Sandra Lugaila and Keith Kutchman

July 22, 2006

For Sandra Lugaila, the 13th time was a charm. After being a bridesmaid in a dozen weddings, she finally got her chance to be the bride when she and her groom, Keith Kutchman, were wed in an outdoor ceremony on July 22, 2006. Sandra and Keith were introduced through a mutual friend in the fall of 2002. The following spring, they began dating, quickly discovering that they had a lot in common–both graduated from Montour High School (He in ’86, she in ’91) and enjoyed golfing. Sandra instantly embraced Keith’s love for boating, allowing them to spend a great deal of time on the rivers. He proposed on Christmas eve 2005 after looking at rings in the Clark Building with Sandra a few weeks earlier. They decided on a short engagement and planned a celebration with 250 family and friends in attendance. Sandra, a Montessori preschool teacher in Emsworth, and Keith, a utility worker, reside in Moon Township.

Ceremony: The outdoor ceremony was held in a gazebo at Celebrations and More in Imperial. The bride was presented in marriage by her father, John Lugaila. The Rev. Barry Lewis of Sewickley United Methodist Church officiated. Celebrations and More, 8110 Steubenville Pike, Imperial; 412/695-4333.

Rings: The engagement ring and wedding bands were purchased at Frost and Co. Sandra’s engagement ring, designed by Greg Nichols, features a round 1.17-carat center stone set in 18k white gold. The groom’s wedding ring is a simple, white-gold band. Clark Building, Suite 212, 717 Liberty Ave., downtown; 412/471-2234,

wedding Reception: Celebrations and More also served as the location for the reception. The food stations were indoors, with seating for guests both inside and outside. The DJ played on an outdoor covered deck, which featured a bar.

Menu: The simple yet elegant menu featured Romaine and Caesar salads, garlic breadsticks, a pasta station with three sauces and a carving station with roasted ham and prime rib complemented by oven-roasted potatoes.

Centerpieces: The pink Gerber daisy centerpieces were provided by Cuttings and arranged in pink and green ceramic vases from IKEA. Cuttings, 524 Locust Place, Sewickley; 412/741-7227. IKEA, 2001 Park Manor Blvd., Robinson Town Centre, Robinson; 412/747-0747,

Rehearsal Dinner: A relaxed rehearsal dinner hosted by the bride was held the Thursday before the ceremony at Celebrations and More. Dinner was served on the outdoor deck and included salads and sandwiches.

Invitations: The bride and groom purchased printable invitations from Target. They were adorned with a pink bow with white polka dots. Target, various locations, see website for details:

Flowers: The bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets were created with pink Gerber daisies in various shades of pink from Cuttings.

Bride’s Dress: Sandra’s strapless A-line gown was fashioned of ivory organza with ribbon detail on the waist and skirt. The veil was custom-designed by Clarissa Boutique. David’s Bridal, 6525 Robinson Centre Drive, Robinson; 412/787-2900, Clarissa Boutique, 1700 E. Carson St., South Side; 412/432-3299.

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The four teenage girls and two children who served as Sandy’s bridesmaids wore Lilly Pulitzer sundresses. The dresses reflected a variety of styles of the same Cabana floral and pink hibiscus print. Palm Place, 723 Filbert St., Shadyside; 412/683-5530,

Groom: In keeping with the simplicity of the celebration, the groom wore a tan tailored suit with a light-pink tie from Men’s Warehouse. 324 Amity St., Waterfront, Homestead; 412/464-2524,

Cake: Gwen Homitz of Creative Cakes created a Sylvia Weinstock-inspired, four-tiered white hexagon cake adorned with green icing and 800 pink gum-paste sugar hydrangeas, which were ordered online from Petite Fleurs. Creative Cakes & More, 5510 Glass Road, Robinson; 412/788-2253, Petite Fleurs,

Honeymoon: The groom planned to surprise his bride with a honeymoon on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean, but friends ruined the surprise, and she discovered that they would be staying at the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort and Spa. The couple spent seven days sailboating, snorkeling and visiting as many of the 365 beaches as possible. Travel arrangements were prepared by Leslie Raymond. Raymond’s Travel, 1346 Silver Lane, Robinson; 412/859-3803.

DJ: Rhythm of the Night’s Ken Midgley; 412/367-1565.

Live Music: Zapology provided Jamaican music before, during and after the ceremony. 412/400-8107.

Photographer: B&L Photography, 412/527-8029,

Most Memorable Event: The bride will never forget the intense sunshine that illuminated her walk down the aisle after just experiencing a 10-minute rain delay before the ceremony. She and her groom enjoyed looking out from the gazebo to see all of their family and friends celebrating with them.   

Categories: Weddings