This wedding at the Embassy Suites Downtown is a true gem! Inspired by the beauty of blue agate stones, Leah and Greg designed a day with plenty of them woven throughout various details. From striking gold foil wedding stationery from Minted to reception calligraphy signs and even a hand-lettered stone for each guest, both done by Victoria Fiaretti, this jewel-like feature was just about everywhere. In other places, the couple chose to use solid shades of navy and light blue with accents of metallic gold to really bring the color of blue agate to life. It’s all about the details, details, details with this one and Jenna Hidinger Photography didn’t miss capturing a single one of them. Be prepared to feast your eyes on some serious gorgeousness!
About the Couple
Greg and I met online. I was new to the Pittsburgh area and was just trying to meet new people and get out more. We went on our first date to a Mexican restaurant. We had a great time chatting but when we departed, we thought neither was interested in the other since all I could talk about was how much I loved hockey and he barely said goodbye when he left.
Four years later, right before our fourth anniversary, Greg decided he wanted to propose. We took a day trip to Johnstown to go to the museum and have dinner. However, who knew that in the beginning of May it would snow?! All of Greg’s plans fell through for the day. When we finally got home, a Penguins playoff game was on. Greg didn’t want to wait anymore so during one of the intermissions, he got down on one knee and proposed. I couldn’t wait to say yes. It was perfect for us.
About the Wedding
We knew we wanted a Pittsburgh wedding but we didn’t want the typical black and gold look. So we incorporated Pittsburgh throughout our day with miniature Heinz ketchup bottles as favors, Pittsburgh Popcorn Company, and the infamous Pittsburgh cookie table to snack on throughout the night. The tables were named after different Pittsburgh bridges. We had a surprise visit from one of our favorite people in Pittsburgh – Iceburgh, the Pittsburgh Penguins mascot. Our guest book was cut out in the shape of Pennsylvania with a heart over Pittsburgh.
Our theme also was centered around agate stones and shades of blue with gold accents. We both really liked the agate stone look and accented the reception the stones as the escort cards for seating. The look was also in the invitations and the large seating chart. Shades of blue were accented throughout by table linens and our speciality cocktail. Gold could be seen in the chairs and the sweetheart table. It coordinated very well with the ballroom of our venue space.
Our favorite moment of the day was how the rings got down the aisle. Greg is a volunteer fireman and I knew I wanted to incorporate this into the wedding in some way. I surprised Greg with the rings coming down the aisle on a remote control toy firetruck. He had no idea it was going to happen but everyone loved it. It was such a special touch to our perfect day.
Also, going outside during the reception for some late night pictures on the bridge was awesome. It was just the two of us spending some time together in our favorite city, soaking it all in, including the fact that we were finally officially spending the rest of our lives together.