A blush pink lover’s dream, today’s wedding at the Omni William Penn Hotel is the epitome of romance. With the help of Poppy Events, Allie and Dan created a wedding day ambiance that channeled glamorous luxury with subtle Great Gatsby vibes. The bridesmaids chose their own dresses and the result was a mismatched but perfectly blended mix of shades of blush, textures, patterns, and fabrics. To go along with the look of variety, Mosaic provided a plethora of table linens, all of which looked striking under Mocha Roses’s gorgeous arrangements. Hydrangeas, orchids, roses, and peonies in hues of pink and white came together beautifully, but nothing beat the lush, cascading floral garland strung across the couple’s king’s table. A white dance floor from Eventioneers, art deco inspired cut out of guests’ names, and late night treats inspired by both Pittsburgh and Maryland (the bride’s hometown) were just a few of the other noteworthy details. You can see the rest of them in these breathtaking images from Alison Mish Photography!
About the Couple
While out with friends in the summer of 2014, Dan and Allie met and learned that when Allie attended Duquesne University, she lived next door to the twin sister of Dan’s college roommate. Over the years, Dan and Allie grew closer and blended their families during holidays and vacations. In the summer of 2017, they added their adorable and beloved Lhasa Apso puppy, Dixie Belle, to their happy home.
As a birthday and Christmas gift to Dan, Allie planned a summer cruise (something to look forward to after Dan had shoulder surgery during the winter of 2016). Unknown to Allie, this is when Dan planned to pop the question. The first night of the cruise, after a long day of travel, sick with a small cold, and waiting for the room to be ready, Dan and Allie got ready for dinner and went for a walk before their dining time. Dan suggested going up to the top deck, which happened to be mostly empty. After having her “Titanic Moment”, Dan turned to Allie and gave her a gift of a new monogrammed necklace. Dan had previously given Allie a monogrammed necklace. Dan said to Allie “I got you a new necklace since I messed up the previous one”. It took Allie a minute to realize that the monogram given to her was ACD (her future monogram) not AGD (her current monogram). As Allie looked up, Dan got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. The whole cruise was spent celebrating privately and the news was shared Friday upon return to the port.
About the Wedding
The overall look of the wedding was classic glamour. Details of rose gold and blush against grey and ivory helped make the overall look come together. The men wore grey suits and pink ties to complement the mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses. It was important for Allie to have all of her bridesmaids feel comfortable on her wedding day. They did not see all of the dresses together until the morning of the wedding and they blended so well! Each girl picked a dress that not only fit their personality but made them feel glamorous during the day.
The ceremony at Duquesne was simple and used classic flowers to detail the aisle and seating. Upon entering the 17th-floor of the hotel, guests were greeted with a table of oversized floating candles to set the mood of the evening. The Urban Room was decorated to complement the classic Great Gatsby/roaring 20’s vibe that the room omits. Dan and Allie had family portraits of previous weddings for guests to view. These were important to the bride and groom to bring those loved ones into the day and give guests a peek at previous wedding styles. Lounge furniture allowed for comfortable seating for all guests. The Grand Ballroom was set for a romantic dinner and fun dancing. The flowers in the ballroom were lush and made a statement. Long runners, tall centerpieces, and a king’s table that had cascading flowers to the floor greeted guests. The candles surrounding the balcony gave a romantic candlelight vibe to the room.
We chose a variety of linens to give the room depth and personality. The white dance floor was a must – it was a statement piece and complimented all elements of the room. We wanted a party atmosphere after dinner – and our DJ delivered. We partied until 2 a.m. dancing, drinking, and eating late-night bites inspired by classic Maryland and Pittsburgh fare.
This wedding was inspired by the classic elements of the Omni William Penn with a few modern twists. We wanted to blend Maryland (the bride’s hometown) with Pittsburgh. Our welcome boxes had a mix of our favorite items from both areas and the late night food blended classic Primanti style sandwiches with Old Bay-flavored foods. We had a large volume of guests travel from around the country for our wedding. We had a welcome reception on Friday evening and a brunch on Sunday for all wedding guests. This was a great time for us to connect with family and friends and spend more time with those we love.
After taking pictures in the lobby, the bride and groom rode the elevator up to the ballroom alone. That quick trip allowed them to take a breath together and have a few moments as husband and wife privately. You are surrounded by friends and family from the moment you wake up on your wedding day, so it was very special that they were able to take a moment to be alone.