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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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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Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

A few years ago, someone started a rumor that it was appropriate to address your wedding invitations using an at-home printer and clear mailing labels.  I'm here to debunk this myth, ladies.  Sure, it saves time and money, but it's also really impersonal.  If you must use them, save the labels for save the dates and thank you cards.  Always, always, always go with a handwritten (or even digital calligraphy) address on your wedding invitations.  You've spent so much time and money selecting the perfect wedding suite; don't devalue it by slapping an Avery label on the envelope.  Not only do handwritten addresses look beautiful, but they let the guests know just how much you want them to be there.  After all, you took the time and care to personally address the invitation.  Plus, everyone loves receiving something so pretty in the mail.

But what if your handwriting isn't the neatest or you simply don't have time to address all of those invitations?  Enter Tracy Hillenbrand-Greenewald of LMM Calligraphy.  A professional calligrapher, Tracy will have the outside of your invitations looking just as pretty as the inside.  Her style is traditional and the result is an wedding invitation addressed with the utmost class.  Beyond envelopes, Tracy can also add her calligraphy to your seating cards, table numbers, favor tags, signs, or just about any other surface you can think of.  Be creative!

At the recommendation of a friend, I hired Tracy to address my own wedding invitations and I was 100% pleased with her work.  Her prices are incredibly reasonable, the turn-around time was quick, and she was even able to write out some new envelopes when a few were returned to me because I had the wrong address.  (Oops!  Let that be a lesson to all of you – double check your addresses first!)

The invitation truly is your guests' first glimpse at your wedding.  Make sure you set a tone of elegance by addressing them in the proper way.  Scroll down to see Tracy's handwriting in action and read more from her below.

All photos courtesy of LMM Calligraphy except where noted.

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

Burgh Brides Featured Vendor: LMM Calligraphy

From Tracy of LMM Calligraphy…

What type of services do you provide?
I offer handwritten calligraphy on any size or texture of envelope for any event.  I also do place or escort cards, table names, poems, or whatever you can come up with.

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  Is this your full time gig or part time passion?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
I have been in business for 15 years.  I actually started this business painting a mural in my nephew's room.  After seeing how well it turned out and how much we enjoyed painting it, my sister and I decided to go into a business painting murals.  This is how Logan's Magical Murals (LMM, named after my nephew) began.  We painted part time and did it as a side business.  A few years later, a friend – knowing that I did calligraphy – asked if I would address her wedding invitations.  I did and I found that I enjoyed it as much as painting murals, so I branched out and started LMM Calligraphy.  I still do murals part time but my main concentration is calligraphy.  I also work part time as a nanny, which is another job I enjoy.

Brides and grooms should consider me because handwritten calligraphy will add an inexpensive touch of elegance to any event.  An invitation is the first thing your guests will see and it can set the tone for the whole event.  Table name or numbers and the place cards written in calligraphy can also make an event look elegant.

What is your ideal client like?
I have been very fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful people planning different events.  I have enjoyed all of them and the different projects each has had for me.  I couldn't ask for anything more ideal.

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Featured Vendor: La Candella Weddings

You've seen her work on Molly and Zach's big day and you've even seen me featured on her own blog.  But prepare yourself for even more serious swooning.  The work of La Candella Weddings is all things dreamy, whimsical, and feminine.  Angie, the genius behind the lens, is a fashion-turned-wedding photographer who pulls inspiration from her background.  Couple that with her flawless eye for detail, and it means that every bride (and groom!) looks like they stepped right off the cover of a magazine.  And much like an editorial shoot, Angie works hard to make sure the vision comes to life.  If the couple has a particular style or the wedding a particular theme, Angie will create a Pinterest board (such as this one for a military wedding!) and share it with the bride to inspire their own creativity and ideas.  Talk about going the extra mile.

La Candella has been published on all of the major wedding blogs, such as Trendy Bride, Offbeat Bride, Aisle Perfect, On the Go Bride, and Emmaline Bride.  As if all that publicity wasn't cool enough, Angie was also a spotlight vendor on the blog of Preston Bailey – the creme de la creme of all event and wedding planners.  I die.

Soft and romantic, Angie's work has an ethereal feel to it, as if she's capturing real life fairy tales.  So if you've ever wondered what it feels like to be Cinderella, check out La Candella.  Glass slippers not included.

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

Dreamy Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer, La Candella Weddings

From Angie of La Candella Weddings…

What type of services do you provide?
Wedding photography, engagement sessions, styled couple and bridal sessions, and bridal look books

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
I've been photographing weddings since 2008, but it hadn't become a main part of my business until this past year.  I have a background in fashion photography, so that has really influenced my style.  I tend to lean towards the very romantic, ethereal, and fairy tale-like.  I consider myself a fine art wedding photographer.  I go through every photo and make sure that the bride looks flawless, and that the photos look like they came out of a magazine (or a fairy tale!).

What is your ideal client like?
Very detail-oriented!  I ADORE lots of details at weddings.  Also, someone who is a romantic and loves anything girly and whimsical 🙂

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Featured Vendor: Syncopated Pictures

When we got married, we originally weren't going to hire a videographer.  My initial plan was to just spend that money on a realllllly good photographer instead.  However, as the months progressed, I started to feel like I might regret not having a video.  We ultimately ended up hiring a videographer and I am so, so glad that we did.  That video…oh my goodness.  I can watch it now, over a year and a half later, and still experience the same emotions I did that day – crying during our vows, laughing during the speeches, and smiling from ear to ear.  There is something so incredibly special about that.  Yes, our photographs are beautiful and I'll treasure them always.  But the video allows us to re-experience the day in a completely different way.  If I could offer all you Burgh Brides one piece of advice, it would be to find a way to work a videographer into your budget if you can.  Every single penny will be well spent, but most importantly, you'll be able to relive your wedding day over and over for years to come.

That's where Syncopated Pictures comes in.  The way in which owner Christina and her team view and piece together special moments is captivating.  Syncopated takes a storytelling approach when it comes to wedding films.  This means they get to know you and your fiance, understanding what is important to you and what matters  most on your wedding day.  In Syncopated's films, you'll hear less music and more dialogue.  Meaning you'll be able to rehear that funny joke your maid of honor cracked as you were getting your hair done or those sweet final words your dad said to you before walking you down the aisle or the first “I love you” whispered by your new husband.  Having the ability to relive those tiny but oh-so-meaningful moments is priceless.

Need some more convincing?  Revisit Lisa and Adam's video from last week's featured wedding and check out some more of their work below.  I don't even know these couples and their wedding films have me in tears!

Katie & Michael

Robin & Matt

Natalie & Amir

Katy & Gautam

From Christina…

What type of services do you provide?
We create wedding films.  But not the long, boring, drawn-out kind that makes your friends and family want to run and hide.  We get to know our couples, find out what's behind their unique connection, and find a way to tell that story in the context of their wedding day.

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
My partners and I all began as wedding photographers.  Over and over, we heard from our couples that there were no good options for wedding video – and we agreed.  We decided to try to redefine what a wedding film is all about.  Instead of viewing the wedding video as a comprehensive, exhaustive retelling of the wedding day, we focus on creating a film that has emotional impact and forges a connection with the viewer.  We ask lots and lots of questions so we get to know what really matters most to the bride and groom, and what parts of the wedding day most represent who they are.  Brides and grooms should hire us because we are 100% committed to story and emotion.

What is your ideal client like?
Our ideal clients never lose sight of the fact that it is the marriage and the relationship that matters most.  They're unique, quirky, confident, and madly in love.

Contact, Like, and Follow!
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PS – In addition to running Syncopated Pictures, Christina is also a talented photographer and recently launched this incredible guide to Pittsburgh engagement and wedding photo locations!

Featured Vendor: Bella Christie and Lil Z’s Sweet Boutique

Save the best for last, right?  If you're looking for a totally kick butt finale to your wedding meal, look no further than Bella Christie and Lil Z's Sweet Boutique.  Whether it is a smorgasbord of miniature desserts, a candy bar, the quintessential Pittsburgh cookie table, freshly made donuts, s'mores, or cotton candy stations, gourmet ice cream sandwiches, or frozen cocktail sorbets, Bella Christie can do it all.  And do it deliciously.  Their treats taste as good as they look and guests are sure to be wowed by their creativity and skill.

Most importantly, the crew at Bella Christie is super sweet (pun intended) to work with.  I know this from experience – they provided the incredible dessert spread at our wedding and I've worked with them a few times both through former wedding planning clients and my day job.  Their goal is to make sure the dessert is not only yummy but also matches the vibe (and budget!) of your event.  This means they ask a ton of questions to ensure they understand your vision, even going as far as making sure the ribbon on the cake pops matches your color scheme.  Details, people, details.

Put a spin on your dessert course.  Even those who proclaim they don't have a sweet tooth will be asking for seconds.  How could you not?  Remember what they did for Nicolet and Greg's wedding, as well as my own?  And just look at what else they can do below!

Oh, and in case you don't notice, this first cake on the left is UPSIDE DOWN and SUSPENDED.  Bella Christie just blew my mind.  And I'm also now hungry for cupcakes (nothing new there).

From Amanda of Bella Christie…

What type of services do you provide?
We aren't just a bakery…we are an event-catering company specializing in everything bite size!  We create custom wedding cakes and sweet tables to be incorporated into the wedding of your dreams!  We also do birthdays, bat and bar mitzvahs, anniversaries, corporate parties…anything you want to celebrate, we can create a sweet for!  We have stations, too…oh sugary stations!  Donut cart, liquid nitrogen, fry daddy, s'mores, and MORE!

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you?
Ten years ago, we started creating cakes and desserts by order out of a commercial kitchen.  In April, it will be four years since we opened a storefront bakery in Aspinwall.  Clients should choose our services if they are looking for a show-stopping dessert table or cake.  We do not view dessert as an afterthought to a meal; we look at it as an opportunity to wow your guests one last time and leave them with a lasting impression.  We go the extra mile to create beautiful desserts that taste as good as they look and coordinate with the look and feel of your special event.

What is your ideal client like?
Anyone!  Seriously, we have something for every palette!  We can customize desserts to any theme or color scheme.  If someone is looking for desserts for a small, simple dessert party – we can create it.  If someone is looking for a multi-tiered wedding cake and sweet table for 500 people – we can create it.

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Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

If you read any of the major wedding blogs, you have likely come across the stunning work of Blush Paper Co.  Featured on Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Green Wedding Shoes, AND Style Unveiled,this boutique stationery company is based right here in the Burgh.  Offering everything from save the dates and invitations to programs, menu cards, and even postage stamps, Blush Paper Co. allows you to easily create a cohesive wedding paper package.  Designs range from classic with romantic flourishes and feminine florals to modern with bright colors, patterns, and geometric shapes; there is something to suit every style .  Plus, all designs come in a rainbow of colors.  If, on the off chance, you can't find one that matches your taste, Jen, the owner, can custom-design a look just for you.

For post-wedding life, Blush Paper Co. also offers fun party invitations, sweet birth announcements, festive holiday cards and adorable prints.

Seriously, this girl is KILLING IT.  Just look at these beautiful pieces!

All photos are courtesy of Blush Paper Co. except where noted.

Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

Featured Vendor: Blush Paper Co.

From Jen of Blush Paper Co…

What type of service do you provide?
Stationery and invitations

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your service unique? 
I hate to be cliché and say I started my company after planning my wedding, but it’s the honest truth!  I’m a graphic designer.  I graduated from Duquesne University (go Dukes!) with a degree in Communications and Rhetorical Studies and started my master's there in Multimedia Arts.  My first job out of college was working for a rape crisis clinic as their marketing director.  Art has been my life since I was five years old, and I slowly graduated from water color to oils to graphics.

I noticed a huge gap in the market when we were planning our 2008 wedding.  Back then, wedding invitations were still chosen from books and there wasn’t any room to personalize the fonts, inks, or paper selections.  Being a designer, I wanted full control over the paper goods of our wedding.  I set out to design our own stationery, and from there my company was born.

Since 2008, I’ve been offering wedding stationery for brides all over the nation.  I know that weddings aren’t one size fits all.  While we do offer a Wedding Collection, our true passion lies in creating custom stationery that reflects the style and personality of a couple and their wedding.  At Blush Paper Co., we take all of your wedding details and pull them together to create your dream wedding invitation suite that uniquely reflects your style, personality, and love for each other.  It’s a creative process that we find to be truly exciting, and we hope that you do too.

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Featured Vendor: Bella Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid dress shopping can be painful.  Pleasing everyone's taste, body type, and budget is difficult and can make the experience an unpleasant one for all involved.  But it doesn't have to be this way!

Enter Bella Bridesmaids, the epitome of stress-free, worry-free shopping for your ladies.  This franchise is relatively new to the Pittsburgh area, celebrating two years of business last month.  Owner Bridget had a wonderful experience shopping at the Nashville Bella for her own wedding and decided to bring the chain to the Steel City.  And I'm so glad she did.  The store is welcoming, colorful, girly, and chic.  Step one foot inside and you're immediately relaxed, knowing you're in good hands.

What makes Bella so awesome?  You are encouraged to bring along your wedding binder or inspiration from your Pinterest board.  They love learning about your vision and working hard to make sure the bridesmaids' dresses help bring it to life.  Whether you have two gals or twelve, local or all over the world, Bella makes the order process quick and easy with their online form.  With hundreds of fabrics, colors, and selections from the hottest designers – Adrianna Pappell, Alvina Valenta, Amsale, Dolly Pearl, Ivy & Aster, Jenny Yoo, and Monique Lhuillier, to name just a few – you are bound to outfit your maids in something that makes both you and them happy.

If you're still on the hunt for the perfect bridesmaid dress (or even a wedding dress like this Burgh Bride!), look no further.  Check out some images from Meaghan Elliot Photography, read more from Bridget, and make an appointment to see for yourself!

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From Bridget (above!)…

What type of services do you provide?
As the name states, we specialize in bridesmaids, although we do also offer flower girl dresses and have found gowns for moms and anyone looking for a fun party dress.  We carry 18 handpicked designers that range in style and price – we have everything from traditional to boho to glitzy!

Tell me a little bit about your company!  How long have you been in business?  What makes your services unique?  Why should brides and grooms hire you? 
Like many wedding pros, I have always been obsessed with weddings.  I literally came out of the womb loving weddings, and this is no joke since I was born the day Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married.  When it came time for me to marry my Prince Charming, I visited Bella Bridesmaids in Nashville and had a fantastic experience.  When I moved to Pittsburgh, I realized the market was really missing out on some of the unique designers that Bella carries, so I decided to bring it here.  I've been open since February 2013, and every day is a dream!

Brides (and bridesmaids!) love us because we give them personal attention to help them find the right dresses.  During their appointments, brides have the undivided attention of their personal Bella stylist.  Our showroom is a comfortable, stress-free zone where the bride can sit back, relax, and view lots of styles, fabrics, and fits that will bring her wedding to life.  Brides also love Bella not just because of our gorgeous dresses but also because we are sticklers for details.  Wedding planning can be a crazy time for some brides, so we try to make the bridesmaids dress part of it as easy as possible!  Need to add a bridesmaid?  Just found out one is pregnant?  All of your bridesmaids live in different states?  We can help with any and all situations.

What is your ideal client like?
My ideal client knows what she wants and has a sense of style that she totally owns.  She’s open to trying new things and even brings her own accessories or shares her Pinterst page with us so we can really understand her vision.  One of my brides brought in different art deco sashes from Anthropologie that she wanted each bridesmaid to wear.  Another had robin's egg blue shoes. One brought in a floral crown that she wanted the girls to wear.  Brides with distinct (and unique!) visions are my favorite!

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Email: pittsburgh@bellabridesmaids.com
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