Lara Patrinos and Michael Alan Bentz

Gospel singers and an organist added celebratory music to an orthodox ceremony officiated by Father John Chakos at Holy Cross Church. The couple invited their guests to a reception held in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer.

Family

Demetrios and Kathleen Patrinos;
David and Judith Bentz
 

Ceremony and Reception

Gospel singers and an organist added celebratory music to an orthodox ceremony officiated by Father John Chakos at Holy Cross Church (123 Gilkeson Road, Mt. Lebanon; 412/833-3355, holycrosspgh.org). The couple invited their guests to a reception held in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer (4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland; 412/622-3131, carnegiemuseums.org). Parkhurst Dining Services (parkhursteventcatering.com; booked through the Carnegie Museum) wowed guests with a menu of filet mignon, sea bass, a raw bar, mini Primanti-inspired sandwiches and more.
 

Flowers

Design Space used roses, gardenias, hydrangeas, and more in neutral tones to create a stunning bouquet for the bride, and a unique bouquet for each bridesmaid (5746 Baum Blvd., East Liberty; 412/363-2120, designspacepgh.com).
 

Photographer

Cyndi and Tony Araujo (Araujo Photography; 412/787-2711, araujophoto.com).
 

Videographer

Nate Sherer (412/829-0266, natesherervideo.com).
 

Wedding Coordination

Tim Komen (owner of TK Events, 2121 William Penn Highway, Wilkinsburg; 412/606-0600, timk2121@aol.com) helped the couple with everything imaginable, from arranging a candy bar at the reception to making sure the timeline was seamless for the day.
 

On the Bride

Lara found the dress she’d been dreaming about since she was a little girl at Vera Wang (991 Madison Ave., New York City; 212/628-3400, verawang.com). The tulle and organza gown was the first one she saw.
 

On the Groom

Michael wore a Hugo Boss tuxedo from his own wardrobe.
 

Cake

Vanilla Pasty Studio made two cakes: a wedding cake tiered to dizzying heights was flavored with vanilla and berries. The groom’s cake resembled a Primanti’s sandwich. Vanilla Pastry (6014 Penn Circle St., East Liberty; 412/361-2306, vanillapastry.com) also baked and packaged macaroons for guests to take home as a favor.
 

Music

Lara and Michael booked gospel singers for their ceremony and a quartet for their reception through Entertainment Unlimited (412/343-7700, entertainmentunlimited.com). Tim McCaig (561/743-8445, timmccaig.com) provided music during cocktails, while the Dexter Lake Club Band (917/226-2695, dexterlakeclubband.com) kept the reception lively after dinner.

Categories: Weddings