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Haley Joy Kozlowski and Jesse Joyce

The Catholic ceremony was officiated by Father Ray French at Duquesne University Chapel, where Jesse’s parents wed 37 years before. The couple included a Celtic marriage pledge and Apache marriage blessing.

Haley and Jesse share a romantic moment in the sunset.

Michelle Ellis for Luckybird Photography


Lawrence and Cecelia Kozlowski;
Patrick and Rita Joyce

Ceremony and Reception

Stand-up comedian Jesse married his bride in a day filled with love and laughs. The Catholic ceremony was officiated by Father Ray French at Duquesne University Chapel, where Jesse’s parents wed 37 years before (McAnulty Dr and Bluff St., Duquesne University campus; 412/396-6020, duq.edu/campus-ministry). The couple included a Celtic marriage pledge and Apache marriage blessing. Then, 220 guests went to the Carnegie Museum Music Hall Foyer (4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland; 412/622-1906, carnegiemuseums.org) to celebrate the new marriage. Wines were flown in from Australia, and everyone enjoyed a meal served family-style to encourage mixing and mingling.


Instead of flowers, this bride requested all feathers. Reed and Petals (10339 Perry Hwy., Wexford; 724/940-2200, reedandpetals.com) created bouquets, boutonnières, and dramatic hanging centerpieces using feathers from all kinds of fowl. They even created hair ornaments for the wedding party’s youngest members, the feather girls.


Michelle Ellis for Luckybird Photography (419/344-2257, luckybirdphoto.com).

On the Bride

Haley wore two versions of the same design by Stephen Yearick, purchased from Anne Gregory for the Bride (2975 W. Liberty Ave., Dormont; 412/531-3160, annegregorybrides.com). The gown for the ceremony featured a sweetheart neckline, sheer bodice in gold and full skirt. Before the reception, she changed into a version of the dress with a shorter skirt—perfect for dancing.

On the Groom

Jesse channeled a Rat Pack look with black suit tuxes from Tuxedo Junction (1000 Ross Park Mall Dr., Ross; 412/366-3056, tuxedojunction.com) and skinny ties for himself and his groomsmen.


Five square tiers of cake with amaretto and Grand Marnier filling comprised a cake to remember. It was decorated with sugared fruits and a bird’s nest cake topper to go with the feathery feel of the event (created by Parkhurst Catering through the Carnegie Museum; parkhursteventcatering.com).


Violinist and DJ Steven Vance (724/444-8400, stevenvance.com) provided all the music for this event. He accompanied a pianist to play his strolling violin for the cocktail hour and then kept the party hopping while deejaying well into the night.

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