Classic Country Engagement Session: Grace & Blake

Grace and Blake love the outdoors.  As a matter of fact, Black popped the question to his soon-to-be-wife in the middle of a 4-wheeling adventure.  So of course these two wanted an engagement session that showed off the best nature had to offer.  They headed to Settler's Ridge with Sky's the Limit Photography for some woodsy shots, even stopping for a little picnic along the way.  Grace has a killer smile and is doing some serious smizing.  Meanwhile, it's clear that Blake is totally smitten with her <3.  These light, glowing photos encompass both the couple's country side and Grace's love of all things girly.  What a great prerequisite to their May wedding, which Grace told me was rustic chic with a good dose of glam mixed in.  Sounds right up my alley!

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Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country but Classic Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Sky's the Limit Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Blake and I met on a complete whim.  I was in the last few months of grad school and had been living at his parent's house (yes, his parent's house) in Altoona, PA, finishing up a clinical rotation.  At the time, Blake had already moved out of his parent's house and was settled in Pittsburgh.  Best part about it was that I had only met Blake's parents once before I went to live with them for five weeks (crazy, I know!).  Both my parents and Blake's parents had a mutual friend who had connected us to one another.  They were then kind enough to offer their home to me.  Ever since the day I met his mom, Heidi, she had wanted me to meet her son.  At the time, I was focused on school and didn't really think much about it.  Until Blake came home to visit one weekend…..

It was love at first sight!  Really, I swear!  Needless to say, the rest is history and Blake and I have been together ever since that day.  Let's just say that I have never been more grateful for the experience to live at a random house for several weeks!  Upon finishing up grad school, I landed my first big girl job in Pittsburgh, where I was born and raised, and now Blake and I both call it “home”.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
It was an out-of-the-blue Sunday afternoon last October.  Blake and I were visiting his parents in Altoona.  One of our favorite hobbies is to ride 4-wheelers.  That particular afternoon, Blake was insistent on going 4-wheeling and I was always up for a ride in the mountains.  The 4-wheeler hadn't been used in a while and we had a few problems even getting it started, but Blake was persistent.  I even recall mentioning to him several times to just forget about it and that we could just go home.  Several tries later and we were ready to go!

Up the mountain we went…

We had several obstacles along the way that were inhibiting our ride…fallen trees, branches, etc.  But, we continued on!  At one point, we had stopped to look at some wildlife.  We had turned the 4-wheeler off but then it wouldn't turn back on!  We were stuck!  Luckily, Blake is a handyman and got things working again.  All the while, Blake had the ring box hidden in his sock in his boots (which I didn't know about…ouch!).  Once again, we were on our way up the mountain.  Finally, we had gotten to the top.

It was a beautiful view that we had seen many times before.  It was one of our favorite places to be together.  A few minutes had passed and we were sitting and enjoying the view.  Blake got up and walked behind me as I continued to look out over the valley.  Next thing I knew, he had gotten my attention to stand up and go over to him.

From then on out, things are a little blurry for me.  I remember him being on one knee.  I was crying like a baby!  He had pulled out the ring box and started saying something romantic (I'm sure it was sweet, but I was just crying too hysterically to remember what was said!).  The next thing I knew, he was putting the ring on me!

It wasn't until we had ventured back down the mountain that I could truly appreciate what had actually happened, and what my beautiful ring looked like!  We then proceeded to share the exciting news by making phone calls to our family and friends.

Describe the engagement session.
Country but classic; girly but outdoorsy 🙂

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Dichotomous Engagement Session: Ali & Nate

This dichotomous engagement session has the best of both worlds.  Because let's be honest…I'm not sure what I like better – a crisp, fall day in southwestern Pennsylvania or the beauty of the Pittsburgh skyline.  Luckily, this engagement session from Michael Will Photography has both.  Ali and Nate wanted to their photos to be laid back but also formal, so the pair took to a park setting first, complete with plaid blanket and boots.  After, they changed into their best glam attire and hit the town.  The result is an adorable session that shows off two sides of this sweet couple and our awesome city!

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Dichotomous Engagement Session from Michael Will Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Dichotomous Engagement Session from Michael Will Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

I love when clients add personality to their photos!  Ali and Nate wanted a mix of casual and formal too, which is so fun.  We started in Allegheny Commons Park, and took full advantage of the beautiful fall foliage and killer old-school iron fence.  For the formal part of the shoot, we went downtown and, of course, hit up a parking garage (which is kinda my thing) and the 6th Street Bridge.  Doesn't get better.

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Soft Romantic Wedding at Nemacolin Woodlands: Kirstie & Troy

Prepare to be amazed.  This romantic wedding is crazy gorgeous.

Although their proposal story was a simple one involving a muddy hike and a tree carved with their initials, Kirstie and Troy brought out all of the stops for their July wedding.  Held at the renowned Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, this grand affair was soft yet extravagant and magical.  Full of over the top statement pieces, Kirstie and Troy's celebration was one for the record books, combining jaw-dropping decor and surprises left and right with a classic ambiance.  In short, it was stunning.  Just what did I love best?  It was hard to choose but if I must…

  • Kirstie's bouquet.  I teased this beauty from City Stems when I talked about the hottest wedding trends for 2016.  Succulents, peonies, roses, and other pretty posies come together in a bouquet that mixes textures and hues for a modern look.  LOVE!
  • Speaking of beautiful blooms, wait until you get a load of the ceremony decor.  This is often an overlooked area but not this time around.  The large floral trellis provided an insanely gorgeous backdrop for the vows, while the aisle petal pattern that awaited Kirstie's long walk looked like something straight out of Pinterest.
  • One amazing groom's cake.  Troy is a talented guitarist and he even wrote the song to which he and Kirstie shared their first dance.  To honor this, the bride worked with Nemacolin to create a special groom's cake fit just for Troy.  The standing guitar cake was almost too pretty to eat!  A true work of art!
  • KOOL & THE GANG.  Yes, THAT Kool & the Gang!  (If you're too young or just don't know, Google it and then don't even talk to me because you clearly don't know good music.)  In what might be labeled The Most Epic Wedding Reception Entertainment Everrrrr, Kirstie and Troy's friends and family spent all night boogieing to the infamous hits of this legendary group!
  • And as if that weren't enough, the night was capped off by a spectacular fireworks showcase!  Talk about a grand finale!

Laurel Mountain Photography captured every last breath-taking detail.  Brace yourself.  This feature is sure to sweep you off your feet.

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And don't miss Kirstie and Troy's highlight video from FineLine Weddings!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met at the Latrobe Teener League Baseball Field when Troy was a freshman and I was in eighth grade.  There, he gave me his sweatshirt.  A year later, we reconnected through mutual friends and began dating.  We dated on and off through high school and college.  Post college, we decided we were truly happiest when we were together and decided to make a commitment to each other for forever.

Over ten years later, we are true best friends and we believe that God has a beautiful plan for our life together!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Troy and I love going for walks with his dog Zoey along his parent's property.  Recently, we had talked about carving our initials into a tree but we always forgot to take a knife.  On Wednesday evening when I got to the cabin after work, Troy wanted to go for a walk on the trails.  I wasn't totally thrilled as it had rained the past several days and I knew it would be muddy, but we went anyway.  On the trail, Troy told me to follow him up the hill to see what he had done.  When we got to the spot, he pointed to a tree where he had carved our initials into a heart.  I was beyond excited and decided to take a picture of it.  When I turned around from taking the picture, Troy was on one knee!  The evening was genuine and perfect.  We were both so thrilled we went for that muddy walk.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The overall vision for my wedding was a soft, elegant, romantic feel.  As a little girl, I dreamed of a wedding with soft colors, allowing the people in the wedding, not the decorations, to be the main focus.  However, I wanted a grand and elegant feel to the wedding, something that made you stop and that took your breath away.

What made your wedding unique?
Our wedding was full of statement markers, from the large floral trellis City Stems made for our ceremony, to Kool & the Gang performing at the reception, to the fireworks spectacular that ended the evening.  It was a day of pure magic that left our guests in awe.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment of the day was getting to walk down the aisle with my father toward my husband-to-be and seeing all of our friends and family surrounding us and supporting our love and marriage.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
The best advice I have is to stick to your to-do list due dates.  Having things done when they are recommended helped me to keep my sanity and made the entire wedding planning process so enjoyable!

Vendors
Band: Kool & the Gang | Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Bridal Beginning and La Gartier | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: MB Bride | Cake & Caterer: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort | Ceremony & Reception Location: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort | DJ: Modern Era Weddings | Favors: Pittsburgh Candy Buffet | Flowers: City Stems | Fireworks: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort | Hair: Kim Decario | Makeup: Cameron Weppelman | Photo Booth: Clear Choice Photo Booth | Photographer: Laurel Mountain Photography | Stationery: Hello Beautiful Designs | Transportation: Nelson's Bus Service | Videography: FineLine Weddings
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Chic & Fresh Outdoor Wedding at the Hyatt House: Kristin & Stephen

Affiliate-LinkFor their August wedding, Kristin and Stephen wanted something simple and fresh.  Inspired by Kristin's love for clean lines and crisp colors, the pair chose a palette of white, tan, and green, with a few navy blue touches.  With these hues in mind, an outdoor affair made perfect sense!  A short, sweet ceremony took place in the garden of Phipps Conservatory, where the guests were surrounded by blooming, fragrant florals with a view of the Cathedral of Learning in the background.  Following this, the party moved to The Terrace at Hyatt House for riverside al fresco dinning and dancing.  The space was full of chic details, like lots of fresh, white flowers and greens, antique table numbers handmade by the bride and groom, and a naked wedding cake topped with a laser cut Mr. & Mrs. sign that looked simply divine.

Throughout everything, Kristin and Stephen wanted their wedding to reflect their personalities and what they hold near and dear.  That meant skipping a lot of the traditional elements of a wedding.  And you know what…I didn't miss them one bit.  In fact, I absolutely loved the modern twists that this bride and groom put on the status quo.  Here are just a few of them!

  • In addition to exchanging gifts the morning of the wedding, Stephen had another surprise for Kristin.  He had a heartfelt message printed on the tag of her wedding dress!  I don't know how he pulled this off but this is the first time I've seen something like this and I may have shed a few tears.  The sweetest!
  • Who says you can't see each other before the ceremony?  This bride and groom bunked tradition and opted for a beautiful first look session.  But what I love more than that is that Kristin also did a first look with her father.  Family is super important to this couple and it's so special that Kristin set aside this moment with her dad.
  • Kristin and Stephen made a point to attend their own cocktail hour!  Most couples are busy taking photos during this time and miss an hour of their own party.  But the pair wanted that extra time to spend with their guests.  I always encourage doing this if the schedule allows!  Your wedding day literally flies by!  Why don't enjoy every single second of it?!
  • No maid of honor at this wedding!  Kristin said all of her bridesmaids were equally important to her.  So in a way they were all MOHs!  The five ladies gave a group speech at the reception to toast the newlyweds.  #squadgoals
  • A Pittsburgh wedding without a cookie table?  Blasphemous!  Not really.  A s'mores bar is just as delicious in my book.  And that's exactly what Kristin and Stephen did instead.  I couldn't love this any s'more!  (See what I did there?)

AdLiv Collective was on hand to capture every gorgeous detail.  Chic, simple, but totally stunning, this wedding was a breath of fresh air.  See if you don't agree!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in our 6th grade homeroom!  A crazy long time ago, I know!  Even though we went to the same middle school and high school, we didn't start dating until our senior year of college.  Apparently, Steve had his eye on me since that moment in 6th grade, but it took me quite a bit of time to realize he was what I was looking for.  After nearly eight years of dating, we finally tied the knot!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
I think our officiant, Mark from A Simple Vow, described it best in our ceremony.  He explained the million plans Steve had created in order to cover up another set of plans, all to propose to me and throw a surprise engagement party.  For Steve to pull this all off, he had our friends and family create fake plans for us to go a covered bridge festival in September 2013.  This was to get me to the covered bridge where he had wanted to propose.  Then, Steve created fake dinner plans in order for me to get dressed up and not be suspicious of his ultimate plan – to throw a very special engagement party with all of our friends and family at La Tavola on Mt. Washington.  When it all came to fruition, I was completely surprised and blown away by the planning and secrecy of everyone involved.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
I would describe our big day as a chic outdoor wedding.  We wanted everything to feel fresh and not overdone, so we went with a simple color palate that included whites, tans, and greens, with navy touches in the groomsmen suits and in the flower for the flower girl.

What inspired your vision?
I think just my love for simplicity inspired our vision.  I love to be surrounded by crisp and clean color palettes and I wasn't interested in having a very traditional wedding.  I wanted the wedding to represent us.  We are a couple who likes to do things our way.  We wanted to make it more personal and we didn't always follow what the book says “should” be done.

What made your wedding unique?
The fact that we didn't do things by the book is what made our wedding unique.  We decided that we wanted a short ceremony outside that focused on love and laughter.  We hired an officiant that had a similar sense of humor as we do and that would bring laughter to our ceremony.  And he definitely succeeded at this.  We also wanted our wedding to be a representation of all love, especially in a time like today where same sex marriages have been recognized.  In order to do this, the officiant wrote an opening line that really encompassed the meaning of love and marriage.  We also made our wedding unique by attending the cocktail hour in order to spend the most amount of time with our loved ones.  We also didn't go through the traditional steps of the night.  We didn't have a bridal party entrance, didn't toss the bouquet or garter, didn't do a cookie table, nor did we do a bridal dance.  I also didn't have a maid of honor.  I felt that all of my bridesmaids were just as important to me as the next and I wanted to make them all maids of honor.  So they did a group speech.  Our dessert choices were unique in that we did a naked cake and a s'mores bar.  We also had an 11 person band from Cleveland, Ohio play from the beginning of the cocktail hour all the way until the end of the night.  We chose simple decor items that reflected the theme of the wedding and we also made many of the items, included the moss letters, moss cork boards, and frames.  I believe what made our wedding so special to us was that we didn't do anything that we didn't find meaning in, and we added the rituals that we did find meaning in.  An example of this is that we had our readers at the ceremony stand between us at the microphone and read poems that meant something to us, instead of excerpts from the bible.  Then, we made sure to step out of our place at the “altar” and give those readers hugs and kisses.  We also did a wedding box that we filled with love letters we wrote to each other.  We took our rings out of that same box, to represent the fact that in a marriage, you must fill the box with love.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite moment of the day was the ceremony.  I was actually dreading the ceremony the most because I don't like having all of the attention on myself.  However, I felt that it was the most special part of the day.  Everyone was there to watch us join in marriage.  I absolutely loved the stories that were told by our officiant and the personal readings that were told by my aunt and Steve's sister.  It was a very personal and meaningful ceremony.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
The best advice I received was from my friend, Eva.  She said to make sure you take a moment during dinner and look around at everyone who is there to celebrate your marriage to your best friend.  She also said that when it is time to walk around and talk to everyone, do it together.  This is the start of your life together and it should begin that way.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I would accept the help of others when it was offered.  I didn't want to burden anyone with tasks or errands, but when it was the day of the rehearsal and I running around, I wished that I would have accepted help earlier.  I also feel that it is important for brides to enjoy the day.  Walk slowly from place to place, look around, and take it all in. 🙂

Vendors
Band: The Chozen Few | Bride's Dress: Katie May | Bride's Makeup: Emma Orlich | Bride's Rings: Brooks Diamonds | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell from Bella Bridesmaids | Caterer & Cake: Savor Fresh Catering | Ceremony Location: Phipps Conservatory | Ceremony Musician: Leah Freidhoff | Favors: Antique bottle openers from Nice Price Favors | Flowers & Decor: Garnish Event Design | Hair: Simply Captivating On-Site Beauty Services | Officiant: A Simple Vow | Other Makeup: Pittsburgh Makeup by Julie Marckisotto | Menswear: Macy's | Photographer: AdLiv Collective | Popcorn: Pittsburgh Popcorn Company | Reception Venue: The Terrace at Hyatt House | Rentals: Whiskey barrels from Wigle Whiskey | Stationery: The American Wedding | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys
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Urban Decay Engagement Session: Camilla & Josh

I'm bringing you a double dose of real Pittsburgh love this week with this urban decay engagement session.  According to Sara of Bona Fide Photo, that's how the bride described the shoot and I couldn't agree more.  A little bit edgy, Camilla and Josh's pre-wedding pics take in a side of the Strip District that you don't often see while also showing off the pair's hipster style.  Some hidden gems on a few back streets and an old tire service lot make these photos gritty, while still pretty in their own unique way.  This bride wasn't afraid to climb all over the massive tires, even while in a dress and heels.  Bold and a bit grungy, these engagement photos are a break from the norm.  And I love that!

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Urban Decay Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Bona Fide Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

There is a very hipster, grunge feeling about this engagement session set in the Strip District.  The groom is studying Neuroscience, while the bride is getting a Ph.D. in Archaeology.  They are interesting in so many ways and this is one of my favorite shoots to date.  They wanted something unique.  When I met with them, they had an edgy vibe and the bride had lots of wonderful ideas. They were a dream come true to photograph!  My favorite moment was when Camilla climbed on the massive tires in wedges, without hesitation.

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Romantic, Springtime Wedding with an EPIC Ending: Kate & Jeff

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If there ever was a perfect springtime wedding, this is it.  Even though we're now at the tail end of summer, Kate and Jeff's April 30th affair still reigns supreme.  Inspired by the the most perfect season in the most perfect city (Pittsburgh…duh!), this wedding features soft shades of blush, ivory, and champagne with a festive punch of magenta for good measure.  Floral arrangements of lush peonies, roses, and baby's breath added to the classic, romantic ambiance of the day, which started with a traditional ceremony at St. Paul Cathedral and ended with a reception at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.  Uplighting in the softest of pinks, crystal drop accents on the centerpieces, and subtle hints of shimmer (plus a cookie table featuring nearly 1,000 delectables baked with love by family and friends) made for one beautiful party.  Keep your eyes peeled for some of my favorite details and you'll see just what I mean.

  • THAT CAKE!  The pastry chef at the Renaissance created an insanely gorgeous three-tiered confection adorned with a massive sugar flower.  I love me some cake but even I'd pause at eating this one…it was almost too pretty to dig into to!
  • A romantic twist on table numbers.  Each table featured a framed love poem and the table assignments were based the respective poets.  Who needs tables 1, 2, and 3 when you can have tables Shakespeare, Keats, and Dickinson?
  • Heartfelt favors.  In lieu of the traditional, each guest received a box that contained two lady locks (Kate's favorite cookie) and a note which told the guests a donation was made in their name to the American Heart Association.  This was done as a tribute to the bride's father.
  • I mentioned this wedding had an EPIC ending and I wasn't kidding.  The ballroom at the Renaissance is the perfect spot to catch a Skyblast Buccos game, and Kate and Jeff just happened to be married on the day of one.  A fireworks show for all to see!  The photos are amazing!  Talk about ending the night with a bang!  (Pun intended.)
  • The after party!  Kate and Jeff kept the Bucco fever alive by hosting 40 of their guests at a Pirates vs. Reds game the next day.  Such a fun way to end an amazing weekend!

Who better to capture this chic, cosmopolitan affair than Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers?  Feast your eyes on all of the goodness!

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Kate's wedding gift to Jeff was this beautiful guitar!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
“Our story” began on Valentine's Day 2013…600 feet underground in a coal mine.  Incredible!  We even have a picture that captured our chance first meeting.  At the time, Jeff and I both worked for CONSOL Energy.  Jeff was a safety supervisor at one of CONSOL's coal mines and I was the Manager of Corporate Communications for the company.  On that fateful day, I was accompanying a camera crew from Discover PA Business.  The crew came to shoot a documentary about western Pennsylvania coal mines.  Jeff was our “host and tour guide.”  Eight hours underground makes for a long day, especially while escorting business leaders and trying desperately to stave off both hunger and the damp winter cold of western Pennsylvania.  And, don't forget it was Valentine's Day!  Jeff made the day bearable though – offering gum every hour to curb my hunger.  At the end of the day, Jeff sent me home with a banana nut muffin.  What a guy!  The next day, I emailed Jeff to thank him for hosting our group and for being so accommodating.  Jeff and I became “pen pals” first, exchanging daily emails for several months before our first date.  We both agree that we immediately connected!

Now, fast forward to our first date…jokingly, Jeff invited me to go to the Golden Corral.  Seriously!  What was his schmooze/not-so-smooth line?  Jeff said he had coupons that were about to expire.  You can just imagine what I thought of his offer!  Not my dream first date, or any date, but Jeff's sense of humor did work and won me over.  I gave Jeff (not the Golden Corral) a try and it was the best decision I ever made!  We went out for sushi and ended up talking for five hours.  We have never looked back!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
It was a Friday night during Lent.  I had a LONG work week and wanted nothing more than to go home, throw on comfortable clothes, and pick-up food from a local fish fry.  Unbeknownst to me, Jeff had other plans.  He told me he had the perfect place for fish but I had to wear something nice – comfy clothes out.  He had made reservations on Mt. Washington.  We arrived and valet parked the car.  Jeff forgot the ring under the seat, where he had hidden it!!  So the proposal at dinner was out.  We had a lovely dinner topped with complimentary champagne the waiter brought when we finished our meals.  Jeff told the staff he planned to propose when he made the reservations, so they thought we were engaged.  I was still clueless.  Jeff played it off and asked if everyone received champagne after their meal.  After dinner, we stopped at an overlook to snap a picture.  Jeff grabbed the ring and was going to propose in one of our favorite spots in the city.  However, Plan B was quickly scratched as well.  It was freezing and super windy, my eyes were watering, my hair was sticking to my lipstick – not ideal for a photo moment or proposal.  Plan C was a success!  Jeff booked a room at Hotel Monaco for the night.  He told the hotel staff he was proposing, so they gave us a suite and had rose petals, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, etc.  It was amazing.  When we opened the door to our hotel room , rose petals led us into the room.  Jeff took my hand, led me in, and dropped down to his knee.  Plan C was absolutely perfect.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Think spring – blush and ivory roses, peonies, and baby's breath.  The wedding had an ethereal feel – very classic, chic, and romantic.  Spring wedding in the city!  We got married at St. Paul Cathedral.  I wore a cathedral length veil with a blusher and we incorporated traditional elements into our ceremony and reception.  The reception decor was soft – ivory and shimmer linens, pale pink lighting, blush roses and peonies, crystal drop accents on the centerpieces….it was truly beautiful.

What inspired your vision?
Spring and love. I wanted something simple and romantic. I wanted to focus to be on the love in the room. I was successful.

What made your wedding unique?
Our reception was at the Renaissance on a firework night at PNC Park, so we incorporated a hint of the Buccos into our wedding as well.  I wore a Pirates garter and the groom and groomsmen wore Pirates socks.  We watched the game from our reception (WIN) and hit the Roberto Clemente Bridge for fireworks after the game.  On Sunday, we joined 40 of our guests for the 1:30 game against the Reds.  SO FUN!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
WOW!  Hard question….there were so many favorite moments, but seeing Jeff for the first time as I walked down the aisle was probably my most favorite.  I could not wait to get to him and hug him, kiss him, and squeeze him.  It's hard to explain the emotion that I felt as I walked down the LONG aisle in the cathedral.  I was so proud to know that I was marrying Jeff.  My brother walked me down the aisle so my entrance was a very special moment for me.  My brother is my very best friend – to have him by my side, our friends and family in the pews, and my handsome (now) husband standing before me – SIGH.  Incredible.  I wish I could do it all over again!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Don't stress.  Enjoy the planning.  While planning a wedding is crazy and can be absolutely maddening, the planning process is such an experience.  Before you know it, the wedding is over.  I seriously wish I could rewind to the day after we got engaged – I would go through the entire planning process again and of course, I would LOVE to relive my wedding day.  The day of, make sure you take a minute to step back (with your groom), take a deep breath, and look at all of the faces that surround you – everyone you love in one room – to celebrate you.  It's truly magical.  Remember IT IS YOUR day.  Enjoy it.  And did I mention that it all goes by way too fast?!  I need to be invited to and/or crash more weddings so I can live vicariously through other brides. : )

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
A good sense of humor.  No matter how much you plan, you need to be prepared for the unexpected.  Laugh at the things that go wrong – I promise you, they won't matter once it is all said and done.

Oh…and a bridal emergency kit.  My bridesmaid made one and it was a God send – packed with q-tips, safety pins, mints, Tylenol, lip gloss, etc….

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Band: Jeff Jimmerson & Airborne | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride's Jewelry: Her grandmother's opal and diamond ring | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Caterer & Reception Location: The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel | Ceremony Location: St. Paul Cathedral | Flowers: Blumengarten | Hair: Tami Marie Cathie from Above All Grand Salon & Spa | Linens: Lendable Linens | Makeup: Valarie Panei | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers | Stationery: Pittsburgh Invitations | Transportation: Regency Transportation | Videography: ShoFilms

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Southern Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

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

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

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Secret Garden Inspired Engagement Session: Dana & Taylor

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

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

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From the bride…

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

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

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

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Purple Ombre Wedding at Greystone Fields: Alexis & Brad

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

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

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

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

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From the bride…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bride to Bride

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

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

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

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Brewery Engagement Session: Ashley & Kevin

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

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From the bride…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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