Kari and Jeff officially met at a luau themed dance when they were both attending Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. They’d seen each other around campus and had some mutual friends, but it wasn’t until the luau that the pair really hit it off. Jeff says it was his smooth moves, but Kari says it was all her! Either way, the two started dating and their relationship grew, even when they had to endure long distance. This adorable couple says it only made the friendship stronger, so when Jeff surprised Kari with the perfect proposal (and the perfect ring), she was thrilled to say yes. They began planning the wedding of their dreams right away, starting with a traditional church ceremony which was one of the only traditions they adhered to because, as they put it, “it’s the most important part of the day”.
Kari looked gorgeous in her classic ballgown with its lacy cap sleeves and beautiful beaded back detailing. She paired it with a sparkling crystal headpiece and dramatic long veil. Her bridesmaids wore richly wine-colored gowns in different styles and all of the ladies carried bouquets of red, pink and blush florals with accents of wildflowers and greenery. The perfect autumn color palette. Jeff was dapper in his burgundy tux with black vest, lapel and tie and his groomsmen were handsome in classic black tuxes with burgundy accents.
At the reception, tables were set with gold brocade linens and burgundy napkins. Tall glass candle holders and gold accents surrounded the whimsical, autumn themed centerpieces and the couple highlighted their love of travel with details like luggage tag favors, a vintage suitcase to hold gifts and cards and a world map guest book. One of Kari and Jeff’s favorite parts of the reception was the “hash slider” a live stream of photos using their personal hashtag that played throughout the night. After dinner, guests were treated to a lavish dessert buffet featuring endless supplies of cookies, pastries and, of course, wedding cake! Then it was time to hit the dance floor to groove the night away celebrating Kari and Jeff. Congratulations, you two!
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Valotta's Tuxedo//Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff//Dress Store:Bridal Beginnings//Dress Designer:Allure Bridals//Specialty Foods:Pittsburgh Popcorn Company//Invitation Designer: Vistaprint//Cake Designer:Patti's Pasticceria//Cinema and Video: FineLine Weddings//DJ: FineLine Weddings//Lighting: FineLine Weddings//Event Venue: Antonelli Event Center//Cinema and Video: FineLine Weddings