Inspired by the mountainous, earthiness of the West, this boho wedding is sure to stun. Jason is from California, so he and Alexa (of Alexa Conner Photography, one of the newest pros to the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide) drew motivation from his roots when planning their big day last September. While the pair calls Pittsburgh home, they opted to say I Do at CrossKeys Vineyards in Virginia. And once you see the photos, it'll become clear why – the backdrop is truly epic. The natural splendor of the Shenandoah Valley was the perfect fit for this wedding's wild and carefree vibe while a color palette of navy, taupe, and evergreen complimented the scenery beautifully. Beyond the pretty setting, look for these other swoon-worthy details:
- Alexa's dress. She found the lace Jovani number at consignment shop. No joke. And it's perfect. The keyhole back and the illusion lace plunging neckline make it interesting from every angle. Thrift store find FTW!
- DIY florals. Alexa handmade her and her ladies' bouquets and flower crowns, as well as all of other arrangements. No colorful posies at this wedding. Instead, it was all greenery, all the time. And can I make a confession? I didn't miss the traditional flowers one bit.
- A Thursday celebration. Alexa and Jason bucked tradition with a mid-week wedding day. Hey, why not?! If you're having a low key affair or are looking to save a little bit of money, a weekday wedding might a good fit for you too.
Honestly, everything about this wedding is effortless perfection, including the images from Lindsey Zern Photography. Here is proof that a wedding inspired by nature is always a good idea.
From the bride…
When and how did you two meet?
Jason and I met a few years ago at BFCAT, a local coffee shop near a college. It was a cold October night and the porch was filled with friends and laughter. They closed down the coffee shop, our friends left, and we were still there. He and I, together and finally alone. We spent hours talking, nervously laughing, and falling in love. After that night, we talked everyday, and eventually started dating.
Juicy details on the proposal, please! Where, when, how?
SOOOO, I was supposed to meet my sister and Jason at the park for a shoot. Jason was going to take a picture of my sister and I so that we could give it as a gift to my dad for Valentine's Day. As we got there, Jason was waiting for us and he seemed a little off. My sister's necklace broke and she told us to go pick out a good spot and that she would catch up. Jason and I started walking, arms linked, and I saw a lit lantern and he said, “I think someone left this for us”. He guided me across a bridge and there it was – a picnic at sunset with our favorite blanket, BFCAT coffee, romantic music, candles, and big white sheets he tacked to a tree to form a tee-pee. I knew what was coming…a few minutes later he said, “Alexa, I have something to ask you”. He got on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I guess I was so surprised that I said, “I think I'm going to throw up.” and he replied, “I'll take that as a yes.” Then the tears came as he placed the ring on my finger.
Describe the wedding. The look, theme, style, colors, etc.
The wedding feel was earthy and elegant. Our colors were navy blue, taupe, and evergreens. The style was very boho rustic.
What inspired your vision?
Our wedding was so us (as it should be). I had a flower crown; he smoked a cigar with his men. We were ourselves and we wanted our personalities to be portrayed in every aspect. I was inspired by all of the weddings we would see out west with the mountains and neutral colors; after all Jason is from CA and I loved it.
What made your wedding unique?
I think what made our wedding so unique is that mostly everything was so non-traditional. My dress was from a consignment store and I made the bouquets and flower crowns. My mom and my dad walked me down the aisle. Our wedding was on a Thursday. We stepped out of the norm, and it worked.
Bride to Bride
What advice would you give to other Burgh Brides planning their big day?
Weddings are expensive but don't give up that easily. Get creative, use greenery from your backyard, look at second-hand items, put your mind to it, and make things happen. Don't skimp on the details. They are important and people notice and appreciate them. Remember, this is YOUR day. Plan accordingly.
Any must haves, must dos, or can't live withouts? Anything you would do differently?
Real flowers are a must. IT JUST ADD SO MUCH. Photography is so important and a must have. Book someone you love; don't settle.
Bride's Dress: Consigned Jovani | Bride's Shoes: Target | Bridesmaids Dresses: Macy's | Cake: Heritage Bakery & Cafe | Caterer: CrossKeys Vineyards | Ceremony Location: CrossKeys Vineyards | DJ: Tucker MacDonald | Flowers: DIY | Hair & Makeup: Kara Burnell | Menswear: Macy's | Photographer: Lindsey Zern Photography | Reception Venue: CrossKeys Vineyards | Stationery: Vistaprint
Photographer: Lindsey Zern Photography