Amanda Jean Oglenski & Bruce Edward Barr, Jr.
Photos by Laurel Mountain Photography LLC
June 23, 2012
JoAnn and Gary Oglenski; Linda and Bruce Barr.
Amanda and Bruce said “I do” during a full Catholic mass at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Parish (5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh; 412/881-8115; stgabespgh.org), the bride’s family church. The service was performed by Father John Haney and accompanied by soloist/organist Melanie Spagnolo, percussionist Nick Spagnolo and flutist Tom Godfrey.
Bella Flora (3239 Washington Pike, Bridgeville; 412/914-0673) designed an all-ivory bridal bouquet of vendela roses, peonies and ranunculus embellished with Swarovski crystal stems (Etsy.com). To add a further touch of glamour, the bouquet was wrapped in ivory satin and held together with a crystal beaded cuff, a gift from Amanda’s mother. Bella Flora also created vibrant arrangements of roses, lavender stock and hydrangeas in hues of pink and purple for the reception centerpieces.
Laurel Mountain Photography LLC (135 Shannon Lane, Ligonier; 1-888/815-8914; lmpweddings.com) captured an incredible array of photos, including some taken on the North Shore River Walk and the Clemente Bridge. Parker Productions (412/655-4818; parker-productions.com) recorded the couple’s big day on video.
On the Bride
The bride’s gown, a lace mermaid style designed by Saison Blanche Boutique (Bridal Beginning; 450 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon; 412/343-6677; bridalbeginning.com), featured a beaded ribbon belt, a crystal-embellished bodice and a chapel-length train. Amanda also wore her sister-in-law’s Swarovski crystal-lined veil as her “something borrowed” and blue “I Do” crystal decals on the bottoms of her shoes as her “something blue.”
Hair and Makeup
After having her makeup done by Salon Iaomo (2101 Greentree Road, Greentree; 412/428-0121; saloniaomo.com) and her hair styled by Lapomponee Salon & Spa (659 Washington Road, Mt Lebanon; 412/563-3990; lapomponnee.com), Amanda finished her look with a custom-made floral hairpiece with crystal embellishments (Etsy.com)– a gift from her mother.
On the Groom
Bruce wore a classic black Calvin Klein tuxedo with an ivory vest and tie from Men’s Wearhouse (menswarehouse.com).
The bride and groom wanted their guests to have a Pittsburgh wedding experience from start to finish. Upon checking into their hotel rooms at the Sheraton Station Square (300 W. Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh; 412/261-2000; sheratonstationsquare.com), loved ones staying the night were greeted with Pittsburgh-themed welcome bags filled with a list of the couple’s favorite things to do in the city, a personalized guide to Pittsburgh, custom-labeled water bottles and treats from Pittsburgh Popcorn Company (pghpopcorn.com) and Sarris Candies (sarriscandies.com).
For the reception itself, the newlyweds hosted cocktails in the Sheraton’s Waterfront Room, followed by dinner and dancing in the Reflections Room. Though the venue’s breathtaking panoramic view of the city was the main attraction, other decorations included ivory satin chair covers with organza bows (linenhero.com), purple up-lighting (Rockin’ Bob’s Disc Jockeys; P.O. Box 195, Elizabeth; 412/884-1000; rockinbobs.com) and Pittsburgh-themed name cards for the tables. After helping themselves to passed appetizers such as crab-stuffed mushrooms and antipasto kabobs, guests enjoyed one of three meals: herb-crusted filet mignon, chicken Florentine or Penne Pasta Primavera.
Fresh roses and lavender stock were draped over a 4-tier white almond cake with French buttercream icing and raspberry preserve filling from Bethel Bakery (5200 Brightwood Road, Bethel Park; 412/835-6658; bethelbakery.com).
A traditional Pittsburgh cookie table was also prepared by Pastries A La Carte (81 Clairton Blvd., Pittsburgh; 412/653-2236; pastriesalacarte.com). And, because the bride and groom share a love for a candy, they thought it was only appropriate to have a “Candy Barr” where guests could help themselves to sweets matching the wedding’s theme colors (S&S Candy & Cigar Company; 4034 Saw Mill Run Blvd., Pittsburgh; 412/885-7455; sscandycigar.com).
After the bride and groom shared their first dance to “Just Like Heaven” by Katie Melua, Rockin’ Bob’s Disc Jockeys provided a great mixture of upbeat dance songs blended with a list of the couple’s favorites tunes.