• Ashley Mervin

Worth the Wait; a Gorgeous October Wedding | Sam & Briana | Stript District - Slate Pittsburgh

What was the venue, in what town and what was the couple’s name?

The venue was Slate Studio PGH in The Strip District of Pittsburgh. Our names are Briana Kinney and Sam Quadri.

How did the couple meet?

We met in college at Slippery Rock University at a local bar called Ginger Hill. Sam was friends with the husband of my friend so we all went out together on night. Sam and I hit it off instantly.

How did the groom propose?

He was home from Army training in Georgia. He flew in Friday morning and we went out to brunch and then to the Grove City Outlets because he was having the ring shipped to the jeweler at the mall. I kept asking to go to a bunch of stores, which ultimately worked out because the last store was right next to the jewelers so he ran out saying he had a phone call but was really getting the ring. He was nervous I would feel it in his jacket pocket all day. We were planning on going to Pittsburgh for dinner, but Sam kept saying how sick he felt. Despite this, he insisted we go to Pittsburgh and started getting dressed up in formal clothing. I wasn’t planning on getting dressed up and he said I didn’t have to, but after seeing him in a nice blazer and khakis, I put a dress on. We went to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where we met a mutual friend there as well. Sam was acting really weird at that point. We all walked around and finally came into the tulips garden where Sam said he wanted a picture of the two of us. He kept walking me around the garden to find the best place for the picture. Finally we found a place and he got down on one knee. I was so surprised and in shock that I didn’t say anything. I could hear myself saying “yes!” in my head but didn’t say it out loud. Sam got worried and ask again. And I finally said yet. After that, we called all our family and went to dinner at the Melting Pot.

What was their first date?

We kind of had two first dates. A couple days after we met, we went to the 13 Levels of Fear at Conneat Lake with our friends. But our first sit down dinner with just the two of us was at Compadres in Grove City.



Ashley Mervin with Loyalty Entertainment


Slate Studio PGH


Adrianna Papell dress bought at Carlisle’s in Pittsburgh


Dave Disanti


Men’s Warehouse


Adrianna Papell/Macy’s


Loyalty Entertainment LTD


Just Desserts by Wendy Smith-Colonello

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