Carla Marie Gajdosik & Naeill Aldon Leigh
July 14, 2012
Joanne and Joe Gajdosik; Linda and Alfred Leigh
The couple exchanged vows during a full Catholic mass at Epiphany Catholic Church (184 Washington Place, Uptown; 412/471-0257, epiphanychurch.net). The ceremony was performed by Father Jeff Navarra, a priest from Naeill’s childhood church in Australia.
Carla carried an arrangement of ivory roses and hydrangeas created by Blumengarten Florist (2650 Penn Ave., Strip District; 800/258-6365, ludwigflowers.com). The bouquet was wrapped in the same ivory satin that had held together her grandmother’s bridal bouquet. Blumengarten also provided centerpieces for the reception made with astromeria, hydrangeas and delphiniums in shades of lilac and blue (the wedding colors).
ON THE BRIDE
The bride loved the ruched bottom and subtle mermaid style of her ivory taffeta gown from Carlisle’s of Pittsburgh (7219 McKnight Road, Ross Township; 412/837-1603, bridalwear.com). Her accessories included a custom-beaded belt (etsy.com), a mid-length veil lined with ivory ribbon (Carlisle’s) and open-toe ivory shoes by Badgley Mischka (badgleymischka.com). Carla also wore diamond-stud earrings, given to her as a wedding present from Naeill.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Hair by Borga took care of Carla’s hair and makeup (580 Pittsburgh St., Springdale; 724/274-6700, hairbyborga.com).
ON THE GROOM
Naeill wore a gray Calvin Klein tux and vest paired with a ivory tie from First Class Tuxedo (2549 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/566-2889, firstclasstuxedo.com).
The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel (107 6th St., downtown; 412/562-1200, renaissancepittsburghpa.com) hosted a night of dinner and dancing. Following an entertaining cocktail hour accompanied by Symbiotic Collusion’s jazz duo (412/944-4059, symbioticcollusion.com), guests enjoyed a dinner of salmon, roasted pork loin and macadamia-encrusted chicken.
Tables were decorated with custom place cards designed by a family member, and blue up-lighting helped to set a festive mood in the Renaissance’s ballroom. At the end of the night, guests picked up ribbon-tied boxes of chocolate and vanilla macaroons from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery (213 North Ave., Millvale; 412/821-8533, jeanmarcchatellier.com).
Bakers at Oakmont Bakery (531 Allegheny Ave., Oakmont; 412/826-1606, oakmontbakery.com) created a square three-tiered almond cake with raspberry filling that was lined with ribbon and decorated with blue delphinium, ivory roses and lilac astromeria.
After the bride and groom shared their first dance to “Lucky” by Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz, DJ Mark Tishko (412/381-0717, djmarktishko.com) kept the dance floor packed — especially when he played “Land Down Under” for all of Naeill’s Australian family members and friends.