Real Wedding: Jaymie & Jonas at the Longue Vue Club

This wedding.  I can't even.

I'm rarely speechless but when I first caught glimpses of Jaymie and Jonas's October wedding, I just sat with my mouth hanging open for a bit.  If edgy high fashion and gothic romance had a love child, it would be this wedding.  With a color palette that embraces both soft pastels and rich burgundy, gray, and black, the tone was both romantic and dramatic.  The couple bulked tradition in many ways but ended up with a day that was full of vintage and baroque inspired elements.  Pair this with the many modern spins Jaymie and Jonas put on things and you end up with a perfect yin and yang of sorts. There is no way I can narrow down my favorite aspects but if I'm forced to choose:

  • I hate to spoil the surprise but the bride wore a BLACK VERA WANG MASTERPIECE OF A GOWN.  I die.
  • No stuffy tuxedos for these gents.  Instead, they wore burgundy corduroy blazers.  And looked like they stepped right out of GQ doing it.
  • A wedding website and stationery that was designed by a friend with a font and look that I am totally in love with
  • Bride and groom portraits that scream “Vogue editorial spread” more than “wedding day”.  It seems like it was a windy day and normally wind annoys me.  But here, it's perfection.
  • Two of my favorite Pittsburgh treats – Vanilla Pastry Studio cupcakes and Pittsburgh Popcorn Company (and in my favorite flavor too!)
  • An entrance and first dance that is truly unlike any other but 100% Jaymie and Jonas.  You can watch it below!

Impeccably designed and ever-so-cool, Jaymie and Jonas's wedding is hands down the most amazing one I've ever laid eyes on.  My words aren't doing it justice so I'm just going to stop talking.  But before I do, dare I say this is photographer Beth Insalaco's best work yet?

Prepare to have your mind blown.

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Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

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Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

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Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

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Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

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Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

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Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

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Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

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Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Jonas and I met back in 2005.  I was attending college at Kent State University and had just joined Facebook.  This was back when you could only see people within your college network, but all profiles were public.  I was searching profiles to find people I knew when I came across Jonas's picture.  He was the most handsome guy I had ever seen!  He took my breath away.

So I looked at his profile, added his AIM name to my contacts, and watched his away statuses for a couple of days (to make sure he wasn't posting about having a girlfriend).  After a day or two, I couldn't wait any longer so I instant messaged him and said “Hey, I don't know if you have a girlfriend or anything, but I just wanted to let you know that I think you are really hot.”  His response?  “Word.” Haha!

We got chatting and found we had a lot in common.  Then, he said something like, “If you're for real, then let's meet up right now.”  He thought I was someone with a fake profile, playing a trick on him.  I was so nervous, but I really wanted to meet him!  And when I did, it was love at first sight.

I was so nervous that I didn't talk the entire time we hung out.  He kept asking me if I wanted him to leave and I told him no, but kept silent.  It was so awkward!!  The both of us left that night thinking we would never see each other again.  Me thinking it was because I acted so stupid, and him thinking it because he thought I clearly wasn’t into him.  But we were both wrong.  We never stopped hanging out after that.  And now, we will be together 10 years this month!

Over the time we’ve been together, we’ve raised our wonderful and completely perfect puppy Louis, we moved from Ohio to Pittsburgh, we built our professional careers, and purchased our first house together.  We grew up together, which is why his proposal in our first house that we have lovingly turned into our home was so special, so perfect, and so unforgettable.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
From Jonas…I proposed to Jaymie the night of November 23, 2013.  I had been planning a big surprise engagement with all of our friends for weeks.  Picking up the ring got delayed, which kind of ruined those plans.  It was a good thing it did because, in passing, Jaymie had mentioned that her dream engagement would be an intimate setting just between the two of us.

I know people say that “no matter what you do, it will be special”, but none of them know Jaymie – she’s not just any normal girl.  I’ve made her wait for this day for a long time.  She is such an amazing person, and she is so special to me that I had to make this moment unforgettable for her.  I decided to ask her to marry me in our house, our first home – something truly special and meaningful to the both of us.  So, now that I had found the right place, the next thing I had to do was find the right time.

It was a fight night (a date night tradition of watching MMA fights) and Jaymie had stepped out to get her hair done.  I knew this night would be perfect because nothing typically comes in between us and fight night – she would never expect it.  And it takes her hours to get her hair done – giving me more than enough time to set everything up.  With the help of my furry little companion, Louis, I set up the candles, the flowers, the video camera, and the music just the way I wanted it.

I remember being more nervous about this moment than I had ever been about anything in my entire life – and I hop in cages to go against trained fighters on a regular basis!  Nevertheless, the biggest win of my life came that night when I asked the most important question to the girl of my dreams – and she said yes!  That night I became one of the luckiest guys in the world.  Every day that I spend with Jaymie, I fall more and more in love with her and I am so excited to continue to build our lives together!

BB here…
Ok, Jonas is pretty much perfect because he recorded the entire proposal!  I bawled like a baby watching this.  Even Louis the pup was “cheering” for them during the big moment!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Jonas and I have a very unique style and we knew that Beth Insalaco was the only one capable of capturing these special moments in the way we imagined.  We wanted everything to feel grandiose and romantic.  We wanted our images to look like they could appear in an issue of Vogue and Beth nailed it!

What inspired your vision?
Our wedding was completely inspired by the wedding dress.  I found my dress before I even got engaged, and I was instantly enchanted by its beauty and inspired by its uniqueness.  I knew it was the one the moment I laid eyes on it.  I wore a Vera Wang Joelle wedding dress in black and I never felt more beautiful in my entire life.

My dress was the centerpiece of the wedding's entire look and feel.  I wanted the theme to be full of romance with just a bit of an edge.  My husband and I like to go against the grain and we aren't afraid to be different.  We both love fashion and we love to take risks.  So that's exactly what we did!

We selected the Longue Vue Club as our venue.  It just exudes romance.  It is a historical landmark that has amazing 1920's stone architecture and is perched upon a hilltop that overlooks the Allegheny River.  I would describe the interior of the club as “vintage royalty”.  From the mirrors and the walls to the furniture and the windows, every single room looks like it was made for royalty and fit perfectly with our romantic theme.

We had a professional designer custom-create our wedding invitations to match the look we were going for.  He ended up hand-drawing our names in a custom font to help truly bring to life what we were going for.  The invitation was our guests' first look at the theme of our wedding, and our designer made them perfect!

The men wore a burgundy corduroy Tommy Hilfiger slim fit sport coat that we felt struck the perfect balance between formal and fashion.  The women wore Dessy Lux Chiffon bridesmaid dresses that complimented the blush color of my wedding dress.  Each bridesmaid selected their own style and neckline because I also wanted them to feel comfortable and beautiful on this special day.  The colors of the bridal party really brought to life the elegance and the unique look that we were going for.

The flowers were perfect compliments to the wedding theme and came in a lot of pale, blush, and antique colors, with little pops of burgundy in the bridesmaids' bouquets.

What made your wedding unique?
We really went against tradition, so there were a few parts of our wedding that was unique.  First of all, I wore a black wedding dress, which is completely against tradition but fashion weighs heavier than tradition for me!

Our first dance was not a slow dance, and was actually a choreographed number to “Upgrade U” by Beyonce and Jay Z (watch it here!).  Jonas and I both love to dance and we just HAD to make dance a big part of our wedding.  We also love the meaning of “Upgrade U” and feel like it really captures our relationship.  We don't feel like one person is better than the other in our relationship.  We just feel by being together we're essentially upgrading each other, which is why we love the song so much.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
I have two favorite moments.  The first was hearing my husband's wedding vows.  They were more than I could have ever dreamed and they literally took my breath away (there are pictures of me covering my mouth at the altar while he is reading!).  Jonas isn't much of a writer, so I didn't know what to expect but he worked on them for months and really blew me away!

My second was my brother walking me down the aisle.  He has been the man right by my side all of my life.  He is my best friend and he is always there when I need him.  So him walking me down the aisle was very symbolic of the path we've taken through life together.  My brother and Jonas are best friends and it was really special to have him give me away to Jonas because I know how supportive he is of our relationship.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Make your wedding what YOU want it to be.  Don't be afraid of what other people will think.  Do what is in your heart.  I was afraid of what people might think of a black wedding dress, or of me having my brother walk me down the aisle.  But please remember that it is your day, and you want to look back on everything with no regrets.

I would also say that you have to “live in the moment”.  Be present and just savor every single second of the day.  Take a step back a couple of times throughout the day and just take in what is going on around you.  “Live in the moment” was our theme of the day.  We even gave the bridesmaids Alex and Ani “Live in the Moment” bracelets to wear.  We had put in so much effort and stressed about all of the little details leading up to the wedding, but we also understood that not everything was going to turn out perfectly.  We were surrounded by people who loved and supported us, and we just appreciated every moment and let the small stuff roll off of our shoulders.  A lot of the memories I have of the wedding are from those moments I stepped back and took it all in!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't lives withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I think every bride NEEDS to have Beth Insalaco shoot their wedding.  I don't think there's anyone else out there quite like her 😉

Vendors
Bride's Bracelet: Alex and Ani | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang Joelle | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Cupcakes: Vanilla Pastry Studio | Ceremony & Reception Location: Longue Vue Club | DJ: DJ Bamboo | Flowers & Stationery: Fox Petal Floral Design Studio | Hair: Lauren Tommarello | Makeup: Cheryl Schwieger | Menswear: Tommy Hilfiger & Men's Warehouse | Photographer: Beth Insalaco Photography

Industrial Chic Wedding Ideas

The rustic and shabby chic wedding trend has been dethroned.  Industrial chic is the new black and it’s hot hot hot.  An eclectic mix of antiques, raw textures, hard metals, and distressed elements, industrial chic is easy to pull off because it’s a bit anything goes.  If you’re looking to design your big day after this hip look, here are a few ideas for you.

Venue
Look for a warehouse or loft style with lots of exposed brick or duct work.  Shy away from ballrooms or any venue that is too ornate.  I’ve praised the Pittsburgh Opera and the New Hazlett Theater, but the Pittsburgh Winery, Engine House 25, and the first floor of the Heinz History Center would also make great backdrops for an industrial chic wedding.  Barns, although typically decorated with a rustic vibe, could also work beautifully with this new look!

Marquee Letters
You could buy these statement signs but Pinterest has a ton of tutorials; give DIYing them a go.  Jo-Ann Fabric sells paper mache letters that are 24” tall and perfect for this purpose.  Place X-O-X-O behind the sweetheart table, B-A-R above the you-know-what, or the first initials of your and your sweetie’s names, with an ampersand in between, on the seating card table.

Marquee letters not in your budget?  Aren’t a DIY kind of bride?  Spell your message with giant, metallic letter balloons instead!

Hard Metals
Skip the banquet chairs and chiavaris, which can be a bit too formal for this vibe.  Opt for metal chairs instead.  All Occasion Party Rental’s Philia chair is amazing and will really bring the industrial theme to life.  Also, visit flea markets and thrift stores to collect all the brass candlesticks you can find.  Look for various shapes and heights to add dimension.  Stand two or so on each table to jazz up the centerpiece, use them as bud vases, or build a large display that really packs a bunch.

Antiques
A vintage typewriter could be a unique guest book.  Old apothecary bottles or tin cans make great floral vases for cocktail tables.  Worn hardback books under centerpieces add height to floral arrangements.  There are lots of ways antiques can be used while still keeping your wedding modern.  Steer clear of lace, pearls, or anything super frilly or feminine and you’ll stay on point with this trend.

Strings of Lights
Instead of twinkle lights, use Edison or bistro bulbs, which fit into the theme a bit better.  They both give off a soft glow that creates a vintage, romantic ambiance.  Drape them above the dance floor to create a nighttime sky affect or just hang them above or vertically behind where you’ll exchange vows for a jaw dropping backdrop.

Bare or Distressed Elements
Table linens can be really beautiful.  But if you’re going with the industrial chic look, spend your money on renting solid wooden tables instead.  Skip the linens altogether or keep it simple with a runner, allowing the wood to stand out as much as possible.  Paint table numbers on bricks or cement blocks, use wooden crates to add various heights to displays, hang seating cards from nails hammered into distressed wood, or use galvanized bucks to keep bottled drinks cold.

Muted Tones
The industrial theme works best when the color palette is a bit understated.  Marsala, Pantone’s color of the year, works amazingly well, but so does hunter green, black, navy, plum, and gold.  If dark hues aren’t really your vibe, you can definitely pull the industrial theme off with pastels – pale pink, mint, white, ivory, and sage green.  Like a punch of color?  Use a single shade, such as magenta, bright red, yellow or even turquoise, to add a pop.

Portraits
When you’re out taking bridal party photos or portraits with your new better half, look for all sorts of textures and backgrounds.  Graffiti walls, alleys, and abandoned buildings can be amazingly striking against the formal wear in the foreground.  Let your photographer explore and be open to standing in front of something that isn’t seemingly beautiful at first.  Trust me, the photos will be incredible!

Although industrial chic is all about hard, rough elements, you shouldn't be afraid to add in a healthy dose of sparkle!  The contrast can be a really beautiful one!

What do you think of this new trend?  Are you loving it as much as I am?  Check out my Pinterest board for more industrial chic wedding ideas!

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Featured Vendor: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs

What happens when an actual horticulturist opens their own floral design business?  You get Stephanie and The Blue Daisy Floral Designs.  Stephanie works closely with brides and grooms to make custom-designed pieces that are truly unique and reflective of the couple's style.  This makes “select floral arrangements” not just another item on their wedding to-do list, but instead something in which they are intimately involved and enjoy.  Her inspiration comes from her love of nature, and her passion really shows in her work.  I've seen numerous masterpieces of Stephanie's (including her flower crowns, which are not only insanely GORGEOUS but also one of this year's hottest trends!) and I'm always wowed by their beauty and her knack for weaving in various textures and natural elements to add dimension.  Plus, she's about as nice as pie and who doesn't love pie?

See a few examples of her work below and keep reading for more about The Blue Daisy.

From Stephanie of The Blue Daisy…

What type of services do you provide?
I offer full service and a la carte floral design services.  I can design and install all aspects of the floral decor for your wedding or soiree, or you may choose to have me design the elements you need and they will be packaged and ready for you to pick up and DIY.  The Blue Daisy offers services for weddings, showers, birthday parties, corporate parties, etc.  My focus is on providing high quality, individually designed fresh flowers and a high level of customer service.

I also teach classes – typically five per year in the winter months and private classes as well!

Tell me a bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  Is this your full time gig or a part time passion?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
I will celebrate my fourth year of being in business this coming January and am very excited about the big changes that took place this year!  I began working full time in my business last February and opened my North Hills studio space in July.  I have over 10 years experience in floral design and hold a degree in horticulture from Penn State University, which supports my passion for flowers, nature, and design.  My focus is not only on providing beautiful and unique florals for my brides and grooms, but also making it a positive and rewarding experience to work with The Blue Daisy.  Every wedding is custom-designed for the couple based on their style and budget, and I am there every step of the way to offer guidance and advice.  Wedding planning can be stressful and I aim to make at least the flowers easy and fun!

What is your ideal client like?
I love a bride (and groom!) who is willing to be creative and who cares about the flowers during their big day!  I am incredibly passionate about what I do and I want my couples to share my enthusiasm.  Even if the excitement isn't there when we start the consultation, it is my mission to have them leave pumped about their wedding flowers!

Contact, Like, and Follow!
Email: stephanie@thebluedaisyfloraldesigns.com
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P.S. Take a peek at some of the amazing work Stephanie did for the recent You're Invited event.  Hellllllloooo a floral necklace.  What?!?!

2015 Bridal Fashion Trends

The Fall 2015 Bridal Fashion Week wrapped up back in October but it left us all swooning over the pretty trends we’re bound to see this new year.  Expect to see lots of low and open backs, illusion lace, cut outs, plunging necklines, short dresses, bold beading, and even hints of color!  Take a gander at a few of my favorite gowns and keep your eyes peeled for Burgh Brides donning the latest looks.

Low and Open Backs

Illusion Lace

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Left: Allure Bridals; Right: Oscar de la Renta; Both from Brides

Cut Outs

Plunging Necklines

Short Dresses

Bold Beading

Hints of Color
(P.S. Ice blue is the new black)

I also noticed that a lot of trends are overlapping…for example, a short dress with bold bling or one with a hint of color and a plunging neckline.

What do you think?  What trend is your favorite?  Does your dress include any of these new looks?  Is there a trend that you aren't crazy about?  Comment below!

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Real Wedding: Nicolet & Gregory at the Wyndham Grand

With it's shades-of-blue-and-silver palette, Nicolet and Gregory's big day was the perfect winter wedding.  The couple wanted to create a traditional event that focused on family, friends, and fun.  From involving family in the decision making process to paying homage to them at the reception, Nicolet and Gregory wanted their wedding day to reflect not only themselves, but also all of the special people who mean so much to them.  Beyond that, the bride and groom just wanted a “classic and elegant” theme.  With that simple direction, Nicolet let Nathan of Hens and Chicks take the design reigns.  He flawlessly created an understated, chic, quiet beauty of a reception in the Wyndham Grand's ballroom.  The entire day seemed perfect and here is what I loved best:

  • From banners to signs to framed photos, Nicolet decorated her bridal suite in such a cute way.  She wanted it to feel comfortable and familiar so she brought all sorts of fun items and pieces from her home.  What a cute idea to feel relaxed and at ease the morning of your wedding!
  • Compromising nicely between a first look and keeping tradition, Nicolet and Gregory opted for a first touch.  While they remained on opposite sides of a corner wall, the couple was still able to share a few special, private moments together before the ceremony.
  • A “first look” with the reception space!  While guests were in another room enjoying cocktails, Nicolet and Gregory were able to see the room all dressed up!  I love this because you don't often get to see all of your hard work and creativity come to life.  Kudos to the Wyndham for making this happen!
  • I counted at least three different styles of centerpieces and linens (including trendy sequin and patterned ones!), all equally beautiful but all adding their own bit of visual interest and spontaneity to the room.
  • The favors were bottles of homemade wine created with love by Gregory's grandparents.  His grandmother also made over 100 dozen cookies for the cookie table!  The way to someone's heart is definitely through their stomach.
  • Nothing is more fun than a s'mores bar at a winter wedding.  Or any wedding for that matter.

The insanely talented Elizabeth Craig was there to snap these stunning images.  The night shots are out of this world and Nicolet is a classic beauty.  I'm obsessed.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
My best friend from high school, Brittany, went to Virginia Tech for college, and I was at Clemson.  One fall weekend in September 2010, I decided to go visit her for a football game.  I came to her apartment only to find that she had her new boyfriend over, as well as his best friend, Greg.  We met that night and all went out together in Blacksburg, VA.  That night, he told my best friend that he thought we were soul mates (which she, of course, spilled to me the next day); and a few short months later we became official!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Let me start with the fact that he REALLY had to try to surprise me, being that we already lived together!  We had talked about how we wanted to get engaged so I knew it would happen sometime soon-ish!  We spent Christmas 2013 here in Pittsburgh.  On Christmas Eve, his family always goes to church at 4 p.m. and then comes home to do a big dinner.  Our plans were to join them, so we headed to his home in Peters Township.  We got to his house and he pulled out a present from the backseat.  He told me that his parents had a surprise for us and we were supposed to hurry in before we left for church.  We walked in and I was still asking questions…”Can I take my jacket off?  Aren't we leaving?  Wait, can I open this now?”  I probably asked more but this is all I can remember.  He had already walked off down the long, beautiful, arched hallway… and I turned around to see a few roses on the floor.  At that point I knew something big was going to happen!  As I stood in the other living room of his house, I opened the present and it was a photo album of pictures from our relationship, with a card on the last page.  He had written a really thoughtful note in the card… you only get to know one of my favorite parts and the last line– “I can't wait to call you Nicolet June Weimer one day!”  He wrote to come find him…I walked down the hallway and thru to the family room to find him waiting for me.  I was already tearing up and shaking a bit!  I walked in to meet him, he got down on one knee, and we were engaged!

Describe the wedding.  The look, style, theme, colors, etc.
I'm not a girly girl, and I'm not very good at making decisions!  That makes wedding planning hard.  Whenever asked, I told my vendors I wanted our wedding to be “classic and elegant.”  Simplicity goes a long way when it comes to something so valuable, especially this.  I chose my favorite color, blue, and looked to my florist and event designer to round out the rest of my color scheme.  We did have a late fall wedding in November, so I wanted darker colors.  We did dark blue, silver, and accents of Tiffany blue.  We are a young couple and I didn't want things to be too formal – but I also wanted the elegant feel.  Our wedding was planned by myself and our family – we created aspects that we felt were important and I felt that it made it a very comfortable day once it finally came to fruition.

What inspired your vision?
My vision was inspired by our personality as a couple.  We are young, but we are very mature and driven at this point in our lives.  We live simply; we live close to family and we wanted full support in all of our decisions.  I feel like our vision was based on what we feel every day – a simple grace that is shown through small elements that make a grand statement.  We wanted it to “wow” but we wanted it to be comfortable.

What made your wedding unique?
Family is important.  Bottom line – they are why we are here, why we are who we are, and why we were able to have such an amazing wedding.  I wanted family to have a role in as much of the wedding as possible.  From having each of our family members come see us in our bride and groom suites before the ceremony, to having family in the ceremony as bridal party members or readers, to having moments laid out to honor our family members – that is what made our wedding unique.

I am so detail oriented.  I wanted the whole day to be perfect!  I had made boxes of things to take to the hotel for getting ready on the day of…signs and banners, personalized champagne glasses, pictures, quotes…all things that remind me of home and the love I have with Greg.  I wanted my hotel suite to feel like home.  This was perfect.  My girls and I had robes made by Love Ophelia and we just hung out from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  No stressing (until putting on the big dress, of course).  I realized how important the whole day is.  Every little minute has meaning, and I urge brides to think of “before, with your girls” in addition to the wedding!  It's so worth it!

Surprisingly, my husband gave a short speech to our guests after the other toasts.  He thanked all of our guests, and went into detail to thank my parents, his parents, and me.  This was so special.  It made me realize that the unplanned moments are the best moments.  He was open and honest in front of 275 guests about this love for me, and that was incredible.  It was impromptu and heartfelt – that's the best!

Our favors and our cookies on our dessert table were done by Greg's dad's parents.  They make their own wine and bottled one for each couple as our favors.  Nana baked 100 dozen cookies for our cookie table, including at least 15 different kinds that our family has enjoyed for as long as we can remember.  Their influence showed in many aspects of our wedding and having them as a huge part of our wedding meant the world to us.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment was when our wedding coordinator escorted us into our reception venue to have five minutes of alone time prior to our reception actually starting.  We were privately taken to the room, without guests knowing, so that we could see and enjoy all of the hard work we put into the event.  Our band was prepped and they played an instrumental song as we had an intimate dance and a few simple moments prior to the reception fun.  To cap it off, our coordinator had hidden our photographer and videographer in the room so they captured these moments for us as well.  So incredibly special!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Take your time with decisions.  Sometimes, you may feel that the pressure is on to put down a deposit and secure the best vendor for your event.  However, this is your special day and you need time to think through every decision of this process!  Do your research through reviews and recommendations of other brides.  Find someone with a similar vision and ask away!  Also, if you find a vendor that you connect with, go with it.  Your gut is usually right, and sometimes a 5/5 and a million reviews on The Knot don't mean that they are the only option.  I would assume that anyone who has been through this process would be more than happy to share any help!

Day of Advice – You don't need a wedding planner on the day of.  I struggled with this because I didn't want to be worrying about little details on my wedding day.  If you choose the right vendors and contact them early with your wishes, they will perform to their best efforts and you won't have to do any extra work on the big day!

Any must have, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Welcome bags!  They were so fun and guests really enjoyed having an itinerary with events and special items from both of our lives.  Our bags included: Maryland items for the bride, Pittsburgh items for the groom, two bottles of water with personalized labels, Advil, Tums, and an itinerary with times of events and places to go in Pittsburgh.

The photo booth was GREAT!  We got photos of many guests who weren't in the professional shots.  And we got to see a fun side of some guests!

Get a photographer for your rehearsal dinner.  We had 150 guests at our dinner and it was wonderful to have another set of pictures that represented our close family and out of town guests.

You have to have a videographer!  We didn't book one until later because we didn't think it was necessary.  But I'm so excited to get it later this year…it's the only way to relive many special moments!

Vendors
Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Bride's Dress: Lazaro at Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Earrings & Bracelet: L.J. Marks Jewelers; Hair Piece: Borrowed from Matron of Honor | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy at Bridal Beginning | Bridesmaids' Necklaces: Banana Republic | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Ceremony Location: Heinz Chapel | Dessert Table, S'more Bar, & Groom's Cake: Bella Christie | Favors: Homemade wine from the groom's grandparents | Flowers, Decor, & Event Design: Hens and Chicks | Hair & Makeup: Lee Ann Boersma at Athome Beauty| Linens: Mosaic Linens via Hens and Chicks | Menswear: BLACK by Vera Wang at Men's Warehouse | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Photographer: Elizabeth Craig Photography | Reception Venue & Caterer: Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh | Rentals: Event Source via Hens and Chicks | Robes: Love Ophelia | Stationery: Hello Beautiful Designs | Transportation: Elite Transportation | Videography: Maryn Graves Productions

 

 

 

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2015 Wedding Trend Predictions

Happy New Year!  Ok, I’m a few weeks late but A for effort, right?  With each new year comes new trends, new changes, and new ideas.  Now that 2015 is in full swing, let me make some predictions about what I think you’ll be seeing a lot of this upcoming year.

Unique Venues
While a ballroom wedding will always be classic, expect to see more and more weddings taking place at off-the-beaten path venues.  Choderwood, the Pittsburgh Opera, Churchview Farms, and the Studio on Fifth are just a few of the locales that are going to be booming.  If you want your wedding to stand out, consider holding it in an unexpected or non-traditional venue.

2015 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides

The Pittsburgh Opera; Photo by Beth Insalaco Photography.

Patterns
Be it paisley, wide stripes, florals, or the ever-popular chevron, I think we’ll be seeing a lot of patterns.   From the invitations to the linens to even the bride’s and bridesmaids’ dresses, there are so many ways to incorporate patterns into your big day. Keep it tasteful by only selecting a few of them and keeping the other details more neutral.

2015 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides

See more of this striped wedding dress here. Photo by Steven Dray Images.

2015 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides

More of this real Pittsburgh wedding on the blog next week! Photo by Elizabeth Craig Photography.

Flower crowns
These circles of pretty blossoms are hot and I’m so happy about that.  For a daring but ethereal look, opt for one instead of a traditional bridal headpiece.  If you aren’t so bold, I bet one would look adorable atop a cutie-patootie flower girl.

Hand Lettering
Traditional calligraphy will always be beautiful, but more modern, stylized versions of this art form have made their way on the scene.  Script and scrolls or blocks and baroque touches, find a professional and style that matches your wedding look and use on anything from envelopes and seating cards to bar signs and menu cards.  Mix fonts for a contemporary look.

Sequin Linens
Sparkly table coverings are glamorous, reflect mood lighting beautifully, and pack the right amount of punch.  They can be pricey so if decking out all of your tables in glitz isn’t quite in your budget, go for sequin linens on the cake and sweetheart tables only, or use sequin table runners all around.

Experiential Weddings
Even though it’s your day, make your guests feel special!  From the minute they arrive until the very last dance, create an experience for them!  There are so many ways in which you can do this and brides and grooms are picking up on them.  Let Pittsburgh themed goodie bags greet out-of-town guests at the hotel, butler pass signature drinks to guests upon arrival, provide paper fans and fun sunglasses for an outdoor, summer ceremony or cozy blankets for a fall one, set up a cigar and scotch bar at the reception for the gentlemen, gift each child with a coloring book, some crayons, and other small treats to keep them occupied while the adults have a good time, or how about coffee and donuts for everyone the next morning?  Immerse your guests, appeal to all of their senses, and engage them so your wedding is a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience for them.

More Personality
Couples are making their wedding all about them and I think it’s fantastic!  They have found those little spaces where they can infuse their personality and their likes, making the day all the more special and personal.  More brides and grooms are writing their own vows, grooms cakes are modeled after the guy’s favorite sport or team, tables aren’t just numbered but named after meaningful dates or locations, and favors are a reflection of a shared love or interest.  A wedding is a celebration of YOU, both individually and as a couple!  It should be reflection of what you both hold near and dear.

What do you think we’ll be seeing a lot of in 2015?  Any trend that you’re super excited about?  What 2014 trend are you happy to see go away?  Comment below!

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Featured Vendor: Ashley Giffin Photography

A few months ago, I stumbled upon Ashley Giffin's Instagram feed and immediately fell in love with her work.  Now it's a daily stop when I'm checking IG.  Little did I know, Ashley had also found my account and was secretly loving me back.  Our reciprocal admiration for each other is out in the open now and I feel better about not having to sneak around anymore.  She can also rock a blond pixie cut like no one's business and I think about it (and get jealous) every time I spend 20 minutes blow drying my frizzy mane.  I digress.

Ashley was born to be a photographer.  Her great grandfather was a photographer so it's literally in her blood.  After starting her business two years ago, things really took off quickly.  She's now one of the hottest up-and-comers in the city.  It's no wonder.  Ashley's work is classic but a bit edgy, modern but still romantic as all get out.  Like me, Ashley appreciates couples who are creative, who aren't afraid to try new things, and who love all of the minute details that, when put together, make a wedding day come alive.

Help yourself to some images of her latest work (and wedding and a styled shoot!) and keep scrolling to see how you can show Ashley some love.

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From Ashley…                                                     

What type of service do you provide?
I started Ashley Giffin Photography about two years ago and have been blessed to have my business grow so fast!  I love working with clients who really love details and really appreciate the photographer’s presence on their wedding days.  Capturing their memories is what I am there for and what I love to do.

What is your ideal client like?
My ideal client would be unique and creative.  I love when couples think outside the box when planning their wedding….an off the beaten path location, a colored dress, live music, art, and details with meaning to the couple would be a dream for me.

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What to Do After Getting Engaged

How many newly engaged gals do we have out there?  Congrats to you!  Did you know that around one third of all proposals take place between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve?  Love is in the air, people.  If you were one of the lucky ones who received a shiny new sparkler recently, read on for what to do next!

Take a pic!  Maybe it’s a selfie, maybe it’s a shot of the ring on your finger, or maybe your guy went the extra mile (and earned 1095720359 brownie points) and hired a photographer to secretly document your proposal.  However you do it, just snap a photo so you have a way to remember this exciting time forever.

Pause.  Before you do anything else, stop.  Don’t move.  Take in the joy.  Breathe in the excitement.  Channel your emotions, the look of the ring on your finger, how the word “fiance” sounds and how it feels to say it.  Bottle it up and commit it to memory.  This time is so incredibly special.  Try to make it last as long as you can.

Spread the good news!  Now you can take action!  The first phone calls (yes, an actual phone call, not a text message) you make should be to both of your immediate families.  Parents, siblings, grandparents, and anyone else who is extra special to you.  Next, let your close friends in on the fun.  Lastly, turn to social media to fill everyone else in.

Get your ring sized.  Unless your guy is really good, your ring will likely be too small or too big.  Take that rock to your trusted jeweler to get a perfect fit.  You’ll likely need to leave it for a few days.  Just a warning: it will be painful.  Once you have the beautiful diamond on your finger (and the guy of your dreams), you’ll never want to be without either one again.  It’s also a good idea to get your ring appraised and insured.

Get a manicure.  You’ll be showing off that finger to everyone who will look (and you’ll catch yourself staring at it…a lot).  Make sure your hands are in tip top shape by treating yourself to a manicure or a pretty new polish.

Celebrate!  If an engagement party isn’t in the budget or just isn’t your thing, plan an extra special date for the two of you.  Take some time to revel in this moment that will be unlike any other in your life.  Pop the bubbly and make a toast to the start of your life together!

Relax.  Don’t be one of those girls that has their venue booked, their bridal party asked, and their dress purchased a day after receiving a ring.  Immediately after announcing your engagement, you'll be bombarded with questions like “Have you picked a date yet?” and “What are your colors?”  Slow down, people.  Unless you’re planning a short engagement, I'd suggest giving yourself some time before you do any wedding planning whatsoever.  Your engagement will truly be one of the most exciting periods in your life.  Don't be in such a rush to get it over with.  Take at least a month to just enjoy your new fiance and this fun time.  Your Pinterest board will be waiting for you on the other side.  And if you don't believe me, read this from Offbeat Bride.

Any other tips for the newly engaged?  Did you recently say “Yes!”?  What few things did you do immediately after?

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Real Wedding: Jessica & Brian at Armstrong Farms

In case you missed it on the Today Show, now is your chance to meet Jessica and Brian.  This wedding is bohemian meets rustic meets rock and roll.  From incorporating family traditions to the bride donning a bad ass black leather jacket with her lace gown, Jessica and Brian truly made their big day a reflection of their styles and personalities.  Armstrong Farms infused a touch of country into the otherwise cool and hip October 4th affair and Veronica Varos was there to capture all of the unique touches.  My favorites?

  • The bride ditched the heels and instead wore red, suede booties.  As Jessica put it, “Comfort first, right?”  Amen, Jessica, amen.
  • A hat wall!  It's a tradition in the bride's family that goes back decades and she brought it back for her wedding day.  Read more below.  Fun, goofy hats, an open bar, and a packed dance floor is a winning combination in my book.
  • A bride and groom recessional orchestrated by The Beatles and a symphony of kazoos!  Another family tradition!
  • The most divine first look session I've ever seen.  The photos were taken in front of a magical, sparkling wall in the barn and Jessica and Brian appear to be in their own little constellation of love.  It's heavenly.  You'll see.
  • An eclectic mix of decor, including oriental rugs, silk pashminas, geode rocks, bright glass jars, old suitcases and a dessert table banner that Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle would be proud of

I wish I could be this stylish.  At least Jessica and Brian are, and because of that we all have something pretty to look at.  Congrats you two!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in California through a mutual friend and have known each other for close to 10 years, but we’ve been together for over six.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
He proposed at a restaurant called Castaway, up the street from our house in California.  It has (IMO) the BEST view of LA!  He said I should never expect a ring on a holiday, and since it was my birthday, I didn’t.  It was uncharacteristically rainy and cold, which put a damper in his plans for us to sit outside at the firepit. We did it anyway then quickly proceeded to celebrate by stuffing our faces with Italian food indoors!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.  What inspired your vision? 
Brian and I met in Los Angeles, where we live now, but I'm a Pittsburgh girl and had my heart set on a fall wedding here.  I had so many visions and I am very indecisive, so the plans kept changing.  Luckily, we had about two years to plan and I was able to put my vision of a “plum and navy colored, bohemian, rock and roll, vintage, warm, fall” wedding together as best we could!

What made your wedding unique?
We didn't hire a professional wedding planner, so my mom and my sister were a huge help in the planning process!  We kept our eyes peeled for good deals at places like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, where we found many of the pashmina shawls, vases, and votives used on the tables.  We also combed through the Rose Bowl Flea Market to find things such as the card suitcase, crystals, and ceremony rug.  My favorite decoration would have to be the chandelier my mom found at a cute shop in Pittsburgh called hot, haute, hot.  Brian and I made all of the napkin rings out of semi-precious beads and guests ended up wearing them as bracelets throughout the night.  The day before the wedding, we had our friends and family at the barn helping us set tables, make signs, and put up all the decorations.  We would not have gotten it done without them!  There was one more decoration I insisted on making, so the morning of the wedding I ran to Michaels and, with the help of my bridesmaids, finished the purple yarn garland that hung from the balcony.  Our wedding was supposed to take place outdoors, but it was freezing and about an hour before the wedding, when it started sleeting, we decided it would be best to move it inside.  Unfortunately, many of the details we had planned for the outdoor ceremony were not used.  The cold weather did allow for me to bust out my black leather jacket to wear with my dress which, along with my red suede Steve Madden booties, definitely showed off my personality.  Our ceremony was short and sweet, just the way we had wanted it… everyone is there for the drinks and dancing anyway, right? Haha (jk)!  Our recessional was accompanied by 10 kazoos, which is something my parents had at their wedding (thanks to my grandpa) and I really wanted to carry on that tradition!  Brian works in the music industry so finding the right musician was something he took a little too seriously.  Luckily, Joel, our DJ/musician, exceeded our expectations.  He played an amazing mix of bands, like Led Zeppelin and the Alabama Shakes, during dinner that our guests enjoyed, and during the reception he had everyone on their feet!  Another tradition we wanted as part of our wedding was the “hat wall”, which originated at my cabin in the 1950's.  Everyone grabs a hat and it theirs for the weekend!  We cannot say enough great thing about Veronica, our photographer, as well.  We usually don't like getting pictures, but she made it pretty painless for us AND she made us look gooooood!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Our best pieces of advice for future brides and grooms would be to relax, EAT, and don't follow tradition if it's not you!  Brian and I did a first look and decided to forgo the formal bridal party introductions, cake cutting, and bouquet and garter tosses. We also made it a point to sit down through the entire dinner and eat with our wedding party.  Having that time allowed us both to relax and enjoy ourselves. Also, I get quite hangry if I don't eat (BB here: Jessica, me toooooo!  I have snacks in my purse at all times.).  Everyone kept commenting on how calm the bride and groom were, and to them we would say, “Shouldn't we be? It's the happiest day of our lives!”

And just because it's fun and oh-so-them, here is some of Jessica and Brian's playlist for the night.
Acoustic performance by Joel Lindsey
Prelude: That's What's Up – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Processional: I'll Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
Bride's Entrance: Somewhere over the Rainbow
Recessional: All You Need is Love – The Beatles
Postlude: Is This Love – Bob Marley
First Dance: All Over Again – Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings
Father/ Bride Dance: Let It Be – The Beatles
Mother/Groom: A Mother Like Mind – The Band Perry

You can also check out their engagement photos (Jessica, that hat is like a little piece of sunshine!)

Vendors
Brides's Dress: Maggie Sottero at Bridal Beginning | Bride's Jewelry & Accessories: Bracelets: Dylan K. Jewelry and her mom's sapphire bracelet; Belt: Handmade by the bride | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Cake: Pennie's Bake Shop | Caterer: Dr. Sous Custom Catering | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Armstrong Farms | DJ: Joel Lindsey Entertainment | Flowers: Donna Delestienne | Hair and Makeup: Pretty in Pittsburgh | Decor: Purchased by the bride and family at flea markets, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and vintage stores | Linens: Purchased by the bride | Menswear: Allure suit at American Commodore Tuxedo | Photographer: Veronica Varos Photography | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas and Minted | Videography: Mike Croneberger of Joel Lindsay Entertainment

 

 

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2015 Color of the Year Ideas

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In early December, Pantone announced the color of the year for 2015…marsala!

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I'll admit that at first I wasn't a big fan of their selection.  Pantone describes it as “robust and earthy” and cites the shade's universal appeal, drama, and sophistication as the reason for the pick.  While this cross between brown and maroon is warm and cozy and could amazingly paint a fall or winter wedding, I felt the color of the year should transcend seasons.  However, as the weeks went on, I started to see more of its red hues and less of its brown ones and marsala grew on me!  I'm not saying that I wouldn't have loved a metallic, bright, or jewel-toned selection but marsala can be really beautiful.  Imagine it paired with nude tones and light colors, such as pink, pale blue, and even sage.  On the other hand, the richness of marsala with burnt orange, mustard yellow, emerald green, and copper would be to die for.  Dare I say I like marsala?  Here are a few ideas on how you can incorporate what is perhaps my new favorite color into your big day.

Flowers
There are some really beautiful flowers that are more along the berry end of the marsala spectrum.  Try dark peonies, dahlias, calla lillies, tulips, pincushion flowers and amaranthus.  Mix in some pastels for a floral look that is just dreamy.

Signature Drink
Not only are pomegranates beautiful, but they also make for some pretty tasty beverages.  Match the color of your signature drink to the marsala theme by serving pomegranate mojitos or pomegranate vanilla sangria.

Venue and Decor
Lucky for all you marsala lovers that industrical chic is the new black.  This trendy wedding look incorporates raw, earthy, distressed, or antique elements for a look that is half modern, half vintage.  Look for a venue with lots of exposed brick, such as the Pittsburgh Opera or the New Hazlett Theater.  You can also use bricks in your decor…think table numbers, risers for food trays, or even a cake stand!

Menswear
Deck your gents out in dark red jackets, like Jaymie and Jonas did for their real Pittsburgh wedding this fall.  If you aren't that bold, check out the variety of patterns and fabrics available for neck ties, bow ties, and pocket squares at The Tie Bar.

Bridesmaids' Dresses
The Sipping Sangria dress from ModCloth brings three trends together – marsala, cut outs, and short dresses.  It's a win-win-win.  Oh, and ModCloth is a Pittsburgh-born company!  Winning x 4!

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Makeup and Hair
I love a bride who rock a bold lip on her wedding day.  Be brave with a dark shade of red on your mouth and keep the rest of your look neutral.  If you are looking for something a little less daring, opt for a vampy shade on your nails instead.  Merge two trends into one by wearing a flower crown made with some of the blooms mentioned above!

What do you think of marsala?  Did it take a while for it to warm up to you or did you love it right away?  Will you be adding it to your big day color palette?  For more marsala ideas, check out my Pinterest board!

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