Ashley Curry and Michael Taylor Ponterio

Ashley and Michael were wed by Pastor Gary Denning at the First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh.

Donna and Jeffrey Curry;
Julius and Barbara Ponterio,
Barbara and James Dawson

Ashley and Michael were wed by Pastor Gary Denning at the First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh (159 N. Bellefield Ave., Oakland; 412/621-0500, Ashley’s 4-year-old daughter, Juliana, joined the couple in lighting the unity candle.

The bride carried a pristine bouquet of garden roses wrapped in white silk, constructed by Ken Milko of Flowers in the Attic (7505 Saltsburg Road, Penn Hills; 412/798-2200,

John C. Schisler Creative Photographie (412/400-9634, captured the essence of Ashley and Michael's magical day.

On the Bride:
Ashley chose a one-strap Maggie Sotero gown from MB Bride & Special Occasion (123 S. Urania Ave., Greensburg; 724/836-6626, with a long train and crystal appliqués. She wore remarkable accessories, including her mother’s baptismal cross pin, a Le Vian rose gold ring with a cotton-candy amethyst from her parents and crystal Nadri bangles from Nordstrom, a nod to her Lebanese heritage. She also surprised the groom by wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins garter.

On the Groom:
Michael wore a white jacket, black tuxedo pants and a black vest and bowtie, provided by the Modern Tux Shop (123 S. Urania Ave., Greensburg; 724/836-6626,

The newlyweds headed over to the Grand Hall at the Priory (614 Pressley St., North Side; 412/323-9394, to celebrate with their guests. Tables were decorated with pillared candle arrangements and plum gladiola centerpieces, created by Flowers in the Attic ( Pittsburgh Chair Covers (412/559-1725, provided ivory tablecloths and chair covers as well as champagne organza bows for each chair. The dinner menu included filet mignon with portabella mushrooms and almond-crusted chicken with goat-cheese filling and apricot glaze. Before departing, each guest received a box of homemade cookies and a thank-you card.

Priory Fine Pastries (525 E. Ohio St., North Side; 412/321-7270, provided a five-tier white buttercream cake with caramel filling and gold piping.

DJ Bryan of Big Day Entertainment, Video & Photography (2549 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/566-2900, kept guests dancing.

Categories: Weddings