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BY ALYSSA MILLER
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM LEEANN MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

WHIRL Weddings May 2014 - Sharissa Sherwin and Uri Shatten

Four years after being swept off her feet, Sharissa Sherwin’s prince charming, Uri Shatten, proposed to her on the first night of their vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C., while watching the sunset from their hotel room’s ocean-view balcony. The perfect proposal set planning in motion for the couple’s wedding at Heinz Memorial Chapel and the Disney fairy tale-themed reception in Summerset at Frick Park’s ballroom, which overlooks the Waterfront. Sharissa got crafty and implemented a few DIY projects to bring the ivory, peach, plum, and guava color scheme to life. Disney instrumentals and Dozen Bake Shop’s tower of cupcakes, complete with a princess and frog topper, delighted all 115 guests. Sharissa’s advice for others planning their own fairy tale wedding? “Smile, be happy, and be married!” she says. “Don’t stress. It’s not about putting on this huge show, but about marrying the one you love. It’s your day to share together, and to share your happiness and love!”

Pictured above: The groom, in a dashing tux from Tuxedo Junction, only had eyes for his beautiful bride, who wore a princess gown from Alfred Angelo’s Disney Fairy Tale Weddings collection. She primped that day at a Philip Pelusi salon.

WHIRL Weddings May 2014 - Sharissa Sherwin and Uri Shatten

Kopriver’s Florist & Greenhouse embellished every bouquet, including the bride’s colorful arrangement of peach and white roses, stephanotis, and purple blooms, with a crystal butterfly pin.

WHIRL Weddings May 2014 - Sharissa Sherwin and Uri Shatten

Sharissa’s bridesmaids donned guava strapless chiffon dresses with peach sashes from David’s Bridal. The bouquets of dark pink and peach roses from Kopriver’s Florist & Greenhouse brought the tropical color scheme together.

WHIRL Weddings May 2014 - Sharissa Sherwin and Uri Shatten

Guests indulged in vegan vanilla, milk chocolate, and Cosmopolitan-flavored cupcakes.

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BY EMILY BASTAROLI
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM CRAIG PHOTOGRAPHY

WHIRL Weddings May 2014 - Lindsay Luongo and Tim Fritz

Soon after meeting, Washington, Pa., native Tim Fritz and Lindsay Luongo of Houston, Pa., knew they were meant to be together. Five years later, the couple began to plan their engagement, selecting a new setting for his grandmother’s heirloom diamond. Though she was involved in designing the ring, Lindsay was still surprised when Tim got down on one knee and popped the question a few days later! They said their vows at First Lutheran Church in Washington, where Tim is a lifelong member, then headed to their reception at the George Washington Hotel to celebrate with their 150 guests. Memories in Bloom created a mixture of high and low centerpieces with white carnations and roses to decorate the historic and elegant ballroom. Uplighting by Modern Era Weddings and gold Chiavari chairs from All Occasions Party Rental accented the romantic blush, ivory, and gold color scheme. Lindsay and Tim couple chose “When You Say Nothing At All” by Allison Krauss as their first dance song, and they recall their “first look” photo session as their favorite moment of the day. In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to Animals Against the Odds.

Pictured above: Lindsay stunned in a sweetheart Rivini gown with a floral motif skirt of layered silk organza “petals ” from Carrie Ann’s Bridal Boutique. Tim looked dashing in a suit from Express.

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BY MADISON KRAMER
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM DANA MONTICELLI PHOTOGRAPHY

WHIRL Weddings May 2014 - Andrea Sanfilippo and Jeremy Funkhouser

Andrea Sanfilippo loves dessert, and her boyfriend of one-and-a-half years, Jeremy Funkhouser, knew that the perfect proposal would have to include a few of her favorite treats. While on vacation in Palm Beach, Fla., Jeremy orchestrated a surprise proposal during an intimate dinner. As the server brought dessert to the table, Andrea saw “Will you marry me?” written in chocolate icing on the plate. Beside her, Jeremy had dropped to one knee. “I was completely shocked since we had not gone ring shopping or talked about a definite time frame. I was beyond excited,” says Andrea. The couple — who met at UPMC Mercy, where they both worked — wed in front of 150 guests at the “breathtakingly beautiful” St. Paul Cathedral, where Andrea is a parishioner. The couple hosted a “heavenly” reception at the Duquesne Club, complete with cocktail hour in the Fountain Room, where Three Rivers String Quartet performed and candlelit images of clouds were projected onto the high ceilings, complementing the light blue, ivory, gold, and chocolate color scheme. The couple shared a first dance to Parachute’s “She Is Love,” and guests enjoyed slices of the four-tier pound cake, iced with raspberry buttercream and decorated with fresh ivory roses, created by the Duquesne Club pastry chefs.

Pictured above: The groom wore a Calvin Klein tuxedo, and the bride wore a Paloma Blanca gown from Bridal Beginning. She carried a fluffy white bouquet of roses, peonies, and hydrangeas, designed by Gerard Boeh Flowers.

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1 Comment

  1. The Reverend
    May 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    They had those little miniature hot air balloons at sunset at the reception right over the river valley, which was also very cool.