Hartwood Acres Engagement Session: Brooke & Jerod

These high school sweethearts are getting married this summer at the Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  But for their Pittsburgh engagement photos, Brooke and Jerod teamed up with Hannah Leigh Photography.  They wanted an e-session venue that gave off the same English garden, country club feel that their wedding venue does.  What better place than Hartwood Acres?  The gardens and blooming florals paired with the ornate stone beauty of the mansion remind me of something you'd see in a storybook.  It's darling and grandiose all at the same time, a perfect spot for some pre-wedding pics of these two adorable love birds.

P.S. When you're finished oogling at Brooke and Jerod, do me a solid and take the Burgh Brides Reader Survey!  You could win a $50 Visa gift card!

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Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Hannah Leigh Photography featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

Brooke and Jerod are high school sweethearts (although they didn’t actually go to the same school!). They met at their church in Pittsburgh and continued to create one of the strongest relationships I have ever seen!  They persevered through long distance and pursued a Christ-centered courtship that lead them to their engagement this summer.

Brooke's family vacations at their home in Myrtle Beach every year.  This past summer, she went down with her family and was persuaded to go to the beach one afternoon.  I say persuaded because she wasn't sure what the fuss was about since it was the gloomiest day ever.  Once they got to the beach, her mom conveniently “forgot” to bring something and left Brooke to relax on the beach by herself.  Jerod quickly made his way down the boardwalk and surprised her from behind.  He proposed and, of course, she said yes!

Their wedding is going to be at Brookgreen Gardens in Myrtle Beach.  So they wanted the engagement session to have the same country club, garden feel.  I think Hartwood Acres truly captured that vision and we just ran with it!

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Bright, Whimsical Wedding at Green Gables: Tara & Brendan

Before I get to this whimsical wedding, let's start with the mountain top proposal in Capri, Italy.  I mean come on!  It doesn't get much more romantic than that.  Shortly after Brendan popped the question to Tara in fairy tale fashion, the pair started planning their big day.  A wedding date of July 4th inspired the red and gold color scheme, but everything else was a mix of understated glamour, vintage chic, and a boatload of fun.

This couple put great value in making sure their family and friends felt just as special as they did on their wedding day.  Tara even went as far as leaving a handwritten note for each out-of-towner (major etiquette points!).  It was just as important to Tara and Brendan that their wedding be a reflection of their personalities, which is why they DIY'd so many aspects.  The centerpieces, linens, signs, decor, invitations, even the videography were all done/made by the bride and groom.  Tara described it with this: “The day…was experienced a lot in the same way you'd experience me or Brendan on any given day.”  Can I just tell you how much I LOVE this?  What else did I love?

  • Some brides spend weeks, even months, searching for the perfect dress.  Tara was not one of those brides.  She knew from the get-go what she would wear – the same dress her grandmother wore in 1953 and her mom in 1982.  With a few modifications, this family heirloom made its appearance on another generation and the tradition lived on.
  • The ceremony is sometimes an aspect that gets overlooked.  But not this one.  It was full of thoughtful details, like branded sunnies, confetti poppers, a custom made tissue pom pom backdrop, an arbor built by Brendan himself, and even program fans, refreshments, sunscreen and bug spray to keep the heat and outdoors at bay!
  • You know I love me some sparkle and this wedding didn't disappoint.  Shiny elements, like  sequin runners, mirror signs and table numbers, and an abundance of taper and votive candles brought some glitz and glam to the otherwise rustic venue.  A romantic juxtaposition to the fun, colorful ceremony!
  • It's hard to imagine a Prantl's burnt almond torte wedding cake being any sweeter.  But the topper on this one totally raised the bar.  A tiny pair of red Converse kicks and bow-adorned Valentinos (made out of clay by the groom to match what he and his bride were wearing) made for the cutest personal touch!
  • The award for the most epic first dance ever?  Me thinks so.  Tara and Brendan faked guests out with a traditional start, but quickly picked it up with a lively number they choreographed themselves.  And of course, it was all caught on tape.  Be sure to check out the full video below!

As if this all doesn't sound amazing enough, Tara and Brendan celebrated with a fireworks night cap, thanks to the local 4th of July festivities.  These photos taken by Michael Will Photography, are sure to leave you speechless!

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Bright Whimsical Pittsburgh Wedding at Green Gables by Michael Will Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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And be sure to check out that crazy twist of a first dance I mentioned earlier!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Technically, I guess we met 2007ish when I waiting tables during a summer home from college.  I waited on him, his girlfriend, and her family…I do not remember this encounter whatsoever!  However, I do remember meeting him after coming home from New York in January 2010.  We have a lot of mutual friends/contacts…so we both “knew” each other before we KNEW each other.

We are both into theatre and our first show together was The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  He played a character who sings a song called “I'm Not That Smart” and he wore Heely's and a cape during the entire show.  It's an all-around goofy character.  My character sang a song called “I Speak Six Languages” and wore a catholic school girl uniform and was too smart for her own good.  IF YOU ONLY KNEW HOW ACCURATE THESE CHARACTERS WERE!  Hahaha!  We started dating at the end of that year.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Capri, Italy (insert swoon here).  May 12, 2014.  We had been dating almost 4 years.

My “family” (they're not blood family but may as well be!) was taking a trip to Italy with their three kids and invited Brendan and me along.  Brendan decided he wouldn't ever really get a better opportunity to propose, so he made it happen there.

Our first full day there was sort of messed up because of our flights, but we had plans to spend the day on the island of Capri.  We had to take a ski-lift type thing ALL the way to the top of this mountain.  We got to the top and Brendan and I were posing for a picture – looking out with the ocean behind us and this fairy tale Italian village in front of us, with all the females snapping away on various cameras.  We took a normal picture and then he said he looked like he was squinting.  So we took another, but instead he just plopped onto one knee and blurted, “Will you marry me?”

I was so shocked.  Not because I didn't think it would happen in Italy.  I know my guy.  He's overly gushy and romantic.  There were lots of clues leading up to this trip.  But I NEVER thought it would happen our FIRST day there, in the middle of the day, with seemingly no plan and no sort of “choreographed” moment.  It just was BAM!  It was just not what I was expecting.  My ring was also not what I was expecting!  But thank goodness I was having a good hair day!  I obviously cried.  A very very ugly cry.

Funny story…my ring was too small (by at least a size and a half) but  I SHOVED it onto my finger on the mountain (I made myself bleed.  Hi.  I'm committed to good photos).  On the 20 minute ride down the mountain, I was spitting on my hand to slip this thing off my finger before I lost the finger!  After the fact, I realized how horrible it could have been if I had dropped that ring into someone's backyard tomato garden….but….it all worked out!  I wore my ring around my neck the rest of the trip.  I'm not THAT committed to photos.

Describe the wedding.  The look, them, style, colors, etc.
My vision for the feel of the wedding was understated glamour.  I wanted it to feel a little like Italy, a little vintage, a LOT personal, very comfortable and fun, but still VERY special.  It was very important for me for everyone to feel welcomed and special.  I even hand wrote notes to each guest staying at the hotel.
And…glitter.  I wanted it to feel like glitter 🙂

What inspired your vision?
I honestly think the style of my wedding is just my style in general.  Our wedding date, the 4th of July, inspired the red and gold palette.  The venue inspired a lot as well because it definitely had a unique feel.  But ultimately, I think the day felt, looked, smelled, tasted, and was experienced a lot in the same way you'd experience me or Brendan on any given day.

What made your wedding unique?
First, it was on the 4th of July.  I had family members dress in red, blue, or neutrals to make family photos look cool.

Secondly, we did a LOT a LOT a LOT of things ourselves.  To name a few: centerpieces (minus the flowers), table numbers and stands, card box, L-O-V-E sign, the T&B marquee letters, the cake topper, (Brendan made it out of clay!), the cake stand (which the venue never put out!!!), the stands for all the cookies at the cookie tables, all the labels for the cookies, drinks, sunscreen, bugspray, etc., the drink stirrers, confetti wands, program fans, invites (we hand bedazzled each one, tied gold ribbon and wax sealed), the Save the Dates, chocolate covered Oreos for the cookie table, all the lawn games, lots of signs, and the seating chart!  Brendan even built the arbor that we got married under.

Our venue was unique. So was my dress (worn by three generations!), our first dance, the late night fireworks, a small wedding party, and Brendan and me 🙂

I think our wedding was traditional enough that people didn't feel weird but unique enough that people are still talking about it!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
I can't pick one!

Before the wedding?  Looking out the window of the bridal suite with my MOH at all the guests arriving and getting excited.  Also, when she had to cut the hem of my dress and I completely 100% trusted her to do so.  I LOVE THIS GIRL!

During the ceremony?  Confetti, hi.  Best decision I made for my wedding day.  Those.  Photos.

During the reception?  Our first dance and the fireworks.  It's a tie for first place.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Have a conversation with your fiance and list your top three priorities for the wedding.  We did this RIGHT when we got home from Italy.  When things get crazy, emotional, just down right ridiculous – you have a short list (two of ours were the same so we really only had four total items) to go back to to say “Is this important?”  Ultimately, our ceremony was VERY important to us and I have ZERO complaints about how this part of our day went.  I think it was clear to all of our guests that our ceremony was the highlight of our day.

A piece of advice I was given before planning my wedding: Not everything can matter.  I used to think that invites and flowers didn't matter a LICK to me.  Well, all of a sudden, I was a bride and EVERYTHING MATTERED.  It ended up being OK for me because I'm good at multi-tasking and being crazy….but I can see how this would absolutely drive most brides mad.  I personally couldn't take this advice, but I think it's good advice for most, less-crazy brides.

One thing I continuously reminded myself of: At the end of the day we will be married, and that's all that matters.  Honestly, it really is true.  I was able to snap back to reality with that phrase, even when covered with glitter and inexplicably crying because a craft wasn't working out right.  The REASON FOR THE SEASON has to stay top priority in your mind.  If you're a bride who goes onto Pinterest, this can get buried very very quickly.

I wish I had hired a wedding coordinator.  I did a lot myself and so a few things could have gone better had I hired a coordinator.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I think you MUST have whatever you MUST have.  It's seriously ONE day.  And if you NEED to have something, you need to figure out how to get it.  I don't regret one dime I spent.  Yep, pretty much the most $$$$$ day ever but I don't regret anything.  If something you want is out of your price range, figure out how to do it cheaper and/or cut something else that doesn't matter!

I'd plan for more formal photos.  I was so panicked they would take so long and now I wish I had gotten more of them.

I'm also torn about our honeymoon.  We did two nights at Nemacolin.  It was a gift from my MOH and her husband.  It was perfect.  But it wasn't long enough or far enough away.  My husband has a very summer-heavy job so we decided early on that it wouldn't make sense for him to take time off in the summer.  But now, we're talking about a house, and I don't think a honeymoon will happen.  And even if it does, it certainly won't feel the same as it did those first few days after being freshly married.  It was REALLY REALLY REALLY hard to go back to work on Wednesday after just getting married on Saturday!  Did I mention it was hard?

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Family heirloom, recreated by Suz Pisano | Bride's Accessories, Etsy, Suz Pisano, & borrowed | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaid's Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Prantl's | Caterer & Ceremony & Reception Location: Green Gables | DJ: 2nd II None Productions | Flowers & Decor: DIY | Hair: Lindsey Lieb | Linens: Custom made by Suz Pisano | Makeup: Hope Marie | Menswear: J. Crew | Photographer: Michael Will Photography | Stationery: Frances Print | Transportation: Pittsburgh Transportation Group | Videography: Cousin of the bride | Wedding Planner: The bride!

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Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point: Lauren & Chris

This summertime engagement session is bright, sunny, and perfect for a day like today!  Lauren and Chris teamed up with Lumin Images for some e-photos prior to their May 28th wedding.  They headed to the Point to take in some typical Pittsburgh sites, but also a few hidden gems and undiscovered corners of the park.  They captured some shots with the Wyndham Grand, their reception venue, in the background.  I also love the cute balloons that Lauren incorporated into the shoot!  What better way to announce your wedding date than with a few fun props?!  Kudos to this couple for keeping their session light and fun!  I'm certain your big day was just as sweet!  Congrats to the newlyweds!

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Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

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Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Sweet Summertime Engagement Session at the Point by Lumin Images Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

Our engagement shoot took place right at The Point, but not the typical spots.  Our photographer scoped out numerous and different spots that wound up being great for our photos!  We even laid down on the ground and even with the sun and heat (it was 95 degrees!), we got some great pictures!  There is a specific one in front of the Wyndham, where our reception took place, that we recreated on our wedding day!

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Shabby Chic Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm: Stacy & Timothy

If there ever was a venue perfectly suited for a shabby chic wedding day, it is Destiny Hill Farm.  It is as if this rustic event space was built just for for Stacy and Timothy's big day, which was styled with vintage, eclectic inspiration.  After the bride and groom exchanged vows under a pergola decorated with dangling florals, guests enjoyed cocktails in the stables before moving to the barn for dinner and dancing.  Most of the decor was mismatched items that Stacy and her mom had collected over the past year.  Scouring Goodwill, flea markets, and even friends' and family members' collections, the pair was able to curate various centerpieces and vignettes of birdcages, books, colored and clear glass jars, lace doilies, vintage china, mercury glass, and hand-painted wooden table numbers.  Add a draped ceiling, tissue paper poms poms, paper lanterns, and twinkle lights and you have a darling wedding reception.  A few of my other favorite details?

  • Invitations designed by the bride!  Stacy's graphic design and a little DIY printing make this stationery truly one of a kind!
  • Mint green, light pink, lavender, baby blue, and even yellow…the bride wasn't particular about a color scheme.  But this sweet mix ended up being the perfect combination for a shabby chic themed affair!
  • Speaking of mix and match, wait until you see the bridesmaids' dresses!  In a variety of styles, colors, and fabrics, these ladies fit right in with the look of the day.
  • A display of old wedding photos from Stacy and Timothy's parents, grandparents, and other relatives was a sweet reminder of the long-lasting love that surrounded the couple on their own wedding day!
  • Dainty potted succulents doubled as both escort cards and favors.  I love a thank you gift that lasts well after the last dance is over!

All of the girly, vintage-y aspects of this spring day were captured by Lauren Renee Designs.  Enjoy every last airy and romantic image.  I know I did.

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Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

 

 

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Shabby Chic Pittsburgh Wedding at Destiny Hill Farm by Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in college at Pitt.  We were actually in the same honors fraternity (nerdy, but true!) and that's how we became friends.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
He took me on a picnic and packed all of my favorite foods.  When we were done eating, he told me he had a present for me, but that he had to open it.  He unwrapped the first Harry Potter book.  I love reading (and Harry Potter!), so a few years earlier I had joked that I couldn't marry him until he read the books.  He told me read it for me and then opened it up to show me his favorite part.  Inside was the ring in a square cut-out in the middle of the book!  It was adorable and thoughtful and I instantly started crying.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
I wanted everything to be vintage and eclectic.  We didn't really care about the colors as much, as long as they fit into that theme.

What inspired your vision?
I love the look of vintage tea cups, books, etc.  So we just took that style and turned into a wedding.

What made your wedding unique?
Most of the centerpieces were mismatched items that my mother and I collected from Goodwill, flea markets, and family/friends.  We spent the year before the wedding finding cool, unique items that spoke to us…my mom especially.  She was amazing!

I also did all of my own graphic design and drew a lot of the images, so they're truly one of a kind!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Seeing my husband's face for the first time when I walked down the aisle.  We hadn't seen each other since the night before and he was just so excited.

I also loved right before the wedding when I started to get butterflies.  My bridesmaids huddled together and did a really fun sports chant to pump me up.  It was so funny and just made me really grateful to be surrounded by such amazing girls.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Don't sweat the small stuff and follow your heart.  It's too easy to get caught up trying to please everyone else.  It's your day, so do what feels right to you.  You might have to make some small sacrifices, but make sure your day is truly an expression of you!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Everything was perfect!  All we wanted was to have a fun day that everyone enjoyed and I think we got exactly that!

Vendors
Bride's Dress & Accessories: Glitter & Grit | Bride's Shoes: Nina | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN from Bridal Beginning | Cake: Patti's Pasticceria | Caterer: The Golf Club of Washington | Ceremony & Reception Location & Flowers: Destiny Hill Farm | DJ: Scott Wooten of Marquee Wedding Company | Hair & Makeup: Caruso Hair and Esthetics | Linens & Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Lauren Renee Designs | Stationery: The bride's design!

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Dreamy Beach Inspired Wedding at the Fairmont: Jillian & Dan

There is no more tranquil of a place than a white sand beach overlooking a crystal blue body of water.  Maybe that's why I found this dreamy, beach inspired wedding at the Fairmont to be so perfectly serene.

The Outer Banks is a special place for today's bride and groom.  Jillian and Dan both went to college in North Carolina, and the OBX was one of their favorite places to spend time together.  What better way to celebrate their love for each other and that area than by bringing the beach alive on their wedding day?!  Even though they were married on September 19, the pair opted for a summery, light color palette of serenity (one of this year's hottest colors), taupe and ivory with metallic gold touches.  Between the peaceful hues, the romantic lighting, and the abundance of candlelight, the vibe was calm and cool.  But don't think for one second that this wedding wasn't full of the most thoughtful and sophisticated details.  Here are just a few of my favorites!

  • Jillian wore a chic rouched bodice gown and kept the rest simple with a single strand of pearls, loose curls, and fresh makeup.  The look matched the relaxed style of the event and was perfect for a day of celebrating.
  • Speaking of dresses, wait until you see these bridesmaids!  Flowy chiffon in the prettiest shady of light blue X 3.  Jillian's maid of honor stood out with a slight variation of neckline, but as a group, these ladies looked elegantly divine.
  • Hepatica hit it out of the park with these flowers.  Roses, lilies, ranunculus, and dusty miller come together for some of the most incredible flowers I've seen.  From the bouquets to the varied arrangements to the not-to-be-missed glass-pressed flowers that served as the base of centerpieces, prepare to be wowed!
  • Mirrored vases, mercury glass containers, and even gold chargers introduce a hint of sparkle to fancy things up.  Throw in an epic amount of candles and soft amber lighting and you've got a room that literally glows with beauty.
  • Melissa, of Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers, sought out all of the cool hot spots of the Fairmont for some epic bridal portraits.  My personal favorites were taken on their infamous staircase but between those, a bright blue chair, and some modern art, you're bound to find a few that make you stop and stare.

So sit back, relax, and let Jillian and Dan's wedding day sweep you away like a wave.  I can already feel the sun on my face and the sand between my toes…

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Dreamy Beach Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Dan and I went to the same schools since we were kids.  We grew up in the same township and our parents also grew to be good friends.  However, while Dan may have liked me from a young age, I was definitely not returning the feelings.  After Dan accused me of stealing a pencil in the fifth grade, I vowed to never speak to him again.  I think fate had a way of stepping in and bringing us back together (whether I liked it or not) at a Dave Matthews concert in high school.  We spent the whole night talking and we didn't stop for the next year after that.  We dated our senior year of high school and then, as most couples do, decided that we wouldn't try and force a long distance relationship.  We applied to colleges separately and without telling the other where we had applied or wanted to go.  Again, fate stepped in and we both ended up going to different colleges an hour apart in North Carolina.  Our relationship kept working and growing and we stayed together.  Eventually, we returned to Pittsburgh after school and we knew that we were going to be together forever.

What inspired your vision of your big day?
We both love the beach/ocean so I wanted to keep these colors in mind.  From there, I have always loved candles and wanted as many candles around as possible.  I think that candlelight has the ability to make everyone instantly look their best.  Our florist and I hit it off immediately and our meeting of the minds was able to produce the most beautiful arrangements of roses, ranunculus, and dusty miller that I have ever dreamed of.

What made your wedding unique?
Even though we got married during the time of year that most people consider fall (September 19), it was still technically summer and we wanted to hold onto that color palette.  Dan and I went to college in North Carolina and have always loved going to the Outer Banks together.  When I think of our time there, I was inspired by the colors of the beach, including the gold of the sand and the blue of the water.  Since spending time there was some of our most blissful moments together, I wanted to re-create the same beachy, summery feel for our guests.  To do so, we focused on the colors and lighting of the room by having romantic uplighting and as many candles as possible to create beautiful light and ambiance.  Blues, golds, and whites dominated our color palette and I think everyone felt extremely calm and relaxed because of these colors.  The detail I loved the most was the pressed flowers our florist put between two sheets of glass that made the base of our centerpiece.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite part of the day was just dancing with all of our family and friends.  Our DJ was amazing and just kept playing the perfect songs that everyone loved!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
My hairdresser gave me this great advice…be yourself with the volume turned up.  Don't try to conform to the image of an overdone bride that you see in a wedding magazine if that's not who you are.  If you don't wear five inch heels regularly, don't start on your wedding day.  Be comfortable in your dress, shoes, etc. and it will reflect in your pictures.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I would literally not change a thing.

Vendors
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Cake, Caterer, & Reception Location: Fairmont Pittsburgh | Ceremony Location: St. Louise de Marillac | DJ & Lighting: Schiemer Entertainment | Flowers: Hepatica | Hair: La Pomponnee | Photographer: Melissa of Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

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Mingo Creek Park Engagement Session: Lauren & Bobby

Like most of the work from La Candella Weddings, Lauren and Bobby's engagement session has an ethereal quality to it.  Quiet and woodsy, these images capture the beauty that is Mingo Creek Park while also showcasing the adorable love between this couple.  Although there was potential for a rainy day, the sun ultimately made its appearance, which means these photos have a gorgeous glow to them.  Lauren and Bobby's affection for each other is undeniable, and so is the sweetness of this session.  A park e-shoot will always be pretty!

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

Mingo Creek Park Pittsburgh Engagement Session from La Candella Weddings Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

I always love when I get to work with my wedding clients before their big day, and Lauren and Bobby were no exception!  We had tried scheduling this shoot a couple of times, but because of bad weather and the fact that Bobby lives in Seattle, it took us a while to finally get it on the books.  It was even supposed to rain this day, but we decided to take a chance and do it anyway…and how glad I am that we did!  It didn’t rain at all (barely even a cloud in the sky)!  These two were so much fun to work with, and they were one of the most adventurous couples, too!  They climbed down a bank into the creek to take a few of the photos on a log.  And did I mention that Lauren was wearing wedge heels and white pants?!?  Talk about dedication!

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Sunrise Lakeside Engagement Session: Kim & Dante

There are advantages to waking up at the crack of dawn to catch a sunrise.  For one thing, it's the perfect opportunity to get some really awesome photographs.  Like the ones Kristland Lee took of Kim and Dante during their well-timed engagement session.  Inspired by their love of the outdoors and Dante's love of fishing, the pair headed to Moraine State Park where they paddled in a canoe, sat on the dock, and dipped their fishing poles into the lake.  The unique setting coupled with the sun progressively breaking the horizon made for a serene session bathed in a beautiful glow.  A pretty landscape made even prettier by an adorable couple in love!  I think it's safe to say this session was totally worth the early alarm clock.  Enjoy!

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Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Sunrise Lakeside Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kristland Lee Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

This couple wanted their engagement session to really incorporate who they are and what they love.  They love being out in nature and Dante especially loves fishing.  They told me their ideas of a canoe and having more casual photos.  So we went to Moraine State Park and incorporated all of that: a canoe in the water, fishing poles, the dock, etc.  I thought a sunrise shoot would be gorgeous on the water, and oh my goodness, it was heavenly!  I had never done a session at sunrise before and could only imagine how amazing it would look on the water and coming over the trees at Moraine State Park.  It was everything we had envisioned and more.  We were so happy with how the photos turned out!

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Intimate, Southern Inspired Wedding at Phipps Conservatory: Yolanda & Nathan

This intimate, southern inspired wedding started with an epic proposal that was straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel (no, really…they got engaged on the same pond where The Notebook's famous row boat scene was filmed!!!).  Afterwards, Yolanda and Nathan opted for a wedding day that was a bit quieter.  Being that this was the second wedding for both of them, the couple skipped the bells and whistles and kept their affair about what matters most…their children, family, friends, and being together.  In front of 40 others, Yolanda and Nathan said “I do” in the gorgeous Broderie Room of Phipps Conservatory.  The unique ceremony site provided the perfect backdrop for their day, which was designed with a few things in mind: the Southern Gothic tradition, their shared love of New Orleans (where the pair also honeymooned), and the turn of the century style but with a modern spin.  Following the vows, guests enjoyed a cocktail style reception of cheese and fruit in the East Wing of Phipps.  But just because this wedding was small and subtle doesn't mean it wasn't full of thoughtful details.  My favorites?

  • Yolanda's bouquet.  Oh.  My.  Word.  I nearly died when I first laid eyes on it.  I don't want to give away too much but let's just say you'll be stopped dead in your tracks.  INSANELY gorgeous!
  • After a first look session, Yolanda and Nathan exchanged love letters that they had written to each other.  It's pretty typical for brides and grooms to write some sort of sweet note to each other, but usually they are read privately while each are getting ready.  I love that these two read them in front of each other!  How much more emotional those few moments must have been!
  • In lieu of a classic guest book, guests were given pennies to throw in the Phipps “wishing” well, as a sign of good luck for the newlyweds.  I love this take on an old tradition!
  • A cake pull.  Mostly popular in the south, especially New Orleans, a cake pull can be traced back to the Victorian era.  Different charms, each with a specific and special meaning, are placed inside the cake and attached to ribbons or bracelets.  Members of the wedding party or guests are invited to pull a charm from the cake before it's cut.  Yolanda wasn't kidding when she said that she and Nathan loved New Orleans!  It's so cool to see these unfamiliar wedding traditions make their way to Pittsburgh.
  • A carefree attitude!  Nathan's pants split on his wedding day.  Their cake collapsed en route to the reception.  I'm sure other things went wrong too.  But what did Yolanda have to say about it?  “Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.”  AMEN!  Realizing that things will go wrong on your wedding day and being able to deal with them gracefully is the BEST attitude a bride can have!

The talented Alexa of Wild Native Photography beautifully captured this eclectic affair that proves small can still mean mighty.  Enjoy!

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Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Intimate Southern Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at Phipps Conservatory from Wild Native Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We had known each other for years before we ever considered dating.  Nathan is a few years older than me and we went to the same high school and college.  Because of the age difference, we were vaguely aware of each other, but had never made an actual connection.

We were both previously married and finally officially met through a mutual friend.  We occasionally talked online about theology and philosophy.  After we both found ourselves single, Nathan asked me to meet up for coffee and our relationship quickly blossomed.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
October 13, 2014.  We were visiting friends in North Carolina and we decided to take an overnight trip to Charleston, South Carolina.  We stopped at the Cypress Gardens just outside of Charleston.  It's where the pond scene from The Notebook was filmed.  Nathan took me out on a rowboat and asked me to marry him among these amazing lily pads near a stone bridge.  I was not expecting a proposal at all, but he had planned the entire scene and had his photographer friend ready with his camera.  We rowed back to shore and drove into Charleston where we spent time on the beach, site seeing and eating amazing food.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Both my husband and I love the idea, architecture, and feel of the Southern Gothic tradition.  We gave a nod to New Orleans, our honeymoon location, in a lot of the small details…Nathan's cuff links, my flask (which was a wedding gift from my husband), the cake pulls, the glassware for the flower centerpieces, and a lot of the other small decor elements.

We really wanted to create a warm, family-centered, genteel feel for our ceremony, pictures, and venue. From the dresses and suits down to the signage, cake stands, and colors, we really wanted it to feel like a backyard wedding you might have attended in the 19th or early 20th century, but with a modern spin.  We are both very low key, so we wanted the event to be light but classic.

What made your wedding unique?
We originally ordered a cake from a “hobby decorator”.  It literally collapsed on the way to Phipps the morning of the wedding.  We ended up going to Hobby Lobby and buying cake stands and running to Market District and purchasing cakes from their bakery.  We were actually happier with them!  It worked better with our vision and sometimes you just have to go with the flow!

I LOVED my bouquet and my florist is truly gifted.  But, to save money, I made the flower center pieces myself.  I purchased the flowers from her and arranged them the night before the ceremony.

We wrote our own vows and letters to our children, which were read during the cake pulls.

Nathan's pants (which he had professionally altered) split at the seam right before the ceremony!  Fortunately, we'd gotten most of our pictures taken before the ceremony, and Alexa, being such a good photographer, and was able to work around it.  Nathan has ridiculous amounts of charisma and confidence, so he rocked it anyway.  This is why I love him!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
From the groom…My favorite part of the evening was the few moments we had in the back of the Broderie Room by the statues away from the party.  We talked and rested and were quiet together while everyone mingled. It felt soft and sweet and real.

From the bride…My favorite moment was walking into the room and seeing all of the people that I love, especially my husband and children, lined up and smiling at the front of the room. It could not have been a more perfect moment.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Take most of your pictures BEFORE the ceremony.  It's so much less stressful to have that out of the way.  You can grab a few shots during the event and enjoy the rest of your evening.

Vendors
Artwork: Sara Roark | Band: The Elk River Rounders | Bride's Dress: Nordstrom | Bride's Accessories: SunVDesigns on Etsy | Bride's Shoes: Madden Girl | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jamie Powell Designs on Etsy | Cake: Market District | Cake Pulls: Roxygs on Etsy | Caterer & Ceremony & Reception Location: Phipps Conservatory | Flowers: Anna Roberts Floral | Hair: Kristy Miscuk at John Michael Hair Salon | Menswear: Calvin Klein, Stacy Adams, & vintagedame on Etsy | Photographer: Wild Native Photography | Stationery: Shy Socialites on Etsy

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Hartwood Acres & Station Square Engagement Session: Krista & Denny

After a proposal that took place over a few of Panera's chocolate chip cookies (my favorite…and Krista and Denny's, too!), this couple took to some of their favorite spots – both in and out of the city – for their engagement session with Oakwood Photography.  Krista and Denny love spending their summers in Hartwood Acres, taking in their concert series.  Plus, the stone mansion, blooming gardens, fresh greens, and modern art made for a few unique backdrops.  After that, the pair headed to Station Square to get some cityscape shots.  The marquee letters of the Grand Concourse, the bulbs of the Smithfield Street Bridge, and even the sunset reflecting off the Mon gave their evening pics a warm glow.  With such a variety of landscapes – from the organic beauty of our parks to the urban grit of our waterfronts – it's no wonder Pittsburgh is so special.  Enjoy this session that makes our city look oh-so-good!  Krista and Denny are pretty cute too!

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Hartwood Acres & Station Square Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Oakwood Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We were both the same major at Robert Morris University.  First semester freshman year, we had a few classes together and quickly became friends.  Over the next four years, our paths continued to cross and one day senior year, we decided to grab a drink before our night class.  Leading up to the pre-class cocktail, I questioned whether or not it was a date.  Well, it turned out to indeed be a date and two dogs, one condo, and eight years later, we are getting married!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Because we have been together for eight years, I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen.  All the while, Denny was secretly doing his research on engagement rings, even going as far as deleting the history on the internet browser.  Then, on Saturday February 7, I had an 8-hour fitness certification to attend and Denny decided it was the perfect time to buy the ring.

Denny headed to Jared’s and spent three hours putting together the perfect ring.  Then, much to his dismay, the ring wouldn’t be ready until 8 p.m.  Denny had hoped he would have it in hand when I was done with the training so he had to stall.  After the training, we headed to Mad Mex where Denny kept feeding me margaritas so I wouldn’t catch onto his nervousness.  Then, we went home to watch a movie.  Randomly at 8 p.m. Denny had to leave to “help his dad move his car” and I was mad…

Obviously, that was a lie.  Denny ran to Jared’s to pick up the ring and he decided he wanted to present it to me in a fun way.  So he stopped at Panera and bought three chocolate chip cookies (our favorite) and tried to contain his excitement as the cashier rung him out.  Denny walked in the door and asked if I wanted a cookie.  I said no because I had just had ice cream, but he insisted.  After I only grabbed one cookie, he asked if I wanted another and again, I said no.  So finally he reached in the bag, pulled out the ring, and asked me to marry him.  After about five minutes of me flipping out saying, “Are you kidding me?  Are you serious?,” and many swear words, I finally said yes!

Describe the engagement session.
The locations we chose really mean something to us.  We just love Hartwood Acres and spend many Sunday nights in the summer enjoying their Summer Concert Series.  And Station Square was a no-brainer because we love our city.  We really spent that night giggling and having fun in some of our favorite spots.

Pop Up Wedding at the Pump House: Shannon & Russ

You've heard me talk about a pop up wedding before.  But just in case you missed it, check out last week's post all about the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co.  In case you're still a little confused, today's feature is all about Shannon and Russ, the first couple to say “I Do” at a Pittsburgh pop up!

After an adorable proposal that involved a caricature drawing (full story below!), Shannon and Russ knew they wanted something small and simple, but unique and a bit quirky that reflected their personalities.  Along came the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co.  A quick meeting with Trish where she explained her vision for the day and this bride and groom were sold.  Just six short weeks later, the duo was exchanging vows at the historic Pump House at the Waterfront in front of their nearest and dearest.

With a nod to Shannon's profession (hint: librarian!), Trish helped the bride and groom plan a vintage, book-inspired affair.  For starters, Shannon's engagement ring is from the 1920s, while her wedding band just might be one of the first ever displayed at Orr's Jewelers.  Antique furniture and artifacts played the main roles at the pop up itself, but they were accented by literary pieces, such as LOVE letters made from old books, an Scrabble board spelling the pair's names, and Golden-Books-turned-ceremony-programs (made by Shannon herself!).  The bride even carried a Kate Spade book clutch!  Rather than a traditional ceremony reading, a friend read an excerpt from a classic children's book.  Jacob, Russ's son, even played a special role…presenting the rings, which were tied to a book, of course!  After the vows and a quick portrait session, Shannon, Russ, and their guests helped themselves to cupcakes, refreshments, a popcorn bar, and even a selfie station before continuing the party at a nearby restaurant.

Sweet and simple but so extraordinary and memorable, Shannon and Russ's pop up wedding suited them perfectly!  As Shannon put it, “It was perfect.”  I 1000% agree.  And you will too after seeing the beautiful documentation from Nicole Cassano Photography!

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding at the Pump House by Nicole Cassano Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Russ and I met online through OkCupid!  Our first date was in June of 2013 on a Thursday night at Luma in Mt. Lebanon.  We had dates 2 and 3 on Friday and Saturday of the same weekend.  We really didn't look back after those first few days together.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Russ proposed on our second anniversary.  We had spent the day at the Arts Festival with our little family that includes Russ's son, Jacob.  We've made it a tradition to always get a caricature at the Arts Festival so that year was no different.  Except that we both had to sit separately because the toddler didn't want to sit still (Who could blame him?  There was tons going on.).  Russ kept trying to get me to go far away, but Jacob and I were happy just hanging out near him.  It was getting late and Jacob really needed to get to bed, so when we left, we just sort of rushed out there and I never really looked at the drawing.  Flash forward to later in the evening when Jacob was in bed and we were readying the house for family members who were coming over for a going-away party for my brother the following day.  Russ kept asking me where the caricature was, and I kept telling him.  But he insisted I go and get it and look at it.  I did, finally.  And he kept asking me what I thought about it.  I kept telling him I thought it was awesome and was totally oblivious.  Finally, I noticed that “Will you marry me in 2015?” was written at the top, just as I noticed Russ was down on one knee.  I couldn't stop laughing, but finally caught my breath and shouted “Yes!”

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The beauty of the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co. is that it is truly a surprise for the bride and groom.  We had met with Trish of Vintage Alley Rentals and loved her decor and ideas, so we knew we were going to love it.  We also got to pick our cupcake and cake flavors, and we designed what the ceremony would look like.  But other than that, it was a total surprise!  Everything was totally vintage and, since I'm a librarian, we wanted some book-inspired pieces as well.  I had a Kate Spade book clutch, we had my friend read a children's book in lieu of a traditional reading, and I made our programs out of vintage Golden Books.  But Trish and the Pop Up Wedding crew also surprised with us so many little touches….books that spelled out love, a Scrabble board with our names spelled out, bird cages, a popcorn bar, a photo booth, and more!  Someone could have planned for over a year and not had as many gorgeous touches as our wedding had.  We just absolutely loved it.

What inspired your vision?
Well, the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co. really has their own vision and it was wonderful.  But we decided to be the first couple in Pittsburgh to have a pop up wedding because we wanted something simple, quirky, memorable, and different.  Both of us knew we didn't want to have a long engagement, a big wedding, or something cookie-cutter.  But we did want to celebrate and we did want some family and friends there (that ruled out eloping to Vegas).  When we saw the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co. advertised on Burgh Brides, we knew we had to meet with them!  After one meeting with Trish and seeing her vision for the day, we knew it was meant to be.  We kept it a surprise from everyone but the 20 people invited because we really wanted to have fun with it and make it a little more special…especially since we went from engaged to married in just under six weeks.

What made your wedding unique?
Everything!  We were the first couple in Pittsburgh to take the Pop Up Wedding plunge.  It was held in a gorgeous historic building and was intimate and totally tailored to us.  Plus, keeping it a secret meant it made for a big splash when we finally let the beans spill on Monday.  It was so special just having our immediate friends and closest family in on the secret.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
I think my favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle with my parents and seeing Russ and Jacob waiting for me at the altar.  Our family is totally modern and filled with love.  And seeing my two boys just beaming with excitement and love warmed my heart so much.  I never thought I would cry at my own wedding, but I couldn't stop!  Now, when you ask Jacob if Nan and Dad got married, he screams “Yes! And I helped!”  I'll never forget him handing over the rings that were secured to a book too!  Plus, the fact that our family and friends dropped everything to witness our marriage on such short notice is a true testament of their love for us.  We had people travel all the way from New York City, Baltimore, and North Carolina just to be with us.  And we only gave them about a month's notice.  That's love!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
I would tell a bride to march to the tune of her own drum.  You don't have to get caught up in Pinterest or spend a lot of money to have the wedding of your dreams.  Don't be afraid to take risks and try something different and unique!  It's not about out-doing all of the weddings you've ever been to.  It's about creating a day that celebrates the love you have towards one another.  A wedding is just one day in a marriage, so don't lose sight of the long journey.  The stress isn't worth it and everyone should just enjoy their wedding day!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
To me, a wedding must-have is anything that shows off your personality.  For us, it was books and personal touches, pops of color, and fun.  Just trust your gut.

And no, there isn't anything that I would have done differently.  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Co. was just a delight to work with and we couldn't have asked for a more dreamy and perfect wedding!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Love You Ivory Day Dress from ModCloth | Bride's Necklace & Clutch: Kate Spade | Bride's Shoes: Marvelous Maven Hell from ModCloth | Cake & Cupcakes: Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. | Ceremony Location: Historic Pump House, Waterfront | Flowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Menswear: Tommy Hilfiger | Officiant: Pittsburgh Wedding Chapel | On-Site Coordination: Your Big Day | Photographer: Nicole Cassano Photography | Rentals & Decor: Vintage Alley Rentals | Stationery: Lucy Loves Paper via Etsy | Wedding Planner: The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Company