Devanny was celebrating her 19th birthday on June 11, 2009, when Tommy, a friend of a mutual friend, walked into her basement. The two engaged in immediate conversation, ultimately deciding to exchange numbers at the end of the night. The next day, Tommy continuously asked to meet up, but Devanny felt like she barely knew him – they did just meet each other, after all. After Tommy’s persistence, Devanny accepted his invitation to a dinner date at Indigo Joe’s Sports Pub in Westport Village (which has since closed), where they continued their effortless conversation from the party. The two officially started dating on July 3, 2009.
In December 2014, the couple planned a weekend getaway to Pittsburgh to watch the Steelers play the Kansas City Chiefs the weekend before Christmas. Tommy is a huge Steelers fan, so this was not the couple’s first trip to Pittsburgh. On this trip, Tommy decided to do similar activities to what they did on their first trip to the city five years ago. They went to Coal Hill Steakhouse at The Grandview Saloon, which overlooks the city, and then they went ice skating at PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh. After waiting in line for two hours in the freezing cold, they finally made it inside the rink. While they were skating, Tommy asked someone to take their picture in front of the Christmas Tree, just like they had done five years ago. While Devanny was posing for the picture, Tommy took her hand and got down on one knee with a diamond ring in his hand. The bystander never took their picture. Instead, they had videotaped the entire proposal.
Devanny knew she wanted a wedding dress that fit her style and personality – conservative, elegant and traditional. When she first walked into Couture Closet, her matron of honor pointed to her dress and said, “That’s it.” When Devanny tried on the “Sunshine” wedding gown from Blush by Hayley Paige, she truly felt like a bride.
“The laced high neckline and sheer bottom was perfect for me,” Devanny says. “The Couture Closet team recommended making the back a ‘V’ cut instead of a keyhole, and I am so glad the Couture Closet seamstress was able to execute.”
Being raised Catholic, Devanny knew she wanted to get married in a Catholic church and exchange traditional vows. The problem she encountered when picking her location was that most Catholic churches have early wedding ceremonies.
“St. Boniface Catholic Church allowed us to have our ceremony any time before 5 p.m.,” Devanny says. “Plus the church is absolutely breathtaking.”
Planning her special day was a breeze for Devanny. She works for the event planning company Essential Details, so she was able to mostly do all the pre-planning with her mom and Tommy. Working in an office surrounded by other event planners allowed Devanny to bounce ideas off of them. They had a lot of brainstorming sessions where they discussed logistics and design.
“I had always envisioned having our wedding reception in a traditional and elegant ballroom with hardwood floors and tall ceilings,” Devanny says. “We looked around at a couple of venues, however the setup and design in the Beaux Arts Ballroom at The Henry Clay was beyond my wildest dreams.”
Not only was the venue connected to the Hilton Garden Inn where all the 225 guests could stay, Devanny and her bridesmaids were able to get ready in the bridal suite located across the hall from the ballroom. She was even able to see the room being set up with all the decor items (centerpieces, linens, table numbers, charger plates and votives).
“My vision was to have flowers that were soft, simple and tasteful,” Devanny shares. “My bridesmaids’ dresses were a soft color, and I decided light pinks and whites would look great against their dresses. For the centerpieces, I wanted to accent in golds and use similar florals for the tablescapes. It was a plus that Essential Details has some beautiful gold vases and gold mercury glass votives in our inventory.”
After deciding on the color scheme, Devanny realized the wall colors in the Beaux Arts Ballroom are light pink and light green, which fit perfectly. On the big day, Sheryl Thompson, Director at Essential Details and Allyson Nestor, Weddings & Events Coordinator, were both in attendance to make sure everything ran flawlessly.
Cheers to the happy couple, and best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness!
Venue: St. Boniface Catholic Church and The Henry Clay
Photography: GingerSnaps Photography — Krystal Mitchell
Videography: Puppy Pixel Production — Matt Graf
Bride’s Gown: Couture Closet; After Glow Wedding Boutique (veil, belt and jewelry)
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique
Hair: LeBliss Salon & Spa (Megan McCall)
Makeup: MAC Makeup (Lorraine Allen)
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: Rebecca’s Black Tie
Invitations, programs & menu cards: Sister-in-law, Rachel Kuhn, designed all paper products; purchased from Cards & Pockets
Flowers: Blooms by Essential Details
Catering: Wiltshire Pantry
Music: Complete Music (John Wilson)
Cake: Desserts by Helen
Guest accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown, The Brown Hotel and Embassy by Hilton Louisville Downtown
Transportation: Miller Transportation Trolley
Rentals: Essential Details & Reliable Rentals