Joumana Lisa Nehme & Anthony Thomas Brownlee
September 20, 2008
Said and Eva Nehme; John and Lan Brownlee
St. Paul Cathedral (Fifth Avenue and Craig Street, Oakland; 412/621-4951), was the site of the couple’s Lebanese-influenced ceremony. Officiating was the Rev. Rodolph Wakim from the bride’s parish, Our Lady of Victory, in Scott Township, and the Catholic ceremony included Maronite rites, an important tradition for the Nehme family.
Lilli-Maeg Floral Specialties (724/926-4010, lilli-maeg.com) created flowers in a beautiful autumn palette. The bride adored the vibrant roses, dahlias, hydrangeas and berry accents in yellows, oranges and reds.
Cyndi and Tony Araujo (Araujo Photography; 412/741-2711, araujophoto.com)
ON THE BRIDE
Joumana wore two dresses, both purchased at Anne Gregory for the Bride (695 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon; 412/531-3160, annegregorybrides.com). For the ceremony, the bride wore a simple and elegant satin Monique Lhuillier gown. For the reception, she changed into a sexier, beaded gown made by Stephen Yearick.
ON THE GROOM
Anthony purchased a black-and-white tuxedo with royal-purple lining inside (Charles Spiegel for Men, 5841 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/421-9311, charlesspiegel.com).
Almost 250 guests celebrated with Joumana and Anthony at LeMont (1114 Grandview Ave., Mount Washington; 412/431-3100, lemontpittsburgh.com). The menu included filet mignon and chicken. As a gift to her groom, Joumana hired a cigar roller (CF Dominicana Premium Cigars; 800 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas; 888/467-8400) to hand-make cigars during the reception.
French baker Jean-Marc Chatellier (213 North Ave., Millvale; 412/821-8533, jeanmarcchatellier.com) guided the bride to a rich tiered cake with marzipan frosting. Inside was strawberry shortcake-vanilla batter with strawberries.
WAMO Radio’s Nick Nice (412/628-0945) supplied the music for slow dancing, and mixed it up with hip-hop and some rock ‘n’ roll. Next up: Amin & the Sultans (716/818-3106) brought in some flair with music for traditional belly and line dancing. The band, which hails from Buffalo, N.Y., has been a staple at Lebanese events since the bride was a child.