Pittsburgh: Perfect Backdrop for a Wedding

Upper St. Clair Patch editor Becky Emmers married an Upper St. Clair native in Pittsburgh on Sept. 3.

I moved to Pittsburgh nearly ten years ago to go to college and play tennis. Little did I know I was going to fall in love with the city and with a man from Upper St. Clair.

When my husband, Adam, asked me to marry him at Capital Grille in August 2010, we both agreed Pittsburgh would be a perfect place for us to get married. And perfect it was.

Our many out-of-town guests received Pittsburgh welcome bags as they checked into the Holiday Inn on Pitt's campus, which included smiley cookies from , popcorn from The Pittsburgh Popcorn Company, chocolate-covered pretzels from and mini Heinz ketchup bottles.

On Friday night, our family and wedding party gathered for a rehearsal dinner that was capped off with an amazing groom's cake from The Pie Place in Upper St. Clair. Adam loves hockey, so his cake was appropriately designed to look like the Stanley Cup. Not only did the cake look spectacular, the chocolate layers inside were delicious.

On Saturday, our guests were greeted with a breathtaking view on top of Mt. Washington before the ceremony at Saint Mary of the Mount Parish, a historic landmark in Pittsburgh.

The reception followed at the University Club in Oakland. The rooftop terrace provided a magnificent view of the Pitt's campus during cocktail hour—where I lived and went to school for four years.

The out-of-town guests were pleasantly surprised with a particular Pittsburgh wedding tradition found at the reception site—the cookie table! Adam's mother, Lily, and her friends Mary, Darlene, Laima and Michelle made most of the 2,000 cookies on display with the help of other family and friends. Our DJ, Harold Purdy, said it was the largest and best cookie table he had ever seen.

The evening ended with a ride back to the hotel on a Green Gears Pedicab, which was tastefully decorated for the occasion.

The fun didn't end on Saturday night. Since it was Labor Day weekend, guests weren't in a rush to return home. Many spent the day walking through the Cathedral of Learning, taking a Just Ducky tour and checking out the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History.

Our Pittsburgh wedding sure was great, but I don't think it converted any of my Packers-loving family members to Steelers fans, and none of my Southern friends will change their way of saying "y'all" to "yinz." However, Pittsburgh made a great impression on our family and friends and hopefully everyone will be coming back to visit soon and often!

Dress: Designer Sophia Tolli, purchased from Bridal Beginning in Mt. Lebanon
Island Florals by Roxanne, located in Wilmington, NC. Roxanne is also willing to do flowers for Pittsburgh brides.
Harold Purdy
Photorise Photography
Groom's Cake:
in Upper St. Clair
Wedding Cake:
Hair and Makeup: Salon Vivace in Mt. Lebanon
Molly's Trolleys
Getaway Vehicle:
Green Gears Pedicabs
St. Mary of the Mount
University Club
Westin Resort in Maui, booked by Fenoglietto's Wedding Cakes and Honeymoon Travel
Bridal Shower:
Grand Concourse

Sara Halleman October 03, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Your wedding was beautiful! Congratulations!
Kirsten McGrath October 03, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Becky we loved making your groom's cake at The Pie Place and are so glad you all enjoyed it!! Congratulations!!
Heather Holtschlag October 04, 2011 at 12:13 AM
You looked beautiful and your photos are awesome!
Becky Brindle October 04, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Thank you very much ladies!! :)
Gene Yuger October 04, 2011 at 05:31 AM
Becky, it was a pleasure working with You and Adam! Congratulations again and Best Wishes!!!
Alicia Hawkins October 04, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations.
Tracey Eakin October 06, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Congratulations Becky! It looks like your wedding and reception were just beautiful!
Becky Brindle October 07, 2011 at 05:19 AM
Gene - it was a pleasure working with you!! You made everything so relaxed and fun! Alicia and Tracey - thanks so much!


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