Fun Whimsical Wedding at the Children’s Museum: Thais & Brendan

Want the recipe for what is literally the world's most perfect wedding?  Take a ton of bright color, a playful venue, personal details, and A FREAKING EXOTIC ANIMAL PETTING ZOO and you've got a total winner.  Thais and Brendan wanted a whimsical wedding that brought the playful nature of their relationship to life.  Mission accomplished, friends.  From a ceremony under the ribbon canopy of the Children's Museum (performed by none other than Pittsburgh's own John Fetterman) to a petting zoo featuring all stars of the Columbus Zoo, this soiree brought out the kid in everyone, resulting in one heck of a memorable affair.  A pink flamingo, baby penguin, and hanging sloth weren't the only details that stole the show though.  Dreaminess abounded in the pastel letterpress invitations, an absolutely INCREDIBLE floral ceremony arch (dang, GreenSinner), and a cute program sign that featured headshots of bridal party members.  Even more fun could be found in the high-and-low textural centerpieces with golden geometric accents, the hundreds of hanging origami cranes and hearts made by the bride and groom themselves, and a mix-your-own confetti bar that made things really pop.  Honestly, if this doesn't scream “GOOD TIME,” I'm not sure what does.  Go ahead and fawn over this footage captured by Sky's the Limit Photography.

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  How did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

I  met my husband very unexpectedly on a cold, winter day in Braddock, PA.  I had arranged a business meeting with Gisele Fetterman, the Braddock mayor's wife.  My future husband was there, representing a local youth organization.  When I first saw him, I thought I recognized him from somewhere, but couldn't quite place it.  Halfway through the meeting, the intrigue was too much to resist, and I stopped my sales pitch mid-sentence to ask him, “Don't I know you from somewhere?”

As it turns out, we went to high school together.  So many sparks flew I'm amazed the building didn't catch fire!  After the meeting ended, Brendan gave me his phone number “in order to discuss my business plans further”.  I later found out that, while he did in fact find my business proposal intriguing, he also really very much wanted to just, you know, give me his phone number!

I was still living in Washington, D.C., at the time, though I am originally from Pittsburgh.  Next time we met in Pittsburgh, we went out to dinner along with one of his coworkers in order to “discuss my business plans further”.  That happened, but we also majorly hit it off.  I felt bad for his coworker, because very quickly, he and I were chatting each other up while she was consigned to amuse herself with her iPhone.

We made plans to hang out again, and that was our first formal date.  We went to see a play in Braddock, followed by dinner.  I really liked him, but as I learned later, my now husband is very bad at flirting.  I didn't know if he liked me, or just wanted a friend!  I went back to D.C., and we texted occasionally.  Still I didn't know how he felt!  It turns out he was just as into me as I was into him.  However, the first time I got an inkling that this might be the case was when he told me (via text) that my soul was “as sparkly as a thousand Faberge Eggs”.  He might be bad at flirting, but he's a dab hand at analogies.

More dates led to full-on relationship stuff, and he made frequent trips to D.C. in order to visit me.  During these delicious weekend visits, we made it known to each other how we really felt.  We knew we wanted to marry each other really early on; it's just one of those things!

All the pieces kept falling into place for us.  The opportunity arose for me to be able to move back to Pittsburgh and work remotely.  We were going to live together!  And, at some point, he was going to propose to me.  I knew this, he knew this, and we had established that it would be in the near future, but beyond that I didn't know when.  We took a vacation to France, and actually discussed whether or not it was going to happen there!

He did not propose to me in France, however, because he had another plan.  His sister was, at the time, the maitre d' at Sienna Mercato.  Brendan wanted to propose to me at that restaurant so his sister could watch and take pictures!  And so, the day before Thanksgiving of that same year, Brendan told me how being with me had given him the ability to see colors he'd never seen before.  Like pigeons.  He said I'd given him “pigeon eyes”. Not as quotable as the Faberge Eggs thing, but whatever; it worked!  He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and I said yes!

Describe the wedding and what inspired it.  What was unique about it?

We wanted our wedding to be fun – the kind of fun that our lives together have been.  It was an opportunity to give our wedding guests a glimpse into the sheer enjoyment we get out of each others' company.  We decided on the Children's Museum because of its unique blend of whimsy and pure, unabashed good times.  You literally can't break anything there!  The whole place is child-proof!  We got GreenSinner to hit one out of the park with their ability to seemingly look into our souls and articulate our vision through flowers and foliage.  And my husband and I also did a lot of stuff for the wedding; we made about 750 origami cranes, about 100 origami hearts, and a ton of 3D-printed table numbers and signs that all had to be sanded, shellacked, and painted.  It was great for us to work together on these projects, and we also liked being able to include these personal details.

I wanted to go further, however.  I wanted something unique.  I wanted animals. 

I was on a quest.  I called every zoo within several hundred miles.  The Columbus Zoo was able to accommodate us.  They would actually drive their band of touring wild animals to Pittsburgh for our wedding!  And we could pet them!!!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

As you might have guessed, my favorite moment of the day was related to the wild animals.  As much as I was anticipating seeing them, the wedding ceremony had caused the thought to momentarily slip from my mind.  Getting married kind of takes precedence!  At the ceremony's conclusion, I walked down the aisle with my new husband arm-in-arm while our guests threw handfuls of confetti all around us.  And immediately upon entering the Children's Museum foyer for cocktail hour, I looked to my left and saw a sloth hanging upside down from a tree.  Oh yes, the animals!  It was like a blur.  Someone handed me a baby kangaroo in a cute little denim sack.  And then there was a baby penguin, who was oh-so-content to just lay belly-down on my arm!  Shortly thereafter I was greeted by a flamingo who tried to eat my wedding bracelet!  I guess he's a fan of things that sparkle.  And I also got to hold a baby snow leopard who made these tiny little baby sounds and had the cutest paws I've ever seen.  There was also something called a bear cat (it's apparently neither a bear nor a cat), which was a huge, incredibly furry black creature that loves to crawl around on people's shoulders.

Animals make people smile and make people happy.  Everyone melted back down to little kids again when they saw the animals brought by the Columbus Zoo.  It was something none of us will ever forget!

Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?

I've never had to make so many decisions in my life in such a short span of time, and I'm terrible at making decisions!  I trusted my husband a lot, and he was absolutely essential when it came to making those decisions.  I think it's really important for a soon-to-be-bride to have someone who can help them make those decisions, and to help keep them sane as the date gets closer and closer.  Also, don't let yourself get too stressed out about those decisions.  As long as you choose the right person to spend the rest of your life with, on your wedding day it's not going to matter which bracelet you decided to wear.

No matter what, make sure the wedding reflects who you are as a couple.  I believe the best weddings are translations of a couple's love for one another into a singular event attended by their loved ones.

Vendors

Brazilian Candy Table: Doces and Sweets | Bride's Belt: Clarissa Boutique | Bride's Bracelet: Etsy | Bride's Dress: Hayley Paige from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Earrings: Haute Bride | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Wtoo by Watters | Cake: Vanilla Pastry Studio | Caterer: Big Burrito | Ceremony Location: Children's Museum | DJ: DJ Colt | Flowers: GreenSinner | Hair: Studio Booth | Lighting: E.F. Lighting | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: Michelle Falcone | Menswear: Top Hat Tuxedo | Photography: Sky's the Limit Photography | Reception Venue: Children's Museum | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Tip Type | Transportation: Regency Transportation | Wild Animals Petting Zoo: Columbus Zoo

Bride's Belt: Clarissa Boutique | Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Flowers: GreenSinner | Lighting: E.F. Lighting | Photography: Sky's the Limit Photography | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental

Grove City College Engagement Session: Rachel & Paul

College was THE best, am I right?  Man, what I wouldn't give to relive that time of my life for just one day.  That's probably why I loved this Grove City College engagement session so much.  Besides GCC being just a stone's throw away from my alma mater – Allegheny College – this shoot from Jenna Hidinger Photography is sunny, summery, and downright adorable.  Since Rachel and Paul met right here on campus, they wanted to return for their pre-wedding photos and take in all of the sites that were a part of the start of their love story.  Traipsing all of over campus, the pair looked beautifully in love…and who knew Grove City College's grounds were so pretty?!  These photos are charming, sweet, and they are sure to have you saying “Go Wolverines!” in no time.

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From the photographer…

The bride and groom met at Grove City College – which is where they decided to have their engagement session!  Grove City College is such a unique campus to shoot on.  There are so many hidden nooks and crannies for beautiful photos – I had such a blast taking these photos!  Plus, when the couple is as sweet as Rachel and Paul, my job is incredibly easy!

An Allegheny County Courthouse Wedding: 5 Things that Make it Unique

An Allegheny County Courthouse wedding probably isn’t what you think.  This hidden gem of a downtown venue is challenging the old-fashioned misconceptions of a “courthouse wedding”.  When they hear that term, most people think of something fast, inexpensive, stress free, and simple.  Sure, you can certainly have that kind of wedding at the Courthouse.  But you can also have a sophisticated, lavish soiree full of gorgeous details for as many as 200 guests.  From the multiple event spaces to the gorgeous architecture to the location itself, here are 5 unique features that make the Allegheny County Courthouse an excellent venue choice for any Burgh Bride!

A Historical Setting

Be a part of history as you make history.  The 130-year-old Allegheny County Courthouse is on the national registry of historical landmarks and is thought of as one of the finest examples of Romanesque Revival architecture.  Designed by H.H. Richardson and often considered his masterpiece, the Grand Staircase was completed in 1888.  Since then, it has witnessed political movements, pivotal moments, and now wedding celebrations.

A Jaw-Dropping Place to say I Do

The exchange of vows always sounds beautiful.  Now it can look beautiful too.  If you really want to wow, think outside the box when it comes to your ceremony location.  It’s almost as if the Grand Staircase at the Allegheny County Courthouse was built with a wedding in mind.  Imagine standing on the marble landing under stone arches as your guests look up and are transfixed by the flow of natural light and Gothic architecture.  There is many a pretty church in Pittsburgh, but I dare them to try and compete with this type of setting.  Your guests will be talking about this one for a looooong time.

And an Even More Beautiful Place to Celebrate

The only thing that can top a ceremony on the Grand Staircase is a reception in the private Family Courthouse Courtyard.  Between the wings of the county building sits an outdoor space large enough for 200 people.  However, because it’s secluded and enclosed, it still feels intimate and personal.  You can dine and dance under the stars surrounded by stone architecture and arched window frames, or the area can also be tented in case of inclement weather.  Either way, there’s no prettier place to celebrate a Pittsburgh wedding.

Picture-Perfect Photo Ops

With the ivy-covered walls of the Family Courthouse Courtyard, the breathtaking windows above the Grand Staircase, the bubbling courtyard fountain, the colorful lobby murals, or the striking nooks and crannies of the hallways, there are plenty of backdrops for extraordinary portraits.  Wedding photographers are always on the hunt for interesting settings and unique scenery and there is plenty of both to find at the Courthouse.

A Convenient Location

Nestled on Grant Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Courthouse is surrounded by all that your guests could possibly need or want.  Out-of-towners can stay at one of several hotels within walking distance, while local folks can park at lots across the street or nearby.  The nightlife of downtown Pittsburgh has had a recent renaissance, which means your celebration doesn’t have to end with the last dance.  Continue the festivities at one of the new hip, urban bars in the area, or make a short trek across a bridge to party on the North Shore or South Side.

If you still need more convincing on this incredibly awesome wedding venue, check out the Allegheny County Courthouse in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Introducing Katie Lynn’s Photo Booth!

So much thought goes into planning out every.single.detail of your wedding.  It should be the same case with your photo booth.  With endless opportunities for customization, Katie Lynn's Photo Booth becomes one more wedding element where you can let your personalities shine!  The open-air concept keeps things nice and classy, while encouraging all of your guests to get in on the fun.  Click on over to the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide to learn all about them!  (See what I did there?  😉 )

Modern Chic Wedding at the Pennsylvanian: Mallory & Zach

Inspired by sophisticated style and clean lines, this wedding is about as chic as it gets.  Mallory has always adored the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis.  When she married Zach, the pair channeled their styles as they designed a day that was timeless and refined.  They even dressed the part with the groom donning an always-in-style black and white tuxedo while Mallory wore a figure-flattering Anne Barge mermaid gown with a delicate bow at the waist.  A classic black and white color scheme fit with the grand beauty of The Pennsylvanian, which was flawlessly designed by Shayne of Soiree by Souleret – the bride's sister!  It pays to have a wedding planner in the family because this affair was stunning.  Lavish florals from Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design, fresh white roses at each place setting, ornate gold detailing, and even a few surprises for the bride and groom gave the historic venue a fresh, modern look that oozed romance and elegance.  These images from Ryan Zarichnak Photography are sure to leave you speechless!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

Zach and I met in college at Penn State Behrend.  He played soccer and I ran track and cross country, so we always seemed to cross paths with other student athletes but we weren't formally introduced.  We officially met at a track party, talking the entire night about everything we had in common.  Soon after, I transferred to Penn State’s University Park Campus and was dating someone else, and unfortunately we lost touch.  In 2008, I was single again, visiting friends at Penn State Behrend, and the rest is history.

Zach tried to ask my dad for permission for several months.  Living in Atlanta and traveling back to Pittsburgh only for holiday visits made it difficult to get him alone.  He eventually ran out of time, but still wanted to propose while we were home for Christmas break.  One night, a close friend was having a party and we got ready at my parents’ house.  After trying to get my dad alone all day, Zach eventually got him isolated and asked just 20 minutes before proposing!  On the way to the party, we passed by Mt. Washington, where a friend lived.  Zach asked if I minded if we stopped by to say hello.  We parked in front of the friend’s house and he said, “Well, while we're here, we might as well go to the overlook.”  Not thinking anything of it, we walked to the overlook, looked at the city, and he got down on one knee.

Describe the wedding and what inspired it.  What was unique about it?

Zach and I both appreciate simplicity.  Our style is classic and sophisticated, so the wedding was no different.  I have always been inspired by the looks of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis, and I loved their personal style.  I knew I wanted something with clean lines for my dress and the bridesmaids dresses.  However, I had to add some bows for a little Kate Spade inspiration.  We always envisioned getting married in Pittsburgh because that is where we both are originally from.  I was always in love with The Pennsylvanian – the history of the building and the grandeur.  To be honest, the gold walls always reminded me of the ballroom in Beauty and the Beast.  Also, when we told Zach's late grandmother that we were getting married at The Pennsylvanian, she mentioned that was where she saw the troops off to war for World War II.  There were so many reasons, but the main reason was the space was just so special and breathtaking on its own that it didn't need tons of decorations.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

Our favorite moment was when I walked down the aisle to our close friend playing an acoustic version of ”Moon River” on the guitar.  I first fell in love with the song when I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  It was such a sentimental moment because the guitarist was one of Zach's best friends and a groomsman that is married to one of my best friends from middle school.  It was also amazing to have a personal song played while I looked at Zach for the first time.  In addition to the special song, all our loved ones were in one room, which may never happen again.

Another favorite moment was when Shayne, our planner and my sister, took us into The Pennsylvanian for the first time.  It was amazing to see everything and take it all in before any of the guests were invited to sit for dinner.  She also had several surprises for us as her wedding gift and it all looked so breathtaking!

Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?

Trust your vendors and tie in family traditions!  We were blessed to have my amazing sister, Shayne Souleret from Soiree by Souleret, as our wedding planner, as well as a team of outstanding vendors.  For the wedding, I wore my sister's veil.  It was one of my favorite things because it made me feel so bridal and special.  I also wore Zach’s great grandma's necklace that has been worn by all the women in his family on their wedding day.

Vendors

Bride's Dress: Anne Barge from Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Accessories: Anne Gregory for the Bride | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Cake: Opening Night Catering | Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy | Caterer: Opening Night Catering | Ceremony Location: Baldwin Community United Methodist Church | DJ: Andy Booth | Flowers: Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design | Hair: Beauty Justified | Lighting: E.F. Lighting | Linens: Mosaic | Live Artist: Jay Flores | Makeup: Beauty Justified | Photography: Ryan Zarichnak Photography | Reception Venue: The Pennsylvanian | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Tortorice Limousine | Videography: Just Hitched Wedding Films | Wedding Planner: Soiree by Souleret

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridal Beginning | Flowers: Mocha Rose Floral and Event Design | Lighting: E.F. Lighting | Photography: Ryan Zarichnak Photography | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Wedding Planner: Soiree by Souleret

Newlyweds Moving In Together: 7 Valuable Tips You’re Sure to Need

Whether you’ll be living with your soon-to-be spouse before the wedding, or you’re waiting until after you’re officially married, transitioning to a co-habitating arrangement is not easy.  And if you’ve been living on your own for a while, this new way of life can be even harder.  Blending two independent lives, styles, financial statuses, and even ways of organizing and cleaning can take its toll on a relationship.  To make the process a little less of a nightmare, here are seven tips for anyone – especially newlyweds – preparing to move in together!

Newlyweds Moving In Together: 7 Valuable Tips You’re Sure to Need from Burgh Brides

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1.) Prepare to Compromise

If you ignore all of the other living together tips in this post, at least remember this nugget of wisdom.  Someone once told me that “Marriage isn’t about how many times you win.  It’s about how many times you lose.”  The point isn’t to see the relationship as a game, but rather it’s a reminder that marriage is about sacrifice and partnership.  Deciding whose bedspread to keep or which style couch to purchase isn’t worth an argument.  Be prepared to compromise and “lose” some battles.  Your relationship (and your partner) will thank you in the long run.

2.) Open the Lines of Communication

It’s no question that the secret to any great relationship is healthy and honest communication.  This becomes even more important when merging two daily lives together.  Swallowing opinions and burying feelings is a sure-fire way to build a wall between you and the other person.  So, if you dislike their taste in furniture or would reallllllly love to hang that piece of art even though they hate it, speak up!  You’re just as much a part of this relationship as they are, which means you get equal say.  Just keep it respectful, kind, and productive and you’ll be golden.

3.) Consider Self Storage

Running out of room for your things?  Until you decide what you want to do with it or until you purchase your dream home, a self-storage unit just might be the solution.  Guardian Storage has been offering the most convenient, secure, and reputable storage solutions to the Pittsburgh area for over 30 years.  At every one of their 17 local properties you’ll find climate-controlled units ranging from 25 to 300 square feet, 24-hour surveillance, covered loading docks, helpful full-time staff members, free moving carts and dollies at your disposal, and even packing and shipping supplies.  With “peace of mind” being their top priority, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings are in excellent hands until you’re ready to have them back in yours.

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New to self-storage and don’t know where to start?  Here’s how to choose the perfect storage unit for you.

4.) Consolidate Your Stuff

You don’t need two sets of towels, two toasters, or two coffee makers.  Take an inventory of who has what and then consolidate!  More “stuff” means more clutter and more clutter means more stress.  Embrace the minimalist life and only keep what you use or really need.  Better yet, if the items are well past their prime, add a request for an upgrade or replacement to your wedding wish list!  Don’t forget about these big ticket items you might not think to add to your wedding registry and this one MUST HAVE every newlywed home needs!

5.) Get Rid of the Junk

After you’ve consolidated, get rid of anything that didn’t make the cut.  Host a yard sale, put it on Craigslist or donate it; whatever you do, just get it off your hands.  Items that don’t bring you joy or serve a purpose have no business in your home.

To make the most out of your unwanted goods, consider donating them to one of the 40 community and non-profit organizations that Guardian Storage supports.  Throughout the year, they host various donation drives and community events where they happily accept office and school supplies for The Education Partnership, gifts for Toys for Tots, and at certain times of the year, items for Habitat for Humanity, Bethlethem Haven, and local food banks.  To find out when and where these events take place, follow Guardian Storage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.

6.) Talk Money

No one likes to talk about money but it’s a necessary evil for anyone living together and sharing expenses.  Don’t be afraid to have a hard, honest conversation about finances.  You need to be on the same page when it comes to bills, savings, and splurges, and the only way to get there is to talk about it!

7.) Have Fun!

Remember that this whole process is happening because two people fell in love!  Moving in with your significant other is supposed to be one of the most exciting times of your life.  Try not to let the stress of moving and co-habitating weigh on you too much.  Remember to laugh at the chaos, lean into the craziness, and enjoy every single moment of your life together.


What are you most looking forward to when finally living together?  If you’ve already made the leap, what advice would you give to other newlyweds moving in together?  If you have other tips for couples moving in together, comment below!  For more home and storage solutions, be sure to check out Guardian Storage!

A HUGE thanks to Guardian Storage for teaming up with Burgh Brides to bring you this post!  While I was compensated for my work, all writing, thoughts, opinions, and love for the brand are my own.  You can read my full sponsored content disclosure policy here.

Sweet Outdoor Engagement Session: Maggie & Nate

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, this outdoor engagement session is just want I need.  High school sweethearts Maggie and Nate love being in nature, and Nate even proposed by carving their initials into a tree.  A pre-wedding shoot in the great outdoors was the perfect fit for these two.  They explored some really gorgeous scenery with Kathryn Hyslop Photography – tall trees, a still lake, an open field, a bubbling waterfall, blooming wildflowers, and a bright sunshine-y sky all make an appearance.  All the while, Maggie and Nate are being as cute as can be.  Naturally magical and super sweet, this session has me wishing summer would stick around for a loooooong time!

 

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

We were high school sweethearts at the age of seventeen.  We have known each other our whole lives.  One thing that Nate and I love to do together is go for long walks in the Wintergreen Gorge by our college, Penn State Behrend.  This is where he proposed to me by carving our initials into a tree.  It was very thoughtful and sweet!

Describe the engagement session and what inspired the shoot.  What was unique about it?

Nate and I love spending time in nature so we knew that we wanted our engagement pictures to take place outside.  It was a gorgeous July evening and I couldn't be happier with how the pictures turned out.  I think that our shoot was particularly unique because it featured so many different types of scenery such as the lake, a waterfall, a field, and the woods.

What was your favorite moment of the day?

My favorite moment of the day was just spending quality time with Nate while Katie took our pictures.  The sunset photos turned out extremely beautiful.  She made the environment extremely comfortable and she captured many candid moments of us that I love to look back on.

Traveling Heart Productions: 4 Reasons She’s One of my FAVE Wedding Videographers

Do yourself a HUGE favor – save room in your wedding budget for a videographer.

Now do yourself a second favor – hire Traveling Heart Productions.

I promise that you will not regret either move.  Christina has been filming nuptials for four short years, but you would think she’s been around for decades.  Her films are KILLER compilations of excited smiles, heartfelt vows, memorable moments, and epic dance floor battles.  While pretty or quirky details get her excited, Christina focuses on the PEOPLE, not the stuff, that make your wedding special.  That’s just one reason why I know you’re going to love her, but here are 4 more!

This ain’t your grandma’s wedding video.

Long gone are the days of stationary tri-pods and films that bore you to tears.  Christina’s work is modern, fresh, and youthful!  Her approach to both filming and editing is contemporary yet classic.  That means she’s still on the hunt for those traditional wedding details and happenings, but she approaches them with a fresh perspective.  It’s bright and whimsical, instead of a snooze-fest.  Millennial couples want more out of their wedding day than older generations did, and THP will definitely deliver on that front!

You’ll cry…and then laugh…and then cry some more.

It’s touching when a wedding can make you cry.  It’s fun when it can make you laugh.  But a wedding video that can do both?  Now that’s something!  Christina has an uncanny ability to capture both ends of the spectrum and weave them seamlessly together in a film that will give you ALLLLL.the.feels.  While she’s listening for those sweet words or that funny speech, she’s also watching for those tender, once-in-a-lifetime moments.  The end result is a combination of emotion and light-heartedness that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

She’s got an ear for great music.

I’m such a sucker for good song lyrics and a beat that makes me want to dance.  Christina manages to set her films to music that has both.  Selecting the right song that fits the couple, their wedding style, and Christina’s way of film-making is no easy feat.  Yet, she manages to get it right every time and the music is one of the things I love most about her work.  Of course, if you want a special song to accompany your wedding footage, Christina can make that happen too.  But personally, I’d trust the background to her musicality 😉

You’ll have so much fun working with her.

I say this from experience – Christina is an absolute joy to be around!  Her energy and zeal for life are invigorating while her ability to find the fun in just about any situation is inspiring.  You’ll be spending a lot of time with your wedding videographer, so you better make sure you get along.  I can’t imagine anyone NOT having fun around this lady!  Her smile brightens a room and her laid-back yet passionate nature make her a pleasure to work with.  Just you wait and see!

A winning combination of style and sweetness make it easy for me to pick Traveling Heart Productions as one of my favorite Pittsburgh wedding videographers.  I just know you’re going to love her too!  Visit the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide to see more of her (amazing) work!

Introducing Oh Joyful Day & A Special Offer!

Heart-warming and heart-felt, the work of Oh Joyful Day is some of my favorite!  This wedding stationery designer uses her unique hand-lettering skills with her love of color and whimsical touches to create dreamy stationery suites.  From invites to day-of pieces, her work is sure to wow!  See more of it in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Plus, you can earn two free 8 x 10 prints when you book Oh Joyful Day to do your invitations and mention Burgh Brides!  The prints could be anything – bar menus, cards and gifts signs, vow prints, anything!

Soft & Romantic Outdoor Wedding at Seven Springs: Lindsey & Jon

There never was an outdoor wedding more beautiful than this one.  Lindsey and John choose to celebrate their union at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in a gorgeous al fresco setting.  After a ceremony surrounded by trees, the newlyweds headed to the tented reception space.  And I'm telling you what – I've never seen a tent look quite this good before.  String bistro lights provided a romantic glow while gold chiavari chairs and a combination of elevated arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, and fresh greenery along with candelabras greeted guests at the mix of long and round tables.  A girly color palette of blush pink, rose gold, and champagne made the look soft and glamorous all at the same time.  Adding to the feminine vibe was Lindsey's all lace off-the-shoulder Allure wedding dress from Bridal Beginning and bridesmaids clad in mismatched perfection.  Overall, this wedding was light, airy, and will definitely make your heart skip a beat!  Enjoy the coverage from Oakwood Photo + Video!

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From the bride…

Tell me about yourselves!  When and how did you meet?  How long have you been together?  How did you get engaged?  All the juicy details!

Jon and I met back in 2014.  Jon was out with some friends watching The World Cup and I was out with some friends heading to a baseball game.  We exchanged numbers that day but only communicated with a few text messages over the next few weeks.  It was not until Jon happened to be watching the news one morning and saw an interview that I did for Make-A-Wish (where I worked at the time) that he decided to ask me out.  And the rest is history!

The proposal was a complete surprise to me.  Jon and I love to travel together – it's our favorite thing to do.  So many of our friends and family expected that every trip we went on would be the one when he proposed.  And because of that, I never thought he would propose on a trip.  I had the entire day planned with adventures for us (or so I thought).  We started out on a hike to see some waterfalls and decided to hike to find a beautiful alpine lake.  It was a very secluded and peaceful spot.  There, on a rock jetting out into the lake, Jon got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  It was such a special day and could not have been more perfect!

Describe the wedding and what inspired it.  What was unique about it?

Our wedding was romantic and classic.  The color palette was blush, rose, and gold.  The bridesmaids wore a variety of dresses in rose gold, blush, champagne, and rose – all different styles.  The floral look was very soft and classic – a variety of blush colored roses accented with white hydrangeas.  The tables were set with gold vases, candelabras, and a variety of votives.  Our florist did a tremendous job and created the perfect glamorous and classic look for our wedding!

What was your favorite moment of the day?

The entire day was beyond perfect.  There were so many moments that we will remember forever.  Our favorite moment of the day was our first look.  It was such a special moment that was just between Jon and me.  We will cherish that moment for the rest of our lives.

Is there any advice you would give to other couples planning their big day?

Enjoy every single moment of every single day leading up to the wedding and on the wedding day.  There are so many joyous occasions shared with all of the people that you love – the engagement itself, engagement party, wedding shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal, etc.  It all goes by so quickly.  Cherish and enjoy every moment.  Take the time to look around and soak it all in as much as you can.  And remember that things will go wrong, but don't get caught up in those details – most people will never even notice.  Nothing is perfect, but your day will be perfect for you!

Vendors

Band: Bachelor Boys Band | Bride's Dress: Allure from Bridal Beginning | Bride's Accessories: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddington Way | Cake: Seven Springs Mountain Resort | Caterer: Seven Springs Mountain Resort | Ceremony Location: Seven Springs Mountain Resort | Flowers: New Leaf | Hair: Motive Salon | Decor: All Occasions Party Rental | Makeup: Motive Salon | Officiant: Your Wedding Officiant | Photography: Oakwood Photo + Video | Reception Venue: Seven Springs Mountain Resort | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Videography: Oakwood Photo + Video

Bride's Dress: Bridal Beginning | Cake: Seven Springs Mountain Resort | Caterer: Seven Springs Mountain Resort | Ceremony Location: Seven Springs Mountain Resort | Decor: All Occasions Party Rental | Reception Venue: Seven Springs Mountain Resort | Photography: Oakwood Photo + Video | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Videography: Oakwood Photo + Video