Introducing Cara Rufenacht Creative & A Discount!

Say hello to another photography favorite…Cara Rufenacht Creative!  With an appreciation for the raw beauty of a wedding day and an authentic approach to picture taking, Cara is sure to bring you stunning images.  See just what I mean and get to know her a little better here!

Save $100 off any collection by booking before March 1 and mentioning Burgh Brides!  Excludes custom quotes and elopements.

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member: Cara Rufenacht Creative

Introducing Blush Paper Co. & A Discount!

The self-proclaimed “fairy godmother of paper,” Jen of Blush Paper Co. creates girly, classic, and colorful designs for your wedding day.  High quality paper and embellishments mean your suite stands out above all others.  Read more from Jen and see some of her latest collection here!

Place your order by January 31, 2016 and receive FREE return address printing (a $300 value)!  Requires a $150 retainer and a signed contract!

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member: Blush Paper Co.

Introducing Lauren Renee Designs & A Discount!

And so begins the introductions of each fabulous member of the newly launched Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

First up?  Lauren Renee Designs!  This architect-turned-photographer creates dreamy work and she loves turning your special moments into lifelong keepsakes in the form of a photograph.  Get to know this talented lady and see more of her images here!

If you're still looking for a photographer, book with Lauren before February 1 and mention Burgh Brides to save $200 on all wedding packages!  New inquiries only.

Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Member: Lauren Renee Designs

Introducing the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

It's here!  Oh happy day!!!  I'm thrilled to finally launch the latest and greatest addition to the blog…the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Introducing Burgh Brides Vendor Guide

This organized list of local vendors will make wedding planning easier than ever before.  These talented, well-respected ladies and gents are the cream of the Pittsburgh crop. Who are the best photographers in the city?  What transportation company should you hire?  Who offers those hard-to-find services, such as calligraphy or vintage rentals?  What caterer do I recommend?  These are the questions you've asked.  And now here are my answers…broken down into 15 categories for your vendor shopping pleasure!

This guide isn't like other guides out there.  In addition to photos and links, of course, each vendor's listing features a Q&A session…an opportunity for the vendor's personality to shine through and a chance for you to get to know them a bit more.  Everybody wins!  In addition, this exclusive guide doesn't include just anyone.  After a thorough application process, only the best of the best are accepted into this elite group.  I have personally worked with or vetted every single guide member, and none of them aren't someone I wouldn't hire myself.  Rest assured that I'm only bringing A+, top notch vendors your way!

Stay tuned for an introductory post about each one of my new “friendors.”  The guide is sure to become more robust as time goes on.  I'm looking forward to partnering with more vendors to bring you the most comprehensive list of those who make the Pittsburgh wedding community a proud one!  (Think that means you?  Apply here!)  Until then, check out the new Burgh Brides Vendor Guide and happy hunting!

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Featured Vendor: Steel Penny Cakes

Pop Quiz Time!

The flowers on the cakes below are:

A.) real
B.) made of sugar

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Answer?  B!  Can you believe it?  I almost fell over when Elysia, owner of Steel Penny Cakes, told me that those flowers and all of the ones below are all hand made out of sugar!  The realism and intricacies are out. of. this. world.  Steel Penny Cakes creates true works of art…that also happen to be delicious.  All of the goodies are made fresh and from scratch in her at-home bakery.  Elysia has a true passion for her craft and it's reflected in her attention to detail.

Not just a baker, Elysia has turned cake decorating into an art form.  On multiple occasions, her work has been featured on The Cake Blog, in Cake Central Magazine (including a cover), and in UK-based Cake Geek Magazine (1, 2, 3 times!).  Who knew there were so many magazines dedicated to cake?  I MUST subscribe to all of them.

Steel Penny Cakes also won Pittsburgh Magazine's 2014 “Best of the Burgh” for fondant covered children's cakes.  Dang, girl!

If your sweet tooth is as bad as mine, you'll need to wipe drool off of your keyboard by the time you get to the end of this post.  Good luck with that.

All photos courtesy of Steel Penny Cakes, except where noted.

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Steel Penny Cakes

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Steel Penny Cakes

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Steel Penny Cakes

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Steel Penny Cakes

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Steel Penny Cakes

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Steel Penny Cakes

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Steel Penny Cakes

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Steel Penny Cakes

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Steel Penny Cakes

From Elysia…

What type of services do you provide?
Custom-designed wedding cakes, special occasion cakes, and cupcakes

Tell me a little bit about your company! 
Steel Penny Cakes has been in business since 2010.  I operate as a sole-proprietor and this is my full time job.  I typically do 40 – 50 weddings per year.  I have always loved baking since I was young.  I have been in the baking industry for 16 years now.  Cake decorating just came as a natural progression into the business.  I spent a lot of time in art classes when I was young and I like to consider making cakes a form of art.  With a little bit of inspiration, the possibilities for design are endless.  I like to think that I offer my clients something other than a cookie-cutter wedding cake.  I love to take into consideration couples' ideas and to find inspiration in decor – the bride's dress, invitations, etc. – to create something that is just for them.  Not only do my cakes look pretty, I also bake our cakes from scratch, and they are delicious as well!

What is your ideal client like?
My ideal clients would be people who are looking to have something created just for them.  Someone that is looking to get something other than the buttercream and ribbon wedding cake.  I want them to trust me, my ideas, and skills so that I can create a unique design just for them.

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Email: info@steelpennycakes.com
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Featured Vendor: Party Savvy

Maybe you're getting married in one of the many hip, unique wedding venues this city has to offer.  An unconventional locale can be beautiful and provide a really special experience for your guests.  But it usually means bringing in a lot of equipment.  If a venue wasn't originally built to host wedding receptions, it may not have all of the necessary “stuff” (and there is a lot of it) to pull off a successful event.

Or maybe you are getting married in a traditional spot but the resident equipment just isn't up to par.  Banquet chairs circa the 1980s or, worse yet, metal folding chairs just aren't going to cut it for an elegant affair. The venue might have large, round tables for dinner, but what about small ones for the cocktail hour?

Or maybe you've always dreamed of getting married in your parents' backyard.  But what if it rains?  Or if the chill of late fall kicks in?  And where do all of those guests sit???

Party Savvy can come to the rescue in all of these scenarios.

A rental company with literally everything from A to Z, Party Savvy will help you have a fully equipped wedding in no time.  From tables and chairs to china and linens, glassware and flatware to tents and chandeliers, and everything in between, rentals from Party Savvy have been adding extra pizazz to events for over 45 years.  Not only do they have an entire warehouse of collections, but the experienced staff can help with design.  Maybe you have color scheme or style in mind but you don't know where to begin when it comes to piecing all of the items together.  The Party Savvy crew is full of ideas, on point with trends, and ready to make your event something guests haven't seen before.

See them in action at this recent Pittsburgh wedding featured on Style Me Pretty and keep scrolling to see more of their incredible products and designs below.

All photos are courtesy of Party Savvy.

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Party Savvy

From Party Savvy…

What type of services do you provide?
Event rentals – tents, tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, glassware, catering equipment, convention and meeting equipment, etc.

Tell me a little bit about your company! 
We have been in the rental business for 45+ years.  Party Savvy staff is well-trained to ensure the details of your event are taken care of quickly and professionally.  Many of our crew leaders have been here for 30+ years and make attention to detail a priority.

What is your ideal client like?
Someone with a clear vision of their expectations and desires is what every event rental company or event planner dreams of.  However, not everyone comes with a vision or expectations.  Most times, they don't even know where to start.  Our years of experience puts us in the unique position to help clients create a flawless wedding or special event.

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Featured Vendor: Dallas Beauty Lounge

I'll admit…I don't always keep my nails in the best of shape.  I rarely find time to paint them myself and when I do my right hand always looks like a hot mess, I hate when they get too long, and a mani/pedi is more like a treat than a regular occurrence.  But that doesn't mean I don't get outrageously jealous when I see a girl rocking some seriously sick nail art.  And usually it's courtesy of Dallas Beauty Lounge.

Dallas has built a nail and beauty EMPIRE in this city and I'm stoked to introduce her to all of you.  She and her team don't just give regular ol' manicures.  They help step your game up a notch with custom nail art, working with each of their clients on something that reflects their personality and everyday style.  Recently, Dallas opened her brand new studio in Bridgeville, where she offers even more beauty services, such as facials, lash extensions, brow work, and waxing.  Dallas and her team take education seriously and are always on top of the hottest trends and products.  She has even been featured in Jezebel and Nails Magazine, has done on-set work for Aerie, ModCloth, Rue 21, Skinny Cow, and Nestle Gusto, AND has worked at New York Fashion Week for the last two years.  Werk.

Besides being the most talented in the area, Dallas is also the most sought-after.  This is probably because she and her team work off of a referral basis only.  Exclusivity – people want what they can't have.  Consider it a members' only club.  But the members are beyond cool and you don't have to wear an ugly jacket.

Whether you're newly engaged or about to slip on that wedding band, you want your nails to be in tip top shape (i.e. not like mine).  You'll be showing off those flashy rings to just about everyone and your nails should look the part.  So do yourself a few favors: 1.) Check out these perfectly gorgeous photos of Dallas, her team, and their amazing studio courtesy of Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers  2.) Keep scrolling for evidence of their incredible skills and 3.) Read more about this biz from the amazing Dallas herself.  Oh, and 4.) Try to become one of the lucky gals who gets to call herself a client of Dallas Beauty Lounge.  THERE IS A FREAKING GLITTER WALL IN THE SALON.  YES, A WALL OF GLITTER.  As Dallas put it, “Do you need any more convincing?”

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

Nailt Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

Nail Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

Nailt Art and Beauty by Pittsburgh's Dallas Beauty Lounge - The Leeann Marie Collective

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From Dallas…

What type of services do you provide?
We provide a little bit of everything!  We are mostly known for our nail art around the Burgh, but our newest location in Bridgeville offers skincare, waxing, airbrush tanning, eyelash extensions, manicures, pedicures, and acrylic enhancements!

Tell me a bit about your company! 
I started my business when I was a junior in college and not really loving Public Relations.  I had been doing nails for about seven years at that point and decided to take the leap because it's what I really love.  We now have been in business for almost three years and we are currently expanding.  Our services are unique because we offer a boutique salon experience and nail art!  A good spa service can be hard to find but we like to customize every service.  We are also unique because we work strictly from referrals – we find that this keeps us as exclusive as possible.  Think of it as a members-only club; that's exactly what we want.

What is your ideal client like?
Our idea client has no age limit.  As long as you have a sense of humor and can stand some sarcasm, the occasional British accent, and impromptu rapping courtesy of Alexa, then you will love it here.  We love how all of our clients have their own style – whether it's bold and blingy or less is more.  We are here to customize your experience.

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Featured Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Just because Oakwood Photography is new to the Pittsburgh wedding scene, it doesn't mean that they are any less talented.  On the contrary, Alexa, the lady behind the lens, is well on her way to becoming one of the best in the city.  Alexa leans towards an earthy, natural, organic vibe and her photos reflect that.  An understated beauty exudes from her images and the subjects always look quietly in love and effortlessly happy.

A recent bride herself (congrats!), Alexa loves connecting with her clients to become more than just their photographer; she actually considers them friends!  And her husband does too!  That's right.  Wes is a part of Oakwood as well.  While Alexa is busy snapping the camera, Wes captures the session on video.  This dynamic duo loves capturing love and the sweet moments couples share together.

Check out some of said moments below and keep reading to hear from Alexa herself!

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: Oakwood Photography

From Alexa…

What type of services do you provide?
Oakwood Photography provides wedding and engagement photography and videography with an earthy, natural feel.  I take the pretty pictures and Wes films the awesome videos!

Tell me a little bit about your company!
I have always loved photography and finally decided to make it my career about two years ago!  (Best decision EVER!)  Oakwood Photography became my full-time job in July 2015.  I try to make sessions as fun and relaxed as I can.  I live for capturing sweet candid moments between couples.

What is your idea client like?
My ideal client is someone who is easy going and loves nature or anything folky or rustic.  To me, a client is more like a friend, so I love meeting couples that share similar interests and I love getting to know them throughout the planning & preparation process of their big day.

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Featured Vendor: theBird+theBeard

Nerds are sexy.  There I said it.  Being geeky and studious has become the hip, new way to be as smarties are now mainstream.  The nerd movement is more popular than ever, even making its way to the wedding world.  Local graphic designer Jessica of theBird+theBeard knows this better than anyone.  Her line of literary and science-based wedding invitations, save the dates, and other paper goods are spreading like wild fire.  And for good reason!

Taking inspiration from classic reads, the Periodic Table, and even the Dewey Decimal System (If you're too young to know what this is…then I feel really old), theBird+theBeard creates unique pieces that infuse retro nerd charm into your big day.  From library cards-turned RSVP cards to miniature book programs to bookmark save the dates and thank yous made from pages of old books, you can let your geek flag fly high on your big day.  And even afterwards too!  Jessica creates the cutest greeting cards with phrases spelled out with the elements that are perfect for any occasion.

All of the pieces are hand-crafted and usually out of non-traditional materials, such as shipping tags, manilla envelopes, old library cards, or antique paper.  A true artisan, Jessica is striving to nerd up the paper world, one wedding and life event at a time.

Her work has been featured on BuzzFeed, in Stationery Trends magazine, and even internationally!  But what is even more exciting is the fact that Jessica has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Awards!  It is a “nationally recognized awards program that celebrates new rising stars of the growing nationwide maker community who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses and proudly make their products in America.”  She could win $10,000 to help theBird+theBeard grow and a chance to attend the American Made Summit in New York!

Keep scrolling to see some of her quirky creations and read on for more from Jessica and to see how you can vote for her!

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: theBird+theBeard

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: theBird+theBeard

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: theBird+theBeard

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: theBird+theBeard

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: theBird+theBeard

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: theBird+theBeard

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: theBird+theBeard

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: theBird+theBeard

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: theBird+theBeard

Burgh Brides Featured Pittsburgh Wedding Vendor: theBird+theBeard

From Jessica…

What type of service do you provide?
We provide custom wedding invitations, save the dates, and day of stationery.  By accident, we've come to specialize in literary and science-based designs.

Tell me a little bit about your company!
I'm the Bird half and I'm a Pittsburgh native.  Karl (the Beard) is originally from the outskirts of Cincinnati, and a bit of a computer nerd.  I graduated from Edinboro University in2003 with a seldom-used degree in Graphic Design.  We got married in 2012, and I designed, printed, and bound our wedding save the dates, invitations, and programs, reawakening my desire to create.  Thanks to the overwhelming feedback from family and friends, we started selling the library-themed designs from our own wedding on Etsy.

As of fall 2014, theBird+theBeard is my full-time business and Karl's part-time passion.  We are unique because we strive to be literarily and scientifically accurate in all of our designs.  We also welcome requests for custom designs to capture the personality of the couple.

What is your ideal client like?
Our ideal couple is the couple that wants to be different!  They don't want the traditional, formal wedding invitation that comes wrapped in endless layers of envelopes.  We like to print on non traditional papers like authentic library cards and shipping tags.  We also like to make use of vintage paper when appropriate, such as envelope liners.

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Email: theBirdandtheBeard@gmail.com
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And vote!  Help theBird+theBeard beat out the competition by showing her some love.  Voting opens September 21 and ends on October 19.  You can vote up to six times daily.  So bookmark this page and set several reminders!  Good luck, Jessica!