by Lauren Schmeer | Photographs from Skysight Photography
Stacie Brentzel and Andrew Yeager brought a little bit of Miami to Pittsburgh with their wedding, held in honor of the city where they met. A mutual friend brought the couple together while in Miami, and even though a business collaboration was the first thing Stacie had in mind upon their introduction, three years of dating followed. Andrew planned the proposal so that the two would be with Stacie’s family when it happened, and a best friend’s wedding in Stacie’s hometown brought everyone together. “Andrew didn’t want to steal any of the bride’s light,” Stacie says, “so he proposed right at midnight at the start of the next day.”
To “bring Miami to the venue,” the couple worked with a wedding planner from Miami and made their entrance into the reception at Fox Chapel Golf Club, wearing sunglasses. Decorations were done in all white with white roses and hydrangeas, and a sweet room, catered by Bella Christie & Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique, tempted guests with Italian cookies, cupcakes, and donuts. Stacie, who glowed in a gown from Anne Gregory for the Bride, says, “There was a lot of traveling within my large family, so it was really nice to have everyone in one setting for great weather and a great venue.”
Photographs from Milla C. Photography
Halloween is typically not the most romantic of occasions, but when Deanna Martin and AJ Jugan met at a Halloween party on the South Side, love was definitely in the air. After dating for a year and a half, AJ planned a trip to Baltimore, Md. Once there, he pretended to have forgotten his wallet in the hotel room, doubled back to the room to check, and texted Deanna to help him look for it. When she got up to the room, he had rose petals and a proposal waiting. The couple planned a classic wedding with a black and white color scheme, calla lily bouquets, and hydrangea centerpieces designed by Parkway Florist. Deanna wore a custom dress, inspired by two dresses the staff at Anne Gregory for the Bride flew in from New York and had sketched by the designer especially for her. Deanna says, “I wanted it to be classic, but something nobody had ever seen before. I think I accomplished that.” Around 200 guests danced the night away, extending the reception two extra hours! Deanna recommends other future brides “do a lot of research. For example, with my cake, I went to three different bakeries.” That’s how Deanna ended up with her favorite cake from Cakes by Tammy, made with three batters, three fillings, and a gluten-free topper.
Photographs by Goldstein Photography
After meeting one spring evening on Pittsburgh’s South Side, Shannon Kearney and Jim Skourlis knew at first glance that they were meant for one another. Soon thereafter, they took a romantic getaway to The Greenbrier in West Virginia. The two dressed up for a carriage ride that led them to the spring, and by the time they got back on the carriage, the couple was engaged! Magenta uplighting at the Omni William Penn Hotel’s Grand Ballroom and the eggplant shade of the Amsale bridesmaid dresses showcased the wedding colors. Shannon, who wore a Vera Wang couture gown for the ceremony at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, says that the toasts and speeches were one of the most memorable parts of the day, in particular, her sister’s maid of honor speech: “It was really heartfelt and emotional, about Jim becoming a part of our family, complete with an Italian blessing!” The band, After Dark from Three Rivers Entertainment, was also a highlight. “Everybody who’s ever commented about the wedding said what a fantastic band it was,” says Shannon. “They could switch from Barry White to Lady Gaga without missing a beat.” The couple also worked with More Than Words Fine Stationery, Mosaic Linens, and Sarris Candies to make their day a smashing success.
These weddings are featured in the February 2013 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
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