Marissa Joyce Barr-Hartman and Michael Sandor Seamans

August 22, 2009


Mare Barr and Les Hartman; Elizabeth and Joe Seamans


The couple enjoyed an outdoor ceremony at Mellon Park (Fifth Ave., Shadyside; 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.


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.


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

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, The colorful full-length dress was made of hot-pink sari fabric, some of which was ordered in from India ( 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 ( 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).


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, 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, 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.


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

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