Classy and elegant perfectly describe Megan and Francis’ wedding at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Plot twist: What started with a traditional ceremony at St. Peter’s Catholic Church turned into a New Year’s Eve celebration! Prior to the party, Megan walked down the aisle in a full satin Essence of Australia ball gown from Marwin Bridal while the bridal party wore sleek black Azazie dresses. Megan’s “something blue” was delicately hidden under her dress – a to die for pair of blue satin heels with jewels from Betsey Johnson. Megan’s bouquet from Hepatica featured white roses and greenery, further completing her timeless look. Speaking of timeless, a black, gold, and ivory color palette created a chic reception space. Guests were greeted by floral centerpieces with gold and crystal vases, while tables of several shapes and sizes added dimension and depth to the room. Mosaic provided clean and crisp white table linens and delicately embroidered ones that covered the head tables. Large, luxurious chandeliers glowed across the entire space. For dessert, guests enjoyed a traditional Pittsburgh cookie table and a three-tier white cake with gold accents from Moio’s. Before the clock struck midnight, guests put on NYE-themed accessories including hats, masks, and horns and danced the night away while Jeff Jimerson and Airborne rocked the reception. Every inch of this classic Pittsburgh wedding and NYE party was captured by Weddings by Alisa.
About the Couple
Frank and I met on our first day teaching in Maryland. I was wearing a Pirates t-shirt and that made him come over to ask if I grew up in Pittsburgh. After talking, we realized that we were both born and raised in Robinson Township with our parents only living minutes from each other. Our paths never crossed until that middle school cafeteria in Maryland.
Frank and I got engaged at the same spot where he asked me to date him – the PPG Place ice rink. The week leading up to the engagement, I was not feeling well. Unbeknownst to me, people were worried in the background that the engagement was not going to happen. We had planned to go ice skating, our yearly tradition. We traveled to Pittsburgh and my sister and mom pushed me out the door, saying the cold air would make me feel better. Frank and I made our way downtown. I was not really feeling well when we got there but, the cold air did make me feel better. As we parked and were walking to the arena, Frank and I were talking about past memories and all of a sudden I heard clicks from a camera. Before I could turn around, Frank was on one knee. It was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t envision it any better. We got to have our own photo shoot after that and then celebrate with family. It was an absolutely perfect day!
About the Wedding
Our wedding was unique in a few different ways but I think the number one way was that it was on New Year’s Eve. It was so exciting knowing that we could party with our guests until 1 a.m.! Having a live band, countdown to midnight, champagne toast, and hats just added to the atmosphere. Our wedding vision was timeless, elegant, and classic. The colors we chose were black, gold, and ivory. We were so grateful to our parents for bringing our vision to life.
Our favorite moment of the day was when the church doors opened and we saw each other. We had been waiting all day for that moment and it was everything we could have imagined! You feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders (in a good way) and until you see your person, that feeling doesn’t go away. Being announced as husband and wife and celebrating the night away with friends and family were also two huge moments that we are still talking about!