Fall Foliage Engagement Session: Betsy & Kurt

Warning: fall is about to explode all over your screen.  It's my favorite season so I'm ok with that.  Hope you are too.

Betsy and Kurt's engagement session, so beautifully captured by Steven Dray Images, resulted in the most picture perfect fall photos.  Seriously, all that's missing is a pumpkin spice latte.  Betsy's hair against the kaleidoscope of red, orange, yellow, and green leaves is pure magic.  Plus, their sweet puppy is pretty cute!  Steven selected some unique locations and backgrounds and wound up with the awesome shots below.  Excuse me while I go dye my hair now.  It looks like redheads just might have more fun.

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Fall Foliage Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Fall Foliage Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Fall Foliage Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Fall Foliage Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Fall Foliage Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Fall Foliage Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Steven Dray Images Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

This shoot was inspired by history.   Both Kurt & Betsy are history teachers and wanted to do a historic location but also include some nice fall colors.  After some deliberation, I decided that Allegheny Commons, Riverview Park, and the Mexican War Streets would be a perfect mix of fall, urbanization, and history all rolled into one atmosphere.  This bride and groom were awesome because they had great chemistry and trusted me with picking the locations.  When you trust your photographer, you get better photos.  I am not gonna lie though, Betsy's hair is pretty stinking awesome too!

 

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Featured Vendor: Dallas Beauty Lounge

I'll admit…I don't always keep my nails in the best of shape.  I rarely find time to paint them myself and when I do my right hand always looks like a hot mess, I hate when they get too long, and a mani/pedi is more like a treat than a regular occurrence.  But that doesn't mean I don't get outrageously jealous when I see a girl rocking some seriously sick nail art.  And usually it's courtesy of Dallas Beauty Lounge.

Dallas has built a nail and beauty EMPIRE in this city and I'm stoked to introduce her to all of you.  She and her team don't just give regular ol' manicures.  They help step your game up a notch with custom nail art, working with each of their clients on something that reflects their personality and everyday style.  Recently, Dallas opened her brand new studio in Bridgeville, where she offers even more beauty services, such as facials, lash extensions, brow work, and waxing.  Dallas and her team take education seriously and are always on top of the hottest trends and products.  She has even been featured in Jezebel and Nails Magazine, has done on-set work for Aerie, ModCloth, Rue 21, Skinny Cow, and Nestle Gusto, AND has worked at New York Fashion Week for the last two years.  Werk.

Besides being the most talented in the area, Dallas is also the most sought-after.  This is probably because she and her team work off of a referral basis only.  Exclusivity – people want what they can't have.  Consider it a members' only club.  But the members are beyond cool and you don't have to wear an ugly jacket.

Whether you're newly engaged or about to slip on that wedding band, you want your nails to be in tip top shape (i.e. not like mine).  You'll be showing off those flashy rings to just about everyone and your nails should look the part.  So do yourself a few favors: 1.) Check out these perfectly gorgeous photos of Dallas, her team, and their amazing studio courtesy of Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers  2.) Keep scrolling for evidence of their incredible skills and 3.) Read more about this biz from the amazing Dallas herself.  Oh, and 4.) Try to become one of the lucky gals who gets to call herself a client of Dallas Beauty Lounge.  THERE IS A FREAKING GLITTER WALL IN THE SALON.  YES, A WALL OF GLITTER.  As Dallas put it, “Do you need any more convincing?”

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Nailt Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

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From Dallas…

What type of services do you provide?
We provide a little bit of everything!  We are mostly known for our nail art around the Burgh, but our newest location in Bridgeville offers skincare, waxing, airbrush tanning, eyelash extensions, manicures, pedicures, and acrylic enhancements!

Tell me a bit about your company! 
I started my business when I was a junior in college and not really loving Public Relations.  I had been doing nails for about seven years at that point and decided to take the leap because it's what I really love.  We now have been in business for almost three years and we are currently expanding.  Our services are unique because we offer a boutique salon experience and nail art!  A good spa service can be hard to find but we like to customize every service.  We are also unique because we work strictly from referrals – we find that this keeps us as exclusive as possible.  Think of it as a members-only club; that's exactly what we want.

What is your ideal client like?
Our idea client has no age limit.  As long as you have a sense of humor and can stand some sarcasm, the occasional British accent, and impromptu rapping courtesy of Alexa, then you will love it here.  We love how all of our clients have their own style – whether it's bold and blingy or less is more.  We are here to customize your experience.

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Country Meets Vintage Wedding at Millennium Stables: Danielle & Mike

If I had to imagine what a laid-back, family-filled, summer farm wedding would be like, it would be Danielle and Mike's.  This casual but pretty-as-can-be August affair took place in a horse barn, and while it was full of mason jars and burlap, it also had it's fair share of girly touches.  With a mix of rustic and vintage pieces, the look of this day was a bit “anything goes”.  But my oh my did they all work well together!  My favorite elements?

  • Forget the heels.  Danielle and her bridesmaids stayed true to the country vibe and donned cowboy boots with their dresses.  Way easier to dance in if you ask me!
  • While the bouquets were bright and beautiful, the gents opted for a different kind of boutonniere – tiny galvanized milk cans with bits of burlap and twine.
  • Bridal portraits that are out of this world!  Danielle and Mike took advantage of the farm's scenery and took some sweet together shots in the fields, near the barns, and even with the horses!  Also, isn't Danielle a dead ringer for Miranda Lambert?!
  • Hands down the most unique mode of transportation I've ever seen!  Sticking with the theme of the day, Danielle, Mike, and their bridal party arrived in style in an old horse trailer jazzed up with a bit of spray paint and a “Just Hitched” sign.
  • A life-size cardboard cut-out of Danielle's brother, who is stationed overseas and unable to be there for their wedding.  He surprised the couple with a video message full of congratulations and I-wish-I-could-be-theres.  Aaaaaand cue the tears.
  • Details galore!  Window pane signs, doilies, raffia, wildflowers, hay bails, ribbon garland, vintage handkerchiefs and china, needlework pillows, gingham, frayed fabric, lace, wagon wheels, horseshoes, chicken wire, reclaimed wood, clothes pins…the list goes on and on.  And my detail-loving heart adores each and every one of them!

Breanne of BNK Photography snapped all of the shots of the day.  And boy are they pretty ones!  To all the ballroom brides out there, eat your hearts out.

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From the photographer…

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Rustic, Jack Daniels, country, and vintage, all rolled into one

What inspired the vision?
Danielle and Mike went for a country/rustic theme for everything, from the barn (which is literally a real barn used to exercise horses) to the decor, and even right down to the way they rode into the reception.  They made this day exactly how they wanted it to be, and all of the details were beautifully laid out.  We stopped at Danielle's childhood home to photograph the bridal party, which fit in so well with their plans of how they wanted their day to go.

Danielle is also a fan of Jack Daniels, which played a small theme in the wedding.  As if you couldn't tell by the handle she carried around 🙂

What made the wedding unique?
The most surprising and fun detail was the way they got around from the ceremony to the reception.  They had a horse trailer attached to a truck and the whole bridal party sat inside.  It was unique and down-right awesome!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Without a doubt, the most emotional point in the day was when Mike's brother, who is deployed overseas, sent them a video wishing them well and letting them know how much he wished he was there.  Danielle and Mike made a life-size cardboard cut-out of him and were carrying it around during the night.  It was a very touching moment for everyone who was there to witness it.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Carlisle's of Pittsburgh | Bride's Jewelry: Jared | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Cake: Carol's Cakes | Caterer: Beyond Parsley Catering | DJ: Drew Howard & Don Howard | Flowers: Bate's Flower Shop | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: BNK Photography with second shooter Gabrielle Halle Photography | Reception Venue: Millennium Stables

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Favorite Etsy Finds

Affiliate-LinkEtsy is one of my favorite places to shop for wedding goods.  From invitations to guest books, dresses to jewelry, decorations to favors, the online artisan marketplace literally has everything.  I love supporting the creatives who make such pretty goods that can really add a touch of uniqueness to your big day.  Take a peek at a few of my favorite Etsy finds!

Favorite Etsy Wedding Finds from Burgh Brides

Bridal Accessories

You may remember my featured post on Deighan Design.   Amanda offers a plethora of wedding accessories but her customized hangers are my favorite.  They are really well made and the fancy flower adds an extra something special.  Bonus – the shop is based right here in Pittsburgh!  High five to supporting local small business owners!

Favorite Etsy Wedding Finds from Burgh Brides

This lace and rhinestone garter set is the perfect “something blue.”  The boutique, Fallen Star Couture Inc., offers endless color combinations, plus many other wedding essentials.

Favorite Etsy Wedding Finds from Burgh Brides

For the perfect finishing touch, set this crystal hair piece atop your head.  The feminine, dainty, and Grecian inspired accessory is brought to you by Enze Bridal.

Favorite Etsy Wedding Finds from Burgh Brides

Decor

This cake topper from Oh Dier Living is the best combination of clever and cute.  With four color options and other sayings available, it will look perfect atop any yummy confection.

Favorite Etsy Wedding Finds from Burgh Brides

Think outside the standard bird cage and splurge on a really gorgeous card box, like this one from Lacey Claire Designs.  The dupioni silk and satin ribbon both come in a rainbow of colors and the shop features different variations on this box, such as two tiers, all round or all square, and silk flowers, letting you create a custom look that matches your wedding style.

Favorite Etsy Wedding Finds from Burgh Brides

I have a love affair with glitter and anything covered in, like these LOVE letters.  At 8” high, they would make a perfect accent to a sweetheart or cake table.  The Swoon Party Shop offers additional sizes, like these jumbo letters that make a great photo prop.

Favorite Etsy Wedding Finds from Burgh Brides

Use this sparkly, multi-layered tassel garland from Glam Fete by Bri to dress up a bare wall or create a fun backdrop for your photo booth.  The shop offers a full range of colors so you can easily find something that matches your wedding.

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For the Guys

For a rustic wedding, these boutonnieres from Lietofiore are just darling.  The gold heart makes them romantic and I’m sure the dried cedar from which they are made smells amazing.

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How about a nice set of cuff links as a groom’s gift?  Silver Sculptor makes these sterling silver ones that display the longitude and latitude of a meaningful city, such as where you met or where you’re getting married.

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Paper Goods

Bias aside (I purchased my own wedding invitations from this shop), By Invitation Only is incredible.  The designs are beautiful, the paper is of the highest quality, and the shop offers a full range of coordinating pieces – save the dates, invitations, programs, menu cards, table numbers, etc. – to create a cohesive look for your wedding.

Favorite Etsy Wedding Finds from Burgh Brides

Display this baroque-inspired sign next to your guest book and check out the rest of Sweet Sanity’s designs for matching prints like drink menus, thank you signs, and more.

Favorite Etsy Wedding Finds from Burgh Brides

String some pretty baker’s twine or raffia through these charming wooden tags from Talathiel and attach them to your favors.  Imagine how cute they’d be on Mason jars filled with homemade jam or locally sourced honey.

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What Etsy items have you fallen in love with or purchased for your wedding?  Share a link below!

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Game on! Bridal Wars is coming to Pittsburgh!

What do you get when you cross wedding planning with a little friendly competition?  Bridal Wars, the latest and greatest wedding event to be hitting Pittsburgh!  Join us on November 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cool Springs Sports Complex for what is sure to be an EPIC afternoon!  Keep reading to learn how you can be there for FREE!

Bridal Wars Pittsburgh

What exactly is Bridal Wars?  Basically, if a traditional bridal show and…oh…say…Family Double Dare had a love child, it would be this event. Minus the slime…as far as I know.

How does it work?  Brides grab two of their maids or besties to form a team of three.  They come up with a fun team name and coordinating attire.  Like at any other bridal show, there are booths of local vendors.  But instead of simply showing off examples of their work, discussing pricing, and maybe handing out a few free samples, each vendor hosts a team challenge.  Some are physical, some are mental, and some are just down right hilarious, but all of them are fun!  What are some examples?  Bakers may host a cupcake eating contest, DJs might play Name that Tune, or videographers could test a team's knowledge with some wedding movie trivia.  Each team visits and participates in whatever challenges appeal to them, earning points as they go.  At the end of the event, the winning team gets ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH!  And each participating team goes home with a nice bag full of goodies.

Bridal Wars Pittsburgh

Why is it awesome?  Not only do brides have a fun afternoon with their gal pals, but they also get to meet and interact with potential wedding vendors in a whole new way.  At a traditional show, brides spend a couple of minutes at each table, they get to see a few examples of a vendor's work, and then they are on their way.  But not with Bridal Wars.  Each vendor infuses their personality into the challenge they host.  Brides get to know vendors on a whole new level and vendors really get to show off their fun sides.  It's a total win-win for both brides and vendors alike!

Check out some footage from previous Bridal Wars to see just what I mean!

Who can participate?  Current brides, former brides, hoping-to-be-a-bride, anyone!  You don't have to be engaged to form a team and compete!

What does it cost?   How can one register?  Teams pay $99, or $33 per person for those of you who aren't quick with math (P.S. WHAT is this common core crap they are teaching kids these days?!).  You can sign up here.  Orrrrrrr you can enter to win a free registration and represent Burgh Brides!  That's right; yours truly is the local sponsor of the event.  And I'm totally pumped!  I'll be hosting a challenge and I'm looking for three lovely ladies to be my maids/team of honor!  Comment below and tell me who will join your team and what your kick butt team name will be.  Be creative!  The best idea wins free entry to the event and some special prizes from moi.  I'll select a winner one week from today.  Good luck!

Already registered for Bridal Wars?  Show proof at the door to Cavanaugh's Wine and Wedding Show on October 11 or October 18 and get in to that show for only $1 per person!  Double bride shows mean double wedding planning!

VENDORS: Interested in hosting a challenge?  Register by October 10 and save over $200!  Email me for more details!

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Oakland & Frick Park Engagement Session: Mia & Chris

When you're in love, it truly does radiate from the inside out.  You glow and you smile bigger than you ever have before.  Take Mia and Chris for example.  Just look at the how happy these two are!  Mia's thousand watt grin is too cute and I love the way Chris looks at her.  Beth Insalaco did a great job capturing these two during their Frick Park/Mellon Institute engagement session.  Also, cute pup alert!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
A million years ago working at Sam’s Club!

Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
I am a very hard person to surprise, so I anticipated it, especially after we planned a big trip to Mexico with his family.  On our second day there, Chris said he planned a special dinner for us on the beach and I immediately knew something was up!  During the dinner, the waiters made a big deal about removing the covers on the food before they served it to us and I was sure my ring would be under there.  It was not and I began to wonder if this was just a nice dinner and nothing more!  Afterward, we started walking along the beach and I noticed he kept kicking the sand around.  Finally, Chris just stopped me, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him.  I don’t remember saying yes, and even though I knew it was going to happen, it was still a great surprise.  Unbeknownst to me, we had a huge audience that cheered when he got back up off his knee.  Later, I found out that our resort helped Chris by writing a message in a bottle that said, “Will you marry me” and asked him for the ring so they could put it in the bottle as well.  Thank GOD he did not because we never did find the bottle!  We often joke and wonder if some couple will find it walking on the beach someday!

Describe the engagement shoot.
I bought my dog (Deels) sweater first and just bought our clothes to match her, believe it or not!  I didn’t really have a vision… I knew that anything Beth produced would be amazing!

And it was!  Congrats Mia and Chris!  Your wedding this month is going to be as adorable as you two are!

Featured Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Just because Oakwood Photography is new to the Pittsburgh wedding scene, it doesn't mean that they are any less talented.  On the contrary, Alexa, the lady behind the lens, is well on her way to becoming one of the best in the city.  Alexa leans towards an earthy, natural, organic vibe and her photos reflect that.  An understated beauty exudes from her images and the subjects always look quietly in love and effortlessly happy.

A recent bride herself (congrats!), Alexa loves connecting with her clients to become more than just their photographer; she actually considers them friends!  And her husband does too!  That's right.  Wes is a part of Oakwood as well.  While Alexa is busy snapping the camera, Wes captures the session on video.  This dynamic duo loves capturing love and the sweet moments couples share together.

Check out some of said moments below and keep reading to hear from Alexa herself!

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

From Alexa…

What type of services do you provide?
Oakwood Photography provides wedding and engagement photography and videography with an earthy, natural feel.  I take the pretty pictures and Wes films the awesome videos!

Tell me a little bit about your company!
I have always loved photography and finally decided to make it my career about two years ago!  (Best decision EVER!)  Oakwood Photography became my full-time job in July 2015.  I try to make sessions as fun and relaxed as I can.  I live for capturing sweet candid moments between couples.

What is your idea client like?
My ideal client is someone who is easy going and loves nature or anything folky or rustic.  To me, a client is more like a friend, so I love meeting couples that share similar interests and I love getting to know them throughout the planning & preparation process of their big day.

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Ask Burgh Brides: Is it ok to add small furniture items to our registry?

Registering for gifts is a necessary, albeit somewhat stressful, part of wedding planning.  This month's submission to Ask Burgh Brides may be one you've wondered about yourself.

Ask Burgh Brides: Is it ok to add small furniture items to our registry?

Bride M writes…

“We were recently working on our registry.  Fortunately, we have the problem of having to add more items!  Is it acceptable to add small furniture items, such as end tables, night tables, lamps, etc.?  We want to stay practical with things that will actually be used regularly, but are running out of kitchen items!”

First, let me just admit to you all that there were tears when we attempted to tackle our registry.  It's a tough task and should not be taken lightly or done without snacks, adult beverages, and a nap beforehand.  But back to Bride M!

I think it's absolutely acceptable to registry for items like the ones you mentioned!  Heck, you can even register for things like power tools, patio furniture, and outings or upgrades while on your honeymoon!  Here's how I see it…guests would rather purchase something that they know you'll actually use or that you really want, versus just buying something put on your registry because you need to fill it up.  If an item is practical or would make you really happy, I think your family and friends would be willing to spend money on it…no matter what it is.

Think of it this way…if a couple is already living together, they likely have all of the kitchen, bath, and bedding essentials.  So why register for things you already have or don't need to replace?  Who wants another kitchen gadget they likely won't use when what they really want is a new couch or coffee table?

If you're feeling a little guilty about the heftier price tags of furniture items, remember that some people like to go in together for a bigger gift.  Even if the price is still higher than what one or two couples would likely spend, you might at least get a gift card that you could put toward the purchase in the future.  I think anything that can be used in your future life as a couple is fair game!  Go for it!

What do you think?  Are small furniture items ok on a registry?  What surprising items were on your lists?

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Ballet Vintage Inspired Destination Wedding: Julia & Aaron

Be still my beating heart.  This wedding.  Wow.  There are almost no words.

When I first saw this wedding on planner Soiree by Souleret's Instagram, I thought to myself, “I must have this!!!”  Wouldn't you know it…a few weeks later, the bride coincidentally submitted her stunner of a day.  And I nearly fainted when I got to see all of the picture perfect details and hear more of Julia and Aaron's story.

While the pair got married in Seattle (Hey, I did say destination weddings were allowed!), Julia and Aaron both call Pittsburgh home.  But they decided to head back to where they first met to exchange vows.  And they ended up with one of the most gorgeous days I've ever seen.  Seriously.

With a soft color palette and vintage elements, like mercury glass and the bride's art deco dress,  combined with rustic pieces like wooden calligraphy signs and a window pane seating chart, this wedding was chic and styled to perfection.  The couple also subtly drew inspiration from the passion that was ultimately responsible for them crossing paths in the first place…ballet.  Julia and Aaron originally met at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle.  Now, Julia is a principal dancer with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.  Aaron formerly danced with the company as well and currently works as a choreographer and dance instructor.  Together, the pair found barre, a company that creates yummy “real food” bars geared toward dancers and performers, providing them with the specific energy and nutrients they need. Dancers, bakers, entrepreneurs…is there anything this dynamic duo can't do?

Of course, you can expect the wedding day of two talented artists/people to be off-the-charts gorgeous.  This one didn't disappoint. Keep your eyes peeled for the prettiest of pretties:

  • Julia's dress.  Whoa.  The Lazaro creation is encrusted with gray blue beading and it suits Julia's fair complexion and shows off her dancer's figure perfectly.  She is a vision of grace and beauty.
  • I can't forget Aaron.  He went for a classic black and white look that is timeless but modern.  Also, that is a real bow tie, folks.  No pre-tied bologna.  We're talking true gentleman here.
  • As if Julia and Aaron don't look stunning on their own, together they look like they stepped out of the pages of a high fashion magazine.  Their bridal portraits are out of this world, perhaps because Julia changed into her pointe shoes and the two showed off some of their incredible dance skills for the camera.
  • Man, I soooo wish this venue was in Pittsburgh.  It's gorgeous!  An old warehouse turned event space, Sodo Park is industrial chic with ambient charm.  Exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, reclaimed lighting, and a mix of rustic and modern accents make this space one of a kind.
  • Seattle meets a Pittsburgh wedding tradition!  Despite being married across the country, Julia and Aaron still wanted their wedding to reflect their home town.  So of course, they introduced their family and friends to the cookie table!  It was a huge hit (Was there ever any doubt that it would be?)!

In a truly artistic and dramatic fashion, A Fist Full of Bolts captured Julia and Aaron's wedding beautifully.  It's high time I stopped talking and let you see for yourself.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We are both professional dancers and we met at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, Washington.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We decided to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of our relationship with a weekend away at a mountain resort in Pennsylvania.  Aaron was in Washington D.C. and I was rehearsing with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, so a Friday rendezvous in the middle seemed appropriate.  Because we were only scheduled to stay for one night, Aaron didn’t want to propose Saturday morning then drive away back to Pittsburgh in separate cars.  He planned to arrive a few hours before me to explore and find the best place to pop the question.  Well…after being delayed from leaving D.C. early and a GPS mishap, Aaron arrived mere minutes ahead of me.  Improvisation was necessary.  Armed with champagne and roses, Aaron pulled out the ring box and fell to one knee.  Confused, but elated, I opened the box, said “Yes”, and started crying.  With panic in his eye, Aaron promptly snatched the box out of my hand…

You see, we planned to combine materials from my heirloom ring with a stone gifted by Aaron’s parents.  The new ring was not yet made, and the ring box contained both the heirloom ring and loose stone.  Aaron snatch and closed the open ring box in an effort to prevent the loose stone from flying away, never to be seen again.

When things settled down, we enjoyed our night at the resort and fashioned a temporary ring out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle duct tape.  The next morning we toured the grounds, took a swim, and drove back to Pittsburgh.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
We are lucky because, as professional dancers, we have been in a lot of photo shoots, so we're comfortable in front of a camera.  We didn't originally plan to take photos in my pointe shoes, but I brought them along at the last minute.  I am glad I did!  Dance is a part of who we both are, and it felt natural to get some shots of us really dancing.  Also, underneath the glamour of ballet we feel like we're really quite goofy and a little bit quirky, and I think our photographers helped that shine through as well.

What made your wedding unique?
We've been together for 16 years, so this was a day that our friends and family have been anticipating for quite a while!  The dance world attracts people from all over the globe.  That, along with our friends and family who also hail from many different locales, created a truly eclectic and diverse event with many worlds colliding.  Indeed, one of our goals for the wedding was to bring together all of the unique and special people that are such an important part of our relationship.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
The weather was perfect on our wedding day, and we had our first look on one of the piers overlooking Puget Sound.  It was truly a magical moment.  The day took somewhat of a comical turn when the two of us, the two photographers, Aaron's brother, and my sister all piled into the photographers' car, “clown car” style, to drive to the venue.  What was supposed to be a ten minute drive turned into 45 minutes when we got caught in baseball game traffic.  Luckily, we still made it to our own wedding on time, and I got to sit on Aaron's lap for the entire ride!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Enjoy representing your region in small, thoughtful ways if that speaks to you.  We decided to bring the Pittsburgh cookie table tradition to Seattle as a way to represent the Burgh and spread a little regional love.  Our guests loved it and are still talking about it!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Must-do?  Take small moments to reflect and be thankful about all the love abounding.

Anything you would do differently?  Not much.  If pressed: I would remind Aaron to bring the duct tape rings from the hotel!  Our first engagement ring was made out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle duct tape (see story above!).  I recruited some of our friends to make some “bling” for the dance floor – oversized rings and other jewelry made of silver and gold duct tape.  Aaron left the bag of bling at the hotel accidentally.  Fortunately we were able to utilize them the following evening when many of our guests joined us for Karaoke Night!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Lazaro | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Caterer: Herban Feast, Seattle, WA | Ceremony & Reception Location: Sodo Park, Seattle, WA | Flowers & Wedding Planner: Soiree by Souleret | Menswear: Hugo Boss | Photographer: A Fist Full of Bolts | Stationery: Minted

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Mixed Metallic Wedding Inspiration

September's wedding color inspiration is one that might be unexpected.  Yes, it is ok to mix silver and gold!  Throw in copper, rose gold, and pewter and this mixed metallic palette will make for the sparkliest of affairs.  It pairs beautifully with neutrals like cream and blush, but it also holds it own against jewel tones, berry shades, and even black and white.  This scheme is perfect for a fall or even a holiday wedding, when you want to bring out the colors of the season but in a sophisticated way.  Go overboard on the candlelight for a reflective look that packs the biggest punch.  Want an organic feel but still like a healthy dose of sparkle?  This color combo looks beautiful against contrasting, natural elements, like farm tables, lots of fresh greenery, and woodsy decor.

Mixed Metallic Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

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Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.

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