Playful Zelienople Engagement Session: Joie & John

Joie and John hit up some of their favorite local spots for their Zelienople engagement session with Jenna Hidinger Photography.  These two are self-proclaimed foodies.  What better spot than your go-to bar and grill for some pre-wedding pics, right?  The owner of Fisher's let the couple and their photographer have complete reign over the restaurant on a day it is typically closed, and the results are totally adorable!  Kissing at the bar, snuggling in a corner booth, and even holding hands over a few beers…one shot is better than the last.  Afterwards, Joie and John and their sweet pup took to a quiet farm for some “family” photos.  A cute dog, Joie's killer thousand watt smile, and an obvious love between two people that is downright infections…honestly, what more could you ask for in an engagement session?!

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From the photographer…

When I first met with Joie and John, they told me they were “self-proclaimed foodies”.  So, as we began discussing options for engagement photo locations, we used their love of food and drink as a primary source of inspiration.  I encouraged them to think of locations outside of the box, possibly a place where they spend a lot of time together.  We talked about the possibility of using a local restaurant and/or bar for some shots, and since Joie and John are fans of Fisher's Bar & Grill in the quaint town of Zelienople, we decided to have the shoot there.  We were able to use the entire space on a day where the restaurant was closed – one of the managers came and opened up shop just for us!

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A Schenley Plaza Wedding: ReVeal Pittsburgh

You all know how much I love giving you a sneak peek into the lives of wedding vendors.  Throughout the summer, we were lucky enough to see what a (wedding) day in the life of La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans, Sapphire & Lace Design, Purple Wagon Designs, and Traveling Heart Productions looked like, and I've interviewed several other vendors for this fun series over the years.  No matter how many times I publish posts like this, I'm always wowed at the hard work these professionals put in for each and every one of their clients.  However, I am not sure I am doing adequate justice to their dedication and passion with just my blog posts.  Are my words really conveying every.single.thing that goes into giving you the wedding of your dreams?  Maybe not.  Maybe you just have to see it in action!

Those who attended ReVeal Pittsburgh back in April were treated to just that.  This modern take on an old fashioned bridal show was the brain child of Devoted to You Events and Soiree by Souleret.  Showcasing a whole team of vendors, ReVeal allowed attendees to see a wedding set up and execution right before their very eyes, as well as the chance to mix and mingle with the pros that put it on.  The best part about it was that a real ceremony took place!  Yep, Heather and Brain, a lucky local couple who won the wedding of a lifetime, said I Do in front of their closest friends and family, ReVeal attendees, and Schenley Park gatherers.  It was spontaneous, heartwarming, and inspiring.

After the ceremony, Schenley Plaza was transformed into a wedding reception space where urban grit met garden elements.  With the help of vendors and event guests, tables were rolled out, chairs were placed, plates were set, flowers were hung, and candles were lit.  It was a transformation right before the very eyes of everyone there and proof that it really does take a village.  As Heather and Brian celebrated the traditional elements of a wedding reception, like the cake cutting and first dance, event attendees got to see potential vendors in action and talk with others who helped make to create the magic.  Not only did guests leave inspired, but hopefully a little more educated and appreciative of their vendors too!

This highlight clip will reveal just what I mean (see what I did there?)!  Be sure to keep scrolling to see all of the pics from Heather and Brian's unique wedding too!

If this event isn't the epitome of #communityovercompetition, I don't know what is.  I love this city.

Now enjoy seeing the afternoon unfold from the differing perspective of two amazingly talented local photographers.

Ryan Zarichnak Photography

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Vendors

Bride's Dress: This Magic Moment Bridal Studio | Cake & Desserts: Mediterra Bakehouse | Caterer: The Porch at Schenley Plaza | Ceremony Exit Props: Divinity Braid by A Simple Vow | Ceremony Officiant: A Simple Vow | DJ: Schiemer Entertainment | Flowers: Community Flower Shop and Fox Petal Floral Design Studio | Hair: Bridal Art by Marissa Julin | Lighting: EF Lighting | Linens: Lendable Linens | Live Musician: Steven Vance Violin & DJ Music | Makeup: Bridal Art by Marissa Julin | Menswear: The Black Tux | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental and Marbella Event Furniture & Decor Rental | Photobooth: LUX Photobooth | Photographers: Ryan Zarichnak Photography and Weddings by Alisa | Stationery: Evolutionare | Transportation: Tortorice Limousine | Venue: Schenley Plaza of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy | Videographer: All Heart Photo & Video | Wedding Planners & Event Designers: Devoted to You Events and Soiree by Souleret

Cake & Desserts: Mediterra Bakehouse | Flowers: Community Flower Shop | Lighting: EF Lighting | Live Musician: Steven Vance Violin & DJ Music | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental and Marbella Event Furniture & Decor Rental | Photobooth: LUX Photobooth | Photographer: Ryan Zarichnak Photography | Videographer: All Heart Photo & Video | Wedding Planner & Event Designer: Soiree by Souleret

Introducing GreenSinner!

The most amazing of Pittsburgh wedding florists has joined the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide and I couldn't be more excited to tell you all about them!  GreenSinner wows like no other artist can.  They believe in creating experiences, not just pretty arrangements.  That's why they aim to stimulate all the senses when designing a client's dream wedding.  If you're really looking to bring an element of genius artistry to your big day, you'll love them!  Go see more of their work in the Vendor Guide!

Dark & Enchanting Wedding at Phipps: Nina & Freddie

When your inspiration is the likes of Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, and the unique beauty found in the darkness, you end up with an eerie, enchanting wedding just like this one.  Nina and Freddie totally win the “Most Unique Wedding” Award!  An October wedding day and the impending Halloween holiday didn't impact the couple's wedding day style too much, but they did want to throw a subtle nod to it while also paying homage to some of their favorite artists.  They did this with a dark and muted color palette of eggplant, deep purple, dusty lavender, black, and gray.  With the help of an all star vendor team, they seamlessly merged this with metallic and mirrored details, ornate finishings, and a romantic ambiance.  The result was magical, innovative, and truly reflective of their personal styles.  A triple threat if you ask me.   Keep your eyes peeled for:

  • Incredible florals and decor.  Hens and Chicks' creations will wow you.  Large Victorian style candelabras, climbing vines, mercury glass, hanging flowers and candles, reflective vases…oh.my.word.  It's amazing.
  • A DIY'd Corpse Bride replica.  Nina and Freddie often heard that they were a real life Victor and Emily.  So to celebrate the connection and bring a little bit of Tim Burton to the day, the bride handcrafted a replica of the movie couple to display on the dessert table.  So cute.
  • Musical performances.  Both Nina and Freddie are professional musicians and treated their guests to a mini private concert.  Also, Nina did a special rendition of “I Put A Spell On You”, Hocus Pocus Bette Milder style!  Talk about a special treat!

Tara Bennett Photography captured the dreamy, dark, actually-quite-beautiful wedding day.  I just know you're going to love it!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

We are both professional musicians.  I was attending a benefit show that Freddie was performing in.  He was covering Queen (one of my late father's favorite bands) and I knew I had to meet him.  A mutual friend introduced us backstage.  We had an INSTANT connection, and haven't left each other's side since.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

When Freddie's mom passed away last October, we decided to plan a wedding so that his dad could be present for it.  His dad suddenly passed away a few weeks later, so with only one parent left between us (my mom), we knew we had to get moving.  We picked out an antique style ring from Marlene Harris Collection and he gave it to me the night before Christmas Eve.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.

Dark, dreamy, eerie, enchanted, romantic.

Dark flowers, purples, eggplants, dusty amnesia roses, sage colored leaves – nothing super vibrant but rather monochromatic – plus hanging globes and climbing vines along the two large family tables.

We wanted to create a mysterious atmosphere with mostly candlelight and large black Victorian style candelabras on the round tables.

What inspired your vision?

Growing up as an artist and child prodigy on the piano, I have always connected with Tim Burton films and Danny Elfman's scores.  I wanted something dark, dreamy, eerie, and enchanting all while still being romantic and classic.  I absolutely did not want a “fall wedding” but wanted to capture the darkness that autumn represents, especially as we drew closer to Halloween.  When we got engaged, people started to tease us that we look like Victor and Emily from Corpse Bride.  I have never really seen the movie, but the resemblance is uncanny.  So I handcrafted a centerpiece for the dessert table of the characters getting married in a graveyard.  Even my dress ended up looking like hers (unintentionally)!

The maid of honor is renowned artist Adrienne Rozzi of Poison Apple Printshop.  She hand drew all of the save the dates, invitations, and stationery.  I worked with Hens and Chicks to create a vision for the room – dark flowers, hanging globes, climbing vines, enormous black candelabras.  When the doors opened for the first time, the theme to Edward Scissorhands was playing and my guests are still talking about how magical it was!  We also danced to Ice Dance from the Edward Scissorhands soundtrack, which is one of my favorite pieces.

What made your wedding unique?

While planning, I would describe it to people and they would say, “Weddings aren't supposed to be dark; they are supposed to be light.”  But we find a lot of beauty in darkness.  I've seen a lot of Tim Burton/Halloween themed weddings that are cheesy and over the top, and I definitely didn't want that.  I wanted it to be a subtle nod to him, because he was my inspiration, but I still wanted to make it completely my own.  Creating this moment was almost like writing and recording an album!  It was very similar and took the same amount of creative energy.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Toward the end of the night, I sang “I Put A Spell On You” from Hocus Pocus, Bette Midler style!  It was a serious nostalgia moment for all of my childhood friends and cousins who grew up loving that movie.

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?

Stay true to yourself.  Try to incorporate pieces of your life into every aspect of the day so that it feels uniquely YOU.  It could be things that only you notice, maybe a flower, color, or a song that means something to you, but it will make it that much more special for your guests.  Energy is everything – they will feel your magic in every detail!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?

Do the work ahead of time so that when that day comes, you can stay in the moment and enjoy the people around you.  I absolutely would not do anything differently.  It was perfect in every way.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Marisa Bridals from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Ring: Marlene Harris Collection | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cake: Bella Christie | Caterer: Phipps Conservatory | Ceremony Location: Broderie Room at Phipps Conservatory | Decor: Hens and Chicks | Desserts: Bella Christie | DJ: Joel Lindsey Entertainment | Flowers: Hens and Chicks | Hair: Hair by Bri | Lighting: Joel Lindsey Entertainment | Linens: Lendable Linens | Makeup: Jodie Lynn Skrinjar |Musician: Joel Lindsey Entertainment | Officiant: Amy Lindsey | Photographer: Tara Bennett Photography | Reception Venue: Phipps Conservatory | Stationery: Poison Apple Printshop

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Burnt Orange & Dark Teal Wedding Inspiration

Future fall brides, this one's for you!  Looking for a way to bring the colors of the season alive on your wedding day without screaming “FALL WEDDING”?  How about this burnt orange and dark teal wedding color palette for ya?  I am obsessed with this dramatic shade of peacock.  It's moody, a little edgy, and reminds me of rich jewel tones.  When you pair it with burnt orange, it's absolutely perfect for fall.  But in order to keep the look far from kitschy, #justsayno to the pumpkins.  As much as I love them, they'll make your wedding look theme-y and no one wants that.  Instead, bring that orange alive with flowers.  Zinias, ranunculus, dahlias, and even spider mums (you know…if you really want fall) all look amazing when paired with succulents, seeded eucalyptus, and even blue thistle for that touch of teal.  Because this combo speaks to a boho vibe, let those florals play centerstage with lush arrangements and dripping bouquets.  Accent your day with metallic detailing in the way of gold foil invitations, vintage brass candle holders, and hammered flatware on the tables.  Want to bring this color to your bridal party?  Think dark teal and black tuxedos for your guys and the same shade of green for your girls.  I may have found a new favorite palette for fall weddings because this one is earthy, autumnal, and oh-so-happy!

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

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

Modern Blush Pink & Black Wedding at Hotel Monaco: Christine & Frank

When you cross the modern vibe of Hotel Monaco with a blush pink and black wedding, you know pure magic is about to happen.  When it happens to be the wedding of one of the city's best and most talented wedding planners?  Let's just say you should be prepared to have your socks knocked off.  As owner of Poppy Events, Christine normally spends her weekends sending brides down the aisle, but last March, it was her turn to take that walk.  All of the stops were pulled out for this affair that brought together classic, art deco, and contemporary styles.  Blush pink, black, and white were met with the venue's eclectic decor, whose bold bursts of emerald green and funky floral and hounds tooth patterns added some unexpected twists.  Textured linens, crystal charger plates, geometric menu cards, and floating candles played major roles in the tablescapes, but the florals by Mocha Rose played center stage.  Anemones, ranunculus, hydrangeas, snap dragons, and roses were beautifully arranged into a variety of centerpieces and one very handsome sweetheart table runner that cascaded all the way to the floor.  A blush pink sheath wedding dress from Glitter & Grit and four – count 'em FOUR – cakes from Frosted Envy, all in the color scheme of the day, rounded out the palette.  I knew this wedding planner's big day was going to be good but DAMN.  It was all captured by Amber Marie Photography and it's all below for your viewing pleasure.  Let the drooling commence.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

We were set up on a blind date!  Frank attended a wedding I was planning for one of his close friends and neighbors.  After the wedding and all of the planning was over, the mother of the bride called me to tell me that she wanted to connect the two of us because she felt we would be perfect together.  Our first date was at Market Square in October 2013 and we have not left each other's sides since.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

Frank planned an amazing staged proposal in the courtyard of the old St. Patrick's Church in the Strip District.  I was told we were meeting his mom for brunch that Saturday afternoon but instead was lead into a beautiful sanctuary staged perfectly for his proposal.  Their was a photographer hiding in the garden to capture it all and my best friends was waiting down the street to celebrate with us.  It was perfect!

Describe the look, theme, style, colors of the wedding.

Classic black and white with unexpected pops of color.  Blush, gold, and bold greens were used to bring warmth to the space.  Small hints of hounds tooth were mixed in for modern fun.

What inspired the vision?

Clean geometric shapes along with Hotel Monaco's sleek and modern space.  Anemones were a must and a huge source of inspiration for the florals and centerpieces.

What made the wedding unique?

Our children were involved and family was the focus.  My 13 year old son walked me down the aisle and read a scripture reading during the ceremony.  Our bridal party was a mix of our children and nieces and nephews ranging from ages 4 – 13.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

The ceremony!  It was so personal, intimate, and full of love.  It was more than just becoming husband and wife; we were celebrating becoming a family…all 5 of us!!!

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?

Small bumps WILL happen on your wedding day, no matter how flawless your planning is.  The important thing is to not over-react.  Do not allow any small mistake or flaw to take away your joy or keep you from celebrating with the love of your life.

Take the time to really get to know your vendors and choose the right professionals.  Wedding vendors are in the business for one reason….they love weddings!!!  Allow them the creative freedom to do what they love to do and you will not be disappointed.  Hiring true professionals will also allow you to relax the day of your wedding while they take care of all of the details behind the scenes.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?

Amazing shoes!!  Ha!!

Our first look was everything for me.  I was so nervous about the ceremony.  Seeing Frank for just 10 minutes prior calmed me and brought peace and clarity to the situation.  It was so emotional and private; I completely forgot that the photographers were there.  I love looking back at the pictures.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal from Glitter & Grit | Bride's Accessories: Camilla Christine | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Cakes: Frosted Envy | Caterer: Hotel Monaco | Ceremony Location: First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh | DJ: Jeremy Ganss Productions | Flowers: Mocha Rose | Hair: Elisha Evans Style | Lighting: PSAV | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Mock Makeup | Menswear: Hugo Boss | Photographer: Amber Marie Photography | Reception Venue: Hotel Monaco | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Blush Paper Co. | Transportation: Elite Transportation | Wedding Planner: Poppy Events

DJ: Jeremy Ganss Productions | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Blush Paper Co. | Wedding Planner: Poppy Events

Savage Romantic Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

When some of Pittsburgh's finest wedding vendors ventured into the woods for this romantic wedding inspired styled shoot, literal magic happened.  Inspired by the juxtaposition between a forest floor of dead leaves and crisp branches with green foliage, a vast blue sky, and a shining sun, the team went to work.  Lush florals, copper, and soft fabrics against wooden elements created a organic look that could easily be recreated in any wedding venue.  Varying textures, styles, and colors were mixed together in an eclectic yet refined way, and the result is one that is sure to inspire.  The vibe is made so believable by Emily and Vance, the models who are a real life husband and wife duo.  Love exudes from these two and it's easy to be moved by both the photos from Veronica Varos Photography and video footage from Pictory Productions.  If you don't find your heart racing, you might want to check your pulse.

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Take a few moments to watch the video footage from Pictory Productions!  Soooooo incredible!

So what inspired the shoot?  Here are a few of the talented vendors to tell you just that!

From Veronica of Veronica Varos Photography…

My inspiration for this styled photo shoot came from my love of the forest, specifically the look and feel of the forest on a bright sunny day.  When you’re in the thick of the trees, the ground is covered in dead branches and crushed leaves.  There’s a darkness to it – a moodiness.  But, when you look up into the canopy of the trees, you see bright colors, lush greens, and animals happily jumping from limb to limb.  The sun shines through the leaves and everything is beautiful, light, and airy.  It feels alive.  The darkness from the forest floor and the light and airy feeling from the canopy above mix together to create a magical, relaxing, and comforting feeling when you walk through a forest.  This feeling – this incredibly powerful feeling of warmth and magic – was exactly what we tried to recreate with this shoot.

This styled elopement featured a real-life married couple made up of an actor, Emily, and an acting coach, Vance.  Their genuine love for one another shines through in each and every photograph.  Just try to look through the images or watch the video without feeling moved by their love.

From Erin of Glitter & Grit…

For this shoot, I wanted to select dresses that would really let all of the other details shine through; the location, flowers, hair and makeup, and even Emily herself were all too perfect to overpower with dresses.  But opting for a simple dress doesn't have to mean that it's boring!  The romantic movement in the layers of chiffon in the Judy dress by TULLE New York, the flattering pattern detail in Rebecca Schoneveld's crochet Fallon, and the off-the-shoulder perfection of the Daughter's of Simone Casablanca all prove this flawlessly.

From Carmel and Ashley of Mt. Lebanon Floral…

The shoot inspired us to look beyond our everyday flowers.  Our inspiration came from the H0lland Auction list of florals available to us here in the states.  We scrolled through and just couldn't stop once we started with the amazing variety of hydrangeas, tulips, astrantia, protea, lilies, eremerus, globe allium, roses, garlic snipes, vibernum berries, pink baby's breath, curcuma, ferns, foliages, and so much more.  We sourced many things locally as well, like the foxglove, poke weed, smoke bush, hanging amaranthus, sweet peas, millet, and peonies.  Once on-site, we scoured the property to make the flowers seem just picked from the area with mosses, oak and hemlock branches, and ferns.  We created five bouquets, each with its own color palette that really showcased the dresses.  A coordinating hair piece was created with feathers, metal angel wings, and vines.  To achieve the cohesiveness of bringing the cooper look into the shoot and having the florals make sense, we used footed metal bowls, angle wing candle sticks, mercury glass votives, and lanterns.

Vendors

Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Bride's Styling: Erin Szymanski of Glitter & Grit | Cake: Bella Christie | Coordination: Bliss Events Ltd. | Cuffs: ModEvil Studio | Dresses: Tulle NYDaughters of Simone, and Rebecca Schoneveld from Glitter & Grit | Fabrics & Candles: Silk and Willow | Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Groom's Shoes: Timberland | Hair & Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty | Invitations & Menus: Parris Chic Boutique | Men's Designers: Life/After/DenimDescendant of Thieves, and Original Penguin | Models: Emily ShafferVance Barber, and Margot the pup | Necklaces & Bracelets: Studebaker Metals | Photography: Veronica Varos Photography | Shoe Stylist: Lauren Khan | Table & Chairs: Found + Made Co. | Rings: Frost Finery | Video: Pictory Productions

Cozy Fall Coffee Shop Engagement Session: Jillian & Kieran

A coffee shop engagement session was the perfect idea for this couple who spends their weekend mornings hanging out at local beaneries.  Jillian and Kieran wanted something cozy, intimate, and casual.  So the pair headed to their favorite “watering hole” with Sky's the Limit Photography for a session that was romantic and sweet.  Add in a couple of cups of joe and I'm totally smitten.  After their latte-fueled pics, Jillian and Kieran took in some colors and sights of the season.  Gorgeous yellow leaves paired with a marsala colored wrapped dress that fit Jillian like a glove and the second half of this shoot will give you all the heart eyes.  If their November 25th wedding day is as gorgeous as their engagement photos, we're all in for a real doozy.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

My friends and I headed to Rumfish Grille in Bridgeville in the summer of 2014 for a girls' night out.  As fate would have it, Kieran and his friends also headed to Rumfish that night.  One of the guys approached me and delivered a ridiculously cheesy pickup line, which broke the ice and got our two groups to start talking.  I noticed that Kieran was a bit more reserved than the other guys, and I was instantly intrigued by him.  We began our own conversation that was so natural it seemed like we'd known each other forever.  With butterflies in our bellies and huge smiles on our faces, we parted ways that night knowing that something very special had just happened.  We became official a few months later, and it didn't take long for us to realize we would be together forever.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

On May 22, 2016, while we were on a weekend trip together, Kieran devised a clever plan to propose to me at the hotel we were staying at.  My room key suddenly stopped working, so I went down to the front desk to get it reactivated.  After fixing my room key, the hotel manager said, “Don't leave just yet, Jillian – there's something here for you.”  He handed me an envelope with my full name on it, and I was beyond confused.  I hesitantly opened the envelope and saw that it was a love letter written in Kieran's handwriting.  When the hotel manager said, “He's waiting for you upstairs,” with a huge smile on his face, I knew exactly what was about to happen.  I immediately started crying in the middle of the hotel lobby and thanked him for his help.  I continued to read the love letter through my tears as I walked back to our room.  My room key worked this time, and I opened the door to find Kieran inside surrounded by dozens of candles and roses.  It looked like something out of a movie!  Kieran promised to love me forever, got down on one knee, and popped the big question.  With tears streaming down my face and without hesitation, I said YES.  Turns out Kieran and the hotel manager had planned the entire thing (even the part where my room key stopped working!), and I had absolutely no idea!

Describe the engagement session.

Kieran and I definitely wanted to take some formal, traditional engagement photos in a beautiful outdoor location, but we also loved the idea of taking some relaxed, casual photos in a more unique setting that felt more personal to us.  We saw that Krystle from Sweet Juniper Photography had taken another couple's engagement photos in a coffee shop, and we loved how intimate and romantic the photos turned out.  We also love spending our weekend mornings in neighborhood coffee shops, so it seemed like a coffee shop would be the perfect unique setting to make our engagement session feel very “us.” Krystle was totally on board, and she turned our dreams into a reality!

New Holiday Advertising Opportunities for Wedding Pros!

Hey, wedding pros!  Thanksgiving and the holidays will soon be upon us, as will the start of proposal season.  To celebrate, I'm offering two unique advertising opportunities centered around these occasions!

Burgh Brides Holiday Advertising Opportunities

Local Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Deals – $25

Sign Up Deadline – Monday, November 20

Post Publish Date – Wednesday, November 22

Are you running a promotion for Black Friday or Small Business Saturday?  If so, let's work together to spread the word about it!  I'm working on a blog post featuring a list of local steals and deals over Thanksgiving weekend, and I'd love for you to be included.

Includes the following:

  • One promotion listed in the blog post
  • One photo/video
  • A link back to your website
  • Tags/mentions on social media, where the post will be HEAVILY promoted all weekend!

Local Gift Guide for the Newly Engaged – $25

Sign Up Deadline – Monday, November 27

Post Publish Date – Thursday, November 30

Proposal season is almost here, and with that comes celebratory gifts for the soon-to-be newlyweds.  Do you create or sell a product(s) that would make a great gift for someone who just said YES?  I want to share them with my readers!  Because the 2016 Local Gift Guide for the Newly Engaged was such a hit, I'm planning round two!

Includes the following:

  • Up to two product(s) listed in the blog post
  • Up to two photos/videos
  • A link back to product URL(s)
  • Tags/mentions on social media, where the post will be HEAVILY promoted throughout December and January!

Want to be included in both posts? – $45

Think you fit the bill for both blog posts?  Sign up for a double feature and save!

If you've ever thought about working with Burgh Brides, now is a great time!  Let's get started!

Fill out the form below to submit your promotion/product for consideration.  If you are not redirected to a confirmation page, your application was not received.  Please double check that all fields are filled out correctly.  If your promotion/product is a good fit for Burgh Brides, you’ll be emailed an invoice.  Please note that I reserve the right to only accept those that fit with the goals, standards, and image of Burgh Brides.

Questions?  Feel free to email me at hello@burghbrides.com or visit my Contact page!

 

Absolutely Gorgeous Fall Wedding at Greystone Fields: Caris & Sean

There isn't anything quite like a fall wedding, amiright?  The season is such a gorgeous one, especially in southwestern PA.  In not too many other places can you experience the colors, sights, smells, and feelings of autumn quite like we get to here.  It's my favorite time of the year.  So when it's the theme of my other favorite thing – weddings – I'm all over it.  Caris and Sean embraced their October wedding date and made the season come to life.  Dramatic jewel tones combined with authentically autumn colors made the palette rich and warm.  A old, abandoned church provided a quaint backdrop for the ceremony, which was decorated with over 200 pumpkins grown on the bride's uncle's farm just for this special occasion.  At the reception at Greystone Fields, guests enjoyed tastes of the season thanks to a cider bar and caramel apples.  Here's what's really going to knock your socks off though…

  • The bridesmaids dresses.  Caris gave her girls a fall shade and let them go to town.  Emerald lace, burnt orange with a deep v, and a floral print that needs to be in my closet STAT…the result was mismatched perfection!
  • Those florals.  Julie James Designs (who is also Caris's sister in law!) worked her magic and came up with a ceremony backdrop that will leave you speechless.  If that isn't enough flower flawless-ness for you, wait until you see those bouquets.  Oak leaves, craspedia, hydrangeas, garden roses, and amaranthus…the color and texture are out of this world!
  • A family affair.  In addition to Caris's aunt and sister in law contributing to the big day, other family members played a big role too.  The bride's aunt made the wedding cake, family friends baked the cookies, cousins made up the bridal party, and her uncle was the videographer.  Sticking to family was important to this couple and I loved seeing everyone come together to make sure their wedding was magical.

Caryn Azure Photography captured every gorgeous detail of this picture perfect affair.  It's no wonder the fall is now the most popular time of the year to get married!  You're going to love this one!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

Sean and I met for the first time at a local coffee shop in my hometown after connecting online.  He made me laugh and I knew he was special.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

Sean and I were exploring at McConnell's Mill.  Sean etched our initials into a large boulder and we sat reminiscing and laughing in the middle of the woods.  He pulled a ring box out of his bag and asked me to marry him.

Describe the look, theme, style, and colors of the wedding.

I wanted to embrace the fact that it was late October.  I included a cider bar, caramel apples for favors, tons of pumpkins, and a fall color palette for my bridesmaids dresses.  I assigned each girl a fall color and let them pick whichever fit and flare dress they wanted.  I knew that the look would be pulled together with my incredible florist's scheme.  She incorporated all the colors of the dresses in addition to oak leaves, pepper berries, and antique hydrangeas, which were more indicative of the season.

The ceremony took place at a small abandoned church in Renfrew, PA, where I grew up.  My uncle, who runs McElhinny Farm in Evans City, agreed to grow 200 pumpkins in his field to add to the decor.  Julie used them in the arch scene at the church and all around Greystone Fields for the reception.

What inspired your vision?

The time of the year.  Western PA is gorgeous in the fall and I wanted to embrace the colors of the season.

What made your wedding unique?

Family.  My aunt made my cake, my uncle grew my pumpkins, my sister-in-law (my maid of honor) was my florist, my mom's best friend made the cookies for the cookie table, my bridesmaids were my closest cousins, and my uncle was my videographer.  Western PA is well known for sticking to family values and keeping close to your roots.  I share that sentiment, which made the day all the more special.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Celebrating!  Seeing so many people who are close to me come together to celebrate such a special time in my life meant the world to me.  Friends came from across the country to join us in celebration, dance with us, and wish us well.

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?

Trust your vendors!  Let them take the reigns and keep in mind that they have your best interest at heart.  They want to perfect your look.  They have done this more times than you and can give you great advice.  They know what it takes to make it the best day it can be.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?

You must have an extra pair of shoes to dance in.  It doesn't matter how comfortable your shoes are, you will be happy to have a different pair of shoes.

Have ample time to get ready.  You will be so much more relaxed if you don't have to rush to get ready.  I cherish the memories I have of us girls taking our time to get ready.

You also need breathable shape wear.  I bought a Squeem from Koda Bridal and it gave me great shape, but I was comfortable in it all day.

Vendors

Band: In the Mood | Bride's Dress: Moonlight Bridal from Koda Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom and Rent the Runway | Cake: The bride's aunt, Kelly Hixon | Caterer: Stephen's Kitchen and Catering | Ceremony Location: North Union Church | Favors: Soergel Orchards | Flowers: Julie James Design | Hair: Mindy Willliams | Photographer: Caryn Azure Photography | Reception Venue: Greystone Fields | Stationery: Nota Bene | Videography: James Gang Productions

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