Today’s wedding at The Frick has it all – a relaxed vibe, an intimate setting, gorgeous flowers, and details made with love. Tom and Danielle joined with their closest loved ones to lock in forever on a day filled with laughs, classy fashions (we’re here for the shades of cream, navy, and gray) and Danielle’s knockout BHLDN wedding dress featuring front-of-dress beadwork by Clarissa Boutique. The bride completed her look with accessories borrowed from her sister and mom, and a Gentilcore Jewelers wedding band made from diamonds belonging to three generations of women in her family. Kaitlin Powell Photography captured all the picture-perfect happenings of this fall day. Things started at Sacred Heart Church and ended with an upbeat garden-party type of reception. Danielle is an avid cut flower gardener and wanted to grow her own flowers for the celebration. Her green thumb supplied the dahlias and other focal blooms, while Eleven Mile Farm supplied the rest. Her mom handled arranging all of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces, and even made the pressed flower table numbers. Crumbs & Curd crafted a delectable almond cake topped with Danielle’s parents’ cake topper from their wedding. Sweet, sentimental details and homespun vibes abounded on this day that is sure to inspire.
About the Couple
We met at work. We were both interns and working in the same building, but it wasn’t until we were both given tickets to a Pirates game that we started talking to each other. We both can remember catching each other’s eyes when grabbing a drink before the game. It was a fireworks night and after the game I was able to convince Tom to meet up with our coworker in Shadyside. After that, we started dating.
Tom proposed on January 29, 2021 while listening to Bruce Springsteen records in our loft. I was totally surprised! He was able to use a diamond from my grandma’s ring as a side stone, which makes the ring have an extra special meaning too.
About the Wedding
We wanted our wedding to feel very personal and relaxed. We aren’t fans of attention so keeping the guest list to 50 was a way we could feel less overwhelmed.
I am an aspiring cut flower gardener and knew I wanted to grow my own flowers for the wedding. Dahlias are my absolute favorite flower so that guided us to the September wedding date. I was able to grow all the dahlias and focal flowers myself! I used Eleven Mile Farm to purchase filler flowers and my talented mom made all the table arrangements, bouquets, and boutonnieres. My mom even made the table numbers using pressed flowers.
My sisters helped with setting up the tables, escort cards, and drapery. I was able to do a baby’s breath arrangement above the cookie table and an arrangement for the welcome sign.
We also used the cake topper from my parents’ wedding; it was something I wanted to do since I was a kid. I would always see it in the cabinet and dream about my wedding cake.
We chose navy blue for the bridesmaids so the yellow and orange flowers would really pop, and grey suits because the color looked great on Tom.
We chose to not have a DJ and instead had a playlist and our friend do all the announcing for us. Tom is a music guy so it was nice to be able to pick the songs we wanted to hear during the day. It definitely made the atmosphere more casual which, in the end, is what we wanted. The Frick was the perfect indoor/outdoor venue that added to the garden vibe.
We were able to customize the menu and had mini pierogies and mini cheesesteak egg rolls as appetizers to incorporate my Pittsburgh roots and Tom’s Philly/Bucks County background.
I used Burgh Brides to help with inspiration for details and it helped us find Kaitlin Powell Photography, who was one of our favorite vendors to work with!
The ceremony felt like we were the only people in the church, so it made the day feel very centered around our marriage and life together.
Also, just being able to relax and enjoy our time with family and friends. There is something surreal about knowing all your biggest supporters come together for one day to celebrate the love you have found.