Maura Kelly Cosetti & John Sarason Saroff

August 25, 2007


Marilyn and Honorable Joseph Cosetti; Elsa-Grace and Alan Saroff


Maura and John live in New York City, but chose to return to Maura’s hometown for nuptials woven with family tradition and connections. The couple married at First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh (159 N. Bellefield Ave., Oakland; 412/621-0500,, the same church where Maura’s parents were wed. Maura’s father, a retired judge, performed the wedding ceremony. To recognize John’s Jewish faith, the couple married under a chuppah.


These busy professionals from out of state turned to Allison McGeary Floral and Event Design (412/242-0337, to help plan their day. She connected the couple with lots of vendors, and represented them at appointments when traveling to town wasn’t convenient. Her suggestions helped Maura add special touches to the event, such as a surprise groom’s cake for John. Allison also provided all the flowers. Maura loves white stargazer lilies, given to her by John when he proposed. Allison combined the lilies with green hydrangeas, a favorite of Maura’s dad, for striking bouquets that felt traditional and fun.


Clark McGeary (412/848-6851,


The bride wore an Amsale dress purchased in New York. The ivory lace dress had an asymmetrical cut with a small train.


John’s tux was a gift from his parents, who purchased the sharp tuxedo from Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.


The site of the reception, Sen. John Heinz History Center (1212 Smallman St., Strip District; 412/454-6000, ), was an ideal choice to infuse the event with hometown detail. Guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the first floor. An Italian-inspired feast and the remainder of reception were held in the fifth-floor conference room, which offered a striking view of the sunset. Family wedding photos were on display, showcasing five generations of relatives’ nuptial celebrations.


A burnt-almond torte from Prantl’s (5525 Walnut St., 412/621-2092) is a mainstay at Maura’s family celebrations, and this wedding was no exception, though the torte was a little bigger than usual. Maura also surprised her husband with a groom’s cake shaped like a baseball jersey and decorated like New York Yankee Reggie Jackson’s jersey; the cake was created by Vanilla Pastry Studio (406 S. Main St., West End; 412/922-2173).


Jazz musician Jason Hollar and his band, Cadillac Jazz (724/523-0758,, played through cocktails. Then Matt Ferrante and Modern Times (412/362-5266; Matt added flair to the reception with lively big-band music that brought guests onto the dance floor.

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