Kara Elaine Harchuck & Jason Kendall Schmitz
September 15, 2006
David and Terri Harchuck; Elayne Schmitz and Albin Stasiak
Kara and Jason were united in a Christian ceremony at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (1 Schenley Park, Oakland; 412/622-6914, Phipps.conservatory.org) in front of one of the Dale Chihuly glass sculptures in the outside garden. The Rev. Gary Gibson officiated.
Florist Ken Milko of Flowers in the Attic (7505 Saltsburg Road, Penn Hills; 412/798-2200, flowersintheattic.com) created stunning arrangements that stood out among all of the beauty already blooming at Phipps. He layered calla lilies, orchids, hydrangea and berries in blues, greens, ivory and purple for gorgeous bouquets and arrangements.
Lisa Kyle (The Wedding Bureau; 800/214-7548, weddingbureau.com)
VIDEOGRAPHER & LIGHTING EFFECTS
Eventures (3030 Jane St., South Side; 412/481-3424, eventuresweddings.com) coordinated videography and mood lighting for the reception.
ON THE BRIDE
Kara looked stunning in a fitted Alvina Valenta gown purchased at Ultimate Bride (312/337-6300, ultimatebride.com) near her home in Chicago.
ON THE GROOM
Jason’s sharp tux with tie was rented at Men’s Wearhouse (multiple locations; 877/851-6744, tmw.com).
Also held on the ground of Phipps, the Schmitzes’ reception allowed out-of-towners to enjoy the conservatory and the Chihuly glass displayed among the foliage at the time. Caterer Rania Harris (Rania’s Catering, 100 Central Square, Mount Lebanon; 412/531-2222, Rania.com) created a lavish menu for Kara, Jason and their 150 guests and supplied a botanically inspired cake. Kara raves about the invitations, escort cards and menu cards custom-designed by Melanie Linder of Love Your Invite (online storefront; 610/683-5082, loveyourinvite.com). And Kara’s mom raves about The Cookie Queen (1803 Three Degree Road, Mars; 724/625-1630), who baked, plated and delivered cookies for the traditional Pittsburgh cookie table.
Pittsburgh Ensemble provided music for the ceremony, while jazz band Max Leake Quartet entertained guests during the cocktail hour and dinner (both represented by Entertainment Unlimited, 412/343-7700, entertainmentunlimited.com). Michael Reuter, a personal friend of the groom’s from Chicago, flew in to serve as master of ceremonies for the dance music after dinner.