Marissa Joyce Barr-Hartman and Michael Sandor Seamans

August 22, 2009

Family

Mare Barr and Les Hartman; Elizabeth and Joe Seamans

Ceremony

The couple enjoyed an outdoor ceremony at Mellon Park (Fifth Ave., Shadyside; pittsburghparks.org/mellonpark). It was held close to the site of the Ann Katharine Seamans Memorial, which is being created for the groom’s late sister in the park’s Walled Garden. Jake Reinhart, a family friend, officiated.

Flowers

For her daughter’s bouquet, the bride’s mother, Mare Barr (412/526-1037), put together a vibrant assortment of various wildflowers and multicolored dahlias.

Photography

Annie O’Neill Photography (502 W. North Ave., Mexican War District; 412/657-9303, annieoneillweddings.com).

On the Bride

Marissa self-designed a Bollywood-inspired ensemble with the help of local designer Jessica Young (3005 Hilltop Drive, Murrysville; 412/592-7691, jyoung2612@gmail.com). The colorful full-length dress was made of hot-pink sari fabric, some of which was ordered in from India (indiaselections.com) and the rest of which was purchased at Shingar Indian Boutique and Gift Shop (4141 Old William Penn Highway, Monroeville; 412/853-0752). A gold lace mantilla veil (weddingveil.com) and a pink and gold jewelry set from India, a gift from the bride’s sister, accentuated the beautiful gold hand-beading on the dress.

On the Groom

Michael looked dashing in a dark-blue pinstripe suit by Armani, a white shirt and a paisley tie, all purchased at Larrimor’s (501 Grant St., downtown; 412/471-5727).

Reception

The couple’s union was celebrated in Mellon Park under tents provided by All Occasions Party Rental (2740 Smallman St., Strip District; 412/471-2100, allparty.com). A photo booth complete with props was set up in the garden center and a sentimental first dance to Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” was shared by the bride and her mother.

Cake and Catering

Opening Night Catering (2627 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/232-0338, openingnightcatering.com) served a picnic-themed buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and roasted vegetable skewers and also provided the cake. The simple, three-tiered dessert was made of both vanilla and chocolate cake and had raspberry filling.

Music

Omar Abdul (pghmusicculture@gmail.com) supplied a plethora of fun R&B and soul music to keep the reception in full gear.

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