Start of a new life downtown


First Posted: 9/25/2013

Talk about quick turnover.

The Boden Store, the primary tenant of The Open Space in downtown Pittston closed at 3 p.m. last Saturday and a wedding reception started at 6 p.m.

There was no time to waste. Boden had to be torn down and The Open Space had to set up as a reception hall.

“Everything went great,” said the new Mrs. David Joyce.

Earlier last Saturday, David Joyce Jr. married Jamie Balberchak at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, part of Corpus Christi Parish, in West Pittston.

The day was rainy, buy joyful nonetheless.

“We were looking for something completely different,” Jamie said. “We didn’t want our wedding to be just like all the other weddings; we wanted ours to stand out. We struggled to find a location.”

The groom’s father, a chef, planned to prepare the food and they needed a hall that didn’t come with an in-house cater. The bride’s aunt, Lori Nocito, suggested The Open Space would be perfect.

And it was.

Jamie said the décor was vintage meets modern and it was “absolutely beautiful.” There were ivory table runners showing off the vintage wood and “candles everywhere.”

“Everything was so beautiful,” she said.

Depite only having three hours to set up, everything went off without a hitch. “The team made the impossible possible,” Jamie said. “Despite the rain, it was a great day.”

Music for the evening was provided by Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots, which includes David’s uncle, Charles Infantino. The first song the couple danced to was “Times Like These” by the Foo Fighters, played by groomsman Steve Martin.

The new couple met many years ago when Jamie was 15 and David was 17. They dated throughout high school (she went to Wyoming Area and he went to Pittston Area) and college (both went to Penn State). They became engaged last September and ultimately decided Sept. 21 was the day they’d tie the knot.

Jamie is a speech therapist at a special education school in Malvern and David is a greenskeeper at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. The couple resides in Phoenixville.

Jamie complimented the wedding coordinator, Danielle Pasternak and her team and the decorator, Cole Nine Design. Gene Philbin of Peculiar Culinary assisted with the catering.

Nocito said The Open Space was an ideal locale.

“It was really a collaborative effort among the Pittston Redevelopment Authority, Boden and the couple’s team,” Nocito said. “Everything was so great.”

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