Written By Sierra Smith | Interview by Katie Rosso

Courtney Snyder + Adam Bergamasco

When Adam Bergamasco told his sister-in-law, Katie, he was ready to settle down with a “nice girl,” she had the perfect girl in mind: Courtney Snyder. Through a family connection — Katie had been Courtney’s mom’s hair stylist for years — she knew sweet Courtney would wow Adam. The two went out on a few dates and realized they had even more in common than they had once thought. In fact, Adam had worked for Courtney’s father 15 years prior to their meeting! “He never knew I existed,” says Courtney. “But he always looked up to my dad and used to say, ‘I wish I could be Bill Snyder’s son-in-law.’” Looks like these two were absolutely destined to be together! Following a ceremony at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, the couple’s closest friends and family gathered at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown for a classic, black-and-gold reception. To create an intimate atmosphere, the ballroom glowed softly with candlelight as guests danced the night away, enjoying cookies made by the couple’s families and breathtaking views of The Point and Mt. Washington.

Photographs from SkySight Photography

Courtney’s satin gown featured sheer, sparkly sleeves that matched the jeweled design on her hip.

Adam, an avid hunter, was surprised by his new bride and mother-in-law with a gorgeous ice sculpture of antlers beneath the couple’s monogram.

“You Are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne served as the couple’s first dance song.

The black-and-gold color scheme shined with sequin table runners and warm candlelight.

Caitlin Killinger + Zach Malone

Mutual friends introduced Caitlin Killinger and Zach Malone, sparking an instant connection. When Zach proposed in June, they wasted no time putting together a fabulous wintertime celebration. “We decided on a February wedding, so our planning had to be done quickly,” Caitlin says, “which was a good thing. It didn’t leave too much downtime!” On their big day, Caitlin donned a stunning blush gown with a full skirt and long train. White lace details on the bodice and back of the dress matched her cascading bouquet, as well as the bridesmaids’ white dresses. “We kept everything pretty clean, simple, and with lots of white,” Caitlin says. Their vision came together with tall centerpieces of light florals, greenery, and branches at the Omni William Penn Hotel reception. Hundreds of candles provided soft lighting, setting the perfect scene for loved ones to dance the night away to The Jason Kendall Band. Caitlin says, “The best moment for us was having all of our family and friends in one room to celebrate us.” — Rachel Jones

Photographs from Joey Kennedy Photography

White, fuzzy shawls kept Caitlin and her bridesmaids warm during their river-side photo shoot.

Prantl’s Bakery whipped up the couple’s cake, decorated with textured icing.

Caitlin and Zach shared their first dance to “Sweet Annie” by Zac Brown Band. “We have always loved the song and thought it would be a perfect first dance song!”

“The most emotional part of our wedding was the ceremony at Saint Paul Cathedral,” Caitlin says. “The cathedral itself is so breathtaking and to be able to be married there was so special to us.”

Lindsay Hollinger + Christopher Litterini

With an almost two-year engagement, Lindsay Hollinger and Christopher Litterini took their time planning their special day with personalized details. Their winter wonderland reception at Mt. Troy Ballroom became “an enchanted forest” with lighted centerpieces, paper fairies, and a lighted fairy house that the couple handmade to serve as their card box. “Another focal point were pine cones, as we chose to decorate without the use of any live flowers,” Lindsay says. Chris’s talented aunt, Patty, created the centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnières with dried baby’s breath and pine cones. She even added rose gold leaves into the bridesmaids’ bouquets to complement their dresses. For Lindsay and Christopher, the highlight of the evening was their first dance to “When It’s Love” by Van Halen. “We took eight weeks of dance lessons with DJ Loyal Martinez, who also choreographed our dance,” Lindsay says. “We chose ‘When It’s Love’ because it was the first [Van Halen] song Chris introduced me to and it quickly became ‘our song.’ To make it even more special, following their cocktail hour set, local musicians Tony Janflone Jr. and Curtis Swift played their rendition of the song live as we danced.”  — Rachel Jones

Photographs from Ashley Reed Photography

The bridesmaids complemented each other beautifully in blush dresses of different styles.

Lindsay and Chris’s love of the Pittsburgh Penguins shined in the décor, from the photos of their favorite jerseys that served as table numbers, to the penguin cake topper!

“This is the one non-traditional detail we highly recommend!” Lindsay says of their choreographed first dance.

Lindsay handmade her brooch bouquet out of pieces from all of the most influential women in her life.

Alexa Zimmerman + Christopher Kropf

A chance encounter brought Alexa Zimmerman and Christopher Kropf together at a mutual friend’s birthday party. When “Just My Imagination” by The Temptations began playing, Christopher took a chance and stole Alexa away for a dance. “After that, we talked for the rest of the night and every day since then!” says Alexa. The couple decided to ring in the New Year as newlyweds, getting married on December 31. “We knew we wanted to be married on New Year’s Eve,” says Alexa. “It’s such a fun holiday, and what better time to have a wedding and a huge party?” The bride was in her element planning the formal celebration, opting for a black-and-white color scheme, highlighted with pops of shimmery gold. “Although it was stressful at times, it was all worth it when we saw everything come together on the day,” Alexa says. “It was a dream come true.” —Sierra Smith

Photographs from Ryan McHugh Photography/Creative Wedding Agency 

The couple counts the ceremony as one of their favorite memories of the day. “Seeing each other for the first time and saying our vows was very emotional,” says Alexa.

Christopher chose a gold vest to stand out on his big day.

Romantic displays of roses and candles warmed Alexa and Christopher’s reception.

Christina Hanna + Nicholas Kirsch

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” was not only the song playing during Christina Hanna and Nicholas Kirsch’s first dance as husband and wife, it also symbolized their relationship. Christina says she views herself as “too rational for love at first sight,” but on their first date, she knew they would end up together. Christina and Nicholas fit together effortlessly, and their wedding plans came together just as easily. They felt so fortunate to get their choice wedding date at Heinz Memorial Chapel. “Our love started and grew at the University of Pittsburgh,” says Christina, who met Nicholas during her sophomore year at Pitt. Knowing they’d be getting married during their alma mater’s homecoming weekend made the celebration extra special! For Nicholas, the most memorable moment was seeing Christina walk down the aisle, wearing a romantic lace dress with a beaded belt. He says, “I’m lucky that all eyes were on her because while everyone was looking at her, I was doing all that I could to fight back tears of joy.” — Molly Nicholas

Photographs from Maura Ellen Photography

Christina carried a bouquet of white florals with greenery, similar to the centerpieces at their Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum reception.

Christina and Nicholas filled their centerpieces with hydrangeas, roses, and eucalyptus.

Christina and Nicholas said “I do” at Heinz Memorial Chapel.

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