There’s a touch of destiny to Katie’s wedding dress story (which involves pizza and a trunk show)…one read will have you believing there’s such a thing as fate!
As if that weren’t enough wedding magic, these two met on their first day of freshman orientation at Mercyhurst University and have been together ever since. Plus, Killian is from Ireland, so when they celebrated their nuptials at the Omni William Penn with a stunning Art Deco-inspired affair, it was the first time many of their guests had been to the states.
How Katie found The Dress:
“Long before I got engaged, my husband and I walked to our favorite pizza place in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. We were having a nice time and didn’t even notice that they were closing up around us and had forgotten our pizza. So they sent us on our way with their apologies and our pizza, and we were walking past Anne Gregory when I saw my wedding dress in the window. We hadn’t even talked much about getting married, but for some reason, I was so drawn to the dress that I took a picture of it. And, as I stood there staring in the window eating pizza out of the box, I said to my husband, “I’m going to marry you in this dress someday.”
I was happily surprised when he proposed to me about a year later, and when we came back from our engagement trip, the dress was back in the window. I thought this was a sign, so booking my appointment with Anne Gregory was the very first thing I did for my wedding. I needed to try the dress on, though I didn’t even know who the designer was.
I was catching up with my best friend (and Maid of Honor) one night, and I mentioned my predicament and showed her the picture of the dress in my phone. She then went home and spent hours searching for it online before she found the dress— It was a Lea-Ann Belter, and it was called “Charlize,” from the Greydon Hall collection.
So I went to my appointment and asked for the dress by name (thanks to my amazing Maid of Honor), and it was the very first gown I tried on! I could have signed the paperwork and gone home then because I knew I had found my dress. But I suppose one dress does not constitute a proper appointment, so they pulled some more for me. The third dress I tried on was also a Lea-Ann Belter called “Josephine,” and I thought the front was just stunning. I offhandedly said, “Too bad I can’t have the front of this dress with the back of the first dress.” Next thing I know, Greg is on the phone talking to Lea-Ann and my custom designer gown was in production!
Lea-Ann was in Pittsburgh for a trunk show at Anne Gregory the next month, and I had the pleasure of meeting her. There is something so special about meeting the person who designed your gown. She took the time to talk with me about the dress and my wedding. She even sketched my gown for me while I was there, and she gave it to me to take home and keep. It is currently hanging in a frame in my home.
Since I knew years ago that I found the right person to spend the rest of my life with, the most important aspect of my wedding day, to me, was my gown. I worry about what would have happened if I never saw my dress in the window all those years ago. It was glamorous, elegant, comfortable and incredibly unique— it was better than anything I had ever dreamed of for myself on my wedding day— it was absolute perfection.”
Katie + Killian’s Pittsburgh Wedding Vendors
ceremony: St. Bernard Church, Mt. Lebanon | reception: Omni William Penn (Urban Room) | bridal salon: Anne Gregory for the Bride | hair & makeup: MCN Salon | photographer: Alex Jones Photography | flowers: Hepatica | cake: Bethel Bakery | DJ: Joel Lindsey | groomsmen attire: Valotta’s tuxedo