Schenley Plaza closed this weekend for private wedding |

Schenley Plaza closed this weekend for private wedding

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
Schenley Plaza in Oakland is closed for a private event this weekend. Flowers sit outside the venue.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
Schenley Plaza in Oakland is closed for a private event this weekend. Trees have been brought in for the event.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
Schenley Plaza in Oakland is closed for a private event this weekend.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
A sign says Schenley Plaza in Oakland is closed for a private event this weekend.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
A sign says The Porch at Schenley in Oakland is closed for the nearby private event this weekend.

Schenley Plaza in Oakland is closed this weekend for a private wedding.

But no one wants to identify the happy couple.

The space is cordoned off. Several signs read: “THE PLAZA IS RESERVED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT.”

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, which runs and maintains the park, wrote on Facebook and Twitter: “The spaces are closed for a private event. The individuals hosting the event have requested anonymity. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support of Pittsburgh parks.”

John Peppper, a spokesman for the parks conservancy, said in an email that two University of Pittsburgh alumni are holding their wedding at the plaza.

“They selected the location because of its significance to their relationship,” Pepper said. “It’s a private, city-permitted event.”

During setup Friday, trucks lined the surrounding streets. Workers unloaded pots of palm and fiddle leaf trees and flower arrangements. Several ovens were lined up under the tent’s permanent plaza. A woman, who declined comment, was cleaning them Friday morning.

An additional tent was set up next to it where tables and other decorations were being assembled.

Two workers from Brentwood Distributing unloaded 60 cases of beer. They told someone they didn’t yet have the requested batch of IC Light. They asked a police officer who the event was for. He responded, “We don’t know.”

The Porch at Schenley restaurant also had a board sign outside saying it is closed for a private event and “we apologize for the inconvenience.” A Porch spokeswoman said it will open for brunch at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Renting the entire plaza for a day costs $7,500, according to the parks conservancy’s website.

“We understand the public’s disappointment, but areas of the plaza are routinely taken out of service for care, maintenance, etc., as occurs regularly with public spaces,” Pepper said.

The conservancy describes the space on its website: “Used as a parking lot for decades, the five-acre Schenley Plaza was restored to its intended use by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and its community partners in 2006.”

The scene is being designed by Pittsburgh-based Luxe Creative, owned by Martin Potoczny. He was at the site on Friday but told a reporter he was too busy to talk. His work is nationally known. He recently created the “Passport to Elegance” gala for the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix at the Allegheny Airport in West Mifflin.

Here is a wedding Luxe recently handled.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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