#SEENWedding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream



The couple: Joseph Nocito Jr., 43, an entrepreneur, and Alexis Wukich, 30, a lawyer.

How they met: Danielle Proctor, a friend of Mr. Nocito’s, helped to introduce the couple in 2012 by encouraging the bride — an avid golfer who played at the University of Pennsylvania — to take her place at a pick-up game where she knew Mr. Nocito would be playing. “I told Lexie to give him a chance, he has the biggest heart! I knew she was a cool chick and I just wanted to get them to meet.” Mr. Nocito remembers it a bit differently. “I had to wait a while before she would finally agree to go on a date with me,” he said laughing.

Saturday’s wedding -- Minute-By-Minute Recap

 

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The wedding cake.

 

6:04 p.m.: Under looming rain clouds, roughly 520 guests made their way into the clubhouse (known as “the castle”) at Olde Stonewall Golf Club in Ellwood City for a cocktail and chance to mingle before the ceremony (Mr. Nocito purchased the club in 2012).

6:32 p.m.: From a distance, bagpipes are heard as guests lined the balcony of the castle and patio. They watched from afar as the couple recited their vows on the 18th green, flanked by their family, which included Mr. Nocito’s three children (Will, 14; Haley, 12; Skylar, 7) from his first marriage. Officiating the ceremony was former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. After the couple said “We do,” he joked over the PA system that “Lexie, you are officially stuck with Joe — the man, the myth, the legend,” as the crowd cheered just in time — the rain began to pour moments later.

7:18 p.m.: During the cocktail hour guests enjoyed nibblers such as crimini feta caps and sirloin crostini while the Rosewood Quartet string ensemble played. F. Dok Harris, business partner of Ms. Wukich (who is keeping her maiden name), said he “couldn’t be happier for them!” Godard Abel, a longtime friend of Mr. Nocito’s, added “It’s wonderful, I’ve known Joe since the ninth grade. They make a great couple.”

8:36 p.m.: Dancing before dinner? Yes, please! The 13,000-square-foot tent transported guests into an enchanted forest complete with lush green ferns, white roses, creamy hydrangeas and delicate orchids. Studio E performed such hits as Pharrell’s “Happy,” which had the crowd on its feet immediately. As the bride and groom entered to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” the dance floor became the place to be. “I’ve never been happier in my whole life, I absolutely adore my wife,” said a beaming Mr. Nocito. His bride took a look around the room and gushed, “I’m the girl who never wanted a wedding, but Bill Chisnell created a fantasy for us.” Mr. Chisnell was the floral designer and stylist who worked closely with event planner Diana Rua (who called this the wedding of the year on Twitter).

 

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Joseph Nocito Jr. places the ring on Alexis Wukich during the marriage ceremony on the 18th green with Luke Ravenstahl officiating. Nocito's children are Haley, 12, Will, 14, far left to right in background, and her parents Dane and Beverly Wukich, brother Nicholas and Olivia Kosanovich.

 

9:26 p.m.: Guests tasted top-shelf liquor as well as a variety of wines with their filet mignon, jumbo lump crab with a lobster sherry cream sauce and asparagus wrapped in lemon grass, courtesy of Olde Stonewall. They sat amid the twinkling “fireflies” (thanks to LUXE Lighting & Atmospheres of Lawrenceville) settled among the flowers. The cream and gold colored linens, provided by Mosaic Linens and rustic table settings by All Occasions enhanced the dreamy night. “This is unbelievably beautiful,” said Debbie Henzes (in Vera Wang) with husband, Mark. Sweet treats provided by Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique in Aspinwall and Lawrenceville kept mouths happy while the whimsical wedding cake was only for the bride and groom’s families to share.

11:06 p.m.: Rain couldn’t stop the Zambelli fireworks from lighting up the night sky. Meanwhile guests snapped pictures in the Shutterbooth photo booths and enjoyed the Goodfellow cigar bar and slushies from the liquid nitrogen station while D.J. Enn Era kept the party going.

12:14 a.m.: Coffee and doughnuts awaited guests as they bid goodnight to the bride and groom with parting gifts of golf balls and golf tees inside their tote bag, all with the Wukich crest emblazed on them.

#SEEN: Joe Sr. and Judi Nocito (in St. John’s), Dr. Dane and Beverly Wukich, Mark and Catherine Loevner (in Herve Leger), Jim and Ruby Kang, Laura Kronk, Tim McVay and David Bush (in coordinated Ralph Lauren), Kate Colligan, Karalyn Emrich (in Rebecca Taylor), Remie Ferreira and Randi Robertson, Kat Katawczik (#SEENBestDressedGuest in Donna Karan) with husband Dennis, Evan Michaelson, Jonathan and Jennifer D’Antonio, Rob and Mary Goldberg, Stephanie Marcione, Shawn Knight, Jayme Burke and Barbara Burge (both in Herve Leger), Dr. Dekarlos Dial with Tasha Dial, Mark Rush, Chris Ivey, Sandee Kozel (in Chanel), John and Judy Woffington, Julie Coletti and Giovanni Mineo.

 

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Alexis Wukich is escorted by her father Dane Wukich.

 

Fun Facts:

• Matching his and her bling: Ms. Wukich’s engagement ring was from Orr’s Jewelers in Sewickley. It was a three-carat brilliant cut stone set in platinum flanked by half-moon shaped stones weighing 1.05 carats total along with princess cut diamonds mounted on the side walls in a channel setting, designed by JB Star. The matching platinum wedding band was also designed by JB Star and contained 10 princess cut diamonds weighing 0.75 carats. Mr. Nocito’s platinum wedding band was handcrafted by Jeff Cooper.

• The wedding bouquet comprised more than 250 brooches including roughly 30 that Ms. Wukich chose, such as a koi fish and golf ball. “We wanted something that would complement her gown, something special that she could keep forever,” Bill Chisnell said of his creation.

• The Pnina Tornai wedding gown from Kleinfeld’s in New York City, was a $16,800 off-white, jeweled bodice, dropped waist mermaid style with cap sleeves and pleated silk tulle, tiered skirt.

• The $5,600 Pnina Tornai veil came with a headband, but Ms. Wukich changed it out for an Ellen Hunter wreath design that she felt “better suited the vibe of the dress. I wanted something unique and I absolutely love it.”

• The couple plans to honeymoon in Ireland this summer.

• As a surprise wedding gift, Mr. Nocito plans to build a home comparable to his family’s 32,400-square foot estate in Bell Acres for his bride and young family in the Sewickley area, where they currently reside.

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