Pittsburgh Wedding Vendors Offering Thanksgiving Weekend Savings!

Start your wedding planning a little early (and save some money at the same time!) by taking advantage of these Pittsburgh wedding vendors offering Black Friday or Small Business Saturday deals!  Your wallet can thank me later!  Now I'm gonna go eat some pie…I'll see ya with some new content on Monday.

Christina Montemurro Photography

Save $200 off any wedding package booked by December 2!  Be sure to mention Burgh Brides to get the discount!

Syncopated Pictures

Save $200 off any 2018 Wedding booked by December 2!  Be sure to mention Burgh Brides to get the discount!

Sandrachile

Ready to pop the bling?  Then make sure you document the experience with professional pictures of the epic moment.  If you are planning to propose in December, this deal is for you!  Normally $350, but if you purchase NOW you'll save one hundred bucks.  Hurry!  Limited availability!  *Includes hand warmers to make sure your hands don't look purple in pictures. #JokingNotJoking

La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans

Celebrate Small Business Saturday at La Pomponnee with their Customer Sip and Shop event on Saturday, November 25.  Enjoy 20% off $100+ gift cards, champagne, sweets, and prizes!

Blush Paper Co.

They're kicking off the biggest sale of the weekend with 25% off all lifestyle goods in the Blush Paper Co. online shop! Use code BLACKFRIDAY25 to save on address stamps, mugs, make up bags and totes!  Plus, save even more by joining their email list!

 

Modern Era Weddings

Book the award-winning Tim Harris as your wedding DJ between now and December 31 and save $200!  Modern Era is also offering $300 off any videography package until December 10!  Their sister company, the Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative, is also offering $200 off any show with three or more performers!

Clarissa Boutique

Save 15% off all in-store merchandise on Small Business Saturday!

Tyler Norman Photography

Now through Cyber Monday, save 15% off any photo service with Tyler Norman Photography INCLUDING WEDDING PACKAGES!

Kristin Ryan Weddings

Save half off the standard ceremony fee!  The normal price is $250, but the deal price is $125!!  Deal runs through November 27 (Cyber Monday); couple must have made initial contact before midnight (local Pittsburgh time) on November 27, 2017 and have signed electronic contract before midnight (local Pittsburgh time) on December 2, 2017 to deal.  Contact Kristin to book!

Fresh Cut Prints

There's nothing more fun than sending holiday cards featuring your engagement or wedding photos.  In an unprecedented sale, Fresh Cut Prints is so excited to offer 25% off photo Christmas cards from November 23 – 27.  That means you could be getting completely unique and custom designs for as low as $1.65 per card!  Now that's something to be excited about!  Use the promo code BRIGHT17 at checkout to receive the discount.

Not ready with your photo yet?  Simply purchase now and send your photo when you're ready (through December 13)!

Oakwood Photo + Video

Book both photography and videography with Oakwood Photo + Video by December 8, 2017 and mention the promo code “Burgh Brides” to receive $300 off your total and a set of gift prints! Visit their website for info and to schedule your consultation!

Hello Rachel Creative

Hello Rachel Creative is currently offering 15% off your entire project if you book before November 30th!  This offer includes any save the dates, invitations, and day of paper goods you may want. It's never too early to think about your wedding stationery, especially with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season going on. Visit the website or email Rachel to get started!  Be sure to mention this offer!

Olive & Rose Events

Save 10% off any planning package PLUS choose one add-on service for free:

  • Up to 8 hours of Rehearsal Dinner Assistance
  • Up to 8 hours of Bridal Shower Assistance
  • Hotel Guest Bag Idea Generation and Delivery

Call or email and mention Burgh Brides.  Black Friday promotion expires February 28, 2018.

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel

Book your wedding at Pittsburgh's Wyndham Grand Hotel and earn 75,000 points WORTH A FREE 5 NIGHT STAY!!!  Points can be used worldwide at any Wyndham property and are perfect towards that honeymoon trip!

Heaven Sent Farms

Heaven Sent Farms is offering $500 off available dates June-August 2018 if you book before the New Year and mention Burgh Brides!  Please visit their website and contact them to schedule a tour!

Kaitlin Powell Photography

Receive *$300 off your wedding package when you book by December 31, 2017!

*Does not apply to engagement/portrait sessions.

Erin Art Design

All custom art work pieces – including canvases for your new home, hand-painted clutches to match your bridesmaids dresses, and even cool favors for your guests – are 20% off the entire month of November.  But Burgh Brides readers can save an extra 10%!

Jenni Grace Photography

Save 15% off all wedding day packages PLUS an extra $500 in product credit for weddings booked before December 15!  Also, save 20% off all destination weddings and portrait sessions booked before December 31.  And!  Save $200 off all Full Portrait Sessions booked before December 31!  Allllllll the savings.

Oh Joyful Day

Stock up on these cozy ceramic camp fire mugs from Oh Joyful Day for just $15 plus FREE shipping!  Perfect for shipping hot cocoa while snuggled up next to your love, or a great favor idea for fall weddings!!!

Leight Up Life Photography

Save $150 off any wedding package booked now through December!  Mention the “Thankful for Love” promo when booking!

Brewed 2 Burn

Use code GLOW at checkout to receive a free silver/gold 10 oz.holiday candle in their signature Winterberry Scent with the purchase of two Brewed 2 Burn Candles.  These hand-poured, all natural soy candles make for a fun wedding favor, a great way to “pop the question” to your bridal party, or just the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life!

Jessica Garda Events

Save 5% off Wedding Management Services for your 2018 wedding if you book before December 15!

Wedding Management Services include:

  • An initial meeting to go over every detail of your wedding
  • Creation and distribution of a detailed timeline for you, your party, your family, and your vendors
  • Communication with your vendors starting two weeks out
  • Rehearsal supervision and coordination
  • Delivery and set-up supervision
  • On-site supervision and coordination on your wedding day – ceremony and reception
  • Ensure wedding gifts are transported to their final destination and payments and gratuities are delivered to vendors

PLUS – Wedding Management clients will receive access to their Aisle Planner software, which includes a personalized, detailed checklist to help you along the way!

Who will be checking some things off their wedding vendor shopping list this weekend?!  Comment below and let me know which deal you'll be taking advantage of!

Weddings That Give Back: 4 Pittsburgh Nonprofits You Can Help with Your Big Day

Weddings that give back will always be cool.  Whether it's partnering with a sustainable caterer, hosting your celebration at a venue with green practices, sourcing everything locally, or even asking that guests not wrap their gifts, there are lots of ways your wedding can help to change the world for the better.  But because I love Pittsburgh so much, my favorite is when couples find ways to give back to their own community.  There are countless locally based non-profit organizations who would absolutely love to partner with you  Here are four of my favorites!

412 Food Rescue

According to 412 Food Rescue's website, forty percent of the food produced globally goes to waste.  This sickening statistic doesn't have to include your wedding menu though.  With 1 in 7 people going hungry, 412 Food Rescue aims to end food waste while simultaneously ending hunger.  Among other programs, the group works with local restaurants, groceries, and other retailers to collect surplus food and deliver it to nonprofits who serve those who are food insecure.  Rather than ending up in the landfill, this perfectly good food can go to people who need it instead.  After appetizers has been passed, dinner has been served, and the cookie table has been raided, the leftover food from your wedding can help to fill up some bellies, while your generosity can help to fill up some hearts.

Brides/grooms can decide to donate their extra food, providing it has been prepared in a commercial kitchen.  It is best for couples to contact us as early as possible so we can connect with caterers to maximize the amount of leftovers that is appropriate for a donation.  We will provide signage for wedding festivities so guests know that the couple is promoting sustainability and the end of hunger as part of their celebration.  Additionally, rather than using completely floral centerpieces or decorations, some couples opt for edible, seasonable decorations that include fruit, gourds, nuts, or herbs.  Guests can be encouraged to bring a healthy nonperishable pantry item like rice, broth, beans, flour, or spices (which are very difficult to obtain for many food insecure families).  Lastly, monetary donations directly support our operational and programmatic efforts to #endhunger and #endfoodwaste in Pittsburgh.

If brides and grooms believe that all people deserve direct access to fresh and healthy food, then they should partner with 412 Food Rescue.  As new couples begin their journey together, we encourage them to start giving back to their communities and support neighbors in need, who may be families that struggle with food insecurity.  Furthermore, many of our Food Rescue Heroes are young families who seek to instill these community-centered values within their children and themselves.

– Becca Sufrin, 412 Food Rescue

Weddings That Give Back: 4 Pittsburgh Nonprofits You Can Help with Your Big Day

Mercedes, one of the 412 Food Rescue Heroes, and her daughter

Centerpieces 4 Seniors

Ever wonder what happens to the flowers and centerpieces after a wedding?  Sadly, they usually end up in the trash.  Upon realizing this, Kelli Burns and Rose Davidson started Centerpieces 4 Seniors in 2015.  Their pair collects leftover floral arrangements, repurposes them, and then delivers the blooms to local nursing homes and senior care facilities.  The impact is two fold: the flowers get a second life and the lives of seniors are brightened by this simple act of kindness.  Burns and Davidson work out of Davidson's Mt. Lebanon garage, rearranging centerpieces and getting them ready for a new home the day after the wedding.  With the help of many volunteers, as many as 125 new arrangements are created in any given weekend.  That's 125 smiles on faces.  And if that doesn't put one on yours, I don't know what will.

We are now in our third year of making a difference in seniors' lives.  The repurposed centerpieces are delivered to local nursing homes to bring happiness and cheer to the residents and caregivers.  We share small details of the fun event and residents begin to connect with pleasurable memories from their past.  Seeing seniors smile as they talk about the centerpieces and enjoy their dining tables keeps the party going!


  
Let us know if you have an event and are willing to join us in brightening the lives of seniors.  Donated centerpieces will be picked up from your event and delivered by friends of Centerpieces 4 Seniors!

– Kelli Burns, Centerpieces 4 Seniors

Weddings That Give Back: 4 Pittsburgh Nonprofits You Can Help with Your Big Day

Kelli Burns (left) is also a local wedding DJ (and a great one at that)!

Beverly's Birthdays

Weddings are a celebration, and each anniversary can be thought of as a “birthday” of the big day!  Sadly, not everyone gets to experience the child-like joy of celebrating a birthday though.  Beverly's Birthdays was started when a young girl shared with the organization's founder the fact that she had never had her own birthday party or had a piece of her own birthday cake.  Over six years later, the nonprofit has created over 25,000 birthday celebrations for children experiencing homelessness and families in need.  No child should ever feel forgotten on their birthday, and this group works to ensure that through gifts, parties, and even their Classroom Cheer Program, which supports teachers working with at-risk youth populations.  While your wedding might be your own special day, you can use it to spread some birthday cheer and guarantee local kids have their own special day too.

Living with the chronic stress that comes from a housing crisis can be crippling, but your gift will be a break from that stress to just smile, laugh, and create family memories that will last a lifetime.  People can get involved by visiting our website and signing up to volunteer.  Another idea that a few brides and grooms have done is to make a donation to Beverly's Birthdays in lieu of wedding favors.  Additionally, couples could collect birthday presents, which would then be gifted to the children we work with.  The couples that get into it have done amazing jobs!

– Josh Whiteside, Beverly's Birthdays

Weddings That Give Back: 4 Pittsburgh Nonprofits You Can Help with Your Big Day

Some of the smiles created thanks to the celebrations hosted by Beverly's Birthdays

Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue

As the dog mom to a 150 lb Cane Corso mastiff, this organization is near and dear to my very own heart.  Gentle Ben's is dedicated to rescuing, fostering, and placing large breed dogs, such as Newfoundlands, St. Bernards, and Mastiffs.  As the NPO's name would suggest, these pups are giant – but gentle.  However, given their sheer size and the responsibility that comes along with it, they likely wouldn't be adopted if they were in a typical shelter.  Noreen Kohl and her late husband made it their mission to ensure these dogs are not forgotten; that they get the socialization, training, and medical treatment they need; and ultimately that they find their forever home.  If you love dogs (especially big ones) as much as I do, you'll feel so good about helping them out.

Brides/grooms can work with us in many ways!  They can ask their guests to bring an item which can be donated to Gentle Ben's.  We can always use leashes, collars, toys, beds, etc.  Monetary donations go towards vetting, food, and especially the very expensive surgeries some of the dogs require.  One of our current rescues – Harley, a fourth month old mastiff – was very sick when he came to us and spent several days in the hospital.  He will also require a life-saving surgery in a few months, which will be thousands of dollars.  We have helped so many families who need to find a new home for their dog for one reason or another, many times at no fault of their own.  When we take in their dog, they become part of our family.  I will keep their original family updated with photos and emails.  This gives them peace of mind so that they can focus on getting their lives back in order.

– Noreen Kohl, Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue

Weddings That Give Back: 4 Pittsburgh Nonprofits You Can Help with Your Big Day

Some of the many dogs at the Kohl's Zelienople home, which doubles as Gentle Ben's Giant Breed Rescue

Do you have a local NPO that is special to you?  Are you giving back to them through your wedding festivities?  Comment below and tell me about the organization and how you're helping!

Burgh Brides Bash is Goin’ Down November 30!

Have you heard the good news?  The annual Burgh Brides Bash is taking place on November 30 and you're all invited!

Join us for an evening of sips, snacks, sweets, and socializing with fellow Pittsburgh wedding lovers.  We'll toast to the past year and say “Cheers!” to whatever 2018 has in store for us.  It's going to be SO MUCH FUN!

Get full details and ticket information!

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Poppy Events

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Versatile Vintage Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

While vintage rentals aren't new to the wedding world, this styled shoot will have you thinking about them a little bit differently.  In order to showcase the versatility of antiques and old world pieces, Leight Up Life and her team of vendors designed three vignettes using the same vintage finds: a screen, a card catalog, and barrels, all from Copper & Sage.  From a stunning ceremony set up to a lively cocktail reception to a whimsical dessert display, each piece made an appearance in each scenario and was styled to perfection.  Colorful and dramatic florals from Leafhopper Designs accented each display while watercolor hand-lettered stationery courtesy of Oh Joyful Day added a personal touch.  Mixed with Loved added her special touch to the dessert display with yummy looking cupcakes and a multi-tiered confection.  While each vignette was unique in it's own way, they all fit in perfectly with the surroundings at Pinehall Farms, the shoot's location.  A little bit rustic, a little bit antique chic, and a little bit playful, this styled shoot will inspire you to weave a vintage vibe throughout all aspects of your big day!

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If you thought that was fun, wait until you see the moving footage from Traveling Heart Productions of how everything came together!

From the photographer…

Nowadays vintage goods are making a comeback in a new, fun way.  It's so amazing to see them placed at a wedding day!  This styled shoot was based around three unique vintage pieces: a screen, a card catalog, and barrels.

The options are truly endless with them and we wanted to offer some fun inspiration on how they can be utilized throughout the day.  With each piece, we have styled them specifically for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception by using all of the same simple details.

Bringing in the rustic colors was really important as our inspiration behind this styled shoot was our great location at Pinehall Farms and it's vintage rustic red barn.

We felt like we put three different weddings together in one day!  It was a true labor of love and life.  Most styled shoots feature a couple or models and we really wanted to focus on the details to bring couples a unique perspective, one that they could truly implement into their own special day.  We hope you feel inspired to create something all your own with these three vintage pieces!

Vendors

Decor & Rentals: Copper & Sage Vintage Rental Co. | Desserts: Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. | Flowers: Leafhopper Designs | Photography: Leight Up Life | Shoot Location: Pinehall Farms | Stationery: Oh Joyful Day | Videography: Traveling Heart Productions

Videography: Traveling Heart Productions

Favorite Wedding Favor Ideas: Unique Ways to Thank Your Guests

Since November is the month of giving thanks, I was inspired to share some of my favorite wedding favor ideas!  If I'm being perfectly honest with you, I have a love/hate relationship with favors.  While I do think it's very important to acknowledge and publicly thank your friends and family for attending and celebrating your marriage, unless they're done right, wedding favors can be a total waste.  The trick is to go with something edible, useful, charitable, or otherwise super unique.  Skip the dumb tchotchkes that no one will remember (and that will likely be left on the table at the end of the night) and go with one of these ideas instead!

A Donation

Rather than giving people more “stuff”, do some good with your wedding favor dollars.  If there is a non-profit that is near and dear to your heart, make a donation in the name of your guests.  Animal welfare, disease research, or even your local women's shelter…it doesn't matter the cause; just find one that resonates the most with you.  Because weddings that give back will NEVER go out of style.

A Double Duty Escort Card/Favor

Why spend more money than you have to?  Opt for something that can play double duty as both an escort card AND a wedding favor!  Pick it up open arrival, take it home at the end of the night…and get more mileage out of your wedding budget at the same time.  I love the idea of choosing your drinking glass for the evening and then adding it to your own at-home collection, as done by a recent couple at PointBreezeway.

The best take I've seen on this double duty idea is when guests were invited to “Please Be Seeded” with a packet of seeds to plan in their own garden!

Home Brew

If you're the type who makes their own brewski, bottle up a big batch for your guests!  They'll love the homemade nature of this and you can personalize it even more with a custom label.  Nick and Lisa – the duo behind So Fresh Films – did this at their wedding a few years ago!  Hey, if it's good enough for a wedding vendor (who has literally seen it all), it's good enough for you too!

Anything Edible

If your guests are anything like me, they love to eat.  I'd never turn down a free treat, so get some to-go containers and let that Pittsburgh cookie table serve as your favor.

Or infuse some hometown flavor into your day by gifting a treat from your favorite local food maker or provider!  Either way, you'll guests' taste buds will thank you.

Or Drinkable!

Beer isn't the only kind of beverage that can act as a wedding favor.  Pass out some grounds of your favorite coffee to brew up some love at your reception.

Coffee not really your thing?  Individual cans of tea leaves make for a great giveaway too!

Something Useful

If you are going for a tangible favor, make sure it's at least something people are going to actually use.  From all of the weddings I've attended in the past, the only favor that you'll still find in my cupboards to this day are pint glasses.  Why?  Because I break them often and always seem to need one.

Another idea is the mini cast iron skillets given out at this classic but unique wedding.  Perfect for making all sorts of things!

Something that Speaks to Your Heritage

Infuse your history into your wedding day with a favor that speaks to your heritage.  The groom of this wedding was from Kazakhstan, where the yurt is a common type of housing.  As a subtle nod to his background, guests were treated to tiny, colorful yurts which were filled with chocolates.  Blend modern day with old world with a unique idea reflecting your own background!

Plants or Flowers

Say thank you and help the environment at the same time by gifting something that will grow on long after the wedding day.  Tree seedlings (like those given out at Whitling Photography's own wedding), fresh herbs, or even a Build-Your-Own Floral Bouquet bar all make excellent, earth-friendly favor ideas!

Something from the Heart

The ultimate wedding favor idea is something from the heart.  If you're crafty or are down with making something with your hands, set out to create something special for each of your guests.  It can be as simple as coasters made from old vinyls, or homemade soy candles.

Or it can be something much more elaborate.  These beautiful mugs were hand-thrown by the bride and added an artistic DIY touch to the day.

When jewelry-maker Heather wedded Jeremy Ganss, ladies were treated to earrings and men to engraved money clips, both made by the bride herself!  Absolutely LOVE ideas like these!

How will you be thanking your guests?  Are you going with a tangible favor or some other idea?  Comment below!

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List

Forget Napa.  A Sonoma wine country honeymoon is the way to go.  Very much the road less traveled, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Sonoma.  Less touristy, less expensive, and slower-paced than Napa, Sonoma is peaceful and serene yet it can still provide that full wine country experience.  Romantic tastings, adventurous activities, and world class luxury with a small town feel, there is something for everyone in Sonoma.  So I say head there instead!  Take a look at my ultimate Sonoma wine country honeymoon bucket list and start planning your post-wedding getaway!

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

Skip the Chain Hotel

With a plethora of bed and breakfasts ranging from quaint to luxurious, I say shop small when it comes to accommodations.  Staying at a B&B comes with so many more perks – you’ll feel more pampered while still getting that privacy you’re longing for.  Plus, hello home cooked breakfast!  And because you’re in wine country, most feature a tasting and/or cheese pairing reception nightly.  My personal favorite home-away-from-home is Camellia Inn.

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

What was once the first hospital in Healdsburg is now a small but mighty B&B within walking distance of many attractions.  Owner Lucy is a sweet-as-pie innkeeper who treats each guest like family.  However, it was the bed and sheets that made my stay worthy of penny.  BEST.  NIGHT'S.  SLEEP.  OF.  MY.  LIFE.

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

Purchase a Wine Pass

Available through The Wine Road, this $30 pass will allow you a free tasting at any of 60+ wineries.  It’s a great way to check out many of Sonoma county’s delicious sips while saving a buck.  If you were to go at it on your own, most tastings range from $8 to as high as $55.  It doesn’t take a math genius to realize the wine pass will easily pay for itself.  And don’t think that it only includes sub-par wineries either.  You’ll find such recognizable names as Clos du Bois, Kendell-Jackson, and Korbel, to name just a few.  Make your rounds on Sonoma County with this tasting pass to a sampler’s paradise!

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

Hire a Driver

All those wine tastings can take a toll on your sobriety, and a DUI is never worth it.  Stay safe and hire a driver for the day.  The expense will not only ensure that you don’t break the law, but it will also allow you to sit back and enjoy the day.  While someone else navigates the road, you can relax and revel in the beauty outside your window.  And if you want a driver who is knowledgeable, helpful, and always up for an adventure, I recommend Aaron of Healdsburg Vino Tours.  Dude knows his way around the vineyards.  Oh, and if you’re thinking you’ll just call a Uber….yeah….ummm, not likely.  Not only are there not many drivers in the area, but you likely won’t get services in the valley either.  That’s where having a personal driver comes in the most handy!

Treat Yo Self

After the craziness of the wedding, you’ll be in desperate need of some personal TLC.  Relieve some of that stress and work off those post-wedding blues with a few spa treatments.  The Spa at Hotel Healdsburg offers head to toe services that will have you feeling like a new person in no time.  Try the oxygenating facial to keep that bridal glow long after the honeymoon, or a side-by-side Himalayan salt stone massage in the couple’s suite.  Afterwards, take advantage of their outdoor pool and jacuzzi, complete with water-side beverage service.  Because nothing says luxury quite like a glass of prosecco while basking in the California sunshine.

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

Hit the Skies

If you thought the area was pretty from the ground, just wait until you see it from the air.  Wake up early and face your fear of heights with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Sonoma wine country courtesy of Up & Away Ballooning.  You’ll soar over lush vineyards, rolling foothills, and skyscraping redwoods.  Talk about breathtaking.  In that basket sipping champagne in the sky, you’ll feel like you’re in your own little world of two.  I can’t think of anything more romantic post wedding day.

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

Take a Romantic Stroll

If you blink while driving through “downtown” Healdsburg (the keystone town of Sonoma wine country), you’ll miss it.  It’s small but this little wine town has a lot to offer.  It is very much a walking town and the main drag is full of cute boutiques, inviting tasting rooms, and yummy cafes.  Spend a few lazy hours meandering through the adorable streets and you’ll find yourself plenty entertained.  Whether its window shopping, wine sipping or even restaurant hopping, spend some quiet time together, holding hands and taking in all Healdsburg has to offer.

Eat More Sugar

Now that the wedding is over, you don’t need to worry about fitting into that dress, which means you can go back to indulging in delicious treats.  Moustache Baked Goods can help you overcome that sugar craving.  Cupcakes (try the banana brown butter chocolate!), macarons, whoopie pies and more grace their display cases, making choosing just one very difficult.  If cold desserts are more your thing, visit their close-by sister shop Noble Folk.  Featuring locally sourced ice cream, it’s a great way to beat the California heat.  For an even bigger treat, try their homemade pies.  Or go all crazy and opt for an a la mode slice to combine the best of both worlds.

Spend Some Time with Nature

You can’t go to northern California and not partake in some outdoor activities.  Whether it’s heading to a near by national forest to be impressed by the redwoods, renting a canoe and hitting the water, or riding bikes and taking in the scenery of the valley, make some time for nature during your stay.  There is an outdoor adventure for everyone and every skill level.  The weather is gorgeous pretty much all year round and you’ll be in awe at how beautiful this earth really is.  Plus, you’ll need to do something to work off all of those wine calories.

The Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List from Burgh Brides

So what do you say…have I totally sold you on a Sonoma wine country honeymoon yet?  Comment below and tell me if you've ever been there and what you loved most about it!  I'm already planning our return trip!!!

While this post was sponsored by The Wine Road, all opinions, insight, and recommendations are my own.

Burnt Orange & Dark Teal Wedding Inspiration

Future fall brides, this one's for you!  Looking for a way to bring the colors of the season alive on your wedding day without screaming “FALL WEDDING”?  How about this burnt orange and dark teal wedding color palette for ya?  I am obsessed with this dramatic shade of peacock.  It's moody, a little edgy, and reminds me of rich jewel tones.  When you pair it with burnt orange, it's absolutely perfect for fall.  But in order to keep the look far from kitschy, #justsayno to the pumpkins.  As much as I love them, they'll make your wedding look theme-y and no one wants that.  Instead, bring that orange alive with flowers.  Zinias, ranunculus, dahlias, and even spider mums (you know…if you really want fall) all look amazing when paired with succulents, seeded eucalyptus, and even blue thistle for that touch of teal.  Because this combo speaks to a boho vibe, let those florals play centerstage with lush arrangements and dripping bouquets.  Accent your day with metallic detailing in the way of gold foil invitations, vintage brass candle holders, and hammered flatware on the tables.  Want to bring this color to your bridal party?  Think dark teal and black tuxedos for your guys and the same shade of green for your girls.  I may have found a new favorite palette for fall weddings because this one is earthy, autumnal, and oh-so-happy!

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of burnt orange and dark teal!  What do you like about this combo?  Are you using any of these colors in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

Savage Romantic Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

When some of Pittsburgh's finest wedding vendors ventured into the woods for this romantic wedding inspired styled shoot, literal magic happened.  Inspired by the juxtaposition between a forest floor of dead leaves and crisp branches with green foliage, a vast blue sky, and a shining sun, the team went to work.  Lush florals, copper, and soft fabrics against wooden elements created a organic look that could easily be recreated in any wedding venue.  Varying textures, styles, and colors were mixed together in an eclectic yet refined way, and the result is one that is sure to inspire.  The vibe is made so believable by Emily and Vance, the models who are a real life husband and wife duo.  Love exudes from these two and it's easy to be moved by both the photos from Veronica Varos Photography and video footage from Pictory Productions.  If you don't find your heart racing, you might want to check your pulse.

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Take a few moments to watch the video footage from Pictory Productions!  Soooooo incredible!

So what inspired the shoot?  Here are a few of the talented vendors to tell you just that!

From Veronica of Veronica Varos Photography…

My inspiration for this styled photo shoot came from my love of the forest, specifically the look and feel of the forest on a bright sunny day.  When you’re in the thick of the trees, the ground is covered in dead branches and crushed leaves.  There’s a darkness to it – a moodiness.  But, when you look up into the canopy of the trees, you see bright colors, lush greens, and animals happily jumping from limb to limb.  The sun shines through the leaves and everything is beautiful, light, and airy.  It feels alive.  The darkness from the forest floor and the light and airy feeling from the canopy above mix together to create a magical, relaxing, and comforting feeling when you walk through a forest.  This feeling – this incredibly powerful feeling of warmth and magic – was exactly what we tried to recreate with this shoot.

This styled elopement featured a real-life married couple made up of an actor, Emily, and an acting coach, Vance.  Their genuine love for one another shines through in each and every photograph.  Just try to look through the images or watch the video without feeling moved by their love.

From Erin of Glitter & Grit…

For this shoot, I wanted to select dresses that would really let all of the other details shine through; the location, flowers, hair and makeup, and even Emily herself were all too perfect to overpower with dresses.  But opting for a simple dress doesn't have to mean that it's boring!  The romantic movement in the layers of chiffon in the Judy dress by TULLE New York, the flattering pattern detail in Rebecca Schoneveld's crochet Fallon, and the off-the-shoulder perfection of the Daughter's of Simone Casablanca all prove this flawlessly.

From Carmel and Ashley of Mt. Lebanon Floral…

The shoot inspired us to look beyond our everyday flowers.  Our inspiration came from the H0lland Auction list of florals available to us here in the states.  We scrolled through and just couldn't stop once we started with the amazing variety of hydrangeas, tulips, astrantia, protea, lilies, eremerus, globe allium, roses, garlic snipes, vibernum berries, pink baby's breath, curcuma, ferns, foliages, and so much more.  We sourced many things locally as well, like the foxglove, poke weed, smoke bush, hanging amaranthus, sweet peas, millet, and peonies.  Once on-site, we scoured the property to make the flowers seem just picked from the area with mosses, oak and hemlock branches, and ferns.  We created five bouquets, each with its own color palette that really showcased the dresses.  A coordinating hair piece was created with feathers, metal angel wings, and vines.  To achieve the cohesiveness of bringing the cooper look into the shoot and having the florals make sense, we used footed metal bowls, angle wing candle sticks, mercury glass votives, and lanterns.

Vendors

Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Bride's Styling: Erin Szymanski of Glitter & Grit | Cake: Bella Christie | Coordination: Bliss Events Ltd. | Cuffs: ModEvil Studio | Dresses: Tulle NYDaughters of Simone, and Rebecca Schoneveld from Glitter & Grit | Fabrics & Candles: Silk and Willow | Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Groom's Shoes: Timberland | Hair & Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty | Invitations & Menus: Parris Chic Boutique | Men's Designers: Life/After/DenimDescendant of Thieves, and Original Penguin | Models: Emily ShafferVance Barber, and Margot the pup | Necklaces & Bracelets: Studebaker Metals | Photography: Veronica Varos Photography | Shoe Stylist: Lauren Khan | Table & Chairs: Found + Made Co. | Rings: Frost Finery | Video: Pictory Productions

Navy Blue & Plum Wedding Inspiration

I've been loving on navy blue a lot recently.  It wasn't until I thought to pair it with a deep shade of purple that I got all kinds of pretty overload.  This navy blue and plum wedding inspiration will hopefully have you feeling the same way.  While dark blue serves as a neutral, plum gives the combo a little extra oomph.  Both colors are warm, rich, and dramatic, and can be styled to fit a variety of wedding day looks.  Imagine your gents in navy blue suits (very hip right now!) and your girls in plum dresses.  Or give the guys a more classic look with gray tuxes and allow the navy/plum combo to come alive in their ties and other accessories.  Your bridesmaids could then don navy dresses while carrying dark purple florals.  Think dahlias and calla lilies in shades of plum, and blue thistle for the other half of this palette.  While navy and plum is a gorgeous mix, it can edge on becoming a bit too dark.  That's why I say throw in another shade.  Use neutrals like ivory or taupe to lighten things up or shades of chartreuse green or pink for pops of bright.  Any way you style it, navy and plum is a winning combination!

Navy Blue & Plum Wedding Inspriation from Burgh Brides

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Check out my Pinterest board for even more navy blue and plum wedding inspiration!  Then tell me what you think of this pretty palette.  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

A Pop Up Wedding: 6 Ways to Tell if It’s for You

If you’re on the fence about having a pop up wedding, today’s post is for you.  This new, trendy wedding alternative – being brought to you locally by The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Company – has recently become all the rage among contemporary couples looking for a twist on the old wedding favorites.  What’s a pop up wedding, you ask?. It’s a non-traditional, fun, care-free, stress-free wedding in a theoretical box.  It consists of a 90-minute, all-inclusive ceremony and celebration for a small group of guests, and includes a unique venue location, flowers, photographer, officiant, music, cake, a styled set, etc. etc. etc.. But how to tell if this idea is for you?. Read on, my friends, read on.

1.) If you want to get married but don’t want to spend a million dollars.

One price.  All inclusive.  Wam bam thank you ma’am.  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding includes everything from a bouquet to a small cake to the venue to a photographer and even someone to perform the ceremony, all at an affordable price.  The average cost of a wedding has soared to over $35k.  Why go into all of that debt when you can literally spend a fraction of that amount and still have an awesome day?!

2.) If you want to get married but don’t want to do any of the work.

Planning a wedding can be exhaaaaaaausting.  Not to mention totally overwhelming.  Don’t want to spend all of that effort on just one day?  There’s an easy solution – let someone else do it for you.  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding arranges e.v.e.r.y.thing.  You literally just need to show up.

3.) If you want to get married but want to keep it small.

Can’t imagine a 300 person wedding?  Me neither.  If you want to keep your day intimate, consider a pop up wedding.  Limited to 20 guests, the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding ensures that you share your wedding with only your nearest and dearest…not those third cousins twice removed whom you haven’t seen in ten years or that creepy family friend whose name you always forget.

4.) If you want to get married and FAST.

Harry Burns said it best with, “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”  (Name that movie!)  You’re in love, you’re engaged, why wait?  While the average proposal lasts 12 – 18 months, pop up weddings are planned with only a few weeks or months’ notice.  Whatever your reason for not wanting to wait, the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding could be your answer!

5.) If you want to get married but don’t know where to begin with styling a wedding.

Don’t you worry about a thing, girl!  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding takes care of that too.  Conveniently, it’s the sister company of Vintage Alley Rentals, a local biz specializing in antique, boho, and whimsical furniture and décor rental pieces.  They bring their truck full of goodies and make sure that the venue looks picture perfect.  There might even be a surprise or two!

6.) If you want to get married and want do something totally unique!

Long gone are the days of cookie cutter weddings.  Give your family and friends (and yourself!) something to remember by thinking totally outside the box.  Hydrangea centerpieces?  I’ve seen ‘em a million times.  Sparkler exits?  Pretty, but over it.  Ballroom wedding?  They’ll always be popular but I long for a new flavor.  But a pop up wedding?  Now THAT’S unique!

So what do ya say?  If you answered YES to any of the above questions, you might want to consider the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding.  They’ve got two amazing pop ups coming up – the traditional Pop Up Wedding on October 27 at the Pump House and a holiday Pop Up Wedding on December 29 at the Allegheny County Courthouse.  Give them a ring for a free consultation!