We were thrilled to have worked with Tina and Damien for their destination wedding celebration in Pittsburgh. The planning faced some challenges with the couple living in London, England (visiting only a few times before their wedding) and planning a three day extravaganza for their guests in less than four months.
The vision: Friday Welcome Reception, Multiple Wedding Events on Saturday and Steeler Tailgate Party followed by taking their guests (55 tickets to be exact) to the Steeler game on Sunday. Owner, Shari Zatman, worked mostly remotely with the couple to design this entire weekend of events.
Tina and Damien were married civilly several years ago before they had their two gorgeous children, but with Tina being born and raised in Pittsburgh, she identified Pittsburgh as the destination where she would like to bring everyone to host her dream wedding.
The couple hosted a Welcome Cocktail Reception at the Duquesne Club the night prior to the wedding to greet their friends and family who traveled from all over the world to be with them on their special day. In addition to local family and friends, guests travelled from Australia, England, Brazil, Hong Kong, Malaysia and all throughout the United States to celebrate with the couple.
On Saturday morning, guests gathered at St Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church as the bride and her father arrived in style, traveling from the Omni William Penn in a 1940’s vintage car. After the exchange of vows, guests proceeded to an afternoon luncheon at Monterey Bay on Mt. Washington overlooking the city. Guests were greeted at Monterey Bay by champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and soothing sounds of a strolling violin.
Guests walked through the ground level entryway of white fabric draped and adorned with large floral clusters. Before boarding the elevators to the restaurant, guests selected their calligraphed escort cards that were hanging on the wall among greenery accented by blue silk. Dark Navy was paired with warm ivory tones to create a soft and romantic color palate used throughout the entire wedding, from printed materials to florals and linens. When guests found their seats, they enjoyed their delicious meals while taking in the best view of Pittsburgh. The couple was honored by many toasts from their family and friends accounting their deep love and commitment for each other.
The third part to their day was “the party”. Guests boarded the buses once again and were driven to Perle, a sophisticated champagne lounge in Market Square, and the champagne and drinks were flowing all night. Upon entry, there was a large floral framed board with Polaroid pictures of the guests who attended the Welcome Reception the previous evening.
Tina and Damien started off the party by pouring champagne into their tower of glasses. In addition to an elaborate food display, guests enjoyed three cakes that were on display. One represented Tina, one represented Damien and the third was their wedding cake. The very stylish bride opted for a clothing change, slipping out of her wedding dress and into a floor length sequin gown which she wore later in the evening.
Their talented DJ kept the music going all night as their guests had a ton of fun and got down on the dance floor. Friends and family appreciated the front balcony of Perle which offers amazing views of Downtown Pittsburgh. The Speakeasy lounge included a “Pittsburgh Cookie Table” with 100 dozen cookies baked by local family and friends. Everyone also enjoyed the photo booth.
The fun weekend didn’t stop there! On Sunday morning, all guests were invited to an authentic Steeler Tailgate Party outside at Stage AE prior to the Steelers VS. Cleveland Browns game. Everyone sported their Black and Gold gear and waved their terrible towels as they enjoyed a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, pierogies, kelbasa and other Pittsburgh tailgate favorites before heading over to Heinz Field for the game.
Duquesne Club, Omni William Penn Hotel, Monterey Bay, Perle, Stage AE, Aramark, Goldstein Photography, Robert Charles Wedding Films, Allison Mcgeary Florist, Nota Bene, Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique, Steven Vance, Festivities, Event Source and more.