Crisp Sewickley Engagement Session: Melissa & Christopher

Colorful leaves, plaid shirts, tights and sweater weather, boots, pumpkin spice lattes, oh my goodness do I love fall.  And I love these engagement photos from Lindsey Zern Photography even more.  Take all of my favorite things about this season, add in an adorable couple clearly in love, throw in a Pittsburgh bridge for good measure, and you have Melissa and Christopher's adorable e-session.  The couple posed for some quintessential fall photos in a leaf-covered field before heading to the streets of Sewickley to take in some of their favorite spots, including their own front porch.  I can't handle the cuteness.  I bet you won't be able to either.

PS – Melissa is the girl boss behind Sweet Water Decor (and she's totally killing it BTW)!  When you're done swooning over her engagement photos with her sweetie, head over to her site and shop yourself some happy 🙂

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Crisp Fall Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Lindsey Zern Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met on Match.com in October 2012 and went on our first date on Wednesday November 13, 2012.  We had our first date at Cadillac Ranch in Robinson and talked the night away.  We definitely had sparks the first time we met.  He gave me a kiss goodnight and I knew it wasn't the last time I was going to see him.  We hung out that weekend, and by Tuesday we were “official”!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We went to look for rings in February 2014.  He had been following me on Pinterest since the beginning of our relationship and he knew exactly what style of ring I liked.  We picked out the center diamond together and he did the rest!

To begin our proposal story, I have to start at the week before we went on vacation.  We were at Christopher's brother's wedding.  They called for all of the girls to come out on the dance floor to catch the bouquet.  I lined up front and center.  As his brother's wife threw the bouquet, it came right into my arms!  I was so excited and ran over to Christopher and showed him.  I told him, “You HAVE to catch the garter!”  He sauntered on up to the plate.  The garter was thrown and it came right in front of Christopher.  The guy beside him went to reach for it and Christopher stepped on it, and grabbed it before the other guy had a chance.  He held it up high and we laughed at how crazy it was that we both caught the bouquet and the garter.  He put it on me and his family and friends had a great time seeing us as the “next” ones to be married!

Fast forward only one week later…We went on vacation to Savannah, GA and Hilton Head Island, SC.  We were in HHI, having an amazing day – we got up really early and went to the beach, swam in the pools, and even took a nap in the hammocks on the grounds.  We went back and got ready and went out to dinner.  Storms were on the horizon, but as we were finishing dinner, Christopher was still adamant that we walk along the beach at sunset.  Christopher pre-packed a backpack full of water, wine, and a blanket and slung it over his shoulders.  We started to walk down when we saw a beautiful, sun-filled opening in the clouds.  He reached down and took my hand and we started walking in the sand.  We talked about love and our kids someday and we stopped to admire the sunset.  When we stopped, Christopher held me in his arms and kissed me.  The ocean waves were a few feet away as he held me in his arms and told me of his love for me, of how he didn't know what he wanted to do or where he'd want to live but the one thing he did know is that he wanted to be with me forever.  Then he bent down, pulled out the ring from the backpack, and asked me to marry him!  I put my hands to my face in excitement and nodded and said “Yes!”  I sat on his bent knee and kissed him and said “Yes!” again.  We hugged and kissed and while I was still sitting on his knee, he took the ring from the box and put it on my finger.  We got up and were so happy and in shock, but we had to find someone to take our picture!  A mother, daughter, and their dog were walking along the beach, so we told them we had just gotten engaged and we asked them to take our photo.  We didn't tell anyone for a good two hours as we enjoyed our engagement, just the two of us knowing.  We went back to our hotel room and called our parents and friends and they were very excited for us!  Hilton Head will always hold special memories for us.

Describe the engagement shoot.
I always wanted to get married in the fall, but I couldn't wait a year to be with the love of my life.  So, we had the next best thing – engagement photos in the fall!  We had our photo shoot in our favorite town and where we live – Sewickley.  Our photographer, Lindsey, has such an eye for color and detail.  She met us in the Sewickley Heights and we drove around until we found beautiful spots to take our photos.  It was freezing outside but we had an great time and got some AMAZING shots.  We love that the Sewickley Heights is so beautiful and gives us a country scape and the Village, where we always walk in the summers with our Starbucks in hand, gives us the small town city scape.  We took photos at our favorite spots, even inside Starbucks.  Lindsey captured our love and that was our vision.  Just like in Christopher's engagement speech…no matter where we are, we are together and in love.  And what better place to capture our love than the city we will be beginning our lives and growing our home together?!

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Farm & Field Engagement Session: Heather & Sean

Heather and Sean are mad about plaid.  Seriously, the pattern makes an appearance in all three of their engagement photo outfits.  But you know what else they are mad about?  Each other, of course!  The joy of this adorable duo is simply infectious, and their e-session with Carissa McClellan Photography is about as cute as it gets.  Heather loves fall (Who doesn't really?!) and ever since she was a little girl, she has dreamed of an autumn wedding.  Next October, she and Sean will tie the knot.  But Heather also wanted to incorporate a fall, rustic feel into their pre-I Do pics.  The couple headed to a nearby farm, where the giant red barn, white wash fence, and open fields provided a beautiful country backdrop.  Throw in a few plaid sweaters, a cozy blanket, and some boots and you've got yourself the quintessential fall photo session.  BYOPSL (Bring Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte) 🙂

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Farm & Field Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Carissa McClellan Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
It all started four years ago in the summertime.  I was graduating high school, already in a relationship at the time and not looking for anything…until this new kid showed up at work and stirred the pot.  We both work at the Pittsburgh Field Club; I’m a caddie and he’s an Assistant Golf Professional but at the time he was just an intern.  We met in the bag room and that’s when Sean wanted to get to know me more.  He went up to fellow co-workers and asked who I was.  He was very determined to get to know me and to take me out.  I didn’t like how eager he was and that’s why I never gave in.  It took two years of back and forth, of me not knowing what I wanted, until August 1, 2013 when we officially began dating.  I realized everything I ever wanted was right in front of me for two years.  He’s my best friend and knows just how to make me smile and laugh.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Rewind a year ago to October 25, 2014 when I said “Yes” to spending the rest of my life with the man of my dreams.  It was a beautiful fall day, a day that I thought was going to be just like any other…until it turned into a day I will never forget.  We spent the afternoon at the Winery at Wolf Creek, right outside of Akron, OH (I went to school at Kent State).  It was a nice to get away from the college setting and enjoy time with my man!

Little did I know, Sean had the whole day planned.  We arrived at the winery, sampled a few wines, and then got a bottle of our favorite and headed outside.  We walked down the hill to a picnic bench under a beautiful, colorful tree.  We sat down at the table, had a glass of wine, and enjoyed the autumn scenery.  After a while, Sean suggested that we take a walk down the hill towards the lake.  When we got to the bottom of the hill, there was another picnic bench by the water.  We enjoyed another glass of wine and each other's company.  Sean then started playing music from his phone (ironically it was the song we always said would be our first dance as husband and wife at our wedding).  I just laughed and smiled and thought to myself, “Maybe something is about to happen.”  But I didn’t think twice.  However, Sean started getting antsy and started to walk around nervously.  I thought nothing of it and poured myself another glass of wine.  As I was taking a sip, Sean touched my back to get my attention.  I turned around and he was on one knee!  I think I spaced out for a second and couldn’t believe what was happening.  Sean was on one kneeing, saying those four words every girl dreams of hearing one day…“Will you marry me?”  I was left speechless and shocked, but was able to say “YES!”  And once I stopped shaking, I was able to put the beautiful ring on my finger!

It's been year since we got engaged and there is about a year left until we say “I do”.  As I look down at my left hand and see the beautiful ring on my finger, I know how lucky and blessed I am to be spending the rest of my life with the most amazing man.

Describe the engagement shoot.
I love fall and everything about it!  Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed about a fall wedding.  When we got engaged last year, I knew I wanted a fall-like setting for engagement pictures.  With so little time to find a photographer, we decided to just wait until this October (we got engaged in 2014).   After looking on my photographer's website, I saw that she did a previous engagement session at the same spot my fiance and I wanted to take our photos!  The red barn, the view, and the rustic fences are what drew me in!

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh

Beyond having a lot of ideas I longed to share, wanting to talk about weddings non-stop to someone other than my husband, and having an overwhelming desire to help local brides, there was a very specific reason I started Burgh Brides.  It was because I wanted to show off Pittsburgh.  It was because of the creativity that oozes out of every nook and cranny of this city.  It was because in my almost 10 years in the wedding and event industry, I've been blown away countless times by the innovation and talent (and kindness) of area vendors.  It was because I have encountered so many gorgeous, unique events that non-Pittsburghers would never believe took place right here in the 412.  It was because of weddings like this one.

Except this one isn't a traditional wedding per say.  Ok, technically vows were exchanged.  But this wedding was so much more than just that.  It was part of a social experiment, a call to action, an art exhibition, and a public display of community, friendship, and love, all wrapped up into one tiny parking space in the Strip District.

If you aren't familiar with PARK(ing) Day, allow me to bring you up to speed…this global, annual event draws attention to the need for more urban open space and it generates critical debate around how public space is created and allocated.  PARK(ing) Day encourages artists of all kinds to transform a metered parking space into a temporary public park.  Pittsburgh's Quelcy Kogel took this year's challenge one step further.

After creating a pie-themed PARK(ing) Day installation a few years ago, Quelcy, an event designer among other creative roles, had the idea to create a unique wedding ceremony venue out of a Strip District parking spot.  In an effort to celebrate continued love and romance, Quelcy focused on vow renewals.  Seven couples – six who had signed up ahead of time and one spontaneous duo  – re-declared their love for each other that day.  And just like that, an ordinary, meaningless, little patch of concrete instantly became magical space where celebration of commitment and loyalty abounded.

Quelcy worked with a team of vendors, each of whom added their own magic to the event.  From a custom, hand-lettered ceremony backdrop to touches of wildflowers and foraged greens, and from paper flower garland to a ribbon curtain (both made by Quelcy), the space was given a bright, backyard-like makeover.  Each couple made the event uniquely theirs by choosing their own special procession song.  The renewals were officiated by none other than Yelp Pittsburgh Community Manager Rachel Carson (can you believe her name is a total coincidence?!).

Enjoy all of the photographic proof (courtesy of Mandy Fierens) that this day was nothing short of artistic genius.  Then allow it to transform your definition of a vow renewal.  Through planning the event, Quelcy found that there is a negative stigma attached to vow renewals – that they are either cheesy or “making up for a mistake”.  Quite the contrary.  These celebrations of long-lasting love are “romantic, beautiful gestures,” as Quelcy describes them.  It's her hope that this PARK(ing) Day will inspire couples to make a different kind of proposal…a proposal to say “I Do” all over again!

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Strip District Vow Renewal Ceremonies: PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh from Quelcy Kogel and Mandy Fierens Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the artist and event designer…

Tell me more about PARK(ing) Day and this event in particular!
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, open-source global event.  The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat…at least until the meter runs out!

After creating a pie themed PARK(ing) Day installation ages ago, I thought it would be fun to create a wedding in a parking space.  This was finally the year to put the idea in motion.  I shifted the focus to wedding vow renewals as a way to celebrate continued love and romance.  What truly brought the idea to life were the seven couples who shared their big loves in the tiny space, and the many creatives involved who added their special touches!

What inspired your vision?
The goal of (PARK)ing Day is to draw attention to the need for more green, community spaces in the urban environment.  My decor was inspired by meadow meets forest – plenty of wispy grasses, wild flowers, tree trunks, and earthy touches.  I am very earthy in my style, but I always like to play up the party element of the reception with brighter and more playful pops of color.  The designated “reception space” still focused on flowers and trees but in brighter, handmade ways, like the handmade paper flower garland and ribbon curtain.

What made this event so special?
One of the participating brides, Christine, had this to say in response to the event, and it really touched me.

“On the one hand, I was amazed at how this little space, roadside and pop-up, could harbor such an event; I guess it really proved to me that love is love and the power of the commitment and vows can really transcend the venue.  What over-the-top craziness so many of us put into the wedding day!  But really, what you need is for it to be magical and beautiful is so simple.  You can get lost in the moment enough so as not to even notice streams of traffic running by.  But that wasn't all that was there.  The staging, beauty, clever creativity, and attention to detail of a design mind was also a critical part of setting the stage and building in that necessary ritual component/formalization – just enough of it to make it feel right and special.”

What was your favorite moment of the day?
“On our wedding day, I promised for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.  I now know what that promise means, and I will continue to honor those vows.”

I'm paraphrasing, but those vows really touched my heart.  They happened to come from my boyfriend's mother, in celebration of her 37 years with her high-school sweetheart and her best friend.  There was hardly a dry eye during their vow exchange.  Their son and daughter-in-law also renewed their vows, alongside their 1-year-old son.  How often does a family have the chance to experience and celebrate such examples of love and loyalty?

That being said, all the couples exchanged such personal, sentimental vows.  My inner romantic was thoroughly inspired!

Vendors
Desserts: Leona's Ice Cream Sandwiches | Ceremony Location & Reception Venue: Bayardstown Social Club, Strip District | DJ: DJ Ondo | Flowers: The Farmer's Daughter Flowers, plus larger installation curated by Quelcy Kogel | Decor & Wedding Planning: Quelcy Kogel | Officiant: Rachel Carson, Yelp Pittsburgh Community Manager | Photographer: Mandy Fierens Photography

 

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Country Meets City Engagement Session: Christa & Paul

Frolicking around Schenley Park in jeans, Wellies, and flannel or strutting their stuff downtown in heels and a three piece suit, this couple looks good anywhere and in anything.  Christa and Paul went for versatility in their engagement photos and Leah Freidhoff Photography captured the best of both worlds.  The way Paul looks at Christa in some of these images is so sweet and it's clear they both make each other laugh.  St. Mary of the Mount and the Heinz History Center will be the backdrops for their nuptials this month.  Until then, feast your eyes on this couple's adorable e-session!

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

Country Meets City Pittsburgh Engagement Session by Leah Freidhoff Photography Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
My sister and Paul worked at Mercy Hospital.  She introduced us and it was magic!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Mount Washington – on the outlook!  Gorgeous summer day, not a cloud in the sky!

Describe the engagement shoot.
Schenley Park and downtown Pittsburgh.  In the park, we opted for more casual, fall clothes but the downtown pictures were more glamorous.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Do it together!  I never knew how many great ideas my future husband would have!

Glowing Downtown Engagement Session: Krishna & Shiv

I never get tired of seeing our city showcased in an engagement session.  After all, what makes a prettier backdrop than the unique skyline and various textures of Pittsburgh?  Throw in a beautiful couple and a sunny fall day and I'm totally smitten.  Krishna and Shiv's downtown engagement shoot with Lauren Renee Designs (go check out her gorgeous new website!) is giving me all the feels.  Krishna is totally gorgeous and her colorful dress is a magical pop against the drab leaves and concrete of the city.  Some absolutely divine sunlight washed over this couple and resulted in photos that are simply glowing.  Light, airy, and oh so sweet, this session is sure to be a favorite!

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Glowing Downtown Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

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Glowing Downtown Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Glowing Downtown Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

Glowing Downtown Pittsburgh Engagement Session from Lauren Renee Designs Featured on Burgh Brides

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From the photographer…

These two met the first day of medical school, and have been inseparable ever since.  Krishna and Shiv moved to Pittsburgh for their residency and immediately fell in love with the city.  So what better place to take engagement photos than around downtown?!  We hopped around the city, making our way to the Point where we found some amazing light.  I absolutely loved working with this couple, and we could not have asked for a more perfect day in the Burgh!

Vendors
Hair & Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty | Her Dress: Anthropologie | His Clothes: J.Crew

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Syracuse Meets Pittsburgh Engagement Session: Marissa & Mike

Despite getting married in Marissa's home state of New York, this couple wanted their engagement session to take place in Pittsburgh, the city they love and call home.  Marissa and Mike met while both attending Syracuse University, and now they live right here in the Burgh.  So naturally they wanted their e-session to encompass two of their favorite things- orange and bridges!

Nailed it.  These are some of the best, most “Pittsburgh” photos I've seen.  The city looks great, Marissa and Mike look great, and man oh man isn't the Clemente Bridge the coolest ever?  Seriously, if you live in a city without bridges, where on earth do you take photos?  Because they make for incredible backdrops!

J. Lynne Images took these cute shots and she was stoked to travel to New York for their Labor Day Weekend wedding.  Marissa and Mike are about as cute as can be and I'm certain their wedding was too.  Congrats!

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Syracuse Meets Pittsburgh Engagement Session from J. Lynne Images Featured on Burgh Brides

Syracuse Meets Pittsburgh Engagement Session from J. Lynne Images Featured on Burgh Brides

From the photographer…

When and how did these two meet?
She's from New York.  He's from Pittsburgh.  They met in Syracuse while in college.  Their engagement sums up everything they love…orange, the city, bridges, and each other.

What inspired the vision of the shoot?
Marissa and Mike got married in New York this fall, but they wanted to capture their new home of Pittsburgh in their engagement photos.  Surprisingly, I had never photographed a couple on the Roberto Clemente Bridge until this shoot!  Marissa's one request was to have photos with the bridges and I think we were successful!  We had perfect weather as we walked through the North Shore to capture some loving, fun photos.

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Soft 1920s Inspired Wedding at the Grand Concourse: Sarah & Greg

After a swoon-worthy Mexico proposal (that involved a 1.5 ct princess cut platinum ring!), Sarah and Greg planned a wedding day that was just as romantic as when Greg popped the question.  Motivated by classic Hollywood and the likes of Grace Kelly, the couple went for something traditional.  The gorgeous Grand Concourse provided the perfect backdrop for their 1920s inspired nuptials.  To soften the architecture of the venue, the bride chose a pastel palette of peach, blush, and ivory.  This classic beauty of a wedding included some details that are truly to die for:

  • Despite being traditional in most senses, Sarah chose a blush wedding dress instead of wearing white.  With its structured bodice, satin buttons, encrusted waist and floral hip accent, Sarah looked absolutely stunning in the tulle Lazaro gown.
  • Keeping with her classic look, Sarah opted for soft hair and makeup.  The low, loose up do and neutral palette let her natural beauty shine though.  And man, is she a pretty one!
  • The bridesmaids wore long, black chiffon dresses accented with a light peach ribbon.  The gents looked very GQ in their black and white tuxes.  Overall, the group looked oh-so-chic!
  • There is no more perfect venue for a classic, art deco wedding than the Grand Concourse.  The space's beauty speaks for itself and Sarah and Greg were right to keep the decor to a minimum, allowing the unique venue to be the shining star.
  • A customized laser cut cake topper bearing the name of the new Mr. and Mrs. adorned the top of the metallic buttercream confection from Bethel Bakery.

Soft, romantic, and utterly timeless, Sarah and Greg's wedding was perfection.  And who better to capture perfection than Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers?  Let the heart fluttering begin.

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Soft 1920 Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Soft 1920 Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

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Soft 1920 Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

Soft 1920 Inspired Pittsburgh Wedding at the Grand Concourse by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Featured on Burgh Brides

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met at a networking event in D.C.  My company was hosting a happy hour.  Funny enough, Greg never, ever, ever has time to go to those sorts of things.  He's a busy man.  But for some reason, he found the time to go to this one, and he was the first to arrive.  So in walks this strapping, tall, handsome man, who introduces himself as Greg Jasiota.  I was stunned but I didn't want to let on.  We chatted and got to know each other but by the end we were rudely ignoring everyone else at the event and engulfed in conversation.  After the night was over, I stole a kiss, which was very haughty of me.  But I felt a deep connection.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Greg had planned a winter getaway to Mexico, specifically Tulum.  It was so beautiful there, and our resort was out of this world.  It was so relaxing, and getting to feel the warm sun on our skin was just what the doctor ordered.  It was towards the end of our trip and we were getting ready for dinner, and “Moon Rover” came on my iPad.  I said, “Oh, I love this song.  It's one of my favorites.”  Greg responses, “Oh yeah,” as he's busy in the bathroom getting ready.  I said, “Oh, but not by Frank Sinatra – the original with Audrey.”  Some time passes and I'm waiting on the couch and suddenly Greg reaches around and lays the open ring box in my lap.  He goes, “I think this will make you feel better.”  (I had gotten a little too drunk the night before.)  I was stunned by the gorgeous, almost flawless 1.5 ct princess cut platinum ring.  (To go back in time –  I picked out that same ring two years prior, after we had been dating only a month.)  The only thing I could get out was, “Well are you going to come around and get down on one knee??”  “Oh course,” he said, and he came around and asked me with my full name.   “Sarah Katharine Cruikshank, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?”  Of course, I said yes!  But I was so overwhelmed by the ring and the proposal that I didn't shed one tear, which is odd for me because I'll cry when the Humane Society commercials come on TV.  But either way, tears or no tears, it was the greatest moment, and I shall cherish it forever.

What inspired the vision of your day?
I wanted classic Grace Kelly meets the roaring twenties, with peaches and pinks that would soften the architecture of the Grand Concourse.

What made your wedding unique?
My dress since it was not white but blush.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
My favorite part of the day was sitting up at the altar with Greg and watching him giggle as I had to maneuver in certain ways with my gown, to ensure proper placement.  I'll always remember his giggle.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Don't stress…even on the day of.  Take the time to breathe and soak it all in because it will fly by.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I would go with a different florist.  I was not happy with the selections they made.  Also, they included greenery, which I specifically said not to do.  The altar pieces looked like something out of Dr. Seuss!  But life goes on.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Caterer: The Grand Concourse | Ceremony Location: St. Mary of the Mount | DJ: Modern Era Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Izzazu | Photographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers | Reception Location: The Grand Concourse

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Fall Foliage Engagement Session: Betsy & Kurt

Warning: fall is about to explode all over your screen.  It's my favorite season so I'm ok with that.  Hope you are too.

Betsy and Kurt's engagement session, so beautifully captured by Steven Dray Images, resulted in the most picture perfect fall photos.  Seriously, all that's missing is a pumpkin spice latte.  Betsy's hair against the kaleidoscope of red, orange, yellow, and green leaves is pure magic.  Plus, their sweet puppy is pretty cute!  Steven selected some unique locations and backgrounds and wound up with the awesome shots below.  Excuse me while I go dye my hair now.  It looks like redheads just might have more fun.

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From the photographer…

This shoot was inspired by history.   Both Kurt & Betsy are history teachers and wanted to do a historic location but also include some nice fall colors.  After some deliberation, I decided that Allegheny Commons, Riverview Park, and the Mexican War Streets would be a perfect mix of fall, urbanization, and history all rolled into one atmosphere.  This bride and groom were awesome because they had great chemistry and trusted me with picking the locations.  When you trust your photographer, you get better photos.  I am not gonna lie though, Betsy's hair is pretty stinking awesome too!

 

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Country Meets Vintage Wedding at Millennium Stables: Danielle & Mike

If I had to imagine what a laid-back, family-filled, summer farm wedding would be like, it would be Danielle and Mike's.  This casual but pretty-as-can-be August affair took place in a horse barn, and while it was full of mason jars and burlap, it also had it's fair share of girly touches.  With a mix of rustic and vintage pieces, the look of this day was a bit “anything goes”.  But my oh my did they all work well together!  My favorite elements?

  • Forget the heels.  Danielle and her bridesmaids stayed true to the country vibe and donned cowboy boots with their dresses.  Way easier to dance in if you ask me!
  • While the bouquets were bright and beautiful, the gents opted for a different kind of boutonniere – tiny galvanized milk cans with bits of burlap and twine.
  • Bridal portraits that are out of this world!  Danielle and Mike took advantage of the farm's scenery and took some sweet together shots in the fields, near the barns, and even with the horses!  Also, isn't Danielle a dead ringer for Miranda Lambert?!
  • Hands down the most unique mode of transportation I've ever seen!  Sticking with the theme of the day, Danielle, Mike, and their bridal party arrived in style in an old horse trailer jazzed up with a bit of spray paint and a “Just Hitched” sign.
  • A life-size cardboard cut-out of Danielle's brother, who is stationed overseas and unable to be there for their wedding.  He surprised the couple with a video message full of congratulations and I-wish-I-could-be-theres.  Aaaaaand cue the tears.
  • Details galore!  Window pane signs, doilies, raffia, wildflowers, hay bails, ribbon garland, vintage handkerchiefs and china, needlework pillows, gingham, frayed fabric, lace, wagon wheels, horseshoes, chicken wire, reclaimed wood, clothes pins…the list goes on and on.  And my detail-loving heart adores each and every one of them!

Breanne of BNK Photography snapped all of the shots of the day.  And boy are they pretty ones!  To all the ballroom brides out there, eat your hearts out.

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From the photographer…

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Rustic, Jack Daniels, country, and vintage, all rolled into one

What inspired the vision?
Danielle and Mike went for a country/rustic theme for everything, from the barn (which is literally a real barn used to exercise horses) to the decor, and even right down to the way they rode into the reception.  They made this day exactly how they wanted it to be, and all of the details were beautifully laid out.  We stopped at Danielle's childhood home to photograph the bridal party, which fit in so well with their plans of how they wanted their day to go.

Danielle is also a fan of Jack Daniels, which played a small theme in the wedding.  As if you couldn't tell by the handle she carried around 🙂

What made the wedding unique?
The most surprising and fun detail was the way they got around from the ceremony to the reception.  They had a horse trailer attached to a truck and the whole bridal party sat inside.  It was unique and down-right awesome!

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Without a doubt, the most emotional point in the day was when Mike's brother, who is deployed overseas, sent them a video wishing them well and letting them know how much he wished he was there.  Danielle and Mike made a life-size cardboard cut-out of him and were carrying it around during the night.  It was a very touching moment for everyone who was there to witness it.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Carlisle's of Pittsburgh | Bride's Jewelry: Jared | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Cake: Carol's Cakes | Caterer: Beyond Parsley Catering | DJ: Drew Howard & Don Howard | Flowers: Bate's Flower Shop | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: BNK Photography with second shooter Gabrielle Halle Photography | Reception Venue: Millennium Stables

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Oakland & Frick Park Engagement Session: Mia & Chris

When you're in love, it truly does radiate from the inside out.  You glow and you smile bigger than you ever have before.  Take Mia and Chris for example.  Just look at the how happy these two are!  Mia's thousand watt grin is too cute and I love the way Chris looks at her.  Beth Insalaco did a great job capturing these two during their Frick Park/Mellon Institute engagement session.  Also, cute pup alert!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
A million years ago working at Sam’s Club!

Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
I am a very hard person to surprise, so I anticipated it, especially after we planned a big trip to Mexico with his family.  On our second day there, Chris said he planned a special dinner for us on the beach and I immediately knew something was up!  During the dinner, the waiters made a big deal about removing the covers on the food before they served it to us and I was sure my ring would be under there.  It was not and I began to wonder if this was just a nice dinner and nothing more!  Afterward, we started walking along the beach and I noticed he kept kicking the sand around.  Finally, Chris just stopped me, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him.  I don’t remember saying yes, and even though I knew it was going to happen, it was still a great surprise.  Unbeknownst to me, we had a huge audience that cheered when he got back up off his knee.  Later, I found out that our resort helped Chris by writing a message in a bottle that said, “Will you marry me” and asked him for the ring so they could put it in the bottle as well.  Thank GOD he did not because we never did find the bottle!  We often joke and wonder if some couple will find it walking on the beach someday!

Describe the engagement shoot.
I bought my dog (Deels) sweater first and just bought our clothes to match her, believe it or not!  I didn’t really have a vision… I knew that anything Beth produced would be amazing!

And it was!  Congrats Mia and Chris!  Your wedding this month is going to be as adorable as you two are!