Nude Wedding Inspiration

This nude wedding inspiration is totally SFW!  Put together white, ivory, cream, taupe, and even blush and you've got a color palette that is simple and chic.  This neutral scheme is versatile and would work well with just about any wedding style or venue because of its clean lines and adaptability.  Going for the organic chic trend?  Incorporate a ton of fresh greens, breathless fabrics, and natural elements like wood and burlap.  How about a more glamorous look?  Allow champagne or copper to add a punch of metallic shine and use plenty of candlelight.  Want something whimsical?  Add things like dried lavender or one of this year's hottest colors – serenity – for a subtle pop of color and fantasy.  Go for the mismatched bridesmaids look by allowing each gal to choose a dress that most closely matches her skin tone.  A nude palette is sophisticated and sleek, perfect for the modern day bride or the one who doesn't necessarily want the colors to be the focus of the day.

Nude Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Soldiers & Sailors

Jimmy of Green Sinner has a bit of advice when it comes to designing your wedding: “Find inspiration in your personal style and let that light shine.  Find inspiration in your venue and use that to your advantage.”

That's exactly what he did when he teamed up with Mandy Fierens Photography to bring you this styled shoot.  The grandeur of Soldiers & Sailors spurred the look of this session.  Both its large event space and its intimate areas, such as the boardroom, contain unique architectural features that provided some out of this world photo opportunities.  Pulling color from the Americana vibe, Jimmy decorated with jewel tones and tons of fresh greenery.  Candlelight from candelabras, votives, and other pieces added warmth, while copper and gold animal figurines kicked up the playfulness factor.  Even coins were sprinkled on the table for a unique touch.  Fun with a magnifying glass allowed Mandy to get some crazy unique shots.

Rich and bold, this session captures the dramatic beauty of Soldiers & Sailors while showing off the eclectic talent of some of Pittsburgh's hippest vendors.  Let this shoot encourage you to pull inspiration from your venue's own style, while infusing some elements that speak to your individuality.  The result will be a cohesive look that brings both you and your space alive!

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Copper & Jewel Tone Styled Shoot at Pittsburgh's Soldiers & Sailors by Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From Jimmy of Green Sinner…

Memories are composed of emotions of people in places.  One of my favorite places in Pittsburgh is the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum.  The large event spaces and intimate areas provide special opportunities for memories…documented in killer pictures!

We looked to the museum itself for inspiration for the style of this shoot.  Mr. Lincoln’s coin and the colors of Americana provided our palette.  Our interpretation included rich jewel tones and mixed metallics with touches of neutrals.  The textures!  This place is a treasure chest of textures.  Velvet, leathers, wood, stone, copper.  OH, THE COPPER!

For your inspiration, choose something meaningful to you personally.  We are firm believers in enjoying trends but not living by them.  Find inspiration in your personal style and let that light shine.  Find inspiration in your venue and use that to your advantage.  Most importantly, have fun and don’t forget to enjoy the planning and the special day.

Snowy Field Engagement Session: Lottie & Mark

Just because there is snow on the ground doesn't mean you need to take your photo session indoors.  Quite the contrary!  Take a page out of Lottie and Mark's book.  Head to the snowiest field you can find for some snuggly engagement pics in the white stuff!  Among the bare branches and the dead grass, the love between these two shines bright, bringing life to the images.  After some snaps under pine trees, in an open field, and with their sweet pup, photographer Meaghan Elliott dropped Lottie and Mark downtown for some of the best city sunset photos I've ever seen!  Pittsburgh has never looked better in my opinion.  This couple just might be the only thing more beautiful than the skyline, the colors, and the twinkle of the city lights reflecting off of the river!

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

These two cuties are actually from our hometown!  We shot Lottie’s older sister’s wedding a few years ago.  It was our first true Pittsburgh booking.  Hooray for milestones!  And, of course, we were so honored and excited to work with this sweet family again!  Lottie used to live in Philly but recently moved to the Burgh.  The pair were married in September at Lingrow Farms.  We loved spending the afternoon with them.  It was non-stop smiles!  A special shout out to Pittsburgh Makeup for Lottie's stunning look that day!

Short vs. Long Engagement: The Pros & Cons

A short vs. long engagement…what is best?  According to Brides, the average length of an engagement in the U.S. is a year to a year and a half.  But that doesn’t mean 12 – 18 months is the right amount of time for every couple.  Some couples are quite content with (and capable of) planning their dream wedding in just a few short weeks.  On the other hand, I have friends who have been engaged for a few years with no wedding date in sight yet.  You know what I think is the perfect length for an engagement?  Whatever works for the couple!  But here are a few pros and cons to consider when you’re deciding if a short or long engagement works best for you.

Short Engagement

Pros

  • “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – said by a wise Harry Burns in one of my favorite movies.  An obvious pro but one totally worth mentioning!  Skip all of the wedding planning stress and you can get right to the fun part…being married!
  • A shorter engagement will leave you less confused.  There are literally a million options for every wedding decision out there.  It can be really overwhelming!  Only having a few months to plan a wedding will force you to make decisions and stick to them.  You simply won’t have the time to be wishy washy.
  • It can be cheaper.  I think those brides who are ok with shorter engagements tend to be low key.  No fuss, no muss means not getting caught up in all of the (sometimes unnecessary) details…which means fewer unnecessary expenses…which means more money in your pocket at the end of the day.  To be honest, you won’t have time to get caught up in all of those details anyways.

Cons

  • Your favorite vendors may already be booked.  And with such short notice, you may have a hard time finding vendors period.  I’m not saying it’s impossible!  It may just take a little extra work.
  • Less time to shop around may mean you end up spending more money in the long run.  You simply won’t be able to hunt all over town for the best bargain.
  • Shorter lead time may mean you need to skip the designer wedding dress.  In most cases, a wedding dress can take 6 – 8 months to even come in, let alone time for alterations.  If you don’t have that kind of time, you may be forced to find something off the rack.  It’s not necessarily a bad thing; you can still find beautiful styles and often at lower prices.  It’s just something to be aware of.

Long Engagement

Pros

  • If you’re paying for a portion or all of your big day, a longer engagement will give you more time to save up.
  • If you are adamant on hiring certain vendors, a longer engagement will play to your favor.  Plan ahead and book them as soon as you nail down a date.  The nitty gritty details can be discussed when the wedding date is much closer.
  • More time means more DIY projects you could tackle, if hot gluing is your thing.  You’ll have the availability to learn and perfect a craft, and even start over a few times if you have to – a luxury the bride on a time crunch simply doesn’t have.

Cons

  • After a while, you’ll experience that “I just want to be married already!” feeling.  Wedding planning can be fun…to a certain extent.  After that, you’re kind of just over it and want the day to just be there!  A longer engagement means you may have to deal with this feeling for more time than you’d like.
  • Wedding trends change all the time.  As time passes, the original vision of your big day may become a little muddy.  You’ll be tempted by the latest, newest, next big thing in wedding details.  This happens to every bride, but the more time between now and your wedding, the more you’ll have to fight the temptations off.
  • Major life changes may throw a monkey wrench or two into your plans.  A bridesmaid becomes pregnant, there is a death in your immediate family, or your fiance loses his job…all of these things could derail wedding plans.  Life happens and there will always be something to contend with.  But major events like this may mean delaying the wedding even longer.

As you can see, there are pluses and minuses to both.  After you get engaged, have an open and honest discussion with your fiance about a realistic wedding date.  If it's right around the corner, good for you!  If you decide to wait a few years, that's cool too!  Whatever floats your boat, my dears, regardless of what the national average says.

How long was your engagement?  Do you think it was too short?  Too long?  Just the right amount of time?  Share your thoughts in the Comments below!

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series with Inky Agnes

Sue, your snarky calligrapher in residence, here to bring you installment two of the Burgh Brides Wedding Paper Series.  If you haven’t caught up yet with the first post, brush up on save the dates over here!  Got it?  GOOD!  Now hold on because this one’s CHOCK FULL of information!

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

The invitation.  The mack daddy of the paper wedding suite.  The invitation is the most important piece of paper.  It’s what you will frame, it’s what your grandmother will frame, it sets the tone, and it tells the guest what to expect from the wedding.

No matter what you did with your save the date, if you’re going to have a traditional wedding, this is where you start.  Not sure what traditional means?  This is it:

Traditional

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

 

  • Issued by the bride’s parents
  • Color is white, soft cream, or ivory (yes, those are three different things) with raised black lettering
  • Paper is double thick
  • Printing is engraved (a plate pressed into the paper) or letter-pressed (a plate depressed into the paper)
  • A 5×7 rectangular
  • Single or double folded
  • Protective tissue included

Modern

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

Modern is, you guessed it, anything other than the above!

  • Issued by bride's parents, groom's parents, a combination of both, or by the couple themselves.  Typically, whoever is footing the bill, but it doesn’t have to be.
  • Color can be anything Pantone can dream up, including metallics and watercolor
  • Paper thickness is usually related to cost, but if you’re letter-pressing or embossing, the thicker the better.
  • Invitations can be in boxes, circles, pop-up, or traditional 5×7.  Just remember that the more you veer from the traditional shape, the more expensive it may be.

Anatomy of an Invitation: Traditional

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

No matter what your invitation may look like, there are certain things that can be found on every invitation.

Host Line
Dr. Marjorie Smith and Mr. Jon Smith

Request Line
Request the honor of your presence

Recipient Line (most formal)
Mr. and Mrs. James Wilkerson

Presentation of the Couple
at the Wedding ceremony of their Daughter
Amy Grace

To
Mr. James Harden

Date and Time Lines
Saturday, the Seventh of May
Two thousand seventeen
at six o’clock in the evening

Location Lines
Salt Lake Country Club

Reception Line
Dinner reception to follow

Response Request (traditional, although uncommon these days)
Please respond to inkyagnes@gmail.com

Attire Line
Black Tie

Anatomy of an Invitation: Modern

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

While anything goes for modern invites, here’s the most common setup for an invitation…think formal but not stuffy.

Together with their families
You’re invited to the celebration of love and marriage of
Ms. Amy Grace & Mr. James Harden
Saturday, May 7th, 2017
at six o’clock
Salt Lake Country Club
Dinner and dancing to follow

This is obviously the most formal and traditional anatomy.  There are stationery rules for everything from deceased parents to Catholic Mass ceremony information and more.

My advice?  If you’re going for formal, contact a stationer who knows the rules…there are A LOT.  If you’re going for a more modern approach, use what makes the most sense to you.

Reply Cards

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

As you can probably guess, the response card should match the invitation.  Formal?  You can use the old fashioned and aforementioned “Response Request line” in the invitation, or you’ll include a separate folded card with basic attendance information and a pre-posted and pre-addressed envelope.  To save your sanity, or that of your calligrapher, I’d suggest getting these addresses printed with your invites, or creating a stamp you can place on the envelope.  Don’t believe me?  There’s a reason why schools used to reprimand students with writing the same thing 500 times.

Additional Items on RSVPs

Often times, you need to know if Uncle Jerry wants the steak (of course, he does) or if your cousin’s girlfriend wants a vegan option (of course, she does) so you can ask on the RSVP.

Many times now a days, it’s fun to get an RSVP back with something fun written on it, and a prompt can get everyone in the mood.  Common examples are “Advice for the bride and groom” and “Song request”.

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

WARNING: Adding a million things on the reply card can be messy looking.  Also, if you never play the electric slide for your Aunt Rita, you have about 34 more Thanksgivings to never hear the end of it…

PRO TIP: In the corner of every reply card, write a number.  Then, write that number next to the guests you sent it to.  I GUARANTEE YOU…G.U.A.R.A.N.T.E.E… that someone will send the card back and forget to write their names.  A few extra minutes on the front end will keep you from going crazy weeks before the wedding.

The Extra Goodies

These days an invitation is more than just one sheet of paper with information, it’s an envelope bursting with wedding info!

Maps/Directions

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

Maps can be tricky.  Rather, they can be ugly, or they can be very cute.  If you’re artistic or are using a stationer/illustrator/calligrapher, a map is beautiful and can show guests how all the important buildings and landmarks interact, especially if location is important to the wedding.  If you don’t have one of those, however, maps can go real ugly real fast.  Written directions are just as easy and you won’t have any of the over 60 set getting lost between the ceremony and reception.

Accommodation Cards

Most times these days, there will be out of town guests and a local hotel with a group rate.  This is going to be the magical card to tell them all that information.  Still have space on that card?  Some people love staying in B & B’s or local, smaller places or they have special requests like a kosher hotel; this is a great place to show these options.

Gift Registry Card

This will be especially useful if you aren’t using a website.  Writing down the URL for your registry or using a QR code to access your registry is a good idea.

PRO TIP: Make it wallet sized so people can slip it in there and whip it out when they finally remember to get that gift three days before the wedding.  Are you making donations in lieu of gifts?  This is a great use of this card as well.

Additional Information Card

Sometimes, there’s a lot of stuff you gotta tell people and this catch-all card is the perfect place to do it. Like what?

“Sandals will be provided for beach wear.”
”The reception is located outdoors and sturdy shoes/sweaters are encouraged.”
“In case of rain the ceremony, will be located in the Pavilion.”
“Present this card for free valet parking at Celebration Club.”

MORE PRO TIPS!

  • Send invitations out 6 – 8 weeks before the wedding.  If you have a save the date, you can go even closer to four weeks.  BE YE WARNED!  Everyone will annoy the living daylights out of you if you wait until four weeks before your wedding to send the invites.  TRUST THE SNARKY CALLIGRAPHER.
  • Paper quickly adds up in weight, and weight equals heavier stamps and higher postage.  Watch out for that added cost.
  • A truly beautiful invitation can be made using calligraphy made into a press and letter-pressed (you knew I was going to say that).
  • This is a great place to introduce a wedding monogram.
  • Wedding websites are so common and free these days.  This is a great place to put a lot of the additional information.

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

  • Formal invitations also equal 4,398 envelopes (estimating).  Don’t believe me?  Let’s count: external envelope, internal envelope that holds everything together, reply card envelope, additional envelope for extra cards….just a warning.
  • Have different guest lists for the ceremony and reception?  That will be separate invites too.
  • Custom = $$$  Don’t be afraid to reach out to stationers and designers for “semi” custom invites.  For instance, a custom suite they made for someone else, but they use your names this times.  You can usually negotiate a better deal for a custom look.
  • A great way to make an impact is with envelope liners that match your wedding theme and/or colors.

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Invitations: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

  • Pricing range is usually between $300 and $1500 for 100 envelopes.

Whew!  It was a lot but there you have it…everything you've ever wanted to know about wedding invitations!

– Sue

*Invitation etiquette provided by Emily Post, Julie Holcomb Printing, and Susan’s Desk.  Invitation suites provided by Susan’s Desk, in collaboration with Scribe Fine Papers of Shadyside and Color Quarry.

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding: Meredith & Christopher

Despite the fact that we've had an unusually mild winter (and Gus said spring is right around the corner), I am dying for a healthy dose of sun and surf.  The last time my toes were in sand was my honeymoon nearly three years ago!  That's far too long.  Since I am in desperate need of some Vitamin D, today's real wedding feature couldn't have come at a better time.

The crystal clear waters and white sand of Montego Bay, Jamaica played the stunning backdrop of Meredith and Christopher's destination wedding.  After visiting the island several times, the couple knew they wanted to get married there one day.  So on May 11, 2015, they finally did.  Overlooking the Caribbean Sea and under the charming Casita Gazebo of the Secrets Wild Orchid resort, Meredith and Christopher said “I do” in front of their closest family and friends.  A destination wedding allowed the bride and groom to keep things simple but also still special, since they got hitched in a place so near and dear to their hearts.  The couple welcomed their guests to the island with a Bubba Keg filled with snacks, gum, Advil, and other necessities, while salt water taffy served as a small token of their apprecation.  Bridesmaids chose their own dresses and Meredith DIY'd all of the bouquets (go girl!).  She also looked easy-breezy-beautiful in a flowy chiffon and lace number that she accented with a crystal belt.  A low, wavy ponytail and natural makeup completed her chic, soft look.

To make sure their special day was well-documented, Meredith and Christopher invited Breanna Elizabeth Photography along on the trip.  Enjoy all of the sunny proof that a small, simple beach wedding can be just as beautiful as any grand ballroom affair!  Maybe if I put my head against my screen, the Vitamin D will seep into me through osmosis…

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in March of 2011 when Chris came into my work.  We then bumped into each other again in July of 2011.  That is when he asked me out on our first date.  We've been together since.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Let me preface this part by saying that my husband doesn't follow the norm.  He is all about the element of surprise.  That being said, he proposed to me in the Pittsburgh airport at 3:30 a.m. on November 9, 2014 before boarding a plane to Mexico for vacation.  Needless to say, I did not see it coming!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Being that we got married on the beautiful island of Jamaica, I was going for a simple but elegant look.  I avoided any real theme because of wanting to keep things simple, and also because I was bringing a lot of decor with me.  My favorite color has always been pink so I wanted to include a subtle pop of pink accents.

What inspired your vision?
Like every bride-to-be, I scoured Pinterest for inspiration, so there were several things that inspired my vision.  However, I didn't choose the style and color of my bridesmaids dresses until I chose my dress.

What made your wedding unique?
The location.  Having our wedding in Jamaica was unique and absolutely amazing.  We have traveled to the island a few times and we fell in love with the raw beauty of Jamaica.  We always knew that it would be the place where we would be married.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
The whole day was perfect, absolutely perfect.  So it's hard to chose a favorite moment, but I would say the ceremony was my favorite!  Who wouldn't love getting married on the beach?!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Do everything the way you want to do it because it's your day!

If you are looking for a stress-free wedding, do a destination wedding.  Most resorts should offer several package options and they take care of everything.  We pretty much just showed up and enjoyed a week on a beautiful island celebrating.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Make sure you pick the perfect photographer and, if necessary, spend the extra money.  Having an amazing photographer was on the very top of my list and I'm so happy with how my photos turned out.  Plus, bringing a photographer to Jamaica was well worth it because not all resort photographers are professionals.

The only thing we should have done differently would have been to stay in Jamaica longer 😉

Vendors
Bride's Dress: The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Shoes: David's Bridal via Amazon | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various locations | Ceremony Location: The Casita Gazebo at the Secrets Wild Orchid Resort | Flowers & Decor: DIY | Photographer: Breanna Elizabeth Photography | Reception Venue & Other Elements: Secrets Wild Orchid Resort | Wedding Planner: Bride & Maid of Honor!

Ask Burgh Brides: Hotels & the Steelers Schedule

Pittsburgh is a sports town.  That means our teams impact just about everything.  If you're getting married in the fall, this could mean your wedding will be affected by a Steelers home game.  How?  Well, just read this.

Ask Burgh Brides: Hotels & the Steelers Schedule

A concerned sister writes…

I have a quick question about my sister's wedding.  She's having it at the Mattress Factory on October 1.  My mom is trying to reserve blocks of rooms, but some North Shore and downtown hotels told her they can't reserve blocks until after the Steelers schedule comes out in April.  Why is this and should we be concerned?  

I can't say I'm surprised by this.  If there is a Steelers home game, hotel rooms will be at a premium.  Fans are willing to pay higher prices, and wedding blocks tend to be at very discounted rates.  It's all a numbers game here.  A home game means the hotels can make more money.

Fortunately, I don't think you need to be concerned about waiting until April.  That still gives guests six months to make a hotel reservation.  Even if you send Save the Dates, I think most people won't make travel arrangements until they actually receive the invitation.  Something about the invitation gives people a kick in the pants to get on their planning game.  So while it does stink that you can't cross something off your to do list, I don't think you have anything to worry about.  Oh, and go Steelers!

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