Everything about this romantic Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel wedding was soft, girly, and oh-so-pretty, the exact vibe Kelsey and Austin were going for. Blush pink, rose gold, and pops of bright magenta and dark plum brought a feminine feel to the ballroom venue. The view at the Renaissance is unbeatable and it was a perfect welcome for the bride and groom’s guests, most of whom were from out of town. Other swoon-worthy highlights include Kelsey’s long sleeve lace Pronovias wedding dress that she found at Bridal Beginning, a wash of pink uplighting that created an intimate ambiance, and a variety of mercury glass-filled floral arrangements atop the tables. Just because this ballroom wedding was as classic as can be doesn’t mean it was without elements of fun. A Polaroid guest book, cocktail napkins featuring fun facts about the couple, and framed images taken by the bride’s late nature photographer father serving as favors were some of my favorites. Lovely and light, this affair was gorgeously captured by Leeann Marie Photography. Your heart is about to flutter!
About the Couple
Austin and I grew up in the same town but didn’t meet each other until senior year of high school in chemistry class. A mutual friend introduced us and we have been together ever since. We had been dating for eight years when Austin decided to pop the question. For a Christmas present, he surprised me with a trip in the spring to Punta Cana. I started to become a little suspicious that he would propose on the vacation, especially after he left the jeweler’s business card sitting out! On the day of the proposal, Austin said he wasn’t feeling well and was more quiet than usual. I would later find out it was nerves and that he gave the ring to the hotel staff to set up for the proposal! After a day spent at the beach, we went back to our room where there were candles, champagne, and rose petals spelling out “Will you Marry Me”. Austin got down on one knee and it was perfect!
About the Wedding
A lot of our guests traveled to Pittsburgh for our wedding, so it was important to us to give them a glimpse of the city. We fell in love with the view from the Renaissance ballroom, and we knew it would be the perfect venue.
I love soft and neutral colors with a little pop! I wanted everything to be simple yet elegant, and to me that meant giving our day a romantic feel. I knew from the beginning that I wanted a long sleeved lace dress, and it was the classic look of the dress that set the tone for the style of our wedding.
We wanted to incorporate our family and friends’ talents into our wedding. Austin’s uncle sang Ave Maria during the ceremony and our family friend did the calligraphy for our escort cards. Another special part of our wedding was honoring my dad, who has passed away and who was an amazing nature photographer. We incorporated his photographs into the decor as well as the favors. We loved the way it turned out!
Can I say every moment? One of my favorites was at the end of the reception when the band played “Don’t Stop Believing”. Our family and friends formed a circle around us, and Austin and I had so much fun dancing and singing together. He also happens to play a mean air guitar, which he busted out! It was the perfect ending to the best day.
Band: The Avenue | Bride’s Dress: Pronovias from Bridal Beginning | Bride’s Accessories: Nadri from Nordstrom | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Essense of Australia from Bridal Beginning | Cake: Prantl’s Bakery | Ceremony Location: Church of the Epiphany | Flowers: Hepatica | Hair: Pretty Hair Salon | Linens: Lendable Linens | Makeup: Pretty Hair Salon | Menswear: Collections | Photography: Leeann Marie Photography | Reception Venue: Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel | Stationery: Minted | Transportation: Molly’s Trolleys and Antique Coach Excursions