By Emily Bastaroli
Photography: Grace Photography
Lauren Pintar and Kevin Brenzy met during a night out in Station Square, dancing with friends. At the end of the evening, they exchanged phone numbers, and Lauren was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from her crush the very next day. Five years later, Kevin was attending medical school in West Virginia, and the couple was dating long distance. While Kevin was away, Lauren made dinner plans at Habitat at Fairmont Pittsburgh with her friend, Julie. Once they were seated, Julie received a phone call and left the table. Lauren began looking through the menu and stopped when she saw a photo of herself and Kevin, accompanied by a heartfelt poem. The last line read: “Turn around so our journey can begin.” Lauren looked behind her to see Kevin, waiting to propose.
The ceremony took place at Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Duquesne University, followed by a reception in the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott’s ballroom. There, the couple shared a special moment before the festivities began. “Kevin and I had the room to ourselves. It was magical to see the vision we had created in our heads for months come to life,” says Lauren.
A color scheme of black and white accentuated the “modern vintage” theme. The couple’s monogram was projected on a backdrop behind the head table, purple and blue uplighting brightened the room, and Parkway Florist topped each table with an arrangement of purple orchids. As a prelude to their Jamaican honeymoon, steel drummers played during cocktail hour, and DJ Underdog rocked the party with a playlist hand-selected by the couple. In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to the American Cancer Society in honor of Lauren’s father.
Lauren stunned in a Maggie Sottero tulle and lace gown from One Enchanted Evening.
A photo booth, a Pittsburgh cookie table, a mini candy bar, and a popcorn machine for late-night snacks — an homage to the couple’s love of movies — showed off the newlyweds’ fun-loving personalities!
Lauren’s bouquet was filled with ivory orchids, her favorite flower, along with mini calla lilies and roses.
The groom selected the cake from Bethel Bakery — an almond torte and chocolate-layer cake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing.
Photography: David Kantz
Though Courtney Elizabeth Collins and Gregory Benson both grew up in Sewickley, and worked only a block away from each other in Downtown Pittsburgh, they never crossed paths until meeting at a mutual friend’s party in 2011. Five months later, while cheering on steeplechase races at My Lady’s Manor in Washington, D.C., Greg popped the question. “Between mint juleps and seersucker, he got on one knee and asked if I would be his wife. I immediately said yes!” says Courtney Elizabeth. Allegheny Country Club hosted their summer garden wedding, and although the bride wanted an outdoor celebration, the couple booked the ballroom just in case the weather did not cooperate. “Our wedding day turned out to be the hottest day of the year! The high was 97, and it was so humid,” she says. Instead, their 100 guests enjoyed air conditioning while dancing to music spun by DJ Pete Massella. A “preppy” color scheme of petal pink and Kelly green decorated the venue, and centerpieces of pink and green cabbage roses, hydrangeas, roses, berries, ferns, and twisted willow, designed by Flowerama Pittsburgh, graced the tables. The couple shared their first dance to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”
Courtney spotted this Maggie Sottero gown online and fell in love. She searched local stores for the one-shoulder ball gown, finally finding it at Mary’s Bride and Formal. “It was meant to be. It was the color I wanted and my size,” says Courtney.
Photography: Sean Davies
Cara Cambest and Rob Regner began their relationship as co-workers and soon realized they were meant to be much more than that. Three years later, Cara and Rob road-tripped to Columbus, Ohio, celebrating their anniversary. After dinner, Cara began to peruse the dessert menu, when, out of the corner of her eye, she saw Rob place something on the table. It was a ring box, and an overwhelmed Cara burst into tears of joy, so nervous that she forgot to say yes at first! After a beautiful ceremony in Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s Outdoor Garden, guests headed to the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom for a Pittsburgh-themed reception. Pictures of Pittsburgh landmarks and centerpieces of fuchsia spray roses and white calla lilies, designed by Donna Delestienne, topped each table. An ice sculpture in the shape of the Pittsburgh skyline served as a conversation starter during cocktail hour; mini Heinz ketchup bottles were handed out as favors; and Anne Lehman Designs created city-themed save the date cards, invitations, and programs. The couple wowed guests with a unique first dance, starting off slowly to the Rascal Flatts song, “God Bless the Broken Road,” before busting out into a choreographed dance to Chris Brown’s “Forever.” After dinner, guests enjoyed slices of the four-tier white batter and mango-filled Bethel Bakery cake. Says the bride, “The whole day was absolutely amazing.”
Cara looked gorgeous in a Robin Jillian gown from MB Bride. A birdcage veil, fuchsia heels, and her mother’s pearls completed the look.