By Sierra Smith | Photographs from Ryan Zarichnak Photography

Although both Kimberly Russo and Ronald Joseph had been employees with Pittsburgh Public Schools for over a decade, the two never seemed to cross paths at quite the right time. But after some “scheming” from Kim and Ron’s co-workers, the two were finally set up for a date. Two years later, on a weekend trip to Chautauqua Lake, Ron surprised Kim by, first, knocking all of her jewelry off her nightstand, and then, as he was picking the jewelry up, presenting her with a gorgeous engagement ring. The couple decided to add numerous personal touches to their wedding including the officiant, Kim’s secretary, who is also an ordained minister; the venue, the Children’s Museum, where Kim had been a preschool teacher; and the wine, all from the Chautauqua region where the couple got engaged. But despite all of the special details, Kim says her favorite part of the day was the moment directly after the ceremony, when she and her new husband were able to gather with just the bridal party and immediate family to enjoy some time together. “Everyone was hugging and cheering,” says Kim. “The nerves from the ceremony were gone and we were officially married.”


Bride’s Gown: The Winner
Cake: Prantl’s Bakery
Caterer: big Burrito Full Service Catering
Ceremony: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s Art Studio
Entertainment & Lighting: North Pittsburgh Music
Favors: In lieu of favors, donations were made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the American Diabetes Association
Florals: Bloom Brigade
Hair & Makeup: Above All Grand Salon & Spa
Linens: Mosaic, Inc.
Photographer: Ryan Zarichnak Photography
Reception: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s Big Red Room
Rehearsal Dinner: Penn Brewery
Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental

Kim and Ron took photos on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University, the groom and his groomsmen’s alma mater.

The bride accessorized with a jeweled headband that matched her sheer, crystal-covered sleeves, as well as a black belt to match her bridesmaids.

Guests enjoyed Burnt Almond Torte from Prantl’s Bakery and Leona’s ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

The Big Red Room in the Children’s Museum matched Kim’s black-and-white color scheme perfectly. “I wanted pops of red,” Kim says, “and lots of polka dots!”

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