Heavenly Chocolate

On June 9th, 2012, Andrea Sanfillippo and Jeremy Funkhouser tied the knot at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oakland. The new “Mr. and Mrs.” are a match made in heaven.

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For Andrea, celebrating her marriage to the man of her dreams became a reality with the help of Trends to Traditions.

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Colors of pale blue, navy, and chocolate represented the heavenly skies and of course, the couple’s passions: Chocolate! In unique fashion, the couple utilized multiple floors at the Duquesne Club. Family and friends were able to enjoy a splendid dinner in one room fit for a king, while dancing, drinks and desserts were relished on another level. The dance area was lit with natural candlelight as well as special effects in shapes of clouds, stars, and blue wall washes.

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When drifting into the Duquesne Club’s Fountain Room, one would think that they were surrounded in a divine fantasy as linens of soft blue, gold and silver glistened in the candlelit space while images of clouds were projected onto the gorgeous high ceilings.

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Screen Shot 2012-12-26 at 4.32.12 PMClassic bouquets of roses and peonies fashioned by Gerard Boeh gave off a sweet aroma that subtly accented the romantic atmosphere. Even the tables’ names were creatively named, such as “Whipped Dream”, “Caramel Wonder”, and “Heavenly Ever After”.

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Since Andrea and Jeremy both have a sweet tooth, they made sure that the dessert bar was extravagant. It featured favorite cookies and pastries of the bride and groom including theme-colored macaroons as well as peanut butter buckeyes and sugar cookies. The dramatic ice sculpture of heaven’s beaming rays was placed in the center of the cookie table. The candy table also featured blue, white and silver wrapped sweets adding to the evening’s affair.

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There was an espresso bar allowing guests to heap whipped cream atop of their warm beverages to mirror fluffy clouds. Every aspect incorporated heaven and chocolate. Even the drinks tied in with the theme and sealed the night off with a “Cherub’s Kiss” as the heavens and the earth celebrated a beautiful couple’s marriage.

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The stature and service of the reception venue and their staff went above and beyond, making each guest feel at home. Elizabeth Craig, photographer, captured their love as it exuded not only from Andrea and Jeremy, but also from their friends and family as they witnessed this special event in the couple’s lives. A truly beautiful couple makes an even more beautiful wedding. And they were heaven sent to work with!


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Event Coordinator: Trends to Traditions/ Photography: Elizabeth Craig, Craig Photography / Linens: Pittsburgh Linen Rental / Flowers: Gerard Boeh Flowers / DJ: Andy Booth / Caterer: Duquesne Club / Venue: Duquesne Club/ Videography: Brian Parker/ Lighting: Wedding Design North/  Ice Sculpture: Richard Bubin/ Transportation: Elite and Qualistar/ Photobooth: AH Photobooth/ Cake: Duquesne Club/ Ceremony: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oakland

About Trends To Traditions

From a complimentary consultation to all inclusive coordination, we offer customized packages and guidance for over 70 possible wedding aspects and service providers. We serve the couple as: coordinator, director, etiquette coach, business manager, family mediator, creative planner, referee, and friend. We evaluate the couple’s needs and desires and match them to the vendors who will best meet their criteria. We help them budget most appropriately, according to their priorities. As Pittsburgh Wedding Planners, we negotiate for better prices and perks. We orchestrate the event from start to finish or simply help a client find one specific service. Katherine Shaw, owner, graduated from Theatre and Film school in 1992. Until the turn of the century, she planned events for the NFL, NHL, the AFL, and the WB network. She is certified as a Wedding Director through the National Bridal Service, is a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants, and has coordinated at least partial aspects of over 600 weddings and events in her career. She is supported by a talented staff with an impressive and diverse background. View all posts by Trends To Traditions

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