Romantic & Rustic Wedding at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden: Megan & James

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Laid back, charming, and romantic…this rustic wedding is as sweet as can be.  Megan and James both love the outdoors, and they wanted an al fresco affair with an indoor option.  The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden was the perfect spot for their big day celebration.  The venue itself inspired the rest of the wedding's style.  The garden feel was brought alive with tons of fresh, wild-inspired flowers and greenery while the color palette was kept light with pinks, white, and neutral tones.  Wooden details were woven in with a hand-lettered signs, laser cut table numbers and sweetheart chair decor, and a tree slice cake stand.  What I loved most didn't include any of these though!  Instead, what got my heart pumping was:

  • The naked wedding cake.  This trend is huge but what made this one extra special is the fact that it was made by the mother of the bride!  Couple that with tons of cookies and cupcakes baked by family and friends and this wedding had a very sweet (pun intended) ending.
  • Live wedding art.  Jay Flores lent his talents to Megan and James by creating a painting of their wedding day right before their guests' eyes.  This is SUCH a cool way to provide entertainment and capture such special memories!
  • The reception band.  Speaking of entertainment, that evening's was provided by BiggDaddy & the Mudcatz…James's dad's band!  How fun is it that the father of the groom was responsible for having the dance floor packed all night?!

Airy, soft, and just downright lovely, this wedding day was documented by none other than Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers.  I for one am totally in love.  I'm sure you will be too.

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You know you want to check out this awesome footage from So Fresh Films too!  Not only was it gorgeous, but this wedding looks like it was a total blast!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met freshman year of college in 2003!  We dated on and off, went our separate ways, and then reconnected in 2011 and rest is history.  🙂

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We were getting ready for a trip to Punta Cana with our best friends to celebrate us all turning 30 that year.  His thought was to do it on the beach there.  Instead, the night before we left, he (looking super anxious and nervous) greeted me in the hallway and said, “I can't wait any longer.  Will you marry me?!”  Super sweet and I was happy he did it in our home.  The added bonus was we had no service in Punta Cana so we were able to call all of our family and friends before we left and then had an awesome week celebrating!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
We wanted our wedding to be all about family, friends, awesome music, and food.  We love the outdoors so knew we wanted it to be indoor/outdoor and laid back.  Pittsburgh Botanic Garden was perfect for that!

What inspired your vision?
I love light and airy bridal looks, so knew I wanted the day's colors to reflect that with light pinks, whites, and neutrals.  Also, with it being in June and at the Botanic Garden, that inspired the romantic and rustic feel.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Don't stress the small stuff.  The forecast was 100% chance of thunderstorms for our wedding day, which resulted in us changing our layout several times and some panic.  Day of, it ended up being 84 (a very hot day!) and sunny – no rain at all!  Don't stress over what you can't control.  Make sure you have an awesome photographer, invest in a videographer, and have awesome food and you will have the best day that is captured perfectly for years to come.  I also wouldn't have been as relaxed without my day of coordinator.  She was amazing and made me feel completely stress-free!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I wouldn't change a thing!  Just wish we could do it every weekend!

Vendors
Band: BiggDaddy & the Mudcats | Bride's Accessories: Nadri | Bride's Dress: Lazaro | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN & Vera Wang | Cake: Naked caked made by the bride's mom!; Passed wedding cake made by Gus's Goodies | Decor: BHLDN | Desserts: Made by family & friends | Caterer: Hazelnut Catering | Ceremony Location: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | DJ: Jimmy Vetrano | Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Hair: Briana Rasicci & Marissa Julin | Linens: Ambassador | Live Wedding Artist: Jay Flores | Makeup: Jodie Lynn Skrinjar | Menswear: Jos. A. Bank | Musician: Nate Jones | Photobooth: LUX Photobooth | Photographer: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers | Reception Venue: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | Rentals: Ambassador | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Elite | Videography: So Fresh Films | Wedding Planner: Perfectly Planned by Shari

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Charming Historic Mansion Engagement Session: Marlee & James

It helps to have friends in high places.  James's sister is the event manager at the Mansions on Fifth.  Lucky for Marlee and James, she was able to give them full access to the historical property for their engagement shoot with Matt Gaydos Photography.  Inspired by a simple black tulle skirt and the beautiful architecture of the venue, this session is charming, flirty, and oozing in romance.  From the gorgeous stained glass windows to the colorful tiled fireplace to various intimate nooks and crannies, the Mansions provided so many deliciously beautiful backdrops.  And it's a perfect segue to Marlee and James's November wedding, which will be at another one of Pittsburgh's historical gems – the Priory!  Until then, enjoy this!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in college at Slippery Rock University in 2008.  I was a member of the women's rugby team, and James was a member of the men's rugby team.  After months of flirtatious conversation at rugby events, we finally started dating in April of 2009!  Our first date was on James's birthday.  (He paid.. oops!)  We've had typical college breakups over the years, but finally got together for good in July of 2013 when I moved out to New Jersey, where James had gotten a job after college.  We're still living in Montclair, NJ, but can't wait for our Pittsburgh wedding on 11/11/17!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We enjoy outdoor activities like day tripping to the beach, running together, and going for hikes all over New York and New Jersey.  James proposed while on a hike along the Hudson River in the Palisades State Park in NJ.  He popped the question with no one else around, while standing on a big rock on the river bank.  It was simply romantic, intimate, and completely reflective of our personalities.  This happened on May 14, 2016.

Describe the engagement session.
The session took place at the main mansion and the sister mansion at the Mansions on Fifth.  We love the unique architecture and details in every room.  It was fun to do a primarily indoor engagement shoot.

The black tulle skirt initially inspired the look when I laid eyes on it in Anthropologie.  As we began to decide on a photo shoot location, we decided to inquire at the Mansions on Fifth.  They are now owned by our wedding venue (The Priory Grand Hall), and James's sister is the event manager at the Mansions.  She was able to grant us access to all the locations on the Mansions grounds.

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Warm & Luxurious Wedding at the LeMont: Bonnie & Brian

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A mix of rich colors with neutrals and an intimate, romantic setting is all this warm and luxurious wedding at the LeMont needed to be totally gorgeous.  When I first saw it, I knew I had to show it off and I guarantee it will quickly become one of your favorites too.  That's because it's chic and contemporary while still being completely timeless.  A palette of marsala, eggplant, blush, evergreen, ivory, and metallics was inspired by the opulent gold of the reception venue.  From there, Bonnie and Brian created a day that was one part 80s dance party and one part quintessential wedding.  What were a few elements I loved the most?

  • Bonnie's dress.  She played the part of a bride so well in the two-piece ballgown with tiered ruffled skirting from Martina Liana and dainty, beaded lace bodice with sweetheart neck from WToo.  Mix and match FTW!
  • The ceremony location.  Bonnie and Brian said I Do at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church, Andy Warhol's church.  I mean does it get more Pittsburgh than that?!  My yinzer heart is loving it!
  • A unique sweetheart table covering.  After seeing some wedding inspiration on the Burgh Brides Instagram feed, Bonnie was able to track down an artist to create a personalized linen for her and Brian's sweetheart table.  The cloth featured the hand-lettered lyrics to Foo Fighters' Everlong.  If you need me, I'll just be over here swooning…

As if all of that doesn't sound lovely enough, wait until you see the portraits from Kristi Telnov Photography.  I told you that this wedding would quickly become a favorite…don't say I didn't warn you.

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Don't miss Bonnie and Brian's moving love story as told by Cinebard Films!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met in 2009 at Doc's in Shadyside.  I was there for a work happy hour; it was the only time I went to that bar before and since that day.  Brian was home for Easter from Charlotte, where he lived at the time.  Neither of us remember who approached who or how we even exchanged numbers.  (I actually had a photo of us from that night that Brian never knew existed until I gave it to him for a wedding gift.)  Brian ended up moving back that summer and we hung out a few times but it wasn't quite our time yet… we both dated other people for three years and went our separate ways.  Fast forward to 2013 when we reconnected, went on a first real date, and everything was easy from there.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
Brian and I were in Punta Cana for Labor Day weekend/week in 2015.  Five days into the trip, we went on a catamaran day trip, full of swimming in the Caribbean, jumping off boats, and being in bathing suits all day.  As it turns out, Brian had a ring in his swim shorts all day.  He never quite found the right time, so that night we took a walk on the beach.  Alone on the beach, he got down on one knee.  Completely caught off guard, I didn't even say yes.  I just said, “Thank you”.  Needless to say, I did eventually say yes!  We had no one with us to tell so I ended up telling a Columbian Sophia Vergara doppleganger in the bathroom.  We met her husband at the bar and ended up dancing the night away in a disco with them.  Such a random, fun night!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The wedding was a mix of romantic personal touches with Brian's love of 80's music.  The day went by in a flash but we made sure it captured both of our personalities the best it could.

What inspired your vision?
For the wedding, I wanted to pull out the golds of the LeMont and yet not fall into the trap of a “theme”.  I found things I liked really, from a personalized backdrop with the song lyrics to Everlong by the Foo Fighters turned into a table cloth, to the sweetheart table, to using vinyl stickers on glass to give the walk down the aisle a personal touch.  Flower crowns on the flower girls became bridesmaids headpieces when the little ones were finished with them because why not.  For the bridesmaid dresses, I picked a color but really wanted the girls to be comfortable and find what they liked.  I didn't want to spend months stressing over every detail but really wanted to focus on the things that were important to me that day.

What made your wedding unique?
We mixed in Pittsburgh by buying bulk Pittsburgh Popcorn Company and bagging it ourselves.  We also made ourselves into pop art for the cover of our wedding church programs since we used Andy Warhol's church in Greenfield.  The music at the reception was 90% 1980's as Brian told me when we first started dating that all he wanted was an all 80's wedding and a honeymoon to Italy.  I made sure we checked both of those off the list.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Brian may have loved his Nittany Lions beating Ohio State late in the night but I think it was all of the moments that really made the whole experience – from bachelor/bachelorette parties to Dewey Beach and Toronto to a beautiful shower to toasts at the rehearsal.  Just growing our families closer and seeing it all culminate in one night was beautiful in itself.  We did steal away to the roof of the LeMont for unreal, once in a lifetime, Pittsburgh night views, which I will always remember.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
I did not have a wedding coordinator and planned everything mostly on my own.  I would still do the same but I think it is smart to designate a friend the day of the wedding to handle the little things that come up.  Someone that might not necessarily even be invited to the wedding, but is willing to run last minute errands and be there if you need them.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I could not be happier that I decided to get a videographer and spent my budget on photos.  Both are things I cannot imagine not having at this point.

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Bride's Dress: WToo corset and Martina Liana skirt from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Jewelry: Groom's mother's ring | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff & Lela Rose | Cake: Mother of the bride! | Caterer: LeMont Restaurant | Ceremony Location: St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church | DJ: Jason Lacko of All-Stars Events Services | Favors: Pittsburgh Popcorn Company | Flowers: The Blue Daisy Floral Designs | Hair: Amber Baker of Eikon Hair Lounge | Decor: DIY | Makeup: KTHOM Beauty | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Kristi Telnov Photography | Reception Venue: LeMont Restaurant | Stationery: Elli | Transportation: Antique Coach Excursions | Videography: Cinebard Films | Violinist: Devin Arrington

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Picturesque Winter Engagement Session: Lyndsay & Justin

This winter engagement session might not be what you expect.  Yes, there's snow.  Yes, there are evergreens.  Yes, there is a plaid blanket scarf.  But that's not what make this shoot so incredibly breathtaking.  What does?  Nature.  And a drop dead gorgeous red dress that makes this bride to be look like she stepped off of a magazine cover.  Lyndsay chose the black tie look as a striking contrast against the winter scenery of McConnell's Mill and Cleland Rock.  Both locations provided jaw-dropping, sweeping views and Jenna Hidinger Photography captured both the beauty of Mother Nature and the adorable love between Lyndsay and Justin.  Hold on to your hats…this picturesque session is about to blow you away!

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What a winter wonderland!  Lyndsay had a very clear vision for her engagement session – she wanted to wear a beautiful red dress to contrast the winter scenery of Western Pennsylvania, with a mix of romantic and fun photos to show off both of their personalities.  Lyndsay and Justin were willing to brave the cold for their gorgeous session.  We incorporated the beauty of McConnell's Mill and the scenic views of Cleland Rock – a unique view in Western PA that looks much more like Utah or Colorado!

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Dress: Rent the Runway | Hair: Mallory Puniak from Copacetic Beauty Lounge | Makeup: Beauty by Joy | Photographer: Jenna Hidinger Photography

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Charming Plum & Gold Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater: Shannon & Aaron

Long before their plum & gold wedding, Shannon and Aaron met when they were paired as dance partners during a community theatre production.  So naturally, the New Hazlett Theater was the most a propo venue for these two to get hitched.  This couple went against the grain for their October wedding.  Instead of blatantly channeling the fall season with leaves and pumpkins, Shannon and Aaron opted to bring the colors and vibe of autumn alive in subtle ways.  A color palette of plum and gold set the dramatic tone.  A “table runner” of pillar candles provided a romantic glow.  Gold chargers and chiavari chairs gave a pop of metallic to the reception space.  Beyond the stunning decor, what else did I love?

  • Shannon and her girls got beautified in luxurious silk robes.  While the bridesmaids wore the day's shade of deep purple, the bride stood out in a fun floral print.
  • The sparkliest wedding shoes that I ever did see.  Shannon's Kate Spade gold glitter peep toe slingback kicks were adorned with giant bow.  So Kate Spade.  So sparkly.  So in love.
  • Textural and rich in color, the florals of this wedding are breathtaking.  Ivory, purple, lavender, and even magenta make an appearance in these pretty arrangements from Mt. Lebanon Floral.
  • I warned you that unique ceremony sites were coming into fashion.  This bride and groom were one step ahead of the game when they planned their vow exchange on the steps of the New Hazlett Theater.  The outside beauty of this venue is topped only by that of the inside.
  • Oh, New Hazlett…you might be my new favorite reception space!  This working theater is a little bit industrial chic and a little bit blank canvas.  Adaptable yet distinct, this venue is sooooo cool.

Charming and understated, Shannon and Aaron's big day was captured beautifully by All Heart Photo & Video.  Treat yourself to this killer wedding.  You'll be so glad you did.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We were paired together as dance partners in a community theatre production of “Titanic the Musical” in Carnegie.  From there, we became friends, and a few years later we fell in love.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
It wasn't a huge surprise actually!  I'm not big on surprises, so he told me when he bought the ring.  “It'll be here in 4 – 5 weeks,” he said.  Well, four weeks later, he asked me if I wanted to go out on a date that weekend, so I knew it was coming!  He totally shocked me with the location, though.  We went to our favorite restaurant – Bados in Mt. Lebanon.  Then, we drove up to the West End Overlook.  He got down on one knee just as the sun was setting.  It was super romantic.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
It was a perfect day!  Everything went as planned and we were both very relaxed.  I truly felt like I enjoyed every moment.

What inspired your vision?
We wanted something vintage, but not country, and romantic, but not ballroom.  Since we met doing theatre, the venue was the perfect fit!  Since it was October, I also wanted an autumn feel without pumpkins and leaves.

What made your wedding unique?
It was very detail oriented and every detail was chosen to reflect our relationship and personalities.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
It's so hard to pick just one!  As cliche as it sounds, turning the corner and seeing him at the end of the aisle was a feeling I can't describe.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Make it unique to you and your spouse.  We had a very relaxed planning experience, but I know sometimes family and friends pressure you into things that you don't want.  Also, with Pinterest and wedding blogs, it can feel like you have to pick everything that's trendy.  Everything we picked, we chose because it felt so “us” and we couldn't have been happier.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
If I had to do it all again, I would rechoose our band over and over.  They made the night the best party ever.

The only thing I would have done differently would be to pay for the extra hour in the space!  I could have used another hour of dancing.

Vendors
Band: Corned Beef and Curry | Bride's Dress: Lazaro from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff from Bridal Beginning | Bridesmaids' Robes: Pemberley's Bride via Etsy | Cake: Fenoglietto's Wedding Cakes | Caterer: Elegant Accent Catering | Ceremony & Reception Location: New Hazlett Theater | Flowers: Mt. Lebanon Floral | Hair: April Redford | Menswear: Selected Homme from Asos | Photographer: All Heart Photo & Video | Rentals: Event Source | Stationery: Minted | Videography: So Fresh Films

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Traditional Black, White, & Red Wedding at the Priory: Cristena & Ryan

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Pretty doesn't even begin to describe Cristena and Ryan's black, white, and red wedding.  It's classic, elegant, and everything a wedding should be.  Inspired by the season, the reception location, and their love of family, this bride and groom planned a special day that was traditional but fun.  A live band (that was so good, guests were doing back flips on the dance floor!), a mix of low and elevated gorgeous floral arrangements of roses, red hypericum berries, hydrangeas, and blue thistle, and all kinds of special touches here and there made this affair a memorable one.  But one main theme was woven throughout everything – family.  Both Cristena and Ryan come from large families and they wanted their wedding to be an official fusion of the two.  A few of my favorite ways this couple paid tribute to those they love:

  • The bride purchased her lace Justin Alexander dress with sleeves from her friend's shop – Bridal Suite.  Cristena called getting to share that special experience with her friend a “gift”.
  • A family tree guest book.  Of course, the whole “leaf your fingerprint” movement isn't new to the wedding world.  BUT Cristena and Ryan's tree was hand drawn by an artist friend.  The fact that they connected it back to their loved ones makes it all the more special.
  • Cristena's dad crafted the couple's card box.  The gorgeous wooden box was displayed, along with a sign letting the world know it was made with love.  Talk about some handiwork!  It's gorgeous!

But speaking of gorgeous, wait until you see those portraits!  Levana Melamed Photography captured the beautiful scenery and every last detail perfectly.  You won't soon forget this one.  It doesn't get much better.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
In college at the University of Pittsburgh, main campus

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
In front of the Cathedral of Learning!  The second surprise was a visit to the local animal shelter to add a lovely kitten (named Plato) to our family!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Elegant and traditional, fall-inspired, with an emphasis on family and joy.  While I put a lot of effort into planning the wedding, I was really focused on joining the two families.  We both come from from large, loud, fun-loving families.  We danced all night long!  The live band was a hit!  We even had a back flip happen on the dance floor!

What inspired your vision?
Fall, the beautiful Grand Hall at the Priory, and my love for family

What made your wedding unique?
Our photos stand out for the following reasons:
1. Yellow leaves in Allegheny Park.  They are stunning.
2. It was nearing sunset as we took the photos.  The lighting is dreamy!
3. Not to toot my own horn, but my dress from my friend's bridal shop is STUNNING.  What a gift it was to buy my dress from my long-time friend.  She's fabulous and a fashionista.  She called me a “Modern day Grace Kelly”.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Dancing to “Shout”, performed by the live band.  There's an awesome photo of this in the pictures.  Big party circle and all hands are up – aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, etc.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
The most rewarding part, for me, was hearing how much fun my family had.  Throughout the wedding process, I kept thinking “Would our families like this?” or “Our cousins would LOVE if we played that song”.  Family is life.  This makes Ryan and I so proud to be the center and reason for such a happy, loving, amazing day for so many people.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
The live band was amazing.  The energy they brought couldn't be beat!  I can't think of anything to do differently!  Not one thing went wrong, no drama, just love and fun!

Vendors
Band: Gene Stovall | Bride's Dress: Justin Alexander from Bridal Suite | Bride's Accessories: Etsy | Bride's Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal | Cake: Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at the Priory | Caterer: Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at the Priory | Ceremony Location: St. Peter Parish | Chair Covers: Pittsburgh Chair Covers | DJ: Gene Stovall | Flowers: Kohler's Florist | Hair: Eye Do Makeup and Hair Design | Linens: Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at the Priory | Makeup: Eye Do Makeup and Hair Design | Menswear: Macy's | Photographer: Levana Melamed Photography | Reception Venue: Pittsburgh's Grand Hall at the Priory | Stationery: Minted | Table Runners: Pittsburgh Chair Covers | Transportation: Elite Coach Limousine

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Eclectic, Colorful Wedding at the Children’s Museum: Michelle & Clark

Light and romantic might be the current trend but a colorful wedding will always win my heart.  That's why I'm so head-over-heels in love with Michelle and Clark's big day.  Pink, purple, green, blue, orange, yellow, you name it…this palette is perfectly all over the place.  The bride and groom wanted a whimsical, eclectic affair and what better venue to suit both the theme and the color combo than the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh?!  The chosen venue contributed to the youthful, fresh vibe of the entire day.  Bright, festive, and totally fun, this August wedding is totally one of my favorites.  What did I like the best?

  • Michelle's shoes.  The rainbow glitter Kate Spade kicks were practically MADE for this bride and her colorful day!
  • Purple ombre bridesmaids' dresses.  Ranging from lavender to royal to plum, the strapless chiffon dresses were rented from Union Station.
  • The ceremony location.  Michelle and Clark exchanged vows under the ribbon canopy of the Children's Museum's art studio.  I mean comeeeeee onnnnn!  It's so gorgeous!  I could literally lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling all day.  Plus, it lead to some pretty amazing photos!
  • The florals and decor.  Not only were Michelle's and her bridesmaids' bouquets incredible (I LOVE the long ribbons), but the centerpieces were out of this world too.  Hepatica used trios of laser cut mercury glass candle holders, mirrors and multiple small arrangements down long tables, and dainty clusters in votive cups to create visual interest.  Ceiling and wall uplighting and an abundance of candlelight gave the room a romantic glow.
  • Speaking of glow…a glow stick exit!  Move over sparklers!  Michele and Clark made their grand getaway surrounded by their guests cheering and waving an assortment of glow sticks.  THIS IS SO, SO FUN!

Dena Galie Weddings captured every picture perfect, colorful detail, and managed to snap some really sweet bridal portraits in the process.  Blush and gold what?  I'm all about the BRIGHTS!  You will be too after you see this!

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Make sure you take a few minutes to watch the incredibly highlight film from Ricordi Productions too!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?
We met at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  We both got involved with a Christian Ministry called Young Life, so our friend group overlapped a lot even though Clark was a year older.  One day, we were sitting at the same table in the library and we realized that we had just spent the last four hours talking , completely neglecting our studies.  After a few more days of pretending to run into one another in the library, Clark asked me on a date.  We just made sense together.  Since we were both late to the dating world, it was a big risk for both of us to put ourselves out there.  Everything was new and exciting.  We were even each other's first kiss.  A month later, I knew I was going to marry him.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?
We got engaged on February 15, 2014.  We went around to different places that had fun memories from dating.  At each spot, we shared the memory with each other and then Clark would hand me a red rose.  When I had a dozen roses, we were at the park we went to on our first date.  I thought that he had just given me flowers for Valentine's Day.  Then, he said he had one more gift left.  He handed me a white rose with a note.  I read the note and when I looked up he was down on one knee.  I was in shock because I thought we would get engaged that summer.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
I described our wedding theme as youthful whimsy.

What inspired your vision?
A few things inspired that theme.  We booked the Children's Museum for our venue and we decided to go to Disney World on our honeymoon.  I also was very inspired by my multi-colored glitter shoes.  Even the dress was eclectic in that the ruffles were frayed on the ends to give it texture.  Everything didn't match perfectly and I liked that.

What was your favorite moment of the day?
Walking down the aisle was definitely my favorite moment.  It's when I took a deep breath and realized, “Wow, this is really happening!”  I loved that I hadn't seen Clark all day.  I was nervous the entire day, but that made the moment more special when it was happening.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
The truth is that wedding planning, and the wedding weekend in general, can be stressful.  It's hard not to feel responsible for your family and friends having  a good time. Try to remember that if you are experiencing a range of emotions and not all of them are good, that it's okay.  Your wedding is one day.  The marriage is what you are looking forward to the most.  When the weekend is over, you get to go on a honeymoon, which is the best part.  Just keep telling yourself that as you work to get the day planned.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I would not skip on the videography.  I loved getting to watch the day because when it's happening, it's all seems like a blur.  I wouldn't do anything differently.  For awhile, I was afraid to look at Pinterest or wedding blogs for fear that I would regret my choices.  Of course, there will always be other themes or dresses that could of worked but I liked our wedding best because it was ours.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero from One Enchanted Evening | Bride's Clutch: Anthropologie | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Union Station | Cake: Prantl's Bakery | Caterer: Parkhurst Dining | Ceremony & Reception Location: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh | DJ: Brooks Ward | Flowers: Hepatica | Hair: Head 2 Toes Family Salon | Makeup: Sephora | Menswear: Jos. A. Banks | Photographer: Dena Galie Weddings | Popcorn Bar & Favors: Pittsburgh Popcorn Company | Stationery: Gilbert Cardenas | Videography: Ricordi Productions | Wedding Planner: Jackie Wick

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Dramatic Blue & Gray Winter Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

Embracing the dramatic blues and grays of a Pittsburgh winter, this styled shoot is sure to inspire and delight!  Combining natural and barren backgrounds with deep colors and lush fabrics, Garnish Event Designs' concept was one of contrast, yet they pulled inspiration from the very season and settings.  Mirrored displays, beaded accessories, and metallic place settings look strikingly sparkly against the starkness of the dead trees.  Fluffy white snow led to cotton candy cocktails, velvet linens, and tulle skirts.  Oversized, textural floral arrangements dripping with variety bring color and life to the otherwise lifeless park.  With the help of other members of the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide – Event Source, Clarissa Boutique, and the catering division of JPC Event Group – Garnish's vision was brought to life with a little camera magic from Rachel Rowland Photography.  And goodness, what a beautiful vision it was!  This styled shoot is proof that a winter wedding can be really gorgeous.  Take that summer.

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From Jody Wimer of JPC Event Group…

My favorite things about this shoot include:

The Flowers
This was my first time making such a large statement piece of a floral headpiece and we ALL loved it!  I also used a lot of neat things in the florals – raspberries on the branch, pheasant feathers, baby burgundy artichokes, astrantia, mint, jasmine vine, sweet pea in the most lush purple, pieres japonica, etc.

Gray, Gray, Gray
….. against the white snow.  I love the gray velvet couch, the gray velvet table linen, and the gray fur of the jacket.

The Model's Eyes
They were so blue with the anemone and the privet berries of the head wreath!

The Food
The chefs had fun with a seasonally appropriate wild game type menu – venison, duck – then ethereal fluffy things for winter snow – cotton candy cocktails, toasted marshmellow tarts with silky chocolate ganache inside….it was really nice.

The Snow
We had to be very mindful of where we stepped and walked to avoid marking up the beautiful bed of snow we worked in everywhere.  We had a broom handy at all times for snow fluffing.

NATURE!
The water and snow covered trees in the background, the sparse juxtaposition of bare trees across the pond against the luxury of the fabrics and beauty of the clothes, and the setting of snow and trees with the clear napoleon chairs and the sumptuous sweetheart table.  I just really liked this shoot more than almost any we have done before or after it.

Vendors
China, Place Settings, & Ghost Napoleon Chairs: Event Source | Crystal Headpiece: Clarissa Boutique | Culinary Concepts: Chefs of JPC Event Group | Design Concept: Garnish Event Design | Gray Tulle Dress: DIY by Garnish Event Design | Florals: Garnish Event Design | Fur Coat: Forever 21 | Furniture: JPC Event Group | Hair: Ashley Scuilli | Lace Dress with Blue Velvet Waistline: Glitter & Grit | Locations: JPC Event Group office, Hell's Hollow Bridge, & Moraine State Park | Makeup: Ashley Scuilli | Menu Design: Caitlyn Wimer of JPC Event Group | Peacock Bow Tie: Brackish | Photographer: Rachel Rowland Photography | Sparkly Belt: Clarissa Boutique | Velvet Linen & Gray Table Runner: Nuage Designs | Veil: Clarissa Boutique
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China, Place Settings, & Ghost Napoleon Chairs: Event Source | Crystal Headpiece: Clarissa Boutique | Culinary Concepts: Chefs of JPC Event Group | Design Concept: Garnish Event Design | Gray Tulle Dress: DIY by Garnish Event Design | Florals: Garnish Event Design | Furniture: JPC Event Group | Menu Design: Caitlyn Wimer of Garnish Event Design | Sparkly Belt: Clarissa Boutique | Veil: Clarissa Boutique

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Gaming Inspired Strip District Engagement Session: Sharon & Quinn

Sharon and Quinn's Strip District engagement session is sure to be a crowd favorite!  Not just because it shows off the best neighborhood in Pittsburgh (in my humble opinion), but it's also colorful, quirky, and fun.  Sandrachile is the queen of creativity and her zest for life always comes through in her photos, and this shoot is no exception.  While embracing the crazy, vibrant, and gritty backdrops of the Strip, the couple was able to incorporate a subtle gaming theme into their pre-wedding photos too.  A mutual love of online gaming was what initially brought Sharon and Quinn together, and after Sharon moved to Pittsburgh to be with Quinn, the Strip is where their love blossomed.  This e-shoot is the perfect combination of meaningful and memorable, not to mention festive!  Plus, Sharon and Quinn are getting married TOMORROW!!!  So before they both say I Do, let's join them as they celebrate some of the things that they both love!

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From the photographer…

Sharon and Quinn are a pair of geeks who met playing World of Warcraft online.  Sharon was originally from New Jersey, and after years of playing online with Quinn, she decided to come visit him and to visit a local gamer conference. One weekend together was enough.  This pair quickly realized they were meant for each other.  Soon enough, Sharon moved to the Burgh, and their relationship flourished among role-playing board games and visits to the Strip. That is exactly why they decided to visit the Strip during their engagement session, as a way to show the world where their relationship thrived.

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Pretty Jewel Tone Wedding at Soldiers & Sailors: Kelsey & Trey

Jewel tones are my jam.  When someone asks what my favorite color is, I answer “jewel tones”.  So it's no wonder today's uber romantic feature that includes many of them has got me all excited.  Take the architectural goodness of Soldiers & Sailors, combine it with a non-white wedding dress and dramatic, navy bridesmaids dresses, and throw in show-stopping pink and red florals and tons of greenery…my oh my is this one a good one.  Combining many of my favorites, love-inducing hues, today's feature will get your hearts in the right place for Valentine's Day tomorrow.  Look for my favorite details!

  • Kelsey's dress!  The blush pink Lazaro gown from Bridal Beginning is decadent with it's all-over lace and sweetheart neckline.  Kelsey accessorized with a beaded belt, blush Badgley Mischka peep toes, and drop crystal earrings.  Va va voom.
  • THOSE FLOWERS!  Let's start with Kelsey's bouquet.  The Farmer's Daughter combined red garden roses and blush and marsala peonies for a heart-pumping arrangement that was STUNNING against Kelsey's pink wedding dress.  In a unique twist, the bridesmaids carried all greenery bouquets and the theme was carried over to the reception with greenery table runners.  I die.
  • A heartfelt guest book.  In honor of her mom who was a quilter, Kelsey created a quilt guest book.  In this subtle but meaningful way, Kelsey made sure her mom was able to share in her big day.

With Steven Dray Images, it's all about the portraits.  And these ones are totally killer!  Who am I kidding?  The entire day is out of this world.  Just see for yourself.

P.S. You may recognize Kelsey and Trey from their Mt. Washington engagement session featured right here earlier last year.  I'm thrilled to welcome these Burgh Brides alum and their wedding back to the blog!

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Want to know how Kelsey and Trey met and read their proposal story?  Revisit their engagement session from last year!

From the bride…

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
Our wedding was absolutely, 100% perfect.  On our honeymoon, it's all Trey and I could talk about!  We never thought our wedding would be that fun.  We thought it would be very high stress – making sure everything went okay, talking to everyone.  It was honestly the best day of our lives.  I know that's super cheesy, but it's also super true.  I have to attribute a lot of it to good planning, but also to choosing good vendors.  We were able to trust them.  Not once did someone come up and ask me a question during the wedding.  Everything was just handled, which is pretty remarkable.  Getting married is seriously awesome.  I highly recommend it to everybody 🙂

What inspired your vision?
We really planned our wedding with our guests and families in mind.  Both of us are from out of state, so almost all of our guests were in from out of town.  We really tried to plan the whole weekend and the night with them in mind.  We chose Soldiers & Sailors not only because it is beautiful but also because it's very centrally located in the city and we knew it would be easy for our guests to get around.  My mother-in-law coordinated the cookie table to incorporate a Pittsburgh tradition.  We also wanted our wedding to be a true refection of who we are as people.  Trey is a musician, so we went with live music.  My mother, who passed away years ago, was a quilter so I made a quilt as a guestbook.  Little things like that also helped to guide our decisions.

What made your wedding unique?
I think our wedding had a lot of love and emotion.  I knew it would be emotional just because weddings always are, and also because my mom passed away years ago.  So I knew that would be hard for me.  But it was also just so emotional to have everyone we loved surrounding us as we celebrated something so special in our relationship.  It made the night so awesome!  The room seriously radiated with love and happiness.

Bride to Bride

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Even when planning the small details, think of the big picture!  It's so easy to get bogged down with all the little stuff.  And all the little stuff definitely matters.  But, for example, I got all my stationery via editable templates on Etsy and printed them at FedEx, instead of going with a stationery company.  We chose to make more of an investment in our band and photography, which I definitely think paid off.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?
I could not have planned my wedding without Google Drive!  I used Google Drive to store my guest list and all my various wedding planning documents.  That way, I could access them anywhere!

Vendors
Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Bride's Dress: Lazaro from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Cake: Oakmont Bakery | Caterer: The Chef & I | Ceremony Location: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum | Flowers: The Farmer's Daughter | Hair: Hannah Conard Beauty | Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Steven Dray Images | Reception Venue: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum | Stationery: Etsy

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