by Rachel Jones | Photographs from Joey Kennedy Photography
——— Since Anne Murgel and James Kurtanich met on a golf course, it’s only natural that the couple would get engaged in an outdoor, athletic atmosphere. James surprised his girlfriend of eight years with a weekend getaway to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Anne was even more surprised when she completed a run on the zip line course and found James waiting on the landing platform, down on one knee.
The couple experienced their biggest adventure together with a wedding ceremony at the Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church in McKees Rocks and a reception in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Music Hall Foyer, glittering with a metallic color scheme. From a gold wax seal on their invitations to the sequined UGG boots Anne rocked at the reception, the precious metals were plentiful! While the five bridesmaids subtly sparkled in black cocktail dresses, Anne went for more shine. Hundreds of crystals and pearls under a mesh overlay covered the bodice of Anne’s Priscilla of Boston dress, which she found in Ohio.
“We didn’t do a lot of traditional things,” Anne says of her reception, DJed by Jeremy Ganss Productions. “I didn’t have a garter to toss, I didn’t have a dance with my dad.” Instead, Anne’s father shared the dance floor with his wife. Since crutches kept him off the dance floor on their wedding day, Anne wanted her parents to finally have that special moment. The selfless bride said her main goal was to cater to the 190 guests. “I really wanted everyone to have fun,” she says. And, with a post-wedding Oakland bar crawl capping off the evening, while still in wedding attire, we think she nailed it.
THE CEREMONY | To start their traditional Byzantine Catholic ceremony, James met Anne at the back of the church and escorted her down the aisle.
THE BOUQUET | Rachel Check of Hepatica Florist crafted an all-white bouquet for Anne and plum-colored bouquets of flowers and berries for the bridesmaids.
THE CENTERPIECES | “We wanted the centerpieces to be big, like an enchanted forest,” Anne explains. Intricate details, including candle lanterns and artichokes, added a variety of textures.
THE DETAILS | Anne completed her lavish look with pearl earrings from Henne Jewelers, an art deco diamond bracelet from her aunt, and a rhinestone headband from the Dress Shop.