Bring on the regal romance…this wedding at The Mansion is about to be the talk of the town. While this Pittsburgh wedding venue wasn’t their original choice, it was the happiest of accidents that Melissa and Scott stumbled upon the charming, historic space that allowed them to weave their vision into the existing character. Thanks to the help of Day Of Pittsburgh, every burgundy, gold, and ivory detail was logistically planned and placed perfectly. Rentals by All Occasions Party Rental enhanced the beauty of the already pleasing aesthetic and they fused with antique touches from Vintage Alley Rentals seamlessly. Filled with textures of lace and velvet, the prettiest cascading arrangement by Holly Hanna Floral completed the look of the couple’s sweetheart table, while EF Lighting also worked their magic, rounding out Melissa and Scott’s celebratory details. The first look? Darling. The outdoor wedding ceremony? Goals. Oh, and their first dance on a patio under bistro lights? Completely nailed it! Not to mention these two were absolutely glowing while doing so. Basically, what we’re saying is prepare to be royally obsessed with these photos by Michael Will Photographers because this day is packed with goodness!
About the Couple
Scott and I actually met at work. He was a pharmacist and I worked as a pharmacy technician through college and graduate school. I was dating someone else when we first started to work together, but for a variety of reasons, that relationship didn’t work out…and Scott and I started to talk more. I always admired his work ethic, commitment to his career, and genuine kindness he displayed to our customers and patients, which I soon learned correlated to his commitment and love to me, our relationship, and our future together. I couldn’t help but be smitten!
We got engaged March 27, 2019! He proposed at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Crescent City, CA, and it was everything I could have dreamed of. No one even knew he was going to pop the question except my father!
About the Wedding
Believe it or not, The Mansion wasn’t our original venue. Although, in retrospect, it definitely should have been! The COVID-19 pandemic hit, and like many couples, we had some difficult decisions to make. We knew we wanted to celebrate our day with all of our loved ones and ultimately didn’t want to wait another 6 months, one year, two years…who knows how long…to get married – we were ready to make things official! To our (pleasant) surprise, The Mansion still had our date open. Additionally, we wanted a space that was unique and had some historical charm to it. The Mansion was actually built in the 1920s, and it was perfect. Scott and I knew we didn’t have to do too much to the space, as we didn’t want to take away from its character. We simply wanted to enhance it. I envisioned candles (a lot of them!), some vintage pieces mixed throughout, and an overall classic, romantic feel for the day.
Our original colors were burgundy and gold, which complimented our venue spot on. One of the fantastic things about The Mansion is how versatile it is – we had an indoor space with rooms galore (each one helping you take a step back in time), an outdoor patio (with bistro lights), and such a peaceful, almost secret garden behind the estate – something I really hadn’t seen at any other venue we visited.
I would say one of my favorite moments was our first look. Seeing Scott helped calm any nerves I had earlier in the day but also got me even more excited to walk down the aisle to him shortly after! Our photographer also stole us away later that evening for some sunset photos, which were a blast, and it was just nice to have some one-on-one time again after the ceremony and the excitement of everything.
Scott’s favorite moment was our first dance. We actually took a handful of dance lessons leading up to our wedding and to my surprise, Scott loved it! We both did! I think it will definitely be an activity we continue to do together in the coming years.