Amy M. Joseph & Bobby C. Coles

April 28, 2012

Marcella and Tom Joseph; Ivy and Roland Coles

The Rev. James Downs, a close friend of the bride’s family, officiated the Catholic ceremony, which took place at the St. Louise de Marillac Parish (320 McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair; 412/833-1010,

For Amy’s bridal bouquet, Jones Creations (925 9th St., West Pittsburg; 724/535-1110) designed a cascading arrangement of white orchids and calla lilies held together by her grandmother’s rosary beads. Glass vases of calla lilies, orchids and dusty purple vintage roses served as centerpieces for the reception.

Important moments were captured by Jennifer Miles (724/657-0117,

The bride looked stunning in Monique Lhuillier’s Confection gown, which featured a peplum bodice and layered silk tulle skirt with lace accents. Though Amy’s dress came from Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City (, Beteena’s of Bridgeville (1100 Washington Pike, Bridgeville; 412/914-1166, altered it to perfection and created a matching veil. The bride’s ensemble also included a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels (, a rhinestone necklace from Vietnam gifted by her sister and a handmade handkerchief from her mom, who started crafting it when Amy was born.

Allison Roth of Allison Roth Studio (33 Terminal Way, South Side; 412/427-8078, took care of Amy’s makeup, and Alicia Blazevich of Bespoke Beauty Bar (11584 Perry Highway, Wexford; 412/853-8757, made sure Amy’s hair looked flawless.

Bobby chose a handsome black tuxedo and a white tie from the Vera Wang Black line at Men’s Wearhouse ( Though his groomsmen wore similar ensembles in steel gray for the ceremony, they swapped their black ties for tartan bowties during the reception, a nod to the groom’s Newfoundland roots.

Guests gathered at the Valley Brook Country Club (425 Hidden Valley Road, McMurray; 724/746-9000,, where they were greeted by servers carrying Lebanese appetizers. Dinner options were filet au bleu and chicken or fish with crabmeat followed by blood orange sorbet. Honoring the bride’s heritage, traditional Lebanese and Italian dances were performed, accompanied by the bride’s uncle and family friend on the Lebanese drum and clarinet, respectively.

Further paying tribute to the bride's heritage, guests grabbed treats from a fully stocked Italian cookie table. As a special touch, the groom’s mother made jars of homemade jam, using berries from Newfoundland, to hand out as favors.

A carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting was made by Bartram House Bakery (4120 Washington Road, Canonsburg; 724/260-0702,

The Soul Providers, an R&B/Motown band from Buffalo, N.Y., was joined by the bride’s father for a rendition of “Silly Love Songs” for the father-daughter dance. Tom not only sang with the band, but also to Amy as they danced.


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