Edited by Rachel Jones | By Katie Rosso

Katie Lynch + Tony Visco

High school sweethearts Katie Lynch and Tony Visco knew they wanted all of their friends and family, who live in numerous cities across the country, to share in their special day. In order to do so, they planned a weekend packed with celebrations, including a welcome dinner, the wedding itself, a next-day brunch, and a Pirates game. “The whole weekend was pretty emotional,” Tony says. “All of the hard work and planning, and seeing everything and everyone come together for our big weekend was a humbling experience. It really showed how blessed we are.” Katie and Tony’s St. Mary of the Mount ceremony and Fairmont Pittsburgh reception reflected their vision of a modern Midsummer Nights Dream, featuring jewel tones like magenta, plum, jade blue, and pops of neon green. “The best part of my wedding was having all of my family and friends in one place,” Katie says. “Entering each of the rooms and seeing the completed designs and all the hard work come to fruition was incredible.”    

Photographs from Michael Will Photography

Katie and Tony’s first dance was to “Wonderwall” by Oasis. “For years and years, we would always say that when we got married, this would be our first dance song,” Katie says

On a family trip to Italy in 2015, Katie and her parents saw a street in Ferrara that had brightly colored umbrellas hanging upside down. “I found the visual very impactful,” Katie says. The umbrellas served as inspiration for the bridal shower at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Katie and Tony kicked off their wedding weekend with a Pittsburgh-themed welcome dinner at the Heinz History Center.

Katie says that taking a few “after” shots with Tony was probably her favorite part of the weekend. The stress and nerves of planning everything had ended, and she could finally relax — in an awesome jumpsuit, no less!

Maureen Hester + Timothy Lawrence

Sara Bareilles’ “I Choose You” was threaded throughout Maureen Hester and Tim Lawrence’s relationship, from the proposal to the first dance song. And their wedding was exactly as the lyrics croon, “a beautiful start to a lifelong love letter.” Tim says the best moment of their Epiphany Catholic Church ceremony was “watching Moe walk down the aisle.” “It felt like the moment was finally here and I could marry my best friend,” he says. The men of Maureen’s family, including her father, sang “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera at the reception, a tradition started by Maureen’s grandfather. “He sang at all of his daughters’ weddings, and my dad has continued at my sister’s and mine,” Maureen says. When looking for a space to host their reception, “Tim and I knew we wanted a room with character, a big dance floor, and a stage for the band,” Maureen says. “The Twentieth Century Club had everything we were looking for.” Gold décor, shimmering touches, and fluffy feathers bedecked the reception, exuding a 1920s theme that came together organically. “We never set out to have an ‘art deco or Gatsby-esque’ wedding, but we embraced it and love how perfectly everything fit together.”

Photographs from Daniel Esper

The bride radiated in a sleeveless sheath gown with art deco-inspired beading at the neckline that carried over to the back. A birdcage veil and feather accents completed the look.

Maureen says the venue was “all conceptualized by my mom and sister.” They had the vision to dress up the room with the candle light and an art deco feel.

White orchids and calla lilies made up Maureen’s beautiful, flowy bouquet.

Maureen and Tim met while working together at Robert Morris University. Once they spent more time socially at work events and Tim asked her out for an official date, they were inseparable!

Alexis Schaming + Ryan McGann

A freshman-year mixer is designed for meeting new people, but rarely do you meet the love of your life at one. For Alexis Schaming and Ryan McGann, the Central Catholic High School freshman mixer proved to be their lucky day. On their wedding day, Alexis chose a color scheme of sage green with blush and gold accents. “Since it was in the spring, I just really wanted it to be fresh,” Alexis says. The bride thought she knew what she wanted when she began trying on dresses: A-line with straps. But after trying on dozens of dresses in that style, she took a suggestion that was the complete opposite of her Pinterest dreams. Alexis fell in love with a beautiful strapless gown with lace overlay from Sorelle Bridal Salon. During their ceremony at St. Paul Cathedral — the same place the bride’s parents said “I do!” — the Pittsburgh natives shared a sweet moment. “It was supposed to rain and be very cold but as soon as we got to the ceremony, the sun came out,” says Alexis. “I remember kneeling on the altar with Ryan, and the sun coming through the stained-glass windows and hitting our faces.” — Molly Nicholas 

Photographs from Leeann Marie Photography

The bride had a jacket made of lace from her dress to wear during the ceremony, a design inspired by Monique Lhuillier!

After eight years of dating, Ryan surprised Alexis with a sweet proposal at The Point. As an extra surprise, their family and friends came out from hiding to celebrate after she said yes!

Alexis carried a bouquet of peonies, tea roses, spray roses, tulips, dusty miller, and Japanese peonies.

Since the couple’s golden doodle, Dorrie, could not attend the festivities, Alexis surprised Ryan with cake pops custom-made to look like the pup! They even had treats at the Heinz History Center reception for guests to take home to their own dogs — “from Dorrie” herself.

Alison Chesky + David Stephens

David Stephens first caught Alison Chesky’s attention while they were both youth group leaders at David’s home church. She commented on how sweaty his hands were when they prayed as a group, and the conversation flowed from there. Alison and David wed at the First Presbyterian Church of Murrysville before a beautiful stained glass window. The bride shined in a delicate lace ballgown, while the groom kept it casual in jeans, a vest, and a bowtie. The couple carried out a “vintage, travel theme” with a reception at DiSalvos Station, an old train station. Decorative keepsakes, like Alison’s vintage suitcase, added to the atmosphere. “The entire day was amazing,” Alison says. “The best part was being surrounded by friends and family who love to dance. Our dance floor was the life of the party!” The dance floor also hosted some of the night’s more emotional moments, including the dances with their loved ones. “We both have very close relationships with our moms and dads, and being able to dance with them made for an incredible memory.”

Photographs from Gwen Richards of Ignite Photography

Alison carried a soft, romantic bouquet of roses, succulents, and greenery.

With these rings, Alison and David were wed!

For their first dance as husband and wife, David and Alison chose “Real Good Hands” by Gregory Porter. “We loved the lyrics and David loves jazz,” Alison says.

Megan Bauer + Zachary Steinmetz

Introduced by their best friends, who were dating at the time, Megan Bauer and Zachary Steinmetz instantly hit it off. During their almost-two-year engagement, the couple took their time planning every detail of their day at Oglebay Resort. Megan wanted pink décor and Zachary preferred silver, so they compromised to create a “pink and glitter celebration.” Megan fit the theme with a sparkly, beaded gown and a bright pink manicure. They said “I do” during an outdoor ceremony, complete with the mixing of pink and silver sand to symbolize their union. At the reception, Megan and Zachary shared their first dance as husband and wife to “Amazed” by Lonestar. They chose the song because they heard it during their first vacation together and it brought tears to Zachary’s eyes. When Megan asked what was wrong, Zachary said the song made him think of her. (Aw!) “Ever since then, it’s been ‘our song,’” Megan says. ”It’s funny because we both hate country music.”

Photographs from Dawn Hack

The best moment of the wedding for Zachary was seeing Megan walk down the aisle. For Megan, it was getting pronounced husband and wife.

Megan and Zachary showed off their personalities with striking footwear!


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