By Matthew Hacke + Rachel Jones

Angela Terrano + Ted Tomlin

After three years of dating, Ted Tomlin started orchestrating a dream proposal to Angela Terrano during their upcoming trip to Michigan. “He said he was planning on doing it on a boat on the lake. Instead, I got woken up at 3 a.m. with him down on one knee at the side of the bed,” Angela says. “He was too excited to wait! It was perfect.” For their special day, Angela and Ted wanted a breathtaking venue that would introduce the groom’s family members — most of whom hail from Michigan — to Pittsburgh. An outdoor ceremony and tented reception at Terrace at the Hyatt House Pittsburgh South Side showcased the city’s beauty in an intimate, summery atmosphere. Ted’s mother created all of the centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnieres herself, incorporating yellow roses, white lilies, and lavender sprigs to reflect the couple’s color scheme. Ted and his mother also rocked the dance floor, performing a skit and dance to “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin. “Everyone  was singing along and loved it,” Angela says. “It was one of the top moments of the night — better than our first dance as a couple!”

Photographs from Samantha Tarr Photography

The spontaneous couple took a road trip to New England for their honeymoon. “We booked hotel rooms when we got into the town and just went with the flow,” Angela says. “Nothing was planned.”

“Our theme was ‘lemons and lavender,’ with a yellow, gray, and lavender color scheme,” Angela says.

Paddy Cake Bakery provided the Burnt Almond Torte for Angela and Ted’s sweet celebration.

Real lemons filled the centerpiece vases, adding a fresh pop of color to the reception.

Lena Biafora + Jory Horrigan

The weekend of Super Bowl 50 brought exciting plans for Lena Biafora. She was an NFL cheerleader for the Carolina Panthers at the time and her birthday even fell on Super Bowl Sunday! But Joseph Horrigan created the most memorable moment when he proposed that Saturday at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. The Charlotte, N.C., residents returned to Pittsburgh for their special day at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Lena walked down the outdoor aisle in a stunning, ivory Lazaro gown with intricate details and illusion elements. Standing alongside three groomsmen, two bridesmaids, and Lena’s dog — “We called him a ‘bridesman!’” — the couple said “I do” before 200 loved ones. Lena and Joseph kicked off the reception with a sweet first dance to “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay in the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s ballroom, which reflected the couple’s blush, light pink, and gold color scheme with lush floral arrangements and gilded touches. Throughout the planning process, Lena tried not to get hung up on specific details. Instead, she shared several ideas she liked with her vendors and let them create something beautiful and unique. “Don’t get your mind set on specific details and just trust the professionals,” Lena advises. “Also, have fun!”

Photographs from Leeann Marie Photography

Beautiful branches, adorned with crystals and green florals, complemented the chandeliers in the ballroom at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

After less than a year of dating, Lena and Joseph knew they were a perfect match!

“My favorite memories were getting ready with my best friend and cousin in our bridal suite and eating cake the next morning in bed,” Lena says. “And, of course, seeing Joey as I walked down the aisle!”

Chef Scott Tennant, executive pastry chef for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, decorated Lena and Joseph’s cake with hundreds of handmade petals and a chandelier piping design.

Allie Withrow + Brooks DiFiore

Allie Withrow knew something was happening when she walked into her home the day before Thanksgiving 2015 and all of the Christmas decorations were up. “Christmas has always been mine and Brooks’ favorite time of year, but we love waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate, says Allie. Brooks, her high school sweetheart, had another idea in mind though. “When I came home, our house was covered from floor to ceiling in Christmas decorations and lights! Brooks was waiting for me in our living room with our dog, Crosby, and a ring,” exclaims Allie. Their summer 2017 nuptials, held at Mellon Park, included personal touches in everything from the cake to the boutonnieres. “My mother handmade all of the boutonnieres, and for the cake, we decided to incorporate our families’ traditional recipes,” Allie says. The two, three-tier cakes included one featuring Brooks’ grandma’s recipe — a chocolate cake with chocolate espresso icing — while Allie’s confection consisted of a spice cake with cream cheese frosting that her mom made for any celebration growing up. “We wanted to include our friends and family in any way that we could,” continues Allie. We were lucky enough to have the best day with them, and we wouldn’t change a thing!”

Photographs from Paul Sinnett Photography

Allie and Brooks met during their junior year of high school. A mutual friend of ours broke their leg and we ended up visiting him in the hospital at the same time,” says Allie. “Brooks asked for my screen name and the rest was history!”

“The speeches by my dad, maid of honor, and Brooks’ groomsmen were absolutely incredible and a favorite part of the day,” Allie says.

Allie’s stunning, Atelier Pronovias dress was from Bridal Beginning.

Allie and Brooks shared their first dance to “Here in My Arms” by Leon Bridges.

Katie Kurtzman + Adam Longshore

Music lovers Katie Kurtzman and Adam Longshore met while attending a concert at Stage AE. “I was with a friend, who ran into her friend, who was there with Adam,” says Katie. A University of Pittsburgh graduate, Katie was working in New York City at the time, but the distance couldn’t keep her and Adam apart. “We dated for five months long distance before I decided to move back to Pittsburgh,” continues Katie. “The joke is, I wanted to be closer to Adam, but I also wanted my own washing machine,” she exclaims amusingly. After dating for three years, the duo wed on an early fall day last year, incorporating friends, family, and special hometown touches. “The florist, stationery designer, and even the DJ are all close, talented friends of ours,” says Adam. “These are all people who know us pretty well and they understood what we wanted.” Needless to say, the couple’s beautiful green and gold themed wedding was memorable and hit all the right notes. “We never left the dance floor, which was amazing because we just wanted the reception to be a big dance party,” Katie says. “It just really made our day that much more special.” 

Photographs from Ryan Zarichnak Photography

The stationery kept with the color scheme of the wedding, which essentially stemmed from the engagement ring that Adam designed for Katie — yellow gold with a green, tsavorite gemstone and diamonds.

“The pictures we took at the Aspinwall Riverfront Park was one of my favorite parts of the day because it was just a really nice, relaxing memory with my wife and my best friends,” says Adam.

“We both wanted just a funfetti throwback from our childhood,” says Adam of the cake, which was topped with the saying “Foreva-eva,” a nod to an OutKast song.

The coupe shared their first dance to The Hollies, “The Air That I Breathe.”

 

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