The gift of love. A theme that resonated throughout this touching wedding day. Erika’s bridesmaids gifted her the cherished memory of this sacred day through film. I knew the bride and several of her bridesmaids from our time in college together at Duquesne University. When her Maid of Honor, Lauren reached out to me about surprising Erika with a wedding day videographer, I was delighted and thought “How sweet?!! She must be so loved!”
Erika and Kevin Halpin sealed their marriage before God and their friends and family with a traditional Catholic mass at St. Mary of the Mount Church in Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington neighborhood on September 7, 2019. The gorgeous city skyline lit by beaming rays of sunshine lined the view from the church. Just down the hill at the Sheraton in Station Square awaited an elegant night of dinner and dancing where Kevin, Erika and their parents danced choreographed numbers.
In his welcome speech, Erika’s father talked about Kevin as a gift sent from God for his lovely daughter and her brother Alex toasted to his sister being the greatest gift he had ever received from his parents. Heartwarming and emotional toasts from the bridal party had me laughing and tearing up all at once. Lauren said her first impression of Erika back in school was she was “drop dead gorgeous” and “hilarious!” She hit the nail on the head! This sweet bride smiled and joked all day long and her giving heart shows through to everyone she meets.
I’ve learned that Kevin is kind and would give the shirt off his back for anyone. Erika could tell right away that he was “the One.” They are certainly a match made in Heaven!
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Halpin on a lifetime of love!
Church: St. Mary of the Mount
Reception Venue: Sheraton Station Square
Videographer: Shannon Chavez Production (Shannon Chavez and Randall Coleman)
Photographer: Kathryn Hyslop Photography
Florist: RJ Thomas
DJ: Joe Costa Company – Bryan Hoover
Cake: Bethel Bakery
Parents of the Bride : Perry and Judi Ciesielski
Parents of the Groom: Helen and Dennis Halpin
Maid of Honor: Lauren McDonnell
Bridesmaids: Tiffany Ciesielski, Erin Fritch, Tara Welsh, Hannah Struharik, Laura Eppley, Tracy Kreppel, Brittany Hagan, Raquel Muscioni
Best Man: Shane Kelleher
Groomsmen: Justin Fleischmann, Zach Kauffman, Stevie Perdziola, Roman Perdziola, Marco Pilotta, Jason Jonas, Timmy Halpin, Alex Ciesielski