Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto held a wedding ceremony for 19 gay and lesbian couples on Sunday morning as the city celebrated PrideFest.

Nancy Janda and Larisa Vanwinkle of Penn Hills were among the couples who tied the knot.

Janda told Action News 4 that they had not expected marriage equality to arrive in Pennsylvania so soon.

“We have been friends and partners and together for 32 years since then, and I never expected that this would happen in Pennsylvania so soon,” Janda said. “Twenty years ago, I didn't expect that this would happen in my lifetime, and it's the most wonderful thing in the world.”

Pennsylvania became the 19th state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to allow gay couples to marry when Republican Governor Tom Corbett decided against pursuing an appeal to a ruling striking down the state's marriage ban as invalid.

(Related : Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says he won't appeal gay marriage ruling.)

Decorations and cake for a reception held at the Fairmont Hotel were donated by individuals and businesses.

“Pittsburgh did show its heart today, and for that, thank you,” Peduto told the crowd.