Yellow & Lavender Wedding Inspiration

Soft and charming, a yellow and lavender wedding color palette is perfect for any spring or summer affair.  I love the feminine and youthful quality this combo has and it's easy to bring it alive for your big day.  To really make these shades work well together, keep the yellow pale and go for a unique mix of rustic, organic, and whimsical.  Opt for a barn or outdoor reception where the other colors of nature can act as built-in accents.  Wooden tables, cross-back chairs, bistro lights, and paper lanterns create a magical ambiance and light fabrics like linen, chiffon, and cotton keep things breezy.  Your floral selections are pretty much endless.  I like fresh or dried lavender obviously, but you also can't go wrong with daises, lisianthus, tulips, and even white peonies or garden roses for a bridal touch.  Don't forget the food and drink; a spiked lavender lemonade would make a delicious signature drink while lavender can be incorporated into a variety of sweet and savory dishes.  However you use it, this palette is amazing for a low-key, casual party that focuses on fun, family, and friends!

Yellow & Lavender Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: Invitations by Sarah McCay and Photo by Stephen Johnson via Martha Stewart Weddings; Dress from Morning Lavender; Care Studios via Every Last Detail; via Pinterest; Becky Young Photography via Ruffled; tPoz Photography via Style Me Pretty

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of yellow and lavender!  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

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Understated & Romantic Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

The understated elegance of this styled shoot will leave you with plenty of ideas for your own romantic wedding.  Coordinated by Burgh Brides favorites Lauren Renee Designs and Soiree by Souleret, it brings together the European charm and secret garden feel of Mellon Park with vintage and organic details.  The color palette of light blues, greens, and grays mixed with muted metallics and ivory kept the look fresh and relevant.  A gorgeous wooden table was dressed with both an airy silk runner and lush greenery, while ornate chargers, botanical china, and brass candlesticks completed the tablescape.  Watercolor invitations and stationery added a pop of soft color and antique-inspired rings gave the bridal look a vintage nod.  Teaming up with other Burgh Brides vendors – The Blue Daisy Floral Designs, All Occasions Party Rental, and Vintage Alley Rentals – Lauren and Shayne curated a styled shoot that is refined and demure while still inspirational to today's modern bride.  I'm going to bet your head will be chock full of ideas by the time you reach the end of this post!

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Don't miss the behind the scenes footage from ShoFilms of this amazing shoot coming to life!

From the photographer…

Having not yet had the chance to collaborate on a wedding, Shayne of Soiree by Souleret and I worked together to curate a styled shoot full of romance and European charm right in our hometown.  While there have been many engagements, bridal portraits and ceremonies held at the Walled Garden at Mellon Park, it has not yet been a location for a wedding reception.  We thought, “Why not?”.  Its beautiful wrought iron gates, carved stone fountain, and plentiful gardens provide the perfect backdrop for an intimate yet refined, romantic yet understated dinner party.  The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy completed a historic restoration of the Walled Garden in 2009, adding the ultimate romantic feature: an art installation that features a full constellation of lights hidden in the grass that twinkle to life as dusk approaches, mirroring the stars above.

We carefully selected details for the shoot to pair with the refinement and softness of the garden – brass candlesticks, lush greens, botanical china, watercolored stationery, a delicate silk gown by Leanne Marshall, and a cake by Bella Christies that resembled the designs from the main garden gate.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Leanne Marshall | Bride's Rings: Trumpet and Horn | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaid's Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Bella Christie | Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Film Scans: The Find Lab | Flowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Hair: Beauty Justified | Linens: Lendable Linens | Linens & Ribbons: Silk and Willow | Makeup: Beauty Justified | Menswear: Banana Republic | Photographer: Lauren Renee Designs | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Venue: Walled Garden at Mellon Park | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Blush Paper Co. | Videography: ShoFilms | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals | Wedding Planner & Design: Soiree by Souleret

Vendor-Credit-Shout-OutFlowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Photographer: Lauren Renee Designs | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Blush Paper Co. | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals | Wedding Planner & Design: Soiree by Souleret

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Carefree Woodsy Engagement Session: Evelyn & Bryce

Mother Nature has never taken my breath away quite like she did during my first visit to a redwood forest.  Muir Woods in San Francisco is absolutely incredible.  I've never felt so small yet so inspired.  Today's featured engagement photos give me a similar feeling.

Evelyn absolutely loves photos taken in the woods.  In fact, her dream wedding would be in a redwood forest.  But since we don't really have those around these parts, she settled for a close second best – an e-session with Cara Rufenacht Creative in a few of our state parks.  The threesome traveled to Linn Run State Park and Laurel Summit State Park to capture Evelyn and Bryce's love story while being completely surrounded by the beauty of nature.  A simple flower crown of baby's breath and an off-the-shoulder maxi dress were the perfect attire for the carefree vibe.  The goal was to let the magnificent trees, the abundant foliage, and the gorgeous sunlight play a major role in these images, and I think they did just that.  I don't know what's more beautiful…the incredible landscape or the sweet and genuine love these two share for each other.  You be the judge.

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

Carefree Woodsy Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Cara Rufenacht Creative Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

When Evelyn sent me her idea for this session I was so excited because I knew these images were going to be meaningful for them.  She told me that she loves pictures in the woods; her dream wedding would be in a redwood forest.  “Seriously, I cried the first time I saw a redwood forest,” Evelyn told me.

We don't have redwoods here in Pittsburgh, but we do have lots of beautiful state parks.  We visited Linn Run State Park and Laurel Summit State Park during their session.  My favorite part of this session is how the images capture both the magic of the environment and the casual and relaxed personalities of Evelyn and Bryce.  They were a dream to work with.

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Elegant Black & White Wedding at the Carnegie Museum: Maggie & Sean

Is there anything more elegant than a black and white wedding?  It's the quintessential wedding color palette.  Couple it with clean lines and a gorgeous venue like the Carnegie Museum and you've got yourself one classy and chic day.  When Maggie and Sean tied the knot, that's the exact look they were going for.  The museum's Hall of Sculpture provided a stately setting for the bride and groom to exchange vows, and the majestic Music Hall Foyer was the perfect space to celebrate the occasion with dinner and dancing.  But while the pair wanted a wedding that was timeless and effortless beautiful, they also wanted to throw a giant party for all of their family and friends.  Some noteworthy details of Maggie and Sean's formal yet fun day, include:

  • Those flowers!  Since Maggie's favorite blooms are anything white, selecting the bouquets and elevated centerpieces was kind of easy.  To bring color to the spaces, Mocha Rose incorporated boxwood hedges and topiaries, both of which played double duty.  First, they flanked the ceremony spot and then they served as the backdrop to the bar and as a frame for the reception band's stage.
  • A whopper of a wedding cake.  Seriously, this one was stunning!  Five tiers of naked cake separated by buttercream and white roses…I mean, come on!  Cake is my weakness but even I might refrain from eating this one because it's so beautiful.
  • Elite Show Band brought the party to this wedding!  Instead of having guests take their seats following the cocktail hour, the band played a short set first.  Talk about starting things off on the right foot!  Folks were even dancing between dinner courses!  Wait until you see the photos…it looks like it was a real par-tay!
  • Rather than having a cookie table, Maggie and Sean switched things up a bit.  Waiters passed vanilla, caramel, and marzipan macarons alongside vanilla and chocolate milkshake shooters.  Yum-o.
  • Also worth mentioning is this bride and groom's attire.  Maggie was a vision of elegance and grace in an Anne Barge beaded bodice number.  Her hair, makeup, and jewelry were kept simple.  Sean also looked very GQ in a white coat tuxedo.

Elizabeth Craig Photography was there to capture every last chic detail.  And boy are there a lot of them.  So bit back, relax, and enjoy.  Things are about to get really pretty.

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

 

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

 

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Elegant Black & White Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Elizabeth Craig Photography featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Sean and I met while living in Washington, DC.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Sean proposed when we were in Pittsburgh visiting my parents over Memorial Day weekend.  As soon as we got to Pittsburgh, he wanted to go for a walk down by The Point.  I thought it was a little odd to leave my parents as soon as we arrived, but I went with it.  I wanted to walk one way around the park, but he insisted we go the other way, knowing my parents were there.  When we got to the fountain, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  I was so happy he included my parents.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
In grade school, I took art classes at the Carnegie Museum of Art and I always thought it would be the perfect venue to get married.  Thankfully, Sean felt the same way.

Our goal was to combine a formal wedding with an awesome party for our family and friends.  Elite Show Band definitely brought the party.  Not once throughout the night was the dance floor empty.  Guests were even on the dance floor between dinner courses.

What inspired your vision?
Both the Music Hall Foyer and Hall of Sculpture are beautiful rooms on their own, so we didn't feel we needed to do a lot to them.  To accent the Hall of Sculpture, we brought in color with boxwood hedges and topiaries.  We later moved them into the Music Hall Foyer to serve as a backdrop for the bar and to frame the stage.  White flowers are my favorite, which made it an easy choice when picking arrangements and bouquets.  We wanted a classic, timeless wedding, so we kept to a black, white and cream color palette.

What made your wedding unique?
Instead of having a cookie table, we had waiters passing little towers with caramel, vanilla and marzipan macarons and vanilla and chocolate milkshake shooters.  Following the cocktail hour, we had the band play a few songs to get people moving, instead of having our guests take their seats.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment of the day was when we had some quiet time to ourselves after the ceremony.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
You will hear this a lot, but enjoy the day and don't stress.  What will happen will happen and there isn't any point in worrying about it.  Keep everything well organized.  I ended up creating a folder for each vendor in my email and on my computer.  If you have a specific vision, find pictures that you can show your vendors.  What you see in your mind and how your vendor interprets your vision can be very different.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Have your hair stylist/makeup artist come to wherever you are getting ready.  It will save time and allow all your girls to spend more time together.  I had two cars: one to take Sean and his parents to the museum and one to take me and my parents there   With everything going on, it was nice to have some quiet time with them to reflect on the day.

Vendors
Band: The Elite Showband | Bride's Dress: Anne Barge | Bride's Accessories: David Yurman | Bride's Shoes: J. Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Calligrapher: Deborah Nadel | Caterer: Parkhurst Event Catering | Celebrant: Weddings Without Worries | Ceremony Location: Carnegie Museum Hall of Sculpture | Dessert: Parkhurst Event Catering & Gaby et Jules | Flowers: Mocha Rose | Hair & Makeup: Beauty Justified | Linens: All Occasions Party Rental | Photographer: Elizabeth Craig Photography | Reception Venue: Carnegie Music Hall Foyer, Carnegie Museum | Stationery: Needle in a Haystack | Transportation: Lenzner | Wedding Planner: Natalie Berger

 

Linens: All Occasions Party Rental

 

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Happy Mother’s Day: A Tribute to Mothers of the Brides & Grooms

Happy Mother's Day from Burgh Brides!  To all the mothers (and grandmas, aunts, step moms, all the ladiessssss) of the brides and grooms out there, this one's for you.  That wedding day is as much yours as it is your son's or daughter's, so you deserve to share the spotlight and celebrate!  For all those years of tear wiping, meal cooking, advice giving, problem solving, laundry washing, carpool driving, sports coaching, example setting, and general mom-ing…thank you.  Hope your Mother's Day rocks as much as you do!

Want to shed some happy tears in honor of mom?  Check out this video montage from Syncopated Pictures that is sure to have you weeping.  Also, call your mom!

Comment below and tell me a little bit about the mom figure in your life.  How will you honor her on your wedding day?

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Introducing Pittsburgh Officiants!

You can't get married without someone to perform the ceremony, right?  It seems like a silly question, but it's one detail some people might forget about.  If you aren't getting married in a church or just want something a little different, Pittsburgh Officiants can help.  If you want a religious, silly, or even modern ceremony, their team of celebrants can perform the I Do's in way that totally reflects you as a couple.  Head on over to the Vendor Guide to meet them!

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Rustic Barn Wedding at Horizon View Farms: Ashley & Stefan

Today's bride and groom love the outdoors.  They feel right at home on a back country road, truck windows down, wind whipping through their hair, country music blasting on the radio.  And since a wedding day should reflect what you love the most, a good ol' fashioned rustic wedding made perfect sense.  Ashley and Stefan wanted their big day to be casual, fun, and what the bride called a “come as you are, join us as you drive through a cornfield in the middle of the country to watch us say I do, spend the evening in a barn eating nothing but BBQ food, and enjoy your beverage out of a mason jar” kind of wedding.  With that vibe in mind, the details were simple – mason jars, burlap, lace, antiques, fishing rods (a nod to a favorite pastime of theirs), lawn games, and DIY touches.  But don't think for one second that there wasn't plenty to love.  Keep your eyes peeled for…

  • His and her cowboy boots worn by the bride and groom.  But there is one catch!  Ashley and Stefan wrote a sweet message to each other on the bottom of the soles of the other person's pair and exchanged boots the morning of the wedding.  Aaaaand my heart is bursting!
  • A touching tribute.  To honor their late fathers, Ashley and Stefan both pinned a small photo of their dad over their heart that day.  What a sweet way to make sure both of them were honored and present in their own way!  (Looking for other ways to honor lost loved ones?  Check out this post!)
  • A KILLER ceremony location!  The pair exchanged vows literally in the middle of the woods at Horizon View Farms and I'm totally dying over these photos.  Some wooden benches, a floral arbor, a forest floor, and a canopy of trees…no church will EVER top this!
  • Incredible portraits!  Dawn Derbyshire Photography knocked it out of the park with these images.  To be fair though, she did have an insanely gorgeous backdrop to work with.  Just want until you see those trees and that golden sunshine!  Damn, nature is beautiful.

A laid back, barn wedding full of outdoor fun, BBQ, and rustic elements?  Somebody sign me up.  Keep scrolling and I bet you'll want to put your name down too.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We both met at Dormont Pool through mutual friends.  After meeting each other, we became really good friends and for the next year, we became nearly inseparable.  A year later we made it official.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Stefan played a video of him asking our families for approval for my hand in marriage.  This man has done a lot of sweet things for me in the last few years, but this topped it!  Hearing his dad's reaction, “Welcome aboard, Ashley,” I felt tears instantly rolling down my face.  His father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer so the thought of him being there the day of our wedding meant a lot to the both of us.  That video meant a lot to me that day and, with his dad's passing, means more to me now.  It's truly the little things in life that mean the most…the important, significant moments in your life that are captured by video or photography.  I cherish that amazing, thoughtful gesture he created for us.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
We are both very outdoorsy people so our wedding was nothing short of a country, rustic, casual, barn wedding

What inspired your vision?
Our lifestyle.  We are constantly driving far out of the city to get away from this style of living.  Both of our hearts are in the country side.

What made your wedding unique?
I think our wedding was unique because it was very casual.  It was a “come as you are, join us as you drive through a cornfield in the middle of the country to watch us say I do, spend the evening in a barn eating nothing but BBQ food, and enjoy your beverage out of a mason jar” kind of wedding.

(From the photographer…I felt like Ashley and Stefan's wedding was unique because of how intimate and emotional it was.  Their personalities seeped into every moment of the day, from the sweet notes they wrote each other on the bottoms of their boots to the small details they incorporated to honor their fathers.  Everything was special, from some vintage cameras [Ashley is a photographer], fishing rods, and nods to their love of hunting and the outdoors, their wedding really showcased their life together and what they love.)

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Riding an ATV in my wedding dress.  I couldn't stay clean for long!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Honestly, let the little things go.  Don't worry so much about the details that you lose sight of what you are celebrating.  So many people can get lost in “over spending” because it's their “dream wedding”.  Just have fun!  Know why you're there and that you don't need to over do it for your wedding day to be special.  If you have a budget, it's possible to stick to it!  Also, take in every second you can.  When they say it goes by so fast, they truly mean it.  The day flies by, and before you know it…you're married and on a plane to your honeymoon.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Trust your vendors.  Know their style.  Know that you can trust them!  I had the world's faith in Dawn Derbyshire so I knew my wedding day photos would be amazing.  Get to know your photographer!  If they do a good job, send them a thank you card and a nice gift!

(From the photographer…Ashley and Stefan seriously were the best.  A few weeks after delivering their images, I walked out my front door to a giant “Thank You” gift basket filled with my favorite thing [candy], beer, wine, and an AMAZING handmade photo album!)

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Allure Bridals at MB Bride | Bride's Accessories: Handmade by the bride | Bridesmaids Dresses: MB Bride | Cake: Signature Desserts | Caterer: Uncle Ken's BBQ | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Horizon View Farms | DJ: DJ Book | Flowers: DIY by the bride | Hair: Kelly Baumgart at Studio E | Linens & Rentals: Windswept | Makeup: Adrienne Pace | Menswear: American Commodore Tuxedo | Photographer: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Stationery: DIY by the bride | Videography: ShoFilms

Photographer: Dawn Derbyshire Photography

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Wedding Day Emergency Kit: What to Include in Yours

News Flash: Something WILL go wrong on your wedding day!  I'll pause for a minute so that can sink into your head.

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Ok, now that you've been warned and have accepted that Murphy's Law will always win, there is some good news.  You CAN be prepared so that snafus stay minor.  Arm yourself with an emergency kit that will equip you to fend off any wedding day challenge with ease.  Pack a duffle bag, go pro with an organized tackle box of sorts, or opt for a throwback with your Caboodle from eighth grade…it doesn't matter what you put these items in.  Just make sure you have them handy on the big day!  Here are my must have items for your wedding day emergency kit!

What to Include in Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit from Burgh Brides

  • Hairspray (duh)
  • Lotion
  • Q-tips (solver of a variety of problems)
  • Oil blotting sheets (because a pile of makeup on your face is no good)
  • Hair ties
  • Bobby pins
  • Nail file
  • Clear nail polish
  • A hand-held mirror
  • Pain reliever of choice (Advil, Tylenol, etc.)
  • Eye drops
  • Floss
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Tums or Pepto
  • Hand sanitizer (gross surfaces are everywhere)
  • Band-Aids (I guarantee one of your ladies will get a blister on their feet)
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Kleenex (for your happy tears)
  • Scissors (you'll be shocked at how often you'll reach for these)
  • Tape (regular, double sided, and fabric/hem)
  • Gum, mouth wash, and/or mints
  • Tampons
  • Baby powder (it helps to keep you cool in the summer!)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lint roller
  • Downy Wrinkle Releaser
  • Bottled water
  • Soda or Gatorade (in case of low blood sugar)
  • Drinking straws (don't want to ruin that pretty lipstick)
  • Granola bars/snacks (no one likes a hangry bride)
  • Safety pins
  • Floral pins (for the boutonniere that goes askew)
  • Static Guard
  • Shout Wipes or Tide to Go Pen
  • Sewing kit (because those tuxedo buttons weren't meant to stay on forever)
  • Super glue (life's universal problem solver)

You don't need to spend a lot of money to build this kit!  Raid your own bathroom and linen closet and then hit up the travel section at Target, where you can find most of these goodies for around a buck a piece.

Note that this kit is different than the basket of toiletries you usually see in the restroom.  The above list is for you and your bridal party to have with you while getting ready and when out and about taking pictures.  Ask your maid of honor to be in charge of keeping it safe and close by. You'll be able to handle any wedding day emergency like a ninja!

BONUS! – If you've hired a wedding coordinator, she'll likely have all of these items on hand and at your disposal.

Any other ideas or items that might be useful?  Former Burgh Brides, what item did you wish you had with you on your wedding day?  Comment below!

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Mr. & Mrs. Forks That Will Make Your Wedding Cake Even Sweeter

Did you love the Mr. & Mrs. forks featured in Pazia and Tony's garden chic wedding published earlier this week?  Me too.  I mean look how adorably celebratory these things are.  Wedding cake tastes 10x sweeter when eaten off of one of these beauties.  I'm sure of it.

I've gotten so many questions about where to find those four-pronged beauties that I put together a round up of some of my favorites!  Celebrate your wedding day with every tasty bite!

These bespoke sweethearts forks from BHLDN add a touch of vintage fun and look to be dead ringers for Pazia and Tony's above!

These bride and groom forks offer a bit more personalization with your wedding date stamped on the handle.

These Forever & A Day forks will let your guests know just how long you plan on loving each other.

Celebrate those vows with these “I Do”/”Me Too” forks that would look great on any cake table.

Going for the gold?  These hand-stamped gold Mr. & Mrs. forks are giving me all the antique-loving feels!

The tiny heart on these Mr. and Mrs. forks adds the perfect amount of whimsy to your special occasion.

If Mr. and Mrs. really isn't your thing, BHLDN also offers these Evermore forks that whisper forever and always.

Which ones are your favorite?  Comment below!

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Introducing Square Cafe!

If you're a fan of Square Cafe's breakfast or lunch, you're going to love their catering services.  Using local ingredients whenever possible and absolutely always made with love, dishes from Square Cafe appeal to a wide variety of palettes, diets, and food styles.  Cocktail parties, day-after brunches, and even wedding receptions, they're equipped to handle it all and they're ready to cater your next shindig.  Go say hi to them in the Vendor Guide!

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Square Cafe

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