By Matthew Hacke | Photographs from Oakwood Photo + Video

After dating eight years, adopting two dogs, and buying a condo together, Krista Stachelek and Dennis Lippert, Jr. were ready to take the next step: marriage. They became husband and wife on a warm summer day at Succop Nature Park. “We went the non-traditional route and did a self-uniting ceremony, which allowed one of our good friends to run it,” Krista says. “In addition, the ceremony script was compiled by us and included personal messages.” After the outdoor celebration, 135 guests marveled at the reception space, decorated by the bride and groom. Details like the dinosaurs dressed like a bride and a groom atop their cake — “because we have a love for dinosaurs” — and a surprise, choreographed number during their first dance together let their personalities shine. “We had some fun and started slow with Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and then broke out into our choreographed dance to Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up,’” Krista says. “Our friends were shocked because Denny is not a dancer.” The fun continued with a photo booth and a bonfire, complete with s’mores. “Everyone really had a wonderful time.”


Cake: Pennie’s Bake Shop & Espresso Bar
Caterer: Medure’s Catering
Ceremony, Reception, & Rentals: Succop Nature Park
Entertainment: PJ the DJ of Entertainment Unlimited of Pittsburgh
Florals: The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers
Hair: Isle of You Hair Color Studio
Honeymoon: San Francisco and Napa Valley
Makeup: Ciel Cosmetics
Tuxedos: Tuxedo Junction
Videographer: Oakwood Photo + Video

“Remember: you’re marrying your best friend,” Krista says.

Krista and Dennis’ adorable nieces and nephew were the flower girls and ring bearer for the special day.

To let the incredible scenery at Succop Nature Park shine, the couple chose a “subdued” color scheme of ivory, silver, and pastels. The bridesmaids added to the atmosphere in rose, floral-printed dresses.

“Oh, I just loved my dress,” Krista says. “It was everything I wanted — ivory, lace, open in the back. And I could dance!”

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