Surprise Rooftop Proposal at Hotel Monaco: Jess & Jacob

When it comes to proposals, some guys like to go big or go home.  When Jacob decided to pop the question to Jess, he wanted something uber romantic.  To help with all of the details, he enlisted the help of Exhale Events, who then had 48 hours to put together a team of A+ vendors, design the perfect proposal set up, and execute it flawlessly for the couple.  Hotel Monaco's Rialto Suite rooftop provided a backdrop of the city while Jacob dropped to one knee under a floral arch made of vintage ladders from Vintage Alley Rentals, fresh greenery and flowers from Sapphire & Lace Design, calligraphy wooden signs, and twinkling candlelight.  After saying YES and a mini photo shoot with Abbie Tyler Photography, the couple celebrated with their family and friends.  If this isn't the most romantic way to start an engagement, I don't know what is.  Congrats to the bride and groom to be!

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From the proposal planner…

According to Jacob, this modern day romance began when the pair matched on Tinder.  He was finishing his residency in Pittsburgh and getting ready to make a move to South Carolina, so he was a bit apprehensive to reach out, knowing he had to leave soon.  However, something told him that he had to meet her, so he decided to throw all caution to the wind.  After dating Jessica for a few weeks, Jacob decided to cancel his move to remain in Pittsburgh.  As he recalls, “one of my friends said that if you meet a girl from Pittsburgh and fall in love, you’re likely to never leave the Burgh.”

For the proposal, Jacob wanted something very romantic, but the details were up to us given the 48 hour time frame we had to work with.  His only real request was that he wanted “Crash into Me” by Dave Matthews Band playing when he proposed.  We were able to catch a bit of the proposal from our hiding spot and it brought a little tear to our eyes. You can tell how much Jacob loves her just from the way he looks at her.

After the couple got engaged and did a mini photo shoot with Abbie, Jacob had a private dinner prepared for Jessica.  Little did she know, she was in for one more surprise.  All of their closest friends came to celebrate that evening in the hotel suite.  There was champagne flowing and appetizers shared on that gorgeous summer night.  A perfect cap to a romantic evening.

Vendors

Catering & Desserts: Hotel Monaco | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Lighting: Pittsburgh Wedding Rentals | Location: Hotel Monaco | Photography: Abbie Tyler Photography | Proposal Planner: Exhale Events | Signs: Twenty Sixth and Sketch | Vintage Ladder Arch: Vintage Alley Rentals

Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Proposal Planner: Exhale Events | Vintage Ladder Arch: Vintage Alley Rentals

10 Wedding Planning Mistakes Not to Make!

If you have never planned a wedding before (and really…who, besides a wedding planner, has?), you may not know where to start, what to expect, what to do, or more importantly, what not to do.  For those that don’t know any better, the walk down the aisle is littered with missteps.  To save you from experiencing wedding regret, I put together a list of 10 wedding planning mistakes brides and grooms commonly make.  Consider yourself warned (and adjust accordingly if there is still time!).   

10 Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid from Burgh Brides

1.) Assuming DIY is cheaper

It isn’t always!  By the time you buy the materials and tools needed, a project may end up costing you just as much, or perhaps even more, than a professional would have.  Also, ask yourself what your time is worth.  If you spend 30 hours DIYing something in order to save $50, is it really time well spent?  Me thinks not.   

2.) Or DIYing too much

Hey, I love a good DIY wedding as much as anyone.  But like all good things, DIY is best in moderation.  Doing it yourself can be stressful, expensive (see above), and it doesn’t always turn out as planned.  Pick and choose your DIY projects carefully so as to not totally stress yourself out.  Then, leave the rest to the pros. 

3.) Not hiring a day-of coordinator

I know some people will disagree with me.  That’s fine.  But I will politely argue that a day-of wedding coordinator is worth every.single.penny.  You don’t want to spend the morning of your big day putting the proverbial icing on your wedding cake (that’s a metaphor, people).  You want to be relaxing with your ladies, getting pampered, and soaking in every moment…not decorating tables, worrying about whether the DJ has shown up yet, or Googling “How to pin on a boutonniere”.  Hiring a coordinator actually lets you be a bride!  A full coordinator can even help you with the design process, mapping out the day’s timeline, and perhaps even save money!   

4.) Not allotting enough time for getting ready, receiving line, family photos, etc.

These things take waaaaaay longer than you think.  Putting on your dress, shoes, jewelry, garter, and other pieces can easily take 30 minutes – even longer if you have a corset or button back.  A receiving line for 150 people is another 30 – 45 minutes (literally everyone will want to hug you!)  And family photos really can’t be accomplished in 5 minutes unless your photographer is a wizard.  Running over on one aspect pushes the entire day back or will force you to shorten others.  Ask your vendors how much time to allot for the big moments and then keep a watch handy (sounds like a good job for the best man)!   

5.) Allowing your day to become someone else’s day (i.e. not setting boundaries).

A wedding day never belongs to just the engaged couple.  It's also a special day for the parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.  It's really fantastic when those other folks want to be heavily involved in the planning process, but you have to know where to draw the line.  Don't allow yourself to be pressured into making decisions that don't reflect you and your fiance.  At times, you might need to stand your ground and be firm, but it's better than feeling like your wedding is no longer under your control.

6.) Not being flexible with dates, vendor selection, etc.

If you have your heart set on a certain date, venue, or photographer, act fast.  Otherwise, you could be disappointed when your favorites are already booked.  With that being said, try to also be flexible.  Is there another date you could choose?  There are so many talented vendors in this area that you’re bound to find another that you love just as much.  Be flexible and go with the flow.  Which brings me to my next point… 

7.) Expecting perfection

I hate to break it to you but it’s not going to happen.  Something will go wrong.  Maybe it will be something small or maybe it will be kind of a big deal.  But it’s how you react to it that matters.  In the end, you’ll still be married to the love of your life!  NOTHING will change that…not even mismatched napkins, no-show guests, or a little rain.  Take this minute to accept the fact that there will be some hiccups.  Now move on!   

8.) Not creating cohesion

Your wedding should have common threads woven through all aspects of it.  This is usually what people mean when they refer to your wedding theme or style.  Haphazardly pieced-together elements can leave your guests wondering what look you were going for.  Settle on a style that best matches your personality and your venue and stick with it.  Don’t overload your guests (and your photos) with too many different looks no matter what becomes popular on Pinterest! 

9.) Not doing your research

Do your homework, people.  Those of you who have never planned a wedding will likely be floored at what some things cost.  I’m not saying things are overpriced but that’s just the reality of the industry.  Knowing the average cost of a caterer, florist, DJ, photographer, etc. will help you determine an appropriate budget and save you from experiencing sticker shock later.   

10.) Not being nice

In my opinion, the number one, worst mistake you can make is not being a kind, gracious, glowing bride.  No one wants to deal with a crazy person.  Don’t be that girl!  Revisit my tips on how to be the best bride you can be!   

Any former Burgh Brides out there willing to admit some of the mistakes they made?  What lessons did you learn while planning your wedding?  Anything you wish you would have known ahead of time or done differently?  Comment below! 

10 Things You’ll Learn When You Get Engaged

Believe it or not, there are a few things you'll learn when you get engaged.  Whether you’ve been engaged for a few weeks, a few months, or even a few years, I’m sure that preparing for marriage and planning a wedding have taught you a few lessons.  Who knew an engagement ring came along with such a learning curve?  Prepared to be schooled because here are 10 things you’ll learn when you say YES!

Whether or not it was the proposal you thought it was going to be, it was perfect in its own way.

Maybe you dreamed of a big, public proposal with all of the bells and whistles but instead got a quiet, heartfelt moment at home.  Maybe something crazy happened, the ring was dropped, and you had to look for it on your hands and knees.  However your proposal went down, I’m willing to bet good money that it was still pretty awesome.

The questions start the minute you get engaged.  And they don’t ever stop.

When’s the big day?  What are your colors?  What kind of dress are you going to wear?  WHEN ARE YOU HAVING KIDS?  Omg the interrogations.  Meanwhile you’ve been engaged for a hot minute and literally haven’t thought of any of this yet.  People mean well but it can be sooooo annoying.  Just smile, bite your tongue, try to be polite, and then scream internally.

People can be rude.

Hellooooo the question about having kids!  Remember that opinions are like belly buttons; everyone has one.  And unfortunately, some people feel it’s ok to voice theirs when it comes to your engagement.  You’ll hear all kinds of thoughts on the proposal, your ring size, hell probably even your fiancé.  They’ll ask if they’ll be invited to the wedding, if they can bring a date, and if they have to bring a gift.  Again, just smile and nod and be a gracious bride.  Then hit the gym to work out some of that pent up anger.

But mostly everyone will be really happy for you!

I mean who doesn’t love a wedding?  An engagement just makes people feel good because it gives me them hope and, if they’re already married, reminds them of their own special time.  So know that for every person who does have a snarky comment about your proposal (see above), there are dozens of others who are genuinely excited for you!

You’ll catch yourself staring at your engagement ring.  Like all the time.

It’s one of those things that you’ll start doing subconsciously and before you know it, it’s been five minutes and you can’t take your eyes off your finger.  I’ve been married for over four years and I still catch myself doing this.  The novelty never wears off 😉

You don’t HAVE to start planning your wedding right away.

As a matter of fact, I would advise that you NOT.  Being engaged is SUCH a special time; there’s literally no other period in your life like it.  I say ENJOY IT.  Take your time, revel in the new relationship status, and just relax.  Once the wedding day is here, the engagement period is over.  So I say milk it for all it’s worth!

Planning a wedding can be really hard.

It’s seriously no easy task.  There are dozens of vendors to hire, thousands of dollars to spend, and a million decisions to make.  No wonder so many couples find it overwhelming.  While all of the pretty details might seem fun to coordinate, know that you have a really big task ahead of you.  It doesn’t have to be super stressful, but it will be a lot of work!

And making a guest list can be even harder.

Friends and family members add up quickly!  While you might want every single person in your life present on your big day, your budget likely won’t allow it.  Don’t forget that your fiancé will have his or her own guest list as well!  Plus, the parents will likely have input.  Ahhhhh where do you cut it off?  I can’t answer that for you.  Just know that it will take quite a bit of time…and quite a bit of wine…to nail down!

It’s your day!  But it’s also not.

The wedding doesn’t just belong to the couple.  It’s also a special day for parents, grandparents, siblings, and really close family members.  So while you and your fiancé might be the center of attention, there will be others that you’ll need to take into consideration when making wedding decisions.  I am a firm believer that your wedding should be reflective of YOU, but you’ll need to strike a fine balance between that and keeping the peace among family members.

Setting expectations early on can really help you in the long run.

With the above being said, I do think there are some things you can do to make sure the wedding stays under your control.  Managing expectations from the very beginning can pay dividends.  If you’re always dreamed of an intimate beach wedding, tell your family members up front about the plan to keep things small.  Hate the thought of having a bridal party?  The sooner you let everyone know it’ll just be you and your fiancé, the better.  Stick to your guns on the things that are most important to you.  Not everyone will agree but hopefully they’ll respect your wishes.

If you just got engaged, have you experienced any of these things yet?  What were some things you learned after you said Yes?  How did you deal with them?  Comment below!

Ultra Violet Wedding Inspiration: 2018 Pantone Color of the Year

The verdict is in…ultra violet is the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year!  While this shade of purple was met with mixed reviews, Pantone credits ultra violet's “originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future” as the reason behind the pick.  As our world moves further toward discovery and innovation, the royal purple look-a-like “is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.”  Whether you love it or hate it, ultra violet is sure to inspire a year's worth of runway fashions, interior decor, graphic design, and yes, even weddings.

Just how do you make this color work for you?

Take it from a ultra violet bride herself (yes, this was my wedding color back in 2013!), this classic purple makes for a beautiful big day palette!  Pair it with silver or gold for a regal look, add lighter shades of lavender for an ombre vibe, or even fuchsia and magenta for a girly glam feel.  However you play it, there's lots of room for incorporation.  Bridesmaids dresses, florals, linens, even signature drinks and uplighting, ultra violet looks good with any wedding detail!  Check out my ultra violet Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

So what do you think of ultra violet?  Will you be incorporating it into your big day?  How so?  Comment below!

Favorite Wedding Moments: Best of 2017

Funny dance-offs, flower girls being totally adorbs, heartfelt first looks, and hilarious out takes, there were some really great wedding moments featured on Burgh Brides this past year!  Before we close out 2017, let's take a look back at some of my favorites!

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Wedding Ideas & Details: Best of 2017

Looking for lots and lots of wedding ideas?  I've rounded up the best ones from the past year and put them into one handy dandy post for ya!  From bridal accessories to favors to table decor and even ceremony locations, the 2017 brides definitely thought outside the box when it came to all of the details.  If you're in the midst of planning your big day, get your Pin It button ready – you're bound to be inspired by these former brides in this latest installment of the Best of 2017!

What do you think about these wedding details?  Which one was your favorite?  Any that you're incorporating into your big day?

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Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner’s Guide

With over 400 Sonoma County wineries, planning your wine country experience can easily become overwhelming.  How do you make sense of all of the vineyards and what make each unique?  Where do you begin to plan an itinerary that matches your style, desired pace, budget, and wine preferences?  The Wine Road makes this process nice and easy, of course.  But you can also take the word of someone who’s been there – i.e. me!  Here is a recap of my most favorite wine experiences from my September trip to Healdsburg, California!

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

Most Immersive Experience: Blue Rock Vineyard

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

First settled by Italian immigrants, Blue Rock Vineyard retains much of that old-world charm that has been engrained in its history since 1880.  The original stone cottage that features California redwood ceiling beams and stone masonry still stands on the property and now serves as an overnight guest villa that oozes romance.  Between lush vineyards, wild boars that inhabit the property, flourishing pomegranate trees, an organic vegetable garden, and other natural growth and inhabitants, Blue Rock has created its own ecosystem, further reminiscent of the way things used to be.  Meanwhile, their commitment to sustainable winemaking paves the way for a promising future.  It’s the best mix of old and new.  Believing in “accessible luxury”, the hosts at Blue Rock will ensure that you leave knowing what Blue Rock feels like, not just tastes like.

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

The original stone cottage that is now a honeymooner's oasis! You can actually stay there!!!

Most Likely to Make Wine Education Fun: J.Rickards Winery

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

The man.  The myth.  The moustache.  Jim Rickards not only boasts a signature ‘stache that has become a tangent of the J. Rickards Winery brand, but he also will greet you, shake your hand, tell you his story, and make you feel like an old friend.  As he dives into the nitty gritty of the wine making process, you’ll find yourself becoming enraptured, regardless of whether you’re actually following all of the talk of fermentation, filtering, and the like.  His passion for wine making becomes evident early on and it’s what makes this experience so special.  No stuffiness here; the man harvests his vineyards using a Lamborghini tractor from the 1960s that has been rebuilt three times.  This down-to-earth quality seeps into the finished product too; their wines are nuanced, hand-crafted creations that taste familial.  And if you’re lucky, you’ll leave J. Rickards with a new friend or two.

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

Wedding bloggers and a wine maker! That's us with Jim Rickards himself…and his Lamborghini tractor!

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Vineyard dog living his best life on the right

Most Likely to Make You Feel Like Family: Zialena Winery

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

Translated to “Aunt Lena” in Italian, Zialena Winery is a modern-meets-industrial operation run by a fourth-generation winemaking brother and sister team.  During the tasting set at a large table that gives off dining room vibes, you’ll feel like you’re right at home.  Lisa, the sister half of Zialena, will ensure your experience is just like Aunt Lena would have wanted, while Mark, the brother and winemaker side of the team, will make sure you’re sipping on some of the best cabernet and zinfandel Sonoma County has to offer.  This winery is so rooted in family tradition that even their logo bears the mark of Aunt Lena’s ravioli stamp.  Salud to la famiglia!

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Most Picturesque Setting: Trattore Farms

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

I’ve traveled a lot and have encountered beauty in each place.  But nothing compares to the views at Trattore Farms.  Set high upon a hill, this 40 acre farm overlooks other vineyards and the rolling foothills of the Dry Creek Valley.  With nearly 200 year old mission olive trees, a variety of grapes, and even a spot called Proposal Hill, the scenery is enough to take your breath away.  It induces vibes of relaxation, contentment, and humility as you take in all the best that nature has to offer via a tractor tour.  Once you recover from all of that beauty, head to the terrace to experience their wine and olive oil tastings, both of which are made on the property.  Between your eyes and your taste buds, your senses are going to go into stimuli overload but only in the best way possible.

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

I mean…have you ever seen anything so beautiful?

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

Wine and olive oil tasting!

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

So many engagements have taken place on this very spot that they've named it Proposal Hill! There is even naturally growing mistletoe hanging from this tree!

Most Hospitable: Dry Creek Vineyard

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

As soon as you set foot on the property, Dry Creek Vineyard makes you feel like you are their most special guest.  An ivy covered storefront, sprawling lawns sprinkled with umbrella-covered picnic tables, and a secret flower garden greet you and let you know you’re arrived to a little piece of heaven.  This family-run business was the first winery to open after the repeal of Prohibition, and they were the first to coin the term “Old Vine” to describe their pre-Prohibition zinfandel vineyards.  Not only do they tell the story of their rich history in an interesting and engaging way, but they invite you to be their guests for as long as you like.  Pack your own picnic, pick up a bottle in their tasting room, and create your own memories on their lawn.  Or opt for their flight and lunch option, which includes a wine concierge to explain it all.  Either way, you’ll be treated like gold at Dry Creek!

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

Picnic lunch on the lawn of Dry Creek Vineyard!

Most Likely to Make You Feel Extra Fancy: Gary Farrell Winery

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

If you’re looking for that tasting experience that will top all tasting experiences, head to Gary Farrell Winery.  After a tour of the barrel room and grounds, you’ll be whisked off to their newly renovated Inspiration Room where an estate sommelier will walk you through a six-course flight paired with cheese, dried fruits, and nuts.  The wine and atmosphere strike a fine balance between luxury and approachability, making you feel special and sophisticated without being pretentious.  To cap off the sips, treat yourself to Gary Farrell’s own wine gummies, sugar coated candy treats made with their own vino.  The perfect ending to the perfect experience!

Sonoma County Wineries: A Beginner's Guide from Burgh Brides

A special thanks to our hosts Mysty (left) and Beth (right) of The Wine Road!  In the middle is me, Tabitha of United with Love, and Jessica of Apple Brides!

Now that you have the ultimate Sonoma wine country honeymoon bucket list AND you know all about the excellent vineyards in the area, go forth and plan the trip of a lifetime!  I just ask one thing of you…take me with you!  Comment below and let me know if you've been to any of the above wineries!  Or what's the best winery or tasting you've ever been to?  Let's hear it!

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

Thinking of honeymooning in northern CA?  Don't miss my Ultimate Sonoma Wine Country Honeymoon Bucket List!

Want to read what others are saying?  Check out these posts from my friends at Apple Brides and United with Love!

Wedding Flowers: Best of 2017

Raise your hand if wedding flowers are one of your favorite details to drool over!  Same here.  Now imagine if I take all of the best blooms to grace Burgh Brides in the past year and put them into a single blog post.  Sounds like heaven, right?  Your wish is my command.  Prepare your eyes for some pretty in this latest edition of Best of 2017.  If only your computer had smell-o-vision…

Vintage Romance Inspired Wedding at Longvue Club: Robin & Justin

Inspired by a trio of pink mercury glass votive holders, the flowers for Robin and Justin's wedding day were the epitome of pretty in pink.  Using the candlesticks as containers for the arrangements, Julie James Designs brought a unique look to the centerpieces.  Throw in elevated florals and a swoon worthy bouquet and you've got a recipe for beauty!

Modern Blush Pink & Black Wedding at Hotel Monaco: Christine & Frank

Anemones, ranunculus, and hydrangeas, oh my!  The work of Mocha Rose for Christine and Frank's blush pink and black wedding was OUT OF THIS WORLD.  The bouquets, arrangements, and even the epic garland that covered the sweetheart table fit right into the day's color palette.  I expect nothing less from a wedding planner's own big day!

Navy Blue Wedding at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden: Monica & Conrad

Texture and volume reigned supreme at this affair inspired by bringing the outdoors inside.  Succulents and lots of greenery matched the navy and deep turquoise seen throughout the day, while pops of peach and white brought a light surprise.  Community Flower Shop nailed everything from the centerpieces to the boutonnieres, but they especially killed it with the hanging floral chandelier over the sweetheart table!

Summer Teal Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm: Joelle & Justin

When the son of the owners of Destiny Hill Farm get married, you know the flowers are bound to be amazing.  Peach, coral, and marsala blooms popped beautifully against the wedding's main color of turquoise.  Elevated and cascading arrangements were mixed among the tables while a flower-covered arbor set the stage for ceremony perfection.

Glamorous Garden Chic Wedding: Pazia & Tony

Dahlias, eucalyptus, lavender, and astilbe were essential in making the garden chic vibe of Pazia and Tony's wedding come to life.  Greenery table runners, large centerpieces accented with bud vases, a floral crown for the “ring bearer” (i.e. the couple's dog), and even floral tie backs for tent draping, the blooms at this wedding were sweet and sophisticated.  A job well done by Posies by Patti!

Rustic Sage & White Wedding: Zia & Dave

Floral chandeliers, greenery table runners, sweeping bouquets, and even fresh herbs at each place setting…the flowers from Zia and Dave's reception still leave me breathless to this day.  Sapphire & Lace Design hit it out of the park with creations that fit in beautifully with the rustic, low key atmosphere of the groom's family barn.  Simply incredible!!!

Sunflower Wedding at The White Barn: Reina & Kyle

The bride's favorite flower was the star of this show.  Thanks to The Farmer's Daughter, sunflowers made an appearance in centerpieces and a gorgeous ceremony arbor, and they were paired with everything from blue bells to caspedia to amaranthus to thistle.  The mix of color and texture was everything!!!!

Traditional Black, White, & Red Wedding at the Priory: Cristena & Ryan

Like many of the other pieces of Cristena and Ryan's big day, the flowers were timeless and sophisticated.  I absolutely adore the way Kohler's Florist mixed classic white hydrangeas and roses with red hypericum berries and Peruvian lilies to bring the color palette alive.  The centerpieces popped against white linens and black table runners, while the bouquets looked gorgeous against the red-clad bridesmaids!

Decadent Purple & Gold Wedding at the Omni: Christine & Ray

“Wow” doesn't even begin to describe the florals at this decadent Omni wedding.  The enormous, fluffy elevated arrangements and the sweetheart table swag from Mocha Rose still make my jaw drop.  Purple is my all-time favorite color and there was plenty of it in Christine and Ray's feature.  Love love love!

Absolutely Gorgeous Fall Wedding at Greystone Fields: Caris & Sean

If I had awards for “Most Luscious Bouquet” and “Best Ceremony Decor,” they'd both go to Caris and Sean.  Fall inspiration utterly came alive in the in.cred.ib.le. bouquets from Julie James Design.  And if you love pumpkins, you're going to flip over the backdrop to the couple's vows.  Did I mention all of those pumpkins were grown on the groom's uncle's farm?  The absolute coolest.

Glittery White & Silver Wedding at the Willow Room: Corrine & Brandon

I can't finish this post without reviving the oh-so-pretty flowers carried by Corrine and her bridesmaids.  With the white and silver color palette in mind, Barton's Flower & Bake Shop put together white lilies, silver brunia, white roses, and dusty miller.  The bouquets looked striking against the ladies' silver and gunmetal dresses!

Which flowers were your favorite?  Why did you love them so much!  Have they influenced your own wedding flowers? Comment below!

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Pittsburgh Engagement Sessions: Best of 2017

Woodsy, whimsical, urban, playful, and downright romantic…Burgh Brides had the pleasure of featuring some of the dreamiest Pittsburgh engagement sessions in 2017!  While I love each and every last one of them, here are the shoots that were my absolute favorites!

Picturesque Winter Engagement Session: Lyndsay & Justin

Winter in the middle of the woods?  Um, yes please.  This couple opted for a little something different and took off to find the best of nature.  They found that and much more.  These romantic photos from Jenna Hidinger Photography will go down in history!  Also, get a load of Lyndsay's gorgeous dress!

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Coffee Shop Engagement Session: Ashley & Rory

I LOVE bright, colorful photos, so choosing Ashley and Rory's as some of my favorites was a no brainer.  After hitting up their favorite coffee shop, they explored Carnegie with Jenni Grace Photography.  Vibrant walls, fun murals, and even a few street benches…these pics will leave you anything but blue!

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Summer in the City Engagement Session: Liz & Greg

Light and airy, this session from Kayla Bri Photography was a late summer favorite.  It's sunshine-y, flirty, and playful…a winning combination if you ask me.  Plus, Liz and Greg are totally adorable together.  It's not wonder this shoot stuck out to me.

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Gaming Inspired Strip District Engagement Session: Sharon & Quinn

Speaking of sticking out, I love when a couple isn't afraid to go against the grain.  This couple, who fell in love over a shared interest in online gaming, went for a Strip District shoot with a subtle gaming theme.  The results were quirky, cute, and totally THEM.  Sandrachile totally rocked this one!

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Cool AF City Engagement Session: Sara & Tate

Pizza break in the middle of taking photos?  It doesn't get better than this.  Effortlessly cool and so down-to-earth it hurts, these images of Sara and Tate are hard core engagement session goals.  Requiem Images went to town shooting the impromptu snack break and ended up with the most EPIC photos everrrrrr.

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Cozy & Playful Engagement Session: Emily & Aaron

Beyonce who?  Emily looks like a straight up superstar in front of a wind machine in these pics from Tyler Norman Photography.  A cold and SUPER windy day didn't stop this pair from snuggling up and embracing the crisp weather.  Because of that, their photos are some of the coziest I saw all year!

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Adorable Rainy Engagement Session: Danielle & Zach

Another couple who embraced less than ideal weather was Danielle and Zach.  Rainy skies didn't ruin their e-shoot with Palermo Photography.  Throw in a umbrella built for two and some super fun jumping-in-the-puddles shots and you'll have no trouble figuring out why these pics were some of my favorites!

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Absolutely Gorgeous Engagement Session: Pamela & Domenic

I'm not even going to pretend that I won't wish I looked like Pamela.  This blond beauty looked ravishing in her and Domenic's engagement shoot with Ann Louise Photography.  Shades of blue (their wedding color!), golden light, and Mellon Park made these images extra delicious.  I'm still obsessed.

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Which engagement session was your favorite?  Why did you love it so much?  Comment below!

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Wedding Dresses: Best of 2017

If you're as obsessed with wedding dresses as I am, you're going to love today's post.  From classic and chic to boho and flowy and everything in between, this year has brought us the loveliest of gowns.  Before we head into 2018, let's take a look back at some of my recent favorites!

Corrine's Beaded Sheath Wedding Dress

This Rosa Clara smooth satin sheath dress was decked out with bling around the waist, shoulders, and back.  And let me tell you…it was STUNNING!  Corrine accented it with a white faux fur wrap for her January wedding, perfectly playing the part of a gorgeous winter bride.  Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe it.

Bonnie's Dainty Lace Bodice and Tiered Skirt Wedding Dress

Bonnie created the dress of her dreams with this two piece mix and match number.  The WToo sweetheart neck lace bodice paired beautifully with a tiered ruffled skirt from Martina Liana.  The silhouette is the stuff dreams are made of.

Mara's Long Lace Sleeved Wedding Dress

The long lace sleeves, the deep V front, the low cut back…Mara looked like a boho wedding princess in her dress.  It went perfectly with the eclectic, relaxed vibe of her and Matthew's farm affair.

Michelle's Ruched Ruffle Skirt Wedding Dress

Michelle's ruched bodice and ruffled skirting reminds me so much of my own wedding dress.  Perhaps that's why I love it so much.  But more likely, it's because Michelle looked like a modern day princess in the Maggie Sottero number.  Just look at those layers!

Ashley's Boho Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress

This Daughters of Simone dress will stop you in your tracks.  It's antique lace and off-the-shoulder necklace is still leaving me swooning.  It was literally perfect for Ashley and David's carefree, woodsy wedding.

Lisa's Beaded Art Deco Wedding Dress

The beading on this Christina Wu gown is mesmerizing, and the art deco inspired pattern brought vintage vibes to this otherwise modern wedding.  Lisa shocked people when she decided to cut the train off, but the rest of the gown is so beautiful, I didn't miss it one bit.

Kelsey's Blush Pink Wedding Dress

I hope the blush pink wedding dress trend never goes out of style.  Kelsey looked so on point when she donned this Lazaro number.  Adding a beaded belt and drop crystal earrings, this bride looked feminine and fierce all at the same time.

Emmy's Sage Green Wedding Dress

Another bride that opted for color was Emmy.  Her sage green and ivory BHLDN dress featured a lace top and chiffon skirting.  Worn with ivory TOMS, it fit in amazingly with the rest of this muted, low key farm wedding.

Natalie's Blingy Hayley Paige Wedding Dress

Hayley Paige does it again with Natalie's encrusted spaghetti strapped gown.  A criss-cross back and airy skirt, coupled with the serious bling on the bodice, make this dress an easy pick for one of my favorites!

Jeni's Delicate Lace Wedding Dress

Sweet and dainty, Jeni's Rue de Siene dress featured feminine lace and girly patterns.  The most unique feature though was the pointed train that gave a different look to the back of this dress.  I'm still dreaming of this one!

Zia's 3D Lace Floral Wedding Dress

I've saved the best for last.  Hands down, Zia's Nicole Miller dress was my absolute favorite.  3D lace flowers, thick straps, and a V neck…let's just all bow down to the queen.  I've never seen anything like this!!!

Which wedding dress was your favorite?  Why did you love it so much!  Comment below, and then keep your eyes peeled the rest of this month as I reveal more of my favorites from 2017!