on time. He was there, of course, to meet Stacie as she walked down the aisle of St. James Church in Sewickley. She glittered in earrings and a necklace of white and yellow diamonds, on loan by family friends at Forbes Jewelry. Her silk Tomasina gown was custom-made with alençon lace and Austrian crystal accents, and her bouquet by Blooms Florist was comprised completely of roses. Pale pink and cream décor cast a rosy glow on the already happy day.
In the ballroom of theEdgeworth Club, the newlyweds danced to “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You.” Their 120 guests then dug into dinner, but the bride was too busy greeting the crowd to eat at all! A round, three-tier yellow cake was infused with rum, and its pink fondant coating was decorated with white polka dots. In addition to the “zillion cookies” that were served, family and friends took home miniature bottles of champagne. As Vito DiSalvo’s Italian-American band, We Three, played, two chairs were brought onto the dance floor for the bride and groom and before they knew it, Joe and Stacie were being hoisted in the air to the sounds of “Hava Nagila.” Laughs Stacie, “I was freaking out, but Joe was so excited.” Soon after, the Agnesis swept off to a two-week honeymoon with stops in Santorini, Greece, and Seychelles Island, off the coast of Africa. They now make their home in Wexford.