Julia Dora Wesolowski and Daniel George Kysela

The couple adored the stunning architecture and stained glass windows of the cathedral, where Daniel’s great-grandmother was married as well.


Mark and Debra Wesolowski;
Stanley and Julie Kysela


Julia and Daniel chose the Saint Paul Cathedral (Fifth Avenue at Craig Street, Oakland; 412/621-4951, catholic-church.org) for the site of their Catholic ceremony. The couple adored the stunning architecture and stained glass windows of the cathedral, where Daniel’s great-grandmother had been married as well. Reverend Donald Brier officiated, and Eastern European-Croatian band Gipsy Stringz (Bob Sestili, 412/760-3018) played outside of the cathedral following the ceremony in honor of the Czech and Croatian backgrounds of the couple’s families.


Julia carried a rounded bouquet of delicate pink peonies made by Della Robbia Flowers and Gifts of Distinction (842 Gill Hall Road, Clairton; 412/650-4200). The flowers, bound in off-white satin ribbon that matched the bride’s gown, were adorned by a crystal snowflake-shaped brooch belonging to Julia’s great-grandmother. Bridesmaids held arrangements of pink peonies, green viburnum, miniature white calla lilies and green hypericum berries. The centerpieces for the reception—mounted glass vases of hydrangeas, peonies, and pink roses—were also provided by Della Robbia.


Joanne Bartone (412/418-8075, joannebartone.com)

On the Bride

The bride looked stunning in a candle-light silk gown with a cathedral-length train, sweetheart neckline, and basque waistline—all hand-embellished with crystals, beads, and appliqués—from Anne Gregory for the Bride (2975 W. Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh; 412/531-3160, annegregorybrides.com). A matching veil, crystal-covered Manolo Blahnik evening sandals, a headpiece and jewelry from Clarissa Boutique (1700 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh; 412/432-3299, clarissaboutique.com), and an aquamarine and diamond ring from Julia’s father that he purchased at Bailey Banks & Biddle (baileybanksandbiddle.com) were the perfect finishing touches.

On the Groom

Daniel, a sergeant in the National Guard, wore his military uniform and medals for the big day.


The newlyweds entertained 200 guests at J. Verno Studios (3030 Jane St., South Side; 412/381-5350, jvsevents.com). Studios A & B, decorated with pink and green tissue palms hanging from the ceiling and special lighting, set a fun atmosphere for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvre hour, a streaming photo booth with props for guests to take pictures and a dessert room featuring a crépe station and a color-coordinated candy bar. Guests danced and ate an elegant sit-down dinner, served by Medure’s Catering (2500 New Butler Road, New Castle; 724/654-5465, medures.com), that included Chilean sea bass over a bed of wilted spinach in a berry blanc sauce. In honor of Daniel’s involvement in the National Guard, donations made during the bridal dance were contributed to Soldiers’ Angels (soldiersangels.com). Event planner Katherine Shaw of Trends to Traditions (412/267-2108, trendstotraditions.com) helped Julia bring her dream wedding to life.


The couple and their guests enjoyed a white fondant cake with rounded and petal-shaped tiers and sugar flowers from Creative Cakes (5510 Glass Road, Pittsburgh; 412/788-2253, creativecakespgh.com). Julia also surprised Daniel with a groom’s cake to congratulate him on making the National Guard Marathon Team. The custom-made creation, a square camouflage-print cake with exact replicas of the groom’s favorite running shoe and military medals made of fondant icing, was ordered specially from Charm City Cakes in Baltimore where “Ace of Cakes” is filmed (charmcitycakes.com).


Along with playing outside of the cathedral, Gipsy Stringz also provided music for the cocktail hour and dinner. The Blind Date Band (blinddateband.tripod.com) and DJ Spyderman (davisproductions.net) took turns performing during the reception.

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