Chloe Persian Mills & Alexi Daniel Morrissey

October 7, 2007


John Hartung (bride’s stepfather) and Fred Cothran (bride’s grandfather); Marilyn Goodrich (groom’s mother)


The couple’s nondenominational ceremony was performed by the Rev. Deryk Tines in the great hall at the Union Project (801 N. Negley Ave., East Liberty; 412/363-4550), a renovated church turned community center. The bride infused the ceremony with mythological elements inspired by ancient times, including candlelight and readings of a Latin poem by Catullus that celebrates and blesses marriage. Modern influences included a gospel choir and performance by the Boilermaker Jazz Band.


Chloe insisted on having plenty of flowers, so she turned to close friend and event architect/planner Thommy Conroy of La Vie (3609 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/253-7365, to create a unique ambience. Conroy created circles of flowers big and small, including a crown suspended from the ceiling in the middle of the room over the site of the ceremony. To support the flowers, Thommy worked with Alexi to design wrought-iron accent chandeliers at Red Star Ironworks (2 Sedgwick St., Millvale; 412/821-3630) and also helped the couple plan and design other elements of their celebration.


Photographer Jae Ruberto (412/781-0365), a friend of the couple’s, captured their day in a documentary style.


Chloe wore an Alfred Angelo gown purchased at the designer’s Ross Township location (7204 McKnight Road, Ross Township; 412/366-2014, The strapless satin dress was accented with red detailing. Chloe chose a hairstyle inspired by medieval royalty that was topped off with a crown of flowers.


Alexi rented a simple black suit from American Commodore Tuxedo (Big Day Wedding & Event Center, 2549 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/566-2889, and Kenneth Cole shoes. His tie matched the red accents on his bride’s dress.


The reception also was held at the Union Project. Chloe admired the building’s transformation and liked the idea of a spiritual place with no specific religious affiliation. Carolyn Thompson at big Burrito Group (412/361-3272, provided the catering.


The newlyweds and their guests enjoyed cupcakes, meticulously decorated to match the hall’s décor, by Vanilla Pastry Studio (406 S. Main St., West End; 412/922-2173). Flavors included pumpkin with caramel, vanilla with lemon mascarpone, and chocolate.


In addition to the gospel choir, guests jumped and jived to music by the Boilermaker Jazz Band (Cantillo Management; 412/361-6610, Later on, when the younger guests cut loose at an after party at a friend’s gallery, 5151 Penn (5151 Penn Ave., Garfield; 412/661-9296,, disc jockey Edgar Um (412/519-4038, got the party started-and kept it going.

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