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Vintage Meets Boho Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm: Mara & Matthew

“Carefree” was the theme of the day at Mara and Matthew's gorgeous boho wedding.  The couple wanted their big day to reflect how their relationship is – loving, free, and full of family and friends.  With a unique mix of vintage elements and a subtle bohemian vibe, their celebration at Destiny Hill Farm was just that.  A healthy dose of pretty coupled with those Mara and Matthew hold nearest and dearest and you've got yourself a recipe for wedding magic.  Be on the look out for some of the A+ details:

  • Mara's look.  This bride's wedding dress featured long, lace sleeves, a deep V neckline, and a low cut back.  She complimented it with natural makeup, long, beachy waves, and a simple veil which was later replaced with a flower crown.  Perfect for the boho bride!
  • Reception entertainment.  What is more carefree than a few lawn games?  As guests were enjoying the evening, they also engaged in some friendly competition in the form of corn hole boards outside the bar.  Like a party in your very own backyard.  What could be more comfy than that?
  • Jaw dropping florals.  Destiny Hill Farm worked their magic with some fresh field-to-hand bouquets and a variety of table arrangements.  The pièce de résistance though was the incredible flower chandelier that hung above Mara and Matthew's sweetheart table.  It has me like <3 <3 <3.

Breanna Elizabeth Photography managed to capture this wedding in a way that so wholeheartedly conveyed its effortless vibe.  So sit back, relax, and prepared to be wowed!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in college, and lived on the same floor freshmen year.  We were friends all throughout freshmen year, and began dating in the summer.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We love to do fun, artsy things, and I had been DYING to go to the Mattress Factory for about a year.  After countless nos, Matt finally gave in and we went out for a Sunday afternoon.  After a nice lunch, a stroll around the city, and the Mattress Factory, my family and his family were waiting for us at the exit, where he got down on one knee and proposed with our families.  I was completely stunned.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Our wedding really tried to include everyone, and that is how our relationship is.  We love spending time with one another, and we love spending time with our friends.  Our small booklets of memories was one special touch that reflected us as a couple.  I also think having corn hole outside reflected our personalities of a carefree day.  We had one of our friends approach us at the wedding and say how much he loved that everything about our wedding was “us”.  He said he instantly knew whose wedding he was walking into.

What inspired your vision?
We really just envisioned something that was effortless.  We wanted everyone to feel comfortable and to have fun.  I wanted to have a slight “boho” touch to the day as well.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
From Mara…The moment before I walked down the aisle to see Matt.  My Dad and I were laughing and talking, and I was so excited to see Matt.  The amount of people in the church had me super nervous.

From Matt…Sitting under our flower ladder at our sweetheart table, with our “bride” and “groom” chairs.

From the couple…Our first dance was our favorite moment of the day.  It felt like nobody else was in the room, and we just had a blast singing and dancing together.  It was also one of the first times we were able to talk (just us) that day.

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
My advice would be don't stress and have fun.  Everything will work out.  Although it was hard to plan while in school and having all night classes, my mom and I had the best times of our lives planning together.  Also, Matt and I had fun figuring out (bickering) about different colors, linens, and such.  We had excuses to go shopping and spend more time together.

Another piece of advice would be don't expect everything to be TOO perfect.  It was fun having some mishaps, because they give good stories (such as our power outage the morning of getting ready).  Remember the day is about much more than the wedding itself, but about your lives and marriage together.  I don't think I would do anything differently.

Vendors
Ceremony Location: Epiphany of Our Lord | Flowers: Destiny Hill Farm | Makeup: Salon Eye Candy | Reception Venue: Destiny Hill Farm | Photography: Breanna Elizabeth Photography with second shooting from Darcie Lindsay Photography

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Ask Burgh Brides: To Veil or Not to Veil

This edition of Ask Burgh Brides is dedicated to what is quite possibly the most asked question by brides to be…

Ask Burgh Brides: To Veil or Not to Veil

Bride M writes…

I am getting married beach-side in Newport, RI.  So here is my burning (and somewhat trivial) question for you: veil or no veil?  I realize this is a preference but I keep going back and forth.  We are getting married outside on a beach, so when I purchased my dress I said no to buying a veil.  Then, the more I thought about it, the more I was like, “When in my life will I ever be able to wear a veil again??  Never.”  So, then I got on the band wagon and started looking at veils.  Turns out, like most wedding details, they are pricey.  So is a veil going to just be in the way, blowing my maid of honor in the face or, worse, hitting my groom while we say “I do?”  Or, is it a necessity because you only marry once and it really makes you feel like a bride?

Hey M!  Thanks for writing, and for addressing a question that I think SO many brides struggle with.  But let's get one thing straight first…wearing a veil doesn't make you a bride.  Or make you not a bride.  You're getting married.  Therefore, you're a bride.  Nothing is a necessity and you don't have to do anything, including wearing a veil.  The best weddings are those that are personalized and reflective of the couple and where the couple is totally comfortable and happy.  So if wearing a veil doesn't make you comfortable or happy, don't do it!

However, back to your original question…to veil or not to veil.  Personally?  I love veils.  I think they're demure and feminine and they can really add something to your bridal look.  Plus, like you said, when in your life will you ever have another opportunity to wear a veil?  Likely never.  So I'm all about seizing that opportunity.  However, it's a totally personal choice and if you don't think a veil is for you, it won't make you any less of a bride.

There are some veil choices for those brides like you who might be on the fence.  Because let's face it, not everyone can rock a cathedral length, and I tend to think they get in the way more than anything else.  Think bird cage or finger tip length.  You could also opt for a hip hair piece or fascinator instead (how very Kate Middleton of you!).  Either way, you'll be absolutely beautiful and 100% a bride!

What about you readers out there?  Will you be sporting a veil?  Why or why not?  Comment below and help a fellow Burgh Bride out!

Planning a wedding and need some help?  You’ve come to the right place!  Submit your question and you could see it answered right here on the blog.

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Sophisticated, Colorful Wedding at Allegheny Country Club: Bianca & Peter

This sophisticated, colorful wedding was six years in the making.  That's right…Bianca and Peter had been together for six whole years by the time they said their I Dos.  These two were already so much of a couple that they even went through the proposal process together, with Bianca picking out her own engagement ring.  When it came time to plan their big day, the pair took inspiration from their very own experiences together.  They both grew up going to the same Sunday mass at the same Catholic church.  Naturally, that is also where they chose to exchange their vows.  Bianca and Peter also both have roots in Sewickley, making their reception venue choice of the Allegheny Country Club a no brainer as well.  From there, their wedding day took on a multitude of colors – blush, peach, purple, mint, ivory, gold, and silver, to name just a few – while still maintaining a chic, minimalist quality.  But don't think this wedding didn't have a plethora of intimate, thoughtful details.  Here are just a few:

  • A Father/Daughter First Look!  You can just feel the pride and love that Bianca's dad was feeling for her when you see the photos of these two seeing each other for the first time that day.  What a very sweet moment for them!
  • Personalized invitations.  Bianca and Peter enlisted the help of Tina Armenante for a custom illustration that depicted the two of them on a motor bike.  A darling touch of personality to this otherwise very classy affair!
  • An unplugged ceremony!  It was really important to Bianca and Peter that they seeing their guests' faces during those very special moments.  So they asked their friends and family to keep their phones and cameras put away and really be present while they became husband and wife.
  • Purposeful quiet time!  This bride and groom made a point to carve out some alone time together on their wedding day.  Just prior to joining their guests at the cocktail hour, Bianca and Peter had a few moments to themselves in a separate room.  A few drinks, some hors d'oeuvres, and a little bit of relaxation allowed them to soak in the day before getting the party started!

From some beautiful getting ready shots to some downright EPIC sunset photos, Kathryn Hyslop Photography documented all of the beauty of this big day.  You can never go wrong with tradition or color and this wedding is proof.

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From the bride…

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We decided to embark on the engagement stage together, without surprises.  It was special and exciting to shop for and pick out an engagement ring together.  I didn't expect to know much more of the where/when/how of the engagement, but a few weeks later the jeweler called ME to confirm that my ring was ready!  I relayed the message to Peter and really didn't expect him to make it to the jeweler in time to pick it up.  When I got home later that evening, Pete was waiting for me on my apartment balcony; he spoke the most beautiful and eloquent sentiments, and he got down on one knee.  The proposal was not a spectacular event, but it happened so perfectly because we experienced every step of it together, as partners in life.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
For the ceremony and celebration, we focused on having intimate and personal experiences that were true to us.  We put a lot of thought into every little detail, but nothing was over-the-top or extravagant.
The Catholic ceremony had most guests misty-eyed as they witnessed the special moments.  It was important to us to walk down the aisle and see our guests' faces, so we asked guests to refrain from using their phones and cameras.

The reception was held at the stunning Allegheny Country Club with a charming indoor space and an outdoor patio overlooking the golf course.  We had about 70 guests and about 90% of the guests were our age, our closest and best friends.  (We both have remarkably small families.)  Our guests described our wedding as elegant, timeless, and sophisticated up until DJ Tom turned the evening into an EPIC, high-energy dance party.  Our friend graciously hosted an after-party, so the celebration continued on until early the next morning.

What inspired your vision?
Both of our roots in Sewickley inspired our wedding day.  We chose to be married at St. James Catholic Church, which is where we both coincidentally grew up going to the same 11:30 a.m. mass.  We decided to have our reception at Allegheny Country Club because it is so naturally charming and only two miles away from the church.  The reception venue shaped a vision of simple, classic, and colorful details.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
While we can't choose one favorite moment, there are a few moments that stand out to us.  For me, it was walking down the aisle during the ceremony and then while being on the altar, sneakily turning around to look at everyone during mass.  My friends found it hilarious, but I really wanted to soak it in and see everyone who was present.

For Pete, he really enjoyed the “us” time that we scheduled into the day.  After the ceremony and photo session, we went to a room at the Allegheny Country Club, where we ate hors d'oeuvres, had a drink, and relaxed before joining the cocktail hour.  It was incredibly special to reflect on the day's events and have quality time together before starting the celebration.

We both really enjoyed the moments when we snuck away with our photographer towards the end of the evening for photos.  It felt as though time froze and the only thing going on was just the two of us being in love.

Finally, the dancing was phenomenal with every single guest on the dance floor.  We'd never laughed so much, danced so hard, or smiled so wide in our lives!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
My advice would be to not worry about what other people say, especially about rushing to make decisions.  Remember, you made the biggest and hardest decision already, which was saying “yes” your soul mate.  Enjoy your engagement because it is a fun time to plan an amazing celebration together.  Fill your wedding with many personal touches that you both actually care about and skip what you don't.
You do you and everyone else will enjoy your wedding because they love you!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Can't live withouts:
I made a budget spreadsheet that also served as my to-do list.

My superstar photographer met with us to make a detailed timeline for the day that included groups to be photographed.  That timeline served immensely helpful for myself and family, as well as other vendors involved in our wedding.

Must dos:
Take at least one moment to step back with your partner to soak in and enjoy the momentous event that's unfolding.  We set out time between the ceremony and reception to be alone and reflect.  Then, throughout the reception, we stepped back to look at everyone having fun together.  Doing that just made us more elated and connected than ever so that the day did not feel like it was over in the blink of an eye.  It's such a special time to have all the family and friends from all stages of both of your lives to be together in the same room, all to celebrate your love……soak. it. all. in.

Research your vendors and choose wisely because if you let go and trust them and their expertise, it's one less worry for you.  My vendor list is also a must-do because I loved every one of them!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Bride's Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Cake: Food Glorious Food | Ceremony Location: St. James Catholic Church | DJ: DJ Tom Walter from Modern Era Weddings | Flowers: Alpha Dahlias arranged by Kristian Paladin | Hair: Hair Symmetry Two | Invitation Illustrator: Tina Armenante | Makeup: Angie Melhorn | Photographer: Kathryn Hyslop Photography | Reception Venue: Allegheny Country Club | Videography: Josh Baez from Modern Era Weddings
Vendor-Credit-Shout-OutDJ: DJ Tom Walter from Modern Era Weddings | Photographer: Kathryn Hyslop Photography | Videography: Josh Baez from Modern Era Weddings

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Yellow & Lavender Wedding Inspiration

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

Yellow & Lavender Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

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

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

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

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Understated & Romantic Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

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

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

From the photographer…

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

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

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

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

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Carefree Woodsy Engagement Session: Evelyn & Bryce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the photographer…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the bride…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bride to Bride

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

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

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

 

Linens: All Occasions Party Rental

 

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

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

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

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

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