Noteworthy Wedding: Colleen Horn & Patrick Doyle, Jr.
Colleen Horn and Patrick Doyle, Jr. grew up doors apart on Maxwell Street in the East End. Their families were close friends; they attended the same schools and church, but it took a chance meeting in a Philadelphia bar to bring the two Wilkes-Barre natives together. That evening, Patrick asked, “Colleen Horn, why aren’t we dating?” A love affair grew from there.
A weekend trip to the beach was derailed by Patrick’s proposal. Patrick used the ruse of meeting his brother in the parking lot of St. Nicholas Church to return running shoes. When Patrick called to Colleen to help search in the trunk, instead of shoes, she found Patrick down on one knee with a ring. A limo quickly appeared whisking the couple to Colleen’s parents’ home where a surprise party awaited the pair. An airplane circled above announcing the excitement with a celebratory banner reading “Congrats Colleen and Patrick– Engaged!”
The couple married on September 14, 2013 at St. Nicholas Church in Wilkes-Barre, the parish that both bride and groom grew up in and attend today. The traditional Catholic ceremony incorporated the Irish Wedding Song, a Couple’s Prayer, and the offertory donation was dedicated to St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen and Big Brothers/Big Sisters– charity organizations for which the couple serves as board members. A bag piper played as a tribute to the couple’s deceased grandfathers. The church was lined with columns and six-foot vases filled with gold branches and white orchids.
The bride’s dress was custom made by Jaehee Bridal in New York with a 148-inch veil and six-foot detachable train. The black-tie reception at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in Scranton welcomed 300 guests. A cursive “D” for “Doyle,” surrounded by Romanesque leaves, adorned the custom-built dance floor, cake (made by Truly Scrumptious), 10-foot ice bar, aisle runner, napkins and unity candles that accompanied the black and gold room décor. The post-reception party continued at Trax Platform Lounge where guests were served local favorites such as Revelo’s pizza, hot Krispy Kreme Donuts and Coney Island Hot Dogs.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Mexico. They returned home to Plains. The bride is a Litigation Associate at Rosenn, Jenkins, Greenwald, LLP. The groom is a trial attorney specializing in personal injury at Anzalone Law Offices. –Julie Korponai
Photos: Rob Lettieri Photography