Edited by Rachel Jones | By Kylie Weisenborn
Stacy Teierle and Timothy O’Neill literally had a storybook engagement. “I love reading (and of course, Harry Potter). Timothy hates reading, so I always joked that he couldn’t marry me until he read the Harry Potter series,” says Stacy. One day, Timothy took Stacy for a picnic in North Park and he pulled out a gift-wrapped Harry Potter book. “He was telling me that he read this for me and had a favorite part to show me,” Stacy says. “Then, he was down on one knee.” He had cut out a square in the middle of the book and placed the engagement ring inside. As a way to incorporate spring colors and decorative elements that reflect their personalities, Stacy and Timothy brought an eclectic feel to the rustic ceremony and reception spaces at Destiny Hill Farm. Stacy, her mother, and Destiny Hill’s Nancy Cameron helped scope out vintage pieces at flea markets and thrift stores to be used as décor for the big day. “It gave our whole wedding the perfect variety that I wanted,” Stacy says. And having everyone pitch in to help bring it all together allowed Stacy to focus on the most important element of the day: marrying the love of her life. “It’s so tempting to do everything yourself since you want every detail to be perfect,” Stacy says, “but letting your friends and family help will make it that much more special and save yourself some stress.”
Photographs from Lauren Renee Photography
After relocating to Northwest Arkansas, Alissa Piekarski took to match.com to meet other young professionals in the area with similar interests. There, she found David Welsher, who proved to be her perfect match! Two years later, David took Alissa to see her favorite artist’s exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art before a planned getaway to Kansas City. “I turned to David and said, ‘I think we may be the only ones here for the exhibit,’” Alissa explains. “Then it hit me that on the table were pictures of us along with Champagne and flowers, and the photographer there was his sister, Lindsay.” He proposed in the museum, then whisked his new fiancé off to Pittsburgh (not Kansas City, as he’d originally said) to share the sweet news with her family. Both families came together for an interfaith ceremony at Heinz Chapel, as Alissa is a University of Pittsburgh alumna, followed by a fun reception at Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. The ballroom glowed with string lights across the ceiling and the glistening reflections from Alissa’s homemade brooch bouquet and the crystal details on the couple’s cake. “Our favorite memory was being able to watch our friends and family who traveled to be with us, especially both sides of our families, who came together and had so much fun celebrating us.”
Photographs from Lokmer Photography Inc.
When Lara Kelly and Shea Simpson met at Saint Vincent College, they quickly formed a friendship that turned into a nine-year courtship. En route to their ninth anniversary dinner, Shea asked if they could stop by their Seattle home, which was in the process of being remodeled. When she stepped inside, Lara saw posters of the couple in every city they’ve lived in together. The tour, peppered with Shea recounting his favorite memories in each city, concluded with a sweet proposal. They celebrated their love back in Pittsburgh, starting with a traditional ceremony at Calvary United Methodist Church. “My favorite memory was seeing Shea for the first time that day, waiting for me at the end of the aisle,” Lara recalls. “He looked so handsome, and I couldn’t wait to finally marry him and then celebrate with all of our family and friends.” They did just that at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens reception, sweetened with blush pink and silver details. A three-tiered cake from Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique, topped with fresh flowers, paired well with the romantic atmosphere — and the traditional cookie table, filled with treats made by both families! For other couples looking to have an equally flawless wedding, Lara recommends hiring a wedding planner. “Perfectly Planned by Shari did a wonderful job and made our vision come to life.”
Photographs from Steven Dray Images