Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your sweetie a very happy Christmas!

Justin proposed on Christmas morning so this day will always hold a special place in my heart.  Congrats to you if you received a shiny sparkler for Christmas, just like I did a few years ago!  Looking forward to hearing all of those proposal stories!  Until then, enjoy the holiday!

Vendors – Tips for Being Featured

An important goal of this blog is to connect brides with awesome vendors.  One way of doing this is through the Featured Vendor series, blog posts dedicated to highlighting particular individuals or companies and giving readers an insight into their background, services or products, and what makes them so special.  I thought it would be helpful to provide some insight into what exactly it is I’m looking for when it comes to vendors.

Quality goods or services
Obviously, I want to recommend vendors who will make wedding planning just a little bit easier or more fun for the bride and groom.  Will hiring you over a similar vendor make a huge difference in a couple’s big day?  Do you offer something that no one else does?  If you provide excellent customer service and create exceptional products, I want to hear from you.

Positive customer reviews
What are others saying about you?  Forward some kind words from your former clients or point me to online reviews.  If other clients are singing your praises, I want to join in on the fun!

Examples of work
If there is a way for me to sample your work, please share!  Whether it’s a tangle product that I can feel or try (or taste…I wouldn’t turn down sample cupcakes.), or photos or videos of your work that I can view, examples are crucial.  I can’t recommend a vendor that I wouldn’t be willing to hire myself.  And the only way to know if I would hire you is to see what you can do.

Most importantly, your work should coincide with what is important to Burgh Brides.  While I cannot feature every vendor that applies, I will select those who are most closely aligned with my mission and style.

Not only do I want to feature typical wedding vendors (venues, photographers, videographers, caterers, DJs, etc.), but I also want to introduce readers to other unique vendors who could be applicable to weddings – specialty bakers, artists who create items that could be favors or gifts, calligraphers, printers, entertainers, and the like.  Any vendor who would consider taking on a bride as a client is encouraged to apply.

Currently, the Featured Vendor series is free.  That seems crazy, right?  So why am I doing this?  Well, my initial focus with this blog is to build readership.  Before I ask any vendor to fork over their hard earned dough, I need to be able to prove what their ROI will be.  But Burgh Brides is brand new and still growing.  The Featured Vendor series may not always be gratis, but for right now consider it my small gift to you for being so awesome.

I hope this guide is helpful.  Have a question that I didn’t answer above?  Feel free to contact me.  Happy applying!  I can’t wait to show you off and hopefully send some clients your way!

Songs I’m Currently Loving

I thought I'd start a fun new series called “Songs I'm Currently Loving.”  As you likely guessed, I'll clue you in on some of my new (or old) favorite tracks and share ideas on how you can incorporate them into your big day's play list.

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
This track would make for an unbelievably romantic first dance.  There won't be a dry eye in the house.  Favorite lyrics?

“When your legs don't work like they used to before
And I can't sweep you off of your feet
Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love
Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks”

Pass the tissue, please.

Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance
I love when this song comes up on my running playlist.  It reminds me a little bit of an 80s dance hit but the 80s were awesome, so there.  It's fun, upbeat, and would make a great last song at a reception.  Favorite lyrics?

“A backless dress and some beat up sneaks,
My disco tec Juliet teenage dream.
I felt it in my chest as she looked at me.
I knew we were born to be together,
born to be together.”

Less talking.  More dancing.

Sara Bareilles – I Choose You
This song isn't new but I don't think it ever got the attention it deserved.  It's all things lovey-dovey and mushy.  So basically it's perfect for your wedding day.  Play it while walking down the aisle to make a sweet entrance.  Favorite lyrics?

“There was a time when I would have believed them
If they told me you could not come true
Just love's illusion
But then you found me and everything changed
And I believe in something again
My whole heart will be yours forever
This is a beautiful start to a lifelong love letter”
More tissues, please.

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
This song on repeat.  All day long.  When it comes on, I all of a sudden turn into a dancing machine and have gotten several strange looks from other drivers as I boogy in my car.  Let the epic dance circle battles commence.  Favorite lyrics?

Forget the lyrics.  This one is all about the beat.

What songs are you jamming to these days and how are you planning to play them on your wedding day?

Real Love Submissions – Tips for Being Featured

I’m dying to see all of the fabulous engagement sessions, weddings, and styled shoots this city has to offer.  I thought it would be helpful to provide some more insight into what exactly it is that I’m looking for when it comes to these Real Love features.

Show me all of the ways you thought outside of the box.  What made your engagement or wedding different?  I love weddings that are a true reflection of the couple and their personalities so let me in on how your two styles were brought to life.  Maybe you DIY’d 90% of your wedding, or maybe you came up with a new spin on an old tradition.  Whatever they are, I want to hear all the ways that you made your session or big day unique and extra special.

Details, details, details
Anything from bridesmaids’ bouquets to your wedding shoes, the groom's pocket squares to his cufflinks, the aisle runner to ceremony programs, the seating card display to bar signs, the tablescape and centerpieces, the cake knives and the getaway car…I want to see images of all of these!  You spent lots and lots of time carefully planning all of these little nuances and how they would collectively create your perfect day.  It’s time to show them off!

Heartwarming stories
Have a great story about how you two met?  Is your proposal story one for the romance books?  Were you high school sweethearts who have been together for years, or did you meet and quickly know this was “the one”?  Tell me all about your relationship and how you made your way down the aisle to say “I Do!”

Ways of incorporating the city, its history, or its traditions
Being that this is a Pittsburgh wedding blog, I want to see how you paid homage to the Steel City on your big day.  It can be as simple as the infamous cookie table, or maybe the reception tables were “named” after your favorite city spots.  Did you take engagement or bridal party photos at any classic Pittsburgh locations, or perhaps you let Terrible Towels serve as your reception favors.  However you incorporated Pittsburgh into your big day, make sure to highlight it!

I do not require exclusivity, meaning it doesn't matter to me if your session has been featured on another wedding blog or in a magazine (i.e. Whirl).  Hey, if your wedding is worth showing off, the more eyes on it the better!

Bonus tip!
So what if your shoot or wedding didn't take place directly in the 412?  Submit it anyway!  Burgh brides who opted for destination weddings or Steel City expats who moved away but insisted on a cookie table for all their Pittsburgh relatives, I'm talking to you.  As long as it has some connection to the city or would appeal to other Burgh Brides, it's fair game.

All brides, grooms, photographers, wedding planners, or other wedding vendors are welcome to submit engagement sessions, weddings, or styled shoots.  Planners and other vendors, please be sure to obtain permission from the bride, groom, and photographer before submitting.  Only high quality, professional images, preferably without the watermark, can be used.

Please be thoughtful when filling out the form.  The more information you can provide, the better, so please fill out all areas that apply!  Your answers will be directly used in the feature so please compose it with this in mind.

I hope this guide is helpful.  Have a question about the Real Love series that I didn’t answer above?  Feel free to contact me.  Happy submitting! I can’t wait to see them!


Engaged: Stephanie & Randy

Simplicity really is beauty.  This chic engagement session has three ingredients: a stunning sunset, white roses, and a bride and groom who are undeniably in love.  Put them together and you have these stunning shots captured by Kristi Telnov Photography.  If the engagement photos are any indication of how beautiful Stephanie and Randy's May 2015 wedding is going to be, we're in for a doozy.  Commence swooning.

















From the bride-to-be…

When and how did you two meet?
Randy and I first met in the summer of 2002.  He ended up moving to Florida at the end of that summer and we lost touch.  In 2005, we ran into each other again by the power of mutual friends and have been together since.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Randy and I traveled to NYC to visit my brother, Scott, and his girlfriend, Gretchen, as well as celebrate New Years Eve with them!  Leading up to our trip, I had been wanting to get pictures in front of the fabulous tree at Rockefeller Center with all of us and also pictures of each couple.  On the day of December 31st, 2012 we woke up with a mission to get to the tree and Rockefeller Center before the crowd started to form in Times Square for the ball dropping that night.  When we got to the tree, there was a photographer that was set up to take pictures, so we started with our group pictures of all four of us.  Then, Scott and Gretchen got their pictures taken.  Finally, it was our turn and as I was telling Randy what pose I wanted to do first, I turned and he was bending down on one knee!  I could not believe this was happening, as my knees began to shake, and he asked me, “Stephanie Ann Werner, will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?”.  Of course, I said “YES!” and the whole moment was caught on camera.  It was perfect and will forever be a treasured moment to both of us.  Also, it was really cold out, but I refused to wear gloves after Randy proposed!

Describe your engagement shoot…the look, theme, style, etc.
The theme of our shoot was romantic and natural.  I wanted the love between Randy and I to be the focus of the shoot and really stand out in the pictures.  Kristi did an amazing job of capturing that and making us feel so comfortable during the shoot.  Our wedding is going to be black tie preferred, with our colors being black, white, silver, and Tiffany blue accents.  So I wanted our attire in our engagement shoot to reflect the more formal, romantic look that will be the setting for our wedding.

What inspired your vision?
I keep fresh flowers in our home at all times and, to me, roses are the most romantic of all, so I definitely wanted to incorporate fresh blooms into our shoot.  We ordered 10 dozen white roses to be used somehow and to add some more romance to the pictures.  Kristi helped with incorporating them so that they did not take the focus off of Randy and me.  The pictures turned out better than we could have even imagined.

Describe your upcoming wedding…the look, theme, style, etc.
Our upcoming wedding is definitely going to have the love Randy and I have for each other as the focus.  As for the look, we want it to be formal, but not stuffy.  We want our guests to have fun and be able to kick their heels off to get on the dance floor all night.  We will have lots of white flowers, silver and touches of black and Tiffany blue throughout the ceremony and reception.  St. Paul's Cathedral is the head of the Catholic Diocese in Pittsburgh and the most stunning church we have ever been in.  The PAA's ballroom does not disappoint with the look we are going for either, with their white pillars lining the dance floor and the beauty of the room falling right into place with our vision.  There is going to be enough going on to keep everyone enjoying themselves throughout the night.

What will make your wedding unique?  
We will not be stopping the party at the end of the reception.  We will be continuing to an after party located in the downstairs of our reception venue where there is a full bowling alley, bar, and room to dance.  We will have surprises throughout the night and we cannot wait to celebrate with our families and closest friends.

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding?
I am just looking forward to giving my heart and all my love to the man of my dreams for the rest of my life and becoming his wife.  The celebration that follows that, is just the icing on the cake.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Enjoy the process of planning this day for you and your groom.  Don't get lost in the production of the reception; remember to keep the focus on you two and why you are getting married in the first place. Randy and I had a longer engagement, which definitely helped in the stress of getting things completed, and have enjoyed the process of planning our day.    Our parents have been a huge help throughout the process and we wouldn't have been able to make our vision come alive without them!

Any must haves, must dos, can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
MUST DO:  My mom and I went to so many bridal shows, not knowing what to expect for our first one, but we had so much fun!  Again, enjoy the process; we looked forward to spending that time together, try out a few photo booths, try desserts, and go through all the vendors for information.  It helped our process and also added some fun into it.  We even did one with Randy, my dad, and Randy's mother.  I wouldn't do anything differently, everything has been working out the way we have been hoping it would.

Congrats Stephanie and Randy!  I can't wait to see how your big day turns out!

Featured Vendor: PointBreezeway

Talk about hidden gems.  Tucked into the quiet, cute Point Breeze neighborhood, PointBreezeway is a charming, home-turned-event-space that is perfect for intimate gatherings.  Every nook and cranny is filled with extra special touches that  make this venue feel inviting and lived-in, like a home away from home.  The house is already equipped to host small weddings and other events, such as bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, or cocktail style receptions, but Lauren, owner, has big plans for the future.  For now though, PointBreezeway is the perfect venue if you're looking to create a familial, cozy ambiance in a space that has a ton of character.

Check out these photos from Kristy Wilson Photography, read more about PointBreezeway below, and keep your eyes peeled for a styled shoot in January!

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What type of services do you provide?
PointBreezeway is a unique event venue located in the heart of Point Breeze.  In the warm months, when the patio is able to be used, we are ideally suited for cocktail style events of 50-60 or fewer guests.  This would be the type of event with mixed, casual seating and mingling.  If a sit-down dinner was to be served, you’re looking at about 20-25 inside and 20-25 outside.   When we move into the cooler months, the capacity switches to 30-35 cocktail style and 20-25 sit-down.  However, there are times we are able to tent and heat the patio to provide extra mingle room.  From my experience, the space works at its best when used for cocktail style events, with the caterer displaying the food across the farm table.  Our rates include a mix of tables and chairs, wireless speakers, and use of both the studio and courtyard.

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
PointBreezeway is so near and dear to my heart; it's my childhood home.  Every nook and cranny was designed with love and pride.  My dad, Dennis, has been hosting events in our space for years but we opened as the new PointBreezeway in July!  The thought behind PointBreezeway is simple: to create an inviting space that feels good…a place where people can gather, celebrate, and remember fondly…a place that offers culture, convenience and cottage comfort.  We are family-owned and operated.  Every guest is treated with old-fashioned hospitality.  PointBreezeway was once a utility barn, a speakeasy, a confectionary, and a tea room.  It has a long history of gatherings and you can feel it as soon as you walk it…it's the best place in the world.

What is your ideal client like?
Our ideal clients are the folks who love DIY, low-key celebrators, and most of all, those who appreciate the special place that PointBreezeway truly is.

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Iconic Pittsburgh Photo Ops

A local engagement or wedding photo session just isn’t complete without at least one shot taken in one of these iconic Pittsburgh photo ops locations.  This city has so many perfect spots for unforgettable photos and incorporating some easily recognizable Pittsburgh features or buildings is a great way to show your hometown pride.  Here are a few of my favorites!

City Skyline
The Pittsburgh skyline is one of the many things that make this city so pretty.  Besides Mount Washington, there are lots of other places to capture the likes of the PPG, Highmark, and US Steel buildings in the background.  Try the path that runs along the North Shore, the West End overlook, Station Square, or even inside PNC Park for some cityscape views that are totally killer.

Heinz Chapel
Those.  Red.  Doors.  I bet you’re picturing them in your head right now; that’s how well-known they are.  This brightly colored background will add a great pop to your photos.  Plus, taking your picture in front of them in a whole lot easier than actually getting married in the chapel.

Strip District
Hands down, this is my favorite section of the city.  It always seems alive and buzzing with excitement.  Plus, I love eating and there is something yummy to devour on every corner.  With sites such as the gritty loading docks of the old produce terminal or the railroad tracks, the vintage ice cream parlor that is Klavon’s, or the busyness of the Penn Avenue markets, there is sure to be one that fits the vibe of your photos.

A Bridge
Any bridge.  Take a photo on any bridge and it screams Pittsburgh.  The Roberto Clemente bridge is closed to traffic during every home Pirates game.  Time your photos just right and you can have the whole bridge to yourself (well, and tons of Buccos fans).  The Smithfield Street and Hot Metal Bridges, among many others, have pedestrian paths where you can take some photos without having to worry about dodging oncoming traffic.

Mexican War Streets
The streets of this North Side neighborhood are lined with old-fashioned brownstones, colorful murals, and lots of great little nooks and crannies that can really make your photos come alive.  Be adventurous and let your photographer pose you in front of the many different textures that can be found in this section of the city.

Iconic Pittsburgh Photo Ops from Burgh Brides

Iconic Pittsburgh Photo Ops from Burgh Brides

Both photos above from Steven Dray Images

Cathedral of Learning
The architecture of this incredible tower is beautiful and the structure as a whole makes for a pretty unique feature in your photos. The fountain and double staircase along the Bigelow Boulevard entrance makes for the perfect spot for wedding party photos.

Mellon Institute
Most people don’t know this but the Oakland building with the big columns actually belongs to Carnegie Mellon University and houses some of their natural science departments.  Another little known fact – both the interior and exterior was used for numerous scenes in The Dark Knight Rises.  My day job afforded me the opportunity to be on set during filming.  I was this close to Christian Bale.  So cool.  But I digress!  The huge columns provide a wonderfully interesting feature in the background of photos, and the big staircase is perfect for group shots.

Kennywood or Idlewild
Channel your inner child and take some super fun shots while riding a coaster, eating cotton candy, and playing games.  These classic Pittsburgh amusement parks are the perfect setting for relaxed engagement photos where you two can be comfortable and show your fun side.

The Pennsylvanian Rotunda
This grand, brick rotunda is simply breathtaking.  The Pennsylvanian is an old train station turned event space and luxury apartment building.  The rotunda contains a ton of history and architectural features that throw nods to the important role it played in the past.  Head on over there at night, when it’s all lit up, for some real stunner shots.

Where will you be taking your engagement or wedding photos?  Will you be incorporating any of these (or others) into the background?  What is your favorite location for an iconic Pittsburgh photo?  Comment below!



Real Wedding: Brynne & Zach at The Club at Nevillewood

Welcome to the Real Love Series! This is where you'll find beautifully styled and uniquely personalized Pittsburgh weddings, engagements, and styled shoots. What better way to find inspiration for your own Burgh wedding than by looking at all of the lovely events that take place right here? This series is sure to be a favorite and I can't wait to show off all of the local goodness.

First up, Brynne and Zach at The Club at Nevillewood. All I have to say is “Wow.” This wedding is so insanely gorgeous. As soon as I saw sneak peeks of it on photographer Steven Dray‘s blog, I knew immediately I wanted it to be the first real wedding featured on Burgh Brides. Not only do both Brynne and Zach look like models (really, it's not fair), but their June 7 chic nuptials were styled nearly to perfection. The traditional affair was inspired by the bride's love of pastel colors, with touches of metallic, sequins, and crystals to really make things sparkle. Steve did an amazing job capturing the day, including my favorite details:

  • That dress! It's not every day you see a striped wedding gown, or a bride who can rock it so stylishly.
  • Sequin linens = my favorite
  • A unique guest book that is sure to be a forever favorite in Zach and Brynne's home
  • A sparkler exit that that may or may not include a dress change
  • Some of the most beautiful bridal portraits that I've ever seen. I'm usually a sucker for black and white photos but there is something so special about the way Steve captures color. Wait until you get a load of how blue Brynne's eyes are.

Brynne and Zach, thanks for allowing me to start the Real Love series off with such a bang. Let the wedding envy begin.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Zach and I met in December of 2009 at Penn State. We met through mutual friends halfway through our senior year of college. Once we met, we were nearly inseparable. We started out as great friends but that quickly grew into a relationship.

Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
March 2, 2013. Anyone who knows Zach knows that he loves Penn State and it holds a special place in both of our hearts. We traveled back to Penn State one weekend with friends to enjoy a weekend together. We all decided to take a walk along campus, which meant we needed to get some pictures at the Lion Shrine. As Zach and I were getting our last picture together, he helped me down off the lion and got down on one knee. He fumbled in his coat pocket for quite some time (it seemed like forever) and then he pulled out the ring box. Of course, I started crying, but we have the best pictures from our friends to look back on!

Describe the wedding look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Lots of pastel colors and crystals, ultimately creating a chic, whimsical look!

What inspired your vision?
I love soft pastel colors and being that our wedding was at the beginning of June, I felt like it would work perfectly. It was really all I ever imagined it to be.

What made your wedding unique?
We had a very traditional wedding, which we wouldn’t have done differently. We also had a lot of out of town guests so to know that they were traveling long distances just to be with Zach and me on our wedding meant so much to us and was really special.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment followed immediately after our ceremony. After we walked down the aisle together, we walked into the bridal suite and it was our first time together as husband and wife and it was just us two in the room. That was a really special moment that I will never forget; it felt so surreal. We were both just so happy to be married and couldn’t wait to see all of our family and friends.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Your engagement will fly by! So be sure to take in all of the little moments with your family, friends, AND fiancé. I’d also recommend getting plenty of rest the days leading up to your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and wedding day. Although they will be amazing days for you, they will also be exhausting!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live with outs?
Some people choose not to get a videographer due to the added cost, but I am so glad Zach and I decided to use Pictory Productions for our videographer. In addition to our beautiful photographs by Steven, it captured our day in a way I could never explain!

Anything you would do differently?
Yes, I wouldn’t have stressed so much over the little things. It’s funny because your family and friends will tell you this, but until your wedding day, that’s when you understand that the little things really aren’t so much a big deal. All you’re thinking about on your wedding day is all of the love in the room surrounding you and your husband.

Bride's Dress: JLM Couture at Bridal Beginning | Bride's Jewelry: Custom-made Swarovski crystal bracelet and earrings from Gifted Hands | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale at Garnish Boutique | Cake: Cakes by Tammy | Caterer: The Club at Nevillewood | Ceremony Location: Sts. John and Paul Parish | DJ: DJ Matt Miller from Pittsburgh DJ Company | Flowers: Mocha Rose | Hair: Eikon Hair Lounge | Lighting: Provided by Pittsburgh DJ Company | Linens: Purchased by the bride on Amazon | Makeup: Valarie Panei | Menswear: BLACK by Vera Wang at Men's Warehouse | Photographer: Steven Dray Images | Reception Venue: The Club at Nevillewood | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Love, Jessica | Transportation: Elite Transportation | Videography: Pictory Productions | Wedding Planner: Michele Fischer at The Club at Nevillewood


Say Hello to Burgh Brides

Hi there!  Welcome to Burgh Brides!  I’m so excited to finally be able to share this blog with you.  It’s been a little dream of mine for many, many years.  As a matter of fact, I first purchased the domain name back in 2009 when I originally came up with the idea of a blog dedicated to all things Pittsburgh weddings.  However, life happened and it got put on the back burner…for nearly six whole years.  But today, here I am, and here you are, and I’m thrilled you’ve stopped by!

Burgh Brides - A Pittsburgh Wedding Blog!

So what is Burgh Brides all about?  I’ll get to that.  Before I do, let me tell you why a Pittsburgh wedding blog in the first place.

I’m a born and raised Yinzer, minus the accent somehow.  I love this city, its history, and its kaleidoscope culture.  Where else can you find one of the best hospitals in the nation, a sandwich with French fries on it, and a global university that is renowned for its fine arts AND computer science AND engineering programs (high five, CMU!)?  This place is awesome!  But for a while Pittsburgh was getting a bad rap.  How many “worst of” lists were we placed on?  Worst dressed, worst place for singles, worst traffic nightmares, ugliest accent, ugliest women (rude!), and the list goes on.  Quite frankly, I never understood it.  And I was sick of it.  Luckily, in the past few years our reputation for being one of the “worst” cities has turned around and Pittsburgh now ranks #1 on numerous “best of” lists.  People are finally learning what we've known all along – this place is special.

Throughout my near-decade in Pittsburgh’s wedding and event industry, I’ve seen some incredibly beautiful things…weddings that are styled nearly to perfection, details that would knock your socks off, unique venues, gorgeous gowns, and vendors who are true artists.  I wanted to share all of this with all of you!  Sure, there are a million wedding blogs out there.  But most of the time, Pittsburgh gets overlooked.  They feature New York weddings, they feature Chicago weddings, they even feature Philly weddings.  But very rarely do you see a Pittsburgh wedding featured on Style Me Pretty (unless you work with Elizabeth Craig, who is insanely talented and has been featured multiple times, rightfully so).  So what do we Pittsburghers do when the rest of the world isn’t talking about us?  We talk about ourselves, and know that the rest of the world will start listening eventually.

That’s how Burgh Brides was born.  I created this blog to show off the awesome weddings that take place right here, so that we could toot our own horns.  I want to share ideas and inspire brides to create their own gorgeous day.  I want to be able to pass along some of the logistical know-how that I’ve gained from years as a wedding and event planner, and hopefully make the planning process just a little less stressful.  I want to introduce brides to all sorts of awesome, super talented vendors who are just waiting to help make their day magical.  I want to be your unofficial wedding planner, your second maid of honor, and your wedding cheerleader!  It’s going to be so fun!

So what can you expect to see?  For starters:

  • Real wedding and engagement sessions (and hopefully some styled shoots too!)
  • Vendor features
  • Ideas and inspiration
  • Trends projected and traditions explained
  • Planning tips and logistical help
  • DIY tutorials
  • Resources and tools

And I’m just getting started!  I’m so hopeful about what this blog can turn into and I’m excited to see it grow and transform.  For now, I’m just so glad to see you!  I'll be posting twice a week so check back on Thursday for the first of the Real Love Series.  I hope you like what you see so far and I can’t wait to become better friends!

P.S. I'd be remiss if I didn't send a HUGE shout out and an ENORMOUS thank you to Beth and Sam Insalaco!  These two.  Oh my goodness.  So much talent between the pair.  Sam is the master tech mind behind Burgh Brides.  If you need a website or help with SEO, give his company, theBREWROOM, a holler.  Beth is not only an incredible photographer who took the head shots you see but she also created the pretty logo and graphics.  Burgh Brides really wouldn't have been possible without these two and I'm so thankful I get to call them my friends!  xo