Freya Ananya Chatterjee & Steven Andrew Bayer

September 8, 2012

Tara and Andy Chatterjee; Veronica and Tom Bayer

The marriage of Freya and Steven brought together very different heritages; to honor both, two different ceremonies were held on the same day, beginning with a Catholic service led by Deacon Reynold Wilmer at the Epiphany Catholic Church (184 Washington Place, Uptown; 412/471-0257,

The second ceremony, a traditional Hindu service, was held in the Fairmont Pittsburgh’s Grand Ballroom (510 Market St., downtown; 412/773-8800, and was officiated by Shri Sureshchandra Joshi, a priest from the bride’s parents’ church. The mandap for the Indian service was constructed by Jim Lux of Gray Pheonix Design (412/606-8563,

Hens & Chicks (412/363-2120, designed Freya’s colorful bridal bouquet, an exotic blend of dahlias, orchids and phalaenopsis in shades of orange, purple and magenta. Hens & Chicks also provided candlelit floral lanterns, gold vase arrangements and hanging orchids for the reception.

Cyndi and Tony Araujo of Araujo Photography (412/741-2711, took photos of the festive affair.

Freya got to wear not just one, but three outfits on her wedding day. For the Catholic ceremony, she donned a lace off-the-shoulder gown with a sheer lace back by Casablanca from One Enchanted Evening (11269 Perry Highway, Wexford; 724/934-4330, For the Hindu service, she changed into a traditional bright-pink lehenga dress from India. Finally, for the reception, Freya wore a more modern Indian outfit with elaborate beading, crystals and sheer panels from Sahil (

As Freya altered her ensemble, her bridesmaids changed along with her, wearing beaded Indian outfits for the Hindu ceremony and hot-pink dresses for the Catholic ceremony and reception.

The folks at Capristo Hair Salon (5850 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside; 412/361-8722,, along with makeup artist Jana Ohler, gave Freya a different look for each part of her big day.

Steven wore a tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse (, and later changed into a gold Indian sherwani with a purple scarf. Following the bridesmaids’ lead, the groomsmen sported different ensembles as well, changing from traditional tuxedos into cream sherwani.

The two separate ceremonies were followed by a regal reception that combined both cultures. After trying various appetizers (such as tandoori shrimp and mini crab cakes with jalapeno and pineapple mayonnaise), guests settled at brightly decorated tables marked with custom numbers by Tabitha McGarvey ( At dinner, there were pierogi and pulled-pork serving stations, along with chicken tikka masala and lamb roganosh. After dinner, guests sipped signature drinks designed by the bride and groom and took pictures in a personalized photo booth (Shutterbooth: 724/203-4065,

Freya would highly recommend her wedding coordinator, Shari Zatman of Perfectly Planned by Shari (412/901-0082; Not only did Shari help the bride to arrange all the logistics of her big day, but she also made sure that Freya was personally introduced to all of her vendors well before the wedding, allowing the bride to breathe much easier on the day she said "I do!"

The Fairmont set up a cake-pop stand featuring flavors like peanut butter, chocolate-hazelnut and raspberry-white chocolate.

Following a performance by Indian dance crew First Class Bhangra (2539 Minton Drive, Moon Township; 724/316-2977,, DJ Spyderman (412/956-1010, played a mix of American and modern Indian hits.

Categories: Weddings