Katherine Elizabeth Lanni and Stephen Paul Hershey, both of Richmond, Virginia, were united in marriage at 2 p.m. June 11 at First Baptist Church in Richmond. Jonathan David Buck Sr., brother-in-law of the bride, officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Michael and Laura Lanni of Chapin. She is the granddaughter of Judith and the late James D. Malone and Sharon and the late Mario Lanni, all of Troy, New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Clemson University and her master’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech University. She is employed with Glavé & Holmes Architecture in Richmond.
The groom is the son of Paul and Cheryl Hershey of Ashburn, Virginia. He is the grandson of Jack and Susan Poole of Frederick, Maryland, and the late John and Doris Hershey, Silver Spring, Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from University of Virginia and his master’s degree, also in architecture, from Virginia Tech University. He is employed with Glavé & Holmes Architecture in Richmond.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents.
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Matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Lea Lanni Buck of Littleton, Colorado. Bridesmaids were the groom’s sister-in-law, Rachel Hershey of Arnold, Maryland; and Alexandra Crowley of Leesville; Elizabeth Elvington of Plainview, Texas; Carolyn Joye of Columbia; and Ashley Rube of Nashville, Tennessee. The bride’s nieces, Grace Katherine Buck and Evelyn Belle Buck, both of Littleton, Colorado, were flower girls.
Best men were the groom’s brothers, Peter Hershey of Arnold, Maryland, and Jeffrey Hershey of Ashburn, Virginia. Groomsmen were Avik Dayal of Ashburn; Mike Mercer of Richmond, Virginia; and Qujin “Jimmy” Wu of China. The bride’s nephew, Jonathan David Buck Jr. of Littleton, was ring bearer, and the groom’s father was vocalist.
A reception followed at the Pauley Center at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
After their honeymoon in Chicago, the couple will reside in Richmond.
In their own words
Q. How did you meet?
A. In graduate school, in the architectural design studio at Virginia Tech
Q. What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
A. When the bride’s father gave her away, Kate and her dad did their signature handshake. During the ceremony, when the youngest flower girl (Evy) had her meltdown, her Auntie Kate (the bride) smiled at her, her Poppi (the father-of-the-bride) carried her with a bow to her mother (the matron-of-honor), and then her daddy (the officiant) carried on without a hitch.
Q. How did you choose the church where you were married?
A. The chapel is on Monument Avenue where Kate and Steve love to walk, and is on the route of the Richmond 10K which the family runs annually, though no Lanni can run as fast as Steve Hershey. A photo of the bride and groom with all their guests and wedding party was taken on the steps of the church following the ceremony, although it was almost 100 degrees.
Q. What was the significance of the music played during your ceremony?
A. “As Man and Woman We Were Made” and “When Love is Found” were vocal solos performed by the groom’s father, Paul Hershey. The singing was so beautiful that the flower girls and ring bearer were captivated and silent as they listened. The music at the reception included a collection of songs chosen by the bride and her father, who share a love of an eclectic mix of songs including: “Tiny Dancer,” “Play that Funky Music, White Boy,” “New York State of Mind,” “Somebody to Love,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Thriller,” “Bridge over Troubled Water,” “Boston,” “Living on A Prayer,” “Dancing Queen,” “Don’t You Forget about Me,” “Faithfully,” and the Lanni family tradition of a crazy boat race to the tune of Hawaii Five-O.