Real Wedding: Jaymie & Jonas at the Longue Vue Club

This wedding.  I can't even.

I'm rarely speechless but when I first caught glimpses of Jaymie and Jonas's October wedding, I just sat with my mouth hanging open for a bit.  If edgy high fashion and gothic romance had a love child, it would be this wedding.  With a color palette that embraces both soft pastels and rich burgundy, gray, and black, the tone was both romantic and dramatic.  The couple bulked tradition in many ways but ended up with a day that was full of vintage and baroque inspired elements.  Pair this with the many modern spins Jaymie and Jonas put on things and you end up with a perfect yin and yang of sorts. There is no way I can narrow down my favorite aspects but if I'm forced to choose:

  • I hate to spoil the surprise but the bride wore a BLACK VERA WANG MASTERPIECE OF A GOWN.  I die.
  • No stuffy tuxedos for these gents.  Instead, they wore burgundy corduroy blazers.  And looked like they stepped right out of GQ doing it.
  • A wedding website and stationery that was designed by a friend with a font and look that I am totally in love with
  • Bride and groom portraits that scream “Vogue editorial spread” more than “wedding day”.  It seems like it was a windy day and normally wind annoys me.  But here, it's perfection.
  • Two of my favorite Pittsburgh treats – Vanilla Pastry Studio cupcakes and Pittsburgh Popcorn Company (and in my favorite flavor too!)
  • An entrance and first dance that is truly unlike any other but 100% Jaymie and Jonas.  You can watch it below!

Impeccably designed and ever-so-cool, Jaymie and Jonas's wedding is hands down the most amazing one I've ever laid eyes on.  My words aren't doing it justice so I'm just going to stop talking.  But before I do, dare I say this is photographer Beth Insalaco's best work yet?

Prepare to have your mind blown.

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Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

Edgy Romantic Pittsburgh Wedding at the Longue Vue Club - Beth Insalaco Photography

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Jonas and I met back in 2005.  I was attending college at Kent State University and had just joined Facebook.  This was back when you could only see people within your college network, but all profiles were public.  I was searching profiles to find people I knew when I came across Jonas's picture.  He was the most handsome guy I had ever seen!  He took my breath away.

So I looked at his profile, added his AIM name to my contacts, and watched his away statuses for a couple of days (to make sure he wasn't posting about having a girlfriend).  After a day or two, I couldn't wait any longer so I instant messaged him and said “Hey, I don't know if you have a girlfriend or anything, but I just wanted to let you know that I think you are really hot.”  His response?  “Word.” Haha!

We got chatting and found we had a lot in common.  Then, he said something like, “If you're for real, then let's meet up right now.”  He thought I was someone with a fake profile, playing a trick on him.  I was so nervous, but I really wanted to meet him!  And when I did, it was love at first sight.

I was so nervous that I didn't talk the entire time we hung out.  He kept asking me if I wanted him to leave and I told him no, but kept silent.  It was so awkward!!  The both of us left that night thinking we would never see each other again.  Me thinking it was because I acted so stupid, and him thinking it because he thought I clearly wasn’t into him.  But we were both wrong.  We never stopped hanging out after that.  And now, we will be together 10 years this month!

Over the time we’ve been together, we’ve raised our wonderful and completely perfect puppy Louis, we moved from Ohio to Pittsburgh, we built our professional careers, and purchased our first house together.  We grew up together, which is why his proposal in our first house that we have lovingly turned into our home was so special, so perfect, and so unforgettable.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
From Jonas…I proposed to Jaymie the night of November 23, 2013.  I had been planning a big surprise engagement with all of our friends for weeks.  Picking up the ring got delayed, which kind of ruined those plans.  It was a good thing it did because, in passing, Jaymie had mentioned that her dream engagement would be an intimate setting just between the two of us.

I know people say that “no matter what you do, it will be special”, but none of them know Jaymie – she’s not just any normal girl.  I’ve made her wait for this day for a long time.  She is such an amazing person, and she is so special to me that I had to make this moment unforgettable for her.  I decided to ask her to marry me in our house, our first home – something truly special and meaningful to the both of us.  So, now that I had found the right place, the next thing I had to do was find the right time.

It was a fight night (a date night tradition of watching MMA fights) and Jaymie had stepped out to get her hair done.  I knew this night would be perfect because nothing typically comes in between us and fight night – she would never expect it.  And it takes her hours to get her hair done – giving me more than enough time to set everything up.  With the help of my furry little companion, Louis, I set up the candles, the flowers, the video camera, and the music just the way I wanted it.

I remember being more nervous about this moment than I had ever been about anything in my entire life – and I hop in cages to go against trained fighters on a regular basis!  Nevertheless, the biggest win of my life came that night when I asked the most important question to the girl of my dreams – and she said yes!  That night I became one of the luckiest guys in the world.  Every day that I spend with Jaymie, I fall more and more in love with her and I am so excited to continue to build our lives together!

BB here…
Ok, Jonas is pretty much perfect because he recorded the entire proposal!  I bawled like a baby watching this.  Even Louis the pup was “cheering” for them during the big moment!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Jonas and I have a very unique style and we knew that Beth Insalaco was the only one capable of capturing these special moments in the way we imagined.  We wanted everything to feel grandiose and romantic.  We wanted our images to look like they could appear in an issue of Vogue and Beth nailed it!

What inspired your vision?
Our wedding was completely inspired by the wedding dress.  I found my dress before I even got engaged, and I was instantly enchanted by its beauty and inspired by its uniqueness.  I knew it was the one the moment I laid eyes on it.  I wore a Vera Wang Joelle wedding dress in black and I never felt more beautiful in my entire life.

My dress was the centerpiece of the wedding's entire look and feel.  I wanted the theme to be full of romance with just a bit of an edge.  My husband and I like to go against the grain and we aren't afraid to be different.  We both love fashion and we love to take risks.  So that's exactly what we did!

We selected the Longue Vue Club as our venue.  It just exudes romance.  It is a historical landmark that has amazing 1920's stone architecture and is perched upon a hilltop that overlooks the Allegheny River.  I would describe the interior of the club as “vintage royalty”.  From the mirrors and the walls to the furniture and the windows, every single room looks like it was made for royalty and fit perfectly with our romantic theme.

We had a professional designer custom-create our wedding invitations to match the look we were going for.  He ended up hand-drawing our names in a custom font to help truly bring to life what we were going for.  The invitation was our guests' first look at the theme of our wedding, and our designer made them perfect!

The men wore a burgundy corduroy Tommy Hilfiger slim fit sport coat that we felt struck the perfect balance between formal and fashion.  The women wore Dessy Lux Chiffon bridesmaid dresses that complimented the blush color of my wedding dress.  Each bridesmaid selected their own style and neckline because I also wanted them to feel comfortable and beautiful on this special day.  The colors of the bridal party really brought to life the elegance and the unique look that we were going for.

The flowers were perfect compliments to the wedding theme and came in a lot of pale, blush, and antique colors, with little pops of burgundy in the bridesmaids' bouquets.

What made your wedding unique?
We really went against tradition, so there were a few parts of our wedding that was unique.  First of all, I wore a black wedding dress, which is completely against tradition but fashion weighs heavier than tradition for me!

Our first dance was not a slow dance, and was actually a choreographed number to “Upgrade U” by Beyonce and Jay Z (watch it here!).  Jonas and I both love to dance and we just HAD to make dance a big part of our wedding.  We also love the meaning of “Upgrade U” and feel like it really captures our relationship.  We don't feel like one person is better than the other in our relationship.  We just feel by being together we're essentially upgrading each other, which is why we love the song so much.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
I have two favorite moments.  The first was hearing my husband's wedding vows.  They were more than I could have ever dreamed and they literally took my breath away (there are pictures of me covering my mouth at the altar while he is reading!).  Jonas isn't much of a writer, so I didn't know what to expect but he worked on them for months and really blew me away!

My second was my brother walking me down the aisle.  He has been the man right by my side all of my life.  He is my best friend and he is always there when I need him.  So him walking me down the aisle was very symbolic of the path we've taken through life together.  My brother and Jonas are best friends and it was really special to have him give me away to Jonas because I know how supportive he is of our relationship.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Make your wedding what YOU want it to be.  Don't be afraid of what other people will think.  Do what is in your heart.  I was afraid of what people might think of a black wedding dress, or of me having my brother walk me down the aisle.  But please remember that it is your day, and you want to look back on everything with no regrets.

I would also say that you have to “live in the moment”.  Be present and just savor every single second of the day.  Take a step back a couple of times throughout the day and just take in what is going on around you.  “Live in the moment” was our theme of the day.  We even gave the bridesmaids Alex and Ani “Live in the Moment” bracelets to wear.  We had put in so much effort and stressed about all of the little details leading up to the wedding, but we also understood that not everything was going to turn out perfectly.  We were surrounded by people who loved and supported us, and we just appreciated every moment and let the small stuff roll off of our shoulders.  A lot of the memories I have of the wedding are from those moments I stepped back and took it all in!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't lives withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I think every bride NEEDS to have Beth Insalaco shoot their wedding.  I don't think there's anyone else out there quite like her 😉

Vendors
Bride's Bracelet: Alex and Ani | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang Joelle | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Cupcakes: Vanilla Pastry Studio | Ceremony & Reception Location: Longue Vue Club | DJ: DJ Bamboo | Flowers & Stationery: Fox Petal Floral Design Studio | Hair: Lauren Tommarello | Makeup: Cheryl Schwieger | Menswear: Tommy Hilfiger & Men's Warehouse | Photographer: Beth Insalaco Photography

Real Wedding: Nicolet & Gregory at the Wyndham Grand

With it's shades-of-blue-and-silver palette, Nicolet and Gregory's big day was the perfect winter wedding.  The couple wanted to create a traditional event that focused on family, friends, and fun.  From involving family in the decision making process to paying homage to them at the reception, Nicolet and Gregory wanted their wedding day to reflect not only themselves, but also all of the special people who mean so much to them.  Beyond that, the bride and groom just wanted a “classic and elegant” theme.  With that simple direction, Nicolet let Nathan of Hens and Chicks take the design reigns.  He flawlessly created an understated, chic, quiet beauty of a reception in the Wyndham Grand's ballroom.  The entire day seemed perfect and here is what I loved best:

  • From banners to signs to framed photos, Nicolet decorated her bridal suite in such a cute way.  She wanted it to feel comfortable and familiar so she brought all sorts of fun items and pieces from her home.  What a cute idea to feel relaxed and at ease the morning of your wedding!
  • Compromising nicely between a first look and keeping tradition, Nicolet and Gregory opted for a first touch.  While they remained on opposite sides of a corner wall, the couple was still able to share a few special, private moments together before the ceremony.
  • A “first look” with the reception space!  While guests were in another room enjoying cocktails, Nicolet and Gregory were able to see the room all dressed up!  I love this because you don't often get to see all of your hard work and creativity come to life.  Kudos to the Wyndham for making this happen!
  • I counted at least three different styles of centerpieces and linens (including trendy sequin and patterned ones!), all equally beautiful but all adding their own bit of visual interest and spontaneity to the room.
  • The favors were bottles of homemade wine created with love by Gregory's grandparents.  His grandmother also made over 100 dozen cookies for the cookie table!  The way to someone's heart is definitely through their stomach.
  • Nothing is more fun than a s'mores bar at a winter wedding.  Or any wedding for that matter.

The insanely talented Elizabeth Craig was there to snap these stunning images.  The night shots are out of this world and Nicolet is a classic beauty.  I'm obsessed.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
My best friend from high school, Brittany, went to Virginia Tech for college, and I was at Clemson.  One fall weekend in September 2010, I decided to go visit her for a football game.  I came to her apartment only to find that she had her new boyfriend over, as well as his best friend, Greg.  We met that night and all went out together in Blacksburg, VA.  That night, he told my best friend that he thought we were soul mates (which she, of course, spilled to me the next day); and a few short months later we became official!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Let me start with the fact that he REALLY had to try to surprise me, being that we already lived together!  We had talked about how we wanted to get engaged so I knew it would happen sometime soon-ish!  We spent Christmas 2013 here in Pittsburgh.  On Christmas Eve, his family always goes to church at 4 p.m. and then comes home to do a big dinner.  Our plans were to join them, so we headed to his home in Peters Township.  We got to his house and he pulled out a present from the backseat.  He told me that his parents had a surprise for us and we were supposed to hurry in before we left for church.  We walked in and I was still asking questions…”Can I take my jacket off?  Aren't we leaving?  Wait, can I open this now?”  I probably asked more but this is all I can remember.  He had already walked off down the long, beautiful, arched hallway… and I turned around to see a few roses on the floor.  At that point I knew something big was going to happen!  As I stood in the other living room of his house, I opened the present and it was a photo album of pictures from our relationship, with a card on the last page.  He had written a really thoughtful note in the card… you only get to know one of my favorite parts and the last line– “I can't wait to call you Nicolet June Weimer one day!”  He wrote to come find him…I walked down the hallway and thru to the family room to find him waiting for me.  I was already tearing up and shaking a bit!  I walked in to meet him, he got down on one knee, and we were engaged!

Describe the wedding.  The look, style, theme, colors, etc.
I'm not a girly girl, and I'm not very good at making decisions!  That makes wedding planning hard.  Whenever asked, I told my vendors I wanted our wedding to be “classic and elegant.”  Simplicity goes a long way when it comes to something so valuable, especially this.  I chose my favorite color, blue, and looked to my florist and event designer to round out the rest of my color scheme.  We did have a late fall wedding in November, so I wanted darker colors.  We did dark blue, silver, and accents of Tiffany blue.  We are a young couple and I didn't want things to be too formal – but I also wanted the elegant feel.  Our wedding was planned by myself and our family – we created aspects that we felt were important and I felt that it made it a very comfortable day once it finally came to fruition.

What inspired your vision?
My vision was inspired by our personality as a couple.  We are young, but we are very mature and driven at this point in our lives.  We live simply; we live close to family and we wanted full support in all of our decisions.  I feel like our vision was based on what we feel every day – a simple grace that is shown through small elements that make a grand statement.  We wanted it to “wow” but we wanted it to be comfortable.

What made your wedding unique?
Family is important.  Bottom line – they are why we are here, why we are who we are, and why we were able to have such an amazing wedding.  I wanted family to have a role in as much of the wedding as possible.  From having each of our family members come see us in our bride and groom suites before the ceremony, to having family in the ceremony as bridal party members or readers, to having moments laid out to honor our family members – that is what made our wedding unique.

I am so detail oriented.  I wanted the whole day to be perfect!  I had made boxes of things to take to the hotel for getting ready on the day of…signs and banners, personalized champagne glasses, pictures, quotes…all things that remind me of home and the love I have with Greg.  I wanted my hotel suite to feel like home.  This was perfect.  My girls and I had robes made by Love Ophelia and we just hung out from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  No stressing (until putting on the big dress, of course).  I realized how important the whole day is.  Every little minute has meaning, and I urge brides to think of “before, with your girls” in addition to the wedding!  It's so worth it!

Surprisingly, my husband gave a short speech to our guests after the other toasts.  He thanked all of our guests, and went into detail to thank my parents, his parents, and me.  This was so special.  It made me realize that the unplanned moments are the best moments.  He was open and honest in front of 275 guests about this love for me, and that was incredible.  It was impromptu and heartfelt – that's the best!

Our favors and our cookies on our dessert table were done by Greg's dad's parents.  They make their own wine and bottled one for each couple as our favors.  Nana baked 100 dozen cookies for our cookie table, including at least 15 different kinds that our family has enjoyed for as long as we can remember.  Their influence showed in many aspects of our wedding and having them as a huge part of our wedding meant the world to us.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment was when our wedding coordinator escorted us into our reception venue to have five minutes of alone time prior to our reception actually starting.  We were privately taken to the room, without guests knowing, so that we could see and enjoy all of the hard work we put into the event.  Our band was prepped and they played an instrumental song as we had an intimate dance and a few simple moments prior to the reception fun.  To cap it off, our coordinator had hidden our photographer and videographer in the room so they captured these moments for us as well.  So incredibly special!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Take your time with decisions.  Sometimes, you may feel that the pressure is on to put down a deposit and secure the best vendor for your event.  However, this is your special day and you need time to think through every decision of this process!  Do your research through reviews and recommendations of other brides.  Find someone with a similar vision and ask away!  Also, if you find a vendor that you connect with, go with it.  Your gut is usually right, and sometimes a 5/5 and a million reviews on The Knot don't mean that they are the only option.  I would assume that anyone who has been through this process would be more than happy to share any help!

Day of Advice – You don't need a wedding planner on the day of.  I struggled with this because I didn't want to be worrying about little details on my wedding day.  If you choose the right vendors and contact them early with your wishes, they will perform to their best efforts and you won't have to do any extra work on the big day!

Any must have, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Welcome bags!  They were so fun and guests really enjoyed having an itinerary with events and special items from both of our lives.  Our bags included: Maryland items for the bride, Pittsburgh items for the groom, two bottles of water with personalized labels, Advil, Tums, and an itinerary with times of events and places to go in Pittsburgh.

The photo booth was GREAT!  We got photos of many guests who weren't in the professional shots.  And we got to see a fun side of some guests!

Get a photographer for your rehearsal dinner.  We had 150 guests at our dinner and it was wonderful to have another set of pictures that represented our close family and out of town guests.

You have to have a videographer!  We didn't book one until later because we didn't think it was necessary.  But I'm so excited to get it later this year…it's the only way to relive many special moments!

Vendors
Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Bride's Dress: Lazaro at Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Earrings & Bracelet: L.J. Marks Jewelers; Hair Piece: Borrowed from Matron of Honor | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy at Bridal Beginning | Bridesmaids' Necklaces: Banana Republic | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Ceremony Location: Heinz Chapel | Dessert Table, S'more Bar, & Groom's Cake: Bella Christie | Favors: Homemade wine from the groom's grandparents | Flowers, Decor, & Event Design: Hens and Chicks | Hair & Makeup: Lee Ann Boersma at Athome Beauty| Linens: Mosaic Linens via Hens and Chicks | Menswear: BLACK by Vera Wang at Men's Warehouse | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Photographer: Elizabeth Craig Photography | Reception Venue & Caterer: Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh | Rentals: Event Source via Hens and Chicks | Robes: Love Ophelia | Stationery: Hello Beautiful Designs | Transportation: Elite Transportation | Videography: Maryn Graves Productions

 

 

 

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Real Wedding: Jessica & Brian at Armstrong Farms

In case you missed it on the Today Show, now is your chance to meet Jessica and Brian.  This wedding is bohemian meets rustic meets rock and roll.  From incorporating family traditions to the bride donning a bad ass black leather jacket with her lace gown, Jessica and Brian truly made their big day a reflection of their styles and personalities.  Armstrong Farms infused a touch of country into the otherwise cool and hip October 4th affair and Veronica Varos was there to capture all of the unique touches.  My favorites?

  • The bride ditched the heels and instead wore red, suede booties.  As Jessica put it, “Comfort first, right?”  Amen, Jessica, amen.
  • A hat wall!  It's a tradition in the bride's family that goes back decades and she brought it back for her wedding day.  Read more below.  Fun, goofy hats, an open bar, and a packed dance floor is a winning combination in my book.
  • A bride and groom recessional orchestrated by The Beatles and a symphony of kazoos!  Another family tradition!
  • The most divine first look session I've ever seen.  The photos were taken in front of a magical, sparkling wall in the barn and Jessica and Brian appear to be in their own little constellation of love.  It's heavenly.  You'll see.
  • An eclectic mix of decor, including oriental rugs, silk pashminas, geode rocks, bright glass jars, old suitcases and a dessert table banner that Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle would be proud of

I wish I could be this stylish.  At least Jessica and Brian are, and because of that we all have something pretty to look at.  Congrats you two!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in California through a mutual friend and have known each other for close to 10 years, but we’ve been together for over six.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
He proposed at a restaurant called Castaway, up the street from our house in California.  It has (IMO) the BEST view of LA!  He said I should never expect a ring on a holiday, and since it was my birthday, I didn’t.  It was uncharacteristically rainy and cold, which put a damper in his plans for us to sit outside at the firepit. We did it anyway then quickly proceeded to celebrate by stuffing our faces with Italian food indoors!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.  What inspired your vision? 
Brian and I met in Los Angeles, where we live now, but I'm a Pittsburgh girl and had my heart set on a fall wedding here.  I had so many visions and I am very indecisive, so the plans kept changing.  Luckily, we had about two years to plan and I was able to put my vision of a “plum and navy colored, bohemian, rock and roll, vintage, warm, fall” wedding together as best we could!

What made your wedding unique?
We didn't hire a professional wedding planner, so my mom and my sister were a huge help in the planning process!  We kept our eyes peeled for good deals at places like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, where we found many of the pashmina shawls, vases, and votives used on the tables.  We also combed through the Rose Bowl Flea Market to find things such as the card suitcase, crystals, and ceremony rug.  My favorite decoration would have to be the chandelier my mom found at a cute shop in Pittsburgh called hot, haute, hot.  Brian and I made all of the napkin rings out of semi-precious beads and guests ended up wearing them as bracelets throughout the night.  The day before the wedding, we had our friends and family at the barn helping us set tables, make signs, and put up all the decorations.  We would not have gotten it done without them!  There was one more decoration I insisted on making, so the morning of the wedding I ran to Michaels and, with the help of my bridesmaids, finished the purple yarn garland that hung from the balcony.  Our wedding was supposed to take place outdoors, but it was freezing and about an hour before the wedding, when it started sleeting, we decided it would be best to move it inside.  Unfortunately, many of the details we had planned for the outdoor ceremony were not used.  The cold weather did allow for me to bust out my black leather jacket to wear with my dress which, along with my red suede Steve Madden booties, definitely showed off my personality.  Our ceremony was short and sweet, just the way we had wanted it… everyone is there for the drinks and dancing anyway, right? Haha (jk)!  Our recessional was accompanied by 10 kazoos, which is something my parents had at their wedding (thanks to my grandpa) and I really wanted to carry on that tradition!  Brian works in the music industry so finding the right musician was something he took a little too seriously.  Luckily, Joel, our DJ/musician, exceeded our expectations.  He played an amazing mix of bands, like Led Zeppelin and the Alabama Shakes, during dinner that our guests enjoyed, and during the reception he had everyone on their feet!  Another tradition we wanted as part of our wedding was the “hat wall”, which originated at my cabin in the 1950's.  Everyone grabs a hat and it theirs for the weekend!  We cannot say enough great thing about Veronica, our photographer, as well.  We usually don't like getting pictures, but she made it pretty painless for us AND she made us look gooooood!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Our best pieces of advice for future brides and grooms would be to relax, EAT, and don't follow tradition if it's not you!  Brian and I did a first look and decided to forgo the formal bridal party introductions, cake cutting, and bouquet and garter tosses. We also made it a point to sit down through the entire dinner and eat with our wedding party.  Having that time allowed us both to relax and enjoy ourselves. Also, I get quite hangry if I don't eat (BB here: Jessica, me toooooo!  I have snacks in my purse at all times.).  Everyone kept commenting on how calm the bride and groom were, and to them we would say, “Shouldn't we be? It's the happiest day of our lives!”

And just because it's fun and oh-so-them, here is some of Jessica and Brian's playlist for the night.
Acoustic performance by Joel Lindsey
Prelude: That's What's Up – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Processional: I'll Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
Bride's Entrance: Somewhere over the Rainbow
Recessional: All You Need is Love – The Beatles
Postlude: Is This Love – Bob Marley
First Dance: All Over Again – Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings
Father/ Bride Dance: Let It Be – The Beatles
Mother/Groom: A Mother Like Mind – The Band Perry

You can also check out their engagement photos (Jessica, that hat is like a little piece of sunshine!)

Vendors
Brides's Dress: Maggie Sottero at Bridal Beginning | Bride's Jewelry & Accessories: Bracelets: Dylan K. Jewelry and her mom's sapphire bracelet; Belt: Handmade by the bride | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Cake: Pennie's Bake Shop | Caterer: Dr. Sous Custom Catering | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Armstrong Farms | DJ: Joel Lindsey Entertainment | Flowers: Donna Delestienne | Hair and Makeup: Pretty in Pittsburgh | Decor: Purchased by the bride and family at flea markets, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and vintage stores | Linens: Purchased by the bride | Menswear: Allure suit at American Commodore Tuxedo | Photographer: Veronica Varos Photography | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas and Minted | Videography: Mike Croneberger of Joel Lindsay Entertainment

 

 

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Real Wedding: Us (!) at the Pittsburgh Opera

Happy New Year and Happy Throwback Thursday!  In honor of TBT, I thought I'd share our wedding.  You may have seen it featured in the current issue of the Whirl Wedding Guide.  I wanted to share the details of our story and tell you more about what inspired us and what made our day so special.

A huge thank you to our dear friends Beth and Sam Insalaco for capturing these images that we'll cherish forever.

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 Turning my own questions on myself…

When and how did you two meet?
Through a mutual friend, Justin and I first met on a Shady-Grove-kind-of-Saturday-night in January 2009.  A conversation was struck after a stealth move on my part that helped him win an epic battle of Mega Touch.  He asked for my number and we parted ways.  Our first date was on a Sunday morning; we had brunch and went to play with and walk dogs at Animal Friends.  I should have known then that this guy was a keeper.  But alas, I was young and stupid.  After a few dates, I kicked Justin to the curb because he was “too nice” and “too into me”.  I know, I know.  We didn't remain in touch but over the next two and a half years, I did often kick myself for not giving him a true chance and for generally being an idiot.  Unbeknownst to me, Justin had briefly moved out to Tucson, Arizona and on August 17, 2011, during his cross-country drive to move back to Pittsburgh, he sent me a Facebook message asking if I wanted to catch up.  We met for coffee a few weeks later and were engaged four short months after that.  It was love at second site.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
After our official first date the second time around, I called my mom and told her I was going to marry Justin.  I knew very quickly that he was the man for me and I even joked with him that I would marry him with just a Twisty Tie as a ring.  On December 25, 2011, Justin and I were very excited to be spending our first Christmas morning together.  I was so excited to give him his gift…a collection of photos of his dog, Kane, who I had secretly dog-napped for a puppy photo shoot.  Justin loved it, but broke the news to me that his gift to me hadn't shipped in time and all he had to give me at that time were some stocking stuffers.  I didn't care and tore into fun things like my favorite candies and new nail polish.  At the bottom of the stocking was a small box.  For a sliver of a second, I thought it might be a ring but quickly came back to earth and told myself they were probably just earrings.  I opened the box, found a Twisty Tie on a ring pillow, and a note that read, “Will you be my mom?  Love, Kane”.  I thought it was a cute joke and started laughing.  I was too busy with my giggle fit to notice Justin, on one knee, holding a ring.  He had to call my name to get my attention.  Unfortunately, I don't remember exactly what happened next.  There was lots of screaming, even more crying, Justin said something to me (I wish I remembered what!), and I squeaked out a yes in between gulping for air.  It was the most perfect moment in what was once an ordinary corner of our house.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Our wedding was glitz and glam meets grit.  I'll explain more about this below but think lots of mirrors, mercury glass, sequins, sparkles, and glitter against brick and concrete.  We used purple and silver as our main colors, with accents of black and magenta.

What inspired your vision?
Our ceremony and reception took place in the amazing venue that is the Pittsburgh Opera.  This once warehouse, now event space is very industrial with its exposed brick and duct work, floor to ceiling windows, catwalk balcony, and large, metal garage doors.  But it was the one and only venue we looked at; we fell in love with it immediately.  It is practically a blank slate and I was excited to create something truly unique.  I wanted a juxtaposition, an unexpected look, a sharp but chic contrast against the blue-collar vibe of the Pittsburgh Opera.  I've always loved all things shiny and I think the clash of sparkle and steel really made a beautiful setting.

What made your wedding unique?
As a wedding planner, I've seen a lot.  Because they have also attended so many recent weddings, I know our friends and family had also seen a lot.  I tried to put a new spin on everything we did, just to stand out a little bit and to create a new experience.  Instead of the traditional cookie table, we had a whole smorgasbord of desserts…cupcakes, pies, cake pops, cookies, fruit tarts, donuts, smores, chocolate covered pretzels…if it contains sugar, it was there.  And it was heavenly.  For our first dance, we asked two very close friends who also happen to be very talented musicians to do a live performance, rather than having the DJ play the original track.  It made an already special moment even more wonderful and I think the guests enjoyed the mini concert.  During the cocktail hour, our caterer served Pittsburgh-themed hors d'oeuvres, such as bite-sized pierogies and kielbasa and cabbage kabobs.  We had a lot of out-of-town guests and we tried to make everything super easy for them.  I think they really appreciated everything from the Pittsburgh-themed welcome bag they received at check-in to the fact that our ceremony and reception were in a single location.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Hands down, our first look was my absolute favorite moment.  Justin wasn't initially keen on the idea (some silly notion about it being bad luck!) but he eventually came around.  I'm so glad he did because I can't accurately describe how special of a moment it was.  The feeling I had as I walked up behind him…words don't do it justice.  It was a mixed up butterfly of excitement, joy, gratitude, and nerves and it was incredible.  I tapped him on the shoulder, he turned around, and we both started bawling like babies.  We hid our faces in each others necks as we stood in the middle of Smallman Street, with the cars whizzing past (some honking), our friends cheering loudly from the corner, and the photographers clicking away.  Despite all of this noise, though, I felt like we were the only two people in the world during that moment.  It was as if time literally stood still for us, allowing us to truly take in the moment, to breath it in, to feel the love.  It was incredible.  And to all you first look naysayers out there, it in no way, shape, or form made my walk down the aisle any less special!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Maintain perspective.  Keep your mind and heart set on what the day is really all about.  You're marrying the love of your life!  The reception is just a big party.  Sure, it was fun to plan out all of the little details.  But I'm not entirely sure that guests even noticed all of the minutiae.  I spent hours agonizing over what message to have printed on our cocktail napkins.  I can't tell you how many different versions of the procession play list I created.  And I was way, way too stressed out over what sticker to put on our dessert table take home bags.  In the end, did any of those things matter?  If I would have done any of them differently would it have made any sort of impact?  Not really.  Don't get me wrong, wedding planning, developing a theme, creating a cohesive look, mapping out all the details, and pretty, girly things like linens and tulle…yes, those things are fun.  Really fun!  But try not to get too caught up in them.  There are really only two things that matter on your big day: that you're married to your love and that guests have a good time.  Everything else is just frosting.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Must have: A wedding planner or at the very least, a day-of coordinator.  I obviously did all of the planning but I tapped a fellow wedding planner/friend to manage things that day.  It was so nice to relax that day, knowing that all of the set up details were in good hands.  Justin and I were also able to be guests at our own wedding because Katy was there.  She managed all of the vendors, staying two steps ahead of everyone else at all times, and executed the timeline to perfection.  If there was ever a problem, we never knew about it because Katy handled any snafus quietly and effortlessly.

Must do: First look session!  See above if you need more convincing.

Can't live without: A good support system!  I really wouldn't have made it out of the wedding planning process alive had it not been for my mom and sister.  There are those few people who will listen to your incessant wedding talk, who will scrutinize the difference between ivory, off-white, and cream with you when your fiance just doesn't get it, who will pour you a glass of wine when wedding planning is stressing you out, who will not tell you that you're being a bridezilla even if you are, and who will give up almost every weekend to do some type of wedding-related activity with you, no matter how boring it is for them.  Find these people and cling to them!  They are gold!  Thanks Mom and Brittany!

What I'd do differently: absolutely nothing!  The day was even more magical than I had imagined it would be.

Vendors
Bride's Dress, Jewelry, Belt, and Veil: Sorelle Bridal Salon | Bride's Shoes: RSVP at 6pm | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Sorelle Bridal Salon | Cake: Cakes by Tammy | Calligraphy: LMM Calligraphy | Caterer: Medure's Catering | Ceremony & Reception Location: Pittsburgh Opera | Desserts: Bella Christies and mother of the bride | DJ: Andy Booth | Flowers: Kate Walter | Hair: April Redford | Invitations: By Invitation Only | Lighting & Decor: Gray Phoenix | Linens: Purchased by the bride from CV Linens and Table Linen Direct | Makeup: Sasha Randle El | Menswear: Men's Warehouse | Photo Booth: Photopod by Photoscape | Photographer: Beth Insalaco Photography | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental and J.V. Chujko, Inc. | Transportation: Urso Bus, LLC. | Videographer: Nathan Hamblin Productions | Wedding Planner: Katy Simovski

Engaged: Stephanie & Randy

Simplicity really is beauty.  This chic engagement session has three ingredients: a stunning sunset, white roses, and a bride and groom who are undeniably in love.  Put them together and you have these stunning shots captured by Kristi Telnov Photography.  If the engagement photos are any indication of how beautiful Stephanie and Randy's May 2015 wedding is going to be, we're in for a doozy.  Commence swooning.

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From the bride-to-be…

When and how did you two meet?
Randy and I first met in the summer of 2002.  He ended up moving to Florida at the end of that summer and we lost touch.  In 2005, we ran into each other again by the power of mutual friends and have been together since.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Randy and I traveled to NYC to visit my brother, Scott, and his girlfriend, Gretchen, as well as celebrate New Years Eve with them!  Leading up to our trip, I had been wanting to get pictures in front of the fabulous tree at Rockefeller Center with all of us and also pictures of each couple.  On the day of December 31st, 2012 we woke up with a mission to get to the tree and Rockefeller Center before the crowd started to form in Times Square for the ball dropping that night.  When we got to the tree, there was a photographer that was set up to take pictures, so we started with our group pictures of all four of us.  Then, Scott and Gretchen got their pictures taken.  Finally, it was our turn and as I was telling Randy what pose I wanted to do first, I turned and he was bending down on one knee!  I could not believe this was happening, as my knees began to shake, and he asked me, “Stephanie Ann Werner, will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?”.  Of course, I said “YES!” and the whole moment was caught on camera.  It was perfect and will forever be a treasured moment to both of us.  Also, it was really cold out, but I refused to wear gloves after Randy proposed!

Describe your engagement shoot…the look, theme, style, etc.
The theme of our shoot was romantic and natural.  I wanted the love between Randy and I to be the focus of the shoot and really stand out in the pictures.  Kristi did an amazing job of capturing that and making us feel so comfortable during the shoot.  Our wedding is going to be black tie preferred, with our colors being black, white, silver, and Tiffany blue accents.  So I wanted our attire in our engagement shoot to reflect the more formal, romantic look that will be the setting for our wedding.

What inspired your vision?
I keep fresh flowers in our home at all times and, to me, roses are the most romantic of all, so I definitely wanted to incorporate fresh blooms into our shoot.  We ordered 10 dozen white roses to be used somehow and to add some more romance to the pictures.  Kristi helped with incorporating them so that they did not take the focus off of Randy and me.  The pictures turned out better than we could have even imagined.

Describe your upcoming wedding…the look, theme, style, etc.
Our upcoming wedding is definitely going to have the love Randy and I have for each other as the focus.  As for the look, we want it to be formal, but not stuffy.  We want our guests to have fun and be able to kick their heels off to get on the dance floor all night.  We will have lots of white flowers, silver and touches of black and Tiffany blue throughout the ceremony and reception.  St. Paul's Cathedral is the head of the Catholic Diocese in Pittsburgh and the most stunning church we have ever been in.  The PAA's ballroom does not disappoint with the look we are going for either, with their white pillars lining the dance floor and the beauty of the room falling right into place with our vision.  There is going to be enough going on to keep everyone enjoying themselves throughout the night.

What will make your wedding unique?  
We will not be stopping the party at the end of the reception.  We will be continuing to an after party located in the downstairs of our reception venue where there is a full bowling alley, bar, and room to dance.  We will have surprises throughout the night and we cannot wait to celebrate with our families and closest friends.

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding?
I am just looking forward to giving my heart and all my love to the man of my dreams for the rest of my life and becoming his wife.  The celebration that follows that, is just the icing on the cake.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Enjoy the process of planning this day for you and your groom.  Don't get lost in the production of the reception; remember to keep the focus on you two and why you are getting married in the first place. Randy and I had a longer engagement, which definitely helped in the stress of getting things completed, and have enjoyed the process of planning our day.    Our parents have been a huge help throughout the process and we wouldn't have been able to make our vision come alive without them!

Any must haves, must dos, can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
MUST DO:  My mom and I went to so many bridal shows, not knowing what to expect for our first one, but we had so much fun!  Again, enjoy the process; we looked forward to spending that time together, try out a few photo booths, try desserts, and go through all the vendors for information.  It helped our process and also added some fun into it.  We even did one with Randy, my dad, and Randy's mother.  I wouldn't do anything differently, everything has been working out the way we have been hoping it would.

Congrats Stephanie and Randy!  I can't wait to see how your big day turns out!

Real Wedding: Brynne & Zach at The Club at Nevillewood

Welcome to the Real Love Series! This is where you'll find beautifully styled and uniquely personalized Pittsburgh weddings, engagements, and styled shoots. What better way to find inspiration for your own Burgh wedding than by looking at all of the lovely events that take place right here? This series is sure to be a favorite and I can't wait to show off all of the local goodness.

First up, Brynne and Zach at The Club at Nevillewood. All I have to say is “Wow.” This wedding is so insanely gorgeous. As soon as I saw sneak peeks of it on photographer Steven Dray‘s blog, I knew immediately I wanted it to be the first real wedding featured on Burgh Brides. Not only do both Brynne and Zach look like models (really, it's not fair), but their June 7 chic nuptials were styled nearly to perfection. The traditional affair was inspired by the bride's love of pastel colors, with touches of metallic, sequins, and crystals to really make things sparkle. Steve did an amazing job capturing the day, including my favorite details:

  • That dress! It's not every day you see a striped wedding gown, or a bride who can rock it so stylishly.
  • Sequin linens = my favorite
  • A unique guest book that is sure to be a forever favorite in Zach and Brynne's home
  • A sparkler exit that that may or may not include a dress change
  • Some of the most beautiful bridal portraits that I've ever seen. I'm usually a sucker for black and white photos but there is something so special about the way Steve captures color. Wait until you get a load of how blue Brynne's eyes are.

Brynne and Zach, thanks for allowing me to start the Real Love series off with such a bang. Let the wedding envy begin.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Zach and I met in December of 2009 at Penn State. We met through mutual friends halfway through our senior year of college. Once we met, we were nearly inseparable. We started out as great friends but that quickly grew into a relationship.

Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
March 2, 2013. Anyone who knows Zach knows that he loves Penn State and it holds a special place in both of our hearts. We traveled back to Penn State one weekend with friends to enjoy a weekend together. We all decided to take a walk along campus, which meant we needed to get some pictures at the Lion Shrine. As Zach and I were getting our last picture together, he helped me down off the lion and got down on one knee. He fumbled in his coat pocket for quite some time (it seemed like forever) and then he pulled out the ring box. Of course, I started crying, but we have the best pictures from our friends to look back on!

Describe the wedding look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Lots of pastel colors and crystals, ultimately creating a chic, whimsical look!

What inspired your vision?
I love soft pastel colors and being that our wedding was at the beginning of June, I felt like it would work perfectly. It was really all I ever imagined it to be.

What made your wedding unique?
We had a very traditional wedding, which we wouldn’t have done differently. We also had a lot of out of town guests so to know that they were traveling long distances just to be with Zach and me on our wedding meant so much to us and was really special.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment followed immediately after our ceremony. After we walked down the aisle together, we walked into the bridal suite and it was our first time together as husband and wife and it was just us two in the room. That was a really special moment that I will never forget; it felt so surreal. We were both just so happy to be married and couldn’t wait to see all of our family and friends.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Your engagement will fly by! So be sure to take in all of the little moments with your family, friends, AND fiancé. I’d also recommend getting plenty of rest the days leading up to your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and wedding day. Although they will be amazing days for you, they will also be exhausting!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live with outs?
Some people choose not to get a videographer due to the added cost, but I am so glad Zach and I decided to use Pictory Productions for our videographer. In addition to our beautiful photographs by Steven, it captured our day in a way I could never explain!

Anything you would do differently?
Yes, I wouldn’t have stressed so much over the little things. It’s funny because your family and friends will tell you this, but until your wedding day, that’s when you understand that the little things really aren’t so much a big deal. All you’re thinking about on your wedding day is all of the love in the room surrounding you and your husband.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: JLM Couture at Bridal Beginning | Bride's Jewelry: Custom-made Swarovski crystal bracelet and earrings from Gifted Hands | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale at Garnish Boutique | Cake: Cakes by Tammy | Caterer: The Club at Nevillewood | Ceremony Location: Sts. John and Paul Parish | DJ: DJ Matt Miller from Pittsburgh DJ Company | Flowers: Mocha Rose | Hair: Eikon Hair Lounge | Lighting: Provided by Pittsburgh DJ Company | Linens: Purchased by the bride on Amazon | Makeup: Valarie Panei | Menswear: BLACK by Vera Wang at Men's Warehouse | Photographer: Steven Dray Images | Reception Venue: The Club at Nevillewood | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Love, Jessica | Transportation: Elite Transportation | Videography: Pictory Productions | Wedding Planner: Michele Fischer at The Club at Nevillewood

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