Glamorous Black, White, & Gold Wedding with a Pittsburgh Theme: Ali & Tom

For this self-proclaimed Pittsburgh-obsessed couple, a black, white, & gold wedding only made sense,  as did one that incorporated the city they both love so much.  Enter Ali and Tom's big day!  To start off the 412-themed affair, the invitations from Fresh Cut Prints featured the Pittsburgh skyline.  Then, the couple said their vows at The Clemente Museum before partying the night away at the Heinz History Center.  Our city's colors came together in a sophisticated, glamorous way via sequin linens, chic stripes, metallic place settings, mercury glass, gold-backed chairs, and lots of gilded frames.  For a pop of fun, Ali sprinkled in hints of bright red with her killer Badgley Mischka peep toe heels and a ribbon-laden bridal bouquet from Community Flower Shop.  Ali and Tom even acknowledged their shared love of the Buccos with a custom jersey bearing their last name, which also served as their guest book.  Oh, and wait until you see that cake!  The three tiered confection from Tasty Bakery featured a Pittsburgh staple – a bridge!  Now THIS is how you show a little hometown pride!  Enjoy all of the city-inspired snaps from Sky's the Limit Photography!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves! When and how did you meet? How long have you been together? How did you get engaged? All the juicy details!

We met at Baldwin High School, when I was a student and Tom was a teacher!  Haha.  Tom was never my teacher but after I graduated I helped him coach powderpuff football.  Several years later, we stayed in contact and we started dating.  Even after a few break ups, we learned one thing – love wasn't who you could live with forever; it was who you could not live without.  After realizing we couldn't be without each other, and five years into dating, Tom finally proposed in the house we bought together two years prior!  We were playing Uno and while I thought he pulled out an old score card, the paper actually read “Will you marry me?”

Describe the wedding and what inspired it. What was unique about it?

Pittsburgh is our thing, but so is baseball.  When Tom and I discussed that we didn't want to get married in a church, we decided that the Roberto Clemente Museum would be perfect.  A winery in the basement, so many people had never been here before, and it was so “us”.  While we got engagement photos at PNC Park, we very much realized we had a slight Pittsburgh obsession!  However, I'm classy and really wanted to stick to black and white stripes.  I added the gold touches since it's super chic and pretty but glam.  I added the touches of red (like Heinz ketchup) because it seemed to fit the reception venue.  I also love me a good deep red heel, and I even got to add a hint of red into my flowers!  It was unique because I added my own small Pittsburgh touches in a tasteful and classy way.  I was super pleased with how elegant it turned out to be!

Also, our “cocktail hour” was a hot dog cart on the street between venues!  So fun!!!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

My favorite moment was definitely walking down the aisle.  I had waited so long to show off my dress, the venue, the gorgeous small touches, and the Roberto Clemente museum.  I was MOST anxious and excited to run down that aisle to Tom, and finally show off all my hard work to my family and friends.  It was so enchanting and I had chills the whole time.

Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?

Hire a day-of coordinator!  Even if you don't need help with all your plans, having someone to lean on all day is really helpful and stress free.  I don't just say that cause I love doing it for a living.  I truly think my Wanderlust girls perfected my day-of vision and I cannot thank them enough!!!

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Allure from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Macy's | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Christina Wu from Bridal Beginning | Cake: Tasty Bakery | Cupcakes: Le Cupcake Shoppe | Donuts: Peace, Love, and Little Donuts | Calligraphy: Oh Joyful Day | Caricature Artist: The Pittsburgh Caricature Company | Caterer: Common Plea Catering | Ceremony Location: The Clemente Museum | DJ: DJ Scott Alexander | Flowers: Community Flower Shop | Hair: Kayla Willkomm Scanlon from DeStefino Beauty Bar | Linens: Linen Hero | Makeup: Evelyn Rose Beauty | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Sky's the Limit Photography | Reception Venue: Heinz History Center | Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals, Wanderlust Weddings and Events, and All Occasions Party Rentals | Stationery: Fresh Cut Prints | Videography: Bre + Jon Harris | Wedding Planner: Wanderlust Weddings and Events

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Flowers: Community Flower Shop | Photography: Sky's the Limit Photography | Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals and All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Fresh Cut Prints

Hunter Green, Black, & Ivory Wedding Inspiration

What's bold, fresh, and modern all over?  This hunter green, black, & ivory wedding inspiration.  This color combo is fit for any contemporary couple looking to bring a sleek vibe to their big day.  Black and white is a forever classic, but choosing ivory instead of white is a subtle yet impactful twist.  The duo is given a punch of freshness by the darkened version of emerald green.  Together, the trio is sophisticated and chic.  To make this palette work, I love sticking with a minimalist look.  Think clean lines, stone or marble details, and lots of botanical inspiration.  All greenery bouquets against little black dresses on your bridesmaids and gents in black tuxedo pants with ivory jackets trimmed in black will bring the color scheme to your wedding fashion.  Meanwhile, accent your reception with a black and white checkered dance floor, black and white striped napkins, and a cake adorned with rich green magnolia leaves.  No matter the season, these wedding colors will look absolutely perfect all year round.  It's just one thing that makes hunter green, black, and ivory such a winning combination!

Hunter Green, Black, & Ivory Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise L to R: Pinterest; Kristin Sweeting via Southern Weddings; Hazelwood Photography via Green Wedding Shoes; Pinterest; Pinterest; De Alma e Coracao; David Jenkins Photography via Love My Dress

For even more hunter green, black, & ivory wedding ideas, visit my Pinterest board!  And then tell me what you think of this palette!  What do you like about it?  Are you using any of these colors in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

Navy & Burgundy Wedding at the Circuit Center: Jamie & Adam

Combining classic and feminine wedding details with a dark and pretty palette, this navy and burgundy wedding is downright lovely.  The couple's favorite shade of blue was the main color of the day, and Jamie and Adam accented it with a dramatic shade of red and a girly pop of peach.  The mix was a soft yet seasonal one, perfect for their early fall wedding date.  In addition to his-and-her most loved hues, a lot of inspiration came from Jamie's affinity for pearls, lace, and anything sparkly.  Her wedding dress incorporated all three accents, glitzy escort cards greeted guests at the Circuit Center reception, and even the cake was adorned with pearl dots, rhinestones, and a satin bow.  Other party details included fresh greenery runners, centerpieces of floral arrangements and black lanterns, and soft uplighting to create a romantic yet relaxed atmosphere.  The best part though?  The 1,800 piece Pittsburgh cookie table, a tribute to the bride's nightly cookies-and-milk tradition.  Yum-o!  Traditional and sweet, this wedding was captured by Madeline Jane Photography.  Enjoy!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

In January 2012, I returned to Slippery Rock University, ready for a new start to my educational experience.  Little did I know that when a handsome man with dark brown eyes sat next to me in Human Development, he would one day be my husband.  Our friendship took off immediately and as time passed we realized how much closer we were growing together.  When graduation day came for Adam, he left to start his career in Madison, Wisconsin and our long distance relationship added a new component to our lives.  The more that we were apart from each other, the more we realized how much we needed to be together.  So a few months later, I followed Adam to Madison and our relationship blossomed even more.  Soon after, our plans changed again and we both decided to continue our education and moved back to Pittsburgh to pursue our dreams.

As July 2015 came around, I started having feelings that a proposal was in the near future.  On July 16, Adam had dinner reservations for us.  As we were getting ready for dinner, I had a quick glance at Adam's pocket because I noticed a square box outlined in his jeans.  My heart stopped for a moment.  I thought, “Oh my gosh, that's a ring box!  I can't look!  He's going to propose tonight!  But I can't act like I know anything.”  So we arrived to dinner and everything was perfect.  After eating, Adam kept expressing his love to me and I thought here it comes…he reached into his pocket and pulls out a padlock with our names engraved with a heart.  Ahh…so that is what was in his pocket!  We always mentioned how it would be nice to add a lock to the Roberto Clemente bridge.  After dinner, we walked to the bridge, admired the beautiful city skyline, and made a wish together before finding a spot for our lock and tossing the key to our lock into the river.  Shortly after, Adam was down on one knee asking me to marry him.  It was the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.  He had me fooled and hid the ring in his sock the whole time.  Of course, I said yes!

Describe the wedding and what inspired it.  What was unique about it?

Adam and I enjoy dressing up and exploring new restaurants often.  When we do, I always make sure to add pearls to my attire.  I love the classy and timeless look of pearls and this was my main inspiration to our wedding.  After finding my dress, which had a nice balance of pearls, lace, and sparkle, I knew this is what I wanted to incorporate into our wedding details along with our favorite color – navy.  This rich color is flattering on everyone.  Adam couldn't wait to wear his navy tux with sharp brown shoes and a pop of color to his bow tie.  We also wanted to pair navy with other rich fall colors such as burgundy, peaches, and eucalyptus.  I wanted to fill our reception with a lot of soft candle light from lanterns and votives to create a romantic and comforting environment.  I realized throughout my planning that I was constantly drawn to my initial inspiration of bows, pearls, and gems, which were seen in every detail including my shoes, cake, invitations, place cards, etc.  We also wanted to include a large cookie table area for our guests and ourselves.  I am quite a cookie lover and knew this had to happen. (Confession: I always have cookies and milk at 10 p.m. – ever since I was a kid).  Thankfully, we had several family members who made all of our delicious cookies – over 1,800 filled the room!!  Of course, when our dancing had to come to an end at 10, I had to sneak some cookies. 🙂

What was your favorite moment of the day?

All day getting ready, I couldn't believe that it was actually my wedding day.  It was so fun but it didn't feel real.  Once I was at Saint Paul Cathedral and everyone in the bridal party made their entrance, everything got quiet.  It was just me and my Dad waiting at the back of the church for a few moments.  Now it started to feel real.  I could hear my heart beating faster.  The doors were closed and I could not wait to see my groom.  The moment the doors opened and I saw the breathtaking views of the church, filled with our loved ones, I started feeling butterflies of happiness.  The walk down the long aisle getting closer and closer to Adam was my favorite moment.  I suddenly didn't notice anyone else but him.  Adam looked so happy and I couldn't help but smile the whole way.  I couldn't wait to grab his hand and be on our way to be married and that's just what we did!

Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?

My advice to other couples would be to not worry about the finer details of the wedding planning.  I was easy-going with all wedding plans because the most important thing to me was the actual marriage to my best friend.  I think this is what helped me stay calm and stress-free throughout the process.  It's a beautiful time to celebrate the love of your life and officially beginning your lives together.  Embrace every moment.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Sophia Tolli at Cocoa Couture | Bride's Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Bride's Shoes: Macy's | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff at Cocoa Couture | Cake: Cakes by Tammy | Caterer: The Fluted Mushroom | Ceremony Location: Saint Paul Cathedral | DJ: Klock Entertainment | Flowers: Rosebud Floral | Hair: Wendy Caripolti | Lighting: Klock Entertainment | Menswear: Top Hat Tuxedo | Photobooth: Klock Entertainment | Photography: Madeline Jane Photography | Reception Venue: Circuit Center | Stationery: Cards & Pockets | Videography: Light Motion Studios

Photography: Madeline Jane Photography

Gritty but Gorgeous Strip District Engagement Session: Alyssa & Jeff

This Strip District engagement session is the best of both worlds.  With the city skyline, the red brick of the History Center, and the steel of one of our famous bridges, it combines the grit that Pittsburgh is so famous for.  But with Alyssa's thousand watt smile, loose waves in her hair, and a fancy black dress, it's also downright gorgeous.  A little bit fancy and a little bit edgy, this shoot from Levana Melamed Photography is urban romance at its finest.  If these photos are indication of how gorgeous Alyssa and Jeff's September wedding is going to be, I am already counting down the days!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you two meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

Jeff and I met on a fall Saturday night in Shadyside.  Neither him or I ever venture out to the east side of Pittsburgh.  We were both out having a good time with our own sets of friends, until the evening wound down.  Like most Saturday nights out, the night ended with a late night snack, specifically pizza.  While standing in a long line, Jeff overheard my friend and I talking about which slice of pizza we were going to get.  He then offered to buy a whole pizza for us to share.  The rest is history.

Jeff and I got engaged on February 12, 2017.  He had told me we were going to look at a potential wedding venue downtown that he had come across and knew that I would really love.  I thought something was up considering we were not engaged yet.  As we were walking through Market Square to the venue, he stopped me and asked, “Isn't this a little strange that were going to look at a wedding venue and we're not even engaged yet?”  I looked at him puzzled, considering he was the one who had planned the whole thing and responded “Well, yes.”  He then got down on one knee and said, “Well, I can change that” and asked me to marry him.  He had a photographer there that captured the whole moment.  It was perfect.

Describe the engagement session and what inspired the shoot.  What was unique about it?

Jeff and I both love the city so we knew we wanted to incorporate it into our engagement session.  We both wanted an urban feel so the Strip District and Hot Metal bridge seemed like the perfect locations.

It was fun to just laugh and be silly.  We got to be ourselves and Levana captured that perfectly.  The photos turned out gorgeous and we couldn't be happier!

Getting Ready Attire for Brides & Bridesmaids!

The morning of the wedding just isn't complete without some cute getting ready attire for brides and bridesmaids.  Add some mimosas, party music, and a major pampering session courtesy of your hair and makeup artists, and you've got yourself a recipe for a few hours of fun with your gal pals.  Make sure you're all dressed the part with some festive getting ready wear fit for the occasion.  Whether it's a robe or pajama set, romper or  button up shirt, there are lots of ways you can be comfy and cute at the same time.  You can go twinsies or keep it mismatched, personalize it with a monogramed or sassy wedding saying.  Either way, you and your ladies will look good while getting wedding-ready!  For even more finds, check out more of my favorite getting ready attire from Etsy!

Favorite Getting Ready Attire for Brides & Bridesmaids from Burgh Brides

  1. Lace Wedding Robe $59.50
  2. Monogrammed Oversized Shirts $29.99
  3. Monogrammed Pajamas $36
  4. Floral Bride & Bridesmaids Robe $39.70
  5. Monogrammed Denim Shirt $28
  6. Floral Bride Romper $32.99
  7. Lace Bridal Robe $21.99
  8. Satin & Lace Bride Robe $20
  9. Off the Shoulder Bridal Romper $55
  10. Bridesmaid Romper $53

Introducing Simply Captivating Salon!

I've been a HUGE fan of Simply Captivating Salon for a loooong time.  That's why I'm so ecstatic to welcome her to the Burgh Brides family!  Christy is an incredibly talented hair stylist and an even sweeter person.  She believes each client deserves to feel absolutely beautiful on their wedding day, and she does everything she can to ensure working with her is a pleasure.  From updos to loose waves, braids to chic buns, she can do it all…and she does it all reallllllly well!  If you're in the need for a hair stylist for the big day, or just like looking at pictures of pretty styles, go visit her in the Vendor Guide!

Tuscan Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

If you can't get married in Italy, the next best thing is this Tuscan inspired wedding styled shoot.  An edgy color palette of berry tones and black combine romantically with details reminiscent of the Italian countryside.  Gold calligraphy and antique-inspired stationery invite guests to an al fresco courtyard set-up where red taper candles, matte black place settings and gold flatware from All Occasions Party Rentals adorned the tablescape.  Rich red napkins, teal velvet ribbon, and jewel tone floral arrangements popped against cool light gray linens.  Even the cake, which was created by Mediterra Bakehouse and featured naked chocolate layers, fresh figs, and berries, reminded me of the old world.  What really makes this shoot striking though is a untraditional black and taupe dress that was paired with locally-made mixed metallic jewelry, deep ruby satin heels, and smokey makeup and hair done by GLOW Blotique.  Combining a modern, avant garde vibe with classic Tuscan warmth and romance, this inspiring shoot was styled by A & L Events and captured by Wanderlust Images and Traveling Heart Productions.  That's amore.

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From the stylist…

Our Tuscan Twilight Styled Shoot draws inspiration from the rich autumnal hues, seasonal fruits, and a hint of unconventional edge, paired with the romance of Tuscany's charming countryside.  Our bride is found in an intimate Italian courtyard in Pennsylvania, flooded with the ambience of subtle, yet enticing, candlelight.  She sits stunningly in her untraditional black and taupe gown paired with unique mixed metal jewelry awaiting the marriage ceremony, while admiring the details of the enchanting evening.  As she awaits, she is serenaded by the strumming of acoustic guitar and twirls to the soft music.  Behind her, a decadent Mediterranean spread is flourishly displayed for when guests arrive to celebrate this one-of-a-kind love.  The vibrant and lush floral palette brings the bold tablescape to life, contrasting the clean elegance of the noir matte dinner plates and textured gold flatware against the cool gray linen and touch of greenery.  A colorful cake design comprised of striking old world elements and the modern composition of the watercolor stationery with foiled gold accents provide this styled shoot with dynamic elements sure to delight the eye.  This Tuscan Twilight Styled Shoot was created to provoke feelings of warmth, endearment, intimacy, and avant-garde glamour attracting the romantic yet untraditional bride.

Vendors

Photography: Wanderlust Images | Stylist: A & L Events | Shoot Location: Morning Glory Inn | Cake: Mediterra Bakehouse | Dress: Ashlee Brooks Collection | Food & Drink: Fish Hawk Acres | Flowers: Posies by Patti | Hair: GLOW Blotique | Jewelry & Accessories: Samantha Skelton Jewelry Design | Linens: All Occasions Party Rental | Live Musician: Jason Kendall Productions | Makeup: GLOW Blotique | Model: Lillian Theresa of Theiroff Agency | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Shoes: Nina | Stationery: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Videography: Traveling Heart Productions

Cake: Mediterra Bakehouse | Hair: GLOW Blotique | Linens: All Occasions Party Rental | Makeup: GLOW Blotique | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Videography: Traveling Heart Productions

 

Introducing the Allegheny County Courthouse!

If you thought you knew the Allegheny County Courthouse, guess again.  Yes, the downtown staple is where much of county business is conducted.  BUT the building also boasts some of the most strikingly unique event spaces I've ever seen.  Between a grand staircase fit for a romantic ceremony and a private courtyard that takes an outdoor reception to a whole new level, the Courthouse is THE venue if you want to get your guests talking.  Go meet them in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Wedding Photographers: 5 Steps to Finding the Best One for YOU!

There are dozens and dozens of wedding photographers in Pittsburgh.  Let's not even get into all of the ones around the world.  With that many to choose from, how do you go about finding the best one for you?  I went straight to the source and sought some advice from an expert in the industry!  Lauren Renee Designs is one of the best fine art wedding photographers in the city and her images are gorgeous and romantic.  More than that, she's super knowledgable and loves helping not just her clients but all couples plan the perfect wedding day.  That's why she's so excited to share her fives best tips for finding your perfect wedding photographer!

Wedding Photographers: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect One for YOU from Lauren Renee Designs and Burgh Brides

From Lauren…

With engagement season at its peak, many couples are searching for all of the amazing vendors that will come together to bring their wedding day vision to life.  To make that process a little easier, I'd love to share some of my own tips on how to search for and choose the photographer that will best capture your special day.  In my humble opinion, I feel that photography is one of the biggest decisions you will make when planning your wedding, and it can also be a confusing and overwhelming process!  After the dancing is over, the cake is cut, and the guests are gone, all you are left with are the photos from your beautiful day!  Investing in photography is really something that you won't regret, and that is why my first tip is….⠀

1.) Think about the future and sharing your legacy when it comes to your wedding photos. ⠀

I describe my photography as timeless and classic with a romantic feel.  Of course, every couple has their own style and taste, but I truly try to create images that won't look dated 10, 20, or even 30 years from now.  I want you to look back at your wedding photos with your grandchildren and love them as much as you did the day you said “I do.”

Wedding Photographers: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect One for YOU from Lauren Renee Designs and Burgh Brides

Now that you are thinking about your wedding photos as timeless memories, my next tip on your search for finding your wedding photographer is…

2.) Decide what style of photography you want.

In your endless searches on Instagram, Facebook, Google, and even Burgh Brides, you might be overwhelmed with all of the different options that are available to you.  There is no right or wrong answer, but it helps to narrow down your selections.  If you are following along with my work, you will notice that my photos are light, bright, and rich with color.  I am a fine art wedding photographer, using both film and digital mediums to tell your love story.  If this is something you fancy, then great; let's chat!  If that's not your jam, it's totally ok and I know you will find an awesome photographer with a look that may be “dark and moody,” “modern,” or “photojournalistic.”  These are all great styles as well!  You just need to decide what will be the best fit for you!  Do yourself a favor and focus on style first, before price points.

Wedding Photographers: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect One for YOU from Lauren Renee Designs and Burgh Brides

Now that you have hopefully narrowed down your photography style, you can figure out what to budget for a good photographer, which brings me to tip number three…

3.) Photography should be a priority, but understand our prices are non-negotiable.

Statistically, the average wedding costs around $35,000, and 10 – 20% should be budgeted for photography, meaning you should expect to pay between $3,500 and 7,000.  To give you an idea of price points, my collections start at $3,800.  To reiterate what I said above – and I know I may sound biased – but at the end of the day, your wedding photographs are all you are left with.  Don't skimp out on what will be family heirlooms for generations to come!

Also, please realize that this is my livelihood, passion, and full-time job.  To keep everything running smoothly, I have both business and living expenses (including taxes…UGHH) that are all calculated into my packages.  I also only take on a certain number of weddings per year, as I can serve my clients best when I am able to focus more attention on them and the details of their day.  Most photographers are happy to chat with you about creating a custom package that may fit your budget by removing items or hours of coverage.  But please don't ask us to discount our prices right off the bat!

Wedding Photographers: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect One for YOU from Lauren Renee Designs and Burgh Brides

Once you have decided on your photography style and budget and have narrowed it down to a few photographers, my next tip is…

4.) Contact the photographer to set up a phone consultation and ask to see a few full wedding gallery.

I always want to book couples who are as excited to work with me as I am to work with them!  It is really important that you connect with your photographer, as they are spending THE MOST amount of time with you, before, during, and after your wedding.  From the planning stages and engagement session up to the wedding, I put in a lot of time with my couples, getting to know them and making sure their special day runs as smoothly as possible.  After the wedding, our job is not done!  We edit all your photos, design albums, and help you with print orders.  If you don't like the person behind the camera, you are not going to have a good time, which is the opposite of what you want on such an important day!

Also, keep in mind that photographers only want to share their best work, which are the curated images you see on social media and in their portfolio.  Whether they are from real weddings or styled shoots, those images were chosen to show to you for a reason.  When looking at galleries, take note of how they shoot the ceremony and reception as well.  A good wedding photographer is flexible and able to capture any part of your wedding day, handle any lighting situation, and is also consistent in their editing across the board.

Wedding Photographers: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect One for YOU from Lauren Renee Designs and Burgh Brides

Now that you have gotten to know your photographer, seen their galleries, and have made a decision, the next tip (or more of a request) is…

5.) Get that contract signed and deposit in ASAP!

Most photographers will not hold your date and instead work on a first come, first serve basis.  If you know you love a photographer and have connected with them and their work, don't hesitate to book them for your wedding!  On the other side of the coin, please let us know if you have decided to move on with another photographer.  When you inquire with us and take the time to set up a phone consult, we invest time with you and are already envisioning how your wedding day will unfold.  If you fall off the face of the earth and don't get back to us, it is more disappointing than getting a nice email saying you have chosen someone else.  We get these emails all the time, and we move on!  Just do the right thing and take the time to write a quick note to let them know what you have decided to do – whether it's a photographer, videographer, DJ, or florist.  We can then move on with no hard feelings and won't feel bad about giving away your date to other inquiries.

Wedding Photographers: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect One for YOU from Lauren Renee Designs and Burgh Brides

I hope this has been helpful and insightful!  I was recently a bride and know what you are going through!  Finding your wedding vendors can be a daunting task and whether you choose to book me or another photographer, we all have one thing in common…we want what is best for our clients!  With that being said, do your research, choose your style, educate yourself on the costs of hiring good wedding vendors, and make an informed decision.  The saying “you get what you pay for” still rings true!  Just remember to enjoy the planning process and know that your search began because two wonderful people decided to spend the rest of their lives together, which is a beautiful thing <3

Go see more work from Lauren Renee Designs in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Bachelorette Party Must Haves: 8 Great Gifts from Cheeks

Whether it’s going to be wild and crazy at your favorite local watering hole or more subdued with spa services and lots of wine, there are some bachelorette party must haves you simply can’t forget about!  For fun gifts for the ladies’ night, pieces to use beyond the wedding, and everything in between, Cheeks is the go-to boutique!  The sister store to Glassworks Pittsburgh, this shop features the best in lingerie, sleepwear, and hosiery.  With brands like Natori, Hanky Panky, Chantelle, Spanx, and On Gossamer, you’ll find luxury and quality.  In addition to great every day pieces, Cheeks also has a ton of items perfect for any soon-to-be Mrs.!  Before her bachelorette party, stop in and pick up one of my favorite gift ideas for the bride to be!

Wrap Up by VP Romantique Long Robe

Getting wedding ready has never looked more gorgeous.  This long pink and white patterned robe is light weight and cozy yet chic.  Let the bride spend the morning of the wedding in style, while also making the hair and makeup artists’ lives easier!

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Eberjey Colette Chemise

Tres chic, no?  The soft but sexy Eberjey Colette Chemise is perfect for the wedding, honeymoon, and beyond.  Unique enough for a special night but comfy enough for every day, this lovely lace number is versatile and sophisticated.

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Bride Lace Cheeky Hipster

While the wedding dress is SUPER important, you can’t forget what goes underneath of it.  Let the bride celebrate the road to a new relationship status with these lace cheeky hipster bottoms from Hanky Panky that spell out Bride is baby blue rhinestones.

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Mr. & Mrs. Ring Dish

Make sure the bride-to-be has a secure place to keep her ring whenever she takes it off.  This dainty, porcelain heart-shaped Mr. & Mrs. ring dish is perfect for safe-keeping.  It even comes in a cute box for easy gifting!

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Hanky Panky Roslyn Garter

A teeny tiny bow on this Hanky Panky Roslyn Garter makes for the perfect something blue.  The pretty lace just might make her forgo the traditional garter toss.  Who wouldn’t want to keep this beauty forever?!

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PJ Salvage Eye Mask

No girl wants to wake up to dark circles and bags under her eyes.  Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with a fun and flirty PJ Salvage Eye Mask.  Available in a variety of cheeky sayings, these satin masks with an elastic band really are a girl’s best friend.

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Commando Matchsticks

Avoid a major wardrobe malfunction with these small but mighty adhesive strips.  Perfect for strappy dresses, low necklines, or even a fallen hem, there isn’t any fashion faux pas these babies can’t fix in a jif!

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Bridesmaid Low Rise Thong

Hey, BFFs do A LOT for each other!  Show your girl gang a little gratitude with a fun thank you gift.  This cute Bridesmaid low rise thong from Hanky Panky can be worn during the bachelorette weekend or even on the wedding day!

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Shop all of these finds on the Cheeks website, or stop in their Shadyside or Squirrel Hill locations for even more selection!

While this post was sponsored by Cheeks, all opinions, insight, and recommendations are my own.