Melissa & Jeff: Crazy for Calla Lilies in Pittsburgh

by Allison Micarelli

From a classic trolley to gold chivari chairs, exquisite accents infused Melissa and Jeff's formal springtime affair.

THE BRIDE Melissa Moore, 27, health care sales rep
THE GROOM Jeff Prunzik, 31, commercial real estate broker
THE SCENE Ceremony at St. Paul's Episcopal Church; reception at Pittsburgh Athletic Association

AN ON-THE-GO PROPOSAL After a full day of rafting with her family in Canada last August, Melissa Moore initially refused to go on a walk suggested by her boyfriend Jeff Prunzik. She did give in, reluctantly. "I was complaining because I was exhausted," says Melissa, who was introduced to Jeff seven years ago through mutual friends. "We had to wake up at 5:30 a.m. for the rafting trip. So when we finally got back at 4:00 p.m. and could relax, I could not believe that he wanted to go for a walk." Jeff escorted Melissa through a nearby forest to a park bench by a stream where she could rest-and catch her breath enough to say "Yes!" when he pulled a ring out of his pocket.

SIMPLE SPRING ELEGANCE Eight months later, on a "perfect 70-degree day," the church organ pipes declared the start of their late afternoon wedding ceremony. To Purcell's "Trumpet Voluntary," Melissa processed down the aisle of St. Paul's church, which was decorated in an abundance of calla lilies. A trolley waited outside the church to transport the wedding party (and a cooler full of cold beverages) to a reception at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. In a ballroom adorned with candelabra on the crème-colored walls, massive pillars that encased a hard-wood dance floor, an exquisite crystal chandelier, a plentitude of votive candles, and 185 gold chivari chairs, the guests took their seats for a sit-down dinner of filet or lemon sole stuffed with crabmeat. Calla lilies infused the spring wedding, from the bride's bouquet to the centerpieces resting in tall glass vases. "I have very simple taste, and the callas were simple but still very elegant," says Melissa.

NEVER-ENDING REVELRY After toasting each other with engraved silver goblets that belonged to the bride's late grandmother, Melissa and Jeff danced to a variety of tunes played by the Mark Pipas Band. "At the end of the evening, all of our friends headed downtown to where Jeff and two partners had recently opened a bar/restaurant called 'Olive or Twist' and continued the celebration into the wee hours of the morning," says Melissa. The couple, too exhausted from the evening's festivities, opted to skip the after-party and instead headed across the street to their honeymoon suite.

-- Allison Micarelli
Photography © Cal Landau

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