Caitlyn Och & Drew Navikas

Caitlyn Och and Drew Navikas wed July 29, 2006, in a traditional ceremony in Mount Lebanon followed by a reception atop Mount Washington.

Caitlyn Och and Drew Navikas: July 29, 2006

When Caitlyn Och asked her honors-biology lab partner, Drew Navikas, to be her senior prom escort at Mount Lebanon High School, she had no idea that one day he would ask her to be his wife. It wasn’t until after they went away to college-she in Baltimore at Towson University, he in Washington, D.C., at George Washington University-that they finally went on their first real date in the fall of 2004. They shared a romantic dinner at Clyde’s of Columbia, a restaurant sitting on the bank of Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia, Md. Nine months later, Drew took Caitlyn back to the restaurant where they had their first date and proposed marriage. The couple was wed July 29, 2006, in a traditional ceremony in Mount Lebanon followed by a reception atop Mount Washington. Caitlyn and Drew are now living in Los Angeles, where they both work as teachers.

Ceremony: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Washington Road in Mount Lebanon was the site for the nuptials. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Martha Eilertsen, a long-time friend of the bride’s family. Caitlyn is the daughter of Joe and Jacqui Och. 412/531-7153,

Reception: An elegant reception was held at Le Mont Restaurant on Mount Washington. Directly after Caitlyn and Drew were introduced as husband and wife, the bride and groom had their first dance to "More," a recording featuring vocal by Frank Sinatra with Count Basie Orchestra. Le Mont, 1114 Grandview Ave., 412/431-3100,

Menu: During cocktail hour, Le Mont served fresh vegetables and cheeses and passed hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. The sit-down dinner provided choices of chicken en croûte (chicken wrapped in puffed pastry and stuffed with proscuitto and fresh sage) or slow-roasted swordfish encrusted with sun-dried tomatoes and served with a pesto cream sauce.

Centerpieces: The bride decided that she wanted two different centerpieces; some tables had glass vases filled with three shades of roses, cream hydrangeas and pink snapdragons decorated with opalescent ribbons and lavender and silver confetti tulle, while others had white glitter candles with crystals and rose petals placed on lavender and silver confetti tulle. Both arrangements were surrounded by votives. Melissa Sacco for Blooming Dahlia Florist, 308 Beverly Road, Mount Lebanon; 877/268-1499,

Rehearsal Dinner: The groom’s parents, David and Marie Navikas, hosted the rehearsal dinner at their home in Sewickley. Tents provided by General Rental, 20644 Route 19, Cranberry Township, 724/776-6990, Lighting provided by Jolly Holly Lighting, 6178 Steubenville Pike, McKees Rocks; 412/788-2343. Chris Cable, 412/563-0605.

Invitations: Marie Navikas, the mother of the groom, created and designed the invitations with the help of They were printed by Banksville Express Printing, 2239 Banksville Road, Dormont. 412/571-0333,

Bridal Bouquet: The bride carried a bouquet of Bluebird, Anna and pink Osiana roses with lavender freesia, which were complemented by crystal beading and wrapped in satin. Blooming Dahlia, 308 Beverly Road, Mount Lebanon; 877/268-1499,

Bride’s Dress: The tulle ball gown was designed by Steven Yearick for Anne Gregory for the Bride in Mount Lebanon. It featured multiple layers highlighted with crystal beads, seed pearls and silver bugle beads. The accompanying tiara and veil were purchased at Clarissa Boutique. Anne Gregory for the Bride, 695 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon; 412/531-3160, Clarissa Boutique, 1700 E. Carson St., South Side, 412/432-3299.

Bridesmaids’ dresses: The six bridesmaids wore fuchsia and lilac A-line gowns designed by Lazaro. The gowns were made of double-faced taffeta and included a draped sash at the waist and sweep train. Bridal Beginnings, 450 Cochran Road, Mount Lebanon; 412/343-6677.

Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: The six groomsmen wore black Ralph Lauren tuxedos. The groom’s jacket featured tails. Jack’s Tuxedos, Rentals & Sales, Route 19, Wexford; 724/933-7200.

Cake: A traditional white cake with raspberry filling and white icing was topped with a white-and-silver Lenox bride and groom. Signature Desserts, 3360 Library Road, Castle Shannon; 412/882-9960,

Honeymoon: The newlyweds honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii. They spent the week relaxing, snorkeling and hiking.

DJ/Band: Musical entertainment was provided by Upbeat Entertainment. The husband-and-wife team of Tim and Janet Gillner collaborated with the bride and groom to be sure that the musical selections were perfect for their big day. 412/563-2772,

Photographer: Lisa Kyle for the Wedding Bureau, 703 Washington Ave., Oakmont; 412/613-7787, lisakylephotography. com,

Videographer: Big Day Entertainment captured the evening. Interviews with the wedding party and guests were featured on a professionally edited DVD, which also contained menu options and music videos of songs chosen by the bride and groom. Big Day Entertainment, 2549 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/566-2900,

Favors: Signature Desserts created chocolate-covered strawberries decorated to resemble a bride and groom for the guests to take with them.

Most Memorable Moment: As Caitlyn and Drew reflected upon their wedding day, the first image that came to mind for both was the walk down the aisle. For their guests, however, everyone joining in a grand kick line to "New York, New York" made this one wedding they will never forget.

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