New Years Eve Wedding: Kelly & Anthony

Let's toast to 2017 and ring in 2018 with this New Year's Eve wedding, shall we?  Anthony had teased Kelly with a NYE affair long before they were even engaged; over five years later he delivered on that promise.  In typical end-of-year fashion, this was one heck of a party!  After a traditional church ceremony, the newlyweds and their family and friends celebrated at a local residence (whose owners graciously opened up their home as host for the occasion!).  The vibe was organic chic meets sparkly glam with long greenery table runners, taper candles, lots of metallic gold and silver details, a wooden bar handmade by the father of the bride, and sparklers to match the holiday.  Polka dots and pineapples – two things that have deep meaning in Kelly and Anthony's relationship – even made an appearance.  When midnight drew near, the party moved indoors for a countdown complete with noise makers, champagne, party hats, balloons, and a confetti drop!  Quite the paaaar-taaay!  Enjoy every last second captured by Jackson Signature Photography!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

A mutual friend posted a picture of herself and me on Facebook.  Anthony said, “I need to meet that girl.  Who is she?”  A few weeks later, my friend talked me into going out for the Steelers game.  I do not like football, which is hard to even admit growing up in the city of Pittsburgh, but I agreed to go.  My friend told me she wanted to introduce me to someone and said, “I think you’ll love him!”  He first said hi and then “Do you want a shot?”  I now say he didn’t have me from hello but rather “Do you want a shot”!

Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?

Three months into dating, I was going to Punta Cana on New Year’s Day. After a few drinks on New Year’s Eve, Anthony asked me if I always do something fun or travel for New Year’s.  Then, he said he wanted to have a New Year’s Eve wedding.  Since we had dated for three months, I shook it off.  Anthony told me that the next New Year’s Eve that falls on a Saturday would be the day I marry my best friend.  He even put it in my calendar on my phone.

Four years later on October 30, Anthony proposed.  That night ,we planned on celebrating our anniversary.  I came home from work and Anthony wanted to take our dogs for a walk.  After our walk, Anthony went to get the mail and I walked to the front door.  A cute girl was sitting in front of the house nearby, and I said hi, wishing it was someone interested in the house that was up for sale.  Little did I know it was my future wedding photographer!  While I was opening the door, Anthony gave me a pineapple planner and said, “This is to plan our wedding.”  I was so upset and confused about why he would even say that, but then I turned around and he was down on one knee!

Describe the look, theme, style, and colors of the wedding.

The theme of our wedding was gold and silver accents with our favorite pattern – polka dots.  We wanted the wedding to be different and a true party.  We had stations all around the house so people could walk through the house and appreciate its decor and history.  We might have been crazy but our wedding happened in three different rooms, including an outdoor tent at the end of December in Pittsburgh!  The cocktail hour was in the house, followed by dancing in the tent, and a party on the third floor until 2 a.m.

What inspired your vision?

Anthony created our vision three months into dating and we knew we always wanted to get married on NYE.  There was always something special about a New Years Eve wedding that fit our style.

What made your wedding unique?

We wanted to have our reception where no one else had had theirs.  We wanted to make it our own. Having an outdoor wedding in December is a bit risky but anyone that knows Anthony and me knew we would try and pull it off!  Our parents helped bring our vision to life.  My father handmade the bar and it's now a piece we have in our house to always remember the best party of our lives.  Despite having a winter wedding, pineapples were incorporated all throughout the wedding because it is one of my favorites 🙂

What was your favorite moment of the day?

One of my favorite moments was Anthony and I having a private dinner to ourselves.  While our guests were at cocktail hour, Anthony and I enjoyed our dinner together.  My second moment was us being introduced for the first time as husband and wife.  We came out to “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars.  It was truly the best song to go along with the theme of the wedding.  We wore Ring Pops to “put our pinky finger up to the moon”.  Anthony wore bright metallic gold shoes and our bridal party had sparklers.  It was a moment I will never forget.

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?

Remember that your wedding day is about you as a couple, what you like, and what you both envision your day to be.  Anthony and I truly were focused on having the best day of our lives, even if it included not leaving the dance floor!  I think another thing to remember is details are amazing and depict who you are as a couple, but on your wedding day let the main detail be the love that you have for each other.

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Bride's Dress: Tara Keely from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Kate Spade | Bride's Shoes: Cole Haan | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell from Nordstrom | Cake: Market District | Cookies: Priory Fine Pastries | Caterer: Just Ask Catering | Ceremony Location: St. Basil's Church | Custom Bar: Handmade by the Father of the Bride | DJ: DJ Underdog | Favors: Copper mugs from RP & Associates | Flowers: The Farmer's Daughter | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen: J. Crew | Hair: Carol Piccolino at Izzazu | Homemade Wine: Father of the Groom | Ice Sculpture: Ice Creations | Lighting: DJ Underdog | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Lauren Barth at Chanel | Musicians: Steven Vance Violin & DJ Music and Michael Todd Live Music | Photographer: Jackson Signature Photography | Reception Venue: Private residence | Rentals: Taylor Rental and A-K Tent Rental | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Tortorice Limousine | Videography: Light Motion Studios

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Romantic Hartwood Acres Engagement Session: Laura & Ryan

Being that we are in the midst of proposal season, this romantic Hartwood Acres engagement session is sure to put you in the mood for love.  Laura and Ryan wanted something a little bit chic, glamorous and definitely unique.  Surrounded by all of the mansion's majestic grounds, they definitely accomplished that mission with Kathryn Hyslop Photography.  To up the wow factor, Laura rented a silk crimson ballgown from Rent the Runway while Ryan donned his best navy suit.  The formal attire dressed things up quite a bit.  But when their photographer suggested some nighttime shots, that's when things got really epic.  An inky blue sky, that gorgeous dress, and a few cool lighting tricks on behalf of Katie and your jaw is going to hit the ground just like mine did.  With their wedding having just taken place two weeks ago, showing off their swoon-worthy engagement session is the perfect excuse to celebrate.  Enjoy!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

We met at work in 2014 and quickly became friends.  We both have silly and sarcastic personalities and started flirting with pranks and practical jokes.  Some of our friends planned an office Christmas party/night out, which sparked Ryan to ask me on our first date for the following week.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

We had moved in together a few weeks earlier and were still unpacking and getting settled.  We had come home from work and were deciding what to make for dinner, as well as unpacking some of our belongings.  Ryan started telling me how happy he was for this stage in our lives, to be living together, and for the future.  Before I even knew what was happening, Ryan was on one knee and asking me to marry him.  Most of this was a blur of shock and happiness but I do recall some of the sweet words he said.  Later, he told me he wanted the proposal to be as spontaneous and personal as possible knowing that I am VERY difficult to surprise.  He most definitely succeeded!

Describe the engagement session.

I wanted the overall feel to be romantic, fun, glamorous, unique and to really capture our relationship.  We love dressing up and I wanted to rent a dress from Rent the Runway to play up the fun, flirty, glamorous night images.  I spoke with Katie in more detail on how I wanted the photos to feel and she suggested the evening and night photos.  Her ideas better aligned with what I wanted and from there all the other details fell into place.  Most importantly, we had an awesome time at the session.  We laughed a lot and felt comfortable with each other and Katie, and I think that really shows in the photos.  We wanted these images to be unique and capture our love while not taking it too seriously!  This engagement is a huge moment in our lives and we just wanted to document it as being filled with love, joy, and excitement for the future.

Lavish Hollywood Inspired Wedding at the Fairmont: Evanee & James

Get ready to have your socks knocked off.  This lavish Hollywood Inspired wedding pulled out all of the stops and will leave you speechless.  At least, that's what it did to me.  College sweethearts Evanee and James were engaged at the Fairmont Pittsburgh.  When it came time to choose their reception location, it was a perfect fit.  The pair was inspired by Hollywood glamour, and with a color palette of red, white, black, and gold, they created just that.  Crystal chandeliers dripping from the ceiling, literally thousands of lush red roses, mirrored tables, acrylic chiavari chairs, reflective vases, sparkly linens, and details, details, details.  You should expect nothing less when {SHE} is involved.  Evanee and James's affair was downright wedding perfection, but here are a few things to keep your eyes peeled for:

  • The bride's custom Stephen Yearick dress from Anne Gregory for the Bride.  For the ceremony, Evanee wore a ballgown skirt over her deep V neck beaded and illusion lace sheath number.  Once the I Do's were over, the bride removed the skirt for dancing and partying!
  • Epic guest entertainment!  Ever see an aerial silk artist at a wedding?  Me neither.  But it looked like it was amazing!!!  Talk about giving your guests something to talk about.
  • THAT CAKE!  Holy cow, wait until you see this one – a six tier gold and white cake from Frosted Envy suspended upside down and adorned with a ribbon of fresh red roses.  I LITERALLY DIE.

The modern style of Ann Louise Photography was perfectly suited to capture every last amazing detail of Evanee and James's big day.  This is THE equivalent of a wedding mic drop.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

Allegheny College, sophomore year, same chemistry lab.  I was invited by his roommate to their Halloween party and the rest is history. <3

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

After a day of shopping on Black Friday 2014, Jim sent me to the Fairmont's spa to relax.  I was to meet my brother upstairs afterwards for some good Instagram pictures (because the views from the suites are amazing).  When I went upstairs, low and behold, it was Jim waiting inside.  Dozens of roses lined the path leading to the big picture window, where “Evanee will you marry me?” was written.  Perfect love songs (including our song, “Better Together”) were playing in the background with a slide show of photos from our years together!  We have two furkids that had to stay home, but he made sure to incorporate them by having florals designed to look like puppy faces.  It was the best day ever, second only to the day I said “I do”.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.

Hollywood, glam!

What made your wedding unique?

Everything!  The people around us were terrific!  We did a save the date video instead of a standard postcard, and it was played as we entered the reception, along with some same-day footage that ShoFilms was able to capture.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

I can't pick just one.  But that feeling – just looking into his eyes knowing “This is forever, this is my happily ever after”.

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?

Stay calm!  It'll all work out like it's supposed to!   Also, live the day in slow motion.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Custom Stephen Yearick from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo and Benjamin Adams | Cake: Frosted Envy | Ceremony Location: Immaculate Heart of Mary | DJ: Steven Vance Violin & DJ Music | Flowers: Mocha Rose | Groom's Attire: Custom Joseph Orlando | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Hair: Angie Pearce with Roma Salon | Decor: Gray Phoenix | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Angie Pearce with Roma Salon | Photographer: Ann Louise Photography | Reception Venue: Fairmont Pittsburgh | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Loree Mayer Design | Transportation: Tortorice Limousine | Videography: ShoFilms | Wedding Planner: {SHE} Shayla Hawkins Events

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Vintage Holiday Engagement Session: Ashley & Luke

We are in the midst of the most wonderful time of the year and this holiday engagement session is sure to put you in the spirit.  Taking place on a tree farm owned by the family of one of her bridesmaids, Ashley and Luke's pre-wedding shoot with Dawn Derbyshire Photography is just about as adorable as one can get.  Using the winter season and some vintage props as inspiration, the couple styled several vignettes.  From getting cozy on a bench with matching his and her coffee mugs to making s'mores in front of an open fire to decorating a live tree and then wrapping up in a colorful blanket beneath it, Ashley and Luke embraced the cold and made the most of the holiday feels.  Antique skates, metallic ornaments, plaid blankets, old lanterns, wooden crates, campus thermoses, a wreath, and even misletoe were just some of the props that brought the seasonal vibe to life.  I've been told it was extremely cold that day, but you'd never know it based on how bright and happy they look.  As you finish up (or start?) your holiday shopping, baking, gift wrapping, movie watching, family visiting, and general December merriment, be sure to scroll through these pics for an extra dose of cheer!

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Ashley and Luke had a colorful, DIY, kind of boho vibe for their wedding and they applied some of those elements into their engagement session.  We decided to do something a little different, opting to shoot in the winter at a tree farm owned by the family of one of Ashley's bridesmaids.  Ashley and Luke planned out several different sets and activities all over the farm, from snuggling up and making s'mores to decorating a live tree on the property.  They incorporated vintage props, cute ornaments, and colorful blankets that added some fun elements that would later be seen at their wedding.  Our goal was to keep things fun while also creating a few memories during the session.  It was such a blast.

I just loved how, despite the freezing cold, Ashley and Luke embraced the day and had fun with it.  We were running to our cars for breaks to stay warm, but it never stopped them from laughing, having fun, snuggling up, and enjoying the session.  They incorporated little pieces of their personalities into all of the details and really got into the session; it made the cold weather tolerable and the whole shoot was filled with love and joy.

Classic Holiday Wedding at the Pittsburgh Golf Club: Colleen & Zack

If you've never considered a holiday wedding, today's feature just might change your mind.  Colleen always knew she wanted a winter affair.  In order to have that and spread a little bit of Christmas cheer, she and Zack chose December 17 as their wedding day.  From there, a mix of vintage, classic, and winter magic vibes followed. The Pittsburgh Golf Club's sophisticated yet comfortable ballroom provided a unique space for the celebration while the venue's evergreens, garland, wreaths, and twinkle lights added the perfect amount of holiday decor.  Here are a few of my favorites that you should be on the look out for!

  • The striking color palette.  Inspired by a bridal bouquet Colleen once saw on a blog, cranberry red and dusty blue was a rich combo that added warmth and depth to this wedding day.
  • That cake!  The four-tiered buttercream confection was adorned with gold glitter ribbon, amazing deep red flowers, and a wooden laser cut topper that was perfectly suited for the occasion.  In a word, it was adorable!
  • A sweet ending.  What is a winter night without some cocoa?  The couple's guests were treated to a fun hot chocolate bar with all of the fixings!

Aaron Varga Photography captured all of the Christmas-y magic.  If you agree that this truly is the most wonderful time of the year, you're going to love these images.  Happy Holidays!

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

Believe it or not, Zack and I went to GRADE SCHOOL together!  We overlapped being in school a few years before we both switched schools and went different ways – until about 10 years later!  I always joke and say we are in the same yearbooks at such a young age!  We reconnected at the end of my junior year of high school at Oakland Catholic and at the end of his freshman year at Saint Vincent College.  Zack texted me after getting my number from my cousin. We had our first date and the rest was history!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

Zack and I had a fall weekend trip planned to The Gateway Lodge in Cooks Forest, Pa and I had mentioned to my sister in law that I thought he would propose there!  Well, that was the original plan but since I had mentioned that, my sister in law let Zack know and he decided to surprise me even earlier with a proposal.  I had just passed my state boards to practice as an Occupational Therapist, as well as just landed my first job, and Zack had just completed his MBA.  We had planned to go to church and then head to a nice dinner on Mt. Washington to celebrate.  We went to church that evening at Saint Peter’s on the North Side (where we would eventually get married) and then headed to take the incline up to the LeMont.  Typically I am a BIG picture taker and Zack is not.  We got to the top and he said, “Hey, let's go take a photo on the lookout.”  Knowing that he isn’t a fan of taking too many pictures, I just brushed it off and replied “Nah, let’s just get to dinner.  I am hungry.”  I do not mess around when it comes to food 🙂  Plus, the weather was overcast and a little breezy.  He insisted on walking over and taking a look, so we did.  We were standing there looking over downtown.  The next thing I knew, I had turned around and there he was on one knee, asking me to marry him!  I was in total shock and had not been expecting it at all!  Of course, I said yes.  After getting some pictures and awes from the others on the lookout, we headed to an amazing dinner.  After dinner our families were all waiting for us back at my parents' house for an engagement party with a cake, champagne, and beautiful Waterford toasting flutes to use that evening and at our wedding 🙂

Describe the look, theme, style, and colors of the wedding.

I would like to think that our wedding was a mix of a holiday, classic, and vintage feel.  Beginning with Saint Peter's, the church was originally established back in 1850!  It is such an historic church that knew I wanted to incorporate an old, classic feel to our theme.  Our reception venue, The Pittsburgh Golf Club, also has the same vintage feel, which was perfect!  Adding in the beauty of Christmas decor at both our ceremony and reception was the icing on the cake!  It turned out perfectly and we were just in awe when seeing everything for the first time!  I felt as if I could just stop and gaze for hours throughout different parts of the day!

What inspired your vision?

Believe it or not, a bridal bouquet that I found on a blog had inspired my whole color palette and vision!  I always knew I wanted a winter wedding while also keeping in mind that winter in Pittsburgh can mean so many different weather patterns!  I chose the week before Christmas knowing that I wanted to focus on having a winter theme with some Christmas elements added in!  The vintage, classic look was inspired by both our ceremony and reception venue.

What made your wedding unique?

I was really hoping for winter-like weather and woke up to the iciest morning we had thus far that winter!  My dad was chipping ice off our our driveway at 6 a.m. and I was praying that everyone was going to be on time and most importantly, get where they needed to be safely!  Needless to say, we had a gorgeous icy background and snow on the ground for pictures.  It made the day even more perfect and will be a story Zack and I will love to tell for years to come! 🙂

What was your favorite moment of the day?

I think my favorite part of the day was when Zack and I had gone to the bar to get a drink sometime later into the reception.  We both were just standing together, taking a minute or two to take in all that was happening around us.  Dancing, laughing, smiles – all fun!  I can remember saying to him, “I just don't want the night to end!”  Watching everyone around us had just solidified that all the hard work had payed off!  It was the best feeling to know that everyone was enjoying themselves!  It was a great moment for Zack and I also because we were able to take everything in together!  This is so important to do with one another because everyone is right when they say that the day just goes by so, so fast!

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?

Rely on others to help throughout the planning!  You cannot do it all on your own!  Designate to mom, sisters, MOHs, bridesmaids, aunts, or whomever you feel comfortable with handling some of the different parts of your big day!  Also, do things the way you envision them.  It's your day, which only happens once, and you do not want to have any regrets looking back!  Last, DON'T SWEAT the SMALL STUFF!!  If something isn't quite perfect or doesn't come out exactly how you wanted, it's you and only you who knows that!  Everyone will think it's beautiful and won't know any differently!  For me, honestly I can say it was the perfect day and I wouldn't change a single thing!

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?

I originally was unsure about whether to do a videographer, but boy am I happy that I chose to have Megan capture our day!  Our wedding video is AMAZING and will be something we watch every year, if not more than that because it is THAT GOOD!  I also would say to most definitely splurge on your photographer!  The pictures are really the only thing left after the day is over and you want them to be displayed and in an album, which you will LOVE to look through!  Aaron definitely was amazing and we are so, so in love with the photos!

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Pronovias from Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion | Bride's Accessories: Macy's | Bride's Shoes: Saks Off 5th | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy from Candalina Brides | Cake: The Pittsburgh Golf Club | Caterer: The Pittsburgh Golf Club | Caricature Artist: Sam Thong | Ceremony Location: Saint Peter Catholic Church | DJ: John Wiggins of FlipSide DJs | Flowers: Mocha Rose | Hair: Lavish Salon & Spa | Linens: The Pittsburgh Golf Club | Makeup: Valarie Panei | Menswear: Calvin Klein from Men's Wearhouse | Photographer: Aaron Varga Photography | Reception Venue: The Pittsburgh Golf Club | Stationery: Invitations by Dawn | Videography: Pictory Productions

Luxurious Blush & Ivory Wedding at the Fairmont: Aly & Sean

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Let me set the scene for you…ballroom wedding, blush and ivory color palette, amazing florals, impeccable design, and one very beautiful couple.  Yep, it doesn't get much prettier than today's feature.  Aly and Sean were med school sweethearts and their June wedding at the Fairmont Hotel was certainly one for the books.  With their shared traditional style as inspiration and with a little help from wedding planner Natalie Berger, the bride and groom designed a day that was timeless with modern, playful touches.  Just a few of the swoon-worthy details include:

  • Aly's dress.  The Madison James number featured a deep V neckline, a pearl and bead encrusted bodice, and the daintiest of satin bows at the waist.  With simple accessories and a elbow length veil, Aly was the definition of a classic bride.
  • Incredible design.  From the hanging florals on the chuppa to the boxwood backdrop to the sweetheart table to the multitude of centerpieces, some of which included crystal candelabras, the decor of Aly and Sean's reception will leave you breathless.  UNBELIEVABLE.
  • A mirrored seating chart.  A large, ornate, silver-framed mirror was transformed into the most dazzling of seating charts with a bit of hand lettering magic.  And it was gorgeous!
  • A twist on a Pittsburgh tradition.  Instead of a regular ol' cookie table, Aly and Sean's guests feasted on ice cream cookie sandwiches, with options ranging chocolate chip to sugar to funfetti.  UM YES PLEASE!

This luxurious day was perfectly captured by Araujo Photography.  If you're anything like me, you'll be left with a serious case of wedding-envy.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

Sean and I met in our first year of medical school in Lewisburg, WV.  Our relationship grew as we helped each other through the rigors of medical school and our goals going forward.  We went through the struggles of many board exams and residency match.  We ended up moving to Pittsburgh for residency;  Sean matched in vascular surgery and I matched in internal medicine.

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

Sean proposed in the home I grew up in, located in Huntington, WV, on May 15, 2015.  Sean and I started dating while we were in medical school.  Because of this, our relationship was full of situations where school/work always came first.  Luckily, we both understood the importance of our studies and there were never any hard feelings.  On the day of our proposal, Sean and my parents tricked me into thinking he was stuck in the operating room on his very last day of medical school.  We had plans to go to dinner that night to celebrate both of us finishing our last day of medical school.  However, I was led to believe Sean may not be able to make it because he was caught in the OR.  I was convinced by my mom to get ready for the night anyway and ran over to our home, which was under construction, to pick up something from the mailbox.  When I got to the house and opened the mailbox, all I found was a note from Sean with a poem telling me to come into the house.  When I got to the front door, there were flowers leading me through the doorway, into our newly renovated kitchen.  On the kitchen counter was another note (poem inside again) with a box.  The poem instructed me to open the box.  When I opened it, the box fell open and inside was a beautiful homemade miniature chuppa and underneath was a ring.  At that point, Sean popped out and said some very sweet words and popped the question!  I said YES!

The chuppa had important significance in our relationship.  Sean grew up as an Irish Catholic and I grew up Jewish.  From the beginning, Sean knew the importance of my Jewish heritage and as our relationship grew, he knew the importance of a Jewish wedding.  Sean and his dad built the miniature chuppa as a way to show me their excitement for a Jewish wedding.

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.

For our wedding, I wanted something timeless, yet with some modern touches.  We went with blush and ivory for our colors, with touches of gold as well.  It was our goal to make it an elegant evening that was inviting for our guests.  Sean and I have a playful and, at times, goofy side.  We wanted this to shine through with some aspects, like the entertainment, desserts, and even decor, but at the same time have an elegance to it.

The Fairmont Hotel was the perfect location for my vision in many ways.  It was particularly important to Sean and I that our guests were comfortable and everything felt inviting.  It was for this reason that we wanted everything to be in very close proximity to each other and not require much, if any, transportation.  The Fairmont allowed our guests to come into one room for our ceremony, go out for the cocktail hour, and then return to a completely transformed room for our reception.  We were able to transform the room in a way that it felt as if we were in a completely different location without having our guests walk or drive any distance.  This was truly ideal.

What inspired your vision?

I think we were inspired by our personalities.  Both Sean and I find comfort in things that are timeless and meaningful, but we also have a playful side.  We wanted both of these to shine through.

What made your wedding unique?

Being that we were new to Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh was our first home together, we also wanted our guests to experience our new city to the fullest.  Since both Sean and I are not from Pittsburgh, it really was a destination wedding for a majority of our guests.  We tried to highlight Pittsburgh as our destination in that way.  For instance, our welcome bags really highlighted our beautiful city.  They were tote style bags that said “Welcome To Pittsburgh” on the front.  Inside we had a welcome letter that featured some of our favorite Pittsburgh restaurants, things to do in the Burgh, and events of the weekend (we lucked out and the Three Rivers Art Festival started our wedding weekend!).  Included were also Nancy B's Cookies, Pittsburgh Popcorn Company, and tasty Pittsburgh chocolate bars.  We also showed off my favorite treat (pretzels), Sean's favorite treat (cookies), and our favorite treat (Sour Patch Kids) in our bag.

We added our personalities into the weekend by showcasing our playful side.  We had a slo-motion photobooth where we were extra goofy.  There was a different array of desserts including smores on a stick and our own version of the Pittsburgh cookie table – ice cream cookie sandwiches with all different cookies including sugar, chocolate chip, and funfetti.

We gifted our groomsmen with custom bobble heads that were identical to them!

Since Sean and I both lost our grandparents on each side, we wanted to incorporate them in a personal way and not with just photos.  On my right hand, I wore my grandmother's wedding ring.  Sean's wedding band was his grandfather's.  On the inside of the ring, we had engraved the year his grandparents were married (1945) and opposite that, the year we were married.  The prayer shaw that we were wrapped in during the ceremony is my father's, which he received for his bar mitzvah.  Finally, the kiddish cup was actually used at my baby naming as well.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

My favorite moment of the day was a part of our Jewish tradition called the Ketubah signing (signing of the Jewish marriage license).  During this time right before the wedding ceremony, we had 50 of our closest family and friends surround us as Sean read the words on our Ketubah (our vows), which he had written and we signed as a sign of our love.  It was special to have this moment with our closest family and friends.

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?

My advice is to go with your gut.  As a bride to be, you will get advice from many friends and family, but in the end, it is your big day.  Your gut will tell you what your heart truly believes is right for you and your future hubby.  Go with it.

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?

Videography is a absolute MUST.  Nothing, I mean nothing, can replace what it's like to watch the big day over and over.  Photography will capture the day as well, but videography helps you relive the day in a whole different way.  I would budget this in no matter what.

Vendors

Band: In the Mood | Bride's Dress: Madison James | Bride's Accessories: MB Bride | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Cake: Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel | Caterer: Fairmont Hotel | Ceremony Location: Fairmont Hotel | Flowers: Hens and Chicks | Hair: AtHome Beauty | Lighting: Fairmont Hotel | Linens: All Occasions Party Rental | Makeup: AtHome Beauty | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photo Booth: SlowMO Party | Photographer: Araujo Photography | Reception Venue: Fairmont Hotel | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Nota Bene | Videography: ShoFilms | Wedding Planner: Natalie Berger
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Low Key Wedding with a Super Cool Vibe: Marissa & Adam

The low key wedding trend is in full force and I'm all about it.  Marissa and Adam were too.  Rather than making their special day a big production, they opted to keep things casual.  Thirty friends and family joined under a massive tree in the middle of Frick Park to take in the sunny day and the couple's vows.  Despite the woodsy setting, Marissa still looked ravishing in a figure flattering off-the-shoulder sheath wedding dress from none other than JCPenney.  After the unconventional yet heartfelt ceremony, Marissa and Adam joined their guests for a family style feast at their favorite local restaurant – Legume.  The party didn't stop there though.  The crowd enjoyed cake and dancing at the oh-so-inspirational Workshop PGH.  The space, which typically hosts DIY classes and events, gave off the perfect whimsical-meets-industrial vibe with some fun, colorful pennant banners, cool art installations, and eclectic pieces.  Marissa said it best with, “Remember that it's about the people, not the things.”  This wedding is what it's all about folks – love, laughter, and being surrounded by those that mean the most.  Enjoy the beautiful coverage of this intimate day from Whitling Photography.

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Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you two meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

Adam's a kick-ass cancer survivor/recent med school grad who's looking to specialize in Radiation Oncology.  He's also an insanely good cook (in my opinion) and a whiz when it comes to DIY bicycle repair.  I am obsessed with our local farmers market and have recently rekindled my love affair with the Harry Potter series (this time on tape).  We are both voracious readers, love Asian food (of any kind), and most weekends can be found either hiking through the woods, chilling in the park, or eating dumplings.

Adam and I grew up together, but we didn't start dating until our friend circles started mingling the summer before our junior year of high school.  Since then (~11 years?), we've weathered long distance dating, major life changes, multiple moves, med school, and a year-long bout with cancer and chemo (Adam's been cancer-free since June 2015! Woot woot!).

If I could, I would attach a picture of the both of us in our pee wee soccer photo.  We are adorable, but neither of us remember being on the same team.

Describe the look, theme, style, and colors of the wedding.  What inspired it?  What was unique about it?

Our wedding was everything we could have hoped for: intimate, sunny, low-stress, and full of laughter, good food, and music.  We wanted to show our loved ones (most of whom are from out of town) why we fell in love with Pittsburgh, so we got married in the beautiful Frick Park, had dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants (Legume), and partied at a really fun venue near where we live (Workshop PGH).  We didn't want the day to feel like a big production and we wanted to be able to spend time with our guests, so we kept the guest list to about 30 people.  This meant that on our special day, we were surrounded by our nearest and dearest and actually had time to eat!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

We have many, but here's a sample:

  • Exchanging our vows
  • Seeing all of our favorite people having a great time during dinner
  • The impromptu sparkler dance party that happened later that night outside of Workshop PGH
  • The cake!  There is nothing quite like Prantl's burnt almond torte, and we LOVED their red velvet cake.

Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?

  1. Perfect is the enemy of good.  Your wedding doesn't have to be Instagram worthy; it just needs to make you and your partner happy.
  2. Remember that it's about the people, not the things.
  3. Stick to your budget, but have an emergency fund for unexpected items.
  4. Smile, take deep breaths, and focus on having fun.  Don't sweat the small stuff (see item #1).

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Scarlett from JCPenney | Bride's Bracelet: Charming Charlie | Bride's Earrings: Francesca's | Bride's Flower Crown: Workshop PGH | Bride's Shoes: Forever 21 | Cake: Prantl's Bakery | Cake and Dance Party Venue: Workshop PGH | Caterer: Legume | Dinner Venue: Legume | DJ: DJ Hypnotik from Loyalty Entertainment | Flowers: Workshop PGH and Legume | Hair: DIY | Lash Extensions: Luxurious Lashes by Lisa | Lighting: Loyalty Entertainment | Makeup: DIY | Rings: Orr's Jewelers | Menswear: J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Allen Edmonds, and Calvin Klein | Photography: Whitling Photography | Stationery: Walmart | Transportation: Antique Coach Excursions

Photography: Whitling Photography

Absolutely Gorgeous Engagement Session: Pamela & Domenic

There isn't much to say about this feature other than it is a completely, insanely, out-of-this-world gorgeous engagement session.  Pamela looks like a movie star, Domenic is clearly head over heels in love with her, and that glowing sunset is the only accessory this shoot needed.  Styled in blues and teals to match Pam and Dom's wedding color palette, this session set in Mellon Park is simple but romantic, modern but classic, and just so, so good.  It showcases the couple's love, the varying textures and backgrounds of the park, and the light is downright luscious.  Ann Louise Photography has seriously outdone themselves this time.  I am so obsessed with these photos that there was no way I could narrow it down to just a dozen or so.  But believe me, you'll thank me when you see them.  You're welcome ahead of time.

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From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

We actually met in 2002 during freshman year of high school.  Though we were classmates through the next eight years at Canevin and then Duquesne University, we never dated.  Although, Dom did try to get my number during freshman year.  We're not really sure what happened, as the next part of the story is a little fuzzy.  But Dom ended up with what he thought was my number in his phone.  He called and texted, but never heard back.  Four years go by, and we both graduated from Duquesne, and are coincidentally working on 5th Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.  We both liked to frequent the local sandwich shop The Brown Bag Deli.  As it would happen, the owner would tell Domenic about a beautiful blonde who frequented the deli, trying to set him up (not knowing it was me!).  One day, we bumped into each other in the BBD, the owner winked, we got to talking, and Dom realized that he was ONE digit off from my correct phone number.  And the rest, as they say, is history. 🙂

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

Dom had actually been planning on proposing for a long time…if he had his way, probably a few months after we started dating!  I'm an old soul though, so after five years, we were both ready to “take the next step” in our relationship.  However, I have three brothers.  It just so happened that as Dom was beginning to look at rings and plan the proposal, unbeknownst to me, my brothers were as well.  One by one, they each made their intentions to “pop the question” known…and poor Dom, wanting to give everyone appropriate space and time, was getting more and more frustrated!

Three engagements and six months later, Dom finally popped the question.  We were actually vacationing with my family at the Outer Banks, NC, a special place my family vacations each year and that was meaningful to Dom and me as well.  I was actually in the middle of reading Game of Thrones when Dom asked to go for a walk on the beach (I reluctantly agreed – those sand crabs, yuck!).  However, once we got down to the beach, we walked along the shore, and Dom got down on one knee.  It felt like a dream, and I finally said yes!

Describe the engagement session.

I knew immediately that we wanted to do an engagement shoot, as photography was a big priority for the wedding.  After looking through a few portfolios, I immediately fell in love with Ann Louise Photography.  Their photos are so dreamy, classy, romantic – everything I was looking for!

I wanted to do something whimsical – almost fairy tale-esque, for the engagement shoot.  Jessica and Jillian (the absolute best!) helped us choose the perfect location, the popular Mellon Park Walled Gardens in Shadyside.  I styled our outfits around our wedding colors – navy and dark teal – to coordinate with wedding plans down the road.

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Vintage Glam Wedding at the New Hazlett Theater: Caitlin & Adam

Inspired by the bride's love of vintage glam and incorporating some seriously sweet details, this wedding is bound to leave you with all the feels.  Caitlin and Adam met through an improv comedy theater group and carried a subtle nod to what brought them together throughout their entire wedding day.  The New Hazlett Theater was the perfect backdrop for the nuptials and party, custom signs inspired by movie posters decorated the space, and Chicago style popcorn escort cards let guests know their place for the night.  The cutest theater-inspired element happened when Caitlin and Adam took a bow before the crowd, just after being pronounced husband and wife.  SO CUTE!  Caitlin brought her love of the classic style to the affair with tons of gold details, a va-va-voom wedding dress, and a timeless feel overall.  But here's what I loved the best!

  • I mentioned Caitlin's dress, but her whole look was simply stunning!  A curve hugging satin gown, vintage blue suede pumps from ModCloth, a sapphire statement necklace, and a faux fur wrap to keep the fall chill at bay…I'd swear she stepped right out of the 1940s.
  • Not to be outshone by his bride, Adam was one stellar looking groom.  His blue plaid suit was totally custom made and was oh-so-cool.  Bye bye black and white tuxedos.  Hello modern groomswear.  Who says the bride gets to have all the fashion fun?
  • In a unique twist on tradition and at the suggestion of the groom, Caitlin and Adam wrote each other's vows.  Meaning he wrote the ones she read to him and vice versa.  What started as a joke turned into a really sweet, really heartfelt spin on the I Dos and I'm totally in love with this idea!

Oakwood Photo + Video was on set (see what I did there?) to document every last darling, vintage-y, glamorous detail.  This wedding has quickly become one of my absolute favorites.  I bet it's going to be one of yours too!

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If all of those gorgeous photos weren't enough, check out the video footage of Caitlin & Adam's big day, also from Oakwood Photo + Video.

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

We met in Chicago in the summer of 2011 at the small improv comedy theater that I was running at the time.  Adam came to do a show during which he did a scene where he was from Pittsburgh.  Being from Pittsburgh myself, I knew only a true Pittsburgher could pull off that accent.  I struck up a conversation about our roots and and we quickly became friends.  We were buddies for almost a year when he finally sent me an email to ask me on a date (he didn't have my phone number!).  The rest is history!

Juicy details on the proposal, please!  Where, when, how?

It was a Thursday night in May.  Adam knew I didn't want a public affair, so he planned a night in.  Reminiscent of our first date, he set up a mini bowling alley in our living room and made corn dogs.  He decorated the whole apartment with a banner and candles and he was playing our song, “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Big Mountain.  Unfortunately, unaware of the surprise that awaited me at home, I worked until 7:30 that night and got home extra late.  I entered the apartment and when I saw everything, I froze thinking I had forgotten a special holiday or anniversary.  I wouldn't move away from the front door until Adam got down on one knee.  I said yes, grabbed the ring, and put it on my own finger!  I completely blacked out and only vaguely remember details of how the night went down.  We laughed, we cried, we ate our corn dogs, I drank almost an entire bottle of champagne and we FaceTimed with our families.  It was an all around great night!

Describe the wedding.  The look, theme, style, colors, etc.

Going into the wedding, I wanted a vintage glam feeling, but with a bit of comfort and our own character.  We had a lot of friends and family contribute to our day, which added to the personal feel.  I wanted everyone to feel comfortable and relaxed, so inevitably I stressed out like crazy leading up to the day.  Adam's sister did all of the graphic design and she did a great job capturing our essence as a couple as well as celebrating the architecture of the space, which translated to our Save the Dates, invitations, additional signage, labels, and a gigantic poster that welcomed guests.  Adam's mom crafted the “escort cards”, which were made of Chicago mix popcorn in mini bags on which name tags were fastened.  My mom and I wanted to pay homage to the past weddings of our family, so we had our parents' and grandparent's wedding photos blown up and displayed on the bar.  Adam loves Batman, so there was a hint of comic book inspiration in the Save the Dates and welcome poster.  The Batman logo even made an appearance on our cake, as did some of the design elements from our invitations.

What inspired your vision?

I love old Hollywood glam of the 40s and 50s.  It feels classic and timeless to me.  I wanted to show off my curves in an exquisitely tailored dress (shout out to my seamstress, Nancy!) and a cathedral length veil because why not?!  My shoes were blue with ankle straps and reminded me of something my grandmother would have worn when she first met my grandfather.  And then my necklace.  Oh, my necklace.  It was the one accessory I was willing to splurge on because I love a good statement necklace.  Lulu Frost did not fail me.  I loved it so much and am nervous to wear it in plain clothes.  Underneath my dress, my mother had made my garter out of one of my late father's old shirts.

Adam was also very into his suit.  It was very cool how into he was.  His sister had a friend in Chicago whose husband designs suits.  I never went to any of the fittings, but I heard all about the process and how he got to pick everything from the fabric to the buttons.  Adam and I agreed we wouldn't see each other's outfits until the actual ceremony, so the first time I saw the suit was when he saw me in my dress for the first time as I walked out for the ceremony.

What made your wedding unique?

A few things.  Our venue for sure.  The New Hazlett Theater is an amazing space.  You don't have to do much to it because its architecture speaks for itself.  There's so much history in the building and the fact that they only do about seven weddings a year makes it that much more special.  And because we met in a theater, getting married in one was very cool.

Having so many friends involved in the wedding made it so personal.  Our friend Rob officiated the wedding.  Our friend Alex did the music.  And we made our entire wedding party plus my brothers give speeches.  Yep, that's eight speeches.  Because we have so many performer friends, their speeches were all so spot on.  But having our non-performer friends and family members speak was equally special.  Everyone put so much thought into their speeches that I could have listened to them all night long.  So much love!

And because my father had passed away five years ago, my mom and I danced together.  We danced to “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac.  Not a dry eye in the house.  It was a really wonderful moment.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

There were two moments – both very different.  The first was while we were getting ready.  The girls were all crammed into the green room backstage.  Because both my mom and I were getting our hair/makeup done at the same time, my mother-in-law was assigned to veil steaming duty.  None of us ever noticed, but the steamer was set up directly under the smoke detector.  Naturally, the steamer set off the fire alarms in the entire theater.  There was a minute of confusion and panic, but when we all realized, it was a good laugh.  The fire department showed up and took pictures with all of us.  They were great sports.  My mother-in-law has sworn off steamers!

The second moment was our vows.  What started as a joke became a reality about two months out from the wedding.  Adam had suggested that we write each other's vows (I would write the vows Adam would read to me and he would write the vows that I would read to him).  People were skeptical.  I, frankly, was skeptical.  It was a total reversal of cliches.  Adam had finished his vows over a week before the wedding.  I wrote mine at 2 a.m. the day before the rehearsal dinner.  I couldn't sleep and my mom and I had this great moment on the couch in our living room where we cried about the wedding being real now.  And then I sat up after she went to bed and wrote the vows on the List app on my phone.  The first time we saw the vows was during the ceremony.  I read what he wrote first and I could barely get through them.  They were so similar it was unreal.  Adam got choked up while reading the ones I wrote for him, too (This is unheard of.  The dude does not cry.).  Afterward, I had friends come up to me who swore we must have shared the vows before the wedding because they were that similar.  It was awesome.

What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?

Know what details are important to the day and know what ones are only important to you.  Know that those details are not worth the tears.  Know that it is your day, but also know it is everyone else's day too.  Your soon to be husband, your mom, and your soon to be family get to have a say too because they want to celebrate you.  People will have opinions and will think things are more important than you think they are.  So know which things you don't care about and which things you are willing to give to other people to own.  They want to help and be a part of your day too – not because they are selfish, but because they love you.

And most importantly, know yourself!  Know what pushes your buttons and avoid those things.  And know that if you have to write a three page itinerary broken down to the minute to feel relaxed on the day of, then darn it, you make a three page itinerary broken down to the minute and pass it out to the 20+ people involved in your day so they can follow it (or not!), but girl doesn't it feel good to let go!?

Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts?  Anything you would do differently?

Google Docs and Google Sheets!  I love a good spreadsheet and Google Drive kept me so organized.  I could quickly access things on my phone and computer and share things among vendors and the wedding party.

Planning a wedding out of town is hard work!  I'm not just saying this because I'm on the site, but honestly the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide helped me out tremendously.  I had no idea where to start so the Vendor Guide was a great jumping off point.

Anything I would do differently?  Probably try not to get as stressed out and have a melt down with my mom in the middle of my street in front of the roofers and lawn care guys two days before the wedding, but then again I know me and that melt down would have happened no matter what.  So must do's: have your meltdown and then go and get a mani/pedi and do those at-home masks from Sephora while drinking a glass of wine.  It will all be okay!

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Carlisle's of Pittsburgh | Bride's Accessories: Lulu Frost | Bride's Shoes: ModCloth | Cake: Oakmont Bakery | Caterer: Robert Maravalli | Ceremony Location: New Hazlett Theater | Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party | DJ: Alex Kliner | Getting Ready Snacks: Burgh Bites Food Truck | Groom's Attire: BLVDier | Groomsmen Attire: Topman | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Hair: Hannah Conard Beauty | Decor: Sapphire & Lace Design | Linens: Sapphire & Lace Design | Makeup: Hannah Conard Beauty | Matches: For Your Party | Photography: Oakwood Photo + Video | Popcorn Escort Cards: Kernel's Gourmet Popcorn & More | Reception Venue: New Hazlett Theater | Rentals: Sapphire & Lace Design | Stationery: Bethany Schreck | Videography: Oakwood Photo + Video

Flowers, Decor, Linens, & Rentals: Sapphire & Lace Design | Photographer: Oakwood Photo + Video | Videography: Oakwood Photo + Video

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Versatile Vintage Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

While vintage rentals aren't new to the wedding world, this styled shoot will have you thinking about them a little bit differently.  In order to showcase the versatility of antiques and old world pieces, Leight Up Life and her team of vendors designed three vignettes using the same vintage finds: a screen, a card catalog, and barrels, all from Copper & Sage.  From a stunning ceremony set up to a lively cocktail reception to a whimsical dessert display, each piece made an appearance in each scenario and was styled to perfection.  Colorful and dramatic florals from Leafhopper Designs accented each display while watercolor hand-lettered stationery courtesy of Oh Joyful Day added a personal touch.  Mixed with Loved added her special touch to the dessert display with yummy looking cupcakes and a multi-tiered confection.  While each vignette was unique in it's own way, they all fit in perfectly with the surroundings at Pinehall Farms, the shoot's location.  A little bit rustic, a little bit antique chic, and a little bit playful, this styled shoot will inspire you to weave a vintage vibe throughout all aspects of your big day!

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If you thought that was fun, wait until you see the moving footage from Traveling Heart Productions of how everything came together!

From the photographer…

Nowadays vintage goods are making a comeback in a new, fun way.  It's so amazing to see them placed at a wedding day!  This styled shoot was based around three unique vintage pieces: a screen, a card catalog, and barrels.

The options are truly endless with them and we wanted to offer some fun inspiration on how they can be utilized throughout the day.  With each piece, we have styled them specifically for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception by using all of the same simple details.

Bringing in the rustic colors was really important as our inspiration behind this styled shoot was our great location at Pinehall Farms and it's vintage rustic red barn.

We felt like we put three different weddings together in one day!  It was a true labor of love and life.  Most styled shoots feature a couple or models and we really wanted to focus on the details to bring couples a unique perspective, one that they could truly implement into their own special day.  We hope you feel inspired to create something all your own with these three vintage pieces!

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Decor & Rentals: Copper & Sage Vintage Rental Co. | Desserts: Mixed with Love Cake & Cookie Co. | Flowers: Leafhopper Designs | Photography: Leight Up Life | Shoot Location: Pinehall Farms | Stationery: Oh Joyful Day | Videography: Traveling Heart Productions

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