Interview with the Bride

Why did you choose your ceremony and reception venues?

We both went to Duquesne University, which is where we met, and their chapel is absolutely gorgeous! As for the Doubletree Hotel, we had many out of town guests, so a hotel wedding was more convenient for them. Also, the Doubletree pretty much handled all of the reception details therefore planning was less stressful.


Did you face any obstacles while planning your wedding? If so, please explain.

No major obstacles. My mom lives out of town in Ohio and she helped me out a lot so that made for a lot of trips driving back and forth during the planning stages. But I couldn’t have done it all without her help!


Did everything go as planned on your wedding day?

Oh boy… Well it rained nearly the whole day so our outdoor cocktail hour was rained out and moved indoors last minute. But worse than that, my matron of honor had a medical emergency about 40 minutes before the ceremony and had to go to the hospital. She was unable to attend the rest of the day, which was heartbreaking. But the show must go on as they say… the rest of the wedding day still turned out beautiful.


Looking back on your wedding day, is there anything you would have done differently? 

I wouldn’t stress as much about the little things… napkin colors and fabric swatches don’t really matter in the long run.


Your favorite wedding day moment:

Needless to say the last half hour before the ceremony was chaotic as I was sending my MOH to the hospital, so it took a few minutes to calm down and refocus. Seeing Brad smiling at me at the end of the aisle when I started walking down with my dad brought me right back into the moment and why we were there that day. Our first dance together was a close second.


Any advice or tips to give to a Bride-To-Be?

Enjoy your wedding day and take a few moments together to take it all in–it flies by faster than a blink of an eye! Also, even if you plan things down to the most minute details, things may still go wrong that are out of your control… you just have to roll with the punches at that point and enjoy your day no matter what happens.

Vendor Information

  • Ceremony Venue: Duquesne Chapel
  • Reception Venue: Doubletree Hotel
  • Florist: Elizabeth from The Botanical Emporium
  • DJ: DJ Chaz from 2nd II None Productions
  • Cake Designer: Family Friend (Leigh Namisnak)– It was gluten free!
  • Baker (cookies, additional pastries, etc):Family friends
  • Caterer: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel GreenTree
  • Uplighting: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel GreenTree
  • Reception Venue Contact Person: Kelly Thornton
  • Bride’s Dress Designer: Justin Alexander
  • Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka and Converse
  • Bride’s Dress Store: Bridal Beginning
  • Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse– Vera Wang Collection
  • Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
  • Hair Stylist: Mandi Cardamone from Above All
  • Makeup Artist: Lisa Nicklow from The Pittsburgh Stylist
  • Additional Vendor Information (linen, favors, etc):

    Bracelets: Oddball (Custom Transition Series)
    Purse, Garter, Handerchief: handcrafted from my mother’s wedding dress by Elizabeth at Marleta Alterations & Design in Strongsville, OH
    Stationary Items (Menu, Escort Cards, Programs, Invitations): custom designed and handmade by Linda Halladay