Engaged: Stephanie & Randy

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

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From the bride-to-be…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bride to Bride

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

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

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

Real Wedding: Brynne & Zach at The Club at Nevillewood

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

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

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

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

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From the bride…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bride to Bride

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

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

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

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

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