Vintage Engagement Session: Christina & Garrett

Since Christina and Garrett were going to have a super chic wedding at the Carnegie Museum, they knew they wanted a little something different for their vintage engagement session with Kelly Lester Photography.  Beside this adorable bride and groom of course, the Priscilla antique settee from Vintage Alley Rentals was the other star of the show.  Its infamous blue hue shone beautifully against the greens and browns of the field that hosted the shoot.  Afterwards, the crew headed to Oakland to take in some of Christina and Garrett's favorite hot spots.  The doors of St. Paul's Cathedral and Heinz Chapel give this engagement session a classic Pittsburgh feel, while keeping with the vintage vibe.  And what is a good e-session without an appearance from a furry friend?  The couple's pup, Lexi, is about as cute as can be.  And so are all of these photos.  Happy scrolling!

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Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

 

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelly Lester Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless)

Wedding family portraits…ugh.  I bet you're dreading them already, aren't you?  Not because you don't love your crazy (in a good way) family, but because this part of a wedding day can be STRESSFUL!  Trying to corral a dozen or so people and snap a million photos in 15 minutes flat when everyone is hugging you and your nephew is stepping on your train and your niece is screaming her head off and all you want to do is kiss your new spouse and celebrate with a glass of champagne…whew, even the calmest of brides is bound to start sweating a little bit.  But with a little planning before the wedding, the family portrait session doesn't have to be painful.  In fact, it can be totally amazing!  My friend (and one of my favorite wedding photographers) Christina Montemurro is sharing her five ways to do just that!

1.) Prior to the wedding, create a list of the group shots you want.
Those few moments right after your ceremony are so euphoric and joyful.  You don’t want to spend them deciding whether want your sister’s kind-of serious boyfriend in your family photo.  Should you do a photo with your grandparents and parents together, or separately?  These decisions should be made ahead of time.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

2.) Don't forget to tell everyone on the list that they’re on the list!
Otherwise, they are likely to leave.  Even if your ceremony and reception are in the same place, guests start to wander off toward food and drink.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

3.) Smaller groups > larger groups.
Larger groups take longer to organize.  It can be a little bit of a game of Tetris to make sure we can see everyone’s faces in a large group.  Four groups of 12 will likely take longer to arrange than 12 groups of four.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

4.) More people = smaller faces
The more people you squeeze into a photo, the smaller their faces are. It can be fun to have a “big family photo,” but keep in mind as you add people, their faces will take up less and less of the frame.  Unless you’re planning on an enlarged print, consider breaking those big family photos into smaller groups (also, see above!).

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

5.) Know how much time you're working with.
Some churches, especially the busy churches in Oakland like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Heinz Memorial Chapel, have very tight time limitations.  Even without a time limit, think about how you want to spend the time on your wedding day.  If you also have a large bridal party, or if you really want to go to more than one destination for photos, try to limit the number of family groupings.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

BB here…

Your photographer can help with all of this!  He or she can look at your list and let you know if you have enough time for all that you have planned.  Plus, they'll help herd everyone into the shot, letting you just stand up straight and smile.  So fear family portrait time no longer, Burgh Brides!  While you won't often see this type of photo on a wedding blog, it's actually the very type that you're bound to cherish for years and even generations to come.  Some of my favorite images from our wedding are those that include my grandfather who is no longer with us.

Thanks so much for all of the great advice, Christina!  Be sure to check out more of her work in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

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Introducing Penn Rustics Rentals & A Special Offer!

What are a few things that are all the rage at wedding receptions these days?  Long farm tables, wooden elements, and a handmade vibe.  You can get all three of those trends with Penn Rustics Rentals.  Tables, benches, chairs, cake stands, lawn games, and everything in between, this craftsman offers wooden rental pieces that are made with love right here in the Burgh.  Check out more of their incredible work in the Vendor Guide!

And, they're offering a nice little deal just for Burgh Brides readers – mention the blog when booking and receive free delivery within 50 miles of Pittsburgh.  Over 50 miles?  No problem!  Receive $100 off the delivery fee!

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Delightfully Simple Wedding at the Grand Concourse: Jeni & Paul

This summer affair is proof that a subtle, simple wedding can be just as lovely as a styled, detailed one.  Jeni and Paul opted to focus on their love, marriage, and family, rather than all of the stuff.  Details are fun to plan and they're pretty to look at, but they aren't what matter most on a wedding day.  Instead, the architecture and ambiance of the Grand Concourse, the reception venue, inspired a 1920s vibe that was very quietly woven into different elements.  Beaded mint bridesmaids dresses with a fish scale pattern, metallic gold accents, and an art deco wedding cake are all it took to give this wedding some pizazz.  This bride and groom chose to keep their wedding grounded and highlight their nearest and dearest.  And do you want to know something?  I am in love with this feature as much as I have been all of the others.  Some of my favorites?

  • Jeni's bold lip.  Just because this bride kept things simple doesn't mean she didn't look totally show-stopping.  Her delicate lace gown was off-set by a bright coral lip, courtesy of The Pittsburgh Stylist.  Very first kiss ready!
  • Charitable favors.  In lieu of thank you gifts, Jeni and Paul made a donation to CORE in honor of Jeni's father.  To make it even more heartfelt, Jeni was walked down the aisle by the man who received her father's heart after he passed away years ago.  So very sweet and emotional.
  • Those portraits.  Happiness and pure adoration are just exuding from Jeni and Paul, as evident in the images captured by Lauren Renee Designs.  It's so clear this was literally the happiest day of their lives.  Adorable!

Although subtle and delicate, this wedding is still sure to inspire!  Simplicity is beauty, friends.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Paul and I met online, but there's more to the story than that.  I believe in “everything happens for a reason”, and the summer of 2013, there was a special reason why Paul was still in town, still on the dating site, and still looking for love: his orders to deploy to Djibouti had been canceled.  He was going to Germany instead, and his deployment had been postponed six months (he had originally been scheduled to leave at the end of May; we met in July).  We went on our first date to a Thai restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria, VA and spent the rest of the summer and early fall exploring DC while we prepared for Paul to head to Germany at the end of October.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Paul and I went to a friend's wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia the night before the day we got engaged.  I had no inkling that it was going to happen.  Paul insisted on telling me all about these nearby pumpkin patches where we could go out into the field and pick our own pumpkins.  I knew I wanted a “Cinderella” (squashed) pumpkin, and he insisted we could find one there.  It had been raining the entire week, so we went on a very muddy trek through the hilly patch, looking at pumpkin after pumpkin.  I was covered in mud, but that didn't matter to Paul – because right after he cut my pumpkin off the vine, he said “make sure to inspect it!”  While I did that, Paul got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!  I don't even remember what I said exactly, but it was a definite YES!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Lauren captured the most amazing photos of Paul and I giving each other very sweet, meaningful looks throughout the photo session before our reception.  I look at those pictures and I just melt inside.  These are the types of photographs you can show your grandchildren someday, that they will be able to show their children and grandchildren, that will let them realize how deep your love was, and how it feels to have someone in your life that encapsulates that love.  Of course, Lauren happily obliged our every wish, and everyone looks so happy and had so much fun!  We took pictures on the bridge above the Grand Concourse, and those turned out AMAZING.  Lauren has that touch!

What inspired your vision?
As soon as I found THE DRESS (which was so opposite of what I went into the boutique to try on!), I knew what I wanted – a very subtle 1920s theme, which The Grand Concourse in Station Square is more than perfect for.  The bridesmaid dresses are by Adrianna Papell – drop waist and completely beaded.  We kept everything really simple and subtle.  I didn't spend much on extras, and nobody missed them or noticed!  I wanted my dress and the venue to be the main details everyone saw!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
This question is so loaded!  There were so many amazing moments.  I was blessed with such a flawless day.  Paul is my favorite moment of every day, if we are being completely honest.  I was so excited to see him that I wanted to run down the aisle.  My heart is so full thinking of the best little parts of the day I had: I got to pray with one of my bridesmaids after the ceremony, my new brother-to-be called me that morning just to say hi, my uncle forgot his prescription glasses but remembered his sunglasses so he danced in those all night long, my friends made a blow up picture of my head and kept dancing with it all night long…the list goes on and on!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Try and incorporate a piece of the city that you love into your big day.  I knew going back to my hometown of Swissvale was a non-negotiable.  I wanted to share that with the people I love, and to get married in the church where my parents did.  Definitely use as many locally owned, family businesses as you can!  Try SGR Cookie – my friend from kindergarten is the owner, and she made the MOST intricate personalized cookies I've ever seen.  If you can't find it locally, do small business – we had the best experience with Leccaire Lollipops, who I found on Etsy.  She's based out of Georgia, and did our favors.  TO DIE FOR!  Also, make sure that you and your new spouse get some time ALONE before the reception.  We previewed the Grand Concourse before they let in our guests.  We also spent time with just our bridal party on the balcony watching everyone arrive and having a private cocktail hour.  Make those memories and be dear to one another.  I made as many memories with as many people as I could.  Absolutely do not accept it when someone says “something is going to go wrong!”  Even if something minor does happen, keep yourself focused on having the absolute best day of your life!  It goes by in an instant.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
My day was everything I could have imagined and MORE.  Everything worked out perfectly – definitely a wedding gift from my dad, who couldn't be with us.  The Regatta was in town and the Pirates were playing as well, but we hit no traffic and had no mishaps.  But I always suggest looking at a calendar of events happening in the town that weekend – it can help or hinder your timing and plans!  The cookie table is a MUST HAVE.  That was the biggest hit, and not everyone knew of the Pittsburgh tradition!  (My in-laws are mostly from Baltimore!)  A must is booking a hotel that is convenient for your wedding guests.  We had superb service at the Sheraton.  I also suggest booking your bridal party separately from guests the night before the wedding…we had more privacy, especially for the night of the wedding.  Make sure you have a dollar dance and play the Pittsburgh Polka.  I don't remember laughing so hard and having so much fun in my recent memory.  Remember to have someone else bring your purse with your necessities.  We almost left without mine!!  I didn't bring my cell phone with me that day and it was the best decision EVER.  I would say that would be on my must do list.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Rue de Siene from Lovely Bride | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Cake: Gluuteny Bakery | Desserts: SGR Cookie | Caterer: Grand Concourse | Ceremony Location: St. Anselm Catholic Church | DJ: DJ Garry of Easy DJ Productions| Favors: Leccare Lollipops | Flowers: Blumengarten | Getting Ready Attire: Plum Pretty Sugar | Getting Ready Location: Omni William Penn | Hair: Simply Captivating Styling | Makeup: The Pittsburgh Stylist | Menswear: Brooks Brothers | Photographer: Lauren Renee Designs | Reception Venue: Grand Concourse | Stationery: Minted

Photographer: Lauren Renee Designs

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Casual & Colorful Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

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Looking for some colorful wedding inspiration?  Look no further than this bright and festive styled shoot from some of Pittsburgh's most creative wedding vendors, including Kristen Wynn Photography and Burgh Brides Vendor Ciel Cosmetics!  A palette of pinks, corals, yellows, and peaches come together for a look that is fun, fun, fun, while a mix of stripes, dots, and geometrics prove that you can mix patterns tastefully.  Real lemons and peaches provided an organic touch and paper fans, striped straws, and a pennant banner added something whimsical.  What I love most about this shoot is that the vendors aimed to inspire a color scheme that could be woven into all of your wedding events – from engagement to bridal shower to reception.  Start off with a casual, friendly vibe and work your way up to a more sophisticated use of shades.  However you style it, coral and yellow just might be a my new favorite color combo.  Talk about a party!

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From the photographer…

We were delighted to partner with so many vendors, both local and national for this shoot.  We are showing how a couple can take a color palette all the way through – from engagement party to bridal shower to wedding reception!  The setting was colorful and includes an in-home bridal shower styled set as well as a white walled wedding set.  The models are a real life married couple!

Vendors
Dresses: Glitter & Grit and Rent The Runway | Flowers: Posy Floral + Event Styling | Hair: Elisha Evans Styling | Makeup: Ciel Cosmetics and Elisha Evans Styling | Photography:  Kristen Wynn Photography with assistance from Custom Portraits by Charlene | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Stylist: The Virginia Lynn Co. | Venue: Studio of Merritt Lee Photography

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Introducing Alexa Conner Photography & A Special Offer!

Images from Alexa Conner Photography are the epitome of raw, organic emotion.  Alexa focuses on the true feelings of the day and capturing them in a photograph to be remembered forever.  Her work is edgy, real, and gritty, yet somehow still over-the-top romantic.  Go see what I mean in the Vendor Guide!

As an added bonus, if you mention Burgh Brides when booking, you'll receive $150 off any package!

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Glamorous Ivory & Gold Wedding at the Omni: Dina & Brad

Dripping in dazzling details and oozing hard core romance, this ivory and gold wedding is straight up gorgeous.  After a very heart-string-tugging proposal (full story below), Dina and Brad designed a wedding day that was reminiscent of the one she had always dreamed about as a little girl – one that was luscious and had this chic color palette.  Mission accomplished, you guys.  The opulent ballroom of the Omni William Penn hotel was a picture perfect backdrop for an affair that included lush roses and hydrangeas, hanging and eleveated florals, textured linens, and the most amount of candlelight I've seen in a single space.  Ever.  And it was STUNNING!  The entire balcony of the ballroom was lined with ivory pillar candles of varying heights, creating a glowing halo around the entire room.  So incredibly romantic.  It doesn't stop there though.  There were plenty of other details that you should keep your eyes open for:

  • Custom monogrammed handkerchiefs at the ceremony.  Guests at St. Stanislaus Kostka church were greeted with a way to catch their happy tears that was adorned with a gold crest featuring the bride and groom's initials.  I love when couples don't forget to style their I Do's too!
  • A cake worthy of a Pinterest board.  The five-tiered sweet treat was encrusted with edible pearls and glitter and a metallic fondant.  It was then made even grander by three layers of fresh flowers in between.  This one should totally be pinned to your “Dream Wedding” board.
  • The wind.  Ok, ok, I know this may seem like a strange favorite detail.  BUT it literally made these portraits!  Whitling Photography knocked it out of the park by incorporating some classic Pittsburgh locations and by snapping the shutter at just the right time when gusts lifted Dina's cathedral length veil and sent it flying.  It was magical.

Elegant, glamorous, and timeless, this feature is one you won't soon forget.  So.much.goodness.

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You're also going to want to dedicate a few minutes to Dina and Brad's highlight video from Traveling Heart Productions.  Trust me on this one!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
On July 23, 2011, there were a large group of girls starting at my house to eat, drink, and have fun for a friend's bachelorette party.  We made our way down to Station Square.  The large group of girls were hard to miss as we went from location to location.  We ended up at a club called Whim.  The girls and I were dancing and having a great time when out of the corner of our eyes we saw a handsome man standing along the edge of the dance floor.  Well, it did not take even five minutes for my best friend to go over to him with a sly pick up line.  She saw that he had a large college ring on, so she said, “I love your class ring.”  He, of course, politely (and probably confused) said, “Thank you.”  She then said, “Oh by the way, this is my friend Dr. Dina.”  As she pulled me over (since I was not upfront and forward when I was single), a conversation started between Brad and me that continued into the wee hours.  We danced and had a wonderful time.  This was the start to something great!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
On February 12, 2016, Brad and I were getting off work and thinking of somewhere to grab a bite to eat.  Since we are living healthy, he said “Let's go to Hello Bistro.”  I agreed with resistance but agreed.  I headed home from work to pick up Brad and was waiting for him in the turn-around of The Cork Factory.  He jumped in the car and quickly said we should stop at the Idaline Street house (our rental property) to finalize the paint and floor since the carpenter was coming the next day.  During the past few weeks, we had been renovating my mother's rental house, which happened to be the house that my mom and I lived in when I was a little girl.  We hopped over to the rental unit quickly and looked at the first floor for paint and floor colors and were going to head out to Hello Bistro and Lowes.  Brad stopped and said we should check out the second floor really quickly to make sure that nothing needed painted.  I, of course afraid of my own shadow, did not like to go upstairs due to it being dark.  Brad went upstairs first and I followed him.  He went into the room where my mom and I slept when I was little (I slept next to her until about 15 years old).  He was looking in the closets finding a few things the last tenant left.  He opened one closet and said, “I do not know what to make of this.”  I almost ran from the room thinking it was a dead animal or some random scary thing.  He abruptly said, “No, no come look.”  He opened the doors and there was a flickering glare and rose petals everywhere.  I knew what was happening but at the same time was just in a total state of shock.  Inside the closet was over 200 roses, candles, and 100 pictures of us throughout our whole relationship.  I stared for a very long time and turned around to see Brad.  Brad said so sweetly, “I know that you have been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a little girl in this exact room, and I want to start that journey with you in that same place.” (or something like that but much better said).  And then he said much more that is so special to me!  Of course I was bawling and said, “Yes!!!”  Wow, what a surprise.  The beautiful ring was hanging from a red ribbon.  Brad took it down and placed the ring on my left hand.  Oh my, did it sparkle.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Elegant, romantic, but yet glamorous.  Full of passion.  A beautiful mix of ivory and gold with a pinch of champagne.  Very classy Pittsburgh.

What inspired your vision?
My vision was inspired by the dreams I had of a luscious ivory and gold wedding since I was a little girl.  The combo of roses and hydrangeas mixed with accents of gold just have a way of stating elegance.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
The opening of the doors at St. Stanislaus Kostka church to see each other for the first time in front of 260+ guests.  The second favorite memory was the rose petals coming out of the ceiling of the church when we walked down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs.

Vendors
Band: City Heat | Bride's Dress: Ysa Makino from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Accessories: Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: The Exquisite Bride | Broach Bouquets: DelPizzo Designs | Cake: DelPizzo Designs | Candy Bar: DelPizzo Designs | Caterer: Omni William Penn Hotel | Ceremony Location: St. Stanislaus Kostka Church | Cookies: Margaret Sammel | Decor: DelPizza Designs | Desserts: Oakmont Bakery | Flowers: Primrose Flower Shop | Hair: Izzazu | Lighting: SoundWaves Event Group | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Valarie Panei | Menswear: Jack's Tuxedos | Photobooth: SoundWaves Event Group | Photographer: Whitling Photography | Popcorn Bar: Pittsburgh Popcorn Company | Reception Venue: Omni William Penn Hotel | Rentals: VaseSource | Stationery: Arabella Papers | Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation | Videography: Traveling Heart Productions | Wedding Planner: Dolly Kust

Photographer: Whitling Photography | Videography: Traveling Heart Productions

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Enchanting Garden Engagement Session: Sarah & Kevin

This garden engagement session will sweep you off your feet.  Sarah and Kevin were the lucky winners of a Burgh Brides + Jenni Grace Photography giveaway a little while ago and these photos are the result.  And oh my are they gorgeous!  Sarah dressed in a flowy, pale blue maxi dress that looked so serene against the blooming florals and lush foliage of Mellon Park.  The park is one of my favorite e-shoot locales because it reminds me of some magical place you'd find in a fairy tale – it's gorgeous, full of unique textures and backgrounds, and simply oozes romance.  As for Sarah and Kevin – you'd never know these were the first professional photos they had taken together.  They both look so at ease and in love.  The session finished up with some shots on the Clemente Bridge – because when you win an engagement shoot from Burgh Brides, it's pretty much mandatory 😉

JK!  But what I'm not kidding about is this – you're going to LOVE this feature!  I dare you to prove me wrong.

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From the photographer…

Sarah and Kevin were an absolute joy.  Despite dating for several years, they didn't have any professional photos together, so this session held such special meaning to them.  They had won a contest hosted by a Burgh Brides and myself for a free engagement session and they couldn't have been more deserving. Mellon Park is an absolute hidden gem in Pittsburgh.  I feel like I am stepping into a secret garden every time that I am able to shoot there, and the scenery is just breathtaking.  Sarah chose the most perfect blue dress for their photos and it complimented the lush greens so well.  They are both teachers and work so very hard to positively influence the next generation and needed some time to really enjoy themselves together.Vendor-Credit-Shout-OutPhotographer: Jenni Grace Photography

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Introducing Madeline Jane Photography & A Special Offer!

Light and airy wedding photography has been all the rage for a few years, and you'll find the best of it with Madeline Jane Photography.  As sweet as can be and equally as talented, Madeline not only captures magical images but she delivers a killer experience to her clients.  Her clients receive a beautifully designed wedding guide chock full of all sorts of good info to make planning their day just a little bit easier.  And then after the main event, you'll be left with timeless, romantic photos that perfectly capture all that made your wedding extraordinary.  If you're looking for a classic wedding photographer who is all about that love, go see more from Madeline in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide.

Plus, mention Burgh Brides when booking and receive $200 off!

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Romantic & Rustic Wedding at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden: Megan & James

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Laid back, charming, and romantic…this rustic wedding is as sweet as can be.  Megan and James both love the outdoors, and they wanted an al fresco affair with an indoor option.  The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden was the perfect spot for their big day celebration.  The venue itself inspired the rest of the wedding's style.  The garden feel was brought alive with tons of fresh, wild-inspired flowers and greenery while the color palette was kept light with pinks, white, and neutral tones.  Wooden details were woven in with a hand-lettered signs, laser cut table numbers and sweetheart chair decor, and a tree slice cake stand.  What I loved most didn't include any of these though!  Instead, what got my heart pumping was:

  • The naked wedding cake.  This trend is huge but what made this one extra special is the fact that it was made by the mother of the bride!  Couple that with tons of cookies and cupcakes baked by family and friends and this wedding had a very sweet (pun intended) ending.
  • Live wedding art.  Jay Flores lent his talents to Megan and James by creating a painting of their wedding day right before their guests' eyes.  This is SUCH a cool way to provide entertainment and capture such special memories!
  • The reception band.  Speaking of entertainment, that evening's was provided by BiggDaddy & the Mudcatz…James's dad's band!  How fun is it that the father of the groom was responsible for having the dance floor packed all night?!

Airy, soft, and just downright lovely, this wedding day was documented by none other than Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers.  I for one am totally in love.  I'm sure you will be too.

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You know you want to check out this awesome footage from So Fresh Films too!  Not only was it gorgeous, but this wedding looks like it was a total blast!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met freshman year of college in 2003!  We dated on and off, went our separate ways, and then reconnected in 2011 and rest is history.  🙂

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We were getting ready for a trip to Punta Cana with our best friends to celebrate us all turning 30 that year.  His thought was to do it on the beach there.  Instead, the night before we left, he (looking super anxious and nervous) greeted me in the hallway and said, “I can't wait any longer.  Will you marry me?!”  Super sweet and I was happy he did it in our home.  The added bonus was we had no service in Punta Cana so we were able to call all of our family and friends before we left and then had an awesome week celebrating!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
We wanted our wedding to be all about family, friends, awesome music, and food.  We love the outdoors so knew we wanted it to be indoor/outdoor and laid back.  Pittsburgh Botanic Garden was perfect for that!

What inspired your vision?
I love light and airy bridal looks, so knew I wanted the day's colors to reflect that with light pinks, whites, and neutrals.  Also, with it being in June and at the Botanic Garden, that inspired the romantic and rustic feel.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Don't stress the small stuff.  The forecast was 100% chance of thunderstorms for our wedding day, which resulted in us changing our layout several times and some panic.  Day of, it ended up being 84 (a very hot day!) and sunny – no rain at all!  Don't stress over what you can't control.  Make sure you have an awesome photographer, invest in a videographer, and have awesome food and you will have the best day that is captured perfectly for years to come.  I also wouldn't have been as relaxed without my day of coordinator.  She was amazing and made me feel completely stress-free!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I wouldn't change a thing!  Just wish we could do it every weekend!

Vendors
Band: BiggDaddy & the Mudcats | Bride's Accessories: Nadri | Bride's Dress: Lazaro | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN & Vera Wang | Cake: Naked caked made by the bride's mom!; Passed wedding cake made by Gus's Goodies | Decor: BHLDN | Desserts: Made by family & friends | Caterer: Hazelnut Catering | Ceremony Location: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | DJ: Jimmy Vetrano | Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Hair: Briana Rasicci & Marissa Julin | Linens: Ambassador | Live Wedding Artist: Jay Flores | Makeup: Jodie Lynn Skrinjar | Menswear: Jos. A. Bank | Musician: Nate Jones | Photobooth: LUX Photobooth | Photographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers | Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | Rentals: Ambassador | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Elite | Videography: So Fresh Films | Wedding Planner: Perfectly Planned by Shari

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Photobooth: LUX Photobooth | Photographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers  | Videography: So Fresh Films

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