Light and romantic might be the current trend but a colorful wedding will always win my heart. That's why I'm so head-over-heels in love with Michelle and Clark's big day. Pink, purple, green, blue, orange, yellow, you name it…this palette is perfectly all over the place. The bride and groom wanted a whimsical, eclectic affair and what better venue to suit both the theme and the color combo than the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh?! The chosen venue contributed to the youthful, fresh vibe of the entire day. Bright, festive, and totally fun, this August wedding is totally one of my favorites. What did I like the best?
- Michelle's shoes. The rainbow glitter Kate Spade kicks were practically MADE for this bride and her colorful day!
- Purple ombre bridesmaids' dresses. Ranging from lavender to royal to plum, the strapless chiffon dresses were rented from Union Station.
- The ceremony location. Michelle and Clark exchanged vows under the ribbon canopy of the Children's Museum's art studio. I mean comeeeeee onnnnn! It's so gorgeous! I could literally lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling all day. Plus, it lead to some pretty amazing photos!
- The florals and decor. Not only were Michelle's and her bridesmaids' bouquets incredible (I LOVE the long ribbons), but the centerpieces were out of this world too. Hepatica used trios of laser cut mercury glass candle holders, mirrors and multiple small arrangements down long tables, and dainty clusters in votive cups to create visual interest. Ceiling and wall uplighting and an abundance of candlelight gave the room a romantic glow.
- Speaking of glow…a glow stick exit! Move over sparklers! Michele and Clark made their grand getaway surrounded by their guests cheering and waving an assortment of glow sticks. THIS IS SO, SO FUN!
Dena Galie Weddings captured every picture perfect, colorful detail, and managed to snap some really sweet bridal portraits in the process. Blush and gold what? I'm all about the BRIGHTS! You will be too after you see this!
Make sure you take a few minutes to watch the incredibly highlight film from Ricordi Productions too!
From the bride…
When and how did you two meet?
We met at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. We both got involved with a Christian Ministry called Young Life, so our friend group overlapped a lot even though Clark was a year older. One day, we were sitting at the same table in the library and we realized that we had just spent the last four hours talking , completely neglecting our studies. After a few more days of pretending to run into one another in the library, Clark asked me on a date. We just made sense together. Since we were both late to the dating world, it was a big risk for both of us to put ourselves out there. Everything was new and exciting. We were even each other's first kiss. A month later, I knew I was going to marry him.
Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
We got engaged on February 15, 2014. We went around to different places that had fun memories from dating. At each spot, we shared the memory with each other and then Clark would hand me a red rose. When I had a dozen roses, we were at the park we went to on our first date. I thought that he had just given me flowers for Valentine's Day. Then, he said he had one more gift left. He handed me a white rose with a note. I read the note and when I looked up he was down on one knee. I was in shock because I thought we would get engaged that summer.
Describe the wedding. The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
I described our wedding theme as youthful whimsy.
What inspired your vision?
A few things inspired that theme. We booked the Children's Museum for our venue and we decided to go to Disney World on our honeymoon. I also was very inspired by my multi-colored glitter shoes. Even the dress was eclectic in that the ruffles were frayed on the ends to give it texture. Everything didn't match perfectly and I liked that.
What was your favorite moment of the day?
Walking down the aisle was definitely my favorite moment. It's when I took a deep breath and realized, “Wow, this is really happening!” I loved that I hadn't seen Clark all day. I was nervous the entire day, but that made the moment more special when it was happening.
Bride to Bride
What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
The truth is that wedding planning, and the wedding weekend in general, can be stressful. It's hard not to feel responsible for your family and friends having a good time. Try to remember that if you are experiencing a range of emotions and not all of them are good, that it's okay. Your wedding is one day. The marriage is what you are looking forward to the most. When the weekend is over, you get to go on a honeymoon, which is the best part. Just keep telling yourself that as you work to get the day planned.
Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts? Anything you would do differently?
I would not skip on the videography. I loved getting to watch the day because when it's happening, it's all seems like a blur. I wouldn't do anything differently. For awhile, I was afraid to look at Pinterest or wedding blogs for fear that I would regret my choices. Of course, there will always be other themes or dresses that could of worked but I liked our wedding best because it was ours.
Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero from One Enchanted Evening | Bride's Clutch: Anthropologie | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Union Station | Cake: Prantl's Bakery | Caterer: Parkhurst Dining | Ceremony & Reception Location: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh | DJ: Brooks Ward | Flowers: Hepatica | Hair: Head 2 Toes Family Salon | Makeup: Sephora | Menswear: Jos. A. Banks | Photographer: Dena Galie Weddings | Popcorn Bar & Favors: Pittsburgh Popcorn Company | Stationery: Gilbert Cardenas | Videography: Ricordi Productions | Wedding Planner: Jackie Wick