Citrus Wedding Inspiration for Every Summer Bride

I don't mean to put the squeeze on you, but I think you're going to love this citrus wedding inspiration!  (See what I did there?)  Orange, yellow, coral, peach, and shades of green pack a big dose of Vitamin C…with C standing for COLOR!  Bright, bold, and anything but basic, this color palette is not for the faint-of-heart bride.  If you want to make a statement, get your guests talking, and infuse lots of organic and natural elements into your big day, this combo is for you.  From fresh peaches, lemons, limes, and clementine oranges to grapefruit, persimmons, and blood oranges, the tastes of summer can play a starring role in your wedding.  Treat your guests to a pink lemonade signature drink, homemade sorbet served in lemon halves, and a cake covered in candied citrus fruit.  For the decor, take a bite out of calligraphed rinds serving as escort cards, and floral arrangements of coral charm peonies, billy balls, tulips, ranunculus, hypericum berries, and even small fresh fruit.  If these shades are too shocking, use them sparingly with blush, mint green, or Caribbean blue.  Either way, these citrus wedding ideas are sure to please allllll of the senses!

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What do you like about this palette?  Are you using any of these colors in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

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An Allegheny County Courthouse Wedding: 5 Things that Make it Unique

An Allegheny County Courthouse wedding probably isn’t what you think.  This hidden gem of a downtown venue is challenging the old-fashioned misconceptions of a “courthouse wedding”.  When they hear that term, most people think of something fast, inexpensive, stress free, and simple.  Sure, you can certainly have that kind of wedding at the Courthouse.  But you can also have a sophisticated, lavish soiree full of gorgeous details for as many as 200 guests.  From the multiple event spaces to the gorgeous architecture to the location itself, here are 5 unique features that make the Allegheny County Courthouse an excellent venue choice for any Burgh Bride!

A Historical Setting

Be a part of history as you make history.  The 130-year-old Allegheny County Courthouse is on the national registry of historical landmarks and is thought of as one of the finest examples of Romanesque Revival architecture.  Designed by H.H. Richardson and often considered his masterpiece, the Grand Staircase was completed in 1888.  Since then, it has witnessed political movements, pivotal moments, and now wedding celebrations.

A Jaw-Dropping Place to say I Do

The exchange of vows always sounds beautiful.  Now it can look beautiful too.  If you really want to wow, think outside the box when it comes to your ceremony location.  It’s almost as if the Grand Staircase at the Allegheny County Courthouse was built with a wedding in mind.  Imagine standing on the marble landing under stone arches as your guests look up and are transfixed by the flow of natural light and Gothic architecture.  There is many a pretty church in Pittsburgh, but I dare them to try and compete with this type of setting.  Your guests will be talking about this one for a looooong time.

And an Even More Beautiful Place to Celebrate

The only thing that can top a ceremony on the Grand Staircase is a reception in the private Family Courthouse Courtyard.  Between the wings of the county building sits an outdoor space large enough for 200 people.  However, because it’s secluded and enclosed, it still feels intimate and personal.  You can dine and dance under the stars surrounded by stone architecture and arched window frames, or the area can also be tented in case of inclement weather.  Either way, there’s no prettier place to celebrate a Pittsburgh wedding.

Picture-Perfect Photo Ops

With the ivy-covered walls of the Family Courthouse Courtyard, the breathtaking windows above the Grand Staircase, the bubbling courtyard fountain, the colorful lobby murals, or the striking nooks and crannies of the hallways, there are plenty of backdrops for extraordinary portraits.  Wedding photographers are always on the hunt for interesting settings and unique scenery and there is plenty of both to find at the Courthouse.

A Convenient Location

Nestled on Grant Street in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Courthouse is surrounded by all that your guests could possibly need or want.  Out-of-towners can stay at one of several hotels within walking distance, while local folks can park at lots across the street or nearby.  The nightlife of downtown Pittsburgh has had a recent renaissance, which means your celebration doesn’t have to end with the last dance.  Continue the festivities at one of the new hip, urban bars in the area, or make a short trek across a bridge to party on the North Shore or South Side.

If you still need more convincing on this incredibly awesome wedding venue, check out the Allegheny County Courthouse in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Newlyweds Moving In Together: 7 Valuable Tips You’re Sure to Need

Whether you’ll be living with your soon-to-be spouse before the wedding, or you’re waiting until after you’re officially married, transitioning to a co-habitating arrangement is not easy.  And if you’ve been living on your own for a while, this new way of life can be even harder.  Blending two independent lives, styles, financial statuses, and even ways of organizing and cleaning can take its toll on a relationship.  To make the process a little less of a nightmare, here are seven tips for anyone – especially newlyweds – preparing to move in together!

Newlyweds Moving In Together: 7 Valuable Tips You’re Sure to Need from Burgh Brides

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1.) Prepare to Compromise

If you ignore all of the other living together tips in this post, at least remember this nugget of wisdom.  Someone once told me that “Marriage isn’t about how many times you win.  It’s about how many times you lose.”  The point isn’t to see the relationship as a game, but rather it’s a reminder that marriage is about sacrifice and partnership.  Deciding whose bedspread to keep or which style couch to purchase isn’t worth an argument.  Be prepared to compromise and “lose” some battles.  Your relationship (and your partner) will thank you in the long run.

2.) Open the Lines of Communication

It’s no question that the secret to any great relationship is healthy and honest communication.  This becomes even more important when merging two daily lives together.  Swallowing opinions and burying feelings is a sure-fire way to build a wall between you and the other person.  So, if you dislike their taste in furniture or would reallllllly love to hang that piece of art even though they hate it, speak up!  You’re just as much a part of this relationship as they are, which means you get equal say.  Just keep it respectful, kind, and productive and you’ll be golden.

3.) Consider Self Storage

Running out of room for your things?  Until you decide what you want to do with it or until you purchase your dream home, a self-storage unit just might be the solution.  Guardian Storage has been offering the most convenient, secure, and reputable storage solutions to the Pittsburgh area for over 30 years.  At every one of their 17 local properties you’ll find climate-controlled units ranging from 25 to 300 square feet, 24-hour surveillance, covered loading docks, helpful full-time staff members, free moving carts and dollies at your disposal, and even packing and shipping supplies.  With “peace of mind” being their top priority, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings are in excellent hands until you’re ready to have them back in yours.

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New to self-storage and don’t know where to start?  Here’s how to choose the perfect storage unit for you.

4.) Consolidate Your Stuff

You don’t need two sets of towels, two toasters, or two coffee makers.  Take an inventory of who has what and then consolidate!  More “stuff” means more clutter and more clutter means more stress.  Embrace the minimalist life and only keep what you use or really need.  Better yet, if the items are well past their prime, add a request for an upgrade or replacement to your wedding wish list!  Don’t forget about these big ticket items you might not think to add to your wedding registry and this one MUST HAVE every newlywed home needs!

5.) Get Rid of the Junk

After you’ve consolidated, get rid of anything that didn’t make the cut.  Host a yard sale, put it on Craigslist or donate it; whatever you do, just get it off your hands.  Items that don’t bring you joy or serve a purpose have no business in your home.

To make the most out of your unwanted goods, consider donating them to one of the 40 community and non-profit organizations that Guardian Storage supports.  Throughout the year, they host various donation drives and community events where they happily accept office and school supplies for The Education Partnership, gifts for Toys for Tots, and at certain times of the year, items for Habitat for Humanity, Bethlethem Haven, and local food banks.  To find out when and where these events take place, follow Guardian Storage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.

6.) Talk Money

No one likes to talk about money but it’s a necessary evil for anyone living together and sharing expenses.  Don’t be afraid to have a hard, honest conversation about finances.  You need to be on the same page when it comes to bills, savings, and splurges, and the only way to get there is to talk about it!

7.) Have Fun!

Remember that this whole process is happening because two people fell in love!  Moving in with your significant other is supposed to be one of the most exciting times of your life.  Try not to let the stress of moving and co-habitating weigh on you too much.  Remember to laugh at the chaos, lean into the craziness, and enjoy every single moment of your life together.


What are you most looking forward to when finally living together?  If you’ve already made the leap, what advice would you give to other newlyweds moving in together?  If you have other tips for couples moving in together, comment below!  For more home and storage solutions, be sure to check out Guardian Storage!

A HUGE thanks to Guardian Storage for teaming up with Burgh Brides to bring you this post!  While I was compensated for my work, all writing, thoughts, opinions, and love for the brand are my own.  You can read my full sponsored content disclosure policy here.

Getting Wedding Ready: 5 Tips to Help the Morning Run Smoothly!

The morning of your wedding day will be spent getting beautified, celebrating with your best gal pals, and enjoying one final morning of being a single lady.  It’ll be a fun, emotional whirlwind, teetering between nostalgic and anticipation.  As you put those finishing touches on both yourself and your big day, be sure to follow my 5 tips for getting wedding ready! 

Wash and dry your hair the day or night before.

A fancy do works best when your hair is a bit dirty.  Every girl knows that.  Don’t send your hair stylist into a tail spin by showing up with clean (or worse yet…wet!) hair.  Spend a little bit of time prepping before bed and your hair will thank you. 

Lay everything out before you go to sleep.

Your shoes, jewelry, clutch, “somethings”, garter, hairpiece, bridal hanger, etc. etc. etc.  Take them all out of their various bags and packaging, remove price tags, and put them all together.  Not only will you have a lovely “I’m about to be a bride” section of your room to wake up to but this will also save you time in the morning.  It will also make it super easy on your photographer when he or she goes to take all of those gorgeous details shots. 

Make sure you eat.

It’s going to be a looooong day despite the fact that it will seem like it rushes by.  You’re going to need your fuel.  Choose healthy options that will give you sustained energy without making you feel gross or bloated.  Fresh fruit, veggies, light sandwiches, and even cheese and crackers are great ideas.  Whatever it is, eat something!  You don’t want to be passing out at the altar, do you? 

Don’t drink too much.

Go shorty!  It’s your birthday wedding day!  And celebrate you should!  But be careful with those mimosas.  The very last thing you need is to get to drunk before the party even starts.  Drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic bevvy and you’ll remain in good shape. 

Schedule your hair and makeup somewhere in the middle.

Save the best for (almost) last, right?  Actually, as the bride, your hair and makeup is numero uno on the importance scale.  It needs to last allllll day.  Therefore, you should be the one of the last of your tribe in the beauty chair.  I’m sure your artists will use products that will help with this but timing is everything too.  Draw straws for which of your ladies will go first but the bride should definitely be somewhere in the middle.  That way, you aren't rushed but still have time for a quick hair and makeup touch up before you put that dress on!

Which tip did you find most helpful?  What other tips do you have for getting wedding ready?  Former brides or vendors, any advice?  Comment below! 

Favorite Pittsburgh Bridal Shower Venues from Olive & Rose Events

Still need a place to host your pre-wedding party?  Lucky for you, Kim of Olive & Rose Events is guest-blogging today about her favorite Pittsburgh bridal shower venues!  From downtown to the North Hills, the South Side to the Strip, there are hidden gem venues all over this city.  Some are charming, some of quirky, and some are downright classic.  But ALL of them are a perfect locale to celebrate your new relationship status!

From Kim…

Morning Glory Inn

Looking to host an elegant yet laid back garden party shower?  Morning Glory Inn is your place.  Formerly a row of 1892 townhouses, Morning Glory Inn oozes charm.  What better way to celebrate a special occasion than enjoying food and drinks with your loved ones in a gorgeous brick courtyard?  The rental fee and food prices are both reasonable and the on-site attendant allows you to relax and know that everything is being taken care of.  We also love that the retractable roof allows for a back-up plan in case of inclement weather.

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Capacity

40 guests.  Please contact them for more information if your guest count is higher than that.

Helpful to Know

Showers are only booked on Sundays due to the amount of weddings that are booked on Saturdays.  Shower hosts may choose from the in-house caterer or a list of required caterers provided by the venue.

Tarenbee

Built in 1889, Tarenbee was originally St. Paul’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Historical features abound including a working Estey antique pipe organ, original stained glass windows, antique hand-carved altar, and the original hemlock hardwood floors and exposed beams.  If you are a native Pittsburgher, you probably know Tarenbee’s owner, Michelle Wright from WTAE news.  Over the course of a year, Michelle and her crew undertook the renovation and transformation of this gorgeous space.  We love this space not only for its historic elements, but for the new upgrades including WiFi, a handicap accessible ramp and commercial kitchen.  You’ll also be hard pressed to find a shower venue big enough to accommodate up to 85 guests – making this the perfect choice if you have a large guest list!

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Capacity

Chapel Capacity is 50 – 85 guests and the Gathering room holds 20 – 40.

Helpful to Know

You are permitted to serve alcohol, but are required to obtain liquor liability coverage.  Tarenbee makes it easy to rent all the items you need for your shower including flatware, wine and champagne glasses, and chair covers.  Food and beverages may be brought in or party hosts may select a caterer.

Sapphire & Lace Cottage

It will only take you about 30 seconds on the Sapphire & Lace website to see why we are completely obsessed with the cottage!  The entire space is totally “Pinterest-worthy” and the ladies are an absolute delight to work with.  We love that the cottage offers two great packages that can really work with any budget.  Being able to bring in outside food and beverages is always a big cost saver and allows hosts to really customize the type of food they want to serve.  The Sapphire and Lace team are total design professionals, so they are going to ensure your event is both beautiful and memorable.

Capacity

25 people for sit-down and up to 30 for cocktail style

Helpful to Know

The Sapphire and Lace ladies offer a bunch of fun a la carte options including upgraded linens, farm tables, floral centerpieces, a floral crown for the bride and a bouquet bar that can serve as a fun activity/favor for guests!

PointBreezeway

Charm, charm, and more charm.  This place exudes it.  PointBreezeway is actually Lauren’s childhood home and boasts two historical rooms, the Team Room, and the Speakeasy.  The space features floor to ceiling French doors, handmade café tables, and amazing natural sunlight.  We absolutely love that Lauren has created not just a venue, but a true gathering space.  The flexibility to bring in your own food and drinks is a huge plus and you truly need very little in the way of decorations.

Capacity

Inside seating for up to 40 guests with additional outdoor seating

Helpful to Know

The rental fee includes use of the space for 4.5 hours, tables, chairs, dish ware, and glasses.  The lovely team at PointBreezeway will also supply fresh flowers for the tables, use of the house WiFi and Sonos speakers and a personal host that will assist with setup, logistics and breakdown.  You will also have an on-site parking attendant to direct guests.

Hotel Monaco

Trendy and gorgeous yet still welcoming would best describe Hotel Monaco.  From the unique décor to the amazing staff to the gorgeous view from the rooftop, everything at Hotel Monaco is designed to stimulate the senses and create an unforgettable experience.  When planning your shower, the linens, food, and alcohol are all taken care of by the hotel, so there's no need to coordinate with a bunch of different vendors.  Kristen, their Catering Sales Manager, is an absolute pleasure to work with and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

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Capacity

The Rialto Suite will hold 40 nicely, but the hotel has various spaces to accommodate groups of just about any size. If you’re a sucker for a rooftop on a gorgeous day, Hotel Monaco has one of the best rooftop spaces in the city.

Helpful to Know

There is a rental fee that includes use of the space for 4.5 hours, tables, chairs, dish ware, and glasses.

The Terrace at Hyatt House

Have. You. Seen. This. Terrace?  The tented area is such a romantic, gorgeous spot for your shower.   If you are looking for a venue that you’ll be able to basically walk into and have everything taken care of for you, Hyatt House is your spot.

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Capacity

The Hyatt House offers three unique spaces that fit a group of just about any size.

Helpful to Know

You will work with a professional event coordinator to make sure your event is pulled off without a hitch.  Space rents for a four hour time slot.  Need rooms for out of town guests?  Hyatt House can help you create a room block with easy online booking.

Carnegie Coffee Company

Italy’s best espresso and hand-crafted food.  Say no more.  Carnegie Coffee Company is another totally “Pinterest-worthy” space located in the old Carnegie Post Office.  The décor is fun and inviting while still maintaining some of the building’s original charm.  The prices are great and the friendly staff will work with you to create a flawless event.

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Capacity

If you are holding your shower doing business hours, the space accommodates up to 35 guests.  For events held after hours, the space boasts room for 150 guests.  During business hours, you will have private use of the mezzanine level.  After hours, you basically have access to the entire space.

Helpful to Know

If you opt for a shower during business hours, the food must be purchased from Carnegie Coffee Company.  You will have the ability to run a tab for guests’ drinks.  For after hour events, you may order food from Carnegie Coffee Company or bring in outside catered food.  After hours, there is a barista charge, but guests can indulge in unlimited drinks from the espresso bar, coffee, tea, and smoothies.

Slate Studio

Style and flexibility.  This place is a dream for anyone that really wants control over the look and feel of their shower or event.  You’ll be hard pressed to find any other venue in Pittsburgh that gives you such a beautiful blank canvas to design to your liking.  The team is a joy to work with and can recommend top vendors within your style and budget.

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Capacity

Up to 125 guests

Helpful to Know

From the room layout to the vendors to the décor, everything can be customized and designed around your vision.  You have the flexibility to use any caterer or bring in your own food and drink.  You can serve alcohol at your event, but insurance is required.

The Union Hall at Bar Marco

Bar Marco is a full-service events space in a turn of the century firehouse building.  With its textured ceiling and huge windows, the space is absolutely gorgeous.  We love the look of the long banquet tables, but there are a number of ways to configure tables and chairs in the space.  The rental fee is quite reasonable considering everything that is included and the food is always amazing!

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Capacity

Bar Marco can host showers for groups as large as 60 attendees.  If you plan on playing a lot of games or want more space for mingling, it would be best to cap your guest list at around 50.

Helpful to Know

As a “hospitality included” restaurant, you won’t need to worry about those pesky service and gratuity charges surprising you at the end of your party.

Smallman Galley

There are so many reasons to love Smallman Galley for a shower or special event.  The space itself is industrial cool perfection. Smallman Galley is actually two bars and four restaurants all in one space, which creates a totally unique dining experience.  They describe themselves as a restaurant incubator and food hall and because all four of the restaurant concepts partake in catering each event, the food is always guaranteed to be phenomenal!   If a good cocktail is your thing, they specialize in local, draft beer, small vineyard wines, and craft spirits and cocktails.

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Capacity

Smallman Galley can accommodate up to 24 guests in the Private Dining Room and Patio areas and 100 – 200 guests in the entirety of the space.

Helpful to Know

Are you busting at the seams with creative ideas for your party?  Smallman Galley has an awesome Brand and Marketing Manager that would love to partner with you to make your event truly one-of-a-kind

Sage Green, Taupe, & Ivory Wedding Inspiration

Naturally elegant and subtly rustic, this sage green, taupe, & ivory wedding inspiration is both versatile and modern.  The earthy tone of taupe and the ever-classic ivory keep things neutral, but sage green adds just a soft touch of color.  Together, this muted palette is anything but boring.  Incorporate soft details with silk ribbons, airy fabrics and tons of fresh greenery.  Dress it up with metallic touches or dress it down with woodsy pieces; either way, this color palette is beautifully organic.  Head to my Pinterest board for even more sage green, taupe, and ivory wedding ideas!

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La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans: 7 Reasons I LOVE This Hair and Makeup Team

Wanna “get dolled up” on your wedding day?  Meet La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans.  This salon is a favorite of mine and I just know you’re going to love them too.  From their French-glam-meets-urban-chic vibe to their friendly stylists to their unmatched beauty skills, La Pomponnee is THE hair and makeup team you want working for you on the most important day of your life.  Here are just a few reasons why!

La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans: 7 Reasons I LOVE This Hair and Makeup Team

Their reputation precedes them.

La Pomponnee was started by owner Kristen in 1992 with three chairs, one manicure table, and one treatment room.  Since then, it’s grown into two locations, a mobile styling RV, a team of 60+, over 1,000 bridal clients, and one killer reputation.  The La Pomponnee crew is known for being extremely passionate, well-educated, professional, stylish, and kind – all the things you’d want in someone trusted with your face, hair, skin, and nails.  They’ve received several “Best of the Burgh” nominations and “Best of The Knot” awards, each of which were totally deserved!

They work with and learn from the best in the biz.

Kristen is whole-heartedly committed to staying on top of the latest trends and newest techniques.  That’s why her team is always provided with opportunities for workshops or trainings.  Many of them have even worked as part of the AVEDA runway styling team at New York Fashion Week and (my favorite) New York Bridal Fashion Week for designers like Carolina Herrara, Naeem Khan, Monique Lhuillier, and Kelly Faetanini.  Not only are these just super cool bragging rights, but experiences like this allow the La Pomponnee team to bring you up-and-coming styles, news ways of doing things, and a better overall client experience.

They're a beauty power house.

I mentioned their team of over 60 talented individuals.  This includes hair stylists, makeup artists, estheticians, nail artists, massage therapists, and even barbers (because we can’t forget about the groom and his guys!).  Booking your wedding vendors can be a really daunting process.  You have to scour the Internet, read reviews, get referrals, stalk their social media pages, have a consultation, etc. etc. etc.  At least booking your wedding day beauty team can be a little bit easier with this one-stop-shop!  You can secure everyone in charge of your wedding look in one fell swoop!

They'll keep you looking beautiful from “Yes” to “I do”.

With a diverse menu of services, La Pomponnee can have you looking your best from the moment you get engaged to that very last dance of the wedding night.  Getting beautified for your wedding is a long process and one that should be started months before the big day.  Think regular massages to reduce the stress of planning, trims and color touch ups to make sure your locks are in their best shape, and even make up lessons so you can recreate great looks after saying “I do.”  Their team can help you throughout the entire engagement and beyond!

They give your natural beauty a dose of glam.

It’s easy to see why La Pomponnee’s tagline is “where nature meets glam.”  Their goal is to make you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, but with a little oomph.  They kick things up just a little bit with their line of AVEDA products, which harness the power of plant-derived ingredients.  All AVEDA products are also cruelty-free and made in a responsible way using post-recycled packaging.  Earth-lovers and beauty-lovers can finally unite!

They'll bring the party to you.

Just a few weeks ago, La Pomponnee launched something the Pittsburgh area hasn’t seen before!  The Beaute Mobile is LP’s new styling station on wheels!  Complete with beauty chairs, bright lights, and mirrors, this RV has been converted into a small home for La Pomponnee’s traveling hair and makeup team.  It’s perfect for events like bachelorette parties, festivals, or wedding venues that don’t have a dedicated getting-ready space.  There’s nothing like having your hair and makeup team come to you on the morning of the wedding.  And with LP’s Beaute Mobile, nothing’s stopping that from happening now!

They're some of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

Not to get all sappy or anything, but owner Kristen is one of the most genuine and generous people I’ve ever met.  The passion she has for her art, clients, and staff is evident within just a few moments of meeting her.  This lady is hard-working, driven, and isn’t satisfied until you are, and this infectious energy has seeped into every single team member at La Pomponnee.  I love going to their salon simply because they’re good people to be around!  THAT’s the kind of person you want there on your wedding day!

If you’re still on the hunt for some beauty experts to help you “get dolled up” on your big day, or even if you’re just looking for a new place to get your hair cut, La Pomponnee definitely gets my glittery stamp of approval!  Go see more of their work in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

Honeymoon Must Haves Every Newlywed Will Love!

Whether you're headed to a relaxing tropical resort or busy European adventure, these honeymoon must haves are perfect for any newlywed!  Celebrate your “just married” status by treating yourself to one of these adorable Etsy finds.  From a cute tee that will let your fellow airplane passengers know exactly what you're celebrating to a travel scrapbook for documenting all of the fun you're bound to have, these items are sure to make your trip extra fun.  Head to my Etsy page for even more honeymoon must haves and my favorite take-along pieces for this vacation of a lifetime!

Honeymoon Must Haves Every Newlywed Will Love from Burgh Brides

  1. World Map Travel Scrapbook $30+
  2. Mrs. Custom Floppy Hat $28
  3. Honeymoonin' Tank $19
  4. Mr. & Mrs. Passport Holder $25
  5. Wifey Life Shirt $18.95
  6. Wifey Beach Cover Up $29.99
  7. Married AF Tee $16.99
  8. Personalized Honeymoon Beach Towel $38+
  9. Pair of Personalized Luggage Tags $19.99
  10. Travel Savings Shadow Box $28.74

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Modern Minimalist Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot

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.

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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.

Vendors

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

Photography: Dawn Derbyshire Photography | Shoot Location: Riverfront Weddings | Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental

Why Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress Could Have More Meaning than You Think

After month's of anticipation, we FINALLY got to see it yesterday – Meghan Markle's wedding dress!  The long-awaited reveal came as the now-Duchess of Sussex stepped out of a vintage burgundy Rolls Royce in front of St. George's chapel.  Proving every single speculation wrong, the bride chose a rather simple, structural, double bonded silk cady haute couture gown designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givency.  It featured a bateau neckline, three-quarter sleeves, and just six seams.  She adorned it with a sweeping 16′ embroidered veil, dainty stud earrings, a diamond bracelet, and Queen Mary's 1932 tiara.

Why Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Could Have More Meaning than You Think

Many predicted a princess ballgown.  Many thought it would resemble the looks of Grace Kelly or Kate Middleton, both of whom chose lace and a figure-hugging fit.  Designer predictions ranged from Ralph & Russo to Stella McCartney (who did design the bride's reception dress).  It was thought that Meghan would incorporate some of her fashion-forward nature, or that the dress would mimic modern bridal fashion trends.

It was none of these.  And at the same time, it was absolute perfection.

Why Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Could Have More Meaning than You Think

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Meghan Markle
The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Ceremony, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, UK – 19 May 2018

Approximately two BILLION people worldwide tuned in to the live streaming of the couple's union, making it the fourth most watched royal wedding ever.  Being on a worldwide stage of that magnitude doesn't come free, however.  The price is being subject to scrutiny of global proportions.  As I spent most of yesterday watching footage, reading articles, and poring over photographs and comments, I found myself becoming irrationally angry at those who were trashing Meghan's look.  For as many people who appreciated the chic simplicity of the bygone look, there were an equal number who felt underwhelmed, unimpressed, and uninspired.  There were complaints about everything from the fit to the hair to the lack of embellishments.  Because we as humans can never waste an opportunity to tear someone down.

I know Meghan doesn't need me to come to her defense.  After all, it's not like I know her in real life.  Plus, I'm no fashionista myself and am admittedly wearing my crummiest t-shirt and yoga pants as I write this.  However, I felt compelled to call out the haters and even took to Facebook to challenge the nay-sayers' thinking.

If working in the marketing and events industry for almost 11 years has taught me anything, it's that nothing is done on accident.  As brand strategists, event planners, and even designers, literally everything we do has a meaning.  After all, our jobs are to make people feel/think/do something very specific.  If we didn't control seemingly trivial, mundane elements like typography, color, texture, symmetry, etc. etc. etc., we'd be leaving things up to the interpretation of the consumer, which is the antithesis of our intentions.  Every move we make is done with purpose.  Perhaps why I appreciated the Royal Wedding so much and felt it was one of the most beautiful celebrations I've witnessed is because it was packed to the brim with symbolism.

There was the fact that Meghan chose to walk down the nave of St. George's chapel alone, before being escorted the rest of the way to the altar by Prince Charles.  Her veil featured 53 embroidered flowers, one for each of the countries in the commonwealth, plus an additional flower native to California, her home state.  No one can forget the sermon performed by an African American preacher or the “Stand By Me” a capella performance by a London gospel choir.  The couple purposely changed their otherwise traditional vows from “love, honor, and obey” to “love, honor, and protect”.  After the romantic I do's, Harry and Meghan were pronounced as “husband and wife,” not “man and wife.”  Harry is wearing a wedding ring for crying out loud.  See what I mean about purpose and meaning?

I'm willing to bet that intentionality didn't stop there.  Perhaps a deeper meaning can be found within the bride's look that everyone was so quick to judge.

Why Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Could Have More Meaning than You Think

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Ceremony, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, UK – 19 May 2018

For starters, Meghan could have chosen any designer in the world.  Literally, fashion houses were begging for the chance to style the bride.  But she chose Clare Waight Keller, a British designer who was on no one's radar but who recently became the first female artistic director of French-designer Givenchy.  Meghan has long been a self-proclaimed feminist and her decision to work with Keller could have been a calculated girl-power move.  Additionally, Keller is a working single mother who may have reminded Meghan of her own mom in some ways.

Being that Keller has worked as a designer for 20+ years, I'm sure she knows a bit more about fashion than the rest of us do.  Like, how clothes are supposed to fit, for example?  I wish I had a dollar for every Internet troll who said Meghan's dress didn't fit her properly (insert many eye rolls here).  I think you need to take a good, long, hard look in a full-length mirror BTW.  To those folks, I would say…

Have you stopped to think that there is no way in the world that world-renowned Givenchy would have let Meghan Markle walk down the aisle in an ill-fitting dress?

There are rounds and rounds of fittings, and the dress even has to be shown to the Queen in advance of the wedding.  Don't you think someone would have pointed out any problem areas?  Trust me…that dress fit her exactly how it was supposed to 😉

I like to think that maybe, just maybe, the fit was part of Meghan's message.  Knowing that millions and millions of little girls look up to her and would be watching that day, perhaps she wanted to say something with her dress.

Your clothes don't need to be skin tight to look good on you.  You don't need to show tons of skin to make an impression.  Looking like a princess isn't reserved for only those with a tiny waist or perfect proportions.  Your worth is made up of more than what you wear.

Or maybe the girl just wanted to be able to dance?!

It takes a beautiful woman to make a dress that simple look that good.  And that is coming from a girl who loves me some sparkle.

As if trashing her dress weren't enough, people took to Meghan's hair and makeup choices.  Some felt her face was too plain, too ordinary, not done up enough.  Maybe were annoyed by her updo that resembled the messy bun for which she's become so famous.

Why Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Could Have More Meaning than You Think

Meghan looked like Meghan.  Why do we pressure brides into looking like someone other than themselves on their wedding day?  Perfection is a hard look to achieve and perhaps Meghan was also sending a message with her beauty choices.

You don't need to be caked in makeup to be beautiful.  That bridal glow should radiate from within.  The day is about more than how you look.  You are gorgeous just the way you are.  Even a princesses has hair in her face sometimes.

I haven't read any of this anywhere and these are just my opinions.  But to quote the title of my favorite Royal Wedding article thus far, Meghan Markle's wedding dress was made for a person, not a princess.  I could be totally off-base with these thoughts.  However, Meghan knows how to use her voice and has never been silenced before.  Why would she stop on her wedding day?  I think she sent a powerful message without uttering a word.

In our overly filtered world of Kardashian fever and Internet fame, we’ve lost the power of being ok with imperfections.  Maybe Meghan gave that back to us yesterday.

If thinking Meghan Markle just made herself a role model to girls and women everywhere is wrong, I don't want to be right.

Why Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Could Have More Meaning than You Think