Navy Blue & Plum Wedding Inspiration

I've been loving on navy blue a lot recently.  It wasn't until I thought to pair it with a deep shade of purple that I got all kinds of pretty overload.  This navy blue and plum wedding inspiration will hopefully have you feeling the same way.  While dark blue serves as a neutral, plum gives the combo a little extra oomph.  Both colors are warm, rich, and dramatic, and can be styled to fit a variety of wedding day looks.  Imagine your gents in navy blue suits (very hip right now!) and your girls in plum dresses.  Or give the guys a more classic look with gray tuxes and allow the navy/plum combo to come alive in their ties and other accessories.  Your bridesmaids could then don navy dresses while carrying dark purple florals.  Think dahlias and calla lilies in shades of plum, and blue thistle for the other half of this palette.  While navy and plum is a gorgeous mix, it can edge on becoming a bit too dark.  That's why I say throw in another shade.  Use neutrals like ivory or taupe to lighten things up or shades of chartreuse green or pink for pops of bright.  Any way you style it, navy and plum is a winning combination!

Navy Blue & Plum Wedding Inspriation from Burgh Brides

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Check out my Pinterest board for even more navy blue and plum wedding inspiration!  Then tell me what you think of this pretty palette.  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

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A Pop Up Wedding: 6 Ways to Tell if It’s for You

If you’re on the fence about having a pop up wedding, today’s post is for you.  This new, trendy wedding alternative – being brought to you locally by The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding Company – has recently become all the rage among contemporary couples looking for a twist on the old wedding favorites.  What’s a pop up wedding, you ask?. It’s a non-traditional, fun, care-free, stress-free wedding in a theoretical box.  It consists of a 90-minute, all-inclusive ceremony and celebration for a small group of guests, and includes a unique venue location, flowers, photographer, officiant, music, cake, a styled set, etc. etc. etc.. But how to tell if this idea is for you?. Read on, my friends, read on.

1.) If you want to get married but don’t want to spend a million dollars.

One price.  All inclusive.  Wam bam thank you ma’am.  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding includes everything from a bouquet to a small cake to the venue to a photographer and even someone to perform the ceremony, all at an affordable price.  The average cost of a wedding has soared to over $35k.  Why go into all of that debt when you can literally spend a fraction of that amount and still have an awesome day?!

2.) If you want to get married but don’t want to do any of the work.

Planning a wedding can be exhaaaaaaausting.  Not to mention totally overwhelming.  Don’t want to spend all of that effort on just one day?  There’s an easy solution – let someone else do it for you.  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding arranges e.v.e.r.y.thing.  You literally just need to show up.

3.) If you want to get married but want to keep it small.

Can’t imagine a 300 person wedding?  Me neither.  If you want to keep your day intimate, consider a pop up wedding.  Limited to 20 guests, the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding ensures that you share your wedding with only your nearest and dearest…not those third cousins twice removed whom you haven’t seen in ten years or that creepy family friend whose name you always forget.

4.) If you want to get married and FAST.

Harry Burns said it best with, “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”  (Name that movie!)  You’re in love, you’re engaged, why wait?  While the average proposal lasts 12 – 18 months, pop up weddings are planned with only a few weeks or months’ notice.  Whatever your reason for not wanting to wait, the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding could be your answer!

5.) If you want to get married but don’t know where to begin with styling a wedding.

Don’t you worry about a thing, girl!  The Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding takes care of that too.  Conveniently, it’s the sister company of Vintage Alley Rentals, a local biz specializing in antique, boho, and whimsical furniture and décor rental pieces.  They bring their truck full of goodies and make sure that the venue looks picture perfect.  There might even be a surprise or two!

6.) If you want to get married and want do something totally unique!

Long gone are the days of cookie cutter weddings.  Give your family and friends (and yourself!) something to remember by thinking totally outside the box.  Hydrangea centerpieces?  I’ve seen ‘em a million times.  Sparkler exits?  Pretty, but over it.  Ballroom wedding?  They’ll always be popular but I long for a new flavor.  But a pop up wedding?  Now THAT’S unique!

So what do ya say?  If you answered YES to any of the above questions, you might want to consider the Pop Up Pittsburgh Wedding.  They’ve got two amazing pop ups coming up – the traditional Pop Up Wedding on October 27 at the Pump House and a holiday Pop Up Wedding on December 29 at the Allegheny County Courthouse.  Give them a ring for a free consultation!

Bridal Accessories: 10 Tips for Choosing Yours

Your wedding day look doesn't stop with a dress.  You need to think about it from head to toe – hair, makeup, nails, shoes, and especially the bridal accessories!  And nobody knows bridal accessories better than Kata Banko Couture.  Colleen, the designer behind this Pittsburgh-based company (a Burgh Brides Vendor Guide member!) is visiting today and sharing her 10 best tips for choosing your wedding day accoutrements!

10 Tips for Choosing Your Bridal Accessories from Kata Banko Couture and Burgh Brides

From Colleen…

In my years of working in the fashion and bridal industries, I have learned much about the ins and outs of pulling your look together with accessorizing.  I would love to share some insight with you. I realize that it can be overwhelming: everyone has an opinion, everyone wants to sell you as much as they can, and somewhere in between all of this, the look you envisioned becomes lost.  So here are some tips on how to bring your entire wedding day look together!

1.) No one knows you better than you know yourself.

First and foremost, never abandon your personal style. Just because you are getting married doesn’t mean you need to go outside of your personal style.  If you don’t normally wear a lot of jewelry, don’t start now.  If you are more laid back in your everyday look, keep it simple.  In most cases, less is more!

2.) When it comes to accessorizing, start with the dress.

That’s where it all begins.  If your style is heavily beaded or blinged out, keep your accessories minimal.  Choose a plain veil, which is super classy, and forgo the necklace.  Actually, in fact in most cases, forgo the necklace, unless it is a dainty little heirloom that is special to you.  If your gown is plain, you have more options: add a belt, do a crown, add some lace or florals into your veil, or keep the entire look chic and simple.

3.) To match or mix metals?

Match your metals.  If you are wearing rose gold earrings, you want to keep that rose gold flowing.  On the other hand, you can also have a fair mix of metals.  Just make sure they are cohesive.

4.) To veil or not to veil?

I always say veil. You are getting married; the veil is a tradition just as much as the gown.  Do it…but!…

5.) Choose a simple, little hair accessory for after the ceremony.

When it comes to choosing your veil, always remember you probably will not want to wear it at your reception. With every hug, the veil gets tugged.  So having a hair accessory to add for the reception is always a nice touch.

6.) Too much bling is possible.

You want to be careful with over embellishing.  You want the eye to be focused on how beautiful you look in your gown.  The gown should always stand out more than the accessories.

7.) Skip the matchy matchy look.

Lace dress, lace veil, lace accessories. It’s just too much and it takes the focus off of your whole look.  Even worse, you’ll get lost in it.

8.) Incorporate something old with something new.

I always create custom items for brides, incorporating heirloom veils, lace from grandma’s dress, etc. This can be very beautiful and it’s one of a kind.

9.) Work accessories into your wedding day budget.

Be prepared to spend money on your accessories, just as you are prepared to spend money on your dress.

10.) And the most important advice of all…

Be yourself and be comfortable.

This process should be FUN!  But it can be daunting, I know.  When you look through magazines and on Pinterest and see all of these editorials, remember this – they are not real brides.  Most of the time, they are styled, edited shoots, which are great for inspiration but aren’t always realistic.


Thanks for dishing your expert advice, Colleen!  Be sure to check out Kata Banko Couture for the most amazing head pieces, veils, belts, and even luxe bridal garters.  Then comment below and tell me what accessories you'll be wearing on your big day!

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Copper & Marble Wedding Inspiration

Looking for something totally chic and contemporary?  Enter this copper and marble wedding inspiration.  The light and dark shades of gray and white of marble make this palette nearly monochromatic, but add the copper and you've got just enough metallic to make it interesting.  Knock your guests socks off with a marble invitation suite that is complimented by foil copper calligraphy or even a copper envelope with white hand lettering.  Allow all-white floral arrangements to be accented with silver brunia balls, silver thistle, and dusty miller.  Turn heads in a silver wedding dress or dress your maids in ombre gray shades for the ultimate in marble nods.  Meanwhile, your gentlemen will look dapper in gray suits with copper-toned ties.  Really bring the marble and copper elements to your tablescape with chargers, flatware, candle holders, moscow mule mugs, menu cards, and the like.  The pièce de résistance though should be your cake!  A marble, multi-tiered confection overlaid with edible metallic flakes will definitely WOW!  Actually, no matter how you use marble and copper, your guests are going to be left speechless.  It's just THAT beautiful!

Copper & Marble Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

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Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of copper and marble!  What do you like about this combo?  Are you using any marble elements in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

Out of the Box Wedding Inspiration with a 1980s Twist

Children of the 80s, listen up!  If you loved Lisa Frank, Zack Morris, side ponytails, and neon colors, you're going to LOVE this styled shoot from some of Pittsburgh's finest wedding talent.  When tasked with using a box full of mystery ingredients to curate a wedding theme, Sandrachile and Devoted to You delivered.  And I mean in an EPIC way.  They enlisted the help of Fresh Cut Prints and Leafhopper Designs to bring this unique, throwback vibe to life.  Vibrant colors like hot pink, purple, yellow, and turquoise looked striking against black and white accents and the blank slate-ness of the shoot location – The Union Hall at Bar Marco.  With floral arrangements of varying sizes, styles, and textures, gold flatware, vegan Relish donuts garnished with fresh fruit, and confetti galore, the tablescape was playful and nostalgic.  Because 80s music is the best music, subtle nods were thrown to classic jams with record place settings and bold fonts in the paper goods.  Even the models looked the part with a custom tulle skirt made by Kata Banko Couture and bold, bold, BOLD hair and makeup by Colton DeLong.  A rad, modern twist on the favorites of my childhood, this styled shoot will leave you both inspired and longing for those good ol' days!

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Some behind the scenes pics of the killer team in action, working to bring the whole vibe to life.

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Photo by Jenni Grace Photography; From top left: Sandra of Sandrachile, Colton DeLong; Melissa of Devoted to You, Melissa of Devoted to You and Erin of Fresh Cut Prints; Sarah of Leafhopper Designs; Erin of Fresh Cut Prints

From the photographer…

In the middle of the December hecticness, I came across a post on Facebook inviting wedding vendors to participate in a contest that would put our talents to the test.  The challenge was to style a fake wedding in one week.  On top of the time constraint, we had to use the elements of a mystery box, and of course, we did not know what those elements were until receiving it.

Being the restless individual that I am, I signed up faster than light, putting together a team that I was confident would leave everything “on the field”.  Every member of the team was very talented, yet very different from each other in terms of style.  Our biggest challenge was to bring all these micro visions together cohesively, in a crunch time frame.  Despite being all different from each other, we all have one common core – we are all SUPER passionate about our crafts.  I named the team Confetti Unicorns, and together we put this styled shoot together in four days.  On March 15th, while the women of the country marched for equality, we demanded equality by doing what we do best – we styled a killer wedding.

Our mystery box had papers, acrylic tags, and confetti; we knew exactly that our inspiration would be from the late 80's and early 90’s…Saved by the Bell, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Paula Abdul, New Kids On The Block, Cindy Lauper, and Lisa Frank.  We loved this era of so many icons, but we wanted to give it a contemporary modern twist.

We incorporated colors through our vegan donuts, which were iced and decorated with bright fruits.  The bridal ensemble was a custom creation of the amazing Kata Banko Couture, who in only two days and without ever seeing the model came up with an amazing piece that included layered tulle, a statement of the early 90's, yet it was a separate, which is a current trend.  The flowers were different sizes, styles, and textures, bringing the color palette to a full swing.  The bride's hair incorporated a pop of color though extensions, and her makeup included a playful eye shadow.  Since the 80's and 90's music was an underlying vibe, we emphasized it by upcycling records as place cards and in the stationery design.

And personally, as a photographer, I wanted to emphasize beauty beyond traditional stereotypes and standards by asking a non-model couple to be my model for a day.  This couple added the perfect dose of empowerment and sexiness, which in the end made us the winners of the competition, showing everyone the incredible talent we have right here in the Burgh.

Vendors

Photography: Sandrachile | Stylist: Devoted to You | Accessories: Rosey West | Custom Dress: Kata Banko Couture | Desserts: Vegan donuts by Relish Co. | Flowers: Leafhopper Designs | Hair: Colton DeLong | Makeup: Colton DeLong | Menswear: The Groomsman Suit | Models: Kimmy Johnson and Jeffrey Robert | Neck Tie: Becoming | Shoes: Cinderella of Boston | Shoot Location: The Union Hall at Bar Marco | Stationery & Paper Goods: Fresh Cut Prints | Mystery Box Items: Curated by Color Pop Events | Contest Organizers: Catalyst Wedding Magazine | Paper Inspiration: Suite Smith Design | Acrylic Name Tags: California Lustre | Confetti: The Confetti Bar

Photography: Sandrachile | Custom Dress: Kata Banko Couture | Shoot Location: The Union Hall at Bar Marco | Stationery & Paper Goods: Fresh Cut Prints

Win Tickets to Rocked! A Couture Bridal Event from Pittsburgh Magazine

Have you marked your calendar for Rocked!?  This couture bridal event is being brought to you by Pittsburgh Magazine and it's all going down at the Rivers Club on August 17.  Think styled vignettes, the best of the city's wedding professionals, cocktails, light bites, and an evening of wedding planning with your favorite pals.  Sounds like a blast right?

Now's your chance to attend for FREE!  I've teamed up with Pittsburgh Magazine to give away a pack of five tickets to TWO lucky readers!  Keep scrolling to enter and then save the date for this wedding event that bound to be epic!

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Black & Gold Wedding Inspiration

A wedding isn't a Pittsburgh wedding unless it's a black & gold wedding, right?  But trust me when I say this…there is a right way to do black and gold, and there is a (very) wrong way to do it.  What's the right way?  THIS.  First, choose metallic gold over yellow gold.  That will lead to a chic, not kitschy, color combo.  Then, choose another shade to be your accent color.  Emerald, raspberry, blush, it doesn't really matter because black and gold are pretty much neutrals.  You can even throw in a little Kate Spade inspo with stripes, polka dots, or other geometric pattern.  Keep things sophisticated with LBDs for bridesmaids dresses, traditional tuxedos for the gents, monochromatic white florals, and lots of sparkle.  No Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates motifs here…this black and white wedding inspiration is nothing but class.  Pittsburgh done right, my friends.

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of black and gold!  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

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Win a Luxe Bridal Garter from Kata Banko Couture!

Just when I thought the wedding day accessories from Kata Banko Couture couldn't get any more beautiful, this talented designer introduced a luxe bridal garter collection.  The new items launched TODAY and they're already making my jaw drop.  Hand-sewn with delicate lace, dazzling beading, or other accoutrements, these are not your typical bridal garters.  They'll add a touch of allure and elegance to any wedding day, and Kata Banko is giving one away to a lucky Burgh Brides reader!  Keep scrolling to enter, and then see more from them in the Vendor Guide!

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Boho Circus Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

A circus inspired wedding?  THIS is the right way to do that theme!  Devoted to You and Oakwood Photo + Video are bringing you this boho styled shoot that is sure to inspire!  Bright, rich colors like turquoise, blue, yellow, orange, and marsala play center stage but are contrasted nicely against pastels and metallic gold.  Community Flower Shop crafted lush florals of beautiful red and marigold shades that caught your attention, while Fresh Cut Prints designed a stationery suite that used flowy lines and a watercolor element to bring the vibe to life.  Whimsical details such as a fabric pennant banner, vintage furniture, and antique glassware played off of a lace wedding dress, an indie head piece, colorful taper candles, and other eclectic bohemian elements beautifully.  A vignette of old fashioned carnival games proved that no one is ever too old to play, and the theme was even worked into the food with fresh donuts and a Ferris Wheel cupcake stand.  The marrying of the two concepts was so key in making this styled shoot work and these vendors totally nailed it.  This shoot is proof that an “Under the Big Top” wedding can be pulled off by even the most modern bride!

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Check out all of the behind-the-scenes footage to see how it all came to life!

From the stylist…

When Alexa and Wes from Oakwood Photo + Video approached me about doing a styled shoot and gave me their initial thoughts and ideas, I was super excited.  She said that she was envisioning a boho vintage circus vibe and wanted to know what I thought.  I do a TON of styled shoots so I’m always looking for something interesting and unique where we can really play with different elements.  So the thought of finding ways to marry these two concepts was really fun for me.

To start, we needed the perfect venue for this…one that captured both the boho and the carnival circus vibe.  Anchor Village ended up being the perfect match.  The venue has just enough open wooded space, mixed with concrete paths and interesting character, that we were able to shoot on different locations on the property to bring out both vibes and not have either one overpower the other.  When deciding on color palette, we knew we wanted to focus on bold, edgy tones with teal as the main consistent color throughout.  To play off the boho vibe, we carefully chose the dress, the style, and colors of florals, as well as the decorative items, furniture, and various hanging elements to really capture that feel.  To keep with the vintage look, we chose a wedding dress with intricate lace details and textures.  The flowy sleeves added a little boho charm to the mix.

The rich, bold tones of the florals partnered with the colored taper candles and mixed metals really made the tablescape pop.  At the same time, the paper products softened it up and brought in a little bit of that vintage circus vibe.  The canopy coupled with the hanging pendants brought a more whimsical boho feel.  To emphasize the vintage circus, we wanted to bring enough in so that you could see and feel it, but not so much that it felt like you were at a circus!  We were able to do that through the smaller details such as the copper toned ferris wheel cupcake holder, the donuts as dessert, and the vintage games.  The paper products all designed by Fresh Cut Prints also played a huge role in tying in that vintage circus feel.

Vendors
Bride's Dress: Soieblu from ModCloth | Cupcakes: Pink Champagne Cupcakery | Donuts: Clark's Donuts Plus | Flowers: Community Flower Shop | Location: Anchor Village | Makeup: Dollfaced Gremlin Freelance MUA | Models: Aubrey Borowitz & Austin Kuffel | Photographer: Oakwood Photo + Video | Stationery: Fresh Cut Prints | Stylist: Devoted to You | Videography: Oakwood Photo + Video | Vintage Furniture: Oakwood Photo + Video & Devoted to You

Photographer: Oakwood Photo + Video | Stationery: Fresh Cut Prints | Videography: Oakwood Photo + Video

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Berry, Blush, & Emerald Wedding Inspiration

Ohmyword.  I may have found my new favorite wedding color combo.  Berry, blush, & emerald is IN.CRED.IBLE.  It's bold, vibrant, feminine, and vivacious.  Faint of heart brides need not apply.  This palette is for those who aren't afraid to make a statement.  That's exactly why I think you need to just go for it if you're using these shades.  Start off with an emerald invitation suite that embraces the richness of this color while adding pops of metallic gold.  Save the full scheme for the actual wedding day, dressing your maids in beautiful berry dresses that flatter all skin tones while you don a blush wedding dress since that trend seems like it's never going out of style.  Imagine the floral magic that will be your bouquets and centerpieces…peonies, garden roses, snapdragons, ranunculus, dahlias, magnolia leaves, even protea…I'm already dying just thinking about it.  I like the idea of this palette mixed with a few boho vibes…geode “escort cards” or table numbers with gold calligraphy, hammered gold flatware, and even gold trimmed terrariums to add an earthy touch.  Serve up a sparkling rose cocktail garnished with fresh raspberries and even your taste buds will be embracing these colors.  However you spin it, I am head over heels for the drama of this mix and I'm certain you will be too.

Berry, Blush, & Emerald Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: The Calm Collective via Every Last Detail; Minted; Kelsea Holder via Wonderful DIY; Candace Jeffrey Photography; Loft Calligraphy; center via Pinterest

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of berry, blush, and emerald!  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!