It was a 5:00 ceremony with bridesmaids and groomsmen gathered along the marble staircase. A simple yet exquisite service at one of Pittsburgh's historic locations, the former train station of years ago.
Following the ceremony guests joined in the Gandy Dancer for newlywed signature drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Jacqueline and Tom joined their guests for awhile then had numerous pictures taken at numerous locations on such a wonderful September day. It was a day every bride and groom could wish for.
Making their very own wedding reception unique every table had a few dating facts about our happy couple giving us a little insight into their life. Other areas like the gift table, cup cake table had facts as well.
The parents, bridal party and our newlyweds entered the main ballroom in grand style with One Republics "Feel Again" as their introduction song. With a full house of excited guests a first dance followed. "Vanilla Twilight" by Owl City was the selection for Tom and Jacqueline to spend a very special time together following their marriage.
Jacqueline's father gave a very heart felt welcome and spoke a little about his daughter with a few amusing stories. The Maid of Honor Kaylen and Best Man Aaron each gave a toast to be followed by Tom's Grandmother Josephine.
The blessing was given, then a fantastic dinner was served. Upon completion of their meal Jacqueline and Tom participated in a brief rendition of the "Shoe-lywed" game. A fun and interesting game where a variety of family friendly questions are asked of the couple who are seated back to back.
Not able to see their partners answers each contestant raises their shoe if the question pertains to them, or their spouse's shoe if it references the other.
A few of the questions asked of our couple were "Who is more likely to be running late in the morning?", "Who is most likely to eat dessert for breakfast?" and "If both of you were on a Game Show, who would most likely to win?" All in fun and all of us got a brief insight into what may lie ahead for our love birds.
In lieu of a cake cutting ceremony there was a stand filled with delicious cup cakes for all to enjoy at their leisure. The wedding guest book was located upon the piano with post cards that friends and family could fill out with their best wishes for Jacqueline and Tom. Upon their arrival home after their honeymoon the cards would be mailed to them to review.
Jacqueline and her father enjoyed a special dance with each other to Bob Carlisle's version of "Butterfly Kisses". A mother and son dance followed with Tom dancing with his mother to "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, the great satchmo.
Upon the dance floor opening up at the bottom of the staircase guests made their way quickly to join in the celebration of marriage. A wide variety of favorites and genre's were played keeping everyone fully enjoying themselves. Glo sticks were made available adding additional fun and enjoyment throughout the evening.
Adding additional energy to the event we had a little rival challenge between guests from Cleveland and those from Pittsburgh. It was a dance off to Wiz Kahalifa's "Black and Yellow" by those from Pittsburgh versus's "Cleveland Rocks" by the Presidents of the United States (POTUSA) for our Cleveland wedding guests.
It was definitely a tough decision but it appeared that guests who traveled all the way from Cleveland took the trophy. It was an intense sing a long for quite some time. Following the dance competition all were welcomed back to the dance floor for a "Why Can't We Be Friends" by War sing-off. Holding hands and singing their hearts out I know many will recall the fun had this night.
The party continued thru the remainder of the evening with song favorites such as the "Tarrentella", "Shout"-Isley Brothers, "What I Like About You" by the Romantics, "Ice Ice Baby" and a handful of 90's boy bands hits.
The evening ended with everyone locked in a arm to shoulder embrace singing rock band Queen's hit "Somebody To Love" only to be topped off with 'N' Sync's "Bye Bye Bye".
Watch the brief video below for a few pictures and clips of the excitement from Tom and Jacqueline's wedding reception.
We wish nothing but success and happiness to our two newlyweds and are grateful we were able to be a small part of their wedding day.
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