Photography by Frank Heny Photography
This is the story of Kathi Finch and Tom Yeh. They met in June 2003 while at a wine tasting at Silky’s Crow’s Nest in Sharpsburg and then, continued to run into each other randomly, yet happily, again and again.
Finally, after many encounters, Kathi resolved to give Tom her number. Our soon-to-be couple was certainly on the same page — he’d also decided to ask for her digits that same night, too, at Bar Louie in Station Square.
Let’s skip ahead to March 2006. At home one evening, they were reclining on the couch when Tom presented Kathi with a book he’d authored: The Adventures of Tom and Kathi, Volume I. Filled with pictures and a poem telling of their time together, the last page held a surprise ending — a photo of an engagement ring and the words “Will you marry me?” She looked up to see the same sparkling band in Tom’s hands, ready to fit her finger.
They were married by Reverend David McFarland at Shannopin Country Club. Tom and Kathi chose the readings and wrote their vows. “We wanted something that spoke to us, who we are, and what we wish for our marriage,” explains Kathi.
In an outdoor ceremony, they met beneath a wrought-iron trellis, woven with hydrangea, irises, and ivy. The bride wore a strapless sheath with a flowing, four-foot train. Despite a forecast predicting rain, the sun shone through the moment when their lips met in their first kiss as husband and wife.
The celebration commenced in the country club’s ballroom, decorated in the springiest of styles. The Yehs danced to “Songbird” and, after being announced, cut the cake. It was a sweet creation from Lincoln Bakery, flavored with almond, covered in silky buttercream icing, and layered with fresh strawberries. During dinner, the newlyweds thanked their loved ones with a heartwarming toast.
After honeymooning in Costa Rica, they returned to Kathi’s hometown of Pittsburgh, where they now reside. The first chapter of their book complete, the rest of their tale is still in the works.