Katherine + Zane
How did you meet?
Our love story started in high school. In 2011 I had just moved and enrolled in a new high school. I would pass Zane in the hallways and exchange small talk as we exchanged books from our lockers before the beginning of our classes. We didn’t keep in touch after graduation, until one day I passed him on my college campus! We we’re so excited to see each other and fell right back into our groove! The small talk and quiet conversations returned and Zane let me know that he was interested in pursuing more than just friendship…I on the other hand wasn’t interested and wanted to focus on building my career. After college graduation I moved back to our home and began my career tackling America’s opioid epidemic. Fate has a funny way of working because we had once again ran into each other, the small talk followed and I knew Zane kept popping into my life for a reason. We began officially dating in 2016 and the rest is history.
When did you know they were the one?
I knew Zane was everything I could look for in a partner because of the support he has given me our entire relationship–my goal in life is to do good work, and use my voice to advocate for those whose voices may not be heard. A big task! I knew that my work needed to coincide with that goal–so much of my life revolves around my work. It’s not something I do as a job, it’s how I live. That means I needed a partner who wasn’t scared of my ambition but matched it. I haven’t met anyone in my life that could understand my commitment to my work and was able to take a backseat to it, occasionally.
What are your three favourite attributes of your partner?
My three favourite things about Zane are his ability to empathize with people, his compassion for animals and how much he supports everyone in his life. He also looks like a GQ model which is also nice, but I’m assuming this question isn’t about looks!
Who proposed and how?
Zane had planned to propose at the National Cherry Blossom festival in Washington D.C. I went previously the last 3 years and the weather was terrible, in December of 2019 he surprised me with tickets to D.C. for a weekend trip in March 2020. No surprise, Zane had no idea that the global pandemic would halt his plans, the weekend that was originally planned for our trip Zane took me to the nearest state park that had cherry blossoms and got down on one knee!
Where did you fall in love with your dress and why?
I had originally tried it on at a salon in Pittsburgh, but wasn’t sure and went with another dress that I ended up not liking so I purchased my MWL Tommy online.
What was the best moment for you at the wedding?
The best moment at our wedding was being able to see our friends and family after the year long pandemic! Our state accelerated vaccine distribution and lifted covid restrictions the month of our wedding. After a year and half apart it was beyond emotional to see everyone come together in a safe manner.
What advice would you tell other brides?
My advice to other brides would be to focus on the love you have cultivated and make that the centre of your day. You may not be able to have the million dollar, over the top, extravagant wedding, but if you focus on letting your relationship be the guiding premise of your wedding you can’t go wrong.
What were your favourite details?
My favourite details included my embroidered denim jacket that paired well with my dress and the greenery wall my husband and I made. Our venue was stunning so we used minimal décor, including fresh italian ruscus, white roses and fresh eucalyptus garland.
Any standout vendors?
My photographer, Laurie Hamame. Laurie just began her career as a photographer, but her work will make you believe otherwise. Laurie is not only the most professional vendor we worked with, she also made our day so easy. It didn’t feel like she was a random person we hired to take pictures–she was apart of the crew! She is so social media savvy and turned our day into TikToks and IG reels as well as AMAZING photos that we will cherish, and we hope you will too! Her talent is out of this world and she embodies everything good in this world. She puts an emphasis on creating an environment that is fun, but she also makes a point to be inclusive to all body shapes, sizes, disabilities, race, religion, gender and sexualities. She’s has such a bright future ahead. Her social is @lauriehamame