October 3, 2010
Andrea and Frank chose the gorgeous architecture and trendy interior spaces of the New Hazlett Theater in Allegheny Center for their October 2nd ceremony and reception. Once a library within the Carnegie Library system, the theater has all the interior drama and urban appeal that any city couple could want.
Unique little autumnal touches welcomed the guests…
Quiet on the set…A bagpiper, specialty lighting, 2 wedding planners, and the entire Hazlett theater crew worked to pull of a theatrical ceremony set on the stage of the theater with guests seated theater style in rows. After the exit stage left of the newly married couple, appetizers and cocktails were served in the lobby. Exposed brick, a mahogany ceiling, and modern lighting art made this space a convival place for mixing. A Photobooth complete with fun props like stick on moustaches and more was located in the lobby as well for guests enjoyment.
A wide variety of Artisan cheeses with honey, nuts, dried fruits and crackers were served along with vegetable crudite resplendent with autumn bounty of asparagus, eggplant, yellow squash, and mini sweet peppers. Tomato caprese skewers were also hand butlered to the guests with a balsamic reduction drizzle.
Cue the orchestra…house lights up…guests returned to the theater after some magic work behind the scenes to prepare it, and were met by a stunning display of lanterns and dry ice fog as the bride and groom prepared to cut their cake, share in toasts and bless the meal about to be served.
Cue the narrator: “the part of JPC photographer normally played by Jody Wimer, will be replaced by Pamela Marie Photography…” Our client Pamela Sodini and her fiance Mark, were the photographers of this amazing fete, and will no doubt do far better justice due to the dark and challenging lighting within the theater. So we will update our blog with a link to hers when detail shots of the cake, and more are posted to her blog. ( 🙂 Thanks Pam!)
Meanwhile back on stage…dinner is served! A station format was utilized to keep the club vibe going…first up the salad-tini station followed by an “espresso” soup shot bar with grilled cheeses– butternut squash with pumpernickle and brie, wild mushroom bisque with rye and port wine cheese, and tomato basil bisque with brioche and american. Our slider station featured pulled pork sliders, mini primanti brothers capicola sandwichese, and an artisanal walnut bread with smoked imported gouda, hickory smoked turkey and a cranberry relish served up with asiago cheese kettle chips. The final station was our skewered meat station complete with rosemary beef skewers, shrimp and andouille sausage skewers, and thai chicken satays with accompanying dipping sauces. Our JPC mini cheddar and potato perogies were hand butlered with a butter and sauteed shallot garnish, as well as parmesan stuffed mushrooms caps on mini forks!
The wedding cake custom designed by Jody featured pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese, and wedding white with buttercream. After cut and service of cake, JPC event staff hand butlered mini rootbeer floats, and chocolate covered grape skewers that the bridal couple had enjoyed while in Ireland. A large cookie display was also featured that included many JPC delicacies like the sugar A’s for Andrea with lemon royal glaze, and the ginger spice F’s for Frank with almond royal glaze.
And let us tell you that this party was so awesome and the food was so smokin good! You know your reception is the bomb when the fire department has to show up to check things out!
Congratulations and much happiness to Andrea and Frank from JPC!
Thank you to the New Hazlett Theater staff for assistance in tirelessly working through electrical difficulties that fortunately did NOT bring down the house. haha!
Blog Photographic credits: JPC Event Group, Jody Wimer and Allison Bernstein
Catering and mobile kitchen services, wedding cake: JPC Event Group
Wedding planning: Jessica Holloway Events
Venue: New Hazlett Theater, Allegheny Center- Pittsburgh
Event photography: Pamela Marie Photography