Sometimes the celebration you never knew you wanted just so happens to be the very backyard wedding you didn’t intend on having. For Lindsay and Greg, this very scenario turned out to play a key role in their wedding story! While they had their eyes originally set on a formal, downtown, black-tie affair for their summer wedding, the global pandemic led their hearts in a different direction. Wanting to tie the knot and celebrate safely, they decided on an intimate and casual setting in Lindsay’s childhood backyard. The ambiance was still kept elegant while weaving in a black and white color palette with gold accents, ivory flowers with hanging lanterns arranged by Lindsay’s mom, hand-lettered signs, and the Bachelor Boys Band to keep the party going all night. While the details were a plenty, there was surely no lack of heartfelt moments either! After a darling first look with Lindsay in her striking Martina Liana lace wedding dress from Bridal Beginning and flawless makeup by JL Makeup Studio and Beauty Boutique and Greg in a timeless black and white tuxedo with a bowtie, the pair headed to First Presbyterian Church Pittsburgh to exchange vows. Although they had already shared time together prior to Lindsay’s walk down the aisle, it surely didn’t make the moment those church doors opened any less significant, as her husband-to-be’s emotional reaction easily became a favorite memory of the day. If the sound of this doesn’t already have you hooked, these incredible images by Leeann Marie Photography surely will. Get ready to be smitten!
About the Couple
Greg and I met in downtown Pittsburgh at Sienna Mercato during happy hour in the spring of 2017. We were both there with friends. Greg had just returned from a trip overseas and I was spending some quality time with my older sister and he approached me. We had a mutual client and a lot in common and he asked if he could see me again the following weekend. Greg and I had both lived downtown for about two years before we met. We ran in the same circles, spent time at the same restaurants and coffee shops, and had mutual friends. I was explaining this to a friend not long after we met – how I was so stunned that while we co-existed in the same small city for years, we had never met – and I described it as “serendipity.” She said, “Oh Lins, that’s not serendipity – that’s divine intervention.” She was so right!
About the Wedding
Our wedding was originally planned for June 20, 2020 at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh – but COVID had other plans for us! We rerouted and revamped from a formal, black tie-type affair to a more intimate and casual celebration in my parent’s backyard where I was born and raised.
We still had the ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, a gorgeous sanctuary established with the birth of our country and distinguished by a dozen unique stained-glass windows. Then we shuttled guests back to my hometown to celebrate at the home where my sisters and I grew up – and, in a lot of ways, it was more special than it ever could have been elsewhere. The food was superb, the bubbly flowing, the weather gorgeous, and the band absolutely blew us away! It was also comfortable, safe, and socially distanced – and overall the most incredibly lovely weekend and I couldn’t have asked for a better celebration. The color scheme was black and white, the flowers were white roses and light greens, and the wedding style was elegant and sophisticated.
My favorite moment of the day was when the church doors opened as my father walked me down the aisle and I saw my soon-to-be-husband’s precious face. Leeann – our rockstar photographer – caught the moment in a photo and I will cherish that memory for ever. All I could think – with all of our closest friends and family as witnesses – is that I could not be more certain and sure of him and me – and it was the greatest joy and honor of my life to walk down that aisle and marry him.