Jocelyn Fitzgerald & Matt Wendahl


Photos by Caitlin Thomas

 

March 16, 2013

For their March 16 wedding, Jocelyn Fitzgerald and Matt Wendahl incorporated all St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh has to offer — plus dancing, green beer pong and homemade shamrock shakes — to pull off one rocking celebration.

“It was a party very much tailored to having our guests enjoy themselves,” says Jocelyn.

An obstetrician/gynecologist at John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Jocelyn, 27, says she and Matt, a 27-year-old dentist, always wanted to get married on St. Patrick’s Day. Their decision was sealed after they discovered that date was one of only three available for an event at the Pittsburgh Opera, their reception venue of choice.


For them, the timing proved to be perfect. The daughter of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Jocelyn comes from a large Irish clan, while Matt had his heart set on serving green beer.

The two met during their freshman year at Penn State University. Although Jocelyn admired Matt for the next few years, they didn’t get together until they were seniors. They both went on to obtain medical degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

Matt and Jocelyn share a fondness for green, a color that played a major theme in their big day.

“It was fun because the whole city had our wedding colors on,” says Jocelyn.


The ceremony took place in the Allegheny County Courthouse, which also houses Jocelyn’s father’s office.

The newlyweds say they believe they are one of a few couples, and perhaps the only, to be married in the building’s elaborate foyer.

They stood on the first landing of the courthouse stairway, with guests seated below them and the bridal party, including all seven of Jocelyn’s siblings, standing above them. The Giambelli String Quartet provided accompaniment from another landing.


Prior to the ceremony, the bridal party met for photos and took a bus tour of the city, with stops at the Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. in the Strip District and PNC Park on the North Shore.

To carry through with the day’s Pittsburgh theme, Yes, We Cater created custom buffet stations with pierogies, haluski and burgers for the reception. The lavish cookie table was courtesy of Jocelyn’s mom, Cathy, whom Jocelyn describes as a “baker extraordinaire.”

Although the couple moved last spring to Baltimore for Jocelyn’s work at John Hopkins, their hope is to return to their hometown.

“I very much want to come back and finish my training in Pittsburgh and stay there [because] that’s where my family is,” says Jocelyn.

Vendors:

Ceremony Site
Allegheny County Courthouse

Reception Site
Pittsburgh Opera

Caterer
Yes, We Cater

Cake
Cathy Fitzgerald, bride’s mother

Dress 
Calvin Klein; Alterations by Rina

Hair
Dean of Shadyside Salon

Makeup
Beauty by Joy

Florist
Lea’s Flowers

Event Planner
Missy Martz, Occasion Creation Designs

Categories: Weddings