A minimalist inspired wedding doesn’t need much to make it beautiful, and the same goes for this styled shoot designed by JPC Event Group and shot by Dawn Derbyshire Photography. To show off their new up-and-coming event space, Riverfront Weddings, the team put together a look that was simultaneously glamorous and streamlined. The covered outdoor venue boasts crisp white walls, a ton of natural light, clean lines, and an industrial vibe with views overlooking the Allegheny River. To bring some color to the space, the stylists choose a palette of steely blues, teals, orange, and mixed metallics for a striking, modern look. Long tables were surrounded by crystal ghost chairs and adorned with a coordinated mix of linens and tableware. Hammered bronze flatware and geometric accents brought a glistening touch, while hand lettered marble table numbers and asymmetrical floral arrangements of white orchids and greenery gave a sophisticated feel. Deep blue glassware and single orange rose buds at place settings were colorful and eye-catching, while the sweetheart table covered in a sparkly sequin linen and flanked by large pedestals was certainly a focal point. Not only does this styled shoot show off the blank canvas that is Riverfront Weddings, but it’s also proof that you don’t need much to make a venue absolutely gorgeous.
From the photographer…
To showcase their amazing new event space, Riverfront Weddings in Aspinwall, Jody Wimer and the magical team behind JPC Event Group put together this gorgeous styled shoot. The Riverfront is a spacious blank canvas for weddings, and the branding for the space inspired the color palette for the shoot, incorporating mixed metallics, shades of blue, and white. The openness of the building filled the space with gorgeous light, creating a bright, minimalistic look that helped drive the direction of the shoot. The indoor space along the river, perfect for cocktail hour, was kept minimal, with tall candles accenting the greenery wrapped fireplace. When walking upstairs into the reception space, long tables created a path to the sweetheart table. Geometric accents were abundant to help create a modern feel, including a backdrop for the sweetheart table and copper wire cultures displayed on large pedestals flanking the table. On the reception tables, the floral elements from the sweetheart table were carried throughout the space, mixing in marble accents against the steely blues of the linens, working perfectly with the dark blues of the glassware and bronze flatware. The floral pieces throughout the space brought the copper tones from the color palette into the primarily white and green pieces with gorgeous roses, and were accented by the orchids wrapping through the arrangements.
For the two bridal looks, there were two different bouquets. For the chic look with a long, minimalistic high necked dress with ruffle accents, Garnish created a larger, more textured and less structured bouquet. The fun lace reception dress was aired with a tighter, structured bouquet with minimal greenery and a more modern, streamlined look.
As a photographer, I was so excited to be involved. I feel like the landscape of the wedding industry in Pittsburgh is shifting, especially when it comes to venues. While farms, barns, and outdoor spaces still rule, industrial and glam elements are starting to get incorporated into those spaces, and Riverfront is a beautiful meeting of lush nature elements with a modern, clean, minimal industrial feeling space. The building is a blank canvas, and has so much potential to fit a wide variety of looks for a wedding. It’s such a unique addition to the venues around the city.
Photography: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Designer: JPC Event Group | Shoot Location: Riverfront Weddings | Decor: JPC Event Group | Dresses: BHLDN | Flowers: JPC Event Group | Hair: The Wright Place | Linens: Mosaic | Makeup: The Wright Place | Model: Alexandra Ayers | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental | Shoes: Steve Madden