Laura Marie Dorman & Kurtis Harris Schoener

July 7, 2012

Jane and Keith Dorman; Stephanie and Jeff Schoener

The Catholic service was officiated by Father Albin McGinnis at the St. John Neumann Parish (2230 Rochester Road, Franklin Park; 412/366-2020,, the bride’s childhood church. Toby Cordek served as cantor and performed on the piano while Katie Myers accompanied him on cello. Readings at the family-focused event were recited by relatives of the bride and groom; Laura’s younger sister, Elisabeth (a vocal performance major at Duquesne University), sang "Ave Maria" during the service.

The bride held a cascading bouquet of white roses and lilies designed by Chris Kasyan. Chris also created the reception centerpieces.

Veronica Varos Photography (330 46th St., Lawrenceville; 412/969-2550, photographed everything from the ceremony to the dance party.

Laura wore a Pronovias lace gown with a fitted bodice and dramatic train from the Elegant Bride in Columbus, Ohio (614/766-0600, Yellow peep-toe pumps by Nina ( added a pop of color to her ensemble, and her cousin’s cathedral-length veil served as “something-borrowed.” Laura also wore a pearl bracelet given to her by Kurtis on the morning of their wedding, purchased from Caritoti Jewelers ( — where he also bought Laura's engagement ring.

Kurtis wore a white shirt and dark gray suit from Jos. A. Bank ( matched with a yellow tie by Sean John (

The couple’s reception was held in the Admiral Room of the Sheraton Hotel at Station Square (300 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square; 412/261-2000, Brightly colored floral centerpieces — including roses, daisies and lilies — decorated the tables and helped to capture the warm personalities of the bride and groom.

Butlers handed out antipasto kabobs, hibachi chicken and beef wellington pastries as appetizers; at the sit-down dinner, mushroom and Brie soup, a Mediterranean salad, teriyaki salmon and Boursin-stuffed chicken breast were served. In lieu of a guestbook, invitees instead signed bottles of wine that would later be displayed in the couple’s home. Pretzel Crazy (412/526-1300, made chocolate-covered pretzel favors.

Thanks to Laura’s mother and Joe Benson, the Sheraton’s wedding consultant, everything came together nicely.

Bethel Bakery (5200 Brightwood Road, Bethel Park; 412/835-6658, supplied a white-almond cake with strawberry filling.

Entertainment was provided by PJ the DJ (Entertainment Unlimited: 1701 Banksville Road, Dormont; 412/343-7700,


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