Amanda Marie Rech and Peter Basil Livanos

Bride and groom were married at a traditional Greek Orthodox service at the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Carol and John Rech; Alexis and Basil Livanos

A traditional Greek Orthodox service reflective of the groom’s heritage took place at the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral (419 South Dithridge Street, Pittsburgh; 412/682-3866; The ceremony was co-officiated by Father Demetrios Gardikes and Father Nicholas Anctil of Peter’s hometown church in New York.

Amanda carried a pure white arrangement of various roses by florist Allison McGeary (3625 Butler Street, Pittsburgh; 412/621-6427;

Michael Purvis (344 Grove Drive, Lower Burrell; 412/956-6589;

On the Bride:
The bride donned a custom-made cathedral-length veil with a blusher and a lace Monique Lhuillier gown with a short train, both from Anne Gregory for the Bride (2975 West Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh; 412/531-3160; She also wore pearl and diamond earrings from Bloomingdale’s (multiple locations; and strappy Jimmy Choo heels covered in Swarovski crystals from Saks Fifth Avenue (multiple locations; For a touching final detail, Amanda was married with her grandmother’s wedding band.

On the Groom:
Peter was decked out in a navy blue Ermenegildo Zena suit, a white shirt, and a woven Charvet tie with blue checks, all purchased out of state.

A night of dinner and dancing was held in the ballroom of the Fairmont Pittsburgh (510 Market Street, Pittsburgh; 412/773-8800; Guests dined on goat cheese tarts, Caesar salad, and their choice of short rib, roasted chicken, or halibut. Decorations included pale green and white table linens and elegant floral centerpieces surrounded by votive candles. White net bags of odd-numbered koufeta, traditional Greek wedding almonds, were given to each guest, symbolizing that the couple would share everything and remain undivided in the future.

Wedding Coordinator
Amanda claimed there was not enough praise for Katherine Shaw of Trends to Traditions (412/267-2108;, who helped arrange the couple’s invitations, linens, band, and all of their vendors. Katherine was also on-site at the reception to help with the day-of coordination.

The Fairmont’s pastry chef designed four alternating tiers of chocolate black-out cake and lemon pound cake with raspberries. The creation was frosted with white buttercream and draped in fondant flowers.

City Heat (, an 8-piece band from Pittsburgh, was a huge hit with Amanda and Peter’s guests, playing everything from polka to the Black Eyed Peas.

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