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.

Judy and John Santangelo;
Belinda and John Bowman

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

Categories: Weddings