Whimsical DIY Wedding at the Union Project: Abby & Tim

Abby and Tim's big day was one part whimsical fairy tale, one part shabby chic, but 100% adorable.  It's easy to see that these two are crazy about each other, and their June wedding was a laid-back celebration of love and family.  The Union Project provided the perfect blank canvas background and Abby went to town DIYing and making the space their own.  From chalkboard signs and other rustic touches to mason jars and wild flower-inspired centerpieces, this wedding contains so many sweet elements that really gave it a homemade, personal vibe.  Some of my favorite parts of the day?

  • A wedding day color scheme that blended together various shades of pink, yellow, blue, and green to create a youthful, fun palette.  I love a bold couple that isn't afraid to bring some COLOR to their big day!
  • First looking in the heart of the Strip District.  The contrast of a pristine wedding dress in graffiti alleyways and against gritty metal doors always slays me.  Plus the looks on Abby and Tim's faces are just too precious.
  • Instead of a stuffy four course meal, guests feasted on a good ol' fashioned BBQ buffet from Two Brothers BBQ.  This is seriously my kind of wedding!
  • As if a table full of cookies AND cupcakes AND cheesecake wasn't enough, the couple topped their dessert table off with the best.sign.ever.  Keep your eyes peeled for it!
  • To cap off the night, an artist drew up guests' caricatures, making the perfect take-home gift!

Red Flats Photography captured the sweet day so beautifully.  Congrats Abby and Tim!  Your day looked perfect!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
I actually went to high school with Tim's brother.  Joe always said Tim really wanted to take me out but I thought he was some big player.  Boy, was I wrong!  Tim is the absolute sweetest guy I have ever known.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon.  We were cuddling in bed, not wanting to leave those covers.  I got up to run to the other room and came back to Tim hiding under the covers.  I lifted the covers and there it was…my favorite person in the world holding a shiny diamond right in my face.  He just laid there, smiling.  Before any words were even spoken, I said, “Yes!”  He had plans to propose the following Friday during our date night but he just couldn't wait any longer!

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

What inspired your vision?
I just wanted it to be “us”.  And thank God for Pinterest!  I took so many ideas and turned them into what we love.

What made your wedding unique?
First, I purchased my dress at Carlisle's of Pittsburgh.  Both of my grandmothers purchased their wedding dresses there, so it was really special for me to find mine there as well.

I walked down the aisle to Ingrid Michaelson's “I Can't Help Falling in Love with You”.  Our toddler walked down before me holding a balloon that said “Here Comes My Mommy”.  Tim bawled.  It was so cute 🙂

I absolutely loved the Union Project!  Those stained glass windows are to die for, especially at sunset!  Everyone there was so easy to work with.  Carol, the director of space rental programming, actually officiated our wedding.  One stop shop!  Plus, the Union Project is a non-profit so it really felt great to help our community.  We also did so much DIYing that I feel like I could open up an Etsy shop!  Plus, our wedding was so real.  The whole day was just so “us”.  The morning was a rush.  I dreamed of complete relaxation, sipping mimosas, but it was the total opposite.  But I wouldn't change a thing!  It was just who we are and I loved it.  Babies crawling all around us, laughing uncontrollably, Tim trying to learn how to tie a bow tie for 47 minutes, etc.  That's just so much of who we are.  Tim and I did our first dance holding our beautiful toddler, and I just look back and laugh because that is so our family 🙂

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Groom: When the music started for Ab to start walking down the aisle, it just became so real.  I couldn't hold back.

Bride: Our first look was ABSOLUTELY my favorite part of the day.  I was so stinking happy to finally see him!  It was like a weight was lifted off my chest and I could finally breathe.  I was standing next to my soon-to-be husband and it was our wedding day and it was just so perfect.  We were soooo happy in the moment.  My other favorite moment was the huge party we had at our house afterward.  We all hopped on the school bus and went back to our place and laughed and cried and just had so much fun.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Don't worry; the image in your head will turn out beautifully.  Do exactly what you want.  I promise you, it will turn out perfectly!  Don't stress and get upset about anything.  There will be lots of times that you just want to throw in the towel and hop on a place and tie the knot with no one around…but it will all be worth it!  Embrace the whole experience!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
GET A VIDEOGRAPHER!  I'm heartbroken that we didn't.  I wish I could relive that day!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Carlisle's of Pittsburgh | Bride's Belt: Amie Noel Designs | Bride's Jewelry: Sabika | Bride's Shoes: RSVP | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Cake: Jennifer Snyder | Caterer: Two Brothers BBQ | Caricature Artist: M.C. Sturman | Ceremony & Reception Location: The Union Project | Desserts: Beth West | DJ: BIFF Entertainment | Flowers: Flowers by Jade | Hair: Noreen Marusic | Menswear: Alfani | Photographer: Red Flats Photography | Rentals: Vintage Alley Rentals | Stationery: Vistaprint | Transportation: First Student | Wedding Planner: The bride

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Woodsy Waterfall Engagement Session: Erin & Joey

A woodsy, fairy-tale like engagement session complete with a waterfall?  Yes, please!  Erin and Joey headed to McConnells Mill for their session with Michael Will Photography.  The moss-covered rocks, the flowing water, and the beautifully lit woods give these photos a serene, almost out-of-a-storybook quality.  Sometimes all you need to make photographs beautiful is some killer sunlight and a couple in love.  Done and done.

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Woodsy Waterfall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Michael Will Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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From the photographer…

My favorite part of this shoot (besides Erin's killer dress and the epic location) is the LIGHT!  We couldn't have planned the timing of everything better.  The entire shoot was at McConnells Mill State Park near the covered bridge, and the sun peaking through the trees was just perfect.  Also, big props to these two for braving the waterfalls and my requests to have them walk across trees and moss covered rocks!  #livingdangerously

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Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse: Janae & Robert

The Grand Concourse is one of my favorite venues in the city.  Its opulence – the globe, streetlamp lighting, heavy columns, marble, penny tile floor, and stained glass – takes you right back in time.  It doesn't take much in terms of decor to look absolutely stunning and it's the perfect setting for a vintage-inspired wedding.  After an out-of-a-storybook engagement (Seriously.  There is a freaking castle involved!), Janae and Robert planned their August nuptials in the train station-turned-restaurant and pulled inspiration from both the venue's history and the bride's love of fairy tales.  The couple was able to merge the dual theme with some really unique details, including:

  • Invitation reception cards modeled after old-fashioned train tickets, custom made by Hello Beautiful Designs.  Very apropos!
  • A seriously stunning ceremony backdrop!  Janae and Robert tied the knot right on the landing of the Grand Concourse's gorgeous main staircase!
  • A wedding dress fit for a true princess.  The bride selected the Belle inspired gown from the Disney Fairy Tale Bridal Collection at Alfred Angelo.  Prince Charming not included, but it looks like Janae already had her own 😉
  • A cigar bar, complete with branded boxes of matches printed with the bride and groom's names and the CUTEST.  SIGN.  EVER.
  • A nostalgic display of both Janae and Robert's parents' and grandparents' wedding day photos.  So sweet!

Joey Kennedy was there to take all of the breathtaking images below.  And Janae and Robert lived happily ever after.  <3

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Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Fairy Tale Summer Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Joey Kennedy Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Robert and I met in 2010.  Easter to be exact.  I was working as a nursing assistant at a nursing home while I was in nursing school.  Robert's grandfather was a patient of mine, and from the day I started working there, his grandfather told me I needed to meet his grandson.  He took a picture of me to show him and Robert wanted to meet me.  His grandfather failed to mention that I worked only on weekends since I was in school full time, so Robert showed up almost every day trying to run into me.  His grandfather told me he really liked those extra visits so he wasn't going to tell him not to come!  We finally met on Easter of that year; in fact, I met almost all of his family that lived in the area that same day.  He came back to visit a few more times and asked for my phone number.  Our first date was at Willow Restaurant and we went through three bottles of wine and closed the place down just talking!  I worked the next morning and, though I wasn't hungover from the wine, I was tired.  Robert showed up at my work to visit his grandfather but also to bring me a cherry limeade (my favorite!) with extra cherries.  I knew he was a keeper after that!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
In February of 2013, Robert planned a vacation for us.  We went to London, where his best friend lives, for a fashion show.  We stayed there a few days and then went to Paris for Valentine's Day.  He then had it planned for us to go to Austria.  The drive from Paris to Austria was really long so we stopped in a little town in Germany, where the Neuschwanstein Castle is.  We arrived at the castle late and stayed in a little guesthouse in the same area as the main castle.  Robert loves to take pictures, and even though we were exhausted from the long drive, he wanted to head up to the castle for some night photos.  We drove up, even though there were signs indicating that we weren't supposed to do that, and parked.  I was loving the view of the castle when I turned around and Robert was down on one knee, asking me to marry him.  Of course, I said “Yes!”  You never say no to a little blue box or a boy who takes you to a castle!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The theme was vintage fairy tale.  The Grand Concourse was built in the early 1900's so we wanted to try and bring out the 1920's in our wedding.  And of course, a fairy tale because I am in my own real life fairy tale 🙂  The colors were originally gray and light pink but while shopping for bridesmaids dresses, one of my girls tried on the dress that they ended up wearing.  It was in coral and instantly I knew that was the color!  So we changed the colors to coral, gold, and Tiffany blue.

What inspired your vision?
I love anything Disney fairy tale, and while I really wanted the princess dream wedding theme, I didn't want it to look immature or tacky.  Luckily, I also really like the vintage feel.  I talked with our florist, Nathan, and our photographer, Joey, who both really helped bring together the vision that was in my head and make it a reality!  I had tons of pins on my Pinterest board and, while they were scattered at first, I think Joey and Nathan were really the ones who were able to tie it together for me.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Everyone always told me not to sweat the small things and not to stress, that everything would fall into place.  Of course, being a crazy bride, I thought this was the worst advice ever and that no one knew what they were talking about!  Sure enough, they did!  The night goes by so fast; those details that you stressed over day in and day out aren't going to matter.  Your wedding is going to be perfect, even if the napkins aren't centered or someone forgets to include something.  The fact that you and your hubby, family, and friends are together is all that matters.

I also highly recommend a first look!  While it's not traditional, it is a perfect time to really just see your hubby-to-be and let him really see you and all the hard work you put in (exercise, hair, makeup, dress, etc.).  Also, it frees up time after the ceremony to enjoy being with your bridal party and family.

Lastly, consider a sweetheart table.  We integrated our bridal party in with the guests so those with significant others or dates weren't stuck at a table with no one they knew.  We had our sweetheart table, just the two of us, on top of the staircase.  We were able to enjoy the food and really spend time together.  The rest of the night, we were apart from each other, so I'm thankful for that dinner and the time to talk without interruptions other than the clanking of glasses.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Must haves: A good bridal party!  They are your go-to girls!

An emergency supply basket in the ladies room for you and your guests!  I included those things that you just might need in a basket with a note.  We had so many comments on how it was a life saver and it allowed me to be purse-free but still have hairspray, gum, and other little things.

I don't think there is anything I would have done differently.  To me, my wedding day was perfect and I'd do it again in a heartbeat (maybe with a pink wedding dress though!).

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Belle from the Disney Fairy Tale Bridal Collection at Alfred Angelo | Bride's Bracelet, Earrings, Tiara, & Veil: Alfred Angelo | Bride's Necklace: Helzberg Diamonds | Bride's Garter: Made by the groom's mom | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo at Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Bridesmaids' Necklaces: Etsy | Cake: Oakmont Bakery | Caterer & Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Grand Concourse | Cookies: Made by family members in Pittsburgh, Arizona, and Iowa! | DJ: DJ EN4K | Flowers & Decor: Hens and Chicks | Hair: Hannah Conard Beauty | Makeup: Maria Layton Makeup | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Joey Kennedy Photography | Stationery: Hello Beautiful Designs | Wedding Planner: The bride

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Engaged: Nina & Albert

It seems like no matter what they do, Nina and Albert have fun together.  Their engagement session took them all over the city – the North Shore, a bridge, in front of Phipps, and even to Schenley Park.  Yet with each photo, it's easy to tell that these two were made for each other.  Nina is laughing the whole time and Albert can't seem to take his eyes off of her.  Caitlin's Living Photography captured the essence of their love and it's adorable.  Oh, plus Nina looks like a model.  For realz.  That hair!  So jealous!

If these photos are any indication of how their September 6 wedding is going to go, my socks are going to be knocked off.  Congrats to the soon-to-be-newlyweds!

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Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunny Pittsburgh Skyline Engagement Session by Caitlin's Living Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

Tell me a little bit about the couple!
When I met Albert and Nina, I could tell that they were a match made in heaven.  Both of them were unbelievably gracious and kind, constantly thanking me throughout the session.  Honestly, I should have thanked them!  They made it so easy to capture their love.

Describe the engagement shoot!
I was inspired by the beauty of Pittsburgh, this big steel city in the middle of some of the most beautiful mountains.  For this session, we had Albert and Nina in their elements, in the outskirts of Pittsburgh as well as at Nina's alma mater – Pitt!  They were both so easy to photograph.  I really just wanted to capture the true love between them.  My favorite moment of the day was climbing on top of the bridge to get some truly beautiful shots!

Real Wedding: Christen & Jamie at the Renaissance

One of the things that I love best about writing this blog is the variety of weddings I get to feature.  Rustic and woodsy in a barn, industrial and modern in a loft, classic and romantic in a museum, and this one – vintage inspired, intimate, and budget friendly.  Christen and Jamie tied the knot last September in front of a small group of their closest family and friends at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.  Christen is the voice behind The Thrifty Yinzer blog, so it wasn't in her nature to spend a ton of money on an extravagant wedding.  On the contrary, the couple kept the guest list to about 40 people, opted for a Friday night affair, skipped having a bridal party and a DJ, and DIYed most aspects.  But that doesn't mean that their wedding wasn't anything short of amazing!  My most favorite details include:

  • Paying homage to her love of anything throw back, Jamie gave Christen a STUNNING vintage-inspired yellow sapphire ring when he proposed.  Yes, diamonds are a girl's best friends.  But yellow sapphires are even better!
  • In typical Christen fashion, the bride wore a vintage dress that she found at a thrift store.  Short, simple, but oh-so-chic!
  • The bride and groom exchanged vows in what I think is the most beautiful venue in all of Pittsburgh – the lobby of the Renaissance.  The grand staircase, the marble, the beautiful ceiling, the lighting…I die.
  • These bridal portraits scream Pittsburgh and you know my Burgh-loving heart is all aflutter!  PNC Park, the Highmark building, and, of course, multiple bridges make an appearance and the city is almost as pretty as this couple.
  • Determined to have the focus be on food, friends, and family, Christen and Jamie prove that you do not have to drop a million dollars to have a beautiful wedding.  At a wedding, the spotlight should be on the love you share with your other half.  All of the decor and details and flowers and favors are great, but at the end of the day, only love remains.  Let that be the focus.  Christen and Jamie's big day is the perfect example of doing just that.

Ashleigh Saylor Photography was on hand to document all of the vintage-y details.  Simple yet stylish, this wedding day is certainly one for the history books!  Congrats you two!

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Vintage Budget Friendly Pittsburgh Wedding by Ashleigh Saylor Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met through mutual friends on a Saturday night at a costume party.  We ended up tailgating the next day for the Steelers game.  He sneaked off and found us two tickets to the game!  We had the best day together!  He was so laid back and I don't think I stopped laughing once.  Our second and third dates were also Steelers games.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
He proposed to me in Las Vegas over the 4th of July weekend on the High Roller ferris wheel when it reached the highest point.  Since we were on the ride with others, everyone screamed when he got down on his knee.  When I said yes, everyone clapped and hugged us!

We had started planning our engagement months before.  I had known about the stone (a yellow sapphire that took three months to located because of its rarity) and it was important to us to pay off the ring together.  But I didn't know he had it with him on this trip!  He really pulled off the perfect surprise!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The most special part of our engagement was that my ring isn't a diamond; it's a yellow sapphire.  Since Pittsburgh is so special to us, and yellow is THE color of the city, I knew I had to have something unique and special.  Our wedding was small and perfect, yet a little lavish.  No wedding party or DJ.  I had everything at the Renaissance and they piped some Sinatra into the ballroom.  I wanted the event to be focused on food, friends, and family!

What inspired your vision?
I love vintage and simple chic.  My dress was vintage, and I actually had it months before we got engaged!  I knew that's what I would want.  I've always loved simple and classic but, because I've always been budget conscious, I never had these extravagant dreams of a huge wedding.  When we started thinking about getting engaged, I knew that I'd want as many vintage pieces that I could find.  I found my dress for basically pennies, and my shoes were on clearance.  All of my jewelry was my “something borrowed”.  I also didn't want the hassle of bringing together a wedding party.  I knew I'd want to do as much of the DIY stuff as possible!

What made your wedding unique?
Simplicity, yet style.  I had a true Thrifty Wedding.  My entire invite list was 40 people, I had no bridal party, and I did lots of DIYing, from invites and place cards to my own hair and makeup.  We were engaged for only two months before our big day!  We chose a Friday night wedding, which is why we were able to secure a venue and a justice of the peace on such short notice.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
We had our ceremony on the staircase in the lobby of the Renaissance.  I think that was the most “extravagant” part about our wedding.  We did not do first look pictures, so the first time Jamie saw me was when I came around the corner with my dad.  Seeing Jamie's face and all of the eyes on me (including hotel guests trying to catch a glimpse, which I secretly loved) was my favorite thing about that day and a moment I'll never forget.  My husband also had NO IDEA what my dress looked like.  I think I caught him off guard (in a good way) with a short dress.  I think he knew I wouldn't be traditional in any way, but I loved seeing his expression.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
It doesn't take money to make it nice!  Save your money for the important stuff (house, savings, etc.!).  There are plenty of ways to make your day special without splurging.  And don't fret about the guest list.  It's a day between you, your significant other, and God!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I would have practiced posing a little more and maybe left a little more time for photos.

Vendors
Bride's Dress & Accessories: Vintage | Bride's Shoes: BCBG | Cake: Abby Cakes | Ceremony & Reception Location, Catering, Linens, & Lighting: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel | Engagement Ring: Kenyon Jewelers | Flowers: Blumengarten | Hair & Makeup: The bride | Menswear: Express | Photographer: Ashleigh Saylor Photography | Stationery: DIYed | Veil & Custom Sash: Carlisle's of Pittsburgh

Engaged: Allison & Joe

When you love Pittsburgh, what better way to celebrate it and your engagement than by taking photos in the Strip District, on the North Shore, and on one of our most iconic bridges?  That's exactly what Allison and Joe did.  They incorporated their love for the Steel City into their e-session by making stops at some of Pittsburgh's hottest spots.  Primanti's, Feinberg's, Pamela's, the fountain at the Point, and even a few bottles of IC Light – they all make an appearance in this quintessential Pittsburgh engagement shoot done by Amanda Brisco Photography.  This Burgh Bride has made this Burgh blogger proud!

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District & North Shore Engagement Session by Amanda Brisco Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Joe and I are both from Pittsburgh, but we met in Virginia in March of 2012.  Our dads have worked together for at least the past 20 years and are our “cupids”.  When I graduated from college, I moved to Virginia to start my career in advertising.  Joe joined the Navy after high school and was in Virginia on and off.  When I moved to Richmond, my dad told me that his friend from work had a son who lived in Virginia Beach, and he thought we could be friends.  Joe's dad told him the same thing.  Both of us brushed them off – I mean who needs their dad to help them make friends?!  Fast forward five years and I had taken a new job where I was traveling to Virginia Beach more often and was reminded of my dad's friend's son.  So I decided to send him a Facebook message.  We met up for dinner on the oceanfront one night while I was in town and we just clicked.  We've been together ever since!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Joe was sent overseas for a tour in April of 2013.  He came home for his leave in December and we had lots of plans!  The first weekend he was home, we went to the Steelers game.  It snowed the entire time, which Joe loved, and we had a blast!  Joe had made dinner reservations that night at Monterey Bay.  We decided to take the incline up to Mt. Washington and walk to the restaurant.  I had on heels, but wanted to just wear my Ugg boots and change into my heels later.  Joe insisted that I not do that; I was so annoyed but I went along with it.  When we got to the restaurant, Joe suggested we go to the overlook to see the lights, since the city was all ready for the holidays.  When we were looking at the lights, I turned to him and he was down on one knee!  I said yes, of course!  As we were hugging, I noticed a woman snapping some pictures of us and whispered about her to Joe.  He said he knew and that he had hired her to capture our proposal!  It was a beautiful night!

Describe the engagement shoot.
We both love everything Pittsburgh, from Primanti's and the bridges to the Steelers and Pirates.  We couldn't think of better spots than the Strip District and the North Shore for our engagement session.  I love the urban look, as well as all the bricks and murals.  On the North Shore, I was in love with the way Mandy captured the beauty of the city and incorporated Mt. Washington into the background.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Do an engagement session!  It not only makes you more comfortable with the photographer, but it makes the photographer more comfortable with you.  Also, be open to suggestions and don't sweat the small stuff!

Real Wedding: Lauren & Brendan at the Longue Vue Club

Lauren and Brendan's day is exactly what I imagine a summer wedding to look like.  The bright but simple color palette of coral and white was perfect for their August affair.  And it looks like they couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day!  Wanting to stick with their classic personal styles, the couple chose the Longue Vue Club as their reception venue because of its historical significance.  This venue is quickly becoming one of my absolute favorites.  Its grounds are so beautiful for portraits, and Lauren and Brendan's are no exception.  Just wait until you get a load of that sunset!  Milla C. Photography snapped some pretty incredible photos of these two, and of my other favorite details from their big day!

  • The embroidered button-down that Lauren wore while getting wedding-ready.  Her new monogram on the pocket, “I Do” on one cuff, and their wedding date on the other.  Completely adorable!
  • Coral bridesmaids dresses!  That color, the deep v-neck, and ruching around the waist is flattering on just about anyone, and Lauren's girls especially.  They looked like a million bucks!
  • Lauren's bouquet!  Traditionally, a bride's bouquet is all white.  While I'm usually a sucker for ones full of colorful flowers, Lauren's has me swooning.  The different textures are amazing and the palest shade of peach peeking through is just enough color to keep me happy.
  • St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon served as the ceremony location and this church is absolutely stunning.  Gorgeous stain glass windows, incredible paintings, and organ pipes surround the altar, making for the most beautiful backdrop to exchange vows.
  • What is a local wedding without some photos on a bridge?  This couple and their bridal party took one over and the results are oh-so-Pittsburgh!

Lauren and Brendan's is like a tall drink of water on this hot summer day.  Congrats you two love birds!

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic, Coral Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club by Milla C Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Brendan and I met at the annual neighborhood 4th of July party in 2010.  I saw him from afar and asked my friend, Shannon, how I didn't know that he lived on her street.  We ended up being on the same team for games and hit if off.

Then, I didn't see Brendan for a while, but randomly saw him when picking my brother up at the local watering hole.  We chatted, exchanged numbers, and the rest is history.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We were on a family vacation in Kona, Hawaii.  We had gone kayaking earlier in the day, and Brendan insisted on going for a walk before dinner.  We decided to walk to the lava shorelines and sit on a picnic bench.  Brendan started to tell me how nervous he was that he was going to talk to my dad on vacation about getting engaged.  I was trying to give him a pep talk and tell him that in Hawaii my dad would be relaxed and easy going.  Then, Brendan tells me that he ALREADY talked to my dad months ago.  I started to feel butterflies in my stomach as Brendan got down on one knee and made me the happiest girl in the world!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Our wedding was the best day ever!  We had a beautiful ceremony, a fabulous mix of city and rustic photos, and a fun reception.

What inspired your vision?
My vision was inspired by my love of the color coral.  I knew that I wanted everything to be centered around that.  I also have a very classic taste, so I wanted to make sure that everything was done tastefully – elegant but simple too.

What made your wedding unique?
Our wedding was unique because it was completely planned by a Pittsburgh girl doing extreme research.  I was set on having it at a historical venue.  Both our ceremony and reception were held at historical landmarks in the Burgh.  Longue Vue was a great mix of antique with modern features.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment of the day was when Brendan and I were introduced at the reception as husband and wife.  We had so much fun dancing our way into the room.  The love and support that surrounded us was unbelievable.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
I am obsessed with pictures and I did not believe my friends when they told me that the day goes by in the blink of an eye.  I would highly recommend getting a really good photographer and videographer.  At the end of the day, those are the tangible memories that you have.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Get airbrush makeup!  It makes your skin look so flawless in all of your pictures and lasts all night!  Also, don't stress about your shoes!  No one seems them!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Jewelry: Mom's pearls | Bride's Shoes: Banana Republic | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Cake: Sue Politowski | Caterer & Reception Venue: Longue Vue Club | Ceremony Location: St. Bernard Church | DJ: Joel Lindsey Entertainment | Flowers: Petal Pushers | Hair: Red Carpet Ready Hair by Nikki B | Lighting & Decor: Benack Sound Productions | Linens: Pittsburgh Wedding Rentals | Makeup: Simone Jene Makeup | Photographer: Milla C. Photography | Stationery: Jack + Bean | Transportation: All Star Limousines | Videography: Memorable Moments

Engaged: Alissa & Ben

When it comes to engagement photos, one of my biggest tips is to choose a location that is meaningful to you and your mister.  Whether at your favorite restaurant or where you had your first kiss, a session at a special place will result in photos that are even more meaningful.  Just ask Alissa and Ben.  They opted for their very own neighborhood for their pre-wedding pics with Ashley Giffin Photography.  The couple loves Highland Park and it's where they spend a lot of time – running, enjoying the fountain, and taking in the fresh blooms.  So it was a no brainer to head here for their engagement session.  And I'm so glad they did.  With the lush green trees, the colorful flowers, and the bright sunshine, the results are adorable!  Just see for yourself!

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Highland Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Ashley Giffin Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

When and how did the couple meet?
They met through mutual friends in January 2011, which happened to be Ben's first weekend in Pittsburgh after moving from Washington DC.  They had their first date shortly after the bride's family's 2011 Steelers Super Bowl Party.  Ben not only survived meeting her parents, family, and two of her best friends, but also a Steelers loss.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
From Ben: Alissa and I traveled to Hilton Head for a much needed 10 day vacation in the beginning of July 2014.  There was a lot of added stress at the airport and on the flight – I had to get a diamond engagement ring through airport security in my carry-on without Alissa seeing it!  Of course, we lined up with an extra-diligent TSA agent, who seemed to be pulling aside every bag for inspection.  But we got through without any hiccups and made it to Hilton Head.  At the grocery store, I deftly suggested we pick up some champagne.  Alissa suspected nothing!  We made our way to the beach for a long walk at sunset and found some quiet moments sitting alone by the dunes.  We talked about how three years had flown by, as it does when you're having fun, and about how our love carried us through some tough and good times.  I dropped to one knee to pop the question, and through lots of emotion from both of us, she said yes!

From Alissa: Ben proposed during our annual summer vacation to Hilton Head Island.  Even though it was a very long day of traveling, after dinner Ben kept asking if we could go walk on the beach before sunset.  During our walk, Ben was pretty quiet and seemed a little nervous, but I figured it was just fatigue.  As we were approaching the exit off the beach, he asked if we could sit down on a dune so he could take some pictures of the sunset.  Next thing I know he is down on one knee, asking me to marry him.  Through the tears and massive smile, I managed to say yes!

Describe the engagement shoot.
There are so many great places in Pittsburgh for engagement pictures, but what better place to do it than in their own neighborhood.  The couple moved to Highland Park in early 2013, and quickly fell in love with not only the neighborhood but also the park itself.  They spend a lot of time running in the park and summer when the flowers are in full bloom and the fountain is on is their favorite.

Real Wedding: Heather & Dante at Fishers Farm

Heather and Dante's September nuptials prove that you don't have to spend $30k to have an unforgettable wedding.  In fact, the couple spent a third of that AND got to spend four days at their venue celebrating!!!  Heather contributed to a recent article about how to save money on your Pittsburgh wedding.  Her money-saving secret?  In order to stay within their budget, she and Dante looked for venues outside the city.  Still having trouble finding a place that suited them perfectly, Heather did an impromptu search on a vacation rental website and found Fishers Farm – a bona fide working farm and private residence. The rustic surroundings, ponds, red barn, and farmhouse suited the couple perfectly.

Heather was the quintessential DIY bride who wasn't afraid to recruit her family and friends for help with crafting and other details – her sister made the invitations, her cousin made the signs, her bridesmaids and friends helped hang paper lanterns and put together floral arrangements, and her brother even helped hang the lights in the tent.  She commented, “If you see it, we made it.”  The end result was a beautiful day chock full of charming, homespun elements.  My favorites?

  • An amazing, sparkly array of bridesmaids dresses.  The girls got to choose their own and they ended up with a beautiful mix of sequins, tulle, rosettes, and chiffon, all from Adrianna Papell.
  • THAT HEADPIECE!  Heather looks like a bohemian fairy princess in the Twigs & Honey pearl and rhinestone number she wore across her forehead.
  • A casual ceremony set up.  Dante's dad officiated the exchanging of vows and the guests crowded around the happy couple – some sitting on chairs, some standing, and some leaning against the nearby tree.
  • The couple wrote their own vows.  But Dante kicked his up a notch by writing them on the back of a Terrible Towel!  He busted it out mid-ceremony and read from it!  If this isn't a Pittsburgh wedding, I don't know what is.
  • A special serenade to Heather from all of the men in the groom's family.  It's tradition for the guys to sing the Italian favorite “Oh Marie” to every bride marrying into the Condeluci family.  What a special moment for both these gentlemen, who take such pride in carrying on the legacy, and the bride, who was welcomed into the family in such a special way.

You can just feel all of the TLC that went into this wedding simply by looking at these photos taken by Willa J Photography.  Heather and Dante's big day is proof that a wedding really is all about two people falling in love.

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sparkly Boho Farm Pittsburgh Wedding by Willa J Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Grab your tissues because their video from Catedralography is just darling.

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in a synagogue!  The oddest of places since Dante is a Catholic and I am a hippie Presbyterian.  We were both working there temporarily and there was a two week window for us to meet.  The receptionist INSISTED that we were both “young and good looking” and encouraged us to get lunch.  Needless to say, we haven't left each other's side since.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We are SUCH a laid back couple…we don't go out much and when we do, it's nothing too fancy.  We LOVE having our friends and family over to our house, cooking for them, and watching whatever Pittsburgh sports team is on TV or playing cards.  The night Dante proposed was exactly that.  My best friends and brother were over and I was sitting on Dante's lap in the living room.  Van Morrison's “Tupelo Honey” (the song that I would later walk down the aisle to) came on and Dante got a look in his eye I had never seen before.  He asked me to follow him upstairs and he went into our closet.  I followed him (thinking he had gone crazy) and just as I was about to turn and walk away, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  When I asked him why that night, he said he knew it was time.  I jumped and shouted so loudly our guests actually stood outside of the door, wondering if they should come in.  I opened the door, ran downstairs, and we continued the celebration well into the night!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
I call our wedding “rustic, boho, hippie, chic”.  Dante and I are super laid back and a little non-traditional.  I wanted a day that reflected both of our personalities.  Every detail of our day was “us”….from the band to the food and the drinks we served.  If we didn't like it, it wasn't part of our day, but we also kept our guests in mind throughout the entire planning process.  Our guests felt instantly welcomed and relaxed, just as they do in our home.

Our friends and family informally gathered around us during our ceremony and Dante's father acted as our officiant.  Neither Dante nor I knew what he was going to say so it was a really special moment.  We also wrote our own wedding vows.  Dante, in typical Dante fashion, wrote his vows on the back of a Terrible Towel, which I now lovingly refer to as my Terrible Vowels.

We had a live band at our reception (we are HUGE live music fans) and our caterer served smoked BBQ ribs, chicken, and a whole pig – all family style!  Our guests are STILL talking about that food!

What inspired your vision?
My headpiece and my maid of honor's dress.  I'm still COMPLETELY obsessed with both.  I kept a neutral palette and my bridesmaids all chose their own dresses.  Everyone looked STUNNING!  The guys wore white shirts and either khaki or gray pants.  Once I nailed down those two pieces (and with a little help from Pinterest) everything fell into place and came together better than I could have ever imagined!

What made your wedding unique?
I am a budget bride who wanted a non-traditional wedding.  We were on a $10k budget, which nowadays is almost unheard of.  We stayed within our budget AND got to spend FOUR days at the venue with our friends and family…how awesome is that?!?  Dante and I are so laid back and we wanted a day that reflected exactly that.  We LOVE spending time outdoors, around a campfire, and we take weekend trips ALL the time.  Right away, I knew that we should look for something outside the city so we could have a weekend getaway for us AND our guests!  I looked at traditional venues and nothing really felt like “the place”.  So on a total whim, I went to a vacation rental website and began emailing homeowners, asking if I could host a wedding on their property.  I got some “colorful” responses, to say the least.  But I didn't give up and finally I found Fishers Farm – a stunning 5-bedroom farmhouse about two hours north of the city that sits on 126 acres with a pond, streams, and even a bridge leading to an arbor!  What could be more perfect?  We knew we had found the perfect place to begin our forever!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Crossing the bridge and meeting Dante – seeing everyone there supporting and loving us was a truly special moment.  Also, the ENTIRE reception!  No one left the dance floor and taking in all our closest family and friends celebrating together is something I will cherish forever.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Planning a wedding is like planning your own Christmas but better!  Don't worry about what you think other people expect from or want for you!  The day is about you, your husband, and the beginning of your forever.  Trust me, once everything comes together, NO ONE will leave saying “I wish she would have….”  There is no other time in your life when you can have a day ALL ABOUT YOU!  Embrace every second of it!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Nothing…I truly loved every second of our day, and I know my husband did too!

Vendors
Band: Terrance Vaughn Trio | Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero at The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Headpiece: Twigs & Honey | Bride's Shoes: White House Black Market | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Desserts: Made by the bride & groom! | Caterer: Fort Worth Restaurant | Ceremony & Reception Location: Fishers Farm (private residence) | Flowers: Community Flower Shop | Hair: Jessi Rawlings & Kathleen Quigley | Decor: Handmade by the bride and family | Makeup: Kiss N' Make-Up | Menswear: J. Crew | Photographer: Willa J Photography | Rentals: Classic Tent Rentals | Stationery: Gianna Rotunno (sister of the bride) | Videography: Catedralography

 

Engaged: Jessica & Matt

One of Pittsburgh best's features is its waterfront.  In not too many places can you walk alongside or float down a river and take in a spectacular view of the city skyline.  This engagement session, brought to you by Steven Dray Images, captures this unique side of our city so spectacularly.  Whether taken from the dock or on the water, near the Convention Center or on the roof of a parking garage, these photos show all of Pittsburgh's best sides.  And Jessica and Matt (and their pooch!) are pretty cute too!  See what I mean below.

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From the photographer…

Matt & Jessica were plain awesome!  They contacted me because they were doing a small destination wedding but wanted their engagement photos to reflect Pittsburgh's beauty.  Matt had a boat docked in the city and we decided it would be stellar to incorporate that into the photo shoot.  A little California lifestyle brought to the Three Rivers.  They were so easy to photograph. Easy to direct and super easy on the eyes.  Let's be honest, they are a good looking couple.  We had a blast hitting some of Pittsburgh's iconic spots, like the Convention Center fountain, and using bridges as our boating backdrop.  I loved this photo shoot because I feel it showed a different side of Pittsburgh.  This shoot was also featured in Whirl Magazine.