SuJean Choi & William Certo
September 16, 2006
Drs. K.C. and Yung Ae Choi; Angelo and Marie Certo
The Catholic ceremony was held at Mother of Sorrows Parish (4200 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville; 724/733-8870, motherofsorrows.org).
The mother of the bride created arrangements of cream and red roses blended with assorted flowers and greens. In order to stay within their tight budget, the couple chose to purchase flowers wholesale from Costco (various locations; costco.com).
Photographic Excellence by Bea, Bea Nyilas (170 Urick Lane, Monroeville; 412/373-0854, beaphotos.com)
ON THE BRIDE
SuJean chose a nontraditional cream-colored cocktail dress from a small boutique, Designer Collections in Auburn, Michigan. The dress featured a beaded, square tank bodice with floor-length alternating tiers of silk.
ON THE GROOM
The groom’s traditional European cut-out-style tuxedo was rented from After Hours Formal Wear (3747 William Penn Highway Space 1110, Monroeville; 412/373-4378, afterhours.com). The black tuxedo was complemented with a steel-gray vest, black-and-white striped ascot and black pants with gray stripes.
The luxurious Frick Art & Historical Center (7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze; 412/371-0600, frickart.org) provided the perfect setting for the reception. A cocktail hour in the museum rotunda preceded dinner, which was catered by Rania Harris (Rania’s Catering, 100 Central Square, Mount Lebanon; 412/531-2222, rania.com) and served in a tented area lit by die-cut luminaria.
Rania’s Catering created a round, four-tiered cake, with separate layers of cake-carrot, chocolate, raspberry and lemon-iced with ivory buttercream frosting and topped with a large fondant bow. The bride and groom froze the top carrot cake tier to enjoy on their first anniversary.
During the cocktail hour, Five Kicks (412/793-5104; greaterharmony.org), a female barbershop quartet from the Greater Harmony Chorus provided the ideal background entertainment. For the reception, the a cappella group DoubleShot! (866/744-2206; Double-Shot.net) entertained guests by taking requests, and encouraging dancing and audience participation.