By Rachel Jones | Photographs from Steven Dray Images

Sometimes, it just takes a single item or experience to spark the entire theme for a wedding. For Kelsey Russell and Trey Satterfield, it was her wedding dress! Shopping with a friend who flew in from L.A., Kelsey said she wasn’t set on a color. “Meaning white versus ivory,” Kelsey clarifies with a laugh. When the shop attendant handed her a strapless blush gown, Kelsey wasn’t thrilled but tried it on regardless. All lace with a jeweled belt, the dress proved to be equal parts detailed and comfortable. “Once I put it on, I knew I wouldn’t want anything else,” Kelsey says. “Since my dress was non-traditional, it threw off what I had in my mind. I had to start from scratch.” The color scheme shifted to a warm palette of pink, red, and purple. The soft, romantic vibe radiated throughout the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum ceremony and reception. Kelsey and Trey chose the venue to introduce out-of-town guests to the city the couple now calls home. “We love Pittsburgh so much and wanted people to experience it,” Kelsey says. “I was blown away by how much fun it was to be surrounded by people we love, supporting and having a party with us!”


Accommodations & Rehearsal Dinner: Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
Cake: Oakmont Bakery
Caterer: The Chef & I Catering
Ceremony & Reception: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
Entertainment: Bachelor Boys Band
Florals: The Farmer’s Daughter
Hair & Makeup: Hannah Conard
Honeymoon: Cancun, Mexico
Photographer: Steven Dray Images

“I loved our first look,” Kelsey says. “I knew seeing each other for the first time would be overwhelming for us, so we chose to do it alone.”

During a stretch of long-distance dating, Trey proposed to Kelsey as soon as he arrived back in Pittsburgh. “He said he couldn’t wait any longer!”

Trey and his nine groomsmen chose a softer look with gray suits.

Kelsey and Trey shared their first dance as husband and wife to John Legend’s “Stay With You.” “John Legend was one of the first concerts we went to together.”

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