Featured Vendor: team XOXO design

Online paper providers such as Minted and Wedding Paper Divas have really changed the way brides and grooms shop for wedding stationery.  A million designs, a million customization options…sometimes it can be hard to narrow it down to something that truly reflects your style.  Sometimes what you really want is something simple.  And sophisticated.  Erika Williams and her company team XOXO design is here to help couples who want just that.

When she couldn't find a chic design for her own save the dates a few years ago, she created one herself.  And since then she has been designing paper goods for those who share her eye for streamlined work.  Her specialty is a save the date postcard that features a large picture, usually one from an engagement session, on the front, with a smaller image on the back.  Past clients have used this space to showcase another e-photo, or even one of the city where they are getting married or met.

No matter the design, a couple's photo is the highlight and adjustments are made to the type and layout to make sure the image is the shining star.  Can you find this type of personalization and customer service from one of the giant online stationers?  Me thinks not.

Enjoy these photos from a recent product shoot with Jennifer Najvar and read on to hear how team XOXO design can  help you in your save the date search!

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

And a few other designs featuring Burgh Brides veteran couple Lauren and Chris!

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: team XOXO design

From Erika…

What type of service do you provide?
Custom save the date postcards – our main specialty!  We also offer hand-lettering, addressing services, and other wedding paper goods.

Tell me a little bit about your company!
We are an online design and print management business. Our mission is to offer you a professionally designed and commercially printed save the date product while also providing the customization, personal touch, and communication of working with a small, local business.  We ensure that the process of choosing your save the date is simple and enjoyable, rather than overwhelming you with hundreds of options.  Our goal is to serve our customers beyond their satisfaction.  We pride ourselves in making a connection with our engaged couples and appreciate them allowing us to be a special part of their wedding planning process.

A little over a year ago, my now-husband and I were in the process of choosing our save the dates for our 2014 wedding.  Despite the number of options that were available on the popular online sites, we just could not find a simple design that we loved.  So we designed our own.   A year later, teamXOXOdesign was born – designing and printing save the date postcards that are simple and sophisticated.

Your photo ALWAYS comes FIRST in the design process; the font placement and layout will compliment the photo and every individual order is customized.  I'm also known to send multiple versions that couples can choose from before they receive a final proof.

The back of the postcard features a small photo, which can be of your hometown (like the beautiful Pittsburgh skyline), the city that you are getting married in, or a detail photo from your engagement session – whatever is unique and special to you!

What is your ideal client like?
Our ideal client is a couple who can appreciate professionally designed and printed paper products, who wants to support a small, local business, and who has a simple and sophisticated style.

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Featured Vendor: Gray Phoenix Design

Lighting and draping is hands down the easiest, most effective way to transform a room.  You can easily take a white-walled, plain Jane space and turn it into something entirely different with just a few touches of light and fabric.  That's exactly what Gray Phoenix can do for you.  From uplights and gobos, pinspots and bistro lights, to backdrops, fancy entrances, ceiling swag, and more, Gray Phoenix has all of the capabilities to magically turn your blank space venue into something straight off of Pinterest.

Owner Jim took his concert production-background and moved into the event and wedding industry a few years ago.  Since then, his company has grown into one of the best decor and lighting providers in the city.  Beyond being super easy to work with, Jim and his staff are innovative and capable of taking a hodge podge of ideas and piecing them together to create a beautiful outcome.  Your venue will look better than it ever has and your guests will be wowed by a space  that is unlike any they've ever seen.

You can see Gray Phoenix's creativity and skills come to life at Heather and Zach's reception, our big day, and all of the other weddings and events below.

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Gray Phoenix

From Jim of Gray Phoenix…

What type of services do you provide?
Lighting – uplighting, globe light strings, gobos, Chinese lanterns, star-fields, pin spots, and stage lighting
Fabric decor – swags, backdrops, tent pole covers, and beads
Audio/visual services – flat screen monitors, screen projections, and sound systems
Custom – designed props and artwork

Tell me a little bit about your company! 
Gray Phoenix is a full time, full service production company offering decorative services for wedding receptions and special events in the Pittsburgh region.  We have been in business for five years.  Most of our work is customized to meet each client's specific design needs.  We utilize only professional-grade, commercial lighting equipment.  Gray Phoenix maintains a very large inventory of fabric (all fire rated).  Our staff consists of ultra creative people with both artistic and technical backgrounds.  Our goal for every event is very simple – make our clients happy!

What is your ideal client like?
An ideal client is creative with a general idea of what they want, but who are looking to us for technical know-how, resources, advice, and expertise to bring the whole atmosphere together.

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Featured Vendor: Deighan Design & A Giveaway!

It's all in the details, am I right?  I've said it before and I'll say it again – details are my love language.  I love seeing all of the sweet little ways brides personalize their wedding day, adding extra touches here and there to make it all the more special.  One detail that I highly encourage every bride to remember is the dress hanger!  I know it may seem silly but nothing ruins a photo of a gorgeous wedding gown like an ugly plastic hanger.  Ick.  Your Monique Lhuillier deserves better than that.

Luckily, Deighan Design and their sturdy wooden hangers can help you dress up your dress (and save your photos)!  Their hangers are decorated with wire bent by hand, spelling out your new name, your wedding date, or another special message.  The hangers are sturdy enough to handle even the heaviest of beaded dresses, and the carved notches help prevent the gown from slipping.  Silk flowers, satin ribbons, and rhinestone pieces are available to add the perfect finishing touch.

Beyond dress hangers, Deighan Design also specializes in wire cake toppers, handmade lace garters, bridal party gifts, totes, bachelorette party supplies, and a whole line of apparel geared toward the bride and her maids, including tanks, tees, hoodies, robes.  Basically, Deighan Design has your wedding day accessories covered!

Imagine your dress hanging from one of their pretty creations below.  Then keep scrolling to see some of the other fantastic products they offer and ENTER TO WIN your very own Deighan Design goodie!

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

From Deighan Design…

What type of service do you provide?
Among other products, we create personalized wire hangers for “the dress”!  Custom bridal hangers really add that “something special” and “wow factor” to dress photos and they create a memory that lasts a lifetime.

Tell me a little bit about your business!
We have been in business for a little over 4 years, growing from a small independent company run from home, to a bigger version with multiple people working to fill orders!  Everything is handmade with care and consideration; we know how much each hanger will mean to its new bride!  We strive to give the best level of customer service, be quick and detail oriented, and never lose that friendly demeanor!

What is your ideal client like?
Any bride who is looking to accentuate her dress, not only on the big day, but in photos that will last a lifetime.

Contact, Like, & Follow!
Email: deighan.design@gmail.com
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And enter the giveaway!  Deighan Design is gifting a lucky lady with one of their Wifey tanks!

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Deighan Design

This cute shirt is perfect to wear to your post-wedding brunch, on the plane ride to your honeymoon,or even on an ordinary day after you're hitched!  It also makes a great gift for newly-engaged ladies or for those who are celebrating a bridal shower or bachelorette party!

You can earn up to six entries by following/liking Deighan Design and Burgh Brides on social media.  Contest runs through the end of the month.  A winner will be announced shortly after.  Good luck!!!

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Featured Vendor: Glitter & Grit

There are A LOT of really great bridal shops in Pittsburgh.  But for a really long time, something was missing.  What if you didn't want a big, expensive ball gown or something covered in beading?  Maybe you're a bit more bohemian and have never pictured yourself in a traditional wedding dress, but instead in something you're more likely to see on the pages of Vogue?  Something less princess-inspired and more high fashion?  Something a little less “everyone else” and a little more uniquely you?

Erin Szymanski recognized that the needs of a certain bridal clientele weren't being met in Pittsburgh.  So she opened Glitter & Grit, the city's premier bridal shop that is “reclaiming romance for the boldly engaged”.  This boutique, located in Lawrenceville, offers an unmatched selection of bridal dresses and accessories, curated from independent designers all over the country and even Canada.  All handmade, this exclusive collection is unlike any other that you'll find in the Burgh.  Fashions from Daughters of Simone, Elizabeth Dye, Tulle New York, and Wai Ching, to name just a few designers, are chosen because of their simple elegance and unique approach to design.  Glitter & Grit even caters to the eco-chic bride with offerings that are earth-friendly, ethically sourced, and made from sustainable or natural materials.  Erin and her store have been filling a gap in the Pittsburgh wedding industry for the last year and a half, and I have a sneaking suspicion she'll be doing just that for a long time to come.

These swoon-worthy shots from Mandy Fierens Photography are from Glitter & Grit's latest lookbook.  Settle in for a romantic sampling of the prettiness this boutique carries and keep reading for more from Erin below.

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - Mandy Fierens Photography

In addition to gorgeous gowns, Glitter and Grit also carries amazing accessories to complete your look.  These images from E. Henigan Studios show just what I mean.

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - E. Henigan Studios

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - E. Henigan Studios

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - E. Henigan Studios

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - E. Henigan Studios

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - E. Henigan Studios

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - E. Henigan Studios

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Glitter & Grit Bridal Salon - E. Henigan Studios

From Erin of Glitter & Grit…

What type of services do you provide?
Unique, independently-made wedding dresses and accessories

Tell me a little bit about your company! 
Glitter & Grit has now been open for a year and a half.  Brides receive individual attention in a private setting, having the entire store to themselves (and their guests) for their 90 minute appointment.  The designs offered include unique styles that are a great alternative to the more traditional gowns, earth-friendly materials, handmade collections, and even color options, made by small, independent designers from all over the U.S. and even Canada.

What is your ideal client like?
A Glitter & Grit bride probably hasn't dreamed of her wedding – or her wedding dress – since she was a little girl.  Instead, she may find herself a bit outside of her comfort zone planning a wedding!  And that's okay; there are plenty of us out there that feel that way.  She's laid back, fashion-forward, and ready to make decisions about her wedding based on what's true to her versus what everyone else has “always done”.  A Glitter & Grit bride loves to support small, local businesses and is excited to find a dress that is just her style.

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Featured Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

What's the best way to ensure that you love your wedding photos?  Find a photographer that you connect with.  Someone that shares some personalities traits, has similar likes, and that just “gets you”.  If there is one Pittsburgh photographer who really “knows” their clients, it's the gals of Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers.

Pittsburgh girls are unique.  I feel like I can say this because I am one, born and raised.  There are two sides to us – the hip, fashionable “it” girl and the friendly, sweet girl-next-door.  We loves nights out on the town but we can also be homebodies.  We can drink champagne or IC Light, house a cap, egg, and cheese or sashimi, wear a ball cap or designer duds, and listen to country music or hipster punk.  We can be sweet as pie until you say something not-so-nice about our beloved Steelers.  We find a way to be all of these things at once and that's why we're so awesome (IMHO).  Leeann, owner (obvi), and her sidekick, Melissa, totally get this!  Because that's who they are too!  They love this city, its people, and all of the unique characteristics each has to offer.  They brag about being the “big city photographers for the hometown bride”, which means they understand (and love) the dichotomy of Pittsburgh!

Besides connecting well with their clients, Leeann and her team are amazingly talented, not only at capturing the must-have wedding moments –  the walk down the aisle, the first kiss, the first dance – but also the quiet, unplanned ones as well.  The bride helping her dad with his tie, the maid of honor dabbing her eyes at the ceremony, the groom sweetly looking at his wife during dinner – these ladies are constantly on the look-out for moments just like these.  They believe that family is the most important thing and they strive to capture the essence of yours and how it plays out on your wedding day.  Their unique work with layering means each photo has depth.  And I love the way they play with light, both natural and otherwise; it's almost as if their couples have a glowing aura around them.

It's no wonder Leeann is one of the most successful wedding photographers around.  The photos speak for themselves.  Check them out and read more from Leeann below!

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

From Leeann…

What type of services do you provide?
Big city photographers for the hometown bride!  We specialize in wedding and engagement photography for Pittsburgh girls who love nights out downtown, delicious sushi, bonfires with friends, and family holidays.  Our brides aren't afraid to stand in the cold and cheer on the Steelers, and they love a good sale at Ross Park.

Tell me a little bit about your company! 
I started the business in 2009, after getting married in 2008.  I thought, “Hey, I could do that!”  And sure enough – here I am!  I've photographed over 100 weddings since then, and I quit my day job as an industrial engineer in 2010.  I've never looked back!  In 2012, I added Melissa and Loren to my business and we recently rebranded as Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers.  All three of us now work closely, and we cater to some amazing brides and grooms in the Pittsburgh area.  This is our full-time work, and we're really proud of what we do.

From a business perspective, we are ultra-organized, efficient, quick to answer, down-to-earth, and professional.  We are proudly active in the photography and event industries here in Pittsburgh.  I serve as the Vice President of Communications for the International Special Events Society Pittsburgh chapter, and I also speak nationally to photographers about business and efficiency.  We plan to be in business for a LONG time, and we have many long-term goals.

We also keep in touch with our clients!  It's pretty awesome to see their families growing! 🙂

What is your ideal client like?
We concentrate on couples who have the perfect “Pittsburgh” dichotomy…because that's who we are too!  Our brides and grooms love nice things, wonderful vacations, shopping, and good food.  They are also really down-to-earth people who can swim in a river, tailgate in the cold, eat a Primanti's sandwich, and celebrate family holidays at their childhood home in a nearby suburb.  Our couples love Pittsburgh, and we love them for that.

Contact, Like, and Follow!
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Featured Vendor: Cinebard Films & A Giveaway!

Everybody knows I'm a big fan of wedding videos.  I'm an even bigger fan of them when they are as heartfelt and as romantic as the ones Cinebard Films produces.  That's because Cinebard Films doesn't just produce wedding videos; they tell love stories.  Amanda and Josh, the duo behind the cameras, capture every emotion, every moment, and every feeling of your special day.  But more than that, this talented duo has a way of retelling your story that will conjure up all of the butterflies, giggles, and tears of joy you experienced in the first place.  With a video from Cinebard Films, not only will you get to rehear your vows or your maid of honor's speech, but you'll also get to see the moments you might have missed – the flower girl on the dance floor, a bridesmaid doing a final makeup check in the mirror, or your dad as he wipes his tears away during the ceremony.  The level of attention Amanda and Josh pay to detail mean that your love story – the whole story, not just the big moments but all of the tiny ones in between as well – gets told.  And told well.  There truly isn't anything more special than that.

Besides being talented videographers, Amanda and Josh are also engaged!  What better way to know what your wedding clients want than to be a bride and groom yourself?  Between planning their own nuptials and working with clients, these two are on their way to becoming Pittsburgh wedding experts.  I may have some competition on my hands 😉

Just kidding!  But in all seriousness, grab some tissues and watch two of their latest films below.  Then, keep scrolling for more from Amanda and to learn how you can win your own Pre-Wedding Interview Video!

Jeana & Cory

Paige & Ryan

From Amanda from Cinebard Films…

What type of services do you provide?
My fiance, Josh, and I provide wedding video production services.  We don't just make wedding videos.  We tell love stories.  We produce high quality keepsake videos customized to tell the unique tale of each couple's happily ever after.  In addition to the ultra-shareable Love Story Featurette Video, we also offer a Pre-Wedding Interview Video, where couples have the opportunity to tell their love story in their own words.

Tell me a little bit about your company!
Josh and I have been producing love stories for a little over a year now, and it has been an absolute dream.  Josh started making movies in high school, but didn't pursue film school.  We both work full time outside of Cinebard Films, but our passion is telling stories with video.  And really, love stories  are simply the best.  We love what we do and we bring love to every story that we tell.  We also know what it's like to plan a wedding so we always deliver high-quality video production at unbeatable rates.

What is your ideal client like?
Our ideal client is so excited about getting married that they want to tell their love story – whether it's a love story they want to shout from the mountain tops, or just watch together after they're married while enjoying a bottle of wine.  They are deeply in love and they can't wait to spend the rest of their lives together.

Contact, Like, & Follow!
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And enter to win a Pre-Wedding Interview Video from Cinebard Films!  They describe it as “a short film that tells your love story in your own words at a cool off-site location before your wedding day!”  And you can have your very own!  Since these two are video buffs, you're going to have to get comfy in front of the camera to enter this giveaway.  Grab your phone, put the camera on video mode, hit record, and let us know when or how you knew your fiance was the one!  You can interview your boo or answer the question yourself.  Then, email the clip to hello@burghbrides or share it on my Facebook page.  Contest runs until 11:59 p.m. on July 20!  Good luck!

Featured Vendor: Jeremy Ganss Productions

A DJ can literally make or break a wedding reception.  A not-so-great DJ makes people want to stay in their seats or head for the bar.  A good DJ gets guests moving for a while.  But an awesome DJ has the dance floor packed all night.  That is exactly what you'll get from Jeremy Ganss Productions.  I have been a huge fan of Jeremy and his counterpart, Andy Booth, since my days as a wedding planner.  They were usually my go-to DJ recommendations, and for good reason.  I worked with both of them several times and at every one of those weddings, the dance floor was the place to be.  Jeremy and Andy both have an extensive knowledge of music, artists, and genres and are able to make suggestions based on your tastes and wishes, as well as make tweaks to their playlist based on how the crowd responds.

Cases in point: When we hired Andy to play at our own wedding, I told him that I love good covers.  He offered up some great suggestions for the prelude and processional, and I was introduced to some of my new favorite artists.  I was also admittedly apprehensive about the reception.  Justin had explicitly told me on multiple occasions that his friends “aren't dancers”.  That night, however, Andy quickly picked up on the fact that they loved 80s rock and dance tunes and he kept those coming all evening.  Our dance floor was PACKED with these so called “non-dancers”.  Andy also respected my wishes of no polka music even though my mom asked probably 812 times (we aren't even Polish).  He also wouldn't play a song our best man requested because he knew it would be a dance floor killer.  The exact song title escapes me now but I do remember Andy took a lot of heat for that from our best man (sorry Andy!).  It was all in the name of keeping the party alive.  These guys take their job seriously.

I think most brides find it difficult to describe what they are looking for when it comes to a DJ.  It's probably much easier to say what it is that you don't want.  You don't want cheese.  You don't want someone who tries too hard or talks too much.  You don't want someone who isn't going to listen to your wishes or who doesn't know how to read a crowd.  Luckily, Jeremy or Andy have you covered.  With them, you get nothing but professionalism, modern musical expertise, and a kick butt dance party.  Isn't that what guests love most about a wedding anyways?

Bonus!  Jeremy Ganss Productions also offers other services, such as accent lighting and the recently added live wedding art.  Truly not just a DJ, Jeremy and his crew will entertain your guests from the first drink to the last dance.

Say hi to Jeremy.

Now say hi to Andy.  But first, let me take a selfie…

From Andy of Jeremy Ganss Productions…

What type of services do you provide?
Entertainment for artistic, stylish, elegant, and FUN weddings

Tell me a little bit about your company! 
Jeremy has been a DJ since 1997.  I've been at it since 1979.  We are both passionate about providing the absolute best in wedding entertainment – distinctive, unique, artistic, very fun, and (what every bride wants) stress free!

What is your ideal client like?
Our clients know what they want, and often more importantly, what they DON'T want.  We are both dedicated, passionate professionals, and our clients often seem to be the same.

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Email: mail@jeremyganss.com
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Featured Vendor: Whitling Photography + A Giveaway!

There are a lot of husband/wife photography duos in Pittsburgh but Stephanie and Brett of Whitling Photography just might be the cutest.  This twosome is laid back but full of life, they love what they do, and they want to photograph weddings exactly as they happen.  They document all of the imperfect, heartfelt, and laughable moments in a way that exudes emotion and reflects the beauty of the couple and their love.  Their unique composition and work with dramatic light results in some seriously stunning shots, as evidenced below.

More than that, they are just nice people.  They even describe themselves as “dorks” on their website.  Aren't we all?  What better way to make sure you mesh well with your photographer than by finding one who is exactly like you?  Stephanie and Brett strive to make their clients comfortable, to make them laugh, and to show them a good time.  Clients are relaxed, knowing that they and their photographs are in good hands.  Then, Stephanie and Brett are free to take the creative reigns – something they seriously excel at.

Don't believe me?  Keep scrolling for some of their prettiest work and read on to learn how you can win a session of your very own with them!

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Whitling Photography

From Stephanie of Whitling Photography…

What type of services do you provide?
Wedding and lifestyle photography

Tell me a little bit about your company! 
Brett opened up the business in 2009.  I have been with him since 2011 and we are both full time photographers.  We are both so laid back and easygoing and our weddings reflect that.  We don't focus on the stress of the day; we try to bring out the fun!

What is your ideal client like?
Our clients are like us.  We don't take life too seriously.  Ideally, our client would trust us to create art the way we see it and see fit for their day.  They would just carry on with their day and not “pose for the camera.”  They do life the way they normally do it in front of us.

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AND ENTER THEIR GIVEAWAY!
Whitling Photography is generously offering up a free photo session to one lucky Burgh Brides reader!  Engaged?  Hello engagement photos!  Already married?  How about an anniversary or just-for-fun photo shoot?  Interested in winning?  Email hello@burghbrides.com and share your proposal story.  Whether it was a few months ago or a few years ago, tell me how you met, how/when/where he (or you!) popped the question, how long it took you to mutter “Yes” in between sobs, who you told first, how you felt to have that sparkler on your finger, etc. etc. etc.  Stephanie, Brett, and I want all of the juicy details!  Feel free to include a pic or two of you and your sweetie!  Contest runs until 11:59 p.m. on June 22.  We'll select a winner and announce it right here on the blog shortly after that!  That gives you two weeks to enter.  What are you waiting for?!

Featured Vendor: Mina Rose Beauty

It's probably safe to say that you'll be photographed more on your wedding day than on any other day in your life.  You should look and feel like a million bucks!  While your inner beauty and all of that love and happiness will literally come shining through (seriously, you'll be glowing!), it doesn't hurt to have your skin and makeup looking flawless as well.  That's where Mina Rose Beauty can help.

Amanda and Shannon, the dynamic duo behind this fairly new business, believe in confidence and inner beauty first, and enhancing natural features with makeup second.  When you look good, you feel good, and vice versa.  Mina Rose strives to make their clients feel good in their own beautiful skin, while kicking things up just a tiny notch with makeup.  They offer traditional and airbrush application, a variety of waxing and skincare services, and of course, trial runs.  But you won't see any “before and after” photos from them.  The side-by-side photos usually imply that the “after” is better.  And this goes against Mina Rose's philosophy that women are beautiful as they are, and that makeup doesn't make you “better” because you're already pretty awesome.  Rock on.

But what I love about Mina Rose the most is that they make makeup accessible.  Let's be honest – Sephora can be intimidating.  I love me some MAC but even I get scared out of going up to the counter if I don't feel like I'm looking my best that day.  It shouldn't be like that.  Makeup should be fun and approachable, not scary and uncomfortable.  Amanda and Shannon are all about making their clients feel at ease with and excited about makeup.  They provide advice, make clients feel welcome, and even offer application lessons.  You shouldn't be afraid of makeup but Amanda and Shannon are there to help if you are!  I've always considered myself a makeup junkie but even I have a thousand questions I can't wait to ask them!

Both of these ladies were recently honored by Whirl Magazine as members of their newest class of Women in Business, which celebrates female entrepreneurs.  Give them a virtual high five and keep scrolling to see lots of pretty faces they've worked on and to read more from them below!

From Amanda of Mina Rose Beauty…

What type of services do you provide?
We are professional makeup artists and licensed estheticians.  We specialize in airbrush makeup application and skincare techniques for the lovely bride-to-be.  We also offer makeup services for special occasions, plus skincare and makeup lessons/advice, lash extensions, waxing, and tattoo coverage.

Our motto is “beauty from the inside out” because we want to inspire confidence in girls and women of all ages.  We believe that makeup and skincare should enhance the natural beauty you're born with.  And so, it's this simple – we create flattering looks that showcase radiant, healthy skin punctuated with color.  You should look like yourself – and feel like yourself – with an extra dose of confidence.

Tell me a little bit about your company! 
We're two best friends that started this company because we want to inspire confidence in women.  We want to change the way women think about beauty, and we want to make it accessible.  Our motto is “beauty from the inside out” because there is something seriously so powerful about loving yourself for who you are, and using makeup and skincare as a way to simply enhance what's on the inside.  We are also different from other makeup artists.  We aren't looking at you as our own “work of art” that we're painting or creating, but rather, we want to enhance your natural beauty and have YOU shine through.

It's for those reasons that we aren't into the “before and after” pictures.  We don't like implying that you look better one way or the other!  You look the best when you feel confident!

With our confidence and inner beauty mission in mind, we came up with our name, which is inspired by our grandmothers.  Jelsamina is my great grandmother, and Rose is Shannon's grandmother.  Both were strong, smart, beautiful women that we admired.  We knew it was the perfect name when we found out that “Mina” actually means “lovely”, and so we fondly refer to our clients as “lovely roses”.

Right now, this is a part time job for both of us, with big plans for continued growth in the future!  I work in marketing and Shannon works in healthcare.  We both have master's degrees from Duquesne University, we are graduates of South Hills Beauty Academy, and we've received training in airbrush application at Temptu Professional Studios in NYC.

Brides (and even some grooms!) should want to hire us because we believe so very strongly in creating a fun and relaxing environment on their big day.  After all, it's your wedding day!  You should sit back and relax, enjoy those mimosas with your bestie, and let us pamper you.  Plus, as professional makeup artists, we know what colors to use, how to make your skin look flawless (both in person and in photos), and how to make it last all day.

What is your ideal client like?
We really don't have an ideal client because we want to work with all of those lovely roses out there.  Our style is more natural because, again, our goal is to enhance our client's natural beauty and make them feel confident on such a big, important day.  However, we can accommodate any look that a bride is interested in trying – a dramatic, smokey eye, winged liner, etc.!

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Side note – Shannon and Amanda told me they like to live by this quote – “Be bold.  Take risks.  Live life freely.  Lead by example.  Trust your gut.  Say what you feel.  Mean what you say.  Express gratitude.  Believe in your power.  Exceed your expectations.  Dance the night away.  Don't take no for an answer.  Be your best self.  Don't look back.”

Word.  These gals are 1000% awesome.

A Gift Idea from Wendell August + A Giveaway!

Between the dress and the venue and the flowers and the cake and the music and the…(I could go on for days)…you have a lot of wedding details to worry about!  One thing that you definitely don't want to forget, put on the back burner, or save until the last minute is thank you gifts!  You want to show your bridesmaids, mom, future MIL, and all of the others who helped you out just how much you appreciate their time, love, and support.  Thank you gifts should be personal, reflecting the recipient or something they love, but also remind them of you and your wedding day.  That is why I absolutely love the Upcycled Hydrangea Monogram Bracelet from Wendell August.  This handmade, hammered metal bracelet is seriously stunning and the engraved initials make it all the more special.

Gift Idea for Brides, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Moms from Wendell August

Gift Idea for Brides, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Moms from Wendell August

Gift Idea for Brides, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Moms from Wendell August

Wendell August, a Grove City based company that has been around for nearly a hundred years, was kind enough to send me one of these beauties and I'm so excited to start wearing it.  Even though I've been married for a year and a half, I still love seeing my new monogram, and the interlocking cursive letters on this are really pretty.

Gift Idea for Brides, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Moms from Wendell August

Speaking of pretty, check out the back!  Beautiful flower petals and detailed leaves give the underside of this baby a surprise pop of beauty.

Gift Idea for Brides, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Moms from Wendell August

It goes great with so many pieces that I already own and but also looks lovely by itself.  It's thick but not heavy at all, and I love the way the hammered finished reflects the light.  Their forging process means that no two pieces are identical, making each bracelet truly one of a kind, just like each of your bridesmaids.  They'll love receiving something so personal, and I guarantee they'll always think of you when wearing it.  BFFs for life.

Gift Idea for Brides, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Moms from Wendell August

Gift Idea for Brides, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Moms from Wendell August

Gift Idea for Brides, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, and Moms from Wendell August

Not only is it a great gift idea for your bridesmaids, but it's also perfect for a coming-of-age junior bridesmaid who will feel extra fancy in her new big girl bracelet.  Don't forget about your mom and his mom too!  Have a newly engaged friend?  Celebrate the soon-to-be bride with one of these engraved with her new monogram.  Orrrrr you could try and win one for yourself!  That's right…Wendell August is gifting one of my lovely readers with a bracelet of their very own!  Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter; each step earns you one entry.  A winner will be chosen and announced one week from today!  Good luck!

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Wendell August also offers a matching necklace and countless other gift ideas.  For those of you attending weddings this summer, check out some options for the newlyweds.  They even have a whole line of products dedicated to Pittsburgh.  A company after my own heart.  Be sure to show them some love!

While this post was brought to you by Wendell August, all opinions are my own.  And a special thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Ashly for being my wrist model!

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