By Kait Clark
Photography by BoxWood Photography
Despite the fact that Kelley Calvert and Frank Bedoloto kept seeing one another — for months! — at one of their favorite bistros, Hoffstot’s in Oakmont, they never spoke. And they didn’t speak until a mutual friend, who had noticed their many similarities, arranged a not-so-blind date. “Frank called and asked if I wanted to go out and watch a Steelers game somewhere. But we don’t call that our first date — it was just a causal ‘hangout’ to see if things would work out,” says Kelley, laughing. “But that was it. I knew right away.”
A few days later, Frank invited her out on their first proper date, dinner at Capital Grille, where they chatted by candlelight for more than four hours. “I remember calling my mom after and saying, ‘I met the guy I’m going to marry,’” says Kelley.
After a whirlwind six months of dating bliss, Frank surprised Kelley at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens with a marriage proposal and a custom-designed ring from Henne Jewelers. “We were walking through this outdoor area of the Conservatory, into Frick Park and onto this beautiful cobblestone road. I was playing around with my camera, taking pictures of the beautiful setting, and I turn around and Frank’s down on one knee,” says Kelley. “He did everything right. He called my dad first to ask for permission.” They enjoyed their engagement that night with an early dinner at Girasole, and their union came full circle when they celebrated later that night with friends at none other than the place they first crossed paths: Hoffstot’s.
Annalisa Mantellini of Positano Eventi helped to organize a stress-free experience and offered tons of vendor recommendations.
Thanks to the small size of Positano, Mantellini personally knew the florist, villa owner, and limo driver (who was also her dad). “Annalisa was the perfect connection to the town and she directed me everywhere. Before the wedding, we went back and forth e-mailing. We told her how we envisioned our day, and she would e-mail ideas back to us. Everything was planned beforehand thanks to her. All we had to do was show up,” Kelley says.
Kelley and Frank’s wedding in the quaint, picturesque town of Positano, Italy, presented them with a unique opportunity to skip out on decorations. “We were striving for something romantic and very intimate. We wanted to use the setting and the ambiance of the Amalfi Coast as our decoration,” says Kelley.
Kelley and Frank kept the guest list small, inviting only 10 family members and close friends to join them on their Italian wedding adventure. With both sets of parents, Kelley’s siblings, and Frank’s two best friends in tow, there was no need for a bridal party. “Everyone stood as a witness. It was really about our union and the love between the two of us and starting our new life together,” says Kelley.
Oh, the Drama!
Kelley purchased her Amsale satin halter gown at Hitched Bridal Couture in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The elegant, modern design was a flawless extension of Kelley’s personality. “My sister says I’m a very dramatic person, and so was the dress, I think, because of the ruffles. But it also had this subtle, sexy flair. It was so much fun to wear — and it had pockets! — which sold me right there. Frank laughed when I told him about the pockets. He asked what in the world I was going to put in them and I said, ‘Whatever I want!’” Kelley says, with a laugh. On the big day, she carried her engagement ring, her written vows, and of course, tissues, in her pockets.
During the week of the wedding, the couple rented a grand villa for their guests. With all of the preparations out of the way, everyone was able to relax and enjoy the scenic Italian town. The men ventured into a town bar to catch a soccer game, while the ladies walked down the street to the local florist shop to choose flowers for the table centerpiece. Kelley selected colorful fresh flowers to put in small glass vases for the reception table, and her mother designed her cream-colored bridal bouquet with a traditional twist. “Frank and I asked each of our grandmothers for a little special trinket, and then my mom wove the little trinkets into the ribbons around the bouquet,” says Kelley. The wedding band, locket, cross pendant, and medallion kept the memory of their grandmothers close.
Home, Sweet Home
After almost three weeks of nonstop traveling throughout Italy and Europe, coming back to the United States was bittersweet, Kelley says. Both the newlyweds knew that they wanted to have an encore wedding celebration back home in Pittsburgh. “We had so much going on when we got back, we didn’t have a free weekend until four months later,” Kelley says. “My brother jokes that I was trying to drag out being a bride as long as I could.” The cocktail party at The Sewickley Café featured a variety of cupcakes baked by Nordstrom, so delicious that guests were sneaking the baked goodies home in their coat pockets.