Glamorous Garden Chic Wedding: Pazia & Tony

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The stuff dreams are made of.  That's what this garden chic wedding is.  When planning their big day, Pazia and Tony quickly realized that the “production” of the event wasn't for them and instead, they wanted a wedding that was special, stress-free, and comfortable.  A little bit like coming home.  That's why after a traditional church ceremony, Pazia and Tony celebrated becoming Mr. and Mrs. in the same backyard that Pazia grew up in.  The tree she once climbed as a little girl (and coincidentally the tree under which Tony proposed) later became a focal point in her wedding day, serving as a gorgeous backdrop to the head table.  Against a color palette of blush, ivory, sage, and silver accents, this wedding was filled to the brim with other thoughtful, beautiful, and family-focused details.  Just a few of my favorites include:

  • A blend of organic and glamorous decor.  Crystal chandeliers, vintage windows and candelabras (borrowed from friends and family), wooden tables, cross-back chairs, a laser cut cake topper, lace overlays, and mercury glass came together beautifully to create a dichotomous vibe that was both romantic and modern.
  • Those florals!  Textural and lush, the centerpieces and bouquets were a highlight of the wedding day and incorporated blooms like seeded eucalyptus, scabiosa, astible, dahlias, and anemones.  These arrangements were essential to bringing the garden chic look to life!
  • That at-home feel.  An active grill where dinner was prepared, a canine guest (complete with flower collar), self-serve beer stations, and a traditional Pittsburgh cookie table (thanks to the baking skills of family and friends) put everyone at ease despite the elegant setting.  Comfortable and familial is my favorite wedding day vibe!

Captured in the most beautiful way by Ashley Giffin Photography and styled and executed perfectly by Shayla Hawkins Events, Pazia and Tony's nuptials will have your heart beating and your head day dreaming in no time at all.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Who says blind dates never work?  Our love story started out as two strangers, who had just moved to the DC area and who didn’t know a soul.  Never in a million years did either of us imagine we’d even entertain the idea of meeting a complete stranger – but in the interest of making friends, we met.  And at first we were fast friends, but we quickly realized that our shared love of adventure and senses of humor made us a perfect fit to be paired up forever.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
I would have been so uncomfortable with a group or public proposal, and Tony knew that, so he planned a low-key proposal while we were visiting my family in Ellwood City.  Absolutely nothing went as planned.  I was clueless to his subtle nudges to get ready for the day, go for a walk…basically to do anything.  I insisted on relaxing and laying in the hammock to pass the day.  Eventually he resigned to the reality that I may never make his plans possible and decided to just pop the question right there on the hammock.  It was just right and left me shocked, excited, and over-the-moon happy.  The day turned out perfectly because we had a sweet and private moment and then were able to celebrate with family into the evening.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
We made it a point to remind each other that the reason for this very extravagant party (our wedding) was our marriage, and our fortune to have found one another.  It’s easier said than done, but I have to say I think we succeeded, and in turn, we ended up with the most special and stress-free wedding day we could have hoped for.

Our dream wedding was never about creating the most impressive display, but about creating a feel-good environment for our most loved family and friends to share our happiness.  We both felt strongly about having at least the reception portion of our wedding day outdoors with a comfortable feel for our guests.  We started venue shopping, and while we found some beautiful properties (and nearly signed a contract for one), something about them didn’t feel quite right.  The idea of the wedding “production”, as it started to feel, made us a bit uncomfortable.  Our biggest wish for the day was that we felt like us, and that our guests felt comfortable, happy, and were able to relax and enjoy our very special moment.  So we opted for a wedding at home – in the very yard where I climbed trees as a young girl and got engaged to the man of my dreams a short year earlier.

What inspired your vision?
If a single image could capture the vision of our wedding, it would be a big old tree serving as the backdrop for the head table with an elegant chandelier hanging above from the branches.  This mix of natural elements and glitz would strike the perfect balance we were trying to achieve, and represent the rooted view we took of this extravagant gathering.  But being outside – and in Pennsylvania – means you have to have a rain plan, so the open air dining had to be tweaked.  We opted for a large tent instead to provide shade and protection from the elements as insurance.  Fortunately, we were able to leave the sides of the tent open to allow for views and that chandelier made an appearance hanging from a tree in the yard, creating a unique welcome area that incorporated family pieces and modern touches.

The setting really is special, and my parents were so excited and dove in head first to make sure everything was perfect – from spending months caring for the lawn, planting flowers, and even building a new dock on the water.  With a beautiful natural setting already in place, we opted for a soft and muted palette, choosing a gradient of blushes from taupe to lavender undertones and silver accents on the tables.

What made your wedding unique?
Sentimental pieces helped to pull it all together.  Windows from a family friend’s cottage were used to display seating assignments, an old family wooden table housed cards and gifts, candelabras and candlesticks from grandmothers, friends, and family helped create a unified but unique look for each table.  Throughout the reception, we repurposed these sentimental family pieces and mixed them with more modern elements found along the way.  A variety of  linen textures and rich wood tables offered a nod to both the natural beauty of the setting and the elegant details that make it a special occasion.

The flowers were a highlight and a perfect medium to achieve garden chic – incorporating more traditional selections, like seeded eucalyptus, with more garden variety blooms like scabiosa and astilbe.  Invitations were designed by a friend, who incorporated elements of our florals and a special feature at the reception site – an abandoned railroad trestle which was lit up for the evening across the water.

The mix of elegance and comfort continued throughout the evening with traditional elements, like a tiered buttercream cake and heartfelt toasts, and a spin on the expected, like a live grill at dinner, a canine wedding guest, self-serve beer stations, and a Pittsburgh cookie table featuring hundreds of dozens of handmade cookies from friends and family.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
We were able to share a special and private moment later in the evening as we set off in a rowboat for a wish lantern send-off and fireworks display over the water.  Our guests helped us cap off the night by dancing into the wee hours of the morning, and we left feeling relaxing, content, and lucky in love.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
It's easy to get carried away and lose sight of your vision, but don't get caught up in bigger, better, more expensive.  My favorite things about our day were the sentimental touches that didn't cost a thing.

Any must haves, must dos, or cant live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Whatever makes you happy!  Everyone told me not to splurge on the flowers, but that was the most exciting detail to me.  I didn't listen and I'm so glad – the flowers made me so happy and I still smile every time I look back at the pictures of my bouquet and centerpieces.

The point is, everyone's must-have is different, so go for the special touches that mean the most to you and your fiance.  I wouldn't change a thing about our day.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Glitter & Grit | Bride's Accessories: Kata Banko Couture | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN and Weddington Way | Cake: Kretchmar's Bakery | Caterer: Medure's Catering | Ceremony Location: St. Kilian Chapel | DJ: 2nd II None Productions | Flowers: Posies by Patti | Hair: Hair Symmetry | Lighting: All Occasions Party Rentals | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Shelby Dines Makeup | Menswear: Ralph Lauren | Photography: Ashley Giffin Photography | Reception Venue: Family home in Ellwood City | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals | Stationery: Designed by a friend of the bride and printed by Minted | Transportation: TDF Limousine | Videography: Nathan Hamblin Productions | Wedding Planner: Shayla Hawkins Events

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Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration You’re Bound to LOVE

You can never, ever, ever go wrong with a rose gold wedding.  I repeat: NEVER.  That's why I just know you're going to LOVE this month's wedding color palette idea.  Imagine if blush pink and metallic gold had a love child and that love child is rose gold and it's GORGEOUS.  Feminine, flirty, romantic, chic…I could go on and on.  But the bottom line is this: rose gold is where it's at, people.  If you're going with this color, don't be shy.  I say go high glam!  Think lots of sparkle, sequins, and glitz!  Statement jewelry, mercury glass, metal finishes, shiny linens, and loads of candlelight.  Dress your ladies in all over rose gold sequins or even choose a blush pink wedding dress yourself.  White and blush florals go gorgeously with either of those looks, but keep the guys classy in black and white tuxedos.  Rose gold also looks delicious with other neutrals accent colors – ivory, taupe, or gray.  It doesn't really matter how you play it, you're bound to play it well.  Rose gold, I think I love you.

Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: Etsy; via Home at Six; Tracey Brown Photography via Muna Luchi Bride; Melani Lust Photography via Junebug Weddings; via Pinterest

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of rose gold!  What do you like about this color?  Are you using it at all in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

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Introducing Tyler Norman Photography & A Special Offer!

Every time I look at a gallery from Tyler Norman Photography, I do nothing but smile.  That's because the couples always exude pure happiness and giddy laughter and it's totally infectious.  He's a fun guy and one heck of a photographer.  It's a winning combination if you ask me.  If you're still photographer shopping (or even if you're not and just want to look at some awesome pics), go meet him in the Vendor Guide!

Plus, he's offering an AMAZING deal for all of you lucky readers out there – if you book before July 1 and mention Burgh Brides, you'll save 10% off the package price!

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Earthy Boho Wedding at CrossKeys Vineyards: Alexa & Jason

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Inspired by the mountainous, earthiness of the West, this boho wedding is sure to stun.  Jason is from California, so he and Alexa (of Alexa Conner Photography, one of the newest pros to the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide) drew motivation from his roots when planning their big day last September.  While the pair calls Pittsburgh home, they opted to say I Do at CrossKeys Vineyards in Virginia.  And once you see the photos, it'll become clear why – the backdrop is truly epic.  The natural splendor of the Shenandoah Valley was the perfect fit for this wedding's wild and carefree vibe while a color palette of navy, taupe, and evergreen complimented the scenery beautifully.  Beyond the pretty setting, look for these other swoon-worthy details:

  • Alexa's dress.  She found the lace Jovani number at consignment shop.  No joke.  And it's perfect.  The keyhole back and the illusion lace plunging neckline make it interesting from every angle.  Thrift store find FTW!
  • DIY florals.  Alexa handmade her and her ladies' bouquets and flower crowns, as well as all of other arrangements.  No colorful posies at this wedding.  Instead, it was all greenery, all the time.  And can I make a confession?  I didn't miss the traditional flowers one bit.
  • A Thursday celebration.  Alexa and Jason bucked tradition with a mid-week wedding day.  Hey, why not?!  If you're having a low key affair or are looking to save a little bit of money, a weekday wedding might a good fit for you too.

Honestly, everything about this wedding is effortless perfection, including the images from Lindsey Zern Photography.  Here is proof that a wedding inspired by nature is always a good idea.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Jason and I met a few years ago at BFCAT, a local coffee shop near a college.  It was a cold October night and the porch was filled with friends and laughter.  They closed down the coffee shop, our friends left, and we were still there.  He and I, together and finally alone.  We spent hours talking, nervously laughing, and falling in love.  After that night, we talked everyday, and eventually started dating.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
SOOOO, I was supposed to meet my sister and Jason at the park for a shoot.  Jason was going to take a picture of my sister and I so that we could give it as a gift to my dad for Valentine's Day.  As we got there, Jason was waiting for us and he seemed a little off.  My sister's necklace broke and she told us to go pick out a good spot and that she would catch up.  Jason and I started walking, arms linked, and I saw a lit lantern and he said, “I think someone left this for us”.  He guided me across a bridge and there it was – a picnic at sunset with our favorite blanket, BFCAT coffee, romantic music, candles, and big white sheets he tacked to a tree to form a tee-pee.  I knew what was coming…a few minutes later he said, “Alexa, I have something to ask you”.  He got on one knee and asked me to be his wife.  I guess I was so surprised that I said, “I think I'm going to throw up.” and he replied, “I'll take that as a yes.”  Then the tears came as he placed the ring on my finger.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The wedding feel was earthy and elegant.  Our colors were navy blue, taupe, and evergreens.  The style was very boho rustic.

What inspired your vision?
Our wedding was so us (as it should be).  I had a flower crown; he smoked a cigar with his men.  We were ourselves and we wanted our personalities to be portrayed in every aspect.  I was inspired by all of the weddings we would see out west with the mountains and neutral colors; after all Jason is from CA and I loved it.

What made your wedding unique?
I think what made our wedding so unique is that mostly everything was so non-traditional.  My dress was from a consignment store and I made the bouquets and flower crowns.  My mom and my dad walked me down the aisle.  Our wedding was on a Thursday.  We stepped out of the norm, and it worked.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Weddings are expensive but don't give up that easily.  Get creative, use greenery from your backyard, look at second-hand items, put your mind to it, and make things happen.  Don't skimp on the details.  They are important and people notice and appreciate them.  Remember, this is YOUR day.  Plan accordingly.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Real flowers are a must.  IT JUST ADD SO MUCH.  Photography is so important and a must have. Book someone you love; don't settle.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Consigned Jovani | Bride's Shoes: Target | Bridesmaids Dresses: Macy's | Cake: Heritage Bakery & Cafe | Caterer: CrossKeys Vineyards | Ceremony Location: CrossKeys Vineyards | DJ: Tucker MacDonald | Flowers: DIY | Hair & Makeup: Kara Burnell | Menswear: Macy's | Photographer: Lindsey Zern Photography | Reception Venue: CrossKeys Vineyards | Stationery: Vistaprint

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Photographer: Lindsey Zern Photography

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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!

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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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

Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals

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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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Makeup: Ciel Cosmetics

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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!

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member Alexa Conner Photography

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