Urban Winter Engagement Session: Jessica & Jim

Ok, ok I know it's practically spring.  But I still have a few great winter features to show off!  After a romantic beach proposal, Jessica and Jim opted for something a little different for their engagement session with Breanna Elizabeth Photography.  A bit colder and more modern, their urban shoot took them from the North Shore to Washington's Landing, soaking up all the hip, gritty spots in between.  The dusting of snow provided just enough of a winter element to show off this season of Pittsburgh.  I love how their e-photos are a bit atypical.  Not all smiles and vibrant colors.  Instead, a bit muted, a bit gritty, and a bit quiet, but still incredibly beautiful and representative of Jessica and Jim's creative, modern styles.  These two tied the knot back in August and I'm sure their wedding was just as lovely.  Congrats you two!  Hope you're enjoying married life!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We actually met through mutual friends at a Christmas party, and immediately, there was chemistry between us.  But the party was crowded and we pretty much mingled with our own friends and went about our way.  A few weeks later, our friends were hounding the both of us to go out on a date because they thought we truly would be perfect together!  We hung out with mutual friends a few more times until finally we caved.  Although neither of us were looking for a relationship, the chemistry was undeniable.  During the date, it honestly was one of the best times of our lives.  We laughed and talked for hours at the Melting Pot, and even fooled a few of our friends by messaging them saying how horrible the date was.  Later, we met them all out, and the joke was on them.  The rest is truly history; he really is my world and I am is.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Okay, so seriously a Bachelor/Bachelorette kind of proposal!  We planned a vacation to Riviera Maya, just the two of us for a week.  We couldn't wait!  We left the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and Jim was exhausted.  He had spent all week finalizing the details of the custom engagement ring he was about to give me.  Jim had scheduled a private dinner for the two of us on December 3, 2013.  The setting was unbelievably romantic: lagoon to our left; beach shore to our right; in front of us, steps leading out to a little rock island where we were eating.  We finished our awesome dinner, and I started heading back towards to the resort.  But at that point, I realized Jim wasn't talking anymore.  I glanced at him and said, “Come on babe, where do you want to head to now?”  He said, “Let's just relax here.  We do have the whole beach to ourselves for a little while.  Let's take it all in.”  We walked to the shore where the steps started, and he grabbed my hand.  I usually wear a ton of rings, but we were running late for dinner.  I said, “I feel so funny without all my rings on.”  He responded with one of the best one liners: “Well, let's change that!”  He told me how much he loved me and wanted to build a future with me.  I was so shocked and I could barely breathe.  It took a few seconds for me to catch my breath and take in this incredible proposal, but finally, I was able to spit out the words, “Yes, absolutely!  I love you so much!”  It was more than I could have ever dreamed.  Jim can be such a romantic!

Describe the engagement session.
From the photographer…Jim and Jessica are both creative, and they wanted a more urban, modern vibe for their engagement session.  Because of Jim's love of sports, we started on the North Shore, near the stadiums.  It was the perfect spot to incorporate the skyline of the city they love.  We did not plan for the snow, but I think the dusting made the photos that much more magical!  We ended our session at Washington's Landing.  I love this hidden gem!  There is also a great bridge along the bike trail…and what is a Pittsburgh engagement without a bridge photo?

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Chic Navy Blue & Gold Wedding at the Carnegie Museum: Kara & Brad

When you get married at the Carnegie Museum, you don't need a lot of bells and whistles.  Kara and Brad kept it classic and chic when they said “I do” there.  With a color palette of navy blue and gold, the couple let the venue's beauty speak for itself, accenting it with simple white flowers, cute signs, and a few sequin linens.  But this wedding was anything but boring!  Quite the contrary, it's one of the prettiest, most sophisticated I've seen!  What did I love the most?

  • Get a load of Kara's dress!  The all-over lace, the dainty cap sleeves, the satin buttons, and the intricate detailing on the back will stop you dead in your tracks.  Girl looks fierce!
  • When it comes to ceremony spots, it doesn't get any better than the Hall of Sculpture.  Ornate and beautifully lit, it's a unique and stunning place to exchange vows.
  • Despite the wintery mix we all know and love, Kara and Brad were able to get some beautiful post-ceremony portraits.  With an umbrella in hand, high tops on Kara's feet, and a smile on both of their faces, these two didn't let the February weather get them down.
  • An unforgettable first dance.  With their guests overlooking from the balcony, the couple shared their first dance as husband and wife in the Carnegie Music Hall Foyer.  Talk about a view!
  • A “Generations of Love” table at the reception allowed Kara and Brad to display wedding photos of their closest family members and to pay tribute to the many examples of love in their lives.
  • Due to my intense love affair with stripes and polka dots, I can't get over how cute their cake was!  The laser cut, wooden topper was the perfect finishing touch.

Get ready for approximately 872,357 photos.  Leeann Marie, Photographers did such an incredible job capturing Kara and Brad's big day that it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to just a few dozen.  Once you see how pretty they are, you won't blame me for including as many as I did.

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Chic Navy Blue & Gold Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy Blue & Gold Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy Blue & Gold Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy Blue & Gold Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

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Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Chic Navy & Gold Pittsburgh Wedding by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Jam on Walnut in Shadyside!  We both went to the Jam with our friends and happened to be standing in the beer line at the same time.  I didn't have any cash on me, but I didn't want to leave the line since we had already hit it off.  Brad ended up buying my Blue Moon and we talked the rest of the night.  He was leaving for the beach the next day, so we planned a date for Avenue B the Saturday that he got back.  The rest is history.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
It had been a crazy few weeks for me.  I went on a girls' trip and came home to a call from her mom, saying that my best friend had passed away.  We were supposed to celebrate my 30th birthday that weekend (which Brad and my best friend had been planning).  Without hesitation, we cancelled the party and drove to Buffalo for the weekend to be with my family.  Little did I know, a few months before, Brad had emailed my dad to get his phone number so he could ask for my hand in marriage.  My dad never emailed him back; he claims he never got the email (he's not so tech-savvy).  So while we were packing up to leave on Sunday, Brad asked my dad for his permission.

The next Saturday, the two of us were going to celebrate my birthday at Avenue B, where we had our first date.  On Friday, we decided to just cook steaks on the grill and relax on the deck.  Brad came over after work with an orchid and a duffel bag, which I thought were clothes for the night or that he was going to the gym in the morning.  While testing out my new potato slicer/recipes (Brad is the best guinea pig for all of my trials) and cooking potatoes in the oven, the kitchen got really hot.  We decided to go sit in the living room for a second.  I have no idea what we were talking about because it was such a blur of emotion.  All of a sudden, Brad got up and reached into his bag.  His voice got shaky and his hands were behind his back.  He started telling me how much he loved me and then he asked me to marry him!  I'm not sure if I even let him finish asking before I jumped up and hugged him.  It was a feeling I'll never forget – pure joy.  We called our parents, ate our dinner, and went out for frozen custard.  It was low-key, laid back, and absolutely perfect.  By the next day, my face was hurting from smiling so much!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc. 
Our colors were gold and navy blue.

What inspired your vision?
We thought really seriously about eloping – a destination wedding, something easy and intimate and “us”.  As days went on, we talked and talked and realized “us” was having all of our family and friends there.  We both have amazing (big) families and the sweetest friends, who have been our biggest supporters, cheerleaders, and partners in crime.  We couldn't imagine the day without them.  The thinking evolved – neither Brad nor I are from Pittsburgh, but since we both went to Pitt and have been living in Pittsburgh for years since graduation, we wanted to show all of our family members and friends why we call it our home.

We picked the venue because it was in the city, and when our guests weren't at the wedding, they could easily explore Pittsburgh.  The museum was perfect for us.  It is in Oakland where we went to school, near Shadyside where we met, and a perfect representation of the city we love.  Once we had the museum narrowed down, we really just wanted to keep it simple and classy so we didn't overshadow the beauty of the venue and our love for each other (and our guests too!).

What made your wedding unique?
To us, our wedding was unique because we put so much heart into it.  We kept it classy, fun, sprinkled with blue and gold, and always with our guests in mind.

We picked up our guests in big yellow school buses, and let them stay inside the museum for the whole night.  We didn't want people to worry about driving all around town.  We wanted them to enjoy themselves – to explore the museum early on, laugh and cry during the ceremony (our officiant was amazing like that), eat and drink, and then dance the night away before hopping back on that big ol' bus.

We did everything ourselves, from painting the welcome signs, making our own table signs, designing and printing our own programs and place cards, etc.  Brad's dad made our card box, one of the bridesmaids made all of the table numbers, and friends and family members made such a delicious variety of cookies for the cookie table!

Then there was the first dance while the guests were enjoying cocktails on the balcony!  It surprised our guests and really let us show off the beauty of the room.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
So hard to narrow it down!  From getting ready with all my best girls with kids giggling in the background, to the first look and the ceremony, right down to the dance party!

Seeing Brad in the museum during our first look was simply amazing.  The moment was way more special than I ever could have imagined, and even today, I can hardly describe it in words.  After all of our planning and preparation and welcoming our friends and family into the city for the weekend, having those few moments of alone time just to see each other before the wedding began was so special.

Of course, there was also the most epic chicken dance ever!  It's a long-standing joke that I love the chicken dance and Brad thinks it's ridiculous.  Every wedding, event, or bar I go to, I test the DJ to see if they'll play it and rarely – almost never – do they actually play it.  Brad talked with our DJ, who was also reluctant to play it.  But for me, he did (which earned him major bonus points).  I've never had so much fun dancing to such a ridiculous song with the closest people in our lives!

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Don't sweat the small stuff.  Everyone always says it to engaged couples, but it's the best advice out there.  We tried really hard to make a decision and move on.  We found the more we thought about different options/vendors/etc., that it didn't really matter because it always came down to what our gut was telling us, which was the initial decision we had made anyway.

Any must have, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
Absolutely nothing.  We still can't stop talking about how smoothly everything went on our wedding day!

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Eddy K | Bride's Jewelry: Her mom's pearl bracelet; Cuff: Eden Luxe Bridal; Earrings: Givenchy | Bride's Shoes: Cole Haan pumps & Nike high tops | Caterer, Linens, & Cake: Parkhurst Dining | Ceremony Location: Carnegie Museum Hall of Sculpture | DJ: Jeremy Ganss Productions | Flowers: Gidas Flowers | Hair: Sarah McCarrison | Makeup: Audra Deluca | Menswear: Jos. A. Banks | Photographer: Leeann Marie, Photographers | Reception Venue: Carnegie Museum Music Hall Foyer | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Molly's Trolleys & First Student, Inc. | Videography: Go Pros worn by guests

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Playful South Side Engagement Session: Krystle & Chris

Before I met my husband, I had a brief stint in the online dating world.  It didn't work for me personally but Krystle and Chris are living proof that it does work for some people!  After meeting on Match.com, these two quickly fell in love.  A picture-perfect Yosemite National Park proposal followed, before their adorable engagement session with Rachel Tokarski Photography.  For the photos, the couple wanted to stick to their own neighborhood, the South Side.  They stopped at a few of their regular haunts, including Big Dog Coffee and Nadine's Bar.  They also made sure to show off the grittiness and character that make the South Side so special.  The session wasn't complete before hitting up a nearby playground to have some fun on the swings and act like kids again.  Playful are carefree, Krystle and Chris's engagement photos are about as darling as they come.  Enjoy!

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Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Playful South Side Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Rachel Tokarski Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Chris and I met through Match.com.  After Chris messaged me several times, I agreed to meet him at Mad Mex.  I arrived early (as usual) and almost left when Chris was about 15 minutes late.  After our first meeting, Chris texted me every day until I became his girlfriend, and even then he still texted me.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Chris proposed when we were on a vacation from San Francisco to Yosemite then to Napa.  All of my friends said it would be our engagement trip and I didn't believe them.  I walked all over San Francisco secretly hoping at each location he'd propose…and he didn't.  For Chris's birthday, I booked a surprise guided hike through Yosemite as a gift.  On that day, I was packing our backpack and found a box that looked like a ring box and I quickly shoved it back inside the backpack.  Six miles uphill to Lembert Dome in Yosemite…I scaled my way to the very top hoping that this would be the moment…and again, he didn't propose.  Finally at the end of a three mile hike to a remote lake in Yosemite, Chris asked to get one last photo.  In that moment, he pulled the ring out of his pocket and asked me to be his wife, and of course I said yes!

Describe the engagement shoot.
Our engagement shoot was in the South Side, by our home in the slopes.  We wanted it to be fall-esque as we love fall but we also wanted it to be gritty like the city and neighborhood we live in and love.  We love Nadine's Bar and Big Dog Coffee and we are regulars there, so of course, we had to feature them in the shoot!

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Twisted Fairy Tale Engagement Session: Sarah & Brian

Who says a bride has to wear white?  Something similar can be said for an e-session.  Who says engagement photos have to be bright and sunny and taken on Pittsburgh bridges?  Sarah and Brian say that these photos should be a little different, which is why they chose a twisted fairy tale theme for theirs.

Dark and even a bit brooding, these engagement photos are beautifully dramatic.  The bride and groom were inspired by the likes of Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White.  They wanted something snowy and seemingly out of a story book…but the villainous side of one.  Photographer Kelsey Kradel lead the pair to Preston Park in Butler.  There they found knee-deep snow, frozen ground, dead leaves, and trees with twisted tendrils that resembled something you'd find in an enchanted forest.  With Brian in all black and Sarah in a gorgeous black dress (that she later topped with a bad ass leather jacket), the only pop of color came from a bright bouquet of flowers.

I wish more couples would follow Sarah and Brian's lead and think outside the box.  These two took a chance and it paid off magnificently.  Kudos to creativity!!!

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Twisted Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Kelsey Kradel Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
Brian and I met in my junior year of high school (his senior year) through his sister, whom I am very good friends with.  It wasn't long before Brian developed a crush on me.  We still joke about his first words to me, “What are the chances of a girl like you dating a guy like me?”

Sadly, Brian and I never took things to a relationship level and we went our separate ways following high school.  In 2012, after I had just ended an eight year relationship, I received a message from Brian, saying he wanted to reconnect.  He said that never making a move on me was his biggest regret.  We quickly realized we were meant to be together all along, and the rest is history!  His sister and I are still great friends and she was a bridesmaid in our wedding past October.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Brian and I were on our third beach vacation together in Cape Cod.  It was our second night there and he took me to dinner at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the bay.  Afterwards, we walked to Kalmus Beach to catch the sunset.  Right after the sun went down, Brian knelt down on one knee and pulled a ring out of his pocket!  To say that I was surprised and overjoyed would be an understatement!!  Afterward, we celebrated around a fire with a bottle of champagne.  Ahhh, I wish I could go back to this moment!

Describe the engagement session.
Brian and I knew we wanted something a bit different than the traditional Pittsburgh engagement photos.  We wanted something that would reflect our darker side, so we opted for a dark, woodsy, wintery shoot!  We knew we wanted snow so we chose a day in early March.  The shoot was done at Preston Park in Butler, where there was much more snow than there was in the city.  In some locations, the snow was almost up to my knees!  We were FREEZING but we had an absolute blast and would do it again in a heartbeat!  It was also POURING the entire morning but it stopped just in time for our shoot.  However, the gloomy sky played in perfectly with the look we were going for!

What inspired your vision?
My vision for the shoot was a dark, snowy, storybook vibe.  Think, dark Alice in Wonderland or Maleficent.  Our rock star of a photographer scouted out the location and found some awesome mushroom-looking Alice in Wonderland trees.  We wanted an all black look with just a splash of color, so I bought Brian a tie that goes along with his personality, and he got me a GORGEOUS bouquet of flowers that popped perfectly against the black we were wearing.

Snowy Field Engagement Session: Lottie & Mark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the photographer…

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

Jamaican Beachfront Destination Wedding: Meredith & Christopher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the bride…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bride to Bride

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the bride…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bride to Bride

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

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Charming Laid-Back Pittsburgh Wedding at Morning Glory Inn from Rachel Rowland Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bride to Bride

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From the bride…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bride to Bride

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

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

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

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Glamorous Winter Wedding at the Crowne Plaza: Julie & Tim

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

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

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

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From the bride…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bride to Bride

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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