Vintage Engagement Session: Christina & Garrett

Since Christina and Garrett were going to have a super chic wedding at the Carnegie Museum, they knew they wanted a little something different for their vintage engagement session with Kelly Lester Photography.  Beside this adorable bride and groom of course, the Priscilla antique settee from Vintage Alley Rentals was the other star of the show.  Its infamous blue hue shone beautifully against the greens and browns of the field that hosted the shoot.  Afterwards, the crew headed to Oakland to take in some of Christina and Garrett's favorite hot spots.  The doors of St. Paul's Cathedral and Heinz Chapel give this engagement session a classic Pittsburgh feel, while keeping with the vintage vibe.  And what is a good e-session without an appearance from a furry friend?  The couple's pup, Lexi, is about as cute as can be.  And so are all of these photos.  Happy scrolling!

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Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals

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Delightfully Simple Wedding at the Grand Concourse: Jeni & Paul

This summer affair is proof that a subtle, simple wedding can be just as lovely as a styled, detailed one.  Jeni and Paul opted to focus on their love, marriage, and family, rather than all of the stuff.  Details are fun to plan and they're pretty to look at, but they aren't what matter most on a wedding day.  Instead, the architecture and ambiance of the Grand Concourse, the reception venue, inspired a 1920s vibe that was very quietly woven into different elements.  Beaded mint bridesmaids dresses with a fish scale pattern, metallic gold accents, and an art deco wedding cake are all it took to give this wedding some pizazz.  This bride and groom chose to keep their wedding grounded and highlight their nearest and dearest.  And do you want to know something?  I am in love with this feature as much as I have been all of the others.  Some of my favorites?

  • Jeni's bold lip.  Just because this bride kept things simple doesn't mean she didn't look totally show-stopping.  Her delicate lace gown was off-set by a bright coral lip, courtesy of The Pittsburgh Stylist.  Very first kiss ready!
  • Charitable favors.  In lieu of thank you gifts, Jeni and Paul made a donation to CORE in honor of Jeni's father.  To make it even more heartfelt, Jeni was walked down the aisle by the man who received her father's heart after he passed away years ago.  So very sweet and emotional.
  • Those portraits.  Happiness and pure adoration are just exuding from Jeni and Paul, as evident in the images captured by Lauren Renee Designs.  It's so clear this was literally the happiest day of their lives.  Adorable!

Although subtle and delicate, this wedding is still sure to inspire!  Simplicity is beauty, friends.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Paul and I met online, but there's more to the story than that.  I believe in “everything happens for a reason”, and the summer of 2013, there was a special reason why Paul was still in town, still on the dating site, and still looking for love: his orders to deploy to Djibouti had been canceled.  He was going to Germany instead, and his deployment had been postponed six months (he had originally been scheduled to leave at the end of May; we met in July).  We went on our first date to a Thai restaurant in Old Town, Alexandria, VA and spent the rest of the summer and early fall exploring DC while we prepared for Paul to head to Germany at the end of October.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Paul and I went to a friend's wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia the night before the day we got engaged.  I had no inkling that it was going to happen.  Paul insisted on telling me all about these nearby pumpkin patches where we could go out into the field and pick our own pumpkins.  I knew I wanted a “Cinderella” (squashed) pumpkin, and he insisted we could find one there.  It had been raining the entire week, so we went on a very muddy trek through the hilly patch, looking at pumpkin after pumpkin.  I was covered in mud, but that didn't matter to Paul – because right after he cut my pumpkin off the vine, he said “make sure to inspect it!”  While I did that, Paul got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!  I don't even remember what I said exactly, but it was a definite YES!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Lauren captured the most amazing photos of Paul and I giving each other very sweet, meaningful looks throughout the photo session before our reception.  I look at those pictures and I just melt inside.  These are the types of photographs you can show your grandchildren someday, that they will be able to show their children and grandchildren, that will let them realize how deep your love was, and how it feels to have someone in your life that encapsulates that love.  Of course, Lauren happily obliged our every wish, and everyone looks so happy and had so much fun!  We took pictures on the bridge above the Grand Concourse, and those turned out AMAZING.  Lauren has that touch!

What inspired your vision?
As soon as I found THE DRESS (which was so opposite of what I went into the boutique to try on!), I knew what I wanted – a very subtle 1920s theme, which The Grand Concourse in Station Square is more than perfect for.  The bridesmaid dresses are by Adrianna Papell – drop waist and completely beaded.  We kept everything really simple and subtle.  I didn't spend much on extras, and nobody missed them or noticed!  I wanted my dress and the venue to be the main details everyone saw!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
This question is so loaded!  There were so many amazing moments.  I was blessed with such a flawless day.  Paul is my favorite moment of every day, if we are being completely honest.  I was so excited to see him that I wanted to run down the aisle.  My heart is so full thinking of the best little parts of the day I had: I got to pray with one of my bridesmaids after the ceremony, my new brother-to-be called me that morning just to say hi, my uncle forgot his prescription glasses but remembered his sunglasses so he danced in those all night long, my friends made a blow up picture of my head and kept dancing with it all night long…the list goes on and on!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Try and incorporate a piece of the city that you love into your big day.  I knew going back to my hometown of Swissvale was a non-negotiable.  I wanted to share that with the people I love, and to get married in the church where my parents did.  Definitely use as many locally owned, family businesses as you can!  Try SGR Cookie – my friend from kindergarten is the owner, and she made the MOST intricate personalized cookies I've ever seen.  If you can't find it locally, do small business – we had the best experience with Leccaire Lollipops, who I found on Etsy.  She's based out of Georgia, and did our favors.  TO DIE FOR!  Also, make sure that you and your new spouse get some time ALONE before the reception.  We previewed the Grand Concourse before they let in our guests.  We also spent time with just our bridal party on the balcony watching everyone arrive and having a private cocktail hour.  Make those memories and be dear to one another.  I made as many memories with as many people as I could.  Absolutely do not accept it when someone says “something is going to go wrong!”  Even if something minor does happen, keep yourself focused on having the absolute best day of your life!  It goes by in an instant.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
My day was everything I could have imagined and MORE.  Everything worked out perfectly – definitely a wedding gift from my dad, who couldn't be with us.  The Regatta was in town and the Pirates were playing as well, but we hit no traffic and had no mishaps.  But I always suggest looking at a calendar of events happening in the town that weekend – it can help or hinder your timing and plans!  The cookie table is a MUST HAVE.  That was the biggest hit, and not everyone knew of the Pittsburgh tradition!  (My in-laws are mostly from Baltimore!)  A must is booking a hotel that is convenient for your wedding guests.  We had superb service at the Sheraton.  I also suggest booking your bridal party separately from guests the night before the wedding…we had more privacy, especially for the night of the wedding.  Make sure you have a dollar dance and play the Pittsburgh Polka.  I don't remember laughing so hard and having so much fun in my recent memory.  Remember to have someone else bring your purse with your necessities.  We almost left without mine!!  I didn't bring my cell phone with me that day and it was the best decision EVER.  I would say that would be on my must do list.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Rue de Siene from Lovely Bride | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Cake: Gluuteny Bakery | Desserts: SGR Cookie | Caterer: Grand Concourse | Ceremony Location: St. Anselm Catholic Church | DJ: DJ Garry of Easy DJ Productions| Favors: Leccare Lollipops | Flowers: Blumengarten | Getting Ready Attire: Plum Pretty Sugar | Getting Ready Location: Omni William Penn | Hair: Simply Captivating Styling | Makeup: The Pittsburgh Stylist | Menswear: Brooks Brothers | Photographer: Lauren Renee Designs | Reception Venue: Grand Concourse | Stationery: Minted

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Casual & Colorful Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

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Looking for some colorful wedding inspiration?  Look no further than this bright and festive styled shoot from some of Pittsburgh's most creative wedding vendors, including Kristen Wynn Photography and Burgh Brides Vendor Ciel Cosmetics!  A palette of pinks, corals, yellows, and peaches come together for a look that is fun, fun, fun, while a mix of stripes, dots, and geometrics prove that you can mix patterns tastefully.  Real lemons and peaches provided an organic touch and paper fans, striped straws, and a pennant banner added something whimsical.  What I love most about this shoot is that the vendors aimed to inspire a color scheme that could be woven into all of your wedding events – from engagement to bridal shower to reception.  Start off with a casual, friendly vibe and work your way up to a more sophisticated use of shades.  However you style it, coral and yellow just might be a my new favorite color combo.  Talk about a party!

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From the photographer…

We were delighted to partner with so many vendors, both local and national for this shoot.  We are showing how a couple can take a color palette all the way through – from engagement party to bridal shower to wedding reception!  The setting was colorful and includes an in-home bridal shower styled set as well as a white walled wedding set.  The models are a real life married couple!

Vendors
Dresses: Glitter & Grit and Rent The Runway | Flowers: Posy Floral + Event Styling | Hair: Elisha Evans Styling | Makeup: Ciel Cosmetics and Elisha Evans Styling | Photography:  Kristen Wynn Photography with assistance from Custom Portraits by Charlene | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Stylist: The Virginia Lynn Co. | Venue: Studio of Merritt Lee Photography

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Glamorous Ivory & Gold Wedding at the Omni: Dina & Brad

Dripping in dazzling details and oozing hard core romance, this ivory and gold wedding is straight up gorgeous.  After a very heart-string-tugging proposal (full story below), Dina and Brad designed a wedding day that was reminiscent of the one she had always dreamed about as a little girl – one that was luscious and had this chic color palette.  Mission accomplished, you guys.  The opulent ballroom of the Omni William Penn hotel was a picture perfect backdrop for an affair that included lush roses and hydrangeas, hanging and eleveated florals, textured linens, and the most amount of candlelight I've seen in a single space.  Ever.  And it was STUNNING!  The entire balcony of the ballroom was lined with ivory pillar candles of varying heights, creating a glowing halo around the entire room.  So incredibly romantic.  It doesn't stop there though.  There were plenty of other details that you should keep your eyes open for:

  • Custom monogrammed handkerchiefs at the ceremony.  Guests at St. Stanislaus Kostka church were greeted with a way to catch their happy tears that was adorned with a gold crest featuring the bride and groom's initials.  I love when couples don't forget to style their I Do's too!
  • A cake worthy of a Pinterest board.  The five-tiered sweet treat was encrusted with edible pearls and glitter and a metallic fondant.  It was then made even grander by three layers of fresh flowers in between.  This one should totally be pinned to your “Dream Wedding” board.
  • The wind.  Ok, ok, I know this may seem like a strange favorite detail.  BUT it literally made these portraits!  Whitling Photography knocked it out of the park by incorporating some classic Pittsburgh locations and by snapping the shutter at just the right time when gusts lifted Dina's cathedral length veil and sent it flying.  It was magical.

Elegant, glamorous, and timeless, this feature is one you won't soon forget.  So.much.goodness.

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You're also going to want to dedicate a few minutes to Dina and Brad's highlight video from Traveling Heart Productions.  Trust me on this one!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
On July 23, 2011, there were a large group of girls starting at my house to eat, drink, and have fun for a friend's bachelorette party.  We made our way down to Station Square.  The large group of girls were hard to miss as we went from location to location.  We ended up at a club called Whim.  The girls and I were dancing and having a great time when out of the corner of our eyes we saw a handsome man standing along the edge of the dance floor.  Well, it did not take even five minutes for my best friend to go over to him with a sly pick up line.  She saw that he had a large college ring on, so she said, “I love your class ring.”  He, of course, politely (and probably confused) said, “Thank you.”  She then said, “Oh by the way, this is my friend Dr. Dina.”  As she pulled me over (since I was not upfront and forward when I was single), a conversation started between Brad and me that continued into the wee hours.  We danced and had a wonderful time.  This was the start to something great!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
On February 12, 2016, Brad and I were getting off work and thinking of somewhere to grab a bite to eat.  Since we are living healthy, he said “Let's go to Hello Bistro.”  I agreed with resistance but agreed.  I headed home from work to pick up Brad and was waiting for him in the turn-around of The Cork Factory.  He jumped in the car and quickly said we should stop at the Idaline Street house (our rental property) to finalize the paint and floor since the carpenter was coming the next day.  During the past few weeks, we had been renovating my mother's rental house, which happened to be the house that my mom and I lived in when I was a little girl.  We hopped over to the rental unit quickly and looked at the first floor for paint and floor colors and were going to head out to Hello Bistro and Lowes.  Brad stopped and said we should check out the second floor really quickly to make sure that nothing needed painted.  I, of course afraid of my own shadow, did not like to go upstairs due to it being dark.  Brad went upstairs first and I followed him.  He went into the room where my mom and I slept when I was little (I slept next to her until about 15 years old).  He was looking in the closets finding a few things the last tenant left.  He opened one closet and said, “I do not know what to make of this.”  I almost ran from the room thinking it was a dead animal or some random scary thing.  He abruptly said, “No, no come look.”  He opened the doors and there was a flickering glare and rose petals everywhere.  I knew what was happening but at the same time was just in a total state of shock.  Inside the closet was over 200 roses, candles, and 100 pictures of us throughout our whole relationship.  I stared for a very long time and turned around to see Brad.  Brad said so sweetly, “I know that you have been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a little girl in this exact room, and I want to start that journey with you in that same place.” (or something like that but much better said).  And then he said much more that is so special to me!  Of course I was bawling and said, “Yes!!!”  Wow, what a surprise.  The beautiful ring was hanging from a red ribbon.  Brad took it down and placed the ring on my left hand.  Oh my, did it sparkle.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Elegant, romantic, but yet glamorous.  Full of passion.  A beautiful mix of ivory and gold with a pinch of champagne.  Very classy Pittsburgh.

What inspired your vision?
My vision was inspired by the dreams I had of a luscious ivory and gold wedding since I was a little girl.  The combo of roses and hydrangeas mixed with accents of gold just have a way of stating elegance.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
The opening of the doors at St. Stanislaus Kostka church to see each other for the first time in front of 260+ guests.  The second favorite memory was the rose petals coming out of the ceiling of the church when we walked down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs.

Vendors
Band: City Heat | Bride's Dress: Ysa Makino from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Accessories: Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: The Exquisite Bride | Broach Bouquets: DelPizzo Designs | Cake: DelPizzo Designs | Candy Bar: DelPizzo Designs | Caterer: Omni William Penn Hotel | Ceremony Location: St. Stanislaus Kostka Church | Cookies: Margaret Sammel | Decor: DelPizza Designs | Desserts: Oakmont Bakery | Flowers: Primrose Flower Shop | Hair: Izzazu | Lighting: SoundWaves Event Group | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Valarie Panei | Menswear: Jack's Tuxedos | Photobooth: SoundWaves Event Group | Photographer: Whitling Photography | Popcorn Bar: Pittsburgh Popcorn Company | Reception Venue: Omni William Penn Hotel | Rentals: VaseSource | Stationery: Arabella Papers | Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation | Videography: Traveling Heart Productions | Wedding Planner: Dolly Kust

Photographer: Whitling Photography | Videography: Traveling Heart Productions

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Enchanting Garden Engagement Session: Sarah & Kevin

This garden engagement session will sweep you off your feet.  Sarah and Kevin were the lucky winners of a Burgh Brides + Jenni Grace Photography giveaway a little while ago and these photos are the result.  And oh my are they gorgeous!  Sarah dressed in a flowy, pale blue maxi dress that looked so serene against the blooming florals and lush foliage of Mellon Park.  The park is one of my favorite e-shoot locales because it reminds me of some magical place you'd find in a fairy tale – it's gorgeous, full of unique textures and backgrounds, and simply oozes romance.  As for Sarah and Kevin – you'd never know these were the first professional photos they had taken together.  They both look so at ease and in love.  The session finished up with some shots on the Clemente Bridge – because when you win an engagement shoot from Burgh Brides, it's pretty much mandatory 😉

JK!  But what I'm not kidding about is this – you're going to LOVE this feature!  I dare you to prove me wrong.

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From the photographer…

Sarah and Kevin were an absolute joy.  Despite dating for several years, they didn't have any professional photos together, so this session held such special meaning to them.  They had won a contest hosted by a Burgh Brides and myself for a free engagement session and they couldn't have been more deserving. Mellon Park is an absolute hidden gem in Pittsburgh.  I feel like I am stepping into a secret garden every time that I am able to shoot there, and the scenery is just breathtaking.  Sarah chose the most perfect blue dress for their photos and it complimented the lush greens so well.  They are both teachers and work so very hard to positively influence the next generation and needed some time to really enjoy themselves together.Vendor-Credit-Shout-OutPhotographer: Jenni Grace Photography

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Romantic & Rustic Wedding at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden: Megan & James

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Laid back, charming, and romantic…this rustic wedding is as sweet as can be.  Megan and James both love the outdoors, and they wanted an al fresco affair with an indoor option.  The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden was the perfect spot for their big day celebration.  The venue itself inspired the rest of the wedding's style.  The garden feel was brought alive with tons of fresh, wild-inspired flowers and greenery while the color palette was kept light with pinks, white, and neutral tones.  Wooden details were woven in with a hand-lettered signs, laser cut table numbers and sweetheart chair decor, and a tree slice cake stand.  What I loved most didn't include any of these though!  Instead, what got my heart pumping was:

  • The naked wedding cake.  This trend is huge but what made this one extra special is the fact that it was made by the mother of the bride!  Couple that with tons of cookies and cupcakes baked by family and friends and this wedding had a very sweet (pun intended) ending.
  • Live wedding art.  Jay Flores lent his talents to Megan and James by creating a painting of their wedding day right before their guests' eyes.  This is SUCH a cool way to provide entertainment and capture such special memories!
  • The reception band.  Speaking of entertainment, that evening's was provided by BiggDaddy & the Mudcatz…James's dad's band!  How fun is it that the father of the groom was responsible for having the dance floor packed all night?!

Airy, soft, and just downright lovely, this wedding day was documented by none other than Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers.  I for one am totally in love.  I'm sure you will be too.

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You know you want to check out this awesome footage from So Fresh Films too!  Not only was it gorgeous, but this wedding looks like it was a total blast!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met freshman year of college in 2003!  We dated on and off, went our separate ways, and then reconnected in 2011 and rest is history.  🙂

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We were getting ready for a trip to Punta Cana with our best friends to celebrate us all turning 30 that year.  His thought was to do it on the beach there.  Instead, the night before we left, he (looking super anxious and nervous) greeted me in the hallway and said, “I can't wait any longer.  Will you marry me?!”  Super sweet and I was happy he did it in our home.  The added bonus was we had no service in Punta Cana so we were able to call all of our family and friends before we left and then had an awesome week celebrating!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
We wanted our wedding to be all about family, friends, awesome music, and food.  We love the outdoors so knew we wanted it to be indoor/outdoor and laid back.  Pittsburgh Botanic Garden was perfect for that!

What inspired your vision?
I love light and airy bridal looks, so knew I wanted the day's colors to reflect that with light pinks, whites, and neutrals.  Also, with it being in June and at the Botanic Garden, that inspired the romantic and rustic feel.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Don't stress the small stuff.  The forecast was 100% chance of thunderstorms for our wedding day, which resulted in us changing our layout several times and some panic.  Day of, it ended up being 84 (a very hot day!) and sunny – no rain at all!  Don't stress over what you can't control.  Make sure you have an awesome photographer, invest in a videographer, and have awesome food and you will have the best day that is captured perfectly for years to come.  I also wouldn't have been as relaxed without my day of coordinator.  She was amazing and made me feel completely stress-free!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I wouldn't change a thing!  Just wish we could do it every weekend!

Vendors
Band: BiggDaddy & the Mudcats | Bride's Accessories: Nadri | Bride's Dress: Lazaro | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN & Vera Wang | Cake: Naked caked made by the bride's mom!; Passed wedding cake made by Gus's Goodies | Decor: BHLDN | Desserts: Made by family & friends | Caterer: Hazelnut Catering | Ceremony Location: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | DJ: Jimmy Vetrano | Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Hair: Briana Rasicci & Marissa Julin | Linens: Ambassador | Live Wedding Artist: Jay Flores | Makeup: Jodie Lynn Skrinjar | Menswear: Jos. A. Bank | Musician: Nate Jones | Photobooth: LUX Photobooth | Photographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers | Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | Rentals: Ambassador | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Elite | Videography: So Fresh Films | Wedding Planner: Perfectly Planned by Shari

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Charming Historic Mansion Engagement Session: Marlee & James

It helps to have friends in high places.  James's sister is the event manager at the Mansions on Fifth.  Lucky for Marlee and James, she was able to give them full access to the historical property for their engagement shoot with Matt Gaydos Photography.  Inspired by a simple black tulle skirt and the beautiful architecture of the venue, this session is charming, flirty, and oozing in romance.  From the gorgeous stained glass windows to the colorful tiled fireplace to various intimate nooks and crannies, the Mansions provided so many deliciously beautiful backdrops.  And it's a perfect segue to Marlee and James's November wedding, which will be at another one of Pittsburgh's historical gems – the Priory!  Until then, enjoy this!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in college at Slippery Rock University in 2008.  I was a member of the women's rugby team, and James was a member of the men's rugby team.  After months of flirtatious conversation at rugby events, we finally started dating in April of 2009!  Our first date was on James's birthday.  (He paid.. oops!)  We've had typical college breakups over the years, but finally got together for good in July of 2013 when I moved out to New Jersey, where James had gotten a job after college.  We're still living in Montclair, NJ, but can't wait for our Pittsburgh wedding on 11/11/17!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We enjoy outdoor activities like day tripping to the beach, running together, and going for hikes all over New York and New Jersey.  James proposed while on a hike along the Hudson River in the Palisades State Park in NJ.  He popped the question with no one else around, while standing on a big rock on the river bank.  It was simply romantic, intimate, and completely reflective of our personalities.  This happened on May 14, 2016.

Describe the engagement session.
The session took place at the main mansion and the sister mansion at the Mansions on Fifth.  We love the unique architecture and details in every room.  It was fun to do a primarily indoor engagement shoot.

The black tulle skirt initially inspired the look when I laid eyes on it in Anthropologie.  As we began to decide on a photo shoot location, we decided to inquire at the Mansions on Fifth.  They are now owned by our wedding venue (The Priory Grand Hall), and James's sister is the event manager at the Mansions.  She was able to grant us access to all the locations on the Mansions grounds.

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Warm & Luxurious Wedding at the LeMont: Bonnie & Brian

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A mix of rich colors with neutrals and an intimate, romantic setting is all this warm and luxurious wedding at the LeMont needed to be totally gorgeous.  When I first saw it, I knew I had to show it off and I guarantee it will quickly become one of your favorites too.  That's because it's chic and contemporary while still being completely timeless.  A palette of marsala, eggplant, blush, evergreen, ivory, and metallics was inspired by the opulent gold of the reception venue.  From there, Bonnie and Brian created a day that was one part 80s dance party and one part quintessential wedding.  What were a few elements I loved the most?

  • Bonnie's dress.  She played the part of a bride so well in the two-piece ballgown with tiered ruffled skirting from Martina Liana and dainty, beaded lace bodice with sweetheart neck from WToo.  Mix and match FTW!
  • The ceremony location.  Bonnie and Brian said I Do at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, Andy Warhol's church.  I mean does it get more Pittsburgh than that?!  My yinzer heart is loving it!
  • A unique sweetheart table covering.  After seeing some wedding inspiration on the Burgh Brides Instagram feed, Bonnie was able to track down an artist to create a personalized linen for her and Brian's sweetheart table.  The cloth featured the hand-lettered lyrics to Foo Fighters' Everlong.  If you need me, I'll just be over here swooning…

As if all of that doesn't sound lovely enough, wait until you see the portraits from Kristi Telnov Photography.  I told you that this wedding would quickly become a favorite…don't say I didn't warn you.

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Don't miss Bonnie and Brian's moving love story as told by Cinebard Films!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in 2009 at Doc's in Shadyside.  I was there for a work happy hour; it was the only time I went to that bar before and since that day.  Brian was home for Easter from Charlotte, where he lived at the time.  Neither of us remember who approached who or how we even exchanged numbers.  (I actually had a photo of us from that night that Brian never knew existed until I gave it to him for a wedding gift.)  Brian ended up moving back that summer and we hung out a few times but it wasn't quite our time yet… we both dated other people for three years and went our separate ways.  Fast forward to 2013 when we reconnected, went on a first real date, and everything was easy from there.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Brian and I were in Punta Cana for Labor Day weekend/week in 2015.  Five days into the trip, we went on a catamaran day trip, full of swimming in the Caribbean, jumping off boats, and being in bathing suits all day.  As it turns out, Brian had a ring in his swim shorts all day.  He never quite found the right time, so that night we took a walk on the beach.  Alone on the beach, he got down on one knee.  Completely caught off guard, I didn't even say yes.  I just said, “Thank you”.  Needless to say, I did eventually say yes!  We had no one with us to tell so I ended up telling a Columbian Sophia Vergara doppleganger in the bathroom.  We met her husband at the bar and ended up dancing the night away in a disco with them.  Such a random, fun night!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The wedding was a mix of romantic personal touches with Brian's love of 80's music.  The day went by in a flash but we made sure it captured both of our personalities the best it could.

What inspired your vision?
For the wedding, I wanted to pull out the golds of the LeMont and yet not fall into the trap of a “theme”.  I found things I liked really, from a personalized backdrop with the song lyrics to Everlong by the Foo Fighters turned into a table cloth, to the sweetheart table, to using vinyl stickers on glass to give the walk down the aisle a personal touch.  Flower crowns on the flower girls became bridesmaids headpieces when the little ones were finished with them because why not.  For the bridesmaid dresses, I picked a color but really wanted the girls to be comfortable and find what they liked.  I didn't want to spend months stressing over every detail but really wanted to focus on the things that were important to me that day.

What made your wedding unique?
We mixed in Pittsburgh by buying bulk Pittsburgh Popcorn Company and bagging it ourselves.  We also made ourselves into pop art for the cover of our wedding church programs since we used Andy Warhol's church in Greenfield.  The music at the reception was 90% 1980's as Brian told me when we first started dating that all he wanted was an all 80's wedding and a honeymoon to Italy.  I made sure we checked both of those off the list.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Brian may have loved his Nittany Lions beating Ohio State late in the night but I think it was all of the moments that really made the whole experience – from bachelor/bachelorette parties to Dewey Beach and Toronto to a beautiful shower to toasts at the rehearsal.  Just growing our families closer and seeing it all culminate in one night was beautiful in itself.  We did steal away to the roof of the LeMont for unreal, once in a lifetime, Pittsburgh night views, which I will always remember.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
I did not have a wedding coordinator and planned everything mostly on my own.  I would still do the same but I think it is smart to designate a friend the day of the wedding to handle the little things that come up.  Someone that might not necessarily even be invited to the wedding, but is willing to run last minute errands and be there if you need them.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I could not be happier that I decided to get a videographer and spent my budget on photos.  Both are things I cannot imagine not having at this point.

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Bride's Dress: WToo corset and Martina Liana skirt from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Jewelry: Groom's mother's ring | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff & Lela Rose | Cake: Mother of the bride! | Caterer: LeMont Restaurant | Ceremony Location: St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church | DJ: Jason Lacko of All-Stars Events Services | Favors: Pittsburgh Popcorn Company | Flowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Hair: Amber Baker of Eikon Hair Lounge | Decor: DIY | Makeup: KTHOM Beauty | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Kristi Telnov Photography | Reception Venue: LeMont Restaurant | Stationery: Elli | Transportation: Antique Coach Excursions | Videography: Cinebard Films | Violinist: Devin Arrington

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Picturesque Winter Engagement Session: Lyndsay & Justin

This winter engagement session might not be what you expect.  Yes, there's snow.  Yes, there are evergreens.  Yes, there is a plaid blanket scarf.  But that's not what make this shoot so incredibly breathtaking.  What does?  Nature.  And a drop dead gorgeous red dress that makes this bride to be look like she stepped off of a magazine cover.  Lyndsay chose the black tie look as a striking contrast against the winter scenery of McConnell's Mill and Cleland Rock.  Both locations provided jaw-dropping, sweeping views and Jenna Hidinger Photography captured both the beauty of Mother Nature and the adorable love between Lyndsay and Justin.  Hold on to your hats…this picturesque session is about to blow you away!

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What a winter wonderland!  Lyndsay had a very clear vision for her engagement session – she wanted to wear a beautiful red dress to contrast the winter scenery of Western Pennsylvania, with a mix of romantic and fun photos to show off both of their personalities.  Lyndsay and Justin were willing to brave the cold for their gorgeous session.  We incorporated the beauty of McConnell's Mill and the scenic views of Cleland Rock – a unique view in Western PA that looks much more like Utah or Colorado!

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Dress: Rent the Runway | Hair: Mallory Puniak from Copacetic Beauty Lounge | Makeup: Beauty by Joy | Photographer: Jenna Hidinger Photography

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Charming Plum & Gold Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater: Shannon & Aaron

Long before their plum & gold wedding, Shannon and Aaron met when they were paired as dance partners during a community theatre production.  So naturally, the New Hazlett Theater was the most a propo venue for these two to get hitched.  This couple went against the grain for their October wedding.  Instead of blatantly channeling the fall season with leaves and pumpkins, Shannon and Aaron opted to bring the colors and vibe of autumn alive in subtle ways.  A color palette of plum and gold set the dramatic tone.  A “table runner” of pillar candles provided a romantic glow.  Gold chargers and chiavari chairs gave a pop of metallic to the reception space.  Beyond the stunning decor, what else did I love?

  • Shannon and her girls got beautified in luxurious silk robes.  While the bridesmaids wore the day's shade of deep purple, the bride stood out in a fun floral print.
  • The sparkliest wedding shoes that I ever did see.  Shannon's Kate Spade gold glitter peep toe slingback kicks were adorned with giant bow.  So Kate Spade.  So sparkly.  So in love.
  • Textural and rich in color, the florals of this wedding are breathtaking.  Ivory, purple, lavender, and even magenta make an appearance in these pretty arrangements from Mt. Lebanon Floral.
  • I warned you that unique ceremony sites were coming into fashion.  This bride and groom were one step ahead of the game when they planned their vow exchange on the steps of the New Hazlett Theater.  The outside beauty of this venue is topped only by that of the inside.
  • Oh, New Hazlett…you might be my new favorite reception space!  This working theater is a little bit industrial chic and a little bit blank canvas.  Adaptable yet distinct, this venue is sooooo cool.

Charming and understated, Shannon and Aaron's big day was captured beautifully by All Heart Photo & Video.  Treat yourself to this killer wedding.  You'll be so glad you did.

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Plum & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater from All Heart Photo & Video featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We were paired together as dance partners in a community theatre production of “Titanic the Musical” in Carnegie.  From there, we became friends, and a few years later we fell in love.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
It wasn't a huge surprise actually!  I'm not big on surprises, so he told me when he bought the ring.  “It'll be here in 4 – 5 weeks,” he said.  Well, four weeks later, he asked me if I wanted to go out on a date that weekend, so I knew it was coming!  He totally shocked me with the location, though.  We went to our favorite restaurant – Bados in Mt. Lebanon.  Then, we drove up to the West End Overlook.  He got down on one knee just as the sun was setting.  It was super romantic.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
It was a perfect day!  Everything went as planned and we were both very relaxed.  I truly felt like I enjoyed every moment.

What inspired your vision?
We wanted something vintage, but not country, and romantic, but not ballroom.  Since we met doing theatre, the venue was the perfect fit!  Since it was October, I also wanted an autumn feel without pumpkins and leaves.

What made your wedding unique?
It was very detail oriented and every detail was chosen to reflect our relationship and personalities.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
It's so hard to pick just one!  As cliche as it sounds, turning the corner and seeing him at the end of the aisle was a feeling I can't describe.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Make it unique to you and your spouse.  We had a very relaxed planning experience, but I know sometimes family and friends pressure you into things that you don't want.  Also, with Pinterest and wedding blogs, it can feel like you have to pick everything that's trendy.  Everything we picked, we chose because it felt so “us” and we couldn't have been happier.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
If I had to do it all again, I would rechoose our band over and over.  They made the night the best party ever.

The only thing I would have done differently would be to pay for the extra hour in the space!  I could have used another hour of dancing.

Vendors
Band: Corned Beef and Curry | Bride's Dress: Lazaro from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Bridal Beginning | Bridesmaids' Robes: Pemberley's Bride via Etsy | Cake: Fenoglietto's Wedding Cakes | Caterer: Elegant Accent Catering | Ceremony & Reception Location: New Hazlett Theater | Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Hair: April Redford | Menswear: Selected Homme from Asos | Photographer: All Heart Photo & Video | Rentals: Event Source | Stationery: Minted | Videography: So Fresh Films

Photographer: All Heart Photo & Video | Rentals: Event Source

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