Rhea Elizabeth Santangelo and Marcus John Bowman

The nuptials took place at the First Baptist Church, a few blocks from the Pitt campus, where the college sweethearts met the first day of their freshman year.

Family:
Judy and John Santangelo;
Belinda and John Bowman

Ceremony:
The nuptials took place at the First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh (159 N. Bellefield Ave., Oakland; 412/621-0500, first-baptist-pittsburgh.org), a few blocks from the University of Pittsburgh campus, where the college sweethearts met the first day of their freshman year. The bride’s uncle, Reverend Michael Santangelo, officiated a traditional Christian ceremony.

Wedding Coordinator:
Katherine Shaw of Trends to Traditions (412/267-2108; trendstotraditions.com) worked closely with the couple to coordinate a completely personalized event.

Flowers:
Rhea’s romantic all-rose nosegay was designed by Bethany Glaser of Trends to Traditions (412/267-2108, trendstotraditions.com). Bethany also created floating orchid centerpieces and candle-lit arrangements of hydrangeas and carnations for the reception.

Photographer:
Joseph Balena of Photoscape (One East Station Square Drive, Station Square; 412/381-8031, photoscape.com) photographed all aspects of Rhea and Marcus' big day.

On the Bride:
Rhea wore a trumpeted one-strap gown with a low back and Swarovski crystal embellishments by Maggie Sottero (maggiesottero.com).

On the Groom:
Marcus sported an all-black Joseph Abboud tuxedo with satin lapels and a sleek pocket square from Jack’s Tuxedo (multiple locations; 412/373-2966, jackstuxedo.com).

Reception:
Beginning with a blank canvas at the Jay Verno Studios (3030 Jane St., South Side; 412/381-5350, jvsevents.com), Rhea and Marcus transformed the venue into the perfect spot for their personalized city-chic reception. Lighting gobos of city skylines were projected onto the walls, and tables were covered with satin linens by Wedding Boutique North (417 Quarter Horse Lane, Mars; 412/267-2108). During the cocktail hour, guests sipped "Bowmangelos" and munched on appetizers like  greens with braised sausage in pastry. Pete Medure of Medure’s Catering (2500 New Butler Road, New Castle; 724/654-5465; medures.com) created a unique dinner menu that featured dishes like foccacia-encrusted chicken. In lieu of a guestbook, family and friends wrote their well wishes on postcards from cities the couple had visited before placing them in a suitcase.

Cake:
Cakes by Tammy (330/932-0239, cakesbytammy.com) made a creative cake, embellished with rhinestones and purple ribbons, that featured five tiers with different flavors and fillings.

Music:
DJ Tashee Johnson of TeeJay Vision LLC (itsteejay.com) played such fun music during the reception that the newlyweds started dancing during dinner.
 

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