Mattie Jean Empfield & William Henry Geiselhart III

September 30, 2012

Lisa and Darhl Empfield; Kathy and William Geiselhart

The high-school sweethearts were wed at Lingrow Farm (2230 Forks Church Road, Gilpin Township; 724/472-1305, in a waterside gazebo surrounded by chrysanthemums. The ceremony, held  on their eight-year anniversary, was officiated by Rev. David Anderson ( and accompanied on guitar and mandolin by Faiella Duo, a locally based father-son ensemble.

For Mattie’s bridal bouquet, Flowers in the Attic (7505 Saltsburg Road, Penn Hills; 412/798-2200, created an all-white arrangement of roses, hydrangeas and ranunculus. Adding a dash of country charm, the bouquet was wrapped in tan hemp and held together by an antique brooch.

Scott Jones of Silverlight Studios Photography (1223 Harvest Drive, Monroeville; 724/708-3000; took photos of the joyous occasion.

Mattie chose a Maggie Sottero gown with a modified sweetheart neckline and crystal/pearl embellishments from Sorelle Bridal Salon (1855 W. Chestnut St., Washington; 724/206-0791, Her accessories included a custom-made, cathedral-length veil with Swarovski crystals (Sorelle Bridal Salon) and a pair of pearl earrings from Tiffany & Co. (, a wedding-day gift from William. Mattie also wore a pair of sparkly Tiffany-blue Chuck Taylor sneakers from Journeys ( for an untraditional twist on the traditional touch of blue.

William’s casually classy ensemble included a latté-colored three-piece suit (minus jacket) from Top Hat Tuxedo (933 Freeport Road, Fox Chapel; 412/782-2450,, a white Calvin Klein tie from Macys (, and Chuck Taylor high-top sneakers from Journeys (

The epitome of rustic romance, Mattie and William’s reception was held in Lingrow’s fully renovated 1850s farmhouse, a two-story barn decorated with white lights, paper lanterns and wrought-iron chandeliers. An Italian family tradition, each table was set with a bottle of wine from Narcisi Winery (4578 Gibsonia Road, Gibsonia; 724/444-4744, in addition to floral centerpieces provided by Flowers in the Attic and table numbers fashioned from Scrabble pieces.

The Twisted Thistle (127 Market St., Leechburg; 724/236-0450, created a delectable menu, using farm-fresh vegetables, cheeses and meats from Lingrow. Although it rained most of the day (but not during the ceremony!), guests mingled around a bonfire once the weather improved.


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