Sunrise Lakeside Engagement Session: Kim & Dante

There are advantages to waking up at the crack of dawn to catch a sunrise.  For one thing, it's the perfect opportunity to get some really awesome photographs.  Like the ones Kristland Lee took of Kim and Dante during their well-timed engagement session.  Inspired by their love of the outdoors and Dante's love of fishing, the pair headed to Moraine State Park where they paddled in a canoe, sat on the dock, and dipped their fishing poles into the lake.  The unique setting coupled with the sun progressively breaking the horizon made for a serene session bathed in a beautiful glow.  A pretty landscape made even prettier by an adorable couple in love!  I think it's safe to say this session was totally worth the early alarm clock.  Enjoy!

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

This couple wanted their engagement session to really incorporate who they are and what they love.  They love being out in nature and Dante especially loves fishing.  They told me their ideas of a canoe and having more casual photos.  So we went to Moraine State Park and incorporated all of that: a canoe in the water, fishing poles, the dock, etc.  I thought a sunrise shoot would be gorgeous on the water, and oh my goodness, it was heavenly!  I had never done a session at sunrise before and could only imagine how amazing it would look on the water and coming over the trees at Moraine State Park.  It was everything we had envisioned and more.  We were so happy with how the photos turned out!

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Intimate, Southern Inspired Wedding at Phipps Conservatory: Yolanda & Nathan

This intimate, southern inspired wedding started with an epic proposal that was straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel (no, really…they got engaged on the same pond where The Notebook's famous row boat scene was filmed!!!).  Afterwards, Yolanda and Nathan opted for a wedding day that was a bit quieter.  Being that this was the second wedding for both of them, the couple skipped the bells and whistles and kept their affair about what matters most…their children, family, friends, and being together.  In front of 40 others, Yolanda and Nathan said “I do” in the gorgeous Broderie Room of Phipps Conservatory.  The unique ceremony site provided the perfect backdrop for their day, which was designed with a few things in mind: the Southern Gothic tradition, their shared love of New Orleans (where the pair also honeymooned), and the turn of the century style but with a modern spin.  Following the vows, guests enjoyed a cocktail style reception of cheese and fruit in the East Wing of Phipps.  But just because this wedding was small and subtle doesn't mean it wasn't full of thoughtful details.  My favorites?

  • Yolanda's bouquet.  Oh.  My.  Word.  I nearly died when I first laid eyes on it.  I don't want to give away too much but let's just say you'll be stopped dead in your tracks.  INSANELY gorgeous!
  • After a first look session, Yolanda and Nathan exchanged love letters that they had written to each other.  It's pretty typical for brides and grooms to write some sort of sweet note to each other, but usually they are read privately while each are getting ready.  I love that these two read them in front of each other!  How much more emotional those few moments must have been!
  • In lieu of a classic guest book, guests were given pennies to throw in the Phipps “wishing” well, as a sign of good luck for the newlyweds.  I love this take on an old tradition!
  • A cake pull.  Mostly popular in the south, especially New Orleans, a cake pull can be traced back to the Victorian era.  Different charms, each with a specific and special meaning, are placed inside the cake and attached to ribbons or bracelets.  Members of the wedding party or guests are invited to pull a charm from the cake before it's cut.  Yolanda wasn't kidding when she said that she and Nathan loved New Orleans!  It's so cool to see these unfamiliar wedding traditions make their way to Pittsburgh.
  • A carefree attitude!  Nathan's pants split on his wedding day.  Their cake collapsed en route to the reception.  I'm sure other things went wrong too.  But what did Yolanda have to say about it?  “Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.”  AMEN!  Realizing that things will go wrong on your wedding day and being able to deal with them gracefully is the BEST attitude a bride can have!

The talented Alexa of Wild Native Photography beautifully captured this eclectic affair that proves small can still mean mighty.  Enjoy!

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We had known each other for years before we ever considered dating.  Nathan is a few years older than me and we went to the same high school and college.  Because of the age difference, we were vaguely aware of each other, but had never made an actual connection.

We were both previously married and finally officially met through a mutual friend.  We occasionally talked online about theology and philosophy.  After we both found ourselves single, Nathan asked me to meet up for coffee and our relationship quickly blossomed.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
October 13, 2014.  We were visiting friends in North Carolina and we decided to take an overnight trip to Charleston, South Carolina.  We stopped at the Cypress Gardens just outside of Charleston.  It's where the pond scene from The Notebook was filmed.  Nathan took me out on a rowboat and asked me to marry him among these amazing lily pads near a stone bridge.  I was not expecting a proposal at all, but he had planned the entire scene and had his photographer friend ready with his camera.  We rowed back to shore and drove into Charleston where we spent time on the beach, site seeing and eating amazing food.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Both my husband and I love the idea, architecture, and feel of the Southern Gothic tradition.  We gave a nod to New Orleans, our honeymoon location, in a lot of the small details…Nathan's cuff links, my flask (which was a wedding gift from my husband), the cake pulls, the glassware for the flower centerpieces, and a lot of the other small decor elements.

We really wanted to create a warm, family-centered, genteel feel for our ceremony, pictures, and venue. From the dresses and suits down to the signage, cake stands, and colors, we really wanted it to feel like a backyard wedding you might have attended in the 19th or early 20th century, but with a modern spin.  We are both very low key, so we wanted the event to be light but classic.

What made your wedding unique?
We originally ordered a cake from a “hobby decorator”.  It literally collapsed on the way to Phipps the morning of the wedding.  We ended up going to Hobby Lobby and buying cake stands and running to Market District and purchasing cakes from their bakery.  We were actually happier with them!  It worked better with our vision and sometimes you just have to go with the flow!

I LOVED my bouquet and my florist is truly gifted.  But, to save money, I made the flower center pieces myself.  I purchased the flowers from her and arranged them the night before the ceremony.

We wrote our own vows and letters to our children, which were read during the cake pulls.

Nathan's pants (which he had professionally altered) split at the seam right before the ceremony!  Fortunately, we'd gotten most of our pictures taken before the ceremony, and Alexa, being such a good photographer, and was able to work around it.  Nathan has ridiculous amounts of charisma and confidence, so he rocked it anyway.  This is why I love him!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
From the groom…My favorite part of the evening was the few moments we had in the back of the Broderie Room by the statues away from the party.  We talked and rested and were quiet together while everyone mingled. It felt soft and sweet and real.

From the bride…My favorite moment was walking into the room and seeing all of the people that I love, especially my husband and children, lined up and smiling at the front of the room. It could not have been a more perfect moment.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Take most of your pictures BEFORE the ceremony.  It's so much less stressful to have that out of the way.  You can grab a few shots during the event and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Vendors
Artwork: Sara Roark | Band: The Elk River Rounders | Bride's Dress: Nordstrom | Bride's Accessories: SunVDesigns on Etsy | Bride's Shoes: Madden Girl | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jamie Powell Designs on Etsy | Cake: Market District | Cake Pulls: Roxygs on Etsy | Caterer & Ceremony & Reception Location: Phipps Conservatory | Flowers: Anna Roberts Floral | Hair: Kristy Miscuk at John Michael Hair Salon | Menswear: Calvin Klein, Stacy Adams, & vintagedame on Etsy | Photographer: Wild Native Photography | Stationery: Shy Socialites on Etsy

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Hartwood Acres & Station Square Engagement Session: Krista & Denny

After a proposal that took place over a few of Panera's chocolate chip cookies (my favorite…and Krista and Denny's, too!), this couple took to some of their favorite spots – both in and out of the city – for their engagement session with Oakwood Photography.  Krista and Denny love spending their summers in Hartwood Acres, taking in their concert series.  Plus, the stone mansion, blooming gardens, fresh greens, and modern art made for a few unique backdrops.  After that, the pair headed to Station Square to get some cityscape shots.  The marquee letters of the Grand Concourse, the bulbs of the Smithfield Street Bridge, and even the sunset reflecting off the Mon gave their evening pics a warm glow.  With such a variety of landscapes – from the organic beauty of our parks to the urban grit of our waterfronts – it's no wonder Pittsburgh is so special.  Enjoy this session that makes our city look oh-so-good!  Krista and Denny are pretty cute too!

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We were both the same major at Robert Morris University.  First semester freshman year, we had a few classes together and quickly became friends.  Over the next four years, our paths continued to cross and one day senior year, we decided to grab a drink before our night class.  Leading up to the pre-class cocktail, I questioned whether or not it was a date.  Well, it turned out to indeed be a date and two dogs, one condo, and eight years later, we are getting married!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Because we have been together for eight years, I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen.  All the while, Denny was secretly doing his research on engagement rings, even going as far as deleting the history on the internet browser.  Then, on Saturday February 7, I had an 8-hour fitness certification to attend and Denny decided it was the perfect time to buy the ring.

Denny headed to Jared’s and spent three hours putting together the perfect ring.  Then, much to his dismay, the ring wouldn’t be ready until 8 p.m.  Denny had hoped he would have it in hand when I was done with the training so he had to stall.  After the training, we headed to Mad Mex where Denny kept feeding me margaritas so I wouldn’t catch onto his nervousness.  Then, we went home to watch a movie.  Randomly at 8 p.m. Denny had to leave to “help his dad move his car” and I was mad…

Obviously, that was a lie.  Denny ran to Jared’s to pick up the ring and he decided he wanted to present it to me in a fun way.  So he stopped at Panera and bought three chocolate chip cookies (our favorite) and tried to contain his excitement as the cashier rung him out.  Denny walked in the door and asked if I wanted a cookie.  I said no because I had just had ice cream, but he insisted.  After I only grabbed one cookie, he asked if I wanted another and again, I said no.  So finally he reached in the bag, pulled out the ring, and asked me to marry him.  After about five minutes of me flipping out saying, “Are you kidding me?  Are you serious?,” and many swear words, I finally said yes!

Describe the engagement session.
The locations we chose really mean something to us.  We just love Hartwood Acres and spend many Sunday nights in the summer enjoying their Summer Concert Series.  And Station Square was a no-brainer because we love our city.  We really spent that night giggling and having fun in some of our favorite spots.

Pop Up Wedding at the Pump House: Shannon & Russ

You've heard me talk about a pop up wedding before.  But just in case you missed it, check out last week's post all about the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co.  In case you're still a little confused, today's feature is all about Shannon and Russ, the first couple to say “I Do” at a Pittsburgh pop up!

After an adorable proposal that involved a caricature drawing (full story below!), Shannon and Russ knew they wanted something small and simple, but unique and a bit quirky that reflected their personalities.  Along came the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co.  A quick meeting with Trish where she explained her vision for the day and this bride and groom were sold.  Just six short weeks later, the duo was exchanging vows at the historic Pump House at the Waterfront in front of their nearest and dearest.

With a nod to Shannon's profession (hint: librarian!), Trish helped the bride and groom plan a vintage, book-inspired affair.  For starters, Shannon's engagement ring is from the 1920s, while her wedding band just might be one of the first ever displayed at Orr's Jewelers.  Antique furniture and artifacts played the main roles at the pop up itself, but they were accented by literary pieces, such as LOVE letters made from old books, an Scrabble board spelling the pair's names, and Golden-Books-turned-ceremony-programs (made by Shannon herself!).  The bride even carried a Kate Spade book clutch!  Rather than a traditional ceremony reading, a friend read an excerpt from a classic children's book.  Jacob, Russ's son, even played a special role…presenting the rings, which were tied to a book, of course!  After the vows and a quick portrait session, Shannon, Russ, and their guests helped themselves to cupcakes, refreshments, a popcorn bar, and even a selfie station before continuing the party at a nearby restaurant.

Sweet and simple but so extraordinary and memorable, Shannon and Russ's pop up wedding suited them perfectly!  As Shannon put it, “It was perfect.”  I 1000% agree.  And you will too after seeing the beautiful documentation from Nicole Cassano Photography!

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Russ and I met online through OkCupid!  Our first date was in June of 2013 on a Thursday night at Luma in Mt. Lebanon.  We had dates 2 and 3 on Friday and Saturday of the same weekend.  We really didn't look back after those first few days together.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Russ proposed on our second anniversary.  We had spent the day at the Arts Festival with our little family that includes Russ's son, Jacob.  We've made it a tradition to always get a caricature at the Arts Festival so that year was no different.  Except that we both had to sit separately because the toddler didn't want to sit still (Who could blame him?  There was tons going on.).  Russ kept trying to get me to go far away, but Jacob and I were happy just hanging out near him.  It was getting late and Jacob really needed to get to bed, so when we left, we just sort of rushed out there and I never really looked at the drawing.  Flash forward to later in the evening when Jacob was in bed and we were readying the house for family members who were coming over for a going-away party for my brother the following day.  Russ kept asking me where the caricature was, and I kept telling him.  But he insisted I go and get it and look at it.  I did, finally.  And he kept asking me what I thought about it.  I kept telling him I thought it was awesome and was totally oblivious.  Finally, I noticed that “Will you marry me in 2015?” was written at the top, just as I noticed Russ was down on one knee.  I couldn't stop laughing, but finally caught my breath and shouted “Yes!”

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The beauty of the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co. is that it is truly a surprise for the bride and groom.  We had met with Trish of Vintage Alley Rentals and loved her decor and ideas, so we knew we were going to love it.  We also got to pick our cupcake and cake flavors, and we designed what the ceremony would look like.  But other than that, it was a total surprise!  Everything was totally vintage and, since I'm a librarian, we wanted some book-inspired pieces as well.  I had a Kate Spade book clutch, we had my friend read a children's book in lieu of a traditional reading, and I made our programs out of vintage Golden Books.  But Trish and the Pop Up Wedding crew also surprised with us so many little touches….books that spelled out love, a Scrabble board with our names spelled out, bird cages, a popcorn bar, a photo booth, and more!  Someone could have planned for over a year and not had as many gorgeous touches as our wedding had.  We just absolutely loved it.

What inspired your vision?
Well, the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co. really has their own vision and it was wonderful.  But we decided to be the first couple in Pittsburgh to have a pop up wedding because we wanted something simple, quirky, memorable, and different.  Both of us knew we didn't want to have a long engagement, a big wedding, or something cookie-cutter.  But we did want to celebrate and we did want some family and friends there (that ruled out eloping to Vegas).  When we saw the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co. advertised on Burgh Brides, we knew we had to meet with them!  After one meeting with Trish and seeing her vision for the day, we knew it was meant to be.  We kept it a surprise from everyone but the 20 people invited because we really wanted to have fun with it and make it a little more special…especially since we went from engaged to married in just under six weeks.

What made your wedding unique?
Everything!  We were the first couple in Pittsburgh to take the Pop Up Wedding plunge.  It was held in a gorgeous historic building and was intimate and totally tailored to us.  Plus, keeping it a secret meant it made for a big splash when we finally let the beans spill on Monday.  It was so special just having our immediate friends and closest family in on the secret.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
I think my favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle with my parents and seeing Russ and Jacob waiting for me at the altar.  Our family is totally modern and filled with love.  And seeing my two boys just beaming with excitement and love warmed my heart so much.  I never thought I would cry at my own wedding, but I couldn't stop!  Now, when you ask Jacob if Nan and Dad got married, he screams “Yes! And I helped!”  I'll never forget him handing over the rings that were secured to a book too!  Plus, the fact that our family and friends dropped everything to witness our marriage on such short notice is a true testament of their love for us.  We had people travel all the way from New York City, Baltimore, and North Carolina just to be with us.  And we only gave them about a month's notice.  That's love!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
I would tell a bride to march to the tune of her own drum.  You don't have to get caught up in Pinterest or spend a lot of money to have the wedding of your dreams.  Don't be afraid to take risks and try something different and unique!  It's not about out-doing all of the weddings you've ever been to.  It's about creating a day that celebrates the love you have towards one another.  A wedding is just one day in a marriage, so don't lose sight of the long journey.  The stress isn't worth it and everyone should just enjoy their wedding day!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
To me, a wedding must-have is anything that shows off your personality.  For us, it was books and personal touches, pops of color, and fun.  Just trust your gut.

And no, there isn't anything that I would have done differently.  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co. was just a delight to work with and we couldn't have asked for a more dreamy and perfect wedding!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Love You Ivory Day Dress from ModCloth | Bride's Necklace & Clutch: Kate Spade | Bride's Shoes: Marvelous Maven Hell from ModCloth | Cake & Cupcakes: Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. | Ceremony Location: Historic Pump House, Waterfront | Flowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Menswear: Tommy Hilfiger | Officiant: Pittsburgh Wedding Chapel | On-Site Coordination: Your Big Day | Photographer: Nicole Cassano Photography | Rentals & Decor: Vintage Alley Rentals | Stationery: Lucy Loves Paper via Etsy | Wedding Planner: The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Company

 

Woodsy Organic Wedding at the Hyeholde: Alyssa & Chris

This woodsy organic wedding is just another example of when a gorgeous day stops me dead in my tracks.  Every now and again, I'll receive a submission just like this.  The kind that is so stunningly beautiful that I can't wait to get my hands on all the photos and craft a (novel-length) post.  That is exactly what happened when I first caught a glimpse of Alyssa and Chris's wedding day.  This is one for the books, folks.

After an unconventional proposal (she asked him!) and a long engagement, Alyssa and Chris planned a day inspired by nature.  The couple loves the outdoors so the grounds of the Hyeholde provided the perfect backdrop for the affair.  Understated, chic, and with muted tones, this wedding included some really soft and beautiful details, like:

  • The bride's dress.  The Justin Alexander tea length number, with its tulle, Venetian lace and beading applications, and silk dupioni sash gave off vintage vibes.  Alyssa is a classic, demure beauty.
  • The venue.  Tucked into a seemingly enchanted forest in Moon Township, the Hyeholde is a hidden gem.  The main building looks like a cottage you'd find in a fairytale with its wooden beams, stained glass, and inviting fireplaces.  The grounds feature winding stone paths and acres of gardens and lush greens.  It's charm is unparalleled.  Just being there for a few moments and you're instantly transported to another place and time.
  • A hand fasting ceremony.  Instead of lighting a unity candle, Alyssa and Chris participated in this tradition that stems from the Celts.  Just in case you don't know about it, here's how it works…After the bride and groom both declare their intent to enter into a union, the hands of the couple are clasped and fastened together with a cord or ribbon.  The knot that is tied is a symbolic representation of oneness between the couple.  In a show of unity, they become bound to each other.
  • A pie bar.  Since Chris isn't a big cake or cookie fan, the couple opted for a pie bar for dessert.  With a plethora of flavors, Alyssa says that her guests still talk about it!
  • A build-your-own-bouquet bar.  In lieu of favors, the couple set up a make shift flower stand.  Guests were free to create their own blooming bouquets to take home.  I am 100000% in love with this idea!!!

Warning: This post will take you like 20 minutes to read.  You can blame Hot Metal Studio for that.  The images from this day are so incredible that there was no way I could only include a few dozen.  So I may have gone a bit overboard.  Oh well; it will be time well spent.  Get to the end and tell me I was wrong.  I dare you.  (Spoiler alert: It won't happen.)

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Chris and I met in August 2008 at Penn State University; I was a freshman and he was a junior.  The student group that we met through has given us our closest friends and some incredibly cherished memories over the years.  Neither of us attended the first meeting that year thinking that we’d meet our “person”, but it was simply a matter of time before we grew sweet on one another and began seeing each other exclusively.  Throughout Chris’s graduation and subsequent acceptance to graduate school in Massachusetts, we continued to date and travel to see one another.  We became engaged in November of 2010.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
The details actually aren’t that juicy!  But, I actually proposed to Chris, so there is a story there.  In November of 2010, we were planning on having Thanksgiving in State College at my apartment, just the two of us.  I was a junior at the time and we had been dating for two years.  I knew that Chris was the one that I wanted to be with long term pretty much as soon as I met him.  And I thought that it might be fun and exciting to propose when it was just the two of us that Thanksgiving.  I actually bought his ring only 3 or 4 days ahead of time and didn’t tell anyone about my plans, in case I backed out.  I felt really nervous about it, but wanted to go for asking him anyway.  After all, how wonderful must it feel to have someone ask you to spend the rest of your life with them?  I wanted Chris to feel that.  I honestly don’t remember what I said, but thankfully, he accepted the proposal!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
We wanted to have a fun gathering of our favorite people, where we just happened to also get married.  By the time the wedding came around, we had been engaged for about four years and together as a couple for six.  We wanted the wedding to be representative of us as a couple, but also to take care of our guests.  Chris’s biggest requirement was that we get married outside, and we both fell in love with the Hyeholde as our venue.  It was the only location that we visited, and after our walk-through with the venue coordinator, Matthew, we knew that we simply couldn’t find anything more wonderful.

I wanted the flowers to just be lush and beautiful, with an infusion of herbs.  We had tons and tons of roses, mixed with mountain mint, lavender, and rosemary.  Wheat was the main piece of Chris’s boutonniere as a nod to this birth state, Kansas.  It was also included in my bouquet.  A dear friend from college officiated our ceremony, and we wrote our own vows to one another.  Only our siblings served as attendants, and we included a Native American reading (as Chris has Algonquin heritage) and a reading from the children’s book “The Velveteen Rabbit.”  We also served six different pies along with our small wedding cake, since Chris isn’t huge on cake or cookies.  People still talk about the pie!  There are so many details that I could continue discussing, but perhaps we can let the photos speak to the intricacies!

What inspired your vision?
Being in the woods with people we love.  We love nature and we love hospitality, and as long as the wedding and reception (and after party!) spoke to that notion, that was all we cared about.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
One of our favorite parts of the day was after the reception, and all of our friends and family went back to the hotel, and hung out in the lobby together.  People in fancy clothes and jeans, ordering pizzas and drinking Coke and wine, my uncle talking with Chris’s brother, our college friends meeting my high school friends, and everyone just enjoying each other's company.  There will likely never be a time where all of those people will be in the same room together ever again.  It was harmonious even in its opposites.  It was perfectly, casually fabulous.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Stay true to yourselves.  Discuss all of the decisions together and determine what is most important to you.  Don’t just go along with a trend because it is pretty.  Decide if it is really, truly what you want to remember in photos or in your mind ten years later.  Planning things out intentionally will give you a strong basis for making your decisions, and for feeling comfortable making bigger decisions later on.  Communication with anyone is key, whether it is your spouse or your vendors or family!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
A few things come to mind.  Initially, our long engagement was annoying to me, since I just wanted to marry my man!  But, having a long engagement made the process of planning our wedding together much easier.  There was more time to make decisions, and we had a great time being leisurely and stress-free with planning.  Be flexible with what you think you need.  A kind and appreciative attitude with your vendors will be reciprocated tenfold.  And don’t wait to book a videographer!  The only thing I would change would be hiring a videographer.  We didn’t, and by the time I realized that I would have loved a film of our day, it was too late.

And enjoy the day with your new husband or wife!  Savor the small moments.  Take it all in, and enjoy.  The adventure has just begun.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Justin Alexander at Bijou Bridal | Bride's Accessories: Earrings: BHLDN; Garter: Florrie Mitton via Etsy | Bride's Shoes: J. Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Ceremony Location, Caterer, Linens, & Reception Venue: The Hyeholde | Flowers: Cuttings | Hair: Van Salon | Makeup: Jae Lee Paredes | Menswear: Jos. A. Banks | Photographer: Hot Metal Studio | Stationery: Minted | Table Numbers: BHLDN | Wedding Planner: The bride

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Woodsy & Playful Anniversary Session: Carmela & Aaron

This playful anniversary session makes me ask why engaged couples and brides and grooms get to have all the fun?!  I think it's awesome that anniversary sessions have become a thing!  Take it from the old married lady herself – there is a difference between the love you feel for each other on your wedding day, and the love you will feel for each other years later.  It's stronger, steadier, based less on how cute you think he is and more because he throws a load of laundry in without having to be asked.  It's hard for me to put my finger exactly on it, but hopefully all of the other wives out there will know what I'm talking about and agree.

This transition and growth is a very special thing, which is why I think paying tribute to it is such a great idea.  An anniversary session is a celebration of your commitment and everlasting love, and I'm so excited to share Carmela and Aaron's with you today!

These two had a very small wedding on February 13, 2015.  In fact, it was so small that they didn't even have a professional photographer there.  To celebrate their first year as husband and wife, Carmela enlisted the help of her friend Levana Melamed to capture her and Aaron's special love.  Even while in the middle of the woods, this husband and wife weren't afraid to be playful and flirty, making it clear that they are still wild about each other.  So many special moments were captured, all representing so much happiness together.

Carmela and Aaron are planning a large wedding celebration in Mexico at the end of this year.  Until then, enjoy these photos that I'm sure make them want to say “I do” all over again!

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Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Woodsy & Playful Pittsburgh Anniversary Session from Levana Melamed Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Side note – Wondering why Carmela looks so gorgeous?  It's because she's a professional makeup artist, and a great one at that.  Check out Beauty by CC on Facebook and Instagram!  And if you're a bride, heed her wedding day skin prep advice: “Always wear SPF!  Yes, even in Pittsburgh!  Cancer and sun damage are not things you want to mess around with.”  Excuse me while I go reapply.

Simple but Sweet Wedding at Olive or Twist: Whitney & Brandon

Nothing tugs at the heart strings more than the simple but sweet wedding of high school sweethearts.  After years of dating (and a pretty romantic proposal), Whitney and Brandon finally tied the knot last March.  A spring time wedding was important to Whitney.  So to reflect the colors of the season, the bride chose a yellow and gray color palette.  As she put it, “Yellow always means spring time, and gray sometimes means spring time in Pittsburgh!”  In terms of the details, things were left to be rather simple.  But that doesn't mean this wedding wasn't anything but exceptional.  In fact, there were so many things about it I loved, including:

  • Bridesmaids' dresses from everyone's favorite store…Target!  I've mentioned Target's chic but affordable line of wedding wear before.  The short, yellow chiffon number worn by Whitney's ladies is just one example.  Cute and it doesn't break the bank?  I'm totally sold.
  • A ceremony location that would make any Steelers fan proud.  In the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center, Whitney and Brandon exchanged vows with a sea of black and gold fans behind them.  The pair claims they are a “non-traditional couple”.  I can't think of a more unique/perfect spot to say “I do!”
  • Bridal portraits that took advantage of all of the eclectic and modern nooks and crannies of the Heinz History Center.  A first look in the library, candids that highlighted the unique architecture, and even a few snaps on a yellow staircase (to match the color scheme, of course)…Breanne of BNK Photography really outdid herself this time.
  • A cocktail style reception at Olive or Twist.  Rather than a stuffy reception, Whitney and Brandon opted for something a little more laid back.  With a yummy dinner and music provided by Eventures Weddings, guests still very much enjoyed this spin on the traditional party.
  • Even more of Whitney and Brandon's personality infused into typical wedding traditions.  Since they don't consider themselves a conventional couple, the pair wanted to make sure everything reflected them.  That meant a unique ceremony site, but being married by a minister; father/daughter and mother/son dances but shorter ones; no round tables but a buffet style meal; a bride wearing her mother's veil but bright yellow Steve Madden flats; and an A-line lace dress made modern by a trendy peplum skirt.

Simple and sweet, but still thoughtful and personal, Whitney and Brandon's wedding day is well worth a look.  So go ahead and take a gander.  Trust me, you'll be so glad you did.

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Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Simple but Sweet Pittsburgh Wedding at Olive or Twist by BNK Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in high school.  I was actually interested in one of Brandon’s friends at the time, so we became friends by default.  We hung out in groups and one random February evening I called him and we talked for 4 or 5 hours.  After that, it was every night for hours until my mom would yell at me to go to bed.  We became official somewhere between March and April of 2006, so we picked an anniversary date of March 20th.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Brandon and I both took a class in high school called “Consumer Economics”.  It was basically a class that helped high school students learn “adult” tasks – balancing a checkbook, mortgage information, buying a car, etc.  Although we didn’t take the class together, the final project each semester was to plan our dream wedding.  I compiled a binder full of elegant wedding details including dresses, cashmere sweaters I would buy for my bridesmaids, and a Tiffany’s wedding band.  Brandon was at my parents' over the course of a week in August 2013, helping them finish their deck in the backyard.  He asked my mom if he could have the wedding binder.  He had already asked my parents if he could ask me to marry him.  I was out at a work function that evening.  Knowing that I would open it when I got home and think my mom had just given it to him to make me laugh, Brandon set the binder on the desk near our kitchen.  Of course, I started flipping through it, and I got to the last page and my engagement ring was tucked into the last sleeve pocket.  I turned to him and he was down on one knee.  I don’t even remember what he said but of course I said yes!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The best way to describe our wedding was simple, personal, and detailed.  Since it was “our” day I wanted it to feel like “us”.  We are a nontraditional couple, having been together for so long.  So I wanted to modify typical wedding traditions to be more “us”.  We got married in a non-traditional venue, but with a minister.  We did the father/daughter and mother/son dances, but we cut them shorter.  We didn’t have round tables at our reception, but we did do a buffet style dinner.  I wore my mother’s veil, but bright yellow flats under my dress.  My dress was a traditional A-line with lace, but it had a trendy peplum skirt.

What inspired your vision?
We, as a couple, inspired my vision.  We’re not overly fancy or stuffy people.  There were details that I cared about, and ones that didn’t matter.  I picked and chose what meant the most to us.  Spring time was also an important factor to me.  I wanted our colors, yellow and gray, to reflect the time of year.  Yellow always means spring time, and gray sometimes means spring time in Pittsburgh!

What made your wedding unique?
I think our wedding venues made it unique. We had a family-only ceremony in a very non-traditional space.  Our reception was at a bar/restaurant and included the rest of our close friends. We had a buffet style dinner with small plates, so you could keep going back up and trying other foods.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment of the day is a tie between our first look and a moment right after family photos when Bre, our photographer, found a yellow spiral staircase and we took photos there just the two of us.  It was probably only a 10 minute time period, but it was just the two of us and no one could even hear what we were talking about.  It was our first chance to be alone after getting married.  Brandon said his favorite moment was definitely our first look.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
I think my biggest piece of advice is get things done early.  The earlier you can check things off your list, the less stressed you will be at the end.  Also, a piece of advice that I found on “A Practical Wedding”, a blog I read often before and even after our wedding – “If you’re working on something DIY and it just isn’t working no matter what you do, let it go and move on.”  I originally had plans to crochet a capelet to wear with my dress when we went outside.  I am a decent crocheter but I had to modify the pattern.  I probably started over 10 times before I found that advice.  I immediately quit, let it go, and moved on to another project.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
My only must have and can’t live without is the first look.  I always knew it was something I wanted to do; I never cared if I had that traditional first look when I came down the aisle.  It was so wonderful to be able to talk and be with each other before the wedding.  I was nervous and anxious all day but as soon as I saw Brandon, I was immediately calm and excited.  I wouldn’t change anything about our day – it was perfection!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Essense of Australia from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Jewelry from Nordstrom & her mother's veil | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Target | Cake: Giant Eagle | Caterer & Reception Location: Olive or Twist | Ceremony Location: Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center | DJ: Eventures Weddings | Flowers: Budget Blossoms by Jillian | Hair: S Spot Salon | Makeup: Emily Buhman | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: BNK Photography | Stationery: Whitney Livesy | Transportation: TDF Limousine | Videographer: Parker Productions

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A Mt. Washington Engagement Session with Furry Friends: Kelsey & Trey

A Mt. Washington engagement session with furry friends?!  Gimme gimme.

My love for dogs is so outrageous.  I'm literally the person that avoids people at parties and instead just plays with the dog.  I once cut a date night short because I missed my dog.  True story.  But I'm so happy that there are other people in this world who share my affinity for our four legged friends.  People like Kelsey and Trey.

Being huge dog lovers themselves, Kelsey and Trey knew they wanted to incorporate their pooches into their engagement photos.  So the bride and groom, their dogs, Tucker and Izzy, and their photographer, Steven Dray, took in the landscape of Mt. Washington.  Not only is it the neighborhood where the couple had their first date, but it's also where they currently live.  So it seemed only natural to capture these special photos there.  This little “family of four” had quite the adorable e-session full of puppy kisses, wet noses, and wagging tails.  Simple, sweet, and showing off two things they love the most – the dogs and their city – Kelsey and Trey's engagement pics are too cute for words.  Tucker and Izzy may or may not have had a lot to do with that.

JK, Kelsey and Trey!  You're the real stars of this show!  But if Tucker and Izzy will be present at your June 11th nuptials, you might have some real competition.  😉

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
At work…I was his boss!  Trey had just moved here from West Virginia.  I had recently started working running a fundraising campaign office in Pittsburgh.  His best friend, Lex, was one of my colleagues.  Lex helped Trey find a job…and the rest is history!  He started working in our office and we started dating shortly after.  Last summer, we celebrated our third anniversary.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
When Trey was getting ready to propose, he had just started a new job and had been traveling for about five months.  So we hadn't been able to spend more than a few days at a time together.  We found out that Trey was going to be working out of Pittsburgh for an entire week and we were so excited!  We made lots of plans and were looking forward to being able to spend more than 48 hours together.

While I was at work on Monday, Trey got a phone call.  There had been a change of plans and Trey had to leave first thing the next morning for St. Louis.  Trey was so upset.  Little did I know, he had made plans to propose later that week by taking me to a restaurant on Mt. Washington, where we had our first date.  Not knowing what to do, Trey grabbed the ring, put it in his pocket, and left to pick me up from work.

When Trey picked me up, he broke the news that he had to leave the next morning.  During the drive home, we were both visibly upset, talking about how much it sucked and how unfair it was.  When we pulled up to the driveway, I could tell that Trey was just as upset as I was, and I felt badly.  So I started being silly, trying to cheer him up.  All of a sudden, Trey got a big grin on his face, said that he didn't want to let such terrible news ruin our night, and pulled out the ring!  I could not have been more surprised!  Of course, I said yes, and we spent our last night together celebrating the fact that we would have the rest of our lives to spend with each other.

Describe the engagement session.
For our engagement pictures, we definitely wanted to incorporate our dogs, Tucker and Izzy.  We are huge dog people, and our dogs are our family!  They were a tad uncooperative (Tucker, the golden retriever, even managed to wrangle out of his collar at one point!).  But our photographer, Steven Dray, was great.  Our first date was on Mt. Washington and that's where we live now, so taking the photos up there felt natural.  Plus, we're both from out of state, so we wanted to show off the city to all our friends and family.

Classic Art Deco Wedding at the Grand Concourse: Stephanie & Patrick

A classic art deco wedding at the Grand Concourse in the dead of winter?  It's a burst of sunshine on an otherwise typical March day.  Since Stephanie and Patrick met in January and got engaged in February, a March wedding only seemed logical to them.  Plus, they wanted to prove the “weddings are meant for summer” naysayers wrong.  I'd say mission accomplished.

The Grand Concourse not only provided the stunning backdrop for the soiree, but it also inspired the overall look of the day.  Its vintage decor and nod to the 1920s and 30s brought the art deco theme to life.  And it was incorporated in everything from Stephanie's shoes and the invitations to the escort card display and the cake.  The jade green, cream, and gold of the infamous ceiling of the restaurant also influenced the color scheme.  But the bride added in pink for a touch of femininity.  The entire day was full of other thoughtful details, like:

  • Stephanie's cathedral length mantilla veil.  The lace trim framed her face beautifully and it fit right in with the traditional vibe.
  • The bouquets and other floral arrangements.  Stephanie is the the talent behind The Blue Daisy Floral Designs, and she's a favorite around these parts.  It's no wonder the blooms were so pretty!  Lush light pink and cream roses, hellebores, and fresh greenery kept the florals classic and soft.
  • The cake.  The colors of the fondant covered-confection were striking and the vintage pattern was just another way the day's design was brought to life.
  • The time of year.  The muted color palette, Stephanie's wool pea coat worn over her Sophia Tolli lace gown, and the beautiful gray skies (yes, I said beautiful) are proof that a wedding in one of Pittsburgh's most dreaded months of the year can actually be wonderfully delightful.
  • The bridal portraits.  Wow, what a stunning job Ryan Zarichnak Photography did in capturing the adorable love between Stephanie and Patrick.  I fell in love with every single uniquely composed image…which could probably explain why I included a million of them in this post.

As we sit on the cusp of spring, the prettiness of this wedding is sure to warm you right up.  Summer brides, bow down.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
CatholicMatch.com.  I know; I didn't think it would work either!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
It was Valentine's Day 2013.  We went out to dinner, followed by ice skating at Schenley Park, where we had gone on our fourth date and where we shared our first “real” kiss about a year before.  After skating to the cheesy 80s love songs under red lights, Patrick suggested we take a walk on the hill side next to the rink (where we had that first kiss).  We were searching for the exact spot when he said “I guess this the perfect spot to get down on one knee.”  And so he did!  He asked me to marry him under the stars and we shared another beautiful kiss.  It makes me smile just remembering it all over again!  Of course, I said yes!

Describe the wedding.  The look, style, theme, colors, etc.
We wanted a romantic, vintage/art deco feel that would fit with both our personalities and the Grand Concourse.  We got married in the winter so we chose a soft color palette of rose, jade green, ivory and gray.  The jade green was really inspired by the ceiling at the Grand Concourse and it tied everything together nicely.  It was worked into our invitations and collateral, my reception shoes, our cake, and the flowers.  We used lots of silver and mercury glass in the details but worked gold into the cake and escort card table to bring in the brass details.  We really wanted the day to be elegant without being over the top.

What inspired your vision?
The colors and architecture at the Grand Concourse were really where we started.  The ceiling is just gorgeous and it gave us the green, rose and ivory color palette.  Of course, flowers were a big part of the day and, having a winter wedding I knew I wanted hellebores, so I made sure they would fit right in.

What made your wedding unique?
Patrick and I bonded instantly over vintage/classic motifs.  When we first met, we were exchanging the details of our historic homes (his 1940 bungalow where we currently live, and my then-apartment, a 1903 school house).  We absolutely loved the history and detail at the Grand Concourse and were thrilled to have it as our reception venue.  We wanted something truly unique and “Pittsburgh”.  We had a lot of details that were very hands-on for us, like having a friend design our wedding invitations and me designing all of the flowers.  Besides all of this, we are proud to have had a Pittsburgh winter wedding without the theme being based around winter.  It's a lost season here in the Burgh and we wanted to show that you can have a beautiful wedding any time of year.  A lot of people asked us “Why March?” and our answer is that we met in January, got engaged in February, and March seemed pretty logical.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Oh gosh, all of it.  But if I had to choose, I think it was finally meeting Patrick at the end of the aisle.  There's no better feeling (so far) than knowing that you are about to marry the man of your dreams and your childhood dream is coming true in that moment.  I knew I was (still am) the luckiest girl in the world.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Make sure you hire vendors that you trust.  Do your research.  Don't settle.  Good vendor relationships while planning and executing your wedding can take so much stress off of you so you can enjoy your wedding day.  But remember to be nice to them too!  (BB here…yesssssss, great reminder!)

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I would have asked one of my bridesmaids to pack us a bag of cookies to enjoy later!  By the end of the night, only the ones with coconut were left and boy, could we have used some cookies while waiting for our plane to take off on Monday morning!  Never underestimate the speed of depletion of a good cookie table.

Vendors
Band: The Boilermaker Jazz Band | Bride's Dress: Sophia Tolli from The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Accessories: The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Shoes: Seychelles | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung from The Exquisite Bride | Cake: Madison Avenue Specialty Cakes | Calligraphy: Purple Wagon Designs | Caterer & Reception Venue: The Grand Concourse | Ceremony Location: Church of the Immaculate Conception | Favors: Allegheny Coffee & Tea Exchange | Flowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Hair & Makeup: Synergy Salon & Day Spa | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Ryan Zarichnak Photography | Stationery: Designed by a friend and printed by Metal Photo Service, Inc.

Heartfelt, Intimate Elopement at Found + Made: Ashley & Aaron

It's rare that a submission makes me cry.  Giddy over gorgeous details?  Of course!  Jealous because I want to relive my own big day?  You betcha.  But cry.  Nope, that's never happened.  Until Ashley and Aaron.

It's probably because their story is the most beautiful I've read all year.  For Ashley and Aaron, this day was the culmination of so many things.  After tragically losing her first husband (and father to her son, Jonas), Ashley found her life “in ashes,” as she puts it.  But then she met Aaron, a man she believes both God and her late husband placed directly in her path with the purpose of turning her ashes to beauty.  Their intimate March 8 elopement marked a new beginning and a new family.  Not only is their story heartfelt, but their wedding was full of sweet, thoughtful details.  My favorites?

  • This might be the sweetest proposal story everrrr.  The full story is below so I don't want to give away too much but let's just say Aaron but a spin on the traditional question that will tug at alllllll your heart strings.
  • Ashley's wedding day look included a JCPenney laser cut lace dress with a hi low hem and dainty tie back.  She topped it off with a blue rhinestone necklace from The Limited to match her Nine West navy suede booties.  As she says, “It's ok if your dress comes from a department store and your accessories were on clearance.”  Truer words have never been spoken!  Ashley was just as beautiful as other brides who have spent thousands on their look!
  • Together, Ashley and Aaron have formed a love for the industrial chic trend.  When hunting for a spot to tie the knot, their photographers suggested Found + Made in Wilkinsburg.  The warehouse of this vintage rental and event styling company could not have been more perfect.  The white washed brick walls, pane windows, concrete floor, and overall grittiness of the space provided the uniquely beautiful vibe the couple was going for.
  • Another passion the pair shares is taking vintage pieces and giving them a new life, very fitting for their own story.  As a way of infusing their personalities into their big day, Ashley and Aaron incorporated some of their very own antique pieces into the decor.  Bringing in items from their own home to display at Found + Made made the space even more personalized and familiar.
  • I so wish more brides and grooms had the same attitude that Ashley and Aaron had about their big day.  Ashley said, “The biggest goal for us was to have a day not based on wedding traditions and must-haves, but rather to create a unique day and setting that was more about the covenant that we made to each other that day.”  It's all about perspective and this couple was able to maintain a good one when getting married.  Details are nice but they aren't what matter most.

Their darling day was captured in beautiful images and a video that is sure to make you sob all sorts of ugly tears, both by All Heart Photo & Video.  I've never seen two people more in love, but more importantly, thankful for each other.  THIS is what it's all about.

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Take a few minutes to watch their video too.  But be sure to grab some tissues first!  You're gonna need them.

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Aaron and I grew up one small town away from each other…though it was not until I began attending Faith Assembly of God that we got to know each other.  I was asked by a good friend to fill in for her team at youth group and Aaron was one of the group leaders.  We quickly found out that we are both extremely competitive.  When his team won, I decided that they had not followed the rules.  He, of course, disagreed, and I threatened to “mess up his pretty face.”  And I guess you could say the rest is the beginning of a crazy, beautiful chapter.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Aaron planned a date for us at Nemacolin Woodlands, a local resort that is one of our favorite places.  It was a beautiful, snowy day, so we started with breakfast at Falling Rock Resort, enjoying the beauty of the snow from their massive windows.  Then, we went and spent some time at the Nemacolin Woodlands Spa, and ended up in the coffeehouse at The Lodge.  He had brought a gift box that included a puzzle that we put together while sipping on our mochas.  As we put it together, I realized it was a picture of him, Jonas, and me at his family's lodge in Michigan.  At the bottom of the puzzle, it read “I love your hair….your green eyes…you smell good…”(a joke referencing some of Aaron's first awkward  but sweet compliments).  It was then I noticed that part of the puzzle was missing.  And it was not the words “Will you marry me?” or “Will you be my wife?” that were missing, but rather the much-more-appropriate-and-fitting-for-our-story “Will you be my family?”  And inside of the ring box that he presented me was the last piece of the puzzle, which, of course, for me was the answer “YES!”

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
I first have to give so many props to the girls from All Heart Photo & Video.  Dana and Keren spent so much time helping us create a “styled shoot” that was perfect for our style and our crazy, special day.  They went above and beyond their duty to help us plan a location and atmosphere that we have fell in love with.  They introduced us to Laura and Jen from Found + Made, who not only opened up their warehouse to us but also let us use of all their exquisite, vintage furniture and helped us stage the perfect setting for us to say “I do”.

What inspired your vision?
Aaron and I are definitely unique souls.  We are both musicians.  Aaron is an artist and I love design and styling spaces.  Together, we have formed a love for industrial chic.  Our passion is taking vintage pieces and giving them new purpose and life, a great representation of the “beauty for ashes” that is our story.  Everything that was part of our day is part of our story in some way.  Some of the pieces are family heirlooms that we have on display in our home and they went well with the suggested furniture pieces provided by Found + Made.  The biggest goal for us was to have a wedding day not based out of traditions and must-haves, but rather to create a unique day and setting that was more about the covenant that we made to each other that day.

What made your wedding unique?
Most definitely what made our day unique is the story that is behind it all.  Our elopement was somewhat of a solemn day for all involved because it signified the ending of an important chapter in my life even as we began this beautiful one together.  In 2013, my first husband, Brian, was killed in an accident, and for such a long time, it seemed as though my life had succumbed to ashes.  This was not the fairy tale romance I had planned for my life, nor for our sweet boy, Jonas.  I was promised by many who were praying for me in this season that God would provide some “beauty for this ash”. And even when I met Aaron and wanted to “mess up his pretty face”, I knew without any doubt in my heart that God and maybe even Brian had a hand in bringing the two of us together.  It was easy.  It was beautiful.  It was “beauty for this ash.”  God provided a kinsman redeemer who not only fell in love with me but also my son and who reminded me that though one chapter may come to a close that there was another beautiful chapter just waiting for me to begin.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
I think our absolute favorite moment was when Jonas, without any prompting from anyone, grabbed Aaron's hand and then mine.  With just that one sweet moment, it felt like our family was formed.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
First of all, Pittsburgh is such a beautiful place.  You can find beauty in some of the craziest places, including old buildings and tire yards.  And I think it's super important to remove all expectations for what “traditional weddings” call for.  Your day should be a representation of who you are as a couple and it should also prepare you for the days that are ahead in your marriage, which are way more important than that one day.  Don't get me wrong…I am completely obsessed with all things wedding, but more importantly, the journey that you begin together.  That should be the focus of your day.  It's not about the money spent or glitz and glam.  It's ok if your dress comes from a department store and your accessories were on clearance.  It's about the covenant that you make to each other.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Well, our wedding story is not complete.  We are looking at venues to have a celebration day for all our friends and family.  Our wedding day was just about Aaron, Jonas, and me, so we only had our parents with us on that day.  But we are excited to continue this celebration with those we love.  I don't think we would do anything differently because it was a good plan for us.  As far as couldn't live withouts, we would not have had such a beautiful day without the help from All Heart Photo & Video.  They are amazing and I am grateful for their talent and sweet friendship through the process.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: JCPenney | Bride's Accessories: The Limited | Bride's Shoes: Nine West at Macy's | Cake: Mary Ann Moreau, mother of the groom | Ceremony Location: Found + Made | Hair & Makeup: Genevieve Moreau-Burkes | Decor: A mix of personal items and furniture from Found + Made | Menswear: H&M | Photographer & Videographer: All Heart Photo & Video

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