Nicole Ann Kaplan and Graham Porter Fenton
August 16, 2008
David and Fran Kaplan; Bill and Bonnie Fenton
The grand marble lobby of Heinz Hall (600 Penn Ave., downtown; 412/392-4950) was a fitting location for two trained vocalists and professional performers to hold their wedding ceremony. Nicole and Graham sang their vows (The Beach Boys’ song “Forever”) with back-up from their musically talented wedding party.
Two hundred guests dined on filet mignon and shrimp during the reception at the Duquesne Club (325 Sixth Ave., downtown; 412/391-1500, Duquesne.org). Graham plays Frankie Valli on the Broadway National Tour of Jersey Boys (the story of the Four Seasons), and he surprised Nicole and their guest by singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” during the reception. Tiffany Ray of Great Expectations Events (924 Edward Drive, Pittsburgh; 412/606-8761, greatexpectationsevents.com) helped this pair of traveling performers plan and execute the perfect day at home in Pittsburgh with their friends and family.
April Mason of Mocha Rose (4120 Penn Ave., Bloomfield; 412/621-3204, mocharose.com) created bouquets of cattleya orchids and Hawaiian stephanotis that were threaded with pearls. Table arrangements for the reception featured vividly colored rose domes in hurricane vases accented with crystals.
Araujo Photography (112 Dippold St., Sewickley; 412/787-2711, araujophoto.com).
On the bride
Nicole wore a regal gown made of iridescent duchesse satin designed by Stephen Yearick (Anne Gregory for the Bride, 695 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon; 412/531-3160, annegregorybrides.com).
On the groom
Graham purchased his tux, which was designed by Hugo Boss.
The couple chose their favorite cake of all time, a burnt-almond torte, from Prantl’s (5525 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/621-2092, shop.prantlsbakery.com). It was decorated with a modern floral design that matched the wedding stationery.
The John Parker Band (724/941-1111, johnparkerbands.com) so energized the dance floor that the reception was extended two hours. Guests enjoyed everything from old standards to current top-40 hits.