By Liz Petoniak / Photographs from Ryan Zarichnak
For Valentine’s Day, Patrick Kirby recreated the date where he and Stephanie Lenhart, his girlfriend of over a year, shared their first kiss. Beginning with a romantic dinner at Bangkok Balcony in Squirrel Hill, the pair then went ice skating at Schenley Park and for a walk up the hillside next to the rink. Stephanie remembers, “He stopped and said ‘I think our first kiss was right about here. I think this is the perfect place,’ and then he proposed. I’m so lucky — of course I said yes!” The lovebirds tied the knot at the stunning Immaculate Conception Church in Irwin — the same place Stephanie’s parents and grandparents were both married. “We didn’t do a first look, so walking down the aisle when we saw each other, we both had a ‘holy cow, I actually get to marry this person’ moment. It was my favorite memory from the day,” she says. Their 136 closest friends and family members gathered at the Grand Concourse to celebrate the couple, dance, and nosh on delicious food all while taking in the historical setting. Stephanie, floral designer and owner of The Blue Daisy Floral Designs, savored the experience of creating unique arrangements for the various table sizes at the venue. “It was my time to just do what I wanted — very romantic and vintage. I tried to keep in season as much as possible and had a lot of fun playing with the palette of the pinks, mauves, and that dusty green color.” Completing the nostalgic atmosphere and bringing together the vintage, throwback theme, The Boilermaker Jazz Band succeeded in getting guests on their feet following Stephanie and Patrick’s first dance to “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison. “We loved every minute of it,” she says.