Cassandra Rene Kaliszewski and Peter Michael Byrnes were united in marriage April 21, 2017 during a 1 p.m. outdoor ceremony at the Mayernik Center, in Avonworth Park, Pittsburgh. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Rev. David Anderson and highlighted by a violin duet.
Cassandra is the daughter of Marlene and Richard Kaliszewski, Pittsburgh. She is grand-daughter to the late Norbert and Frances Kaliszewski and the late Edwin and Mary Golebiewski, of Pittsburgh.
Peter is the son of Marian and Michael Byrnes, Kingston. He is grandson to Catherine and the late Basil Lynch, Kingston, and Don and the late Carmen Byrnes, Portland, Oregon. He is brother to Michelle Byrnes, Kingston; and Catherine Byrnes, New York City.
The bride was attended by her sister Alaena Kaliszewski McCool, Baltimore, Maryland, as maid of honor; Eva Rubinoff, Bronx, New York; Meredith Shaver, Austin, Texas; and Whitney Kerr, Scottsdale, Arizona. The best man was Nicholas Pleskach, Kingston. His groomsmen were Matt McCool, brother-in-law of the groom, Craig McClintock, New York, New York; and “RJ” Robert Azain, Kingston.
The bride wore a white satin strapless A-line gown with cathedral train, empire waistline with a laced back and long sleeve sheer lace jacket. Her bouquet was a mixture of lavender, lilacs and roses. Her bridesmaids wore different shades of lilac and lavender colored sheer off one shoulder gowns and carried matching bouquets. The groom and groomsmen wore grey three-piece suits with boutonnieres and the parents wore either corsages or boutonnieres that coordinated with the bride’s flowers.
Bride and groom chose as a couple to perform a Love Letter & Wine Box ceremony. The box contains a bottle of wine, two glasses, and a love letter from each to the other. The letters describe the good qualities they find in one another, the reasons they fell in love, and their reasons for choosing to marry. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and they have not seen what the other has written. They are to open this box to share and enjoy on their wedding anniversaries.
On the eve of the wedding, the couple and Michael and Marian Byrnes hosted a rehearsal dinner at the ‘Mallorca’ restaurant, South Side Pittsburgh. They served tapas, sangria and a full course menu of select seafood and Spanish cuisine.
Ms. Kaliszewski, 29, is a user experience design consultant and strategist, in Pittsburgh. She graduated from Baldwin High School in 2005 and Pittsburgh’s La Roche College in 2009. She worked as an IT designer in New York City. Mr. Byrnes, 29, is an IT project manager and consultant in Pittsburgh. He graduated from Wyoming Valley West High School in 2005 and New York’s Pace University in 2009. He interned at Roosevelt Hospital, New York and worked with Syntactx before moving to Pittsburgh.
The couple met in 2011 in New York City while living and working across town from each other. They currently reside in Pittsburgh’s scenic Mt. Washington neighborhood. They honeymooned in Barcelona, Athens and Santorini, Aegean Greece.