Natalie D’Achille & Aaron Price
Photography by Araujo Photography
If you told Natalie D’Achille in high school that in a few years she’d be living la dolce vita with Aaron Price, she probably would have told you that you were mistaken. The couple knew of each other at North Allegheny High School, but that was it. As a college student, she came home for a visit one weekend and bumped into Aaron at her parents’ restaurant, Pizza Roma in the North Hills. He told her that he was going to take her out. She was surprised by his request and doubtfully responded, “No, you’re not.” Of course, Aaron showed up at Natalie’s house the next day as promised and told her to get ready because they were going to dinner.
The two had been dating six years and a week from that day when Aaron took Natalie to dinner at their favorite restaurant, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse. After Aaron ordered a bottle of white wine, Natalie knew something was up. “He never drinks white wine,” she says. Shortly after, Aaron insisted that they step outside into the snowy night, but refused to offer her his jacket. Rather than stand in the cold, Natalie started walking to the car, and when she turned around, Aaron was on one knee. After their engagement, the two drove to her parents’ restaurant where she expected to show her grandmother her ring. Instead, she was shocked to walk into a restaurant filled with 150 of her closest friends and family. “It was awesome, and I was crying the whole time,” she says.
On the morning of the wedding, half of the 32-person bridal party primped at the mother of the bride’s house. Before heading to the church, they made a stop at Pizza Roma to celebrate with customers that the family has known for years. Natalie and Aaron’s families speak Italian, and their mass, held at Immaculate Conception Church, was given half in Italian and half in English. The bride wore an organza and silk Sophia Tolli dress from Bridal Beginning and carried an arrangement of white roses and stephanotis orchids provided by Ken Miller of Flowers in the Attic. Her bridesmaids carried 24 red roses each to go along with the red, black, and ivory color scheme.
The couple celebrated with 390 guests at Bella Sera Restaurant in Canonsburg for an Italian-themed reception. The cake was a six-tiered tower of 400 cupcakes provided by Vanilla Pastry Studio, and guests enjoyed dozens upon dozens of Italian cookies made by the bride’s grandmother and aunt. Each guest received a bottle of wine, a cupcake container, and a cookie bag, all personally monogrammed. Natalie says the biggest hit at the reception was the espresso bar provided by La Prima Espresso. “It ended up having a longer line than the actual bar!” she says. Speaking of the actual bar, it was an ice sculpture in the shape of Italian pillars. There was also a Leaning Tower of Pisa-shaped ice luge, which bartenders served martinis through. The newlyweds began their honeymoon with three days in Las Vegas, before meeting close friends for 10 days in Hawaii, and finally joining the groom’s parents in San Francisco for five days. “Three weeks with just the two of us would be exciting, but I wanted to spend the honeymoon having a great time with everyone,” she says. — Ben Boskovich