Out of the Box Wedding Inspiration with a 1980s Twist

Children of the 80s, listen up!  If you loved Lisa Frank, Zack Morris, side ponytails, and neon colors, you're going to LOVE this styled shoot from some of Pittsburgh's finest wedding talent.  When tasked with using a box full of mystery ingredients to curate a wedding theme, Sandrachile and Devoted to You delivered.  And I mean in an EPIC way.  They enlisted the help of Fresh Cut Prints and Leafhopper Designs to bring this unique, throwback vibe to life.  Vibrant colors like hot pink, purple, yellow, and turquoise looked striking against black and white accents and the blank slate-ness of the shoot location – The Union Hall at Bar Marco.  With floral arrangements of varying sizes, styles, and textures, gold flatware, vegan Relish donuts garnished with fresh fruit, and confetti galore, the tablescape was playful and nostalgic.  Because 80s music is the best music, subtle nods were thrown to classic jams with record place settings and bold fonts in the paper goods.  Even the models looked the part with a custom tulle skirt made by Kata Banko Couture and bold, bold, BOLD hair and makeup by Colton DeLong.  A rad, modern twist on the favorites of my childhood, this styled shoot will leave you both inspired and longing for those good ol' days!

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Some behind the scenes pics of the killer team in action, working to bring the whole vibe to life.

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Photo by Jenni Grace Photography; From top left: Sandra of Sandrachile, Colton DeLong; Melissa of Devoted to You, Melissa of Devoted to You and Erin of Fresh Cut Prints; Sarah of Leafhopper Designs; Erin of Fresh Cut Prints

From the photographer…

In the middle of the December hecticness, I came across a post on Facebook inviting wedding vendors to participate in a contest that would put our talents to the test.  The challenge was to style a fake wedding in one week.  On top of the time constraint, we had to use the elements of a mystery box, and of course, we did not know what those elements were until receiving it.

Being the restless individual that I am, I signed up faster than light, putting together a team that I was confident would leave everything “on the field”.  Every member of the team was very talented, yet very different from each other in terms of style.  Our biggest challenge was to bring all these micro visions together cohesively, in a crunch time frame.  Despite being all different from each other, we all have one common core – we are all SUPER passionate about our crafts.  I named the team Confetti Unicorns, and together we put this styled shoot together in four days.  On March 15th, while the women of the country marched for equality, we demanded equality by doing what we do best – we styled a killer wedding.

Our mystery box had papers, acrylic tags, and confetti; we knew exactly that our inspiration would be from the late 80's and early 90’s…Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Paula Abdul, New Kids On The Block, Cindy Lauper, and Lisa Frank.  We loved this era of so many icons, but we wanted to give it a contemporary modern twist.

We incorporated colors through our vegan donuts, which were iced and decorated with bright fruits.  The bridal ensemble was a custom creation of the amazing Kata Banko Couture, who in only two days and without ever seeing the model came up with an amazing piece that included layered tulle, a statement of the early 90's, yet it was a separate, which is a current trend.  The flowers were different sizes, styles, and textures, bringing the color palette to a full swing.  The bride's hair incorporated a pop of color though extensions, and her makeup included a playful eye shadow.  Since the 80's and 90's music was an underlying vibe, we emphasized it by upcycling records as place cards and in the stationery design.

And personally, as a photographer, I wanted to emphasize beauty beyond traditional stereotypes and standards by asking a non-model couple to be my model for a day.  This couple added the perfect dose of empowerment and sexiness, which in the end made us the winners of the competition, showing everyone the incredible talent we have right here in the Burgh.

Vendors

Photography: Sandrachile | Stylist: Devoted to You | Accessories: Rosey West | Custom Dress: Kata Banko Couture | Desserts: Vegan donuts by Relish Co. | Flowers: Leafhopper Designs | Hair: Colton DeLong | Makeup: Colton DeLong | Menswear: The Groomsman Suit | Models: Kimmy Johnson and Jeffrey Robert | Neck Tie: Becoming | Shoes: Cinderella of Boston | Shoot Location: The Union Hall at Bar Marco | Stationery & Paper Goods: Fresh Cut Prints | Mystery Box Items: Curated by Color Pop Events | Contest Organizers: Catalyst Wedding Magazine | Paper Inspiration: Suite Smith Design | Acrylic Name Tags: California Lustre | Confetti: The Confetti Bar

Photography: Sandrachile | Custom Dress: Kata Banko Couture | Shoot Location: The Union Hall at Bar Marco | Stationery & Paper Goods: Fresh Cut Prints

Win Tickets to Rocked! A Couture Bridal Event from Pittsburgh Magazine

Have you marked your calendar for Rocked!?  This couture bridal event is being brought to you by Pittsburgh Magazine and it's all going down at the Rivers Club on August 17.  Think styled vignettes, the best of the city's wedding professionals, cocktails, light bites, and an evening of wedding planning with your favorite pals.  Sounds like a blast right?

Now's your chance to attend for FREE!  I've teamed up with Pittsburgh Magazine to give away a pack of five tickets to TWO lucky readers!  Keep scrolling to enter and then save the date for this wedding event that bound to be epic!

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Black & Gold Wedding Inspiration

A wedding isn't a Pittsburgh wedding unless it's a black & gold wedding, right?  But trust me when I say this…there is a right way to do black and gold, and there is a (very) wrong way to do it.  What's the right way?  THIS.  First, choose metallic gold over yellow gold.  That will lead to a chic, not kitschy, color combo.  Then, choose another shade to be your accent color.  Emerald, raspberry, blush, it doesn't really matter because black and gold are pretty much neutrals.  You can even throw in a little Kate Spade inspo with stripes, polka dots, or other geometric pattern.  Keep things sophisticated with LBDs for bridesmaids dresses, traditional tuxedos for the gents, monochromatic white florals, and lots of sparkle.  No Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates motifs here…this black and white wedding inspiration is nothing but class.  Pittsburgh done right, my friends.

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

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Win a Luxe Bridal Garter from Kata Banko Couture!

Just when I thought the wedding day accessories from Kata Banko Couture couldn't get any more beautiful, this talented designer introduced a luxe bridal garter collection.  The new items launched TODAY and they're already making my jaw drop.  Hand-sewn with delicate lace, dazzling beading, or other accoutrements, these are not your typical bridal garters.  They'll add a touch of allure and elegance to any wedding day, and Kata Banko is giving one away to a lucky Burgh Brides reader!  Keep scrolling to enter, and then see more from them in the Vendor Guide!

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Boho Circus Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

A circus inspired wedding?  THIS is the right way to do that theme!  Devoted to You and Oakwood Photo + Video are bringing you this boho styled shoot that is sure to inspire!  Bright, rich colors like turquoise, blue, yellow, orange, and marsala play center stage but are contrasted nicely against pastels and metallic gold.  Community Flower Shop crafted lush florals of beautiful red and marigold shades that caught your attention, while Fresh Cut Prints designed a stationery suite that used flowy lines and a watercolor element to bring the vibe to life.  Whimsical details such as a fabric pennant banner, vintage furniture, and antique glassware played off of a lace wedding dress, an indie head piece, colorful taper candles, and other eclectic bohemian elements beautifully.  A vignette of old fashioned carnival games proved that no one is ever too old to play, and the theme was even worked into the food with fresh donuts and a Ferris Wheel cupcake stand.  The marrying of the two concepts was so key in making this styled shoot work and these vendors totally nailed it.  This shoot is proof that an “Under the Big Top” wedding can be pulled off by even the most modern bride!

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Check out all of the behind-the-scenes footage to see how it all came to life!

From the stylist…

When Alexa and Wes from Oakwood Photo + Video approached me about doing a styled shoot and gave me their initial thoughts and ideas, I was super excited.  She said that she was envisioning a boho vintage circus vibe and wanted to know what I thought.  I do a TON of styled shoots so I’m always looking for something interesting and unique where we can really play with different elements.  So the thought of finding ways to marry these two concepts was really fun for me.

To start, we needed the perfect venue for this…one that captured both the boho and the carnival circus vibe.  Anchor Village ended up being the perfect match.  The venue has just enough open wooded space, mixed with concrete paths and interesting character, that we were able to shoot on different locations on the property to bring out both vibes and not have either one overpower the other.  When deciding on color palette, we knew we wanted to focus on bold, edgy tones with teal as the main consistent color throughout.  To play off the boho vibe, we carefully chose the dress, the style, and colors of florals, as well as the decorative items, furniture, and various hanging elements to really capture that feel.  To keep with the vintage look, we chose a wedding dress with intricate lace details and textures.  The flowy sleeves added a little boho charm to the mix.

The rich, bold tones of the florals partnered with the colored taper candles and mixed metals really made the tablescape pop.  At the same time, the paper products softened it up and brought in a little bit of that vintage circus vibe.  The canopy coupled with the hanging pendants brought a more whimsical boho feel.  To emphasize the vintage circus, we wanted to bring enough in so that you could see and feel it, but not so much that it felt like you were at a circus!  We were able to do that through the smaller details such as the copper toned ferris wheel cupcake holder, the donuts as dessert, and the vintage games.  The paper products all designed by Fresh Cut Prints also played a huge role in tying in that vintage circus feel.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Soieblu from ModCloth | Cupcakes: Pink Champagne Cupcakery | Donuts: Clark's Donuts Plus | Flowers: Community Flower Shop | Location: Anchor Village | Makeup: Dollfaced Gremlin Freelance MUA | Models: Aubrey Borowitz & Austin Kuffel | Photographer: Oakwood Photo + Video | Stationery: Fresh Cut Prints | Stylist: Devoted to You | Videography: Oakwood Photo + Video | Vintage Furniture: Oakwood Photo + Video & Devoted to You

Photographer: Oakwood Photo + Video | Stationery: Fresh Cut Prints | Videography: Oakwood Photo + Video

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Berry, Blush, & Emerald Wedding Inspiration

Ohmyword.  I may have found my new favorite wedding color combo.  Berry, blush, & emerald is IN.CRED.IBLE.  It's bold, vibrant, feminine, and vivacious.  Faint of heart brides need not apply.  This palette is for those who aren't afraid to make a statement.  That's exactly why I think you need to just go for it if you're using these shades.  Start off with an emerald invitation suite that embraces the richness of this color while adding pops of metallic gold.  Save the full scheme for the actual wedding day, dressing your maids in beautiful berry dresses that flatter all skin tones while you don a blush wedding dress since that trend seems like it's never going out of style.  Imagine the floral magic that will be your bouquets and centerpieces…peonies, garden roses, snapdragons, ranunculus, dahlias, magnolia leaves, even protea…I'm already dying just thinking about it.  I like the idea of this palette mixed with a few boho vibes…geode “escort cards” or table numbers with gold calligraphy, hammered gold flatware, and even gold trimmed terrariums to add an earthy touch.  Serve up a sparkling rose cocktail garnished with fresh raspberries and even your taste buds will be embracing these colors.  However you spin it, I am head over heels for the drama of this mix and I'm certain you will be too.

Berry, Blush, & Emerald Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: The Calm Collective via Every Last Detail; Minted; Kelsea Holder via Wonderful DIY; Candace Jeffrey Photography; Loft Calligraphy; center via Pinterest

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of berry, blush, and emerald!  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!

Fourth of July Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

Even if you aren't having a Fourth of July wedding, this styled shoot will get you prepped for next week's holiday. Red, white, and blue are the grand marshal of this inspiration parade, but they are paired together in a way that is classy, not kitschy.  That's because Julie James Design, Your Big Day, and Burgh Brides' own Lindsey Zern Photography were careful to put a modern twist on an old, patriotic favorite.  Vintage sparklers and summertime bomb pops were paired with faux wood chargers, red floral glassware, and a fun, unique centerpiece that featured taper candles and cascading ribbons for a whimsy touch.  Blue thistle and hydrangeas met deep ruby peonies, anemones, and astilbe for a gorgeous bouquet that brought a little bit of drama to the look.  Whether you're celebrating Independence Day with a backyard BBQ or a wedding, let this shoot bring some life to your party!  Happy Birthday America!

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From the designer…

We wanted to showcase a “patriotic theme” without the cliche touches you might expect.  Our goal was to show that you can take a theme that is often thought of as backyard BBQ and flip flops, and add a classy and beautiful look with unique centerpieces, vintage sparkler favors, adorable bomb pops, and more.  We added a little edge and richness to the ACE Hotel's gymnasium, which opens up to a more raw feel, with stunning faux wood chargers, a patriotic napkin fold, and cascading ribbon centerpieces.  The Fourth of July theme was shown in a whole new way.

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Bride's Dress: One Enchanted Evening | Designer: Your Big Day | Desserts: Your Big Day | Flowers: Julie James Design | Hair: Jacki DeMario | Linens: Your Big Day | Location: ACE Hotel | Photography: Lindsey Zern Photography | Videography: Kesneck Videography

Photography: Lindsey Zern Photography

A Wedding Stationery Timeline from Blush Paper Co.

Wedding stationery can be a very confusing topic.  There are a million paper options, guidelines about what fonts should be paired together, and even rules about you should and shouldn't include on your invitations.  Where is a bride to even begin making sense of all of that?  Easy.  Let's start at the beginning.  And the beginning is knowing WHEN to send all of those pretty mailings and print your day-of materials.  Blush Paper Co. to the rescue with this wedding stationery timeline that will keep you on schedule!

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From Jen of Blush Paper Co…

I created the timeline in response to the #1 question I am asked at consultations:  How are we on time?  How long will this process take?

It's incredibly helpful to have a breakdown of timelines and deadlines.  When brides book with me, we will also create a calendar together to further create deadlines, so they know exactly when to expect proofs and revisions.  It's tailored to their specific needs, so no two calendars are alike.  But in general, this guide is a great resource.  It's so helpful to know when to start the custom stationery process!   Since you're working with a live designer and having your stationery professionally printed, the timeline is a bit different than ordering from a big-box store.

AMEN!  I dare you to try and find this kind of customer service or tailoring at an online stationery printer.  While those sites have their advantages, absolutely nothing beats working with an independent stationer to design and print your wedding day paper goodies.  So check your calendar, make sure your on time with creating your paper suite, and then head on over to the Vendor Guide when you can find more from Blush Paper Co.!

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The 1 Thing You Absolutely Must Do During Your Wedding Reception

Your wedding reception will be a total BLAST!  All of your friends and family will be in the same place at the same time and it's an amazing feeling to know they're all there because of you.  There will be good food, good drinks, and plenty of entertainment.  You'll be partying and dancing with all of your guests and you will literally never want it to end.  BUT there is one thing you absolutely must do during your wedding reception!

MAKE TIME FOR SUNSET OR NIGHT TIME PORTRAITS.

It will be really hard to pull yourself away from the party, and I guarantee for a split second, you'll consider not even doing it at all.  But you MUST make time for more portraits at sunset or later!  You'll be tired, you'll be a little drunk, and you'll probably be over smiling for the camera.  But I promise you – remove yourself from the fun for 10, 15, 20 minutes and you will NOT regret it.  How do I know?  These shots right here.

Whether you head out at sunset, otherwise known as golden hour, or opt for night time when the sky is dark blue, the lighting will be absolutely gorgeous!  Your wedding album can thank me later.  But perhaps more important than the stunning images you'll be left with, a quick sunset or night time portrait session will give you some more intimate time with your new husband or wife.  Amid all of the hustle and bustle of the day, those quite moments will be few and far in between.  So if you can gain a few more of them AND get some breath taking images in the process, I'd say it's a total win-win.

Will you be devoting some time during your reception for sunset or night portraits?  Please say yes!

Ask Burgh Brides: To Veil or Not to Veil

This edition of Ask Burgh Brides is dedicated to what is quite possibly the most asked question by brides to be…

Ask Burgh Brides: To Veil or Not to Veil

Bride M writes…

I am getting married beach-side in Newport, RI.  So here is my burning (and somewhat trivial) question for you: veil or no veil?  I realize this is a preference but I keep going back and forth.  We are getting married outside on a beach, so when I purchased my dress I said no to buying a veil.  Then, the more I thought about it, the more I was like, “When in my life will I ever be able to wear a veil again??  Never.”  So, then I got on the band wagon and started looking at veils.  Turns out, like most wedding details, they are pricey.  So is a veil going to just be in the way, blowing my maid of honor in the face or, worse, hitting my groom while we say “I do?”  Or, is it a necessity because you only marry once and it really makes you feel like a bride?

Hey M!  Thanks for writing, and for addressing a question that I think SO many brides struggle with.  But let's get one thing straight first…wearing a veil doesn't make you a bride.  Or make you not a bride.  You're getting married.  Therefore, you're a bride.  Nothing is a necessity and you don't have to do anything, including wearing a veil.  The best weddings are those that are personalized and reflective of the couple and where the couple is totally comfortable and happy.  So if wearing a veil doesn't make you comfortable or happy, don't do it!

However, back to your original question…to veil or not to veil.  Personally?  I love veils.  I think they're demure and feminine and they can really add something to your bridal look.  Plus, like you said, when in your life will you ever have another opportunity to wear a veil?  Likely never.  So I'm all about seizing that opportunity.  However, it's a totally personal choice and if you don't think a veil is for you, it won't make you any less of a bride.

There are some veil choices for those brides like you who might be on the fence.  Because let's face it, not everyone can rock a cathedral length, and I tend to think they get in the way more than anything else.  Think bird cage or finger tip length.  You could also opt for a hip hair piece or fascinator instead (how very Kate Middleton of you!).  Either way, you'll be absolutely beautiful and 100% a bride!

What about you readers out there?  Will you be sporting a veil?  Why or why not?  Comment below and help a fellow Burgh Bride out!

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