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The Unforgettable Wedding of Ashley Thurby and Rich Kolesar: A Celebration of Love

Fred Bahnson 

Join us as we delve into the enchanting wedding ceremony of Ashley Thurby and Rich Kolesar. Despite the rain on their special day, their unwavering joy and love prevailed, setting the stage for a lifetime of wedded bliss. Let’s explore the remarkable details of their wedding celebration, filled with elegance, charm, and unforgettable moments.

The Wedding Theme: Tiffany & Co. Inspired Glamour

Ashley Thurby had a clear vision for her dream wedding. Drawing inspiration from the timeless elegance of Tiffany & Co., she worked closely with Christina Domasky, a certified wedding designer at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, to bring her vision to life. From the dazzling wedding invitations created by Soiree Custom Paper Co. to the bejeweled white cake with milk chocolate truffle filling crafted by Nemacolin’s talented pastry chef, Scott Tennant, every aspect exuded understated glamour and charm.

The Ceremony

The couple exchanged vows at the New Life Covenant Church in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania, just a short distance from the resort. Before the ceremony commenced, heartwarming videos showcased their love story, leaving the audience teary-eyed with emotion. Ashley Thurby was accompanied by her nine closest friends and family, dressed in elegant Tiffany blue chiffon one-shoulder floor-length gowns from The Boutique in Uniontown. Carrying vibrant fuschia bouquets composed of lilies, Gerber daisies, roses, and hydrangeas from Neubauer’s Flowers, they gracefully walked down a rose-petal lined aisle, creating a picturesque scene.

The ceremony itself featured a touching and humorous sermon delivered by Reverend Robert Ellenberger. He playfully remarked on the bliss of Adam and Eve’s first home, highlighting the absence of in-laws. A standout moment occurred when the father of the bride, Joseph Thurby Jr., serenaded the couple with a heartfelt rendition of “God Gave Me You” shortly after their vows were exchanged.

A Rainy Blessing and Joyous Reception

As the rain momentarily ceased, allowing the sun to cast its radiant glow upon the newlyweds, friends and family joined in a unique and joyous celebration. Rather than traditional rice, bubbles filled the air, symbolizing the couple’s happiness and marking the beginning of their shared journey. The reception, hosted at Nemacolin, provided an ideal setting for loved ones to mingle, savor delectable appetizers and drinks, and share their heartfelt wishes for the newlyweds.

The grand ballroom, filled with approximately 250 guests, set the stage for a memorable evening. DJ Klean Kut introduced the couple’s first dance with a heartwarming statement, emphasizing the celebration of love, life, and family. Ashley Thurby’s lace mermaid-style gown, adorned with sparkling crystals from Bridal Beginnings, shimmered under the dance floor lights as her husband gracefully swept her off her feet.

Indulging in Culinary Delights

Guests reveled in a four-course culinary experience meticulously crafted by Nemacolin’s head chef, Michael Dick. The menu included baked French onion soup, a classic wedge salad, herb-roasted filet mignon with mushroom risotto, jumbo lump crab crusted halibut, and, of course, a wedding cake adorned with fresh strawberries.

The Beginning of Forever

During the heartfelt toast by the best man, James Bottles, he offered his friends a profound wish: “May today be the day you love each other the least.” As the evening unfolded, approximately 250 guests raised their glasses to celebrate the union of Ashley Thurby and Rich Kolesar, showering them with love and well wishes.

The couple embarked on their honeymoon at Sandals Royal Bahamian in the Bahamas. Their walk-out suite provided breathtaking views of the pristine white sand and crystal clear water. Adventurous activities such as jetskiing through crystal blue waters and snorkeling above a vibrant coral reef set the tone for an unforgettable week, while romantic dinners on the beach added an extra touch of magic.

Returning to Uniontown, the couple began the next chapter of their lives together. They eagerly embraced the joys of homeownership, dedicating their time to transforming their house into a perfect haven. The couple added a new bathroom and a dedicated “sports” room adorned with memorabilia from their favorite Pittsburgh teams: the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. Their home, a testament to their hard work and dedication, symbolizes the beginning of a beautiful and fulfilling life together.

Ashley Thurby and Rich Kolesar plan to spend the coming years traveling and cherishing the simple pleasures of married life. Their wedding day, filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories, marked the start of their incredible journey as a married couple.