Green & White Spring Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

Fresh, light, and renewing, this spring inspired wedding styled shoot is exactly what we all need after a seemingly never-ending winter.  With tons of green and white, it's bound to leave you feeling rejuvenated.  Dawn Derbyshire Photography teamed up with an all-star team of vendors – including Burgh Brides own Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co., Vintage Alley Rentals, Sapphire & Lace Design, and Eventioneers – to mix industrial grit with antique pieces and contemporary trends.  Vintage Alley's own studio, with it's Edison bulb lighting, exposed ductwork and white cinderblock walls, served as a perfectly raw backdrop.  With the help of lush (and I mean luuuuuush) floral arrangements of ferns, eucalyptus, ranunculus, tulips, celosia, and obscure crocosmia pods, Sapphire & Lace transformed the space into a living forest.  The foliage didn't stop there; it inspired the hand-painted stationery from Oh Joyful Day.  Featuring watercolor calligraphy and worn-in edges, the paper provided an organic touch.  Green marble pieces served as escort cards, directing eyes to a wooden table adorned with details.  Black taper candles, floral runners, geometric menu cards, terrarium table numbers, and gold-rimmed dinnerware worked together in a moody and magical way.  Speaking of magic…THAT DRESS.  The piece de resistance of this shoot is 100% hands-down the green and beige dip down gown.  It's modern, elegant, and striking all at the same time.  Combing industrial and distressed vibes with bold design choices and a color palette fit for spring, this styled shoot is like a breath of fresh air.  And I'm inhaling as deeply as I can.

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From the photographer…

When Trish from Vintage Alley Rentals approached me about checking out her new space for a potential styled shoot, I jumped at the chance.  Seeing the raw, industrial warehouse gave me the idea to stretch my creative muscles and do something out of my normal boho/barn-loving style.  Taking the idea of old and new, mixing vintage and industrial with trendy and classic, Melissa from Devoted to You stepped in and helped my vision come to life.

I feel like more and more industrial venues are popping up in our city and I wanted to show how some of Trish's vintage pieces, paired with lush florals and moody lighting, could all come together to transform a rough blank space.  Mixing Trish’s gorgeous farm table, vintage green glassware, and luxurious black and gold couch with her industrial lighting and mixed metal chairs created a good base for the floral wizards over at Sapphire and Lace to start working their magic.  They created a beautiful structure for the ceremony space that worked against the simple white cinderblock wall accented by the industrial metal chairs.  Bringing more mixed metallics into the boutonnière, they also softened up the groom’s black-on-black look with a huge, textured bouquet for the bride.  Moving to the cake and reception table, they added hanging greenery to the industrial lighting from Vintage Alley Rentals, wrapping each light and suspending them from the railings above.  The table was filled with flowers – from the vintage glassware and brass geometric vases overflowing with greenery and flowers, to the gold flatware wrapped in vines.  To add a moody vibe, they lit beautiful black tapered candles.  To add more black to the table, Victoria from Oh Joyful Day created beautiful black ribbons to wrap around the plates as place settings, and hand-wrote the table number on brass geometric containers.  Place cards made from green marble matched perfectly with the greenery filled shoot, complete with gold edged geometric thank you notes as favors.  To go with the gorgeous elements on the table, Victoria also created a hand-painted invitation suite, complete with painted greenery on fun, textured paper.  Mixed with Love made some beautiful, simple, floral cupcakes and a modern cake which Sapphire and Lace added a fun floral detail to.  Oh Joyful Day created a cute little sign to top off the table!

To keep the wardrobe fitting the feel of the shoot, we kept the clothing and accessories modern, letting the floral elements add some softness.  The bride rocked fun gold fern hairpins and modern geometric earrings from Sparrow Station, simple rose gold heels, and a fun gold and marble geometric “engagement” ring.  Her accessories, hair and makeup were kept simple to put the focus on both her gorgeous bouquet and the modern, structured, beige and green dip dyed dress.  To keep with the modern and sleek look, the groom wore a slim fit, black-on-black suit with a subtle striped detail.

Vendors

Photography: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Designer & Stylist: Devoted to You Events and Vintage Alley Rentals | Shoot Location: Vintage Alley Rentals | Desserts: Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. | Decor: Vintage Alley Rentals | Dress: ASOS | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Hair: Shaina Joyce Hair | Accessories: Sparrowstation | Makeup: B Morgan Makeup | Menswear: ASOS | Models: Victoria and Andrew, Theiroff Agency | Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals and Eventioneers | Stationery: Oh Joyful Day

Photography: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Designer & Stylist: Vintage Alley Rentals | Shoot Location: Vintage Alley Rentals | Decor: Vintage Alley Rentals | Desserts: Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals and Eventioneers

Fun Science Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

Bright and fun, this styled shoot has all of the trappings for a science inspired wedding!  And what better spot for a class in wedding-ology than the Carnegie Science Center!  This North Shore staple features multiple non-traditional event spaces and this shoot shows them off beautifully.  Starting with the Buhl Planetarium, a ceremony under a starry night sky was staged, complete with a robot officiant.  GreenSinner was inspired by the science fiction genre and brought in a forest of lush greenery and towering trees.  The same theme was carried into the Works Theater, where even more science-y particles came to life.  Wine glasses featuring organic chemistry compositions, vintage space travel posters, chemistry lab glassware serving as centerpieces, and a rainbow of lighting by EF Lighting all added to the vibe.  The Carnegie Science Center even added a hands-on demonstration of liquid nitrogen with flash frozen root beer floats and an ice cream sundae bar.  You don't need to be a science geek to get married at the Science Center.  But if you are, there's no better place to do it, and these images from Weddings by Alisa are proof!

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From the designer…

The Carnegie Science Center has so many non-traditional spaces that people don’t know about!  Our Buhl Planetarium is a great way to have an outdoor ceremony without the risk of rain.  You can create any location in the Buhl with our projection system –  a canopy of stars that are aligned to mimic the night sky where you met; you can get married on another planet; the possibilities are limitless.  We took the theme of bringing the outdoors inside and went with it.

The planetarium was transformed into a forest with a lush landscape and towering trees.  GreenSinner created this ingenious, science-fiction type setting, complete with Quasi, the robot, as the officiant.  We carried that science fiction motif into the reception space by adding a palette inspired by vintage space travel posters.

I’ve always loved our Works Theater and it has so much potential for a cocktail style reception.  Whereas the planetarium is a blank slate, the Works has a definite style.  We wanted to complement the vintage, industrial undertones there.  The botanical choices and containers combined with the lighting elements to create the sense of an overgrown lab full of wild and weird colors, textures, and silhouettes.  It’s also a really fun space, so we brought in our favorite science demonstrations and just played.  You can see the sheer delight on CJ and Jon’s faces as they play with the Boo Bubbles and liquid nitrogen creations.

Vendors

Designer: Tamra Birchfield, Director of Special Events at the Carnegie Science Center | Food: Culinaire Catering | Floral Design: GreenSinner | Lighting: EF Lighting | Photography: Weddings by Alisa | Shoot Location: Carnegie Science Center | Rentals: Eventioneers | Wine Glasses: Sorcery Science

Designer: Tamra Birchfield, Director of Special Events at the Carnegie Science Center | Floral Design: GreenSinner | Lighting: EF Lighting | Photography: Weddings by Alisa | Shoot Location: Carnegie Science Center | Rentals: Eventioneers

Charming Shades of Blue Wedding at the Gathering Place at Darlington Lake: Heather & Rob

Floral getting-ready robes, mismatched bridesmaids dresses, lots of palette-perfect florals, invitations designed by the bride herself, and even a Marine's dress blues for good measure – this wedding is will leave you feeling anything but blue (See what I did there?).  It's the perfect combination of serenity, cornflower, and even navy.  Heather and Rob's May affair took place at the Gathering Place at Darlington Lake, which provided a charming background for the rustic chic elements.  What started with a gazebo ceremony and ended with a barn reception, was accented with craft paper, lanterns, yarn table numbers, and wooden details.  Because the happy couple met at a baseball tournament, Heather even surprised her new hubby with a huge “flag” made out of baseballs.  It's thoughtful touches like this that made their wedding day so unique while the use of varying shades made it so inspirational.  How's this for something blue?  Enjoy all the images from Megan Lee Photography!

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From the photographer…

When and how did the couple meet?

Heather and Rob met in Arizona at a volunteer baseball tournament.  Rob was there to umpire and he got in line for a caddy to drive him to his designated field.  He noticed that there was a girl who had all of the umpires lined up and was making them practice their stances and catches (pretty intensely).  He thought, “There is NO way you are getting me to do that!”  But in the back of his head, he wanted to get to know the headstrong girl that was taking charge and taking this sport seriously.  After a long day of volunteering, and trying to secretly find out more about this girl, he spotted her best friend.  He quickly approached her and was able to learn lots about this girl named Heather…even where she would be that night!  She was not an easy one to get, but once he finally did, it was so worth it.

The love that both of them have for Pittsburgh and baseball is quite extraordinary.  Heather even surprised Rob, a former Marine, with a huge flag made of out hand-dyed baseballs!  If all that hard work doesn't say love, I don't know what does!

Describe the look, theme, style, and colors of the wedding.  What made it unique?

Since Rob is a former Marine and was going to wear his uniform to the wedding, Heather based the colors around his blue uniform.  From her bouquets to the bridesmaids dresses, there was a beautiful blue color palette.

I think the fact that they had an “All American” wedding was beautiful.  It was on Memorial Day Weekend, with a veteran, and included a long history of the all American sport of baseball, and tied it together with a blue color scheme.  It was wonderful shooting this wedding!

Vendors

Bride's Hair: Katrina Knopp of Haircutters, Etc. | Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning with keyhole applique by Nancy Blum | Bride's Makeup: Elizabeth Eckels | Bridesmaids Hair: Hallie Netherland | Bridesmaids Dresses: One Enchanted Evening | Ceremony Location: Gathering Place at Darlington Lake | DJ: DJ Matt | Flowers: Blums N' Things | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Megan Lee Photography | Reception Venue: Gathering Place at Darlington Lake | Stationery: Designed by bride and printed by Shutterfly | Videography: Moment in Time Video

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning

Oh-So-Cute Kate Spade Bridal Shower

Attention lovers of bows, stripes, and all things black, white, and pink!  You're going to DIE over this oh-so-cute Kate Spade bridal shower!  The soon-to-be Mrs. is a fan of all things preppy and girly…and she just also happens to be the sister of a wedding planner.  How lucky, right?  Shayne of Soiree of Souleret went to town bringing the guest of honor's go-to vibes to life with a chic but feminine color palette, bold patterns, and gold accents.  An outdoor tent was adorned with bistro lights, a marquee bar sign, elevated centerpieces, and a fresh floral monogram, which also served as a fun photo backdrop.  Striped linens, seat cushions, and charger plates jazzed up tablescapes while gold flatware added a dose of glam to each guest's hand.  And what Kate Spade bridal shower is complete without bow shaped napkins?  Peach mimosas, custom cocktail stirrers, and fun Mr. and Mrs. balloons rounded out the thoughtful, personal touches.  Going from Miss to Mrs. has never looked so good, thanks to these photos from Lauren Renee Designs!

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From the planner and designer (also the sister of the bride!)…

As a wedding planner, I'd been thinking about my little sister's bridal shower just as long as I had thought about planning my own wedding day!  What better way to express my love and appreciation for all of her years of support and friendship than gifting her an amazing day with those she holds most dear!?!  Caught between her love of both Kate Spade and preppy Parisian styles, I paired the two together for a shower complete with bold stripes, abundant florals (including a floral monogram), and tiny personal touches.

To honor her elementary teaching career, each guest was gifted a pencil with a cheeky saying on it and hand sanitizer wrapped in blush tissue paper.  To honor Pittsburgh roots, cookies made an appearance on the dessert table, and to honor her new Georgian home, guests sipped on peach mimosas.  No Kate-Spade-inspired shower would be complete without bow-tied napkins and actual Kate Spade cocktail stirrers.  One special stirrer held the place for the guest of honor, reading “Future Mrs. Herd.”  Guests enjoyed learning more about the bride and groom by guessing ages from baby photos placed around the tent.  Each maid pitched in by taking on a task, including the groom's sister who handmade a beautiful welcome sign with paper flowers.

My favorite moment of the day was escorting the bride-to-be up to the tent to see how the big surprise come together!

Vendors

Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Cake & Sugar Flowers: Cakes by Colby | Caterer: DiAnoia's Eatery | Cookies & Cupcakes: Tasty Bakery | Custom Cocktail Stirrer: Z Create Design | Flowers: Fragile Paradise | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Linens: Mosaic | Photography: Lauren Renee Designs | Planner & Designer: Soiree by Souleret | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental

Photography: Lauren Renee Designs | Planner & Designer: Soiree by Souleret | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental

Lawrenceville & Downtown Pittsburgh Engagement Session: Claudette & Andrew

A downtown Pittsburgh engagement session will always hold a special place in my heart.  But before heading to the city center, Claudette and Andrew explored Lawrenceville with Hot Metal Studio.  The couple spends most weekends in this hip neighborhood, trying new restaurants or meeting up for drinks with friends.  For they pre-wedding pics, they wanted to recreate some of their best times together.  Getting cozy in Grapperia or traipsing down Butler Street, these two are cute no matter what they're doing.  Once the sun started to set, things got a little fancy thanks to Claudette's little black dress and the shining lights of  Pittsburgh at night.  This session is picturesque, a little bit fancy, and just downright darling!

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From the bride…

We wanted to reenact what date nights are normally like on the weekends.  On Fridays, we like to keep it casual with dinner and some wine at some of their favorite bars in Lawrenceville.  We will walk along Butler Street or meet up with friends.  Some Saturdays, we can be found drinking some bubbly and bourbon and eating oysters in one of Pittsburgh's new restaurants.  Dining, drinking, and making each other laugh until it hurts are just a few things we are both fond of. Tiffany of Hot Metal Studio has an amazing way of making you feel at ease and can make the most ordinary background seem so picturesque and unique.  Pittsburgh means so much to us because there is always something new to discover both within the city and our relationship.  It's where they met, got engaged, and will be married.

Timeless & Chic Wedding at Saint Nicholas Cathedral: Rachel & Zach

This chic wedding combines a timeless color palette, glamorous decor, and Greek wedding traditions.  And it's ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!  Timelessness, class and sophistication was the theme of the day and shades of white, ivory, gold, taupe, and sage green played the backdrop to the entire affair.  Of course, the couple had to infuse their heritage into the day with olive oil favors, homemade Greek pastries on the cookie table, and a Greek band to entertain guests all night at Saint Nicholas Cathedral.  Add in sparkly decor, organic chic florals, and a healthy dose of DIY (check out that flower wall!) and you've got yourself a perfect combination.  Every last chic detail was captured so well by Greenwood Photography.  I don't know if it can get much prettier than this.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

We met when I was living in Washington, DC and working as a teacher there.  The groom was living in Fredericksburg, VA and working as a podiatrist.  We actually matched on Tinder (believe it or not) and the rest is history.  Crazy story: After we started dating, I found a photo from eight years prior where Zach was standing 5-feet behind me in the background of the picture!!!!  Destiny at it's finest!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

Zach stood outside of my building in downtown DC on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  He had a bagpipe player standing there playing for almost an hour before I came out of work.  On my way out, I could hear the music and thought that was very strange for a Wednesday afternoon in DC (although stranger things have happened there).  When I walked out, the bagpipe player started to walk closer to me and play louder, which freaked me out.  Soon, Zach popped his head out from behind a column and took a knee.  The rest is a blur.  It was so crazy and surreal (also hilarious)!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.

Theme of my wedding was timeless glam.  I wanted it to be in such a way that 30 years from now, the styles exemplified would still be in fashion.  I loved neutrals, whites, ivory, gold, and mirrored accents.

What made your wedding unique?

My wedding was unique because I handmade most of my decor and transformed the hall myself with a few of my family members.  It was important to me to be involved and hands-on with my wedding process, so much so that we had to rent a U-haul to bring all the decor from VA to Pittsburgh!

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?

One piece of advice I would give is I wish I slowed down my brain the day of the wedding and soaked in every precious moment.  My wedding went til almost 4 a.m. and even that didn't feel long enough.  Make sure to remember that the purpose of the day is two beautiful people coming together to spend a life together, and all the small details don't matter in the grand scheme of it all.

Vendors

Band: Ormi Orchestra | Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Matina Starrett | Bread: Mediterra Bakehouse | Bride's Dress: Demetrios from Tysons Galleria | Bride's Earrings: Ben Amun | Bride's Shoes: INC from Macy's | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell from Macy's | Calligraphy: Aundrea Ambeliotis of Mediterra Bakehouse | Cake: Mediterra Bakehouse | Cookies & Pastries: Made by the groom's mother and purchased from Salonika Imports | Ceremony Location: Holy Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church | Hair: Eleni Venettis | Favors: Real Greek Olive Oil (brand) | Flower Wall: DIY | Lighting: Illume Lighting & Event Design | Linens: Table Talk Linens and Urquid Linens (cake and sweetheart tables) | Makeup: Shannon Le Doux | Menswear: Calvin Klein from Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Greenwood Photography | Reception Flowers: Posy | Reception Venue: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Rentals: Elegant Chair Cover Designs | Stationery: Nationwide Envelope Specialists | Transportation: Qualistar (coach bus) and Tortorice Limousine (limo shuttles) | Videography: Steady Creek Cinema

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Brewery Engagement Session: Alex & Tommy

Let's all raise a glass to this brewery engagement session!  Alex and Tommy love hitting up local breweries and Millvale's Grist House is one of their favorites.  They wanted to show off where they spend so much time, so that's exactly where they headed for a sweet shoot with Kelly Adrienne Photography.  The brewery opened up just for the couple and their cute dog Alfred, who totally stole the show and is literally smiling in these photos!  A few pints, some snuggling, and many toasts later, the group headed to Washington's Landing.  There, they popped a bottle of champagne to keep the celebration going.  Because getting married totally calls for some bubbly!  Cheers to Alex and Tommy (and Alfred!) and their adorable engagement photos!

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From the photographer…

Tommy and Alex love going to breweries with their sweet dog, Alfred.  Grist House is one of their favorites, and their Penn State connection with the owners made it even more special.  They wanted to incorporate Grist House into their session, so they set up a time to do the shoot before the brewery opened.  The owners were incredibly kind and accommodating; it made for a really great session!  We chose to go to Washington's Landing after Grist House for its beautiful park-like feel.

We loved the entire session, and we truly had so much fun!  Alfred the dog made it even better with his sweet demeanor and closed-eyes smiles!

Glamorous Black, White, & Gold Wedding with a Pittsburgh Theme: Ali & Tom

For this self-proclaimed Pittsburgh-obsessed couple, a black, white, & gold wedding only made sense,  as did one that incorporated the city they both love so much.  Enter Ali and Tom's big day!  To start off the 412-themed affair, the invitations from Fresh Cut Prints featured the Pittsburgh skyline.  Then, the couple said their vows at The Clemente Museum before partying the night away at the Heinz History Center.  Our city's colors came together in a sophisticated, glamorous way via sequin linens, chic stripes, metallic place settings, mercury glass, gold-backed chairs, and lots of gilded frames.  For a pop of fun, Ali sprinkled in hints of bright red with her killer Badgley Mischka peep toe heels and a ribbon-laden bridal bouquet from Community Flower Shop.  Ali and Tom even acknowledged their shared love of the Buccos with a custom jersey bearing their last name, which also served as their guest book.  Oh, and wait until you see that cake!  The three tiered confection from Tasty Bakery featured a Pittsburgh staple – a bridge!  Now THIS is how you show a little hometown pride!  Enjoy all of the city-inspired snaps from Sky's the Limit Photography!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves! When and how did you meet? How long have you been together? How did you get engaged? All the juicy details!

We met at Baldwin High School, when I was a student and Tom was a teacher!  Haha.  Tom was never my teacher but after I graduated I helped him coach powderpuff football.  Several years later, we stayed in contact and we started dating.  Even after a few break ups, we learned one thing – love wasn't who you could live with forever; it was who you could not live without.  After realizing we couldn't be without each other, and five years into dating, Tom finally proposed in the house we bought together two years prior!  We were playing Uno and while I thought he pulled out an old score card, the paper actually read “Will you marry me?”

Describe the wedding and what inspired it. What was unique about it?

Pittsburgh is our thing, but so is baseball.  When Tom and I discussed that we didn't want to get married in a church, we decided that the Roberto Clemente Museum would be perfect.  A winery in the basement, so many people had never been here before, and it was so “us”.  While we got engagement photos at PNC Park, we very much realized we had a slight Pittsburgh obsession!  However, I'm classy and really wanted to stick to black and white stripes.  I added the gold touches since it's super chic and pretty but glam.  I added the touches of red (like Heinz ketchup) because it seemed to fit the reception venue.  I also love me a good deep red heel, and I even got to add a hint of red into my flowers!  It was unique because I added my own small Pittsburgh touches in a tasteful and classy way.  I was super pleased with how elegant it turned out to be!

Also, our “cocktail hour” was a hot dog cart on the street between venues!  So fun!!!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

My favorite moment was definitely walking down the aisle.  I had waited so long to show off my dress, the venue, the gorgeous small touches, and the Roberto Clemente museum.  I was MOST anxious and excited to run down that aisle to Tom, and finally show off all my hard work to my family and friends.  It was so enchanting and I had chills the whole time.

Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?

Hire a day-of coordinator!  Even if you don't need help with all your plans, having someone to lean on all day is really helpful and stress free.  I don't just say that cause I love doing it for a living.  I truly think my Wanderlust girls perfected my day-of vision and I cannot thank them enough!!!

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Allure from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Macy's | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Christina Wu from Bridal Beginning | Cake: Tasty Bakery | Cupcakes: Le Cupcake Shoppe | Donuts: Peace, Love, and Little Donuts | Calligraphy: Oh Joyful Day | Caricature Artist: The Pittsburgh Caricature Company | Caterer: Common Plea Catering | Ceremony Location: The Clemente Museum | DJ: DJ Scott Alexander | Flowers: Community Flower Shop | Hair: Kayla Willkomm Scanlon from DeStefino Beauty Bar | Linens: Linen Hero | Makeup: Evelyn Rose Beauty | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Sky's the Limit Photography | Reception Venue: Heinz History Center | Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals, Wanderlust Weddings and Events, and All Occasions Party Rentals | Stationery: Fresh Cut Prints | Videography: Bre + Jon Harris | Wedding Planner: Wanderlust Weddings and Events

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Navy & Burgundy Wedding at the Circuit Center: Jamie & Adam

Combining classic and feminine wedding details with a dark and pretty palette, this navy and burgundy wedding is downright lovely.  The couple's favorite shade of blue was the main color of the day, and Jamie and Adam accented it with a dramatic shade of red and a girly pop of peach.  The mix was a soft yet seasonal one, perfect for their early fall wedding date.  In addition to his-and-her most loved hues, a lot of inspiration came from Jamie's affinity for pearls, lace, and anything sparkly.  Her wedding dress incorporated all three accents, glitzy escort cards greeted guests at the Circuit Center reception, and even the cake was adorned with pearl dots, rhinestones, and a satin bow.  Other party details included fresh greenery runners, centerpieces of floral arrangements and black lanterns, and soft uplighting to create a romantic yet relaxed atmosphere.  The best part though?  The 1,800 piece Pittsburgh cookie table, a tribute to the bride's nightly cookies-and-milk tradition.  Yum-o!  Traditional and sweet, this wedding was captured by Madeline Jane Photography.  Enjoy!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

In January 2012, I returned to Slippery Rock University, ready for a new start to my educational experience.  Little did I know that when a handsome man with dark brown eyes sat next to me in Human Development, he would one day be my husband.  Our friendship took off immediately and as time passed we realized how much closer we were growing together.  When graduation day came for Adam, he left to start his career in Madison, Wisconsin and our long distance relationship added a new component to our lives.  The more that we were apart from each other, the more we realized how much we needed to be together.  So a few months later, I followed Adam to Madison and our relationship blossomed even more.  Soon after, our plans changed again and we both decided to continue our education and moved back to Pittsburgh to pursue our dreams.

As July 2015 came around, I started having feelings that a proposal was in the near future.  On July 16, Adam had dinner reservations for us.  As we were getting ready for dinner, I had a quick glance at Adam's pocket because I noticed a square box outlined in his jeans.  My heart stopped for a moment.  I thought, “Oh my gosh, that's a ring box!  I can't look!  He's going to propose tonight!  But I can't act like I know anything.”  So we arrived to dinner and everything was perfect.  After eating, Adam kept expressing his love to me and I thought here it comes…he reached into his pocket and pulls out a padlock with our names engraved with a heart.  Ahh…so that is what was in his pocket!  We always mentioned how it would be nice to add a lock to the Roberto Clemente bridge.  After dinner, we walked to the bridge, admired the beautiful city skyline, and made a wish together before finding a spot for our lock and tossing the key to our lock into the river.  Shortly after, Adam was down on one knee asking me to marry him.  It was the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.  He had me fooled and hid the ring in his sock the whole time.  Of course, I said yes!

Describe the wedding and what inspired it.  What was unique about it?

Adam and I enjoy dressing up and exploring new restaurants often.  When we do, I always make sure to add pearls to my attire.  I love the classy and timeless look of pearls and this was my main inspiration to our wedding.  After finding my dress, which had a nice balance of pearls, lace, and sparkle, I knew this is what I wanted to incorporate into our wedding details along with our favorite color – navy.  This rich color is flattering on everyone.  Adam couldn't wait to wear his navy tux with sharp brown shoes and a pop of color to his bow tie.  We also wanted to pair navy with other rich fall colors such as burgundy, peaches, and eucalyptus.  I wanted to fill our reception with a lot of soft candle light from lanterns and votives to create a romantic and comforting environment.  I realized throughout my planning that I was constantly drawn to my initial inspiration of bows, pearls, and gems, which were seen in every detail including my shoes, cake, invitations, place cards, etc.  We also wanted to include a large cookie table area for our guests and ourselves.  I am quite a cookie lover and knew this had to happen. (Confession: I always have cookies and milk at 10 p.m. – ever since I was a kid).  Thankfully, we had several family members who made all of our delicious cookies – over 1,800 filled the room!!  Of course, when our dancing had to come to an end at 10, I had to sneak some cookies. 🙂

What was your favorite moment of the day?

All day getting ready, I couldn't believe that it was actually my wedding day.  It was so fun but it didn't feel real.  Once I was at Saint Paul Cathedral and everyone in the bridal party made their entrance, everything got quiet.  It was just me and my Dad waiting at the back of the church for a few moments.  Now it started to feel real.  I could hear my heart beating faster.  The doors were closed and I could not wait to see my groom.  The moment the doors opened and I saw the breathtaking views of the church, filled with our loved ones, I started feeling butterflies of happiness.  The walk down the long aisle getting closer and closer to Adam was my favorite moment.  I suddenly didn't notice anyone else but him.  Adam looked so happy and I couldn't help but smile the whole way.  I couldn't wait to grab his hand and be on our way to be married and that's just what we did!

Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?

My advice to other couples would be to not worry about the finer details of the wedding planning.  I was easy-going with all wedding plans because the most important thing to me was the actual marriage to my best friend.  I think this is what helped me stay calm and stress-free throughout the process.  It's a beautiful time to celebrate the love of your life and officially beginning your lives together.  Embrace every moment.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Sophia Tolli at Cocoa Couture | Bride's Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Bride's Shoes: Macy's | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff at Cocoa Couture | Cake: Cakes by Tammy | Caterer: The Fluted Mushroom | Ceremony Location: Saint Paul Cathedral | DJ: Klock Entertainment | Flowers: Rosebud Floral | Hair: Wendy Caripolti | Lighting: Klock Entertainment | Menswear: Top Hat Tuxedo | Photobooth: Klock Entertainment | Photography: Madeline Jane Photography | Reception Venue: Circuit Center | Stationery: Cards & Pockets | Videography: Light Motion Studios

Photography: Madeline Jane Photography

Gritty but Gorgeous Strip District Engagement Session: Alyssa & Jeff

This Strip District engagement session is the best of both worlds.  With the city skyline, the red brick of the History Center, and the steel of one of our famous bridges, it combines the grit that Pittsburgh is so famous for.  But with Alyssa's thousand watt smile, loose waves in her hair, and a fancy black dress, it's also downright gorgeous.  A little bit fancy and a little bit edgy, this shoot from Levana Melamed Photography is urban romance at its finest.  If these photos are indication of how gorgeous Alyssa and Jeff's September wedding is going to be, I am already counting down the days!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you two meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

Jeff and I met on a fall Saturday night in Shadyside.  Neither him or I ever venture out to the east side of Pittsburgh.  We were both out having a good time with our own sets of friends, until the evening wound down.  Like most Saturday nights out, the night ended with a late night snack, specifically pizza.  While standing in a long line, Jeff overheard my friend and I talking about which slice of pizza we were going to get.  He then offered to buy a whole pizza for us to share.  The rest is history.

Jeff and I got engaged on February 12, 2017.  He had told me we were going to look at a potential wedding venue downtown that he had come across and knew that I would really love.  I thought something was up considering we were not engaged yet.  As we were walking through Market Square to the venue, he stopped me and asked, “Isn't this a little strange that were going to look at a wedding venue and we're not even engaged yet?”  I looked at him puzzled, considering he was the one who had planned the whole thing and responded “Well, yes.”  He then got down on one knee and said, “Well, I can change that” and asked me to marry him.  He had a photographer there that captured the whole moment.  It was perfect.

Describe the engagement session and what inspired the shoot.  What was unique about it?

Jeff and I both love the city so we knew we wanted to incorporate it into our engagement session.  We both wanted an urban feel so the Strip District and Hot Metal bridge seemed like the perfect locations.

It was fun to just laugh and be silly.  We got to be ourselves and Levana captured that perfectly.  The photos turned out gorgeous and we couldn't be happier!