Navy & Blush Wedding at J. Verno Studios: Carly & Jeff

This navy and blush wedding had a healthy dose of glam and I'm all kinds of smitten over it!  After an incredibly heart-string-tugging proposal, Carly and Jeff wanted their wedding to be elegant and fancy but also to reflect how important their friends and family are to them.  Gorgeous details and thoughtful nods to those they love created a winning combination.  The palette of modern navy and always-feminine blush pink was accented by metallic gold decor and sparkly elements.  Thanks to creative lighting, tons of draping, and a canopy of hanging crystal chandeliers, J. Verno Studios was transformed into the perfect reception space that brought their vision to life.  All white centerpieces in a variety of arrangements, mercury glass, and gold chiavari chairs were the cherry on top of the already fantastic look.  Sophisticated, glamorous, and totally Pinterest-worthy, this wedding, documented by Lauren Renee Designs, is sure to leave you breathless!

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From the bride…

When and how did the couple meet?

We met in the spring of 2015 – online of all places!

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

A year after we met, Jeff had several plans on how to propose, but the day he picked up the ring, he knew he could not wait.  So he bought t-shirts – one for each of my three sons and a fourth for this collie, Nixon.  Our nanny helped write “Will you marry me?” spread out on the four shirts.  I came home from work and the gym and was perplexed why the dog was wearing a t-shirt with a “?” on it.  I then saw two of the boys sitting at the table, their shirts reading “Will” and “You”.  I looked at Jeff, then at the nanny before asking in disbelief, “Wait.  Is this happening?”  I soon found the third son wearing the final shirt “Marry Me”.  Jeff got down on one knee and proposed!  And I said yes!  A group hug ensued!

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

We wanted a big party to celebrate our marriage with our friends.  We wanted it to be elegant and classy.  We kept the colors simple.  My dress was blush, Jeff wore navy and so did our guys and gals.  There were lots of white flowers and some gold accents.

What inspired the vision?

Having a time to celebrate with everyone we were close to was important to us.  We wanted it to be like a large dinner party that no one wanted to leave and where our guests knew how important they were to us.

What made the wedding unique?

The bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and groom, and I drove ourselves to the wedding, while the groomsmen, ring bearers, and Jeff arrived at the church in style…in the black, 12 passenger wood grained interior that was not intended for their use!  After the initial shock and panic, we all had a good laugh – like almost-ruin-my-makeup laugh!  Even the priest said in all of his years, the groom “stealing the motor coach” was truly unique!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Our first dance.  It was sung by a dear friend and the lyrics were perfect.  It's such a whirlwind and that was a moment we were finally married and kind of alone…together and married to my best friend.

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

Hire someone to help coordinate the details.  If not through the process, then definitely the day of.  And then relax!  Know that things are going to go wrong…it's okay.  We laugh and reminisce about those things as much, if not more, than if they would have gone right!

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

Make sure you love your vendors and that they share your vision.  We had such amazing people to help pull off our day.  We found people we liked and trusted.  I think that's something you can't live without…and you need both – to like and trust them.

I wish we would have carved out a little more time to be alone right before (to breath and just relax) and after the ceremony (because whoa…we were married!).  It's so hard to take it all in.  It's a whirlwind.  I wish we would have just had a few more minutes when time slowed down.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Sottero and Midgley from The Exquisite Bride | Bride's Rings: Melanie Burke Pohl at Goldstock Jewelers | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Cake: Oakmont Bakery | Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Caterer: Sausalido | Cookies: Nancy B's Bakery | Ceremony Location: Saints John and Paul Catholic Church | DJ: DJ Nugget | Flowers: Hearts and Flowers Floral Design Studio| Groom's Rings: Noah Gabriel & Co. | Hair: Beauty Justified by Justine | Lighting: J. Verno Studios | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Beauty Justified by Justine | Menswear: Tommy Hilfiger from Macy's | Photographer: Lauren Renee Designs | Reception Venue: J. Verno Studios | Rentals: Elegant Chair Cover Designs | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Wedding Planner: Devoted to You

Photographer: Lauren Renee Designs

Surprise Rooftop Proposal at Hotel Monaco: Jess & Jacob

When it comes to proposals, some guys like to go big or go home.  When Jacob decided to pop the question to Jess, he wanted something uber romantic.  To help with all of the details, he enlisted the help of Exhale Events, who then had 48 hours to put together a team of A+ vendors, design the perfect proposal set up, and execute it flawlessly for the couple.  Hotel Monaco's Rialto Suite rooftop provided a backdrop of the city while Jacob dropped to one knee under a floral arch made of vintage ladders from Vintage Alley Rentals, fresh greenery and flowers from Sapphire & Lace Design, calligraphy wooden signs, and twinkling candlelight.  After saying YES and a mini photo shoot with Abbie Tyler Photography, the couple celebrated with their family and friends.  If this isn't the most romantic way to start an engagement, I don't know what is.  Congrats to the bride and groom to be!

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From the proposal planner…

According to Jacob, this modern day romance began when the pair matched on Tinder.  He was finishing his residency in Pittsburgh and getting ready to make a move to South Carolina, so he was a bit apprehensive to reach out, knowing he had to leave soon.  However, something told him that he had to meet her, so he decided to throw all caution to the wind.  After dating Jessica for a few weeks, Jacob decided to cancel his move to remain in Pittsburgh.  As he recalls, “one of my friends said that if you meet a girl from Pittsburgh and fall in love, you’re likely to never leave the Burgh.”

For the proposal, Jacob wanted something very romantic, but the details were up to us given the 48 hour time frame we had to work with.  His only real request was that he wanted “Crash into Me” by Dave Matthews Band playing when he proposed.  We were able to catch a bit of the proposal from our hiding spot and it brought a little tear to our eyes. You can tell how much Jacob loves her just from the way he looks at her.

After the couple got engaged and did a mini photo shoot with Abbie, Jacob had a private dinner prepared for Jessica.  Little did she know, she was in for one more surprise.  All of their closest friends came to celebrate that evening in the hotel suite.  There was champagne flowing and appetizers shared on that gorgeous summer night.  A perfect cap to a romantic evening.

Vendors

Catering & Desserts: Hotel Monaco | Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Lighting: Pittsburgh Wedding Rentals | Location: Hotel Monaco | Photography: Abbie Tyler Photography | Proposal Planner: Exhale Events | Signs: Twenty Sixth and Sketch | Vintage Ladder Arch: Vintage Alley Rentals

Flowers: Sapphire & Lace Design | Proposal Planner: Exhale Events | Vintage Ladder Arch: Vintage Alley Rentals

Frosty Winter Wedding at The Studio on Fifth: Sheena & Dominic

As soon as I read that this wedding's theme was “Frosted Winter's Night”, I was sold.  Sheena and Dominic worked with Soiree by Souleret to bring to this wedding day everything that makes this current season so special – warmth, glow, sparkle, and, of course, snow.  Starting with a girly yet dramatic color palette of blush pink and plum, The Studio on Fifth was transformed into a starry winter night.  Crystal chiavari chairs, luxurious sequin linens, mixed metallic table decor, mercury glass, a wall of twinkle lights, and a multitude of dangling sparkly chandeliers came together to bring the evening indoors while giving the space a glamorous vibe.  I'm head over heels in love with all of the details of this affair, but some of my favorites include:

  • Golden pear escort cards.  Guests were greeted with gilded fruit that let them know their place for the night.  This small detail is both impactful and totally worth stealing!
  • Iridescent menu cards.  To add a little more glitz to the table, Sheena and Dominic choose menu cards that featured ombre iridescent foil confetti.  Um yes please.
  • A snowy exit!  Even though their January wedding included 60 degree weather, that didn't stop this couple from playing in the snow.  The night ended with an incredibly unique snow shower released from the ceiling!  Now that's thinking outside the box!

Outstanding style and winter romance come together in this feature that is sure to wow you!  Enjoy these images from Ryan Zarichnak Photography.  While you do that, I'll be over here planning my winter wedding do-over…

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ShoFilms was there to put all of this pretty into motion.  Check out Sheena and Dominic's wedding film!

From the bride…

When and how did you two meet?

Dom and I actually met on a blind date!  His parents set us up.  I knew them from church and he had just moved back into the area from North Carolina.  They stopped me after church one day, when I least expected it – as they say – and insisted on getting my number to pass on.  He, of course, waited a week to call.  Our first conversation over the phone lasted over an hour until he finally asked me out.  Like a gentleman, he offered to drive all the way from Brookline to Beaver County to pick me up on our first date.  We’ve been together since then.

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

We were in the most stunning setting in Negril, Jamaica.  Every year we plan a beach trip.  In 2016 we planned on going to Jamaica and chose the perfect boutique hotel on the cliffs of Negril.  We had just arrived at the hotel and were enjoying the views poolside.  He had ran back to the room and caught me staring out to the ocean.  He asked me what I was thinking about then he got down on one knee and asked if I would spend the rest of my life with him.  We know the answer to that question!

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

Our vision for the wedding was a Frosted Winter's Night.  We worked with planner Soiree by Souleret to bring it to life, incorporating lots of crystal “frost” with chandeliers and cut glass in candle containers.  To complement the crystal, we tied in a blush and plum color palette with lots of mixed metals, including gold pear escort cards atop a glass table.  My mom even surprised me with an ice sculpture!

What inspired the vision?

Even though the forecast called for a 60 degree day, our planner found a way to make this winter wedding a reality by having it snow inside!  Guests lined the exit, and Dom and I walked through and danced, as it “snowed” from above.

What made the wedding unique?

We also both have a lot of hometown pride, both having moved away and come back for the love of this city.  We tried to incorporate that in all aspects of the wedding from skyline decals on our invitations to waving Terrible Towels to Renegade at our reception.  We both formed an instant bond over our love for dogs, whom we featured on canvas as a guest book.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy from Babette's | Cake: Tallulah's Catering | Caterer: Tallulah's Catering  | Ceremony Location: St. Philip Church | DJ: DJ Sam Crawford | Flowers: Fox Petal Floral Design | Hair: Cousin of the Bride | Lighting: Gray Phoenix | Linens: Lendable Linens | Makeup: The Pittsburgh Stylist | Menswear: Black by Vera Wang | Photographer: Ryan Zarichnak Photography | Reception Venue: The Studio on Fifth | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Snow Exit: LUXE Creative | Transportation: Venus Limo & A Tortorice Limousine | Videography: ShoFilms | Wedding Planner: Soiree by Souleret

Makeup: The Pittsburgh Stylist | Photographer: Ryan Zarichnak Photography | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Wedding Planner: Soiree by Souleret

Stunning & Enchanting Wedding at Fox Chapel Golf Club: Ali & Phil

Do me a favor and hold onto to your socks, because they're about to be knocked off.  Nothing – and I mean NOTHING – has wowed me as much as this enchanting wedding has.  It's romantic, breathtaking, chic, and lavish all at the same time.  Ali and Phil's September day took place at the Fox Chapel Golf Club, which GreenSinner transformed into a whimsical, wonderful greenery-filled fairyland.  Fresh foliage was the main theme of the day, whose color palette centered around ivory, cream, gray, and neutral tones.  Luscious table runners, an abundance of candlelight, sheer brocade overlay linens, lots of gold detailing, and greenery dripping from just about every surface made this reception space worthy of awards.  And if you think this bride and her all-in-white bridesmaids look simply ravishing, it's because Ali's mom is the owner of Bridal Beginning, THE Pittsburgh destination for wedding day fashion.  Styled and planned by Shayla Hawkins Events and beautifully captured by Dawn Derbyshire Photography and Traveling Heart Productions, Ali and Phil's wedding is OUT OF THIS WORLD.   Take a look and see just what I mean.

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Romantic, sexy, and all kinds of fun, Ali and Phil's wedding film from Traveling Heart Productions is DEF worth a watch!

From the bride…

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

Phil and I met six years ago in the doctor of physical therapy graduate program at the University of Dayton.  We were cadaver partners in the anatomy lab!  We did a long distance relationship for 2.5 years.  He proposed the weekend I decided to move back to Pittsburgh!  I drive to his apartment from Ohio and the house looked empty.  He had flowers and candles everywhere and a letter for me to read, ending with a note that I'd find him upstairs.  When I went up, he was in a suit down on one knee!

Describe the wedding and what inspired it.  What was unique about it?

Our wedding look was very romantic and classic.  The colors were ivory, cream, and gray, with all warm, neutral tones and all green and white flowers.  My inspiration was to create a classic enchanted evening with a lot of greenery.  GreenSinner made it particularly unique by going above and beyond with the ambience they created and all the candlelight!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Our first look!  It was so romantic and intimate and just a special moment between the two of us!

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

Use Shayla Hawkins Events!  They made my fairytale wedding come true.  My dream team of vendors made the day seem flawless.  Also, I couldn't have done it without my mom and her staff at Bridal Beginning for making me and my girls look like magical princesses!  Remember to enjoy your day together and spend time together!!

Vendors

Band: The Elite Show Band | Bride's Dress: Berta from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Haute Bride from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle from Bridal Beginning | Bridesmaids Dresses: La Femme from Bridal Beginning | Cake: Bethel Bakery | Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Caterer: Fox Chapel Golf Club | Ceremony Location: St. Louise de Marillac Church | Flowers: GreenSinner | Hair: Geno Levi Salon | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Makeup by Bo | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Photography: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Reception Venue: Fox Chapel Golf Club | Rentals: All Occasion Party Rental | Stationery: L Brands | Transportation: Tortorice Limousine | Videography: Traveling Heart Productions | Wedding Planner: Shayla Hawkins Events

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Bridal Beginning | Bride's Shoes: Bridal Beginning | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Flowers: GreenSinner | Photography: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Rentals: All Occasion Party Rental | Videography: Traveling Heart Productions

Urban Rooftop Engagement Session: Julie & Chad

The best view of Pittsburgh is from way up high.  That's why this rooftop engagement session from Jeannine Bonadio Photography is such a stunner.  Julie and Chad took to a downtown parking garage to capture the skyline, a glowing sunset, and their love.  After that, they ventured to lower ground, seeking out some of the urban green space and, of course, a bridge or two.  While these images are totally classic, I'm absolutely head over heels in love with Julie's dress.  The bright red looks dazzling on her and the structured skirt, statement necklace, and beaded green shoes had a surprising pop of pizzazz.  Keep your eyes peeled for Julie and Chad's dog, Cannoli, who sports a matching floral collar.  If the engagement photos are any indication of how stylish Julie and Chad's fall wedding was, we're all in for a doozey.

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From the photographer…

Describe the engagement session.

Julie's chic, bold style made this urban rooftop session really shine.  They included their pup, Cannoli, which is always a showstopper in my book!

What made the engagement shoot unique?

I think their session was unique because it is so classic – sunset with a city skyline, urban brick and bridges, all the things I love about shooting downtown!  I love neutral tones and flowing dresses but it was so refreshing to have vibrant color and structure to her dress, plus the little peeks of glam with her shoes and necklace too.  I loved how Julie's dress popped and really showed off her personal style.  It is awesome when clients really enjoy what they have on AND feel like themselves.  They had a second outfit and didn't even use it because they loved what that had on.  It makes a huge difference in the feel of your photos when you're feeling confident!

Modern Fairy Tale Inspired Wedding at the Twentieth Century Club: Shelby & Matthew

Like something straight out of a romance novel, this fairy tale inspired wedding is the stuff dreams are made of.  With a ceremony at Heinz Chapel and the evening set in the charming ballroom of the Twentieth Century Club, a palette of blush, mauve, deep plum, ivory, and champagne played center stage at this affair.  The combination was the perfect mix of drama, femininity, and sophistication.  In her dusty pink long sleeve Hayley Paige wedding dress, Shelby looked like an ethereal starlit.  Meanwhile, Matthew was dashing in his modern yet classic blue and black tuxedo with a bow tie.  With the help of a strolling violinist, dimmed chandeliers, and a starry ceiling above the dance floor, romance simply oozed throughout the evening.  Textural linens, mismatched bridesmaids dresses in a variety of hues, sophisticated calligraphy, and subtle gold detailing added to the ambiance.  Even the portraits look like they still frames from a live adaptation of the literary classic “The Secret Garden”.  The intimacy and natural beauty of Mellon Park's walled garden coupled with the moody creativity of Whitling Photography will make you swear Shelby and Matthew just stepped off the cover of a book.  Fit for a prince and princess, this soiree is bound to leave you swooning.

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From the bride…

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

Matt and I met four years ago while playing co-ed PSL softball.  I had recently moved home to Pittsburgh from Nashville and was looking for a way to meet new people.  I joined the “Honeynut Ichiros” in the spring of '13 and Matt joined the team in the fall of 13′ season.  I remember going over to introduce myself to the cute new guy, and as soon as we locked eyes, there was an instant click – I knew this guy was going to be a part of my life.  Matt and I always joke around that we have our softball team and PSL to thank for us finding each other… it was serendipity!

Matt proposed the summer of 2016.  My family has a home in Montana, outside of Glacier National Park (my favorite place in the world), and we were out there visiting.  We decided to spend a night in Glacier at one of the lodges.  So after a long day of hiking, we checked into the lodge and went upstairs to freshen up before dinner.  Our room had an outdoor patio overlooking a river, with mountains in the backdrop (gorgeous view) so we decided to sit out on the rocking chairs and take in the view.  Next thing I knew, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him 🙂

Describe the wedding and what inspired it. What was unique about it?

For the wedding, I wanted to go with a fairytale/secret garden type feel.  I wanted to be traditional in the fact that I wanted to get married in a church.  Heinz Chapel is stunning, and has a more intimate feel.  The glow of the stained glass windows while you're inside is beautiful.  I used a string quartet as well as an organist for the ceremony.  My bridesmaids were all in different dresses, and my flower girls looked like little fairies!  I think they stole the show!

After the ceremony we took pictures at Mellon Park near the walled garden.  That's where I really felt like I was in the Secret Garden!

Our reception was at The Twentieth Century Club.  The venue is so elegant and has an old world charm about it, with stunning chandeliers.  There are also several different rooms you can utilize!  We used the upstairs foyer for cocktail hour, as a violinist strolled though the guests.  We then moved into the dining room for dinner and cake.  From there, we moved downstairs into the art deco ballroom, where the bar opened up and the party began!  We used candlelight uplighting, and the chandeliers were dimmed just enough to create a gorgeous ambiance.  My colors were hues of champagne and ivory, with bits of gold, blush, mauve, and deep plums.  I told Lauren at The Farmer's Daughter that I wanted my flowers to give off an antique moody vibe.  She took that and made magic happen!

With the help of my mom, everything I planned and envisioned was executed perfectly.  It was truly a fairy tale day, and I never felt more like a princess.  I wish I could go back and do it again!!!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

My favorite moment of the day would probably be getting ready to walk down the aisle with my dad and seeing Matt (for the first time) standing at the other end.

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

Have fun, and enjoy it!!!  Try not to stress (too much).  The day will be here before you know it!

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Hayley Paige from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: BHLDN | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale & Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids | Cake: Gluuteny | Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Caterer: Twentieth Century Club | Ceremony Location: Heinz Chapel | DJ: DJ Nugget | Flower Girl Dresses: Little Dreams Inc. | Flowers: The Farmer's Daughter | Hair: Sarah Pelco (bride) and DeStefino Beauty Bar (bridesmaids) | Lighting: Gray Phoenix Design | Linens: Mosaic Linens | Makeup: Lexie Totura at DeStefino Beauty Bar | Menswear: Kenneth Cole & Joseph Abboud from Mens Wearhouse | Photography: Whitling Photography | Reception Venue: Twentieth Century Club | Stationery: Brown Linen Design | String Quartet: Steven Vance Violin & DJ Music | Transportation: Elite Limousine | Videography: So Fresh Films 

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Photography: Whitling Photography | String Quartet: Steven Vance Violin & DJ Music | Videography: So Fresh Films 

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.

Vendors

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

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Musicians: Steven Vance Violin & DJ Music

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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From the photographer…

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.