Amanda Blair Randazza & Gary Michael Sanderson
September 29, 2012
Beth Ann and Thomas Randazza; Paula and Francis Lynn Sanderson
The college sweethearts exchanged vows at St. Paul’s Cathedral (108 N. Dithridge St., Oakland; 412/621-4951, stpaulpgh.org), right near their alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. The Catholic ceremony was officiated by Father Matt Reese, a family friend of the groom. Wanting to have family involved in the service, the bride’s cousin, Kate Schaffner, sang during the ceremony, and the couple’s godmothers handled the readings.
Flowers in the Attic (7505 Saltsburg Road, Regency Park; 412/798-2200, flowersintheattic.com) created Amanda’s stunning bridal bouquet. The crystal-wrapped arrangement included roses in hues of orange, cranberry and magenta, lime green hydrangeas, cymbidium orchids, black magic calla lilies and purple stock. Flowers in the Attic also provided the same beautiful autumnal mix in Austrian crystal vases and various other floral decorations for the reception.
Joanna Fassinger (Joanna Fassinger Photography: 1377 McLaughlin Run Road, Bridgeville; 412/498-0372, joannafassinger.com) created an outstanding portfolio of photos.
On the Bride:
The bride wore a mermaid-style gown with Swarovski crystal embellishments from Alfred Angelo (alfredangelo.com) paired with a cathedral-length, crystal-lined veil made by her friend, Roseann Milbert. Amanda’s parents presented with a pearl and crystal Kate Spade bracelet (katespade.com) for her “something new,” but also with a very sentimental “something borrowed”: her father’s platinum U.S. Air Force ring that he had melted down into a pinky ring for her mother.
Hair and Makeup:
Amanda’s hair was skillfully styled by Debbie Buzzard of Joey’s Salon and Boutique (2650 Brandt School Road, Wexford; 724/940-5100). Jennifer LaBella of On Location Artistry (412/860-8805) glammed-up the bride, bridesmaids and the couple’s mothers.
On the Groom:
Gary wore an all-black tuxedo with an ivory shirt, black bowtie and black cummerbund from Tuxedo Junction (tuxedojunction.com).
Loved ones gathered for a Pittsburgh-themed affair at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel (300 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square; 412/261-2000, sheratonstationsquare.com). As if the view and the floral arrangements weren’t enough, the bride and her mother also made crystal-embellished menu cards to go along with the table placements. As a surprise for the newlyweds, the bride’s mother supplied guests with personalized Terrible Towels (rallytoweloutlet.com), which were waved when Amanda and Gary were introduced as husband and wife.
Following a dinner of chicken Florentine and roasted New York strip loin, guests received personalized boxes with Pittsburgh photos on them to use at a candy buffet that featured all of the couple’s favorite sweets (412/212-8549, pittsburghcandybuffet.com). And, of course, it wouldn’t have been a true Pittsburgh wedding without a cookie spread, stocked with goodies from family and friends.
Bethel Bakery (5200 Brightwood Road, Bethel Park; 412/835-6658, bethelbakery.com) made four tiers of almond cake filled with chocolate mousse and raspberry filling. It also featured crystal decorations, as well as alternating round and square layers.
The couple worked with Big Day Entertainment (2549 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/566-2900, bigdayentertainment.com) to arrange for a string quartet to play during the cocktail hour and harpist Marissa Knaubb to play during dinner. Big Day also helped them to book DJ Jason Hitt to play a mix of new music and old favorites during the reception. Jason also took a few special requests throughout the evening.