Amy Kathleen Pino and Andrew James Kelley

After the couple were first wed in a civil ceremony in Japan in 2010 so the bride could join her husband in the Air Force overseas, the couple returned to Pittsburgh to exchange vows in front of family and friends.

Anthony and Kathleen Pino; James and Jeanne Kelley

Because Andrew is a member of the United States Air Force, he and Amy, a Butler native, were first wed in a civil ceremony in Japan in 2010 so she could join him overseas. The couple returned to Pittsburgh a year later to exchange vows in front of family and friends.

An abbreviated Catholic ceremony was held in the Duquesne Chapel on the campus of Duquesne University (600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh; 412/396-6020;, where Amy attended pharmacy school. Father John Odeyemi officiated, and Benjamin Cornelius-Bates, professor at Duquesne’s Mary Pappert School of Music, played the organ and piano throughout the service. Amy’s childhood pastor, Reverend Paul Robert, did the ceremony’s readings.

Flowers for the ceremony and reception were provided by The Butler Florist (123 East Wayne Street, Butler; 724/282-2709; Amy carried a rich arrangement of mini purple calla lilies and pure white Phalaenopsis orchids with painted leaves. Bridesmaids held bouquets including purple and white astramaris and lilac roses, while groomsmen wore purple calla lily boutonnieres. Parents of the bride and groom wore flowers as well, with white rose boutonnieres for the fathers and wrist corsages for the mothers.

Dave Marmarelli of DGM Photography (135 Orchard Avenue, Glenshaw; 412/719-5966;

On the Bride:
Amy chose a fitted A-line gown with sequin designs and an extended train by Maggie Sottero from MB Bride (123 South Urania Avenue, Greensburg; 724/836-6626; Her accessories included her mother’s pearl necklace, 2-strand drop-pearl earrings, and a bracelet Andrew bought her for Valentine’s Day that served as her “something blue.”

On the Groom:
Andrew proudly wore his U.S. Air Force mess dress uniform.

The festivities continued on Duquesne’s campus at the Power Center Ballroom (1015 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh; 412/396-3516; The room’s floor-to-ceiling windows provided guests with a spectacular view of the city skyline as they celebrated Amy and Andrew’s big day. On the Bluff Catering (412/396-6613; provided delicious appetizers such as cream cheese-stuffed cucumber coins for the cocktail hour and also served a dinner including prime rib of beef and chicken scallopini with red pepper cream sauce.

Tables were decorated with genuine Japanese fans and chopsticks, dark purple linens (, and electric votive candles. Potted Phalaenopsis orchids shipped live from Hawaii ( served as centerpieces and were given to the couple’s family members at the end of the night. Guests enjoyed an unlimited photo booth that acted as Amy and Andrew’s guestbook and a cigar bar created by the groom (

A burnt almond torte cake with buttercream frosting was contributed by Oakmont Bakery (531 Allegheny Avenue, Oakmont; 412/826-1606, The cake’s outer layer was covered with sugar-coated toasted almonds and decorated with purple sugar orchids.

Red Hot Chameleon Entertainment ( played a mix of jazz, alternative, and classic rock for the dinner hour and Top 40 hits, oldies, and rock for dancing.

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