Our wedding season kicked off on March 31st with the wedding of Maria and Jim at the Sheraton Station Square in Downtown Pittsburgh. The girls began the day by conquering crossword puzzles and enjoying a few mimosas. Maria’s bridesmaids, including her two sisters, were literally a laugh a minute. You can include Maria and Jim’s mothers and a few aunts as well, to be fair to everyone! Meanwhile, Jim was a few floors away and the guys were no more subdued there either. The conversations varied from the rehearsal the night before, through a tour of the Pittsburgh Panthers facility that they took earlier in the day, and the conversations were often halted by a toast and a shot when a new friend arrived.
The ceremony, as well as the reception, was held at The Sheraton Station Square and was the ideal showcase for all of the out of town guests who had not been to Pittsburgh. Maria’s father, who might have been the quietest of all during the hours leading up to the ceremony, displayed his emotions discreetly and in a very touching way as he wiped away the tears from his eyes moments before walking Maria down the aisle.
During the reception later in the evening, Jim’s brother gave a classic speech. Matt knocked it out of the park, telling timely and hysterical stories that even had his father in tears. He described a fight during their childhood and how he carved the words “Jim Sucks” into their dresser. To finish off the speech, he surprised his brother and everyone in attendance by bringing the wooden top to the dance floor for all to see. The reception was highlighted by Maria’s grandparents tearing up the dance floor, a Terrible Towel swirl and and epic cake smash where both Maria and Jim were winners…and losers!
Congratulations Maria and Jim, Elizabeth and I are both so happy and excited for you!