Charming Styled Shoot at PointBreezeway

Remember the darling little venue I featured last month?  PointBreezeway is back and this time with a team of vendors who created a styled shoot that is so sweet and cozy I can barely stand it.  The space's character is apparent at every turn and these images showcase it beautifully.  Intimate, quaint, and anything but cookie cutter, PointBreezeway is one of my favorite off-the-beaten-path venues in Pittsburgh.  It's easy to see why.

















From Lauren of PointBreezeway…

The idea behind this photo shoot was to showcase the venue for the urban barn that it is.  All of the vendors involved agreed to let the venue speak for itself; the natural charm and cottage comfort are apparent in every photo.  Melissa from Devoted to You flawlessly coordinated this day and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my space!  Simplicity was key and she nailed it.  This collection of moments is showing every bride or groom what a home-style wedding looks like at PointBreezeway…deliciously intimate and romantic.

Chalk Art and Invitations: Kim Werner of Purple Wagon Designs | Dress: ModCloth | Event Stylist: Melissa Crawford of Devoted to You | Florist: Patrick Devlin of Community Flower Shop | Makeup and Hair: Marissa Julin | Models: Marlaina Wilamowski and Alec Bosler | Photographer: Kelly Bucklen and Adrienne Shaw of Kelly Adrienne Photography | Venue: PointBreezeway


Songs I’m Currently Loving

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

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

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

Pass the tissue, please.

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

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

Less talking.  More dancing.

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

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

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

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

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

Iconic Pittsburgh Photo Ops

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iconic Pittsburgh Photo Ops from Burgh Brides

Iconic Pittsburgh Photo Ops from Burgh Brides

Both photos above from Steven Dray Images

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

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

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

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

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