Sparkly Tiffany Blue Wedding at Carmichaels Social Hall: Chelsea & Davis

Chelsea and Davis's shiny Tiffany blue wedding has my heart all aflutter.  There are few things I love more than a little glitz, a little glam, and a little blue box tied with a pretty white bow.  Put them all together and I go totally gaga.  I personally think you can never have too much sparkle, and it appears that this couple agrees.  High school sweethearts Chelsea and Davis planned a day that would allow their large Polish families to be together (the invite list was 500+!) but that also allowed Chelsea to show off her glamorous side.  The only venue large enough for this party was the local fire hall.  But I kid you not…you'd NEVER believe this was a fire hall wedding!  With a palette of black, white, and every girl's favorite shade of turquoise, the bride and groom literally transformed the reception venue into a beautiful, glittery space that shone bright thanks to all of the rhinestones, crystals, mirrors, and candlelight used in their decor.  Some of the day's other glamorous details that I totally adore?

  • Talk about bling!  Not only did Chelsea wear a glamorous creation from my all-time favorite bridal designer and fellow rhinestone-lover Hayley Paige, but she also topped off her look with two different crystal headpieces and statement jewelry.  Go big or go home, right?
  • Chelsea and Davis were high school sweethearts.  At one point, Chelsea wrote in her diary that she thought Davis was THE ONE!  In an oh-so-sweet way, Chelsea incorporated this excerpt into their wedding invitations!  Her own handwritting was scanned and everything!  Keep your eyes peeled for it in the pictures below!
  • The back of the ceremony program listed Chelsea's “somethings”!  Although a popular tradition, the somethings often don't get explained or acknowledged.  I love that this bride let her guests know just what special tokens she was wearing that day, and the story behind each of them!
  • A whopping NINE tier wedding cake!  The fondant covered creation was decorated in clear and blue rhinestones to match Chelsea and Davis's theme.  Dessert didn't stop there…guests were treated to all sorts of tasty sweets after dinner.  This is my kind of wedding.
  • From the invitations to the ceremony program, the cocktail napkins to the seating display, the couple incorporated a C & D custom monogram into just about everything.  I love how they wove this graphic into as much as they could to create a cohesive look.

Kristen Wynn documented the entire day, and these bridal portraits are like something out of a fairy tale!  Major props to Chelsea for laying on the ground in a Hayley Paige!  I feel like it might be slightly sacrilegious but the pictures are totally worth it!  If diamonds are a girl's best friend, I think rhinestones might be a close second.

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Davis and I have known each other since middle school.  He took me to my 8th grade Spring Fling when I was 14 years old.  Davis and I split up when I went to high school (I'm a year older than he is), we became high school sweethearts when I was 16, and we were on a roller coaster ride that lead us to where we are today!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Davis proposed on September 1, 2013.  It was the annual Bee Graphix Corn Hole Tournament at the Greene Cove Yacht Club, where we spend days and nights all summer long.  Davis's family owns Bee Graphix and he told me the Observer Reporter was coming to do an article about the tournament and that he wanted me to get in the picture with him.  Well, it just so happened that I had a bachelorette party for my girlfriend the night before and couldn't care less if I was in a picture, let alone how I looked at a corn hole tournament.  That was when Davis went into panic mode.  I was completely ruining his plan because he knew if I looked like a bum when he proposed, I would hate myself!  He went to my closet and picked out this beautiful, long lace maxi dress but I refused to wear that to a corn hole tournament.  That was when I got the hint that he might be proposing.  So I put on a more casual dress, got ready, painted my nails (just in case), and after Davis explained the rules, I was pushed out onto the floor by my cousins.  I saw a boat coming down the river, carrying a HUGE sign that said, “Chelsea, Will you Marry Me?”  Davis got down on one knee and said, “Chelsea, I have loved you since the sixth grade.  Will you marry me?”  Of course, I said YES!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
There were a lot of factors that made us do things the way we did for our wedding.

First and foremost, Davis and I got married on my parent's 34th wedding anniversary.  In turn, we were also inspired to get married in the same church they did.  Davis's parents had just celebrated their 39th anniversary on May 1.  We were truly blessed to have strong families by our sides on our special day.

Davis and I were high school sweethearts.  Plus, we come from a small town and we had to combine two of the biggest Polish families into one wedding reception.  Our venue options were limited with our 500+ guest list.  When we decided to have it at a fire hall, we knew Magic Moments would make it look like a fairy tale.  The walls were all covered with linens and lights, a chandelier hung above the wedding cake, every other table was accessorized with a chandelier or flowers, and the chairs were covered in chiffon.  It truly was more than I could have ever imagined.

Not only did we have cookies on the tables for people to munch on while they were waiting to eat, but there was also HUGE dessert spread after dinner.  Everyone loved it!  Instead of having just one guest book, I got scrapbook paper and printed 5×7 photos from our engagement session.  There were calligraphy pens available for people to write us notes, stories, or just their names.  I also displayed photos of our parents' and grandparents' weddings.

A magician entertained our family and friends during cocktail hour.  Guests could also take advantage of the photo booth, where they received a magnet so they could display their photo at home.  ShutterBooth also gave our guests the opportunity to leave us a message as well!  It was so fun hearing what everyone had to say!

What made your wedding unique?
If you ask ANYONE who came to the reception or saw our video, the most unique part was the reception introduction.  After our wedding party was announced, there was a “commercial pause” before our emcee announced Davis and me.  I really can't describe it, you just have to see for yourself!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Save vacation days at work!  Take a few days off before the wedding and pamper yourself and relax.  You only get married once!

Take longer than a seven day honeymoon if you can!  It goes by so quick and you never want it to end. 🙂

The earlier you do the ceremony and dinner, the sooner you can be on the dance floor with everyone you love, having the best day of your life!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Must have: Kristen Wynn is the sweetest photographer you will ever meet.  I loved working with her and even my wedding party and parents were impressed by her artistic ability!

Must do: Find something original to do with your special day.  Our reception video by far was the coolest thing ever!

Can't live without: Sho Films. They brought a whole other light to our wedding and my husband's surprise of the teaser video that was released just a few days after the wedding made me the happiest wife in the world!  Check it out!

Do differently: Better communication leading up to our introduction at the reception.  Davis and I wanted the reception video to be a surprise, which caused a slight delay in the rest of the night's events.  But no one knew or cared we were behind schedule!  This is just a bride being a tiny bit particular in wanting more time to enjoy herself and dance!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Carrie by Hayley Paige from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Bracelets & Wedding Bands: Joyce's Jewelry; Earrings: Made by Rachael Corfont; First Headpiece: Hobby Lobby; Second Headpiece & Belt: Bridal Beginning | Bride's Shoes: Nina | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Night Moves from Prom Girl | Cake: Yummies by Yvonne | Caterer: Back Bay | Ceremony Location: St. Oliver Plunkett Parish | DJ: Mark Batis | Flowers: Magic Moments | Hair: Bride: Samantha Slagle; Bridal Party: Jason Renner | Lighting, Linens, & Rentals: Magic Moments | Magician: Flanzini | Makeup: Candace Orlandi | Menswear: Tuxedo Junction | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography | Reception Venue: Carmichaels Social Hall | Stationery: Indigo Envelope | Transportation: Vogue Limousines | Videography: Sho Films | Wedding Planner: Tianne Stotka, mother of the bride

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration

A far cry from last year’s hot industrial look, the latest wedding trend is naturally chic.  Take the rustic style, remove the mason jars and burlap, add a touch of sophistication and femininity, and what do you get?  A light, airy, organic look that is sweeping wedding days across the country.  As if Mother Nature herself designed it, the organic style infuses natural and soft elements to create an ambiance of dream-like romance.  While most other trends fade fast, this look is timeless. If you’re looking for some beautiful ways to infuse this style into your own special day, look no further.  Here are my ideas on how you can make the organic style work for you!

Venue
Lucky for you, this style is versatile!  It can work in just about any venue, from a ballroom or tent to a museum or barn.  That’s what makes it so special.  It can be paired with the wooden beams or marble floors, chiavari chairs or barnwood tables.  My personal preference is a space with lots of natural elements.  Think wood, exposed brick, or other gritty, un-done aspects.  The contrast is undeniably beautiful.

Colors
The perfect palette for this style is soft and light.  You won’t find jewel tones or dark colors here.  Instead, it’s all about pastels, ivory, white, and even gray.  Muted tones keep the look minimal while still infusing healthy doses of beautiful, natural color.  Think water colors and pale hues!  Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year were literally made for this look!

Fabrics
Airy fabrics reign supreme with this trend.  Choose flowy chiffon dresses for your bridesmaids (or let them go casual in tulle skirts!), opt for a lace gown for yourself, and dress up your tables with sheer organza overlays.  Satin and other heavy fabrics just don’t fit in with this look.

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Left: via Pinterest; Right: Milamira Bridal

Florals
Lush, voluminous flowers bring this look to life!  Choose big blooms that have big impact.  The result is an overflowing bouquet that’s oozing with beauty.  For the reception, incorporate lots of greenery and even fresh herbs.  A garland of greens down the center of the table, magnolia leaves with calligraphy names as escort cards, and even a sprig of fresh rosemary at every place setting – bring nature indoors by incorporating fresh anything wherever you can!

Hair & Makeup
Allow your natural beauty to shine on your wedding day.  Save the smoky eye and winged liner for another time.  Instead, keep it fresh and simple.  Highlight your best feature and let the rest of your face breath.  Hair is best when it’s carefree.  Think big, loose waves or a messy up do.  Top it off with the hottest accessory – a flower crown – and you’ll look and feel like a million bucks.

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Left: Bridal Musings; Right; OnceWed

Décor
Use lots of natural textures.  Wooden slabs, driftwood, and even fresh fruit and vegetables can act as decor and help this style come alive.  Add a hint of sparkle with metallic pieces, mercury glass, and twinkle lights.  Throw a sequin linen down to highlight the cake or sweetheart table.  Fabric ceiling swags help to bring an airy feel to the space.  And go overboard on the candlelight!  Lots and lots of candles will make your space ooze with romance.

Photos by Alison Mish Photography

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Paper
Stick with designs that incorporate classic designs with feminine fonts.  Scrolls, scripts, and pastels on textured paper will set the tone for your naturally styled day.  Stay away from anything too modern.  Instead, stick with the classics.  Floral prints fit right in here, and hand-lettering will give your paper the organic feel you’re striving for.

What do you think of this new trend?  What other ways can you bring it to life?  Comment below and check out my Pinterest board for even more organic wedding day inspiration!

Charming Laid-Back Wedding at Morning Glory Inn: Molly & Jeffrey

Nestled into a quiet street in the otherwise unquiet South Side, the Morning Glory Inn was the perfect spot for Molly and Jeffrey's casual, laid-back wedding day.  The couple wanted an outdoor, laid-back, familial affair, and that's just what they got at this charming B&B.  Full of sweet and dainty details, this wedding was simple but breathtaking.  Most importantly, Molly and Jeffrey were surrounded (quite literally) by all of their family and friends, which is exactly what they wanted.  I've been swooning over these nuptials since the day I received this submission.  Here are a just few reasons why:

  • Molly's sweetheart neck, empire waisted dress was bohemian while still being bridal.  Her look was completed by Mikomoto pearl earrings (a gift from her dad!), a crown of tiny daises, and loose, carefree waves.  Molly says it was the “worst hair day of her life” thanks to the 90 degree weather and 100% humidity.  I respectfully disagree, Molly!  You looked GORG!
  • An unplugged ceremony!  This bride and groom kindly asked their guests to keep their cell phones in their purses or pockets while they exchanged vows.  Guests were actually present while witnessing such a special moment.  More of this, please!  So much more of this!
  • Speaking of the ceremony, the set up (or should I say lack thereof?) for this one was amazing!  While Molly and Jeffrey said “I do” under a canopy of daises in the garden courtyard, guests simply gathered around them.  Snuggled up shoulder to shoulder, family and friends were up close and personal, surrounding the bride and groom in love.  Makes my heart smile 🙂  Afterward, they ate, drank, danced, and mixed and mingled at their leisure, enjoying the reception that flowed from room to room of the inn.
  • In lieu of favors, Molly and Jeffrey made a donation to BARC Shelter in Brooklyn.  When living in NY, the couple used to volunteer at this no-kill shelter that provides a safe home for abandoned animals.
  • Rachel Rowland's photographic genius went into overload as she led the couple through the inn, taking full advantage of the eclectic, retro, and sometimes quirky decor.  The result was some of the most strikingly beautiful and unique portraits I've seen.  Ever.

Charming, casual, and understated, Molly and Jeffrey's wedding was what it's all about…family, a good time, and two people who are madly in love.  A million high fives to this!

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Jeff went to Ohio University with my older sister, which is how we semi-met initially.  We re-met after college, right before I started grad school, when I surprised my sister in NYC for her birthday.  They both happened to live in the city at the time.  My younger sister was visiting as well.  We all went out for brunch and spent the rest of the day exploring Brooklyn.  Jeff and I hit it off and started playing Words with Friends…which is actually how he eventually asked for my number and came to visit me in Pittsburgh for the first time!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We lived together in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment on the water.  It was a Wednesday in April.  I had just gotten home from a long day at work and we had dinner reservations.  I was still stressed and admittedly not in the best mood.  (Poor Jeff!!  My mood did nothing to calm his nerves!)  He poured us both a glass of wine then drank his in five minutes!  When he asked me if I wanted to catch the sunset on the dock before dinner, I said I wanted to finish my glass of wine and freshen up (Oops!!).  When he finally got me out of the apartment, he said he wanted to take a detour and go to the dock to take a picture of the city.  When we got there, he got down on one knee and completely took me off guard.  I had absolutely no clue he was planning on proposing or I wouldn't have been so difficult and I wouldn't have been wearing my chucks!  It couldn't have been more perfect though.  Right after, we asked a group of people to take our picture and one of them said, “You two should get married.  You are so cute together!”  We both just burst out laughing!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Our wedding was very laid back and non-traditional.  We wanted something outside with just our closest friends and family.  We chose the Morning Glory Inn because it was so beautiful without adding a thing.  We had flowers everywhere and rustic touches of burlap and lace throughout.  The bridesmaids' dresses were poppy colored and they each held a daisy bouquet.  The groomsmen wore mismatched grey suits with a burlap bow tie with a map design and a daisy and rosemary boutonniere.

What inspired your vision?
Daisies were very prominent because my mom always called me her daisy and I've always loved them.  She had three girls and she chose a flower for each of us when we were born!  The poppy color sort of chose me.  I knew I wanted something bright and it took months to even order fabric swatches because nothing was jumping out.  When I found the poppy lace dress on the J. Crew website and the swatch arrived at our house, it matched my Essie Clambake nail polish perfectly and I fell in love immediately.  After that, I took to Pinterest for ideas on how to bring everything together.  Neutral burlap was featured in a lot of posts and was a perfect compliment to our theme.  The Bartek Design burlap map bow ties the guys wore were absolutely AMAZING.  They made their outfits.

What made your wedding unique?
The venue itself made for a unique wedding.  Since there was not seating for every guest, we had our friends and family stand all around us during our vows.  Dinner felt more like a backyard BBQ since everyone got to mingle while moving from station to station.  Both of my parents walked me down the aisle to our close friend's guitar rendition of Thank You by Led Zeppelin (which had all of us crying!).  Attached to my bouquet was a brooch of my grandma's that I got to carry with me all day.  I don't think anyone knew it was there but me; it was my something old.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment of the day was when I finally relaxed with my husband on the balcony of the inn, overlooking our guests where we got to have our first dinner together as husband and wife, just the two of us.  Everyone told us we would be too busy to eat on our wedding day, but that was definitely not true in our case!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Not everything is within your control!  For instance, I had the worst hair day of my life on my wedding day because it was so hot and humid!  You just have to let go of some things and never forget the fact that no matter what happens, your marriage is more important than the tiny details of your wedding day.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Must haves: a glass of champagne to calm your nerves, a good lipstick, plain white Keds that will save your life when you just want to dance at the end of the night, and a pretty white dress for the morning after so you can keep feeling like the bride even when your day has ended!

Anything I would do differently: I would have taken photos of ALL angles of my dress prior to purchasing and I would have had a piece of my own wedding cake!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Watters from La Jeune Mariee | Bride's Jewelry: Mikimoto pearls from the bride's father | Bride's Shoes: J. Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Band: Jason Kendall Productions | Cake: Oakmont Bakery | Caterer: Fish Hawk Acres | Ceremony & Reception Location: Morning Glory Inn |  Flowers: Hepatica | Hair: Kay Neumont & Rachel Gordon | Makeup: Brittany Morgan & Ryan Thompson from MAC | Menswear: Burlap bow ties from Etsy | Photographer: Rachel Rowland Photography | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Videographer: Eric Hannisick Media Production | Wedding Planner: Mother of the bride

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Silver & White Wedding Inspiration

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If you're on the hunt for a chic, sophisticated, and classic color palette, look no further than silver and white.  This combo is almost monochromatic but the metallic component of silver makes it dynamic.  Incorporate lots of sparkly decor by using silver chiavari chairs, rhinestones, sequin linens, and mirrored pieces.  Add in lots of candlelight and accent lighting to pick up the metallic and really bump up the sparkle factor.  Lucky for you, the metallic cake trend is really on the rise!  Consider yourself a bold bride?  Turn the tables and wow your guests by donning a stunning silver sequin gown while dressing your maids in white.  When it comes to florals, remember that most flowers aren't truly white, but rather ivory or cream.  Be ok with the dimension that these other hues will bring to the table.  If the silver and white look is a little too monotone for your taste, add accents of pale pink, muted gray, or even navy blue or black.  This palette works beautifully for a NYE or winter wedding.  Wouldn't photos in the snow would be absolutely amazing?!

Silver & White 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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Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series with Inky Agnes

Ahhhh the world of wedding paper…it can be crazy confusing!  Save the Dates, vellum, foil press, hand press, emboss, deboss, what does it all mean?!?!  No one knows.  Ok, that's a lie.  Sue (of Burgh Brides Vendor Guide fame) knows.  And lucky for you, she's sharing her expertise in this new series dedicated to all things wedding paper!  This first installment is all about Save the Dates.  But keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for even more tips and advice about invitations, calligraphy, and more.

And without further adieu, I give you the guru herself!

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

From Sue…

So here’s the scenario, you’ve been going about your business crushing life and living in a world of texts, snaps, and emails… and then you get engaged.  Congratulations!!!

Now, you need to have an opinion on formal envelope addressing, paper weight (yes, that's a thing), tissue or no tissue, edge-beveling, CMYK colors, types of inks, and more.  All on top of having an opinion on wedding dresses, photographers, seating charts, flowers, menus, and picking your wedding party.

Here’s the good thing…you’ve got Burgh Brides!

Welcome to the Wedding Paper Series here at Burgh Brides!  I’m Sue AKA Inky Agnes, the resident snarky calligrapher here to discuss all the questions you never knew you had about the paper for your wedding.

First stop is the Save the Date.  Save the Dates are great because, as the first glimpse guests have of your wedding, they help to set the tone.  These days, the only limitations are imagination and budget.

With that being said, let's dive into the anatomy of a Save the Date, shall we?

The Style
The style sets the tone.  Is it soft and romantic with flowers and flourished script?

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

Or does it have palm trees for your destination wedding?

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

A formal wedding can opt for creamy letterpress and gold foil, while custom calligraphy looks great with any save the date.

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

Here are my top three Save the Dates styles:

1.) Postcard – A postcard Save the Date is a great option for those with a destination wedding, or a wedding that most people are traveling to.  Postage for a postcard is cheaper (woo hoo!) and it's envelope-less.  Again, this is less expensive and greener, and also great if you're going for a minimalistic look.

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

2.) Photographic – You got those engagement pictures for a reason right?!  A photographic Save the Date is a beautiful way to include the two of you and use the pictures that you paid for!  It also makes a complete set if you’re going to do an illustration or photograph in your invitation suite.

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

3.) Romantic – What is a wedding if not a celebration of love?!  If you’re looking to showcase that love, a soft, romantic, and often formal invite is the way to go.

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

The Who
That would be the bride and groom….just wanted to make sure we’re on the same page with that one 😉  Less formal?  Go with the first names only.  More formal?  Use first and last.

The When
At Save the Date time, the “when” really only means the month and date.  But if you know the time of day, it could be helpful to include it since guests are going to immediately start travel-planning.

The Extras
Nowadays, most couples have wedding websites that where guests can find additional information and your registries.  This is great, particularly if you’re doing a more modern invitation suite.  The Save the Date is the perfect place to share your URL with friends and family.

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

Last but not least, when to send the darn things….

Option A: As soon as you know, within a year.  This is especially true if your guests are going to have to make significant travel plans ( e.g. weddings abroad).

Option B: 6 – 9 months in advance of the wedding date is the traditional time frame.  Although be-ye-warned.  As soon as you’re engaged, you’re going to get asked, “So did you pick a date yet?”  Waiting until 6 months before the wedding may be the death of your patience.

Alright Burgh Brides, go forth and save some dates!

– Sue

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Classic Black and White Wedding at the Hyatt Regency: Daniele & Christopher

Ballroom weddings will always be beautiful.  This one is no exception.  Plus, when two big Italian families come together, you know it's going to be a wedding that wows.  Daniele and Christopher wanted to create a day that was sophisticated but that also honored tradition.  Surrounded by 300 of their closest family and friends, the couple exchanged vows at the Hyatt Regency.  The pair then celebrated becoming Mr. and Mrs. with an epic reception full of unforgettable details.  What did I love best?

  • Black, white, and gold made for a simple but chic color palette.  The bride and groom incorporated some sparkly elements – like sequin linens and a Swarovski crystal encrusted cake topper – for a hint of glam.
  • Out of town guests were treated to adorable Pittsburgh themed welcome bags featuring local snacks like Snyder's pretzels, Sarris chocolate, and Eat N' Park Smiley Cookies.  What better way to experience Pittsburgh than to eat like a local?!
  • The cake from Bethel Bakery featured lace-like fondant creations inspired by Daniele's wedding dress.  An artistic touch to my favorite part of the wedding (because nothing beats cake)!
  • Daniele was super thoughtful when selecting her “somethings”.  New were her ivory Kate Spade heels.  The couple borrowed Daniele's grandparents' gold-rimmed toasting flutes.  For extra luck, Daniele carried a few old items: she wore her grandmother's garter, which also doubled as something blue, and her clutch and the ring bearer's pillow were made from her mother's wedding dress.  What special ways to carry on this bridal tradition!
  • A flair bartender (think Tom Cruise in Cocktail!), customized glow sticks, and a real-life wedding singer meant this reception was a PAR-TAY!  Besides being classically beautiful, this wedding was also FUN!

Oh, and I can't forget about the cookie table full of 300 DOZEN tiny pieces of heaven!  Italians know how to do weddings.

Take in all of the prettiness captured by Time Smart Images.  Buona fortuna to the newlyweds!

Classic Black and White Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Black and White Pittsburgh Wedding from Time Smart Images Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Christopher and I began dating in September of 2008 after crossing paths through mutual friends.  After being friends for several months, they realized that our friendship had blossomed into more.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Christopher proposed to me on Christmas Eve of 2013.  It was starting to snow, and Christopher rushed to load up the car with gifts.  I scooped up Bentley (our yorkie) and hurried into the car so we could get to my aunt and uncle’s house in time for our traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner.  As I waited in the car for Christopher to finish, I turned to Bentley, who was sitting in the backseat, and reiterated to him that he was the best Christmas gift that we ever got!  We had brought Bentley home the day before Christmas Eve in 2009.  As I continued to gush over Bentley in the backseat, Christopher settled into the car and said, “You always say Bentley was the best Christmas gift…” and as I turned around to him, he had the ring box in his hand and he proposed!  When we arrived to join our families later that evening, it was pure excitement and celebration for everyone.  It felt so special to be able to share our joy and exciting news with both of our families that Christmas.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Our wedding style was classic elegance.  Our colors were black and white with champagne gold accents.  We chose delicate pink antique roses to complete our vision.  Our centerpieces varied from tall floating candles with pink submerged roses, to trios of submerged roses and clusters of pink roses and hydrangeas.  Lighting was dim with an amber cast that accented the ballroom.

We chose an elegant swag drapery for our ceremony backdrop that also doubled as our head table backdrop during the reception.  The ceremony aisle was lined with tall floating candle vases with submerged roses and rose petals.

What inspired your vision?
We knew we wanted something in our hometown that was traditional and glamorous.  We both come from large Italian families, so we had 300 guests at our wedding.  The Hyatt was the perfect place to accommodate us.

What made your wedding unique?
We had a massive Pittsburgh cookie table…over 300 dozen!  At each end of the table, we displayed a sign that described this local tradition, as well as thanked those who baked for our wedding.  Despite having take home containers for guests, we still had so many leftover, which we then displayed at our farewell brunch the morning after the wedding.

We wanted to give our overnight guests a little taste of Pittsburgh.  Our welcome bags included customized water bottles and stadium cups with our wedding logo, Snyder's pretzels, Sarris candy bars, and Eat N' Park Smiley Cookies.

Our cocktail napkins were personalized with our wedding hashtag.  During the dancing portion of the evening, we passed out foam glow sticks, also customized with our hashtag.  They were a huge hit!  I wanted to do something different from the the normal wedding “signage” and these were perfect!

A flair bartender performed during the cocktail hour and at the reception.  Our guests just loved it!

My bouquet portrayed pictures of my deceased grandparents.  It was so special to be able to carry them with me that day.

We also had a wedding singer – Sputzy Sparacino, who is a long time friend of my mother in law's.  I am still getting compliments on how much our guests loved him and what a fabulous singer he was.  He performed at both our ceremony and cocktail hour.

My garter was my grandmother's wedding garter and it doubled as my “something old” and “something blue.”  My ring bearer pillow and clutch purse were made from my mother's wedding gown, and there were additional “somethings old”.  My Kate Spade heels were my “something new.”  My husband and I used my grandparent's gold-rimmed wedding toasting flutes which doubled as another “something old” and “something borrowed.”

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment was meeting my husband at the end of the aisle.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Make sure that you look around the room at all of your family and friends who are there loving and supporting you.  I did this multiple times and really tried to soak in as much as I possibly could.  Make sure you're able to see your reception venue before any of your guests.  It was such a special and important moment for my husband and me to see everything come to life.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I can honestly say that the best decision we made was to have both our ceremony and reception at the same venue.  The Hyatt was more than accommodating.  Holding both events in the same place gave us time to relax and enjoy the day without having to worry about much of a schedule or transportation.  My bridesmaids spent the night before our wedding with me at the hotel.  Hair and makeup also came to us at the Hyatt, which was great.  Myself, my bridesmaids, flower girls, moms and even some aunts and cousins were able to hang out and enjoy room service and pampering before the wedding festivities began!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Clarissa Boutique | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Caterer & Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musician: James “Sputzy” Sparacino | Cocktail Hour Entertainer: Steve Pacacha with Liquid Flair Entertainment | DJ: DJ Sosa with Entertainment Unlimited | Flowers: Bella Flora | Hair: Headturners Salon | Lighting: Encore Event Technologies | Linens: Chair Covers & Linens by Bonnie Bradley | Glow Sticks: Nightlife Supplier | Makeup: Kiss and Makeup | Menswear: Tuxedo Junction | Photographer: Time Smart Images | Stationery: Paper with Purpose & Lemonseed & Co. | Wedding Planner: Shawniece Betts-Martin at the Hyatt Regency

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