Photography by Elaine Kennedy

kattsopchack_jaredbajorasThese Penn State sweethearts spent six years dating before getting engaged here in Pittsburgh, though Jared had many different proposal plans and places in mind, including popping the question on the beaches of Florida or on the campus of their alma mater. However, their hometown won out in the end. Before taking Katy to dinner to celebrate her birthday, Jared made a stop on Mt. Washington, and asked Katy to look out over the city below her, saying “This is our city, and this place is symbolic of our city,” he said before proposing. They honored their heritage and their hopes for a very intimate ceremony by traveling to the Atlantic coastline of Dingle, Ireland. They exchanged vows in a magical ceremony led by Monsignor Pádrig Ó Fiannachta, before traveling to the shore to share a traditional Celtic ring exchange ceremony before their seven guests. “We wanted our wedding day to be about us, and I wouldn’t have traded it for the world. It was the best day of my life so far, truly,” says Katy. Upon returning to Pittsburgh, the newlyweds hosted a carnival-themed picnic for 250 guests at the Westinghouse Lodge in Forest Hills, featuring party favors including cotton candy and treats from Peace, Love, and Little Donuts. Katy and Jared are expecting a baby girl, due in August.

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