Snowy Field Engagement Session: Lottie & Mark

Just because there is snow on the ground doesn't mean you need to take your photo session indoors.  Quite the contrary!  Take a page out of Lottie and Mark's book.  Head to the snowiest field you can find for some snuggly engagement pics in the white stuff!  Among the bare branches and the dead grass, the love between these two shines bright, bringing life to the images.  After some snaps under pine trees, in an open field, and with their sweet pup, photographer Meaghan Elliott dropped Lottie and Mark downtown for some of the best city sunset photos I've ever seen!  Pittsburgh has never looked better in my opinion.  This couple just might be the only thing more beautiful than the skyline, the colors, and the twinkle of the city lights reflecting off of the river!

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Snowy Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Meaghan Elliott Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

These two cuties are actually from our hometown!  We shot Lottie’s older sister’s wedding a few years ago.  It was our first true Pittsburgh booking.  Hooray for milestones!  And, of course, we were so honored and excited to work with this sweet family again!  Lottie used to live in Philly but recently moved to the Burgh.  The pair were married in September at Lingrow Farms.  We loved spending the afternoon with them.  It was non-stop smiles!  A special shout out to Pittsburgh Makeup for Lottie's stunning look that day!

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding: Meredith & Christopher

Despite the fact that we've had an unusually mild winter (and Gus said spring is right around the corner), I am dying for a healthy dose of sun and surf.  The last time my toes were in sand was my honeymoon nearly three years ago!  That's far too long.  Since I am in desperate need of some Vitamin D, today's real wedding feature couldn't have come at a better time.

The crystal clear waters and white sand of Montego Bay, Jamaica played the stunning backdrop of Meredith and Christopher's destination wedding.  After visiting the island several times, the couple knew they wanted to get married there one day.  So on May 11, 2015, they finally did.  Overlooking the Caribbean Sea and under the charming Casita Gazebo of the Secrets Wild Orchid resort, Meredith and Christopher said “I do” in front of their closest family and friends.  A destination wedding allowed the bride and groom to keep things simple but also still special, since they got hitched in a place so near and dear to their hearts.  The couple welcomed their guests to the island with a Bubba Keg filled with snacks, gum, Advil, and other necessities, while salt water taffy served as a small token of their apprecation.  Bridesmaids chose their own dresses and Meredith DIY'd all of the bouquets (go girl!).  She also looked easy-breezy-beautiful in a flowy chiffon and lace number that she accented with a crystal belt.  A low, wavy ponytail and natural makeup completed her chic, soft look.

To make sure their special day was well-documented, Meredith and Christopher invited Breanna Elizabeth Photography along on the trip.  Enjoy all of the sunny proof that a small, simple beach wedding can be just as beautiful as any grand ballroom affair!  Maybe if I put my head against my screen, the Vitamin D will seep into me through osmosis…

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding from Breanna Elizabeth Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in March of 2011 when Chris came into my work.  We then bumped into each other again in July of 2011.  That is when he asked me out on our first date.  We've been together since.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Let me preface this part by saying that my husband doesn't follow the norm.  He is all about the element of surprise.  That being said, he proposed to me in the Pittsburgh airport at 3:30 a.m. on November 9, 2014 before boarding a plane to Mexico for vacation.  Needless to say, I did not see it coming!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Being that we got married on the beautiful island of Jamaica, I was going for a simple but elegant look.  I avoided any real theme because of wanting to keep things simple, and also because I was bringing a lot of decor with me.  My favorite color has always been pink so I wanted to include a subtle pop of pink accents.

What inspired your vision?
Like every bride-to-be, I scoured Pinterest for inspiration, so there were several things that inspired my vision.  However, I didn't choose the style and color of my bridesmaids dresses until I chose my dress.

What made your wedding unique?
The location.  Having our wedding in Jamaica was unique and absolutely amazing.  We have traveled to the island a few times and we fell in love with the raw beauty of Jamaica.  We always knew that it would be the place where we would be married.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
The whole day was perfect, absolutely perfect.  So it's hard to chose a favorite moment, but I would say the ceremony was my favorite!  Who wouldn't love getting married on the beach?!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Do everything the way you want to do it because it's your day!

If you are looking for a stress-free wedding, do a destination wedding.  Most resorts should offer several package options and they take care of everything.  We pretty much just showed up and enjoyed a week on a beautiful island celebrating.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Make sure you pick the perfect photographer and, if necessary, spend the extra money.  Having an amazing photographer was on the very top of my list and I'm so happy with how my photos turned out.  Plus, bringing a photographer to Jamaica was well worth it because not all resort photographers are professionals.

The only thing we should have done differently would have been to stay in Jamaica longer 😉

Vendors
Bride's Dress: The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Shoes: David's Bridal via Amazon | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Various locations | Ceremony Location: The Casita Gazebo at the Secrets Wild Orchid Resort | Flowers & Decor: DIY | Photographer: Breanna Elizabeth Photography | Reception Venue & Other Elements: Secrets Wild Orchid Resort | Wedding Planner: Bride & Maid of Honor!

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Wedding at Carmichaels Social Hall: Chelsea & Davis

Chelsea and Davis's shiny Tiffany blue wedding has my heart all aflutter.  There are few things I love more than a little glitz, a little glam, and a little blue box tied with a pretty white bow.  Put them all together and I go totally gaga.  I personally think you can never have too much sparkle, and it appears that this couple agrees.  High school sweethearts Chelsea and Davis planned a day that would allow their large Polish families to be together (the invite list was 500+!) but that also allowed Chelsea to show off her glamorous side.  The only venue large enough for this party was the local fire hall.  But I kid you not…you'd NEVER believe this was a fire hall wedding!  With a palette of black, white, and every girl's favorite shade of turquoise, the bride and groom literally transformed the reception venue into a beautiful, glittery space that shone bright thanks to all of the rhinestones, crystals, mirrors, and candlelight used in their decor.  Some of the day's other glamorous details that I totally adore?

  • Talk about bling!  Not only did Chelsea wear a glamorous creation from my all-time favorite bridal designer and fellow rhinestone-lover Hayley Paige, but she also topped off her look with two different crystal headpieces and statement jewelry.  Go big or go home, right?
  • Chelsea and Davis were high school sweethearts.  At one point, Chelsea wrote in her diary that she thought Davis was THE ONE!  In an oh-so-sweet way, Chelsea incorporated this excerpt into their wedding invitations!  Her own handwritting was scanned and everything!  Keep your eyes peeled for it in the pictures below!
  • The back of the ceremony program listed Chelsea's “somethings”!  Although a popular tradition, the somethings often don't get explained or acknowledged.  I love that this bride let her guests know just what special tokens she was wearing that day, and the story behind each of them!
  • A whopping NINE tier wedding cake!  The fondant covered creation was decorated in clear and blue rhinestones to match Chelsea and Davis's theme.  Dessert didn't stop there…guests were treated to all sorts of tasty sweets after dinner.  This is my kind of wedding.
  • From the invitations to the ceremony program, the cocktail napkins to the seating display, the couple incorporated a C & D custom monogram into just about everything.  I love how they wove this graphic into as much as they could to create a cohesive look.

Kristen Wynn documented the entire day, and these bridal portraits are like something out of a fairy tale!  Major props to Chelsea for laying on the ground in a Hayley Paige!  I feel like it might be slightly sacrilegious but the pictures are totally worth it!  If diamonds are a girl's best friend, I think rhinestones might be a close second.

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Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sparkly Tiffany Blue Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carmichaels Social Hall by Kristen Wynn Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Davis and I have known each other since middle school.  He took me to my 8th grade Spring Fling when I was 14 years old.  Davis and I split up when I went to high school (I'm a year older than he is), we became high school sweethearts when I was 16, and we were on a roller coaster ride that lead us to where we are today!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Davis proposed on September 1, 2013.  It was the annual Bee Graphix Corn Hole Tournament at the Greene Cove Yacht Club, where we spend days and nights all summer long.  Davis's family owns Bee Graphix and he told me the Observer Reporter was coming to do an article about the tournament and that he wanted me to get in the picture with him.  Well, it just so happened that I had a bachelorette party for my girlfriend the night before and couldn't care less if I was in a picture, let alone how I looked at a corn hole tournament.  That was when Davis went into panic mode.  I was completely ruining his plan because he knew if I looked like a bum when he proposed, I would hate myself!  He went to my closet and picked out this beautiful, long lace maxi dress but I refused to wear that to a corn hole tournament.  That was when I got the hint that he might be proposing.  So I put on a more casual dress, got ready, painted my nails (just in case), and after Davis explained the rules, I was pushed out onto the floor by my cousins.  I saw a boat coming down the river, carrying a HUGE sign that said, “Chelsea, Will you Marry Me?”  Davis got down on one knee and said, “Chelsea, I have loved you since the sixth grade.  Will you marry me?”  Of course, I said YES!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
There were a lot of factors that made us do things the way we did for our wedding.

First and foremost, Davis and I got married on my parent's 34th wedding anniversary.  In turn, we were also inspired to get married in the same church they did.  Davis's parents had just celebrated their 39th anniversary on May 1.  We were truly blessed to have strong families by our sides on our special day.

Davis and I were high school sweethearts.  Plus, we come from a small town and we had to combine two of the biggest Polish families into one wedding reception.  Our venue options were limited with our 500+ guest list.  When we decided to have it at a fire hall, we knew Magic Moments would make it look like a fairy tale.  The walls were all covered with linens and lights, a chandelier hung above the wedding cake, every other table was accessorized with a chandelier or flowers, and the chairs were covered in chiffon.  It truly was more than I could have ever imagined.

Not only did we have cookies on the tables for people to munch on while they were waiting to eat, but there was also HUGE dessert spread after dinner.  Everyone loved it!  Instead of having just one guest book, I got scrapbook paper and printed 5×7 photos from our engagement session.  There were calligraphy pens available for people to write us notes, stories, or just their names.  I also displayed photos of our parents' and grandparents' weddings.

A magician entertained our family and friends during cocktail hour.  Guests could also take advantage of the photo booth, where they received a magnet so they could display their photo at home.  ShutterBooth also gave our guests the opportunity to leave us a message as well!  It was so fun hearing what everyone had to say!

What made your wedding unique?
If you ask ANYONE who came to the reception or saw our video, the most unique part was the reception introduction.  After our wedding party was announced, there was a “commercial pause” before our emcee announced Davis and me.  I really can't describe it, you just have to see for yourself!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Save vacation days at work!  Take a few days off before the wedding and pamper yourself and relax.  You only get married once!

Take longer than a seven day honeymoon if you can!  It goes by so quick and you never want it to end. 🙂

The earlier you do the ceremony and dinner, the sooner you can be on the dance floor with everyone you love, having the best day of your life!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Must have: Kristen Wynn is the sweetest photographer you will ever meet.  I loved working with her and even my wedding party and parents were impressed by her artistic ability!

Must do: Find something original to do with your special day.  Our reception video by far was the coolest thing ever!

Can't live without: Sho Films. They brought a whole other light to our wedding and my husband's surprise of the teaser video that was released just a few days after the wedding made me the happiest wife in the world!  Check it out!

Do differently: Better communication leading up to our introduction at the reception.  Davis and I wanted the reception video to be a surprise, which caused a slight delay in the rest of the night's events.  But no one knew or cared we were behind schedule!  This is just a bride being a tiny bit particular in wanting more time to enjoy herself and dance!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Carrie by Hayley Paige from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Bracelets & Wedding Bands: Joyce's Jewelry; Earrings: Made by Rachael Corfont; First Headpiece: Hobby Lobby; Second Headpiece & Belt: Bridal Beginning | Bride's Shoes: Nina | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Night Moves from Prom Girl | Cake: Yummies by Yvonne | Caterer: Back Bay | Ceremony Location: St. Oliver Plunkett Parish | DJ: Mark Batis | Flowers: Magic Moments | Hair: Bride: Samantha Slagle; Bridal Party: Jason Renner | Lighting, Linens, & Rentals: Magic Moments | Magician: Flanzini | Makeup: Candace Orlandi | Menswear: Tuxedo Junction | Photo Booth: ShutterBooth | Photographer: Kristen Wynn Photography | Reception Venue: Carmichaels Social Hall | Stationery: Indigo Envelope | Transportation: Vogue Limousines | Videography: Sho Films | Wedding Planner: Tianne Stotka, mother of the bride

Charming Laid-Back Wedding at Morning Glory Inn: Molly & Jeffrey

Nestled into a quiet street in the otherwise unquiet South Side, the Morning Glory Inn was the perfect spot for Molly and Jeffrey's casual, laid-back wedding day.  The couple wanted an outdoor, laid-back, familial affair, and that's just what they got at this charming B&B.  Full of sweet and dainty details, this wedding was simple but breathtaking.  Most importantly, Molly and Jeffrey were surrounded (quite literally) by all of their family and friends, which is exactly what they wanted.  I've been swooning over these nuptials since the day I received this submission.  Here are a just few reasons why:

  • Molly's sweetheart neck, empire waisted dress was bohemian while still being bridal.  Her look was completed by Mikomoto pearl earrings (a gift from her dad!), a crown of tiny daises, and loose, carefree waves.  Molly says it was the “worst hair day of her life” thanks to the 90 degree weather and 100% humidity.  I respectfully disagree, Molly!  You looked GORG!
  • An unplugged ceremony!  This bride and groom kindly asked their guests to keep their cell phones in their purses or pockets while they exchanged vows.  Guests were actually present while witnessing such a special moment.  More of this, please!  So much more of this!
  • Speaking of the ceremony, the set up (or should I say lack thereof?) for this one was amazing!  While Molly and Jeffrey said “I do” under a canopy of daises in the garden courtyard, guests simply gathered around them.  Snuggled up shoulder to shoulder, family and friends were up close and personal, surrounding the bride and groom in love.  Makes my heart smile 🙂  Afterward, they ate, drank, danced, and mixed and mingled at their leisure, enjoying the reception that flowed from room to room of the inn.
  • In lieu of favors, Molly and Jeffrey made a donation to BARC Shelter in Brooklyn.  When living in NY, the couple used to volunteer at this no-kill shelter that provides a safe home for abandoned animals.
  • Rachel Rowland's photographic genius went into overload as she led the couple through the inn, taking full advantage of the eclectic, retro, and sometimes quirky decor.  The result was some of the most strikingly beautiful and unique portraits I've seen.  Ever.

Charming, casual, and understated, Molly and Jeffrey's wedding was what it's all about…family, a good time, and two people who are madly in love.  A million high fives to this!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Jeff went to Ohio University with my older sister, which is how we semi-met initially.  We re-met after college, right before I started grad school, when I surprised my sister in NYC for her birthday.  They both happened to live in the city at the time.  My younger sister was visiting as well.  We all went out for brunch and spent the rest of the day exploring Brooklyn.  Jeff and I hit it off and started playing Words with Friends…which is actually how he eventually asked for my number and came to visit me in Pittsburgh for the first time!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We lived together in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment on the water.  It was a Wednesday in April.  I had just gotten home from a long day at work and we had dinner reservations.  I was still stressed and admittedly not in the best mood.  (Poor Jeff!!  My mood did nothing to calm his nerves!)  He poured us both a glass of wine then drank his in five minutes!  When he asked me if I wanted to catch the sunset on the dock before dinner, I said I wanted to finish my glass of wine and freshen up (Oops!!).  When he finally got me out of the apartment, he said he wanted to take a detour and go to the dock to take a picture of the city.  When we got there, he got down on one knee and completely took me off guard.  I had absolutely no clue he was planning on proposing or I wouldn't have been so difficult and I wouldn't have been wearing my chucks!  It couldn't have been more perfect though.  Right after, we asked a group of people to take our picture and one of them said, “You two should get married.  You are so cute together!”  We both just burst out laughing!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Our wedding was very laid back and non-traditional.  We wanted something outside with just our closest friends and family.  We chose the Morning Glory Inn because it was so beautiful without adding a thing.  We had flowers everywhere and rustic touches of burlap and lace throughout.  The bridesmaids' dresses were poppy colored and they each held a daisy bouquet.  The groomsmen wore mismatched grey suits with a burlap bow tie with a map design and a daisy and rosemary boutonniere.

What inspired your vision?
Daisies were very prominent because my mom always called me her daisy and I've always loved them.  She had three girls and she chose a flower for each of us when we were born!  The poppy color sort of chose me.  I knew I wanted something bright and it took months to even order fabric swatches because nothing was jumping out.  When I found the poppy lace dress on the J. Crew website and the swatch arrived at our house, it matched my Essie Clambake nail polish perfectly and I fell in love immediately.  After that, I took to Pinterest for ideas on how to bring everything together.  Neutral burlap was featured in a lot of posts and was a perfect compliment to our theme.  The Bartek Design burlap map bow ties the guys wore were absolutely AMAZING.  They made their outfits.

What made your wedding unique?
The venue itself made for a unique wedding.  Since there was not seating for every guest, we had our friends and family stand all around us during our vows.  Dinner felt more like a backyard BBQ since everyone got to mingle while moving from station to station.  Both of my parents walked me down the aisle to our close friend's guitar rendition of Thank You by Led Zeppelin (which had all of us crying!).  Attached to my bouquet was a brooch of my grandma's that I got to carry with me all day.  I don't think anyone knew it was there but me; it was my something old.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment of the day was when I finally relaxed with my husband on the balcony of the inn, overlooking our guests where we got to have our first dinner together as husband and wife, just the two of us.  Everyone told us we would be too busy to eat on our wedding day, but that was definitely not true in our case!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Not everything is within your control!  For instance, I had the worst hair day of my life on my wedding day because it was so hot and humid!  You just have to let go of some things and never forget the fact that no matter what happens, your marriage is more important than the tiny details of your wedding day.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Must haves: a glass of champagne to calm your nerves, a good lipstick, plain white Keds that will save your life when you just want to dance at the end of the night, and a pretty white dress for the morning after so you can keep feeling like the bride even when your day has ended!

Anything I would do differently: I would have taken photos of ALL angles of my dress prior to purchasing and I would have had a piece of my own wedding cake!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Watters from La Jeune Mariee | Bride's Jewelry: Mikimoto pearls from the bride's father | Bride's Shoes: J. Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Band: Jason Kendall Productions | Cake: Oakmont Bakery | Caterer: Fish Hawk Acres | Ceremony & Reception Location: Morning Glory Inn |  Flowers: Hepatica | Hair: Kay Neumont & Rachel Gordon | Makeup: Brittany Morgan & Ryan Thompson from MAC | Menswear: Burlap bow ties from Etsy | Photographer: Rachel Rowland Photography | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys | Videographer: Eric Hannisick Media Production | Wedding Planner: Mother of the bride

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Classic Black and White Wedding at the Hyatt Regency: Daniele & Christopher

Ballroom weddings will always be beautiful.  This one is no exception.  Plus, when two big Italian families come together, you know it's going to be a wedding that wows.  Daniele and Christopher wanted to create a day that was sophisticated but that also honored tradition.  Surrounded by 300 of their closest family and friends, the couple exchanged vows at the Hyatt Regency.  The pair then celebrated becoming Mr. and Mrs. with an epic reception full of unforgettable details.  What did I love best?

  • Black, white, and gold made for a simple but chic color palette.  The bride and groom incorporated some sparkly elements – like sequin linens and a Swarovski crystal encrusted cake topper – for a hint of glam.
  • Out of town guests were treated to adorable Pittsburgh themed welcome bags featuring local snacks like Snyder's pretzels, Sarris chocolate, and Eat N' Park Smiley Cookies.  What better way to experience Pittsburgh than to eat like a local?!
  • The cake from Bethel Bakery featured lace-like fondant creations inspired by Daniele's wedding dress.  An artistic touch to my favorite part of the wedding (because nothing beats cake)!
  • Daniele was super thoughtful when selecting her “somethings”.  New were her ivory Kate Spade heels.  The couple borrowed Daniele's grandparents' gold-rimmed toasting flutes.  For extra luck, Daniele carried a few old items: she wore her grandmother's garter, which also doubled as something blue, and her clutch and the ring bearer's pillow were made from her mother's wedding dress.  What special ways to carry on this bridal tradition!
  • A flair bartender (think Tom Cruise in Cocktail!), customized glow sticks, and a real-life wedding singer meant this reception was a PAR-TAY!  Besides being classically beautiful, this wedding was also FUN!

Oh, and I can't forget about the cookie table full of 300 DOZEN tiny pieces of heaven!  Italians know how to do weddings.

Take in all of the prettiness captured by Time Smart Images.  Buona fortuna to the newlyweds!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Christopher and I began dating in September of 2008 after crossing paths through mutual friends.  After being friends for several months, they realized that our friendship had blossomed into more.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Christopher proposed to me on Christmas Eve of 2013.  It was starting to snow, and Christopher rushed to load up the car with gifts.  I scooped up Bentley (our yorkie) and hurried into the car so we could get to my aunt and uncle’s house in time for our traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner.  As I waited in the car for Christopher to finish, I turned to Bentley, who was sitting in the backseat, and reiterated to him that he was the best Christmas gift that we ever got!  We had brought Bentley home the day before Christmas Eve in 2009.  As I continued to gush over Bentley in the backseat, Christopher settled into the car and said, “You always say Bentley was the best Christmas gift…” and as I turned around to him, he had the ring box in his hand and he proposed!  When we arrived to join our families later that evening, it was pure excitement and celebration for everyone.  It felt so special to be able to share our joy and exciting news with both of our families that Christmas.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Our wedding style was classic elegance.  Our colors were black and white with champagne gold accents.  We chose delicate pink antique roses to complete our vision.  Our centerpieces varied from tall floating candles with pink submerged roses, to trios of submerged roses and clusters of pink roses and hydrangeas.  Lighting was dim with an amber cast that accented the ballroom.

We chose an elegant swag drapery for our ceremony backdrop that also doubled as our head table backdrop during the reception.  The ceremony aisle was lined with tall floating candle vases with submerged roses and rose petals.

What inspired your vision?
We knew we wanted something in our hometown that was traditional and glamorous.  We both come from large Italian families, so we had 300 guests at our wedding.  The Hyatt was the perfect place to accommodate us.

What made your wedding unique?
We had a massive Pittsburgh cookie table…over 300 dozen!  At each end of the table, we displayed a sign that described this local tradition, as well as thanked those who baked for our wedding.  Despite having take home containers for guests, we still had so many leftover, which we then displayed at our farewell brunch the morning after the wedding.

We wanted to give our overnight guests a little taste of Pittsburgh.  Our welcome bags included customized water bottles and stadium cups with our wedding logo, Snyder's pretzels, Sarris candy bars, and Eat N' Park Smiley Cookies.

Our cocktail napkins were personalized with our wedding hashtag.  During the dancing portion of the evening, we passed out foam glow sticks, also customized with our hashtag.  They were a huge hit!  I wanted to do something different from the the normal wedding “signage” and these were perfect!

A flair bartender performed during the cocktail hour and at the reception.  Our guests just loved it!

My bouquet portrayed pictures of my deceased grandparents.  It was so special to be able to carry them with me that day.

We also had a wedding singer – Sputzy Sparacino, who is a long time friend of my mother in law's.  I am still getting compliments on how much our guests loved him and what a fabulous singer he was.  He performed at both our ceremony and cocktail hour.

My garter was my grandmother's wedding garter and it doubled as my “something old” and “something blue.”  My ring bearer pillow and clutch purse were made from my mother's wedding gown, and there were additional “somethings old”.  My Kate Spade heels were my “something new.”  My husband and I used my grandparent's gold-rimmed wedding toasting flutes which doubled as another “something old” and “something borrowed.”

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment was meeting my husband at the end of the aisle.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Make sure that you look around the room at all of your family and friends who are there loving and supporting you.  I did this multiple times and really tried to soak in as much as I possibly could.  Make sure you're able to see your reception venue before any of your guests.  It was such a special and important moment for my husband and me to see everything come to life.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I can honestly say that the best decision we made was to have both our ceremony and reception at the same venue.  The Hyatt was more than accommodating.  Holding both events in the same place gave us time to relax and enjoy the day without having to worry about much of a schedule or transportation.  My bridesmaids spent the night before our wedding with me at the hotel.  Hair and makeup also came to us at the Hyatt, which was great.  Myself, my bridesmaids, flower girls, moms and even some aunts and cousins were able to hang out and enjoy room service and pampering before the wedding festivities began!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Clarissa Boutique | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Caterer & Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musician: James “Sputzy” Sparacino | Cocktail Hour Entertainer: Steve Pacacha with Liquid Flair Entertainment | DJ: DJ Sosa with Entertainment Unlimited | Flowers: Bella Flora | Hair: Headturners Salon | Lighting: Encore Event Technologies | Linens: Chair Covers & Linens by Bonnie Bradley | Glow Sticks: Nightlife Supplier | Makeup: Kiss and Makeup | Menswear: Tuxedo Junction | Photographer: Time Smart Images | Stationery: Paper with Purpose & Lemonseed & Co. | Wedding Planner: Shawniece Betts-Martin at the Hyatt Regency

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Glamorous Winter Wedding at the Crowne Plaza: Julie & Tim

Sequin linens, a sea of candlelight, and a bride with a thousand watt smile can instantly warm up any cold January day.  And that's exactly what I'm bringing you today.  Julie and Tim met, went on their first date, AND got engaged in the winter.  So naturally, they felt it was only right to have a winter wedding!  However, Julie knew from the get go that she wanted to be different than the typical January bride.  Staying away from black, blue, and white (the unofficial colors of a winter wedding), she instead opted for a mix of champagne, gold, ivory, and plum, which provided the right amount of drama.  The rest of the day was designed to be relaxed and romantic.  I've never met a winter wedding I didn't like and this one is no exception.  Some of the best details?

  • A custom-made Lea-Ann Belter blush ball gown WITH POCKETS!  Why does a wedding dress need pockets, you ask?!  Oh, I don't know…lip gloss, cell phone, snacks, key to the city…who cares?!  It has POCKETS and I'm IN LOVE!  As if that isn't enough, wait until you get a load of Julie's faux fur wrap.  No winter bride is complete without one!
  • The fact that Julie nixed her original wedding shoes (4.5 inch wedges) two weeks before the wedding (meaning MAJOR last minute alterations) in exchange for sequin Kate Spade Keds.  Comfy AND stylish kicks?  Yes, please!!!
  • A mix of various bridesmaids dress styles all in the same fabric and shade adds a nice variety while still looking uniform.  This is a great way to ensure your ladies are comfortable and look their absolute best!
  • Speaking of bridesmaids, keep your eyes peeled for the adorable monogrammed clutch that Julie gifted to them.  A personal gift that I'm sure will get a ton of use (and compliments!)!
  • A hotel ballroom can easily be boring but Julie and Tim totally transformed the one at the Crowne Plaza!  With a little help from rich purple lighting, gorgeous candlelight, and sparkly decor, the once-barren space quickly went from snoozeville to stunning!

In a way that only they could do, the ladies of Ann Louise Photography perfectly captured Julie and Tim's glamorous day.  Who says weddings are meant for summer?  I say winter FTW.

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Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Glamorous Winter Pittsburgh Wedding at the Crowne Plaza from Ann Louise Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Tim and I met through a mutual friend that I attended college with and who was one of Tim’s best friends from high school.  We both celebrated New Years Eve 2009 in Station Square and we hit it off, sharing a kiss at midnight!  The following weekend, Tim and I went out in the South Side with all of our friends, getting to know each other more.  On January 10, 2010, he took me on our first date to McCormick & Schmick's in the South Side Works.  We've been together ever since!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Tim and I decided to have a date night and were planning to have dinner at the Grand Concourse.  Of course, when Tim got home from work I wasn't ready.  In fact, I commented that I really wasn't in the mood to go haha!  Tim coaxed me into getting ready and we were on our way.  Dinner was delish and we decided to take a walk over to Bar Louie for a drink.  We were going to the Kenny Chesney concert the next day so we didn't want to be out too late.

As we were walking over to Bar Louie, Tim stopped right near the fountain and told me how much our relationship meant to him and that he knew he wanted to spend the right of his life with me.  He got down on one knee and popped the question, “Will you marry me?”  I am pretty sure I didn't respond right away because I was so overwhelmed with excitement…I think I said, “OMG!” at first, but that was quickly followed with a “YES! Absolutely!”  Tim held the ring in a beautiful handkerchief, which I later found out was my grandmother's, and he then put the stunning ring on my finger.  I have to laugh because as this was happening, a couple passed us and the man yelled, “Get a room!” (naturally, we were hugging and kissing!).  A few minutes later, he came over to apologize because he then realized it was a proposal!

Then, the next surprise…as I was crying and smiling from shock and excitement, my parents popped out of nowhere.  They were there to celebrate the big news!!  We all went over to Houlihan's to have a celebratory drink (Bar Louie was packed!) and we started sending some texts out to our friends and family to share the news!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
I knew immediately that I wanted a winter wedding, but I also knew that I did not want all of the winter whites and icy blue colors to be the focal point.  I wanted a soft yet dramatic, romantic feel, which I believe I captured through the colors of plum, champagne, gold, and ivory.

What made your wedding unique?
Our wedding was unique for so many reasons.  First, our wedding date was the same weekend that Tim and I went on our first date (January 15, 2010 and January 10, 2015).  To tell you the truth, this was the first date that the Duquesne University chapel was available.  Of course, it was meant to be!

It was really important to me that our wedding, both the ceremony and reception, had a relaxed and comfortable feel.  We later heard from our family, bridal party, and guests that they “had never attended a wedding that was so relaxed and fun!”

And, my dress was a custom blush Lea-Ann Belter design with pockets!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Ask as many questions as possible and don’t be afraid that you are being annoying or picky!  There are so many details, and quite honestly, I am crazy organized and detailed oriented.  And there were still a few things that I missed!  If a vendor makes you feel like you are being too specific, picky, needy, or doesn’t offer details or reasonable answers to your questions, then move on – that is NOT the right vendor for you.

Also, always, always, always, include your fiancé in the planning (assuming that they want to be a part of things, even if it is just a little bit).  This is his day just as much as it is yours, and men tend to bring a unique and easy-going outlook to the table.

Lastly, speak up.  Try not to let your friends and family influence your decisions or make you feel bad or silly for liking/wanting what you like/want.  Parents' opinions are important, especially if they are putting money towards the bill, but other than that, it is want you and your fiancé want the day to be.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Everyone says this but it is so true – you MUST HAVE an amazing photographer.  Making a connection with your vendors, specifically your photographer, DJ, and (in our case) wedding coordinator, is incredibly important!  It makes the experience so much more relaxed because you feel like you can trust them and they see your vision.

Also, make sure that you are comfortable in your dress, undergarments, and shoes.  I had purchased the most adorable David Tutera 4 ½ inch wedges to go with my dress.  I wore them at all of my fittings and walked around in them countless times.  As the day approached I kept thinking to myself, “I want to be able to jump and dance around, to be comfortable in the snow, of course, and not worry about my feet hurting as I danced the night away.  Two weeks before the wedding, I purchased silver sequins Keds by Kate Spade that I saw by chance.  I knew that they were the perfect shoes!  I had to have my dress drastically re-hemmed (oops!).  But it was the best decision that I made and made my night so much more enjoyable!!

If I could do something differently, it would be to have hired a videographer for the entire day.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Jewelry: Earrings: Givenchy; Bracelet: Borrowed from the bride's cousin; Rings: Louis Anthony Jewelers | Bride's Shoes: Keds by Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Cake: Signature Desserts | Caterer, Lighting, & Reception Location: Crowne Plaza Suites Pittsburgh South | Ceremony Location: Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Duquesne University | DJ: DJ Underdog | Flowers: The Flower Studio | Hair: Diane Zuri at Alberta Modern Hair | Linens: Elegant Chair Cover Designs | Makeup: Allison Roth Studio | Menswear: Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Ann Louise Photography | Stationery: Hello Beautiful Designs  | Transportation: Elite Coach Transportation, Inc. | Welcome Bags, Sparklers, Bell Wands, Custom Handkerchief, and Thank You Banner: Etsy

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Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club: Sarah & Adam

This winter wedding will make all those summer brides green with envy!

Planning a wedding from several states away can be very difficult.  But not for Sarah and Adam.  These two managed to design a traditional beauty of a day, all while living in Charlotte, NC.  For their January wedding, the couple decided on a classic look with both nods to Pittsburgh, like the notorious ceremony and reception venues, and a few Southern twists, such as a monogram and including magnolia leaves in the florals.  With the help of their amazing vendors, Sarah and Adam's vision was brought to life by all of the beautiful details.  Some of my favorites?

  • The color palette.  The richness of emerald paired with metallic and sparkly gold made for a color scheme that was simultaneously bold and elegant.  Perfectly suited for a winter wedding!
  • Sarah's jewels.  It helps when your family is friends with the owners of Joden Jewelry.  Like something straight out of Hollywood, the bride was able to borrow some exquisite jewels to complete her bridal look.  What girl doesn't want to be dripping in diamonds on her wedding day?  And the emeralds matched the color scheme perfectly!
  • Adam's style.  In a very GQ way, the groom wore a white dinner jacket.  It was his way of paying tribute to his father and grandfather, who both wore one of their wedding days.  A feather bow tie from Brackish gave the look a unique, modern twist.
  • The reception venue.  The Duquesne Club is a local treasure that throws back to the earlier days of Pittsburgh.  An indoor fountain, elegant furnishings, and an air of grandeur allows any event held here to make an impactful statement.  Just wait until you see the dining room all decked out for Sarah and Adam's big day.
  • The florals.  The talent of Hens and Chicks created lush arrangements that hung from chandeliers, stretched down the length of tables, and bloomed out of the top of tall vases.  Rich cream flowers and deep greens leaves kept the florals classic and in line this the day's look.

Who better to capture this gorgeous day than Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers?  Elegant, grand, but still understated, Sarah and Adam's wedding is easily one of the prettiest I've seen.  I'm willing to bet you'll agree.

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

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Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Classic Emerald Winter Wedding at the Duquesne Club from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Adam and I “met” two years before we actually met.  My Weimeraner and I met one of my co-workers, her husband, and their two dogs at a dog park one weekend.  The husband's good friend and fraternity brother tagged along.  I didn't think much of it because I was dating someone else at the time.

Fast forward two years and I'm single.  Our same friends set us up on a date while Adam was visiting for the weekend.  (He lived in Charleston, SC and I was living in Charlotte, NC when we started dating.)  Within three months, Adam moved to Charlotte.  We were engaged a year later!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Adam was spending Christmas with my family in Pennsylvania for the first time.  I'm the youngest of four kids and two of my siblings live in New York.  Adam changed like three times on Christmas morning, but I was too busy to notice that he was acting out of character.  I was running around getting ribbons and gift tags for last minute packages.  Adam finally grabbed my hands (while we were in my childhood bedroom) and asked me to stop for a second because he had something really important to ask me.  When I turned around, he was down on one knee and I'm sure he said some really touching things but I was too in shock to remember any of that.  It was SO amazing to spend the rest of Christmas Day celebrating our engagement together with my family.  The celebration continued all weekend long!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
I didn't think much about the “theme” when I was planning our wedding.  Leeann, our fab photographer, described it as a “touch of Southern gentlemen”.  I guess that's it.  I think our wedding would be best described as timeless and classic.  Our only colors were emerald green and gold.  Our flowers at the reception were really fabulous rich creams and magnolia leaves.

What inspired your vision?
I think my wedding dress inspired a lot of our look.  I fell in love with it immediately.  I knew I wanted something different and found it in my dress.  Adam knew that he wanted to wear a white dinner jacket because both his father and grandfather had worn them.  It ended up looking SO classic.  Adam and I found a fabulous bow tie (made by Brackish in Charleston) that really made Adam stand out on our wedding day.  My family is good friends with the owner of Joden Jewelry.  They let me borrow the most fabulous jewels for my day.  We also had a vintage monogram commissioned that really pulled our “style” together for the day.

What made your wedding unique?
It was a Pittsburgh wedding with a Southern twist.  I don't know of any venues more “Pittsburgh” than St. Paul Cathedral and the Duquesne Club.  I grew up in Grove City, but went to school at the University of South Carolina.  Adam grew up in NC and went to the University of North Carolina.  For most of our friends, it was their first trip to Pittsburgh and they all left talking about how they cannot wait to come back!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
I moved to South Carolina in 2004 when I went to college.  After college, I immediately moved to Charlotte.  My dad and I have a tradition of going to at least one Steelers game a year together.  My parents have season tickets and my dad and I went to the game together on Sunday, December 28.  Everyone was so excited in preparation of the upcoming home playoff game.  Based on the Steelers previous season, we never thought they would be hosting a playoff game in 2015.  January 3, 2015 (our wedding day!) was one of only three home games that my dad has missed attending in over 30 years.  He surprised me with a Steelers logo bow tie and cummerbund.  Adam and I had our entrance song to Renegade by Styx.  It was one of the most fun moments of my life!!  I also LOVED our father/daughter dance to Neil Young's Harvest Moon.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
I coordinated my Pittsburgh wedding exclusively from Charlotte, NC.  While it was stressful at times, it was almost a blessing in disguise.  It forced me to make decisions and also to stick to my overall vision that I had from the onset.  I also learned quickly that having GREAT vendors (Leeann Marie, Hens and Chicks, and the Duquesne Club) made my life SO much easier!  You have to find the balance between DIY and what you know the professionals are better suited to handle.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Jeff Jimmerson and Airborne!  I've been to a lot of weddings and I've been in just as many.  This band is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  I went up to them mid-reception to make sure they could play longer than our contact indicated.  They were way better than I could have ever asked for.  The BEST!

The same can be said for our photographer and florist.  When I walked into the dining room at the Duquesne Club, I literally had to catch my breath.  And Leeann created some of the most stunning images I have ever seen.  I realize that every bride thinks that their wedding is the best, but I literally would not have changed a single thing about that weekend.  100% the best day of my life!

Vendors
Band: Jeff Jimmerson & Airborne | Bride's Dress: Rivini | Bride's Jewelry: Joden Jewelry | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Ceremony Location: St. Paul Cathedral | Escort Cards: Two Delighted Calligraphy | Flowers: Hens & Chicks | Groom's Bow Tie: Brackish | Hair: Glam to Go | Linens: Mosaic | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers | Reception Location, Caterer, & Cake: Duquesne Club | Stationery: Nota Bene | Transportation: TDF Limousine

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Chic Understated Wedding at the Carnegie Music Hall: Nina & Justin

The chic beauty of this understated wedding proves that sometimes all of the bells and whistles are just too much.  Sometimes you just need to let the natural beauty of things speak for itself.  And that's exactly what Nina and Justin did.  Sophisticated and modern, this wedding is one for the record books.  From Nina herself to the decor at the Carnegie Music Hall, the overall theme for the day was understated elegance.  Everything from the bridesmaids dresses to the centerpieces was quietly beautiful and the overall chic style was flawless.  That, combined with all sorts of sweet, thoughtful details, means this wedding quickly became one of my favorites.  What did I love best?

  • The neutral color palette of ivory and gold kept things classic and clean.  A few sparkly elements, like the gorgeous Adrianna Papell bridesmaids dresses, gave the day a healthy dose of glam.
  • Just wait until you see Nina!  She was simply stunning in her high neck lace Allure Couture dress with cap sleeves.  Add some statement earrings, Jimmy Choos, and a low up do, and she was a vision of beauty and grace unlike any I've seen before.
  • These bridal portraits are some of the all-time best, which probably explains why I insisted on including so many of them.  I simply can't deprive you of them.  Not only are Nina and Justin crazy in love, but it doesn't hurt that they're both gorgeous.  I'm talking old Hollywood couple style.
  • The marble pillars, the balcony, and the cavernous space of the Carnegie Music Hall instantly gives any event held there a feel of grandeur.  It will always be one of the most beautiful venues in Pittsburgh!  I'm so glad Nina and Justin let the beauty of the architecture take center stage with tall florals and simple decor.
  • In keeping with Nina's Italian heritage, guests were treated to traditional bombonieres from Il Bello.  Those, plus a cookie table and a caricature artist, meant that guests left with plenty of treats to take home.

There was no one better capable of capturing the chic day than Rachel Rowland Photography.  Timeless and traditional, this wedding as close to perfection as I think it gets.  Take a look and see if you don't agree.

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Chic Understated Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Understated Pittsburgh Wedding at the Carnegie Museum from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We were introduced by a mutual friend in the summer of 2010.  Sparks didn't fly but we became friends and talked occasionally through text.  Fast forward a few months and we spent hours on the phone and eventually realized we wanted to give dating a shot.  Three years later, we were engaged!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Justin planned a trip to Washington, DC to visit a friend.  Little did I know, he was picking up the ring that he had shipped there from Henne Jewelers in Shadyside.  Upon his arrival back in Pittsburgh, he told me to take a ride with him.  His hand was shaking and I could tell something was happening.  Being the type of person that needs to know everything 10 minutes before it happens, I was asking a million questions.  He decided to pull over by our church and asked me to take a walk, probably to get me to quit talking!  A few minutes later, he was down on one knee and the rest was a blur.  We celebrated with dinner and drinks with our family later that evening and it was perfect!

What inspired your vision for your wedding day?
I knew I wanted something fancy and glamorous yet still tasteful.  I started with the bridesmaids dresses.  I knew from the get go I did not want traditional bridesmaids dresses.  The girls would never wear them again!  Instead, I opted for a Nordstrom sequin and tulle gown that was flattering on everyone.  The venue was chosen because when we walked into the room, we were blown away!  It was classic elegance and something like I'd never seen.  I chose flowers that complimented the detail that the room already had, but that stood out on their own.  From there, wedding dress shopping began!  I wanted something that you don't see every day and when I tried on this gown, the lace, high neckline, and mermaid fit made me feel like a classic bride.

What made your wedding unique?
Our wedding was unique because we thought outside the box.  We had a caricature artist drawing faces all night, our favors were traditional Italian bombonieres, and the venue was out of this world!  There was also so much love in the room that it made everyone feel so special.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Walking down the aisle.  I don't think a single person wasn't crying.  I come from a family of boys and being the only girl – and the youngest – having my dad walk me down the aisle and seeing my handsome soon-to-be husband with tears in his eyes…it was a fairy tale.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Stay true to yourself.  Be unique.  Don't be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to favors, bridesmaids dresses, your bridal gown, and entertainment.  You and your guests will remember it and it sets your wedding apart.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Every part of the day was perfect!  I wouldn't change a thing!

Vendors
Band: Hot Metal Strings | Bride's Dress: Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Accessories: J. Crew & Nina at Nordstrom | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adriana Papell | Cake & Caterer: Parkhurst Event Catering | Caricature Artist: Vince Ornato | Ceremony Location: St. Peter's Catholic Church | DJ: Pittsburgh DJ Company | Favors: Il Bello Italian Favors | Flowers: Bella Flora | Hair: Izzazu | Lighting: Benack Sound Productions | Makeup: Kiss and Makeup | Menswear: Vera Wang at Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Rachel Rowland Photography | Reception Venue: Carnegie Music Hall | Rings: Henne Jewelers | Stationery: Etsy | Transportation: TDF Limousine

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Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera: Kimi & Chris

Is there anything better than Christmas time?  Correct answer?  No.  That is…except for maybe a Christmas wedding.  What better way to make the most wonderful time of the year even more awesome than by hosting a holiday wedding?  Last year, my friends Kimi and Chris did this very thing.  They saw the holidays as a time when all of their family and friends was already gathered around each other.  So they jumped on the opportunity for December 27th nuptials.  Decorated beautifully for the holidays, Bella Sera was a perfectly matched venue for this seasonal affair.  In front of the grand stone fireplace and flanked by two sparkling Christmas trees, Kimi and Chris exchanged vows.  Lush red and white florals, metallic gold accents, and plenty of candlelight put the Christmas-y finishing touches on this soiree.  The only thing that glistened more than the decor was Kimi herself.  Post-ceremony, her encrusted, illusion lace bolero jacket with caplet sleeves was replaced with some insanely gorgeous Hayley Paige shoulder bling.  Bridesmaids wore assorted sequin gowns from Rent the Runway to complete the glamorous look.  After guests dined on a family style meal, they rocked out to both Redford DJs and Mon Valley Push, a live polka band that paid tribute to Kimi's Polish heritage.  Of course, the night was capped off by a seemingly never-ending table of cookies.  A Pittsburgh wedding isn't complete without one.

Enjoy photos of the beautiful holiday celebration, captured by Dena Galie Photography.  Happy almost first anniversary Kimi and Chris!  I love yinz guys!

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Christmas Wedding at Bella Sera by Dena Galie Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Chris popped the question on Sunday, May 11, 2014, during a Mother’s Day brunch the couple hosted at their home.  Here are their versions of the story:

Chris – The proposal actually started on the Friday before Mother’s Day at Kim’s parents’ house. I had a small window of time where I could meet with Ed and Barb, Kim's parents, before Kim came home from work.  So I jetted off to Scenery Hill to pop the question…to them.  On Saturday, Kim and I were preparing to host our families for Mother’s Day brunch.  We quickly went from spreading mulch in the morning and grocery shopping in the afternoon to making fruit kabobs and pastries at 11 p.m..  There’s nothing like waiting until the last minute, but we finally had everything in place to set the scene for the moms on Sunday morning.

On Sunday, the drinks were poured and the food was eaten.  Ed was planning to leave early for a fishing trip, so I knew I had a limited amount of time to get everyone’s attention.  After we lured our families into the front yard with champagne, I raised my glass for a toast.  I thanked the guests for their attendance, celebrated the arrival of baby Briella (Kimi's sister's new daughter), hit a knee, tossed the ring box, and popped the question.  Kudos to my brother for his quick reflexes and catching said ring box.  She cried and somewhere in that window of shock, I slipped it on her finger.  GOTCHA!

Kimi – Our combined family functions are inherently chaotic.  On Mother’s Day, the excitement ensued at around 10 a.m.  There were people in nearly every room of the house and on both porches when Chris asked if I wanted to get everyone together for a toast.  (I awkwardly insisted that he toast to the mothers the year prior, so this was expected).  We had mimosas and lavender champagne to toast with – this was a big mistake.  As it turns out, our families are as indecisive as they are lovable.  My simple question to the group: “How many champagnes and how many mimosas?”  The myriad of responses: “What’s the difference?”, “Isn’t there champagne in a mimosa?”, “Fresh lavender?”, “Did you get the orange juice with pulp? I like it with pulp.”  Fifteen minutes passed and I reluctantly put on sandals before we gathered the group of 23 outside for a toast.  That’s when it happened.  I immediately began to ugly cry…and then said “YES!”

What made this wedding unique?
Kimi and Chris, as well as their parents, welcomed family and friends to Bella Sera for an evening of celebration on December 27, 2014.  Combining old world charm with new world amenities, Bella Sera is a beautiful event venue famed for its tasteful design and excellent food.  The couple exchanged vows in front of the venue’s tall, stone fireplace.  A fun-filled night of dancing followed!

Vendors
Band: Mon Valley Push | Bride's Dress: Hayley Paige | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rent the Runway | Caterer, Ceremony, & Reception Location: Bella Sera | DJ: Redford DJs | Photographer: Dena Galie Photography

 

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Surprise Proposal: Chelsea & Justin

If you share a birthday with your significant other, you two are destined to be together forever, right?  At least that is the case with Chelsea and Justin.  Not only were they both born on the same day, but they both love the same things – traveling, spending time with family and friends, quiet nights relaxing by the fire, and each other, of course.  It didn't take long for Justin to know that Chelsea was the one.  But how to propose?  After coming up short with online research, Justin came up with his own extraordinary idea.  And wait until you hear this story!

Justin's plan was to pop the question to Chelsea in a room at one of their favorite hotels.  He secretly rented a room and created a romantic set-up that included rose petals, lots of candles, balloons tied with photos of the two love birds, and a chalkboard sign the read, “Will you marry me?  I promise to love you forever, every single day of forever.”  Because Chelsea used to play the violin, Justin also hired a violinist to play one of their songs – “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.  And if all of this doesn't already earn him the Best Boyfriend Ever award, Justin also hired Erin of E. Henigan Studios to document the entire thing!  Heart…melting…

But that's not even all.  After saying yes, Chelsea was surprised again!  Justin had also planned an engagement party with all of their friends and family at a nearby restaurant.  Yes, I'm a mushy, sobbing mess right now.

A special thanks to Erin for submitting this incredible story!  And an extra special congratulations to Chelsea and Justin!

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Romantic Surprise Proposal from E. Henigan Studios Featured on Burgh Brides

Can this story get any better?  Yes, in fact, it can.  Justin made a heartfelt video that chronicled the proposal, including reasons why he loves Chelsea so much, photos of their time together, excerpts of cute clips made along the way, and well wishes from family and friends who were in on the secret.  He even filmed himself going to pick up the ring (it's soooooooooo sparkly!).  It's beyond sweet and even a little funny (Sorry Chelsea but I did laugh at you doing yoga, probably because I do the same thing!).  But my absolute favorite part is seeing the footage from the hidden camera Justin set up to capture the entire proposal (the big moment starts around the 12 minute mark!).  What a special way to remember the happiest moment in their lives!

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