Southern Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

Angie of La Candella Weddings strikes again with this fanciful Southern wedding inspired styled shoot.  A few trips below the Mason Dixon line had left this photographer inspired by the region's elegance and tradition.  So she and her imagination got to work.  Farmington's historic Summit Inn, with its mansion and grounds that would make Scarlett O'Hara herself proud,  played the perfect backdrop.  Among the team of talented vendors, you'll recognize another one of Burgh Brides' finest – Kata Banko Couture and Blush Paper Co.  Elements such as a wedding cake adorned with magnolia leaves, a gentleman's top hat, and an bountiful, cascading bouquet helped to bring the charming Southern vibe alive.  A suspended umbrella and hanging floral decor added whimsical, playful hints.  The floppy straw hat adorned with a tulle veil completed this Southern belle's ensemble.  Let the creativity and beauty of this styled shoot infuse itself into your very own planning!

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Dress: Marisol Aparicio | Accessories: Kata Banko Couture, Edera Jewelry, Nicte Deco, & Sparrow Station | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Cake: Steel Penny Cakes | Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Hair: La Pomponnee | Location: The Historic Summit Inn | Makeup: Brazil Raine | Models: Jackie Cafaro & Michael Makin | Photographer: La Candella Weddings | Rentals: The Velvet Big Top | Robe: Fox Blossom Co. | Stationery: Blush Paper Co.Vendor-Credit-Shout-OutAccessories: Kata Banko Couture | Stationery: Blush Paper Co.

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Secret Garden Inspired Engagement Session: Dana & Taylor

Airy and dreamy, this engagement session is something out of a fairy tale.  Like most gals, Dana grew up loving the classic princess stories.  So when it came time to plan her and Taylor's engagement shoot, no place seemed better than Pittsburgh's own Mellon Park.  The wrought iron fences, stone and brick walls, towering ivy, bubbling fountain, and twisted tree branches give it an out-of-a-story-book quality, perfect for the Secret Garden feel the couple was going for.  The pink cherry blossom trees, white tulips, and other beautiful blooms helped too, of course.  With a glowing sun behind them, Dana and Taylor looked like a fairy tale prince and princess exploring a magical garden they had all to themselves.  Le sigh.

These soft and romantic photos from Kelly Adrienne Photography are sure to make your heart melt.  Let the swooning begin.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
At a 2012 St. Patrick's Day party in Oakland!  Taylor was attending CMU and I was attending Pitt.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Taylor sent me on a surprise scavenger hunt all around Erie (our special place).  He had clues at all of the places we have visited there, including the Erie Zoo!  The scavenger hunt ended on the beach, where he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

Describe the engagement session.
Secret garden with a little fairy tale mixed in!  Like many young girls, I have always loved fairy tales.  When I visited Mellon Park, it looked just like a fairy tale garden that might exist outside of an English castle.  How romantic!!

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Purple Ombre Wedding at Greystone Fields: Alexis & Brad

Affiliate-LinkIf you know me, you know I LOVE the color purple.  True story, despite all of the pink you see here.  Lavender, wisteria, royal purple, plum, eggplant, I dig them all.  So when this submission came across my computer screen, I jumped for joy!  A wedding that incorporates EVERY shade of my FAVORITE color?  Gimme gimme!

Alexis and Brad's June wedding was touches of rustic chic effortlessly mixed with a vintage vibe.  And of course, lots of purple.  From the pew flowers, pocket squares, and bridesmaids' dresses to the chair sashes, lighting, and even the cake, purple ombre was all over this wedding.  Beyond the light-to-rich color palette, this soiree was chock full of thoughtful details that made the day oh-so-lovely.  A few examples?

  • Gorgeous bouquets!  Alexis and her ladies carried pretty blooms from Mt. Lebanon Floral.  But my favorite part of their bouquets were the multi-colored, long ribbons that flowed from each.  A perfectly whimsical touch!
  • An incorporation of keys!  Keys are really meaningful to Alexis and Brad.  When they closed on their first home together, Brad's mom presented the couple with 100 skeleton keys that had belonged to Brad's grandfather, who had passed away before Brad had a chance to meet him.  As a way of paying tribute to him, the bride and groom incorporated keys into their big day.  A skeleton key was used in each boutonniere, they were attached to the escort cards, and even the guest book (see next bullet point!).  What a sweet way of honoring a memory!
  • Back to the guest book!  This one wins the award for Most Creative!  Going along with her key theme, Alexis took some inspiration from the famous lock bridges in Paris.  With the help of some chicken wire and a staple gun, Alexis DIY'd her own standing version of a bridge.  Guests then wrote a sweet message on their lock before clipping it to the frame.  She and Brad even exchanged custom locks with engraved messages to each other!  LOVE.  THIS.  SO.  MUCH!
  • Homemade favors!  These two are a couple of home-brewers.  So for the favors, Alexis and Brad gifted each guest with a bottle of their own homemade beer, complete with custom label.  They even brewed enough so it could be enjoyed at the reception!  Talk about personalizing your wedding!
  • An appearance by none other than Pitt's ROC!  Alexis's family has been attending Pitt games for years, and as a surprise for the bride and groom, Alexis's mom arranged for the local mascot to make an appearance at their reception.  During the couple's first dance, ROC made his appearance and ended up stealing the show for quite a bit.  Dancing with the crowd, taking selfies, and basically getting the party started, ROC was by far the coolest thing I've seen at a wedding!  Way to go, Mom!!!

Sky's the Limit Photography was on hand to capture every fun, purple detail of this special day.  Alexis and Brad, you look like you throw one hell of a party.  Please invite me next time!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Brad and I met in high school.  We had been best friends for a long time, even setting each other up on dates with our friends.  After a short time, we realized that we wanted to date each other.  Brad went to Pitt and I went to Duquesne, but we continued to date through college.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Brad proposed me me at my sister's house.  When I went to their house, my brother-in-law instructed me to go light a camp fire in the firepit, which seemed unusual but at the time I thought nothing of it.  When I went around back, the whole backyard was decorated with tiki torches and candles lining the deck stairs.  Brad was waiting at the bottom!  I remember being overly concerned with the fact that I wasn't dressed up.  In fact, I was in gym clothes with no bra!!  Needless to say, I got over that really quickly and the rest is history!

What inspired your vision?
I really wanted an antique feel for the wedding and obviously anything purple would have to be included!

What made your wedding unique?
When we started planning the wedding, Brad let me have all of the creative decision-making power.  I love the color purple so much and was pretty worried that Brad wouldn't like it.  Luckily, Brad was fine it.  The next decision I had to make was what shade?!  I love them all!!!  So I decided ombre purple was the ONLY solution.  The girls' dresses were different shades of purple, as were the flowers, the cake, and even the chair sashes.  In the end, I'm so glad I decided to use all shades of purple because it made planning the wedding so much easier.  Any mishaps, like a wrong color bridesmaid's dress, were barely noticeable.

Keys became a really important accessory for our wedding.  When Brad and I bought our first house (five days after getting engaged), his parents gifted us about 100 antique skeleton keys that were owned by Brad's grandfather, whom he never got the chance to meet.  I thought it would be a perfect idea to use those keys (and others) in the wedding to bring his grandfather and other missed family members into the day.  All of the boutonnieres included had one of Brad's grandfather's skeleton keys.  In addition, guests were instructed to “find the key to your seat” via the escort cards.

I think another thing that made our wedding unique was all of the handmade details.  The table numbers, escort cards, and signs were all done with my Cricut machine, vellum, and textured paper.  This gave a really authentic, handmade feel to everything.  To bring Brad's hobbies into the picture, our favors were bottles of our home-brewed beer that we had labeled with a picture of Brad, me, and Jackson, our puppy.  We also brewed enough beer that guests could drink some at the reception too!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Our favorite moment of the day was probably dancing to Sweet Caroline with the University of Pittsburgh's Panther Roc and all of our family and friends.  It was the biggest surprise of the night and beyond amazing to have such a sweet family to set that up for us (GO PITT!)!

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What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Focus on what you want that is within your means.  It's YOUR wedding.  Don't let anyone else change your mind on your plans!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I really think that a great photographer and DJ is a MUST for a wedding!  Luckily, we got the best recommendations!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: One Enchanted Evening | Bride's Accessories: Etsy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Cake: Oakmont Bakery | Caterer: Monteverde Catering | Ceremony Location: St. Catherine of Sweden | DJ & Lighting: Thomas Entertainment | Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Hair: Hairz to You | Makeup: Jae Lee Paredes of JL Makeup Studio | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Sky's the Limit Photography | Reception Venue: Greystone Fields | Stationery: Nota Bene | Transportation: Tortorice Limousine | Videography: Modern Era Weddings

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Brewery Engagement Session: Ashley & Kevin

Ashley and Kevin met while downing some beers with their law school buds.  Then, they got engaged after a brewery tour that spanned New Hampshire and Vermont.  When at home, they love spending time trying new beers and those at The Brew Gentlemen in Braddock are some of their faves.  When Ashley and Kevin decided to incorporate a subtle beer theme into their October 8th wedding, they knew they wanted it to be a part of their engagement session as well.  So the pair, along with their photographer Ashley Giffin, headed to Braddock to snap a few pre-wedding pics.  They threw back a few brewskies, snuggled in the tasting room, and played a game or two of Ticket to Ride before heading to another of their favorite locales – Frick Park.  Romantic and playful, this e-session will make you thirsty for some beer and jealous of how adorable Ashley and Kevin are!  Enjoy!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Kevin and I met in law school.  He was in his last year at Pitt and I was in my first year.  Our paths crossed a few times at the school, but I think our first “official” meeting was in March 2011 during the St. Patrick's Day “Bar Review”, a weekly event where law students gathered to drink and commiserate.  It was also the day before my 25th birthday.  We talked about our love of March Madness and Michigan basketball.  A few days later, we went on our first date – salsa dancing at Seviche.  And the rest is history!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We got engaged on January 2, 2015.  For months, Kevin had been asking me to go away for a weekend.  I was feeling overwhelmed at work so I continued to refuse (not knowing there was a ring hidden somewhere in our apartment).  Finally, he convinced me to go away over New Year's for a brewery tour of New Hampshire and Vermont.  It was honestly the best weekend from start to finish.

We left Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve.  We didn't have hotel reservations that night because we wanted to see how far we could drive.  Eventually, we ended up in Poughkeepsie, NY, home of the Culinary Institute of America and the Walkway Over the Hudson.  We rang in the New Year with amazing food and a 2.5 mile run over the Hudson River.

Later, lured by signs promising pie, we stopped at the Blueberry Hill Market Café in New Lebanon, NY.  Unfortunately, they were out of pie, but they did have a New Year's Day brunch – still Kevin's and my favorite breakfast/brunch meal.

Our next stop (after a brewery or two) was in Keene, NH.  I had previously surprised Kevin with a birthday trip to NH to visit some of his family there.  We randomly stayed for a night in Keene and loved it.  Kevin made reservations at the same hotel.  On the morning of our engagement, we walked to a local coffee shop and Kevin taught me to play cribbage.  Then, after hearing multiple people say how beautiful Mount Monadnock was, we decided to hike it.  Neither of us had packed hiking gear, so we put on as many layers as we could and headed out.  It was amazing (and so, so cold at the top).  After our hike, we drove across the border to Harpoon Brewery in Vermont.  Kevin had been in contact with them prior to our trip, so they put us at a great table by the fire!  We enjoyed our time at Harpoon so much that we were running late for our dinner reservations back in Keene.  I called to let them know we were on our way, and as soon as Kevin parked the car, I took off toward the restaurant.  There's a gazebo in the main street of Keene that Kevin and I had taken pictures in during our last trip.  He ran to catch up with me and asked if we could stop in the gazebo for a minute.  It was still decorated with Christmas lights and that's where Kevin popped the question!  I cried and said yes!  We finally made it to dinner (which we didn't eat because we were so excited).

Then, we went off the grid for about 12 hours (one of our favorite parts of the weekend).  We couldn't wait to tell our families and friends, but it was awesome to celebrate and keep it to ourselves for a little while (although we did tell the waitresses at the restaurant)!

Describe the engagement session.
We wanted our engagement pictures to reflect us and the things we love to do, so we picked Brew Gentlemen in Braddock and Frick Park.

We love visiting breweries, meeting the people that own them, and trying the beers!  Brew Gentlemen is one of our absolute favorites.  Their space is amazing and so are their beers.  We spend a lot of time at the tasting room relaxing (and playing Ticket to Ride).  In addition to our engagement being brewery-centered, we are incorporating a beer theme into our wedding, so we wanted to have it be a part of our engagement pictures as well.  The staff was great about letting us do our engagement shoot there!

We also spend a lot of time in Frick Park.  Kevin and I both enjoy running and do most of our training in the park because we live nearby.

Our photographer, Ashley Giffin, was totally on board with our ideas and we had an awesome afternoon with her!  She helped us feel at ease, which I think came through in our pictures.

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Romantic Garden Wedding at Phipps: Tara & Marc

If you're going for a garden wedding, no venue makes more sense than Phipps Conservatory.  Not only is it downright beautiful, but it was also THE perfect fit for Tara and Marc.  These two met and fell in love while they were both engineering students at Pitt.  They purposefully chose to celebrate their union at Phipps because of its proximity to where it all began.  From there, this bride and groom were inspired by the romantic, naturally good looks of the gardens, both indoor and out.  That meant a color palette of lavender, ivory, and gold, lush florals of peonies, hydrangeas, roses, and fresh lavender, centerpieces that included golden birdcages, and soft purple uplighting.  Not only did Tara and Marc design a day that reflected the infamous look and feel of Phipps, but they also included some of the best details I've seen in a while.  Like what?

  • Tara's shoes.  These Harriet Wilde kicks were killer.  Delicate lace, a dainty ribbon tie, and a flirty peep toe…I'm suffering from a severe case of shoe envy.
  • That ceremony location.  What better way to pay tribute to where you and your hubby met than to exchange marriage vows overlooking that very location?!  An outdoor ceremony in the garden of Phipps combined Tara and Marc's past and future in the most meaningful of ways.
  • Speaking of meaningful, Tara's grandfather officiated the ceremony.  Cue the waterworks because just the thought of a grandfather performing his granddaughter's marriage ceremony is making me all weepy.  So sweet!
  • Adorable ceremony programs.  Tara and Marc claim they both have “silly personalities” and these were made evident by their quirky ceremony programs.  Tiny cartoon drawings and other fun details kept these “I Dos” light-hearted.
  • Escort cards/favors fit for a garden wedding.  Upon arrival at the reception room, Tara and Marc's guests were invited to “Please be ‘seeded'” and given a packet of seeds to take home and plant.  SO, SO perfect for this wedding.  Did I mention how perfect these were?

Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers captured the soft loveliness of this wedding.  Whimsical yet classic, Tara and Marc's day is a breath of fresh air.  If only every day in Pittsburgh looked like this one!

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From the photographer…

How did the couple meet?
Marc and Tara met at the University of Pittsburgh while they were both studying engineering.  Marc first noticed Tara his freshmen year, but he played it cool and didn't approach her (wuss!).

The following year, Marc was walking through the halls with his best bud, Jon Dray.  Jon waved hi to Tara and Marc almost punched him in the face in excitement.  He asked Jon to introduce the two of them.  Jon invited Tara out one night and they got to meet, but mostly stuck to their own groups.

Marc was still thinking of Tara despite their brief meeting.  Both of them were working research positions at Pitt (nerds!) and had lots of time to chat online.  At the end of the summer, Marc called Tara and asked her to go to lunch with him at Jimmy Johns.  They shared stories about writing raps about their parents and the rest is history!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Since Marc and Tara met, they have been going on vacation to Disney World in Florida.  In July 2014, after a day in the amusement parks with Tara's mom and grandparents, Marc and Tara went down to the lake beach to watch the fireworks.  It was beautiful.  There were sailboats everywhere and no one else around…or so Tara thought!  After she said yes and started hopping up and down, her big brother John and his girlfriend (now fiance!) popped out of the bushes with a camera and started to shoot some photos!

What inspired the vision of the big day?
Since they met at Pitt and spent the first three years of their relationship there, Tara and Marc wanted the wedding to be celebrated close to where the relationship began.  They chose Phipps Conservatory, and from there, they were inspired by all things romantic, “gardeny”, and reflective of their relaxed, silly personalities.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Watters from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Shoes: Harriet Wilde | Caterer: Phipps Conservatory | Ceremony Location: Phipps Conservatory | DJ: Steve Lebo of Party Time Productions | Florist: Budget Blossoms by Jillian | Linens: Lendable Linens | Menswear: Kenneth Cole | Officiant: Bride's grandfather | Photo Booth: Steve Lebo of Party Time Productions | Photographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers | Reception Venue: Phipps Conservatory | Transportation: Lenzner Coach Lines | Videographer: ShoFilmsVendor-Credit-Shout-OutPhotographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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Colorful, Fun-Loving Engagement Session: Sarah & Don

This fun-loving engagement session is bright, festive, and sure to make you smile!  Sarah and Don like to have fun and they are energized by colors.  It's almost as if Randyland was made specifically for their engagement photos with Sandrachile .  The eclectic, rainbow-like landmark just might be Pittsburgh's coolest art gallery and it was downright perfection for this e-session.  Sarah and Don embraced every nook and cranny of the space and totally let loose.  A little bit quirky but still full of love and affection, this feature has me grinning from ear to ear.  Marry the one that makes you laugh, right?  Right!  I'm fairly certain Sarah and Don will be doing plenty of that for the rest of their lives.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met through mutual friends at Don's fraternity house while we were at Penn State.  Within less than a year after meeting, we were dating seriously.

Describe the engagement session and what inspired it.
We love to laugh, to have fun, and we get energized with colors.  We knew we were attracted to urban settings, and we wanted to include an iconic Pittsburgh landmark.  We thought of the typical picture with a bridge, but we knew it was a little overdone.  Then, our photographer asked us to describe ourselves as a couple in one word, and we picked “fun-loving”.  She immediately suggested Randyland.  Even though we had never been there, my mom said it would be perfect (yes, my mom knows all the artsy, most trendy places around).  We had an amazing time, not just with Sandra but with Randy as well.

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Coral & Gold Terrace Wedding at the Hyatt House: Jo & Mike

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When it came time to choose wedding colors, Jo followed one piece of advice: “Choose a color that makes you happy.”  After realizing that most of her own wardrobe was coral, she thought that color obviously must make her smile a lot; why else would she have so much of it in her closet?  Coral it was!  By adding metallic gold and ivory, Jo and Mike settled on a wedding color palette that was bright, festive, and downright perfect for their June 11th wedding.  In keeping with the summery vibe, the couple choose The Terrace at the Hyatt House to host their big day.  The patio allowed for a beautiful view of the river and city skyline during the ceremony, which was followed by al fresco dinner and dancing under the terrace's resident tent.  A plethora of coral, pink, and white paper lanterns, tissue pom poms, bistro lights, tons of cute DIY decor, and a healthy dose of glitter just because all added up to a beautiful wedding day that I just loved.  Some of my favorite details?

  • Jo and Mike's shoes.  This bride and groom wore matching Vans with a fun flamingo print as a way to bring some coral to their attire and let their personalities shine through!
  • The wedding invites.  Gold foil.  Gold and white stripes.  Clean lines.  Simple wording.  Need I say more?  The design of this suite from Vistaprint has my heart all aflutter.
  • The ceremony officiant.  With the help of the internet, Jo's cousin became an ordained minister three weeks before the wedding just so he could perform the ceremony for her and Mike!  Just when you thought these this day couldn't get any sweeter…
  • Spoke too soon.  “Donut” forget the dessert at this wedding!  (Ha!  See what I did there?)  Rather than a cookie table, Jo and Mike served their guests their favorite Strip District treat…Peace, Love, and Little Donuts!
  • Those florals!  The bouquets from this wedding at utterly show-stopping!  Lush, colorful, and oh-so-romantic, they'll be sure to catch your eye and keep it for more than a few seconds.  The Blue Daisy Floral Designs totally outside herself with these!

Madeline Jane Photography perfectly documented this adorable wedding day that just might have you reconsidering that basic color palette…or that fall date…or that indoor venue…or anything else that isn't THIS!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Mike and I met in our hometown of Erie, PA through a mutual friend.  He became the roommate of one my good friends at the time and we stayed friends for a few months before we started actually dating.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
He proposed on Valentine's Day on Mt. Washington, right by where we had our first apartment together.  We had some time to kill before our dinner reservations at one of our favorite restaurants and he suggested that we go to Mt. Washington to take some pictures since it was actually a really nice night for February.  I started taking pictures of the downtown skyline and I turned around to talk to him and he was down on one knee!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, color, styles, etc.
Our wedding was very modern and personal to us!  The colors were coral, gold, and ivory with a lot of matching decor.  We wanted everything to be reflective of us because we had been together for so long and this was such a special day!  We wrote our own ceremony together, which was officiated by my cousin, Pete, who we had ordained online about three weeks prior to the wedding.  I had a lot of DIY decorations (courtesy of Pinterest and the help of my mom!) but also a lot of details that were very personal.  We had Peace, Love, and Little Donuts instead of cake (because we love going to the Strip on Saturdays mornings and can't leave without them!).  We chose to get married in the South Side because we both lived there when we first started dating and we had a lot of fun memories there!  Because we were together for 10 years before getting married, I walked down the aisle to “At Last” by Etta James and those words were our cake topper too!

What inspired your vision?
While researching everything when I started planning, I read somewhere to choose a color that makes you happy and that if you are having trouble deciding, go to your closet and determine what color you see the most!  So I chose a bright coral and then accents of gold and ivory!  I also got a lot of help from Pinterest!  I think the venue itself helped to inspire the vision too.  I wanted it to be bright, summery, classic, modern, and romantic all rolled into one…which seemed hard to do at first, but once I got started everything fell into place!

What made your wedding unique?
For us, everything was very reflective of our personalities and our love for each other!  We even had matching Vans sneakers with a flamingo print on them to incorporate the coral colors of our wedding!  We both are nontraditional people so I think that was definitely incorporated into every aspect of our wedding!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment was walking down the aisle and seeing the look on his face!  I think that was closely followed by hearing “Mr. & Mrs. Massey” for the first time too!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
I know everyone says this, but seriously take the time to step back and enjoy everything!  It's really hard to do, especially during all of the craziness of planning everything, but the time really does fly.  Soak in every minute of it!  Also, take some time in between the planning to make time for just the two of you and promise not to talk about the wedding at all!  It's super stressful to plan everything so I think it's very important to still find time for the two of you and decompress doing something that you both love!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I  honestly wouldn't do much differently!  I really thought everything turned out perfectly for us!  I think it's very important to stay true to the two of you and to make your special day as personal as you can!  For me, surrounding myself constantly with friends and family and taking some time out to actually enjoy the planning process kept me sane!  Also, I am a big fan of checklists, and “The Knot Book of Wedding Lists” was a life-saver!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Oleg Cassini from David's Bridal | Bride's Earrings: Givenchy from Macy's | Bride's Shoes: Caparros | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Cake: Prantl's Bakery | Caterer: Big Burrito Catering | Donuts: Peace, Love, & Little Donuts | Ceremony Location: The Terrace at the Hyatt House | DJ: Bob Teagarden of Pittsburgh DJ Company | Flowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Hair: Arynne of Fluhme Glam Bar | Lighting: Pittsburgh DJ Company | Makeup: Vikki Placidi | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photo Booth & Props: DIY | Photographer: Madeline Jane Photography | Reception Venue: The Terrace at the Hyatt House | Stationery: Vistaprint | Transportation: Antique Coach Excursions | Wedding Bands: Dempsey & BaxterVendor-Credit-Shout-Out Ceremony Location: The Terrace at the Hyatt House | Flowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Reception Venue: The Terrace at the Hyatt House

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Dazzling Contemporary Wedding at the Wyndham Grand: Ashley & Travis

This dazzling contemporary wedding is going to knock your socks off.  Consider yourself warned.

For over the past decade, Ashley has worked in the wedding industry.  Usually when one of the wedding world's own gets married, we're all in for something good.  Ashley did not disappoint.  For her June wedding to Travis, this bride went all out!  With the help of some of Pittsburgh's A-list vendors, the couple designed a ceremony and reception that was so sparkly you just might need your sunglasses, so personal that you're bound to shed some happy tears, and so Pinterest-worthy that you'll likely want to redesign your entire wedding board.  It even has me wishing for a wedding redo.

Not even a little rain (ok, it was actually a complete and total day-long downpour) could dull the glamour of Ashley and Travis's big day.  From the silver, gray, and white color palette to the hints of glitter and sequins, and from the sweet gifts Ashley and Travis gave to their parents to the slideshow of childhood photographs played during the reception, this wedding was chock full of both chic and thoughtful details.  While there are way too many to list, here are just a few of my top favorites:

  • A horse-drawn carriage!  Ashley arrived at her ceremony in style thanks a little help from Caustelot Farms.  Talk about a fairy tale entrance!
  • Saved seats for lost loved ones at the ceremony.  In a touching tribute, Ashley and Travis placed a photo of each close family member who passed away at a chair, along with some flowers.  What a beautiful way to keep those special people close on your big day.
  • Incredible design!  All Occasions Party Rental, Mosaic, and Allison McGeary came together to curate a look of linens, flowers, and rentals that was completely cohesive yet unique at every turn.  Varying looks, textures, shapes, and sizes of centerpieces, tablescapes, and even lounge areas created a visual interest that kept guests excited at every turn.  Tons of uplighting, gobos, and candles created an ambiance of romance too!
  • A dessert…way for it…ROOM!  Cookie tables seem totally lame next to Ashley and Travis's EPIC room full of every sweet treat known to man.  Cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, fruit tarts, candy, popcorn, a smores bar, AND a sundae bar!  It's a good thing I wasn't a guest at this wedding.  I would have gained 500 lbs in one night.

SkySight Photography captured every.single.last detail perfectly.  And boy, were there a lot of them!  Just wait until you see!  Excuse me while I go have a serious case of wedding envy now.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Online!  Travis reached out to me several times and it took awhile for me to finally bite.  We meet at Station Square and took our dogs for a walk.  (Needless to say, I was worried and nervous…it was online dating after all.)  But the date was great with good conversation.  It lead to more dates and we both realized this was it!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Travis called while I was preparing the house for Christmas dinner.  He said his boss was in town and I needed to get ready because he wanted us to go to dinner with him.  I was very upset as my house was in shambles and I didn't want to leave.  We went to Morton's for a great dinner and I found out then that the boss was not coming and, in reality, Travis wanted to get me away because the holiday had me stressed out.  After dinner, we walked to the PPG ice rink, where we spent time looking at the tree.  Then, he turned me around…what he said next was a blur as I was in shock to find him on one knee!!!  It was such a fabulous moment!  We then started to make the walk back to what I thought was the car but it was actually Olive or Twist for a celebratory drink.  He had also lined up my friends to help celebrate; they were there with champagne in hand!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
We wanted a chic wedding with a little sparkle.  I let Allison McGeary, our florist, run with the floral design and Mosaic with the linen suggestions.  I also knew I wanted lots of candlelight!

What inspired your vision?
Being a wedding planner for over a decade, I wanted to spice things up and step outside the box, away from traditional setups.  The vendors we chose did just that for us and we would not have changed one thing!

What made your wedding unique?
The style we went with!  We added lounge furniture to the cocktail hour and dessert room!  We had so many compliments on that room itself; no one had ever seen anything like it.  The make-your-own smores bar was a huge hit too!  Adding personal touches that represented Travis and me made the entire day special for us.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
When we were announced husband and wife in front of all our family and friends!  Also when we shared our first dance with each other!  We are so in love and enjoyed learning a special dance together to show off our personalities and our relationship (nailed it by the way!).

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
The wedding day is all about marrying your best friend.  Focus on what will make you both happy and don't stress over the little things.  Don’t argue and when it comes to details; sit back and just remember….you will be married to your soul mate and, at the end of the day, does it really matter how your napkins are folded???  My dream was to married outside in Point State Park.  But that morning, it was pouring and it didn't let up.  I was upset at first but then took a deep breath and thought, “I cannot wait to have my dad walk me down the aisle and then to marry the man of my dreams!”  This made all the cares go away.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Must have?  Phenomenal entertainment!  This will dictate your evening and keep your guests engaged and having fun.  It's one of the components they will talk about long after the wedding day. Must do?  Make check lists to keep yourself straight and even consider hiring a wedding planner.  The last two or three months do become a little hectic and you want to enjoy every moment.  There is nothing I would have changed about our day.  We were beyond ecstatic when we walked into our reception for the first time and it brought tears to our eyes!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Accessories: Henne Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Exquisite Bride | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Candy Table: Pittsburgh Candy Buffet | Ceremony & Reception Location: The Wyndham Grand | DJ & Photobooth: Wenning Entertainment | Flowers: Allison McGeary | Hair & Makeup: Verve 360 | Horse & Carriage: Caustelot Farms | Ice Sculpture: Mastro Ice | Lighting: Encore Event Technologies | Linens: Mosaic | Menswear: Jack's Tuxedo | Musicians: Jason Kendall Productions | Photographer: SkySight Photography | Rehearsal Dinner: Six Penn Kitchen | Rentals & Decor: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Hello Beautiful Designs | Transportation: Regency Transportation |  Videography: Trillium Wedding Films

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1950s Inspired Engagement Session: Beth & Matt

These nostalgic e-photos from Desiree Deli Photography will have you longing for yesteryear.  Styled after the classic, cool look of the 1940s and 1950s, Beth and Matt's engagement session is one for the history books.  After their straight-out-of-a-fairytale proposal (see the full story below!), the couple wanted to pay tribute to their love of anything retro.  Working with Desiree, Beth and Matt styled their wardrobe and props and chose their Pittsburgh backgrounds carefully in order to bring these eras back to life.  I'd say they succeeded beautifully.  What an adorable session and couple!

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Retro 1950s Inspired Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Desiree Deli Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Retro 1950s Inspired Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Desiree Deli Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Retro 1950s Inspired Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Desiree Deli Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Retro 1950s Inspired Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Desiree Deli Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Retro 1950s Inspired Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Desiree Deli Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Retro 1950s Inspired Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Desiree Deli Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Retro 1950s Inspired Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Desiree Deli Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Retro 1950s Inspired Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Desiree Deli Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Retro 1950s Inspired Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Desiree Deli Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Retro 1950s Inspired Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Desiree Deli Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

When and how did the couple meet?
Matt and Beth met on the set of a movie being shot here in Pittsburgh in February 2014.  They were both cast as extras in the film, and oddly enough, were assigned to be boyfriend and girlfriend!  The rest is history.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Beth has a lifelong love affair with all things Disney, stemming from her many visits to the most magical place on earth!  Taking note of this, Matt took great pains to incorporate this into his proposal.  Beth had just arrived home from work on January 29, 2015, and, to her surprise (and delight), she found a shoe box with only one shoe in it and a dress laying in her room.  Along with those items was a note directing Beth to get ready and to go find her prince for the other shoe.  When she went downstairs, there Matt was – Cinderella style – with the other shoe, a ring, and a question.

Describe the engagement shoot.
Matt and Beth's engagement session styling pays homage to the 1940s and 50s eras.  Matt is a popular automotive journalist who loves all things retro.  His favorite show is Mad Men and he yearns for the style and classy feel of the 1940s and 50s.  With that in mind, Matt, Beth, and I worked together to style their wardrobe accordingly to reflect their favorite time period.  In addition, we used a few locations that helped add to the retro vibe, as well as securing a neighbor's classic car (a black English Morgan) for the backdrop of a few shots.

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Classic Pink & Green Wedding at Phipps Conservatory: Alison & Luke

Bright and summery, today's pink & green wedding is exactly what I need on this mid-July day.  Alison & Luke were newer to Pittsburgh when they began planning their July 3 nuptials.  Being unfamiliar with the venue options available, they searched for something traditional but that would allow for the fun, laid-back party they ultimately wanted.  Enter Phipps Conservatory.  This unique venue is unlike any other with its indoor and outdoor gardens and classic event space.  The bride and groom took one look at it and fell in love.  They planned the rest of their day with a bright color palette and clean, simple lines in mind.  Some of the most note-worthy details?

  • A Friday wedding!  Alison and Luke embraced the “think outside the box” trend and opted for a Friday affair.  This meant they had a whole weekend of partying to look forward to after becoming Mr. and Mrs. (see last bullet point!).
  • A nod to family!  The bride paid homage to her nearest and dearest in so many thoughtful ways.  Alison's bouquet was wrapped in lace from her mom's wedding dress.  Her grandfather's and mom's wedding bands were also sewn into the lining of her dress. Finally, the handkerchief she carried once belonged to her grandmother.  Those who meant the world to her were extra close on that special day.
  • The mix of centerpieces!  Elevated arrangements staggered with low florals helped to create dimension inside the reception room.  Hepatica took Alison's ideas and cooked up a look that was girly and bright but also contemporary and chic.  The various shades of pink, mixed with the green, really popped against the white linens and walls and natural chairs and floor.
  • A surprise flash mob!  Maid of honor and sister of the bride Courtney somehow managed to get all of the wedding guests to learn a choreographed number that they then sprung on the bride and groom during the speeches!  Talk about a feat on her part and what a way to start a party!
  • Alison is from Cleveland; Luke grew up rooting for the Pirates.  When they learned that the Buccos faced the Indians the day after their wedding, they knew it was meant to be.  The couple hosted 92 of their friends and family at the game the next day!  What an awesome way to welcome your guests to and show off your hometown while extending the wedding celebration!  SO FUNNNN!

Chrissy and Matt of Weddings by Sal & Bella took all of the pics you'll see below.  And boy are there some pretty ones!  You can never have too much pink.  That's what I always say (ummm hello have you seen my blog?).

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Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

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Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

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Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

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Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

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Classic Pink & Green Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Weddings by Sal & Bella Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
It was a busy work week for both of us and we had plans to meet up with friends in the city for Light Up Night.  I was running late, but Luke had a residency interview earlier that day for a radiology position.  So we decided to be late to meet our friends so I could hear about the interview and we could talk about our days.  After hearing that the interview went well, Luke mentioned he had an interesting slide from work to show me…not unprecedented since he was a medical student and often had new and interesting stories to share.

Our apartment has a roof top deck.  We walked outside so I would be able to see the slide back-lit in the kitchen window.  Admittedly, I wondered if something might be up and I half-expected there to be twinkly lights on the roof or something.  But when there wasn't, I figured it really was just an interesting slide.  Plus, we already had plans for the evening.

I pulled the giant x-ray out of the envelope (not thinking at all that everything is digital these days and no one uses real x-rays anymore).  The words “Will you marry me?” were written in block letters on the slide with a ring.  When I turned around, Luke was down on one knee and had some lovely things to say.  As the often over-excited half of our union, I interrupted him mid-way through his speech with a “YES!” because I couldn't wait for him to finish.  We ended up ditching our plans, drinking champagne on our roof with a glimpse of the fireworks downtown, and calling family and friends with the good news.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
From the very beginning, Luke and I knew that we wanted our wedding to have some traditional elements.  But at the end of it all, we wanted a laid back celebration with family and friends, great food, good music, and lots of fun.  Having attended a lot of weddings together over the years and having heard a lot of wedding planning horror stories, we decided we wanted to make the planning process fun and keep things light.  We were getting married and that should always be a positive!  As newer Pittsburgh residents, we weren't familiar with a lot of areas in town.  So I started searching for non-traditional venues, and once we found and visited Phipps Conservatory, we fell in love.  The Fourth of July weekend gave us a public holiday for many on Friday.  Plus, with Luke graduating from med school in the spring, we had a small window for some time off.  We jumped on the open Friday date.

After a “What do you think about this invitation?” conversation, we realized quickly that Luke cared about some big details, but not so much about the small things.  Once we stopped with the pleasantries and I took over the bulk of the planning (something we both wanted), the planning became and stayed the happy process we were hoping for!  My mom and I are both planners and love to check through to-do lists.  The wedding was a fun opportunity for us to spend time together with various vendors and work on a bunch of DIY projects for the big day.

David at Hepatica was a delight to work with and took my floral ideas and ran with them.  My mom is passionate about flowers, so the two of them worked together after the initial meeting and they created a beautiful floral backdrop for our wedding.  We wanted the reception space to be simple and clean and the mix of pink hued flowers in both raised and low arrangements really gave the room the pop it needed.  We went with a simple cake with fresh flowers and an assorted dessert table (both from Bella Christie) that guests raved about.  The bride and groom chocolate covered strawberries were one of our favorite choices, but the table was devoured by the end of the night.

Grey Phoenix Designs provided white linen ceiling swags and lighting for the reception space that gave the room the soft touch that we were looking for.  We added other personal touches like DIY chalkboards signs throughout the ceremony and reception.  Other personal touches included our guest book, which was a thumb print leaf tree painted by a family friend that is now hanging in our family room.  We also asked for date night suggestions from guests and plan to pick one at least once a month.  We agreed that our love for sushi needed to be included in our wedding day.  So we had a sushi tower!  Guests were very excited about it, and thankfully, the staff saved a couple of pieces for us since we were taking photos during cocktail hour.

Family was also an important part of our big day.  The stems of my bridal bouquet were wrapped with lace from my mom's wedding dress.  At Christmas time, we took her dress out of the box for the first time in 40 years and it was completely yellow!  My sister, who is about the same size, tried it on and we had a fun time telling wedding stories from my mom and sister's weddings.  With some elbow grease, we were able to get the stains out and it was a fun, memorable touch to the wedding day.  My mom also sewed my paternal grandfather's ring and her mother's wedding bands into the lining of my dress.  The handkerchief that I had was from my father's mother and the pink embroidered flowers matched beautifully.  It was important for us to include our grandparents and many long and happy marriages in our wedding day.  Most notably, we recognized our parents who represented a combined 93 years of marriage.

Our three brothers served as our ushers and party starters, and my three nephews served as the cutest ring bearers to date, carrying a “Luke, here comes your girl” chalkboard.  We had wonderful speeches from my father, Luke's best friend and best man, Matt, and my sister, Courtney, the maid of honor.  We also had a total surprise flash mob that Courtney orchestrated (in addition to holding down a full-time job, mother of four duties, and a life).  It was a big group of friends and family doing a choreographed dance to our favorite hits from growing up.  It was a HUGE surprise and so much fun to see so many people we love busting a move.  We couldn't believe how much effort they put in to learn the dance in advance.  It kicked off the party perfectly and we danced the night away.  As kids, Courtney and I always did dance routine and sang into spatulas to the music.  So, she and my mom had personalized spatulas made as favors and they were perfect microphones to take everyone through the night.  Steven Vance did a fantastic job with the music and played everything we asked for.  Since Luke and I love music and love to dance, we spent a night in the winter drinking wine, playing music, and seeing if the songs were “danceable” or not.  We had a blast making playlists and the music did not disappoint.

We knew we wanted to have late night food and that people would want to keep the party rolling.  We ended up booking The Porch in Schenley Park, which was a perfect spot and really easy to get to from Phipps.  Some people walked, some people took the shuttle, but a large group made their way down for pizza, drinks, and to recap the night.

We would be remiss not to mention Chrissy and Matthew from Weddings by Sal & Bella, who were with us to capture all of these fantastic moments and give us such wonderful memories from our wedding day.  They were a joy to work with, professional yet fun, and the pictures speak for themselves.  They were very flexible, took the pictures we asked for and also sought out pictures that worked well with the venue.  They captured a ton of great candid shots from the reception and the fun vibe of the wedding, generally.  We couldn't be happier with the photos and service and would recommend them highly for anyone's big day!

As if the wedding day festivities weren't enough, we continued the party the next day with food, drinks, and fun in the Strip District.  Then, we made our way to the Pirates/Indians game.  My family is from Cleveland and Luke grew up in central PA rooting for Pittsburgh sports so it was a battle of the families!  Once we saw the baseball schedule, we knew the wedding date was serendipitous with our teams playing the next day so we booked a block of tickets.  We let everyone know about the game and had 92 people in attendance!  It was also the Fourth of July and my birthday, so it was a massive celebration and a great way to continue the festivities and a chance to visit with so many friends and family in town.

We left shortly thereafter for Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for a week, had a few days in the Serengeti on safari, and capped off the trip with some beach time in Zanzibar.  Coming back from the trip with no internet to an onslaught of photos, videos, and stories from the wedding weekend was such a fun way to recap the special weekend and share in so many wonderful memories.

We want to thank all of our family, friends, and vendors for making our wedding weekend so spectacular and something we will never forget!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Pronovias | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan Collection | Desserts: Bella Christie | Ceremony & Reception Location & Catering: Phipps Conservatory | DJ: Steven Vance Entertainment | Flowers: Hepatica | Hair: Capristo Salon | Lighting: Gray Phoenix Designs | Makeup: Genevieve Moreau – Burkes | Menswear: American Commodore Tuxedo | Photographer: Weddings by Sal & Bella | Stationery: Minted

Vendor-Credit-Shout-Out DJ: Steven Vance Entertainment

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