Yes – you read correctly. Tina and Damien live in London, England and had a destination wedding in Pittsburgh, the bride’s home town. They hosted a three day wedding extravaganza orchestrated by Pittsburgh wedding planner Shari Zatman, owner of Perfectly Planned by Shari. This destination wedding was one cool event after another. Keep reading – I was wishing I had been invited!
Noteworthy: Shari put together this amazing three day gala in less than four months. I imagine she would tell you she does not recommend doing that unless absolutely necessary! Shari primarily worked remotely with the couple to design this entire weekend of events.
Real Weddings in Pittsburgh – A Destination Wedding
Friday: Welcome Reception
Saturday: Multiple Wedding Events on Saturday
Sunday: Steeler Tailgate Party followed by taking their guests to the Steeler game on Sunday.
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 and still having her family here, 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 traveled from Australia, England, Brazil, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and throughout the US 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 provided by Steven Vance Strolling Violins.
Guests walked through the ground level entryway of white fabric draped and adorned with large floral clusters. Before boarding elevators to the restaurant, guests selected their calligraphy escort cards 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, provided by Allison McGeary Florist. When guests found their seats, they enjoyed a delicious meal while taking in the best view of Pittsburgh. The couple was honored by many toasts from 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 Perlé, 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, created by Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique. 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 Perlé 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, provided by McMillen Photography of Pittsburgh.
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.