Tracy Nicole Travaglio & John Francis Lesjack II

Photos by Leeann Marie Photography


June 30, 2012


Gay and David Travaglio; Cathy and John Lesjack.

A literary-themed wedding couldn’t have been more perfect for Tracy and John, who met while teaching in the Butler Area School District. Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at the Priory (614 Pressley St., North Side; 412/323-9394, hosted an elegant ceremony officiated by Boyd Edmondson, the bride’s childhood pastor. A string quartet ( accompanied the service, and, in honor of the bride’s late grandmother, the ringbearer carried the couple’s wedding bands down the aisle on her antique poetry book.

Tracy’s bridal bouquet, a romantic arrangement of roses, lilies, tulips and herbs from her grandmother’s garden, was designed by florist Diane Bauer (724/935-3908). Diane also created the reception centerpieces — candlelit arrangements of branches surrounded by roses.

Leeann Marie Photography (412/447-1722, and videographer Erik Robbins (724/290-6614,, co-worker of the bride and groom, captured every moment on film.

On the Bride:
The bride’s breathtaking tulle ball gown, a unique Lazaro creation in a subtle sherbet shade, featured a jeweled waist, crystal accents and satin pleats (Bridal Beginnings: 450 Cochran Road, Mt. Lebanon; 412/343-6677, Tracy also wore a crystal tiara and veil, also from Bridal Beginnings, and her aunt’s vintage crystal bracelet.

Hair and Makeup:
Tara and Hilliary of Shear Heaven Salon (Point Plaza, Butler; 724/282-4044; styled Tracy’s hair and makeup.

On the Groom:
John wore a classic black tuxedo with an ivory vest and tie from Tuxedo Junction (

Tying in with the wedding’s literary theme, guests enjoyed their dual entrée dinners at tables marked with the couple’s favorite love quotes ( Guests also received bookmarks that could hold the photos they took in a photobooth provided by Shutterbooth (

Karen Hall, a close friend of the bride’s mother, designed an exquisite enchanted forest cake display, complete with fresh pink roses, five tiers of funfetti cake and two tiers of funfetti cupcakes.

The groom’s father made a special request to dance to “Shout!” at his son’s wedding, and PJ the DJ ( made his wish come true, along with playing a great mix of dance music and Top 40 hits.


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